Washington: The US on Friday announced a reward of USD 10 million for providing information related to an al-Qaeda financier, alleged to have funneled significant amount of money to the network's activities in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The award was announced on Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, better known as Yasin al-Suri.
"Operating under an agreement between al-Qaeda and the Iranian Government, al-Suri moves money and al-Qaeda recruits from the Middle East through Iran and on to Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
"Iranian authorities maintain a relationship with al-Suri and have permitted him to operate within Iran's borders since 2005," the State Department said.
Al-Suri is an important fundraiser for al-Qaeda and has collected money from donors and fundraisers throughout the Persian Gulf region, it said.
He has funneled significant amounts of money via Iran to al-Qaeda's leadership in Afghanistan and Iraq, it said.
"Working with the Iranian government, al-Suri also arranges the release of al-Qaeda personnel from Iranian prisons. When al-Qaeda operatives are released, the Iranian government transfers them to the custody of al-Suri, who then coordinates their travel to Pakistan," the State Department said.
On July 28, the Treasury Department slapped sanctions on him.
Al-Suri was born in 1982 in al-Qamishli, Syria. He has used other aliases, including Yaseen al-Suri, Izz al-Din Abd al-Farid Khalil, and Zayn al-Abadin.