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The Rewards for Justice program brings the head money for those who will provide useful information to find the caliph Isis at 10 million
US head money increases on Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, aka Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the ISIS Caliph. This goes from five to ten million dollars. According to the Rewards for Justice program, the Iraqi jihadist (allegedly born in Tal Afar) is also known as Hajji Abdallah and previously was part of al Qaeda. Then, he grew up in the ranks of the Islamic State to become his deputy commander. Furthermore, as one of Daesh’s most influential ideologues, he helped manage and justify the kidnapping, genocide and trafficking of the Yazidis. Finally, he led some of the group’s terrorist operations globally. He rose to lead IS after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death in October 2019, during a US military raid.
Is the doubling of the reward on Qurashi a sign that the circle is tightening on the Daesh leader? Meanwhile, Inherent Resolve and local partners decimate the Islamic State leadership
There is no official confirmation, but US intelligence or Inherent Resolve is likely to be on the trail of Qurashi and needs input to refine the search. In support of this thesis there are two elements. On one hand, the doubling of the bounty on the Islamic State leader. The goal is to entice some of his men to betray him. On the other, the same message from the Rewards for Justice program. “This reward is an important moment in our fight against Daesh and its branches and networks around the world. As ISIS has been defeated on the battlefield – reads the text – we are determined to identify and find the group’s leaders”. This, so that the Coalition can continue to destroy the remains of IS and to counter “its global ambitions”. A sign that efforts are underway, as confirmed by recent raids against group commanders in Iraq and Syria.