The Trump administration is trying to turn up pressure on three senior al-Qaeda leaders in Africa and the Middle East.
The State Department placed the head of the main al-Qaeda affiliate in Mali on a terrorism blacklist. It also offered rewards for information leading to the location of two top members of al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen.
The sanctions are against Amadou Kouffa for attacks in Africa’s Sahel region. The action announced Thursday freezes any assets he may have under US jurisdiction.
A reward of up to $6 million was also offered for information about the emir of Yemen's Shabwah province for his role in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The US is offering up to $4 million for a Sudanese AQAP leader who once worked with Osama bin Laden.