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US Offers New Rewards for Haqqani Leaders


FILE - Insurgents suspected of being from the Haqqani network are presented to the media at the National Directorate of Security (NDS) headquarters in Kabul May 30, 2013.

FILE - Insurgents suspected of being from the Haqqani network are presented to the media at the National Directorate of Security (NDS) headquarters in Kabul May 30, 2013.

The U.S. State Department has offered new rewards for information on four key leaders of the Islamist group militant Haqqani Network, and increased the reward for the group’s top leader.

The Haqqani Network is a Pakistan-based group allied with al-Qaida and the Taliban. It is considered the most lethal group targeting international forces in Afghanistan and was designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department in 2012.

The State Department (( http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/230778.htm )) on Wednesday raised the reward for information on the group's leader Sirajuddin Haqqani from $5 million to up to $10 million.

The United States also authorized rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location of Aziz Haqqani, Sirajuddin’s brother; Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani, Sirajuddin’s uncle; Yahya Haqqani, Sirajuddin’s brother-in-law; and Abdul Rauf Zakir, the group’s chief of suicide operations.

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