The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program offers a reward of up to $ 7 million for clues used to locate or identify the leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Abu. lead Abayda Yusuf al Anabi.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry recalled that in November 2020, AQIM announced Al Anabi, an Algerian national also known as Yazid Mubarak, as the group’s new leader after former and first AQMI emir Abdelmalek Droukdel was assassinated in June 2020 was.
“Al-Anabi has pledged allegiance to the leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, on behalf of AQIM and is expected to play a role in the global management of Al-Qaeda, as Droukdel had done,” the department said, specifying that Al Anabi was previously “Head of the AQMI Council of Notables and served the AQMI Shura Council” as well as “Chief Media Officer of AQMI.
On September 9, 2015, the US State Department named Al Anabi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224 and on February 29, 2016, he was placed on the UN sanctions list.
In addition, the State Department has stressed that the AQIM, formerly known as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), “was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of Americans” and that it did so on May 23rd. 2001.
It also referred to the group as a foreign terrorist organization on March 27, 2002, before the organization officially joined Al-Qaeda in September 2006 and was renamed Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.