Under its Rewards for Justice Program, the U.S. State Department is offering a $25 million reward for information leading to the location, arrest, or conviction of ISIS 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 Syria, also known as ISIS 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 ISIS, the United States is increasing the means available to gain information on ISIS leadership and bring them to justice.
In June 2014, ISIS seized control of portions of Syria and Iraq, self-declared a so-called Islamic caliphate, and named al-Baghdadi as caliph. In recent years, ISIS 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, ISIS 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 ISIS, or DA’ESH, al-Qaida Sanctions Committee. At that time, al-Baghdadi was the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, which ultimately morphed into ISIS.
If you have information on this man, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate and the tip line at www.rewardsforjustice.net or e-mail information to email@example.com. In North America, call 1-800-877-3927.
The U.S. guarantees that all reports will be investigated and the identity of all informants will be kept confidential. If appropriate, the U.S. is prepared to protect informants by relocating them.
Since its inception in 1984, the Rewards for Justice Program has paid in excess of $145 million dollars to more than 90 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.