Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 22, 2011


The U.S. Department of State has authorized a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the location of Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, better known as Yasin al-Suri.

Al-Suri is a senior al-Qaida facilitator and financier based in Iran.

Operating under an agreement between al-Qaida and the Iranian Government, al-Suri moves money and al-Qaida recruits from the Middle East through Iran and on to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Iranian authorities maintain a relationship with al-Suri and have permitted him to operate within Iran’s borders since 2005.

Al-Suri is an important fundraiser for al-Qaida and has collected money from donors and fundraisers throughout the Persian Gulf region. He has funneled significant amounts of money via Iran to al-Qaida’s leadership in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Working with the Iranian government, al-Suri also arranges the release of al-Qaida personnel from Iranian prisons. When al-Qaida operatives are released, the Iranian government transfers them to the custody of al-Suri, who then coordinates their travel to Pakistan.

On July 28, 2011, the U.S. Treasury Department designated al-Suri under Executive Order 13224 as an individual with whom U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in commercial or financial transactions.

Al-Suri was born in 1982 in al-Qamishli, Syria. He has black hair and brown eyes. He has used other aliases, including Yaseen al-Suri, Izz al-Din Abd al-Farid Khalil, and Zayn al-Abadin.

Information about Yasin al-Suri is located on the Rewards for Justice web site (www.rewardsforjustice.net/Suri).

We encourage anyone with information on al-Suri’s location to contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, any U.S. military commander, or the Rewards for Justice office via the website (www.rewardsforjustice.net), e-mail (RFJ@state.gov) or mail (Rewards for Justice, Washington, D.C. 20520-0303, USA). Individuals in Afghanistan may call the RFJ tip line at 0700 108 600.

All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Since its inception in 1984, the Rewards for Justice Program has paid more than $100 million to more than 70 persons who provided actionable information that put terrorists behind bars or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide.



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