Salim Jamil Ayyash
Salim Jamil Ayyash
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Aftermath of an explosion targeting the motorcade of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut on February 14, 2005

U.S. offers $10 million reward for info on Hezbollah operative

Salim Jamil Ayyash, a senior member of Shi'ite terror group's assassination squad, was sentenced in absentia by an international tribunal to five life sentences over his role in the 2005 killing of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri

Associated Press |
Published: 03.29.21 , 22:46
The United States on Monday offered a $10 million reward for information on a Hezbollah operative who was convicted last year in the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik Hariri.
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  • The State Department said the reward will be given to anyone who provides information preventing Salim Jamil Ayyash from planning or engaging in any attacks against a U.S. citizen or American interests.
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    The devastation left after the bomb that targeted the motorcade of Rafik Hariri in Beirut on February 14, 2005
    The devastation left after the bomb that targeted the motorcade of Rafik Hariri in Beirut on February 14, 2005
    Aftermath of an explosion targeting the motorcade of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut on February 14, 2005
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    Ayyash is a senior member of Hezbollah's Unit 121, an assassination squad that the department said reports to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
    The announcement said Ayyash is known to have been involved in efforts to harm American troops in the past. An international tribunal convicted Ayyash in absentia and sentenced him to five life sentences on charges related to the 2005 suicide truck bombing in Beirut that killed Hariri and 21 other people. The tribunal found that Ayyash led the team that carried out the attack.
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    Salim Jamil Ayyash
    Salim Jamil Ayyash
    Salim Jamil Ayyash
    In addition to its December 2020 verdict, the Netherlands-based court issued new international arrest warrants for Ayyash and authorized its prosecutor to ask Interpol to issue "red notices" to its member states seeking his arrest.
    Three other Hezbollah members had been acquitted in August of all charges that they also were involved in the killing that sent shock waves through the Middle East.
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    Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
    Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
    Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
    (Photo: AP)
    In 2011, U.S. news website Newsmax reported that sources familiar with the investigation into Hariri's assassination said that the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon accused Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei of giving the order to murder the former Lebanese prime minister, according to the Lebanese website Naharnet.
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