The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has put up a 5 million US dollar reward for information that may lead to the capture of American-citizen and senior official in the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab, Jehad Serwan Mustafa.
According to US media reports, Mustafa is in the agency’s Most Wanted Terrorist list, and is said to be the highest ranking US national serving in a terrorist organization.
He is accused of providing material support to Al-Shabaab, and is believed to have been behind many deadly operations inside and outside Somalia.
The US military has been carrying out air strikes across Somalia, targeting Al-Shabaab and other militant groups, for years. These operations intensified under President Donald Trump. This year alone, the US is believed to have carried out more than 50 air strikes in the country.
US forces have also been providing advice and assistance to Somali forces, training soldiers and participating in joint ground operations.
These concerted efforts, however, have so far produced little tangible results.
Al-Shabaab remains arguably the most dangerous jihadist group in Africa. If anything, the group has stepped up operations against Somali government and its international partners in recent years.