US Offers $25M Bounty for ISIS Leader
Al-Baghdadi is thought to be holed up in Mosul
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2016 6:15 AM CST
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivers a speech at an Iraqi mosque.   (AP Photo/Militant video, File)
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(Newser) – The US doesn't want Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to be another one that got away. The State Department has more than doubled its reward for information leading to the arrest of the ISIS leader, who is rumored to be in Mosul or in ISIS-held territory west of the Iraqi city, Reuters reports. The reward has gone from $10 million to $25 million for al-Baghdadi, who was labeled a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" in 2011, the State Department said in a press release. After the offensive to retake Mosul from the militant group began, al-Baghdadi released his first message in almost a year, telling followers that "holding your ground in honor is a thousand times better than retreating in disgrace."

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