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US Drops Reward Offer for Former al-Shabab Leader

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The U.S. State Department has withdrawn its reward offer for Mukhtar Robow, a former leader of the Somali militant group al-Shabab.

n June 2012, the State Department offered up to $5 million for information on Robow that brought him “to justice.” At the time, Robow was still considered a top leader of al-Shabab, having served periods as its spokesman, spiritual leader and military commander.

But soon afterward, Robow exiled himself from the group because of long-running disputes with its emir, Ahmed Abdi Godane. He spent recent years living in his hometown of Abal, south of Huddur, in Somalia’s Bakool region.

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Robow has his own militias from his own clan in the area. Godane was killed by a U.S. missile strike in 2014.

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