U.S. Offers $12 Million Reward for Iran-Based 'Qaida Financiers'

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The United States posted a reward of up to $12 million on Thursday for help in tracking down two Iran-based al-Qaida financial backers, accused of funneling money to extremists in Syria.

The State Department named the men as Muhsin al-Fadhli and his deputy Adel Radi Saqr al-Wahabi al-Harbi, saying both "facilitate the movement of funds and operatives through Iran on behalf of the al-Qaida terrorist network."

"Al-Qaida elements in Iran, led by Fadhli, are working to move fighters and money through Turkey to support al-Qaida-affiliated elements in Syria," the department said in a statement.

"Fadhli also is leveraging his extensive network of Kuwaiti jihadist donors to send money to Syria via Turkey."

Fadhli, 31, was among the few al-Qaida leaders who was given advance notice that the group planned to strike the United States on September 1, 2001.

He is also alleged to have raised money to fund the October 2002 attack on the French ship MV Limburg off the coast of Yemen in which one person was killed, and four crew members injured.

"Fadhli reportedly has replaced Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil (better known as Yasin al-Suri) as al-Qaida's senior facilitator and financier in Iran," the statement said, offering up to $7 million for information on his location.

Fadhli is on Saudi Arabia's most wanted list after a series of al-Qaida attacks in the Gulf kingdom.

Harbi, 25, a Saudi national, was put on the Saudi list in 2011 charged with traveling to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida and providing Internet support to the group. The U.S. is offering up to $5 million for his arrest.

The Treasury Department also slapped sanctions on Harbi, banning U.S. nationals and companies from carrying out any transactions with him.

"Today's action, which builds on our action from July 2011, further exposes al-Qaida's critically important Iran-based funding and facilitation network," said David Cohen, under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

"We will continue targeting this crucial source of al-Qaida's funding and support, as well as highlight Iran's ongoing complicity in this network's operation," he said.

Fadhli, who was born in Kuwait, is also wanted by Kuwaiti authorities after being convicted in his absence and sentenced to five years on charges of providing funding and training to terror groups in Afghanistan.

Comments 10
Thumb phoenician 18 October 2012, 21:59

I bet they are hiding in lawless Lebanon.

Thumb bigsami 18 October 2012, 22:01

and related to Farsi BSthrower aka Motormouth!

Thumb lebanon_first 18 October 2012, 23:59

7tirim baladak ya phoenician

Thumb jcamerican 18 October 2012, 23:44

Both of you, will be receiving a billion dollar for believing this story. Iran is working with Al Qaida to overthrow Bashar. Also they want them to destroy HA. It sounds good to the gullible.

Thumb lebanon_first 18 October 2012, 23:59

Zionist bullshit to link el qaeda to iran. The israelis are trying to link their worst ennemy (iran) with america's (el qaeda). plus the money connection suggests jews are behind the scam...

Default-user-icon Chris JOneso (Guest) 19 October 2012, 03:11

lol. Zionist media machine at its best! IRANINA based Al Qaeda financier. They have certainly stuffed that one right up. Lol. They have just proved to the world how silly they can become with their plans. No matter what eventuates it is all pre-planned. This is hilarious reporting really. I relaly enjoy reading Naharnet. It's political hilariousness at its best. keep up the good work. lol

Default-user-icon free30 (Guest) 19 October 2012, 04:36


Missing abraham 19 October 2012, 06:54

let me understand this
US accuses Iran in financing Al quaida in Syria to fight Basshar
US accuses Iran of helping Basshar
What a logic
are the people that stupid, to beleive this garbage

Thumb jcamerican 19 October 2012, 09:27

Thumbs down and upper comments are the best proof. Need I to say more.

Missing peace 19 October 2012, 13:16

look at those fierce defenders of the iranian and syrian democratic regimes... they blame the syrian opposition of being financed by wahhabis but only from saudi arabia... they cannot thing a sec that some could be based in iran...it doesn t fit their binary minds....they bug! lol!