Arafat Hasan for DOT
The US Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program has increased the reward from USD 5 million to up to USD 10 million for any information leading to the identification, location, arrest, and/or conviction of Qasim al-Rimi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
The department is further offering a reward of up to USD 5 million for information leading to the identification or location of Khalid Saeed al-Batarfi, a senior regional leader of the AQAP.
Qasim al-Rimi was named the leader of the AQAP in 2015 and has called for renewed attacks against the USA.
In May 2010, the US Department of State designated al-Rimi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (EO) 13224, while on February 3 of 2009, he had already been listed by Saudi Arabia as a most wanted terrorist suspect. He has also been added to the United Nations (UN) 1267 Sanctions Committee’s Consolidated List of individuals associated with Al Qaeda/ISIL in May 2010.
Al-Rimi has been charged in numerous terror incidents, including being convicted in Yemen of plotting to assassinate the US Ambassador to Yemen in 2005. He escaped from a Yemeni prison in 2006, after which Al-Rimi has been linked to the September 2008 attack on the US Embassy in Sana’a that left 20 dead, and the December 2009 attempted suicide bombing by “underwear bomber” Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab aboard a US-bound airliner.