Reward: $10 Million for Iranian-Based Al Qaeda Terrorist
The United States has posted a $10 million reward for information leading to the location of Syrian-born Al Qaeda terrorist now based in Iran.
"Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, more commonly known as Yasin al-Suri, moves money and recruits from across the Middle East into Iran, and then on to Pakistan, to support Al Qaeda’s senior leadership," The Department of Justice’s Reward for Justice website stated.
Khalil was born in 1982, has black hair and brown eyes and also goes by the aliases of Izz al-Din Abd al-Farid Khalil and Zayn al-Abadin.
“Iranian authorities maintain a relationship with al-Suri and have permitted him to operate within Iran’s borders since 2005,” it continued.
Al-Suri also is an important fundraiser for Al Qaeda and has collected money from donors and fundraisers throughout the Gulf, funneling significant funds via Iran for Al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Working with the Iranian government, al-Suri arranges the release of al-Qaida personnel from Iranian prisons and facilitates their travel to Pakistan.
'He is a dedicated terrorist working in support of al-Qaeda with the support of the government of Iran,' said Robert Hartung, a senior State Department official.
Since 1984, the U.S. Rewards for Justice program has paid out more than $100 million for credible information on terrorists and on planned terrorist attacks.
The most wanted terrorist on the U.S. list is Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who carries a bounty of $25 million.