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US Hikes Reward for Info on IS Leader to USD 25mn

World | December 16, 2016, Friday @ 22:13| 114 views

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Photo: EPA

On Friday, the US more than doubled its former reward for information on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, offering USD 25 million for information that would help locate, arrest or convict the chief of the jihadist group, TodayOnline reports. 

The US State Department's Rewards for Justice program previously offered USD 10 million for information on Baghdadi, announced in October 2011. The increase was announced in a statement on Friday.

Baghdadi, an Iraqi whose real name is Ibrahim al-Samarrai, declared himself the caliph of a huge swath of Iraq and Syria two years ago.

His exact location is not clear. Reports have said he may be in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, Iraq, or in Islamic State-held territory to the west of the city, close to the border with Syria.

Kurdish officials believe that growing pressure resulting from a coalition military assault on Mosul is causing Baghdadi and his top lieutenants to move around and try to hide themselves.

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