Coalition Enhances Reward Program in Hunt for Enemies
By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2004 An enhanced, three-tiered reward program is the coalition's latest weapon against insurgents in Iraq, officials announced at a Baghdad news conference today.
The program's top tier covers the 10 members of the "Top 55" most-wanted members of Saddam Hussein's regime who remain at large. An informant will reap $1 million for tips leading to the capture of any one of them, said Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy operations director for Combined Joint Task Force 7.
Officials who had regional responsibilities in Saddam's regime now have a $200,000 price on their heads, and the coalition is offering $50,000 for information resulting in the death or capture of operatives in local terrorist cells, the general said.
Dan Senor, the Coalition Provisional Authority's senior spokesman, announced that an Iraqi informant in a recent high-profile capture received $1 million last week. The informant had provided "critical information" that led to the Jan. 11 capture of Khamis Sirhan al-Mohammed, a regional Baath Party chairman who was listed as No. 54 in the Top 55 list, Senor said.
Kimmitt also announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture of Mohammed Yunis al-Ahmed al-Mujallah, also known as Mohammed Yunis and as Khadir al-Sabbahi. The coalition believes he has been running cells engaged in significant anti-coalition activities, the general said.
He reminded reporters that a $10 million reward is on the table for each of two wanted men: Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, former vice president of Saddam's revolutionary council, and convicted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the presumed author of a 17-page "blueprint for terror in Iraq" intended for al Qaeda leaders and intercepted by the coalition.
Besides the money, Kimmitt said, Iraqis can count on "significant security" as part of them providing information. Though he wouldn't get into specifics, the general said the coalition wants citizens who have come forward or who will provide information in the future to understand that "there won't be any danger associated with them coming forth with this information."