The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million each for information leading to the identification of senior Hurras al-Din leaders Abu ‘Abd al-Karim al-Masri, Faruq al-Suri, and Sami al-Uraydi.
All three leaders have been active in al-Qaida (AQ) for years and remain loyal to AQ leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Abu ‘Abd al-Karim al-Masri, also known as Karim, is an Egyptian national. In 2018, al-Masri was a member of Hurras al-Din’s shura and served as a mediator between the group and the Nusrah Front. Faruq al-Suri, also known as Samir Hijazi and Abu Hammam al-Shami, is a Syrian national. He fought in Afghanistan in the 1990s and trained AQ fighters in Iraq, among other activities. Sami al-Uraydi, also known as Abu Mahmud al-Shami, is a Jordanian national and senior sharia official for Hurras al-Din. He previously was involved in terrorist plots against the United States and Israel.