America Offers 27 Million Dollars for al-Shabab Commanders Top story

2229 Views Kampala, Uganda

In short
The US is offering up to 27 million dollars in rewards for whoever offers information leading to the identification and location of al-shabab leaders in Somalia

President Obama's administration has announced a twenty  seven million dollar reward for information leading to the identification or location of six key leaders of the Somalia-based al-shabab terrorist group.

A statement published on the US Department of State says the U.S. Secretary of State has authorized rewards of up to $6 million for information on the whereabouts of Abu Ubaidah (Direye).

Abu Ubaidah, also known as Direye, was named the leader of al-Shabaab in early September  2014 after the death of former al- Shabaab  leader  Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed  then also known as Godane.

The statement also says up to  five million dollars  in rewards is being offered for information on Mahad Karate, Ma'alim Daud, and Hassan Afgooye, and up to $3 million each for information on Maalim Salman and Ahmed Iman Ali.

Mahad Karate, also known as Abdirahman Mohamed Warsame has played a key role in the wing of al-Shabaab responsible for assassinations and the April 2 attack on Garissa University College.
Ma'alim Daud is responsible for al-Shabaab's planning, recruitment, training, and operations against the government of Somalia and Western targets.

Hassan Afgooye oversees a complex financial network whose activities range from fake charities, and fundraising to racketeering and kidnapping in support of al-Shabaab's activities.
Maalim Salman leads al-Shabaab's African foreign terrorist fighters and has been involved in operations in Africa targeting tourists, entertainment establishments, and churches.

Al-Shabaab has since 2006 killed thousands of civilians, aid workers, and peacekeepers in Somalia, Uganda, and Kenya.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the July 11, 2010, suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda, which killed more than 70 people, including one American citizen.

Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility for the September 21-24, 2013, terrorist attack against the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, which left more than 60 people dead and nearly 200 wounded and the April 2 attack on Garrissa University College in Kenya, which resulted in 150 deaths.

The U.S. Secretary of State designated al-Shabaab a Foreign Terrorist Organization on March 18, 2008. In February 2012, al-Shabaab and the al-Qaida terrorist network jointly announced they had formed an alliance.

Rewards for Justice is administered by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $125 million to more than 80 individuals who provided actionable information that put terrorists behind bars or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide