ATHENA-DEFENSE

ATHENA-DEFENSE

Les Etats Unis à l'offensive


 

 

Les Etats-Unis  offrent 23 millions de dollars de récompense  pour toute information qui permettrait   la capture du djihadiste algérien Mokhtar Belmokhtar, du chef de la secte islamiste nigériane Boko Haram et d'autres responsables du groupe Al-Qaïda au Maghreb islamique (Aqmi).

Ce programme du département d'Etat, baptisé "récompenses pour la justice", offre depuis 1984 des sommes d'argent à tout informateur permettant l'arrestation ou l'élimination d'individus qui menacent les intérêts des Etats-Unis. Le site en français avec les bios des suspects est accessible ici.

La plus grosse récompense, sept millions de dollars, est réservée au n°1 présumé de Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, qui combat actuellement l'armée du Nigeria dans le nord-est du pays.

Cinq millions de dollars sont également offerts à quiconque apportera des renseignements décisifs concernant l'Algérien Belmokhtar, un ancien chef d'Aqmi qui a monté son propre groupe fin 2012. Donné pour mort par le Tchad en avril, il a menacé il y a dix jours de lancer de nouvelles attaques au Niger après les attentats suicide de la fin mai. Son groupe avait mené une prise d'otages d'envergure en janvier dans un complexe gazier en Algérie.

Cinq millions de dollars sont également promis pour la tête de Yahya Abou Al-Hammam, un dirigeant algérien d'Aqmi accusé d'être impliqué dans le meurtre d'un otage français en 2010.

Malik Abou Abdelkarim, commandant d'Aqmi, et Oumar Ould Hamahathe porte-parole du Mouvement pour l'unicité et le jihad en Afrique de l'Ouest (Mujao), un groupe islamiste chassé du Mali en janvier, sont également la cible de Washington, avec trois millions chacun de récompenses.

 

Source Ouest france- Département d'Etat des USA

 

 

Bureau of Counterterrorism

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

The primary mission of the Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT) is to forge partnerships with non-state actors, multilateral organizations, and foreign governments to advance the counterterrorism objectives and national security of the United States. Working with our U.S. Government counterterrorism team, CT takes a leading role in developing coordinated strategies to defeat terrorists abroad and in securing the cooperation of international partners.

 

 

Abubakar Shekau - Up to $7 Million Reward
Abubakar Shekau - Up to $7 Million RewardAbubakar Shekau is the leader of Jama’atu Ahl as-Sunnah il-Da’awati wal-Jihad, more commonly known as Boko Haram. Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden,” is a Nigeria-based terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the current Nigerian government and replace it with a regime based on Islamic law. The group has existed in various forms since the late 1990s. There are reported communications, training, and weapons links between Boko Haram, al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al-Shabaab, and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which may strengthen Boko Haram’s capacity to conduct terrorist attacks. ... (full story).

Mokhtar Belmokhtar - Up to $5 Million Reward
Mokhtar Belmokhtar - Up to $5 Million RewardMokhtar Belmokhtar is the leader and the founder of the Signed-in-Blood Battalion. Under Belmokhtar’s command, the Battalion conducted a deadly attack in January 2013 on a gas facility in In-Amenas, Algeria. At least 37 hostages—including American citizens Frederick Buttacio, Victor Lynn Lovelady, and Gordon Lee Rowan—were killed in the four-day siege of the complex.... (full story).

Yahya Abu el Hammam - Up to $5 Million Reward
Yahya Abu el Hammam - Up to $5 Million RewardYahya Abu el Hammam serves as a senior leader of al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), planning operations and kidnapping Westerners in North and West Africa. Hammam has played a key role in perpetuating AQIM’s terrorist activities in West Africa and Mali, and participated in several AQIM terrorist attacks in Mauritania. In July 2010, Hammam was reportedly involved in the killing of a seventy-eight year old French hostage in Niger. In 2006, Hammam was sentenced to death in absentia by Algerian authorities for terrorism-related charges. Hammam was designated by the U.S. Department of Treasury pursuant to Executive Order 13224 on February 14, 2013. Hammam was also listed by the United Nations al-Qaida Sanctions Committee on February 5, 2013. ... (full story).

Malik Abou Abdelkarim - Up to $3 Million Reward
Malik Abou Abdelkarim - Up to $3 Million RewardMalik Abou Abdelkarim is a senior leader of a company of fighters within the terrorist group, al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Under Abdelkarim’s command, his company has acquired weapons and conducted kidnappings and small-scale terrorist attacks in North and West Africa. Abdelkarim was reportedly responsible for killing a seventy-eight year old French hostage in Niger in July 2010. An attack in June 2010 carried out by Abdelkarim’s company resulted in the death of 11 Algerian gendarmes.... (full story).

Oumar Ould Hamaha - Up to $3 Million Reward
Oumar Ould Hamaha - Up to $3 Million RewardOumar Ould Hamaha, previously a member of al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), is now the spokesperson for the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA), an AQIM offshoot group. As a member of AQIM, Hamaha participated in kidnappings of foreigners for ransom, including the kidnapping of Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler from Niamey, Niger, in December 2008. Hamaha has also made threats against Westerners in Mali and has been associated with the abduction of Europeans in the region.... (full story).

 



04/06/2013
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