US ups bounty for Baghdadi by more than double to $25 mn
The US has more than doubled the reward for information leading to the capture of dreaded Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to $25 million.
The Department of State released a statement announcing the $25 million reward for the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The new bounty, $ 25 million, is the same amount offered for Osama bin Laden in 2011, but no one ever cashed in after the al-Qaeda leader was killed in Pakistan by a team of Navy SEALs in May of that year.
“Protecting the homeland and the American people is our top counter-terrorism priority, and just as we have intensified our efforts against ISIL (another name for ISIS), we are increasing the means available to us to gain information on their leadership and bring them to justice,” the State Department said in a statement.
“The threat that al-Baghdadi poses has increased significantly since the Department of State’s initial $10 million reward offer for information leading to his location, arrest, or conviction was announced in 2011,” the department’s Rewards for Justice Programme said on its website.
“Baghdadi has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians in the Middle East,” it said.