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US Offers $10m Reward for Information on Al Qaeda Leaders in Yemen

WASHINGTON – With data on two Al-Qaeda members in the Arabian Peninsula, the United States offered a reward of up to $10 million.
The US State Department said it would pay up to $6 million for Saad bin Atef Al Awlaki, head of the operations of the terrorist group in the Shabwah province of Yemen, and up to $4 million for Ibrahim Ahmed Al Qosi, who is assisting the overall leader of Al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
The two men called for threats against the US.
Al Qosi has been a member of Al-Qaeda for decades, working with Osama bin Laden, his former leader. He was arrested and transferred to Guantanamo Bay in Pakistan in December 2001.
He pleaded guilty to charges of terror in 2010 but the United States released him and “in 2012 he was returned to Sudan under a pre-trial deal.”
The news comes ten days after two tribesmen were killed in a US drone strike in Marib province, suspected of having ties to Al-Qaeda.
They are called Khamis bin Arfaj and his brother Turki by a local journalist.
Sources in Sayoun, a town in Wadi Hadramawt province, separately told The National that Qaboos bin Talib, a local AQAP member, appeared last week on a local public market where he challenged pro-government forces.
“He stormed a fuel station and fuelled his military vehicle and fired [in the] air, threatening further deadly attacks on the [Saudi-led] coalition forces,” one source said.
Salem Al Hadrami, a Hadramawt media activist, told The National that terrorists were trying to move through the desert and mountains between the provinces of Hadramawt, Shabwah and Al Bayda.
“This year, Al Qaeda did not formally report any Shabwah attacks. Shabwah’s instability looks more linked to resource and power conflicts,” Elisabeth Kendall, Oxford University’s Yemen expert, told The National.
“Shabwah hosts the only natural gas terminal in Yemen and there are local tribal groups who feel that their land and wealth are being exploited without the local people having sufficient value,” she said.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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