Rewards for Justice is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information on Ibrahim al-Banna, also known as Abu Ayman al-Masri. Al-Banna is a senior leader of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). He was a founding member of AQAP, has served as the group’s chief of security, and has provided military and security guidance to AQAP leadership. Al-Banna is the last of AQAP’s founding members.
In a 2010 article for AQAP’s English-language online magazine, Inspire, al-Banna described the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States as virtuous and threatened to target Americans worldwide in response to U.S. actions overseas. Prior to his membership with AQAP, al-Banna was a leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad in Yemen from 1996 to 1998 and subsequently was in charge of the group’s training and intelligence sectors.
On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of State designated al-Banna as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended. As a result of this designation, among other consequences, all property and interests in property of al-Banna that are subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with al-Banna. In addition, it is a crime to knowingly provide, or attempt or conspire to provide, material support or resources to the FTO AQAP.