US Hikes Reward for Info on IS Leader to USD 25mnWorld | 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.
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.