The United States is offering up to a $10 million reward for the capture of Iranian al Qaeda financier Yasin al-Suri, the State Department said Thursday.
The Syrian-born al-Suri is a senior al Qaeda operative based in Iran, officials say.
He is suspected of moving money and terrorist recruits from across the Middle East into Iran, and then to Pakistan to aid the terrorist group's leadership.
Back in July, the United States accused Iran of providing sanctuary to an al Qaeda network that provides help to jihadists moving between the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Al-Suri, also called Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, was named as the leader of a network that used Iran as a “critical transit point for funding to support al-Qaeda’s activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
According to U.S. authorities, Khalil requires each operative to deliver $10,000 to al-Qaeda in Pakistan.
The U.S. Treasury said Khalil has collected funding from donors and fundraisers throughout the Gulf and is also responsible for moving significant amounts of money via Iran for onward passage to Afghanistan and Iraq.