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US offers new rewards for info on location of top Haqqani network members, leader

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is offering new rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location four top members of the Pakistan-based extremist Haqqani (hah-KAH'-nee) network and is boosting an existing $5 million reward for the group's leader to $10 million.

The State Department's Rewards for Justice program announced the bounty offers on Wednesday. The $10 million reward applies to Sirajuddin Haqqani, while the $5 million rewards are being offered for his relatives Aziz Haqqani, Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani and Yahya Haqqani, as well as Abdul Rauf Zakir.

The Haqqanis are allied with al-Qaida and the Afghan Taliban and are accused of staging numerous cross-border attacks from their base in North Waziristan, Pakistan, including the 19-hour siege at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in September 2011.

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