US State Department: Al-Qaeda sends money and fighters via Turkey to Syria

October 19, 2012, Friday/ 17:30:00/ AYDOĞAN VATANDAŞ

The US State Department announced its Rewards for Justice program yesterday, offering rewards for information on two key Iran-based facilitators and financiers of the al-Qaeda terrorist network.

The US State Department has authorized a reward of up to $7 million for information leading to the location of Iran-based senior facilitator and financier Muhsin al-Fadhli, and up to $5 million for information leading to the location of his deputy, Adel Radi Saqr al-Wahabi al-Harbi.

Yesterday's announcement reported that al-Fadhli and al-Harbi facilitate the movement of funds and operatives through Iran on behalf of the al-Qaeda terrorist network. According to the information released by the State Department, both men are wanted by Saudi authorities in connection with their terrorist activities, and al-Fadhli is wanted by authorities in Kuwait on terrorism-related charges.

The State Department also reported that al-Fadhli has replaced Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil (better known as Yasin al-Suri) as al-Qaeda's senior facilitator and financier in Iran. According to the report by the State Department, al-Fadhli was among the few trusted al-Qaeda leaders who received advance notification that terrorists would strike the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

The US State Department further noted that al-Qaeda elements in Iran, led by al-Fadhli, are working to move fighters and money through Turkey to support al-Qaeda-affiliated elements in Syria. The statement also claimed that al-Fadhli is leveraging his extensive network of Kuwaiti jihadist donors to send money to Syria via Turkey.

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