The U.S. government has increased the bounty for information that will lead to the capture or killing of the new leader of the Islamic State to $10 million.
Amir Mohammed Sa’id Abdal Rahman al-Mawla, also known as Hajji Abdallah, became the new leader of ISIS after his predecessor Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during a U.S. Special Operations operation in October 2019.
The 46-year-old al-Mawla was a member of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), serving as a religious scholar. With the advent of ISIS, al-Mawla steadily rose through prominence to become a deputy emir (regional governor) before getting the top job in the battered terrorist group after al-Baghdadi’s death. His past as a religious scholar meant that al-Mawla has been a protagonist in the creation, through religious edicts, of the ideology that ISIS utilized to justify a number of its crimes.
“This reward is an important moment in our fight against ISIS and its branches and networks around the world. 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,” stated the State Department announcement.