On December 22, 2011, the U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program (RFJ) issued a reward offer of up to $10 million for information leading to the location of al-Qaida financier and operative Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, better known as Yasin al-Suri.
This announcement by Robert A. Hartung, Assistant Director of the Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate inside the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, marks the first time that the RFJ program had offered a reward for information leading to a terrorist financier.
Under an agreement between al-Qaida and the Government of Iran, Yasin al-Suri has helped move money and terrorist recruits through Iran to al-Qaida leaders in neighboring countries in the region.
Since 1984, the U.S. Government has designated Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Yasin al-Suri also has arranged for the release of al-Qaida operatives from Iranian prisons and their transfer to Pakistan.
As a result of his terrorist activities, on July 28 of this year, the U.S. Treasury Department placed him on its list of "Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons" -- individuals and entities with which U.S. citizens are prohibited from engaging in commercial or financial transactions.
Additional information about Yasin al-Suri is located on the Rewards for Justice web site at here.
As a key fundraiser for the al-Qaida terrorist network, he is a continuing danger to the interests of the United States, to its facilities, and its citizens. Locating al-Suri and shutting down his operations would eliminate a significant financial resource for al-Qaida.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of al-Suri should contact the Rewards for Justice program, a U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate, or a U.S. military commander immediately. Individuals also may submit a tip anonymously at the RFJ Web site at www.RewardsforJustice.net.
You may also reach the Rewards for Justice program via e-mail at RFJ@state.gov.
Individuals in Afghanistan may call the RFJ tip line at 0700 108 600.
All information will be kept strictly confidential.
Since its inception in 1984, the RFJ program has paid more than $100 million to more than 70 people who provided credible information that prevented international terrorist attacks or helped bring terrorists to justice.
Through the efforts of the courageous people who have stepped forward with information about wanted terrorist suspects, the Rewards for Justice program has helped law enforcement authorities throughout the world stop terrorists and save lives.
The RFJ program is an interagency initiative that offers rewards for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of anyone who plans, commits, or attempts international terrorist acts against U.S. persons or property, that prevents such acts from occurring in the first place, that leads to the location of a key terrorist leader, or that disrupts terrorism financing. The program is managed by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.