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Questions surround $25 million reward for Osama bin Laden

binladenDeceased050211_optBY BOB HOLT

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, 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, 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.

Comments (3)
3 Tuesday, 02 August 2011 19:33
That bounty did not cover special operations teams on a mission. I guarantee u that the information trail that lead to real viable information as to Bin Ladens exact whereabouts, were rewared financially once confirmed and the mission was complete. I know enough about the "TEAMS" to know their is no way Seal Team 6 would allow public/international lies to be spread about a mission of such great importantce. Their creed is HONOR & getting the job done at anyprice. Through violence of action and precsion in a highly dynamic/ad hoc enviornment. Hooyah! And to the rest of you drop down and push them out. They didnt do it for me our you, but for eachother.
2 Saturday, 07 May 2011 12:22
This Must come from a Cholo!
1 Thursday, 05 May 2011 15:32
There's no way Osama Bin Laden is dead. Because how would the military have no information and then suddenly know his whereabouts. Plus the fact that they supposedly "dumped the body in the ocean" that in itself is suspicious. Also that fake photo that someone put up was way too easy to detect. So all in all the governments lying to all of you!


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