The United States on Thursday offered a $10-million bounty for information leading to the capture of an alleged al-Qaida financier based in Iran, Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, also known as Yasin al-Suri.
The reward is “aimed at disrupting a financial network that has operated from within Iran’s borders since 2005,” Treasury Department official Eytan Fisch told a joint press conference at the State Department Thursday, Reuters reported.
The Treasury Department formally designated Khalil and five other members of his alleged network as terrorists back in July. The action marked the first time the U.S. government had so explicitly accused Iranian authorities of actively harboring an al-Qaida facilitator. The Syrian-born Khalil (a.k.a. al-Suri) is accused of serving as a key financial pipe-line between al-Qaida fundraisers in the Persian Gulf and operatives in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Source: Laura Rozen for Yahoo! News.