In a further sign of the United States’ determination to help the nations of the Middle East and Africa combat terrorism, millions of dollars in rewards are being offered for information on four key leaders of the terrorist group ISIL, or Da’esh.
With roots in a 1990s jihadi group, ISIL has dramatically undermined stability in Iraq, Syria and the broader Middle East, posing a threat to international peace and security. It has recruited thousands from across the globe to fight in Iraq and Syria, committing gross, systematic human rights abuses, including mass executions, persecution of individuals and entire communities on their identity, killing and maiming children, rape and other atrocities. ISIL claims to be the true heir of Usama bin Ladin’s terrorist legacy.
The Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to $7 million for information on ‘Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli; up to $5 million each for information on Abu Mohammed al-Adnani and Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili; and up to $3 million for information on Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-‘Awni al-Harzi.
Al-Qaduli is a senior ISIL official who when released from prison in 2012 traveled to Syria join an ISIL network. As a member of al-Qaida in Iraq, or AQI, he served as its leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s deputy and as its emir of Mosul, Iraq.
Al-Adnani, whose birth name is Taha Sobhi Falaha, is a senior ISIL leader and its official spokesman, the main conduit for disseminating ISIL messages. He has repeatedly called for attacks against Westerners and has vowed “defeat” for the United States.
Batirashvili has served as a senior ISIL commander and Shura Council member. He has overseen an ISIL prison facility in al-Tabqa where ISIL possibly held foreign hostages, has worked closely with ISIL’s financial section, and has managed ISIL operations in the Manbij area of Syria.
Al-Harzi was one of the first terrorists to join ISIL and has served as an ISIL official operating in Syria. He has helped to raise funds from Gulf-based donors and has recruited and facilitated the travel of ISIL fighters. He was named its leader for the border region between Syria and Turkey. He also has served as chief of ISIL’s suicide bombers.
The United States guarantees that all reports will be investigated and the identity of all informants will be kept confidential. If appropriate, the United States is prepared to protect informants by relocating them. If you have such information, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, the tip line at www.rewardsforjustice.net, or e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org.