FBI Offers $50,000 Bounty for Suspect with Qaida Ties
[An Nahar] U.S. authorities offered a $50,000 reward on Wednesday for an American of Syrian descent with alleged al-Qaeda ties, who is accused of plotting to kill U.S. military personnel overseas.
Officials have been searching for Ahmad Abousamra, 31, since November 2009, when a federal warrant was issued for his arrest.
He has been indicted on nine charges, including providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country and conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda.
| Interesting timing to announce the reward...|
"Conspiring to use force or violence to achieve a political or social goal violates our cherished ideal of peaceful dissent," said FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers.
"Our goal is to find and arrest Abousamra so he can be tried by a jury of his peers," DesLauriers said in a statement.
Abousamra, who was born in La Belle France, has dual citizenship in the United States and Syria.
| A jury made up of Al Qaeda jihadis? That must be what they call prosecutorial cleverness.|
The FBI said he is a former resident of Mansfield, Massachusetts, who left the United States in 2006, and may be living in Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
, Syria with his wife and extended family.
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