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US offers US$30m in search for Haqqani leaders

The United States is offering a total US$30 million (S$37.5 million) in return for information on key leaders of the feared Haqqani militant network.

WASHINGTON: The United States offered a total US$30 million (S$37.5 million) Wednesday (Aug 20) in return for information on key leaders of the feared Haqqani militant network, blamed for numerous bloody attacks in Afghanistan.

"The Department has authorized rewards of up to US$5 million each for information leading to the location of Aziz Haqqani, Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani, Yahya Haqqani, and Abdul Rauf Zakir," the State Department said in a statement. It also increased its previous reward offer of up to US$5 million for information on the group's leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, to up to US$10 million.

The State Department added: "The group is allied with Al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban and cooperates with other terrorist organizations in the region." It said that the Pakistan-based Haqqani network was "the most lethal insurgent group" targeting the US-led NATO coalition and Afghan personnel in neighbouring Afghanistan.

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