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Tuesday, 20 November, 2001, 20:30 GMT
US broadcasts $25m Bin Laden bounty
An American soldier in Afghanistan
US soldiers will also spread word of the reward
Radio broadcasts and leaflets dropped from US planes are telling the Afghans about America's offer of a $25m cash reward for the capture of Osama Bin Laden.

The offer of the reward will also be spread through word of mouth by US special forces on the ground there, Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said.


(We want) a large number of people to begin crawling through those tunnels and caves looking for the bad folks

US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
The broadcasts and leaflets also name 21 other members of Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network believed to be in Afghanistan.

US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he hoped the reward would offer another incentive for the Afghan people to turn over the men who are the targets of the US attacks.

"Our hope is that the dual incentive of helping to free that country from a very repressive regime and to get the foreigners and the al-Qaeda out of there, coupled with substantial monetary rewards, will incentivise... a large number of people to begin crawling through those tunnels and caves looking for the bad folks," Mr Rumsfeld said.

Reward boosted

Secretary of State Colin Powell said he was boosting the reward from $5m to $25m.

US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
Rumsfeld: The reward presents another incentive

"I have the authority, which I will use, to authorize an award of up to $25m for the capture of Osama bin Laden," Mr Powell told reporters.

"The legal paperwork is being accomplished but that will be our position," he said.

Congress approved a $5m reward last month, and despite earlier announcements by other officials, the amount was not changed until Tuesday.

Mr Rumsfeld said the amount had already been raised.

See also:

10 Oct 01 | Americas
America's 'most wanted terrorists'
20 Nov 01 | South Asia
In pictures: Afghans flee Kunduz
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