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Thursday, November 26, 2009     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

FBI ups reward to $5 million for the 'Bomb Man', at large since 1980s

WASHINGTON — The State Department has announced the reward for the capture of Hussein Mohammed Al Umari, known as Abu Ibrahim. Known as the "Bomb Man," Abu Ibrahim has been accused of several attacks in the 1980s and was indicted on charges of blowing up a U.S. airliner in 1982.   

The 'bombman', Abu Ibrahim     AP
As late as 2004, Abu Ibrahim was believed to have still been in Iraq. Officials said Abu Ibrahim, said to have been trained in the former Soviet Union, helped establish a bomb factory in the northern city of Mosul.

Ibrahim was said to have helped a range of Palestinian insurgency groups, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Fatah-sponsored Black September and the Iraqi-sponsored May 15. France has indicted Abu Ibrahim for bombings in Paris.

"A Sunni Muslim who doesn’t drink or gamble, Al Umari is said to enjoy smoking Cuban cigars," the FBI said on Nov. 24.

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Abu Ibrahim, 73, was identified as head of the May 15 organization. The U.S. move increased the reward for his capture from $200,000 to $5 million.

Officials said the increased reward could help in efforts to find Abu Ibrahim, who appears on the FBI's most-wanted list. They said the FBI has been assigned the responsibility to arrest Abu Ibrahim, who for years lived in Iraq.

In 2009, Abu Ibrahim was said to be in Lebanon. Lebanon does not have an extradition arrangement with the United States.

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