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US to offer rewards for tips on illegal maritime activity in the Middle East

/ 05:43 PM July 05, 2022
FILE PHOTO: The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke gets underway as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group deployment towards the Middle East, from Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. April 11, 2018. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Yarborough/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke gets underway as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group deployment towards the Middle East, from Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. April 11, 2018. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Yarborough/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke gets underway as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group deployment towards the Middle East, from Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. April 11, 2018. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Yarborough/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY/File Photo

The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke gets underway as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group deployment towards the Middle East, from Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. April 11, 2018. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Yarborough/Handout via REUTERS. 

The U.S. Navy will for the first time reward individuals for providing information that leads to the seizure of illicit cargos such as illegal weapons or narcotics in waters across the Middle East, it said on Tuesday.

The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), which is headquartered in Bahrain and covers strategic waterways such the Suez Canal and Strait of Hormuz, said the rewards could be in cash or items such as boats.

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“NAVCENT could potentially reward a maximum $100,000 payout for information or non-lethal assistance that supports counterterrorism operations or leads U.S. naval forces to successfully seize illicit cargo such as illegal weapons or narcotics,” it said in a statement on its website.

“Rewards can also be non-monetary and include items like boats, vehicles, food or equipment,” it said.

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The statement gave a phone number in Bahrain where tips can be reported, in addition to the website dedicated to the U.S. Department of Defense’s rewards program.

The statement did not mention a specific country as being a target of the reward program, but its implementation could complicate the shipments of Iranian weapons to Tehran’s allies in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon.

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