You Snooze, You Lose

We all just lost our chance to make a cool five million dollars by turning in Abu-Ayyub al-Masri, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Over the past year, the government first reduced the bounty for Abu Ayyub al-Masri from $5 million to $1 million and then removed him entirely from the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program, which pays tipsters for information leading to the death or arrest and conviction of wanted terrorists, the officials said.

However, you can still make $100,000, and that’s not bad.

“Our assessment has led us to believe he’s not as effective a leader on the battlefield . . . and because of that he’s just not as valuable to us”

At the State Department, spokesman Sean McCormack said the decision to remove al-Masri from the list was a move that some officials thought would help their efforts to capture him.

Iraqi officials believed for a while last week that they had captured al-Masri in the northern city of Mosul. But U.S. officials later said the captive was someone with a similar name.

Which reminds me, here is a rather entertaining list of al-Qaeda #3 men.

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