Under its Rewards for Justice Program, the U.S. State Department has announced it is increasing to $25 million its reward offer for information leading to the location, arrest, or conviction of ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Also known as Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri and Abu Du'a, al-Baghdadi is the senior leader of the terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIL or Da’esh.
Protecting the homeland and the American people is the top counterterrorism priority for the United States. Just as military efforts have been intensified against ISIL, the United States is increasing the means available to gain information on ISIL leadership and bring them to justice.
In June 2014, ISIL seized control of portions of Syria and Iraq, self-declared a so-called Islamic caliphate, and named al-Baghdadi as caliph. In recent years, ISIL has gained the allegiance of jihadist groups and radicalized individuals around the world, and has inspired terrorist attacks in the United States.
Under al-Baghdadi, ISIL has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians in the Middle East, including the brutal murder of numerous civilian hostages from Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The group also has enabled or directed terrorist attacks beyond the borders of its self-declared caliphate.
In 2011, the United States named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224. He was also sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council ISIL (DA’ESH) al-Qaida Sanctions Committee. At that time, al-Baghdadi was the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, which ultimately morphed into ISIL.
If you have information on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, contact the Rewards for Justice office via email at email@example.com; by phone at 1-800-877-3927; or by mail at Rewards for Justice, Washington, D.C. 20520-0303, USA. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
Since its inception in 1984, the Rewards for Justice Program has paid in excess of $125 million to more than 80 people who provided actionable information that helped bring terrorists to justice or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide. You can follow the Rewards for Justice Program on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Rewards4Justice.