Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)– The US State Department announced that its “Rewards for Justice” program, run by the Diplomatic Security Service, is offering a reward of up to $7 million for information leading to the location of the leader of “Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb”. Abu Ubaida Yusuf al-Annabi, or identifying him.
In a statement, the US State Department said that “Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb” announced in November 2020 the inauguration of Annabi as a new leader of the organization, succeeding the former emir of Al-Qaeda and its first leader, Abdelmalek Droukdel, who was killed in June 2020.
The statement added that Annabi, “an Algerian citizen, also known as Yazid Mubarak, has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on behalf of al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, and is expected to play a role in the global management of al-Qaeda, as Droukdel did.”
The statement continued that “Al-Annabi was a leader of the Senate in Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb and served in the organization’s Shura Council. Al-Annabi also served as the first media official for Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb.”
The US State Department statement stated that “Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb bears responsibility for the kidnapping and killing of Americans.” The US State Department said it encourages anyone with information about Abu Ubaida Yousef al-Anabi to submit it to the Rewards for Justice Program, stressing that all communications and information “will remain strictly confidential.”