U.S. doubles IS leader’s award to $ 10 million


File photo of Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, the new head of IS


The United States doubled its reward for capturing the supremo of the Islamic State extremist movement to $ 10 million on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced.

The United States had already offered Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli $ 5 million before he was identified as the successor to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, killed by American commandos during a raid in October in Syria.

Born in 1976, al-Mawli is an Islamic law scholar who has issued decrees to justify the persecution of the Yezidi minority, a campaign the United Nations has called genocide.

The jihadists have killed thousands of Yazidis, who practice an ancient religion, and have abducted and enslaved thousands of other women and girls as they were unleashed across the Middle East.

Al-Mawli was born in the Iraqi city of Mosul to a Turkmen family, making him one of the few non-Arabs to climb the ranks of the Islamic State group, which, at its peak, ruled large areas of the ‘Iraq and Syria and attracted volunteers from the west.

The group’s strongholds were decimated, but it has inspired macabre attacks around the world, including in Afghanistan and West Africa.

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