WASHINGTON: In a News release by the State Department on Wednesday, The United States announced it is offering a reward of as much as $5m for “information leading to the identification or location” of three key Islamic State (IS) group leaders, considered “legacy members” of IS’s predecessor organization, al-Qaeda in Iraq.
The three men were identified as Amir Muhammad Said Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, Sami Jasim Muhammad al-Jaburi, and Mutaz Numan Abd Nayif Najm al-Jaburi.
Al-Mawla, also known as “Hajji Abdallah”, is listed as a potential successor to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. A “religious scholar” who “steadily rose through the ranks to assume a senior leadership role” in IS, al-Mawla is accused of helping “drive and justify” atrocities committed by IS against Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority.
Sami al-Jaburi, also known as “Hajji Hamid”, is accused of being “instrumental” in managing IS finances. Listed by the US as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in 2015, he has been under US financial sanctions ever since.
Mutaz al-Jaburi, also known as Hajji Taysir, , is accused of overseeing bomb-making for IS and other “insurgent activities”.
UN expert urges France to repatriate Islamic State suspects sentenced to death in Iraq. It is unclear if the two al-Jaburi men are related.
The State Department called the newly listed rewards for the three men “an important moment” in the US’s fight against IS.
The State Department said, “This reward is an important moment in our fight against ISIS,”
It added, “As ISIS is defeated on the battlefield, we are determined to identify and find the group’s leaders so that the global coalition of nations fighting to defeat ISIS can continue to destroy ISIS remnants and thwart its global ambitions.”