On June 24, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program is increasing its reward offer from 5 to 10 million dollars, for information leading to the identification or location in any country of the new leader of ISIS, Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla.
Al-Mawla, who is also known as Hajji Abdallah, ‘Abdul Amir Muhammad Sa’id Salbi, and Abu-‘Umar al-Turkmani, had been named as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on March 17, 2020. 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.
“The new reward offer, up to $10 million, is double the previous reward offer of up to $5 million announced in August of 2019,” said Todd Brown, Director of the Diplomatic Security Service:
“ Al-Mawla, also known as Hajji Abdallah and Abu-’Umar al-Turkmani succeeded Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the leader of ISIS following Baghdadi’s death during a U.S. military operation in October 2019. Al-Mawla helped drive and justify the abduction, slaughter, and trafficking of Yezidi religious minorities in northwest Iraq and he oversees the group’s global operations.”
Director Brown noted that the announcement demonstrates the United States’ resolve to use all of its available tools to counter terrorism and to hold ISIS and its leaders accountable for their actions. “As we work to ensure an enduring defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, we are determined to identify and find the group’s leaders so that the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and our partners on the ground in Iraq and Syria can continue to target ISIS remnants and thwart its global ambitions.”
“The United States remains committed to the enduring defeat of ISIS no matter who leads that depraved organization”, said Ambassador Nathan Sales, Coordinator of the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau and principal advisor to the Secretary of State on international counterterrorism matters.
“As al-Mawla’s predecessors have all learned the hard way, the United States and our partners will not hesitate to do what’s necessary to protect our homelands, our people, and our interests.”
If you have information about Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, please contact the Rewards for Justice website at www.rewardsforjustice.net; e-mail: INFO@rewardsforjustice.net; or the Regional Security Officer at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
All information will be kept strictly confidential.