The United States offered a reward of $7 million for any information leading to the whereabouts of the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Abu Obeida Youssef al-Annabi.
And the US State Department said in a statement yesterday that Abu Obeida, also known as Yazid Mubarak, became the leader of the organization last November, succeeding his compatriot Abdelmalek Droukdel, who was killed in June 2020 by French forces in northern Mali.
The Ministry called for reporting the leader of “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” by sending a text message to the phone number of the “Rewards for Justice” program, via the social media platforms Signal, Telegram or WhatsApp, and the “Rewards for Justice” program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs It is concerned with the rewards allocated to those whom Washington classifies among the top terrorists, and requests information about them in order to arrest them.
The US State Department stressed that all communications and information that will be provided about Abu Obeida will remain strictly confidential.
She also said that Abu Obeida’s hand was “stained with the blood of innocent people in Algeria, the Sahel region and other regions,” adding that he was “a leader of the Senate of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and served in the organization’s Shura Council, and also served as the first media official.” to organize.
According to the US State Department statement, Abu Obeida has been listed since September 2015 on the US list of global terrorists, and since February 2016 on the United Nations sanctions list, and the ministry says that Abu Obeida has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, on behalf of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. .