Reward Offered for Information Leading to Two Hezbollah Commanders

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The U.S. State Department on Tuesday announced it was offering a reward of up to $5 million in exchange for information leading to three leaders from Hezbollah and Hamas.

The wanted individuals have been identified as Khalil Yusif Harb and Haytham Ali Tabataba’i (Hezbollah) and Salih Al-Aruri (Hamas).

According to the announcements made by the Reward for Justice program, Khalil Yusif Harb, who was designated as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in August 2013, is a close adviser to Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, and has served as the group’s chief military liaison to Iranian and Palestinian terrorist organizations.

It also added that Harb has commanded and supervised the organization’s military operations in the Palestinian territories and several countries throughout the Middle East. Since 2012, Harb has been involved in the movement of large amounts of currency to Hezbollah’s political allies in Yemen.

Haytham ‘Ali Tabataba’i has been identified as a key Hezbollah military leader who has commanded the group's special forces in both Syria and Yemen.

"Tabataba’i’s actions in Syria and Yemen are part of a larger Hezbollah effort to provide training, materiel, and personnel in support of its destabilizing regional activities," the announcement noted.

In October 2016, the Department of State designated Tabataba’i as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

From Hamas, Salih Al-Aruri, one of the founders of Hamas's military wing known as the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, is wanted for funding and directing Hamas military operations in the West Bank and being linked to several terrorist attacks, hijackings, and kidnappings.

Al-Aruri, who serves as the deputy leader of the Hamas Political Bureau, announced Hamas’s responsibility for the June 12, 2014, attack that kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, including dual U.S.–Israeli citizen Naftali Fraenkel.

In September 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Al-Aruri as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.