BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition authorities have approved payment of $1 million to an Iraqi informant who gave them information leading to the arrest last month of a major figure in the anti-U.S. insurgency, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad (search) was arrested Jan. 11, one day after coalition officials received a tip about his whereabouts, coalition spokesman Dan Senor told reporters.
"Today we can announce that less than a month following receipt of that tip, we've approved a payment of $1 million to the Iraqi informant," Senor said. He did not name the informant.
However, U.S. military officials said al-Muhammad was a major figure in the insurgency in Anbar province, which includes the flashpoint cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.
Last year, U.S. officers in Anbar described al-Muhammad as the most wanted fugitive in the province.