US offers $5 million reward for Al-Qaeda terrorist who urged worldwide attacks on Jews and Americans
The United States on Thursday offered a $5 million reward to find Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Batarfi, who urged worldwide attacks on Jews and Americans after Washington recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel.
The Saudi-born Muslim terrorist is a veteran of the jihadists who backed the Taliban in Afghanistan and has become a senior leader of the Al-Qaeda terror group in the Arabian Peninsula.
In a video released in January, Batarfi called President Donald Trump’s precedent-breaking declaration on Jerusalem “a declaration of a new Jewish-Crusader war” and called on Muslims to “rise and attack the Jews and the Americans everywhere.”
The US State Department said it was offering $5 million to anyone who could lead authorities to Batarfi or contribute to his arrest or prosecution.
The United States also raised from $5 million to $10 million the reward offered for Qasim al-Rimi, considered the emir of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
He is already under US and UN sanctions after being linked to a deadly 2008 terror attack outside the US embassy in Yemen and for his support to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called underwear bomber who unsuccessfully tried to blow up a US-bound flight on Christmas Day in 2009.
Formed by the 2009 merger of Al-Qaeda’s Saudi and Yemen operations, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has carved out its own territory in war-battered Yemen despite being frequently targeted by US drones.