US Puts $10M Bounty on Heads of 2 Americans
Jehad Mostafa, Omar Shafik Hammami helping al-Shabab in Somalia
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2013 8:52 AM CDT
These undated images provided by the FBI shows Jehad Mostafa, left, and Omar Shafik Hammami.   (AP Photo/FBI)

(Newser) – There may not be any American militants on the kill list, but that doesn't mean the US isn't hunting any. The State Department is offering up to $5 million apiece for information leading to the capture of two American members of al-Shabab, it announced yesterday. The US will begin distributing posters and matchbooks bearing the faces of Jehad Mostafa of Wisconsin and Omar Shafik Hammami, the "rapping jihadist" from Alabama, along with messages in English and Somali announcing the reward, CNN reports.

Both men have been indicted by grand juries on terror charges and are named on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists List. An FBI official says they've shown "a persistent interest in targeting US interests," but any specific attacks they may have been involved in are classified. Hammami, 28, publicly broke from al-Shabab last year, releasing a video decrying its leaders as corrupt and accusing them of ignoring global jihad. His family has said it fears for his life. But the FBI says his current connection to the group is "immaterial," and that he's wanted for past transgressions. "We still believe he is an individual of great significance to the activities that are going on in Somalia with al-Shabab," says an official.

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charlesncharge
Mar 22, 2013 12:34 PM CDT
If anyone knows where one might find these two, please email me. I really need the money. Thank you in advance.
Mahatche
Mar 21, 2013 1:57 PM CDT
Is it just me, or does Jehad Mostafa look like Dave Hester of storage wars?
Buckshot
Mar 21, 2013 11:57 AM CDT
These men have American blood on their hands. They should be caught and tried as traders against America and if guilty they should be hung.