In November 2001, American forces were dropping leaflets across Afghanistan notifying people of the $25 million reward for the capture of Osama bin Laden.
Now that he has been killed, philly.com reports it is not yet known whether the $25 million will be collected. But since the Navy Seals who killed bin Laden went to a targeted location, it is possible that they had been informed by someone in advance.
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told ABC News in December, "My guess is some person would have a scrap of information, and they would go to their leader, and they then would see what they think about that. And then they might move that information someplace else."
Most likely to replace bin Laden on top of the bounty list would be Ayman Al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian eye surgeon, who is expected to take over as new leader of Al Qaeda.
Zawahiri, who was thought to have been the man behind the World Trade Center attacks, is also carrying a $25 million price on his head.
According to ndtv.com, Zawahiri was thought to be hiding along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, but bin Laden’s killing has made US include Pakistani cities among his potential hideouts.
Another $2 million was later added to the bounty on bin Laden, increasing the total to $27 million.
The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list says the Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, offered the $25 million reward for Bin Laden’s capture. The additional $2 million comes from a program funded by the Airline Pilots Association and the Air Transport Association. Bin Laden's photo has been updated, with "deceased" being placed under it.
Al Qaeda had previously posted a bounty of $100,000 for any American soldier, $6,000 for a U.S. military uniform, and $3,000 for an American gun. And the Taliban would give $50,000 to any Afghan who kills a Western journalist.
The average yearly income in Afghanistan is around $200 or 950,000 afghanis.