The US is erecting billboards in Afghanistan offering hefty rewards for Osama bin Laden, Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar and American al-Qa’ida member Adam Gadahn, the embassy said yesterday.
Ten of the Rewards for Justice boards were being erected countrywide, two of them in Kabul, embassy spokeswoman Corina Sanders said. They show a portrait of the turbaned Gadahn flanked by bin Laden and Mullah Omar. The US led an invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, which toppled the extremist Taliban regime, because it did not surrender al-Qa’ida leaders after the September 11 attacks on Washington and New York. The US has tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan searching for the fugitives, who Afghan officials claim are across the border in Pakistan, but they remain elusive.
The US Government’s Rewards for Justice website offers up to $US25 million ($28.8 million) for information leading to the arrest of bin Laden, $US10million ($11.5 million) for Mullah Omar and $US1 million ($1.15 million) for Gadahn. – theau