On March 17, the United States Department of State listed Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. The designation blocks U.S. persons from engaging in transactions with the terrorist leader and freezes all property and interests subject to U.S. jurisdiction.
This designation also highlights last year’s offer by the U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program of a $5 million dollar reward for information leading to the identification or location of al-Mawla, who is also known as Hajji Abdallah, ‘Abdul Amir Muhammad Sa’id Salbi, and Abu-‘Umar al-Turkmani.
Al-Mawla is the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, having been elected by a shura council as the second caliph of ISIS upon the death in 2019 of his predecessor, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
Al-Mawla was active in ISIS’s precursor organization, al-Qai’da in Iraq, and steadily rose through the ranks of ISIS to become the Deputy Amir. Al-Mawla played a key role in this terrorist group's capture of Mosul in June 2014 and was one of the main ISIS leaders who orchestrated the genocidal mass killings of Yazidi religious minorities during the Sinjar massacre in August of that year. He helped to drive and attempt to justify the abduction, slaughter, and trafficking of Yazidis, and oversees the group’s global operations.
This $5 million reward is an important moment in the United States’ fight against ISIS. As these terrorists are defeated on the battlefield, we are determined to identify and find the group’s leaders so that the global coalition of nations fighting to defeat ISIS can continue to destroy ISIS remnants and thwart its global ambitions.
The Rewards for Justice Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $150 million to more than 100 people who provided actionable information that helped bring terrorists to justice or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide.
If anyone has information about Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, please contact the Rewards for Justice website at www.rewardsforjustice.net; e-mail: LH@rewardsforjustice.net; or the Regional Security Officer at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
All information will be kept strictly confidential.