Has the US ever paid out a bounty for Al shabab members

The US just released updated bounty program for Al Shabab members.

Obviously this is not the first time then been doing it for many years. US has killed many Al Shabab members over the years, does anyone know if US has ever paid out a bounty? Not sure if this info is released. They keep doing these programs, updating them etc. I wonder if they are finding success with these programs.

And I'm surprised Mahad karate has lasted this long tbh


“I am an empathic and emotionally-aware person.
Its a joke Cali Dheere has been interviewed by Reporters but apparently US Drones cant find him LOl. Its all a rouse, they dont wanna kill them
Its a joke Cali Dheere has been interviewed by Reporters but apparently US Drones cant find him LOl. Its all a rouse, they dont wanna kill them

On one hand I think it’s entirely possible for him to conduct an interview with a journalist one time without getting hit by a drone strike. Not like he does these interview frequently.

On the other hand, knowing US capabilities it’s hard to know why it’s taking so long.

This is an excerpt from Maruf’s book on the hunt for godane:
…By this time, Godane unquestionably felt the noose tightening around his neck. The Shabaab emir had been fanatic about security for years. From 2009 on, he almost never showed his face in public and rarely talked on the phone, communicating either by text message or, when possible, in secret face-to-face meetings. Now, he frequently changed both his bodyguards and his mobile phones to frustrate any would-be trackers. For added safety, he had other men dress like him and shadow his movements to confuse potential assassins.
And yet, a Somali intelligence official who was involved in the hunt for Godane says that finding the emir was never difficult. It was simply a matter of analyzing phone records. “Whenever he changes his number, Western intelligence services had contact [information] for the people he calls, and it was easy to figure out it was him,” says the official.
This became especially evident in January 2014. Al-Shabaab was girding itself at the time for an AMISOM offensive on Burdhubo, a militant-controlled town of about ten thousand in the southwestern Gedo region. Commanders sent large militias to reinforce two bases outside the town. Both Western and AMISOM intelligence learned Godane was going to the area to attend a meeting of senior Shabaab leaders. At about 6:30 p.m. on January 9, Kenyan F-5 jets bombed the meeting site in Kalabayrka junction, near the town of Birta Dheer. Kenya announced the next day that thirty militants had been killed, including several top foreigners.18 Godane survived, but possibly only by luck. Kenyan military spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir said on his Twitter account that Godane left the scene just half an hour before the jets attacked.
After leaving Kalabayrka, Godane went to the town of Dinsoor and stayed in the area for a little more than two weeks. When a delegation of top Al-Shabaab leaders left Dinsoor on January 26, they traveled in three vehicles driving in three different directions, toward the towns of Kismayo, Saakow, and Haawaay. US intelligence found its target anyway when one of Godane’s phones was turned on, in the car driving toward Haawaay. A drone closed in and fired missiles. The car was destroyed, killing Godane adviser Ahmed Abdulkadir, also known as “Iskudhuuq.”19 A source within Shabaab and sources close to AMISOM said that Iskudhuuq and Godane had a meeting before leaving Dinsoor and that Godane was supposed to travel in the vehicle that was targeted. But Godane was not inside when the missiles hit, for reasons unknown.
In spite of the near-misses, a Somali intelligence official said at the time that death was “hovering over Godane.”20 He said the United States had about forty people working on the Godane case, including informants. The official predicted that by the end of the year, Godane would be “taken off-air”—a phrase Mogadishu intelligence officials use to describe someone who is about to be killed.