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U.S. Offers $12 Million Reward For Iran-Based Al-Qaeda Members

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department is offering up to $12 million in rewards for information on two men it describes as members of an Al-Qaeda network operating in Iran.

The State Department said on October 18 that they were "key facilitators" in sending extremists to Iraq and Afghanistan.

It says it will provide $7 million for information on Muhsin al-Fadhli and $5 million for information on Adel Radi Saqr al-Wahabi al-Harbi.

Also on October 18, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed financial sanctions against Harbi.

The move freezes any U.S. assets held by Harbi and also prohibits U.S. citizens from engaging in transactions with him.

Fadhli is already subject to similar restrictions.

The U.S. government says Iran gives the Al-Qaeda network on its soil "freedom of operation."

With reporting by AP
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