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US places Al-Qaeda affiliate leader in Sahel on terrorism blacklist

The Trump administration is trying to turn up pressure on three senior al-Qaeda leaders in Africa and the Middle East. The State Department placed the head of the main al-Qaeda affiliate in Mali on a terrorism blacklist. It also offered rewards for information leading to the location of two top members of al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen. The sanctions are against Amadou Kouffa for attacks in Africa’s Sahel region. The action announced Thursday freezes any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction. A reward of up to $6 million was also offered for information about the emir of Yemen’s Shabwah province for his role in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. And the U.S. is offering up to $4 million for a Sudanese AQAP leader who once worked with Osama bin Laden. AP

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