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U.S. Offers $5M Reward For Information On New ISIS Leader In An Endless Whack-A-Mole

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U.S. Offers $5M Reward For Information On New ISIS Leader In An Endless Whack-A-Mole

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On March 21st, the US State Department, under its Rewards For Justice program announced a $5 million bounty on information that leads to the capture of new ISIS leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla and listed him as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

Information is also request for two other prominent ISIS members – Hajji Hamad and al-Jaburi.

Al-Mawla, also known as Hajji ‘Abdallah, ‘Abdul Amir Muhammad Sa’id Salbi, and Abu-‘Umar al-Turkmani, is the new leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader.

He was a religious scholar in al-Qaeda in Iraq, and steadily rose through the ranks to assume the role as the leader of ISIS.

He succeeded Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the leader of ISIS following Baghdadi’s death during a U.S. military operation in October 2019. On March 18, 2020, the Department of State designated al-Mawla as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).

“As one of ISIS’s most senior ideologues, Hajji ‘Abdallah helped drive and justify the abduction, slaughter, and trafficking of the Yazidi religious minority in northwest Iraq and is believed to oversee some of the group’s global terrorist operations.”

This is yet another example of how ineffective the United States’ fight is against terror, since the process is repeating itself – Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla became the leader of ISIS, after the previous leader – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed.

Al-Baghdadi became the leader after the previous one was killed by the US.

The activities of the terror group continue, and with the COVID-19 pandemic are ramping up, especially in terms of online propaganda, while the US only attempts to remove the head of the organization, just for it to be replaced in a very short timeline.

It is a sort of terrorist whack-a-mole game.

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.

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