As the al-Qaeda-affiliated group intensifies its attacks in Somalia against government forces and civilians, the United States is offering up to $10 million for information that may assist in stifling al-financial Shabab’s operations.
A $10 million prize is now being offered under the Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program for information on key al-Shabab leaders, it was also revealed on Monday. According to a statement from the government, “Al-Shabaab is responsible for many terrorist assaults in Somalia, Kenya, and surrounding countries that have murdered thousands of people, including US nationals.” Ahmed Diriye, the “emir” of al-Shabab, Mahad Karate, his deputy, and Jehad Mostafa, an American citizen who the State Department referred to as “the highest-ranking terrorist with US citizenship fighting overseas” and the “leader of the group’s foreign fighters and media wing,” are all the subjects of information requests from Washington. A 2020 attack on a military base in Kenya that resulted in the deaths of one US soldier and two contractors was connected to Diriye by the State Department. Prior to today, the Rewards for Justice program promised up to $6 million for information regarding Diriye, also known as Abu Ubaidah. In recent weeks, as it has engaged in combat with government forces, Al-Shabab has increased its attacks in Somalia.