US offers $10 million reward for Syria rebel leader

The State Department said the reward will be paid for information "leading to the identification or location" of Abu Mohammed al-Golani

10 May 2017 | 18:51

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 10 May 2017 | 18:51

Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front gesture as they drive in a convoy touring villages, which they said they have seized control of from Syrian rebel factions, in the southern countryside of Idlib, December 2, 2014. (Reuters Photo)

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information about the whereabouts of the military leader of Syria's al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front.

The State Department said the reward will be paid for information "leading to the identification or location" of Abu Mohammed al-Golani. The offer is the first under the department's "Rewards for Justice Program" for a Nusra Front leader. In a statement, the department said that the group under Golani's leadership had committed numerous attacks in Syria, including many against civilians, since 2013.

Golani has been identified by the U.S. as a "specially designated global terrorist" since 2013 and subject to U.S. and international sanctions, including an asset freeze and travel ban.

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