Tuesday’s statement from the State Department adds four names to the list of high-value US targets sought by the “Rewards for Justice Program.”
The militant with the largest price — $7 million (6.25 million euros) — on his head is Abdel Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, who was designated a global terrorist for the purpose of US Treasury sanctions in May last year.
The “Rewards for Justice” program was designed to bring down the heads of the IS group and to motivate americans and other citizens around the world to bring down the threat they represent throughout the world.
The Syrian militant, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, whose birth name is Taha Sobhi Falaha and who is approximately 38 years old, is now subject to a five-million-dollar reward for information leading to his death or capture. With the largest price — $7 million (6.25 million euros) — on his head is Abdel Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, he was designated a global terrorist for the purpose of US Treasury sanctions in May last year. This operation ressembles the one launched a few years ago to capture Bin Laden.
The statement describes him as an IS spokesman who has repeatedly called for attacks on the United States, and it was decided the program to bring him down is the best way to protect the land and the security of its citizens.
Tarkhan Batirashvili, better known under his Arabic nom de guerre as Omar al-Shishani, is also under a five-million-dollar reward. The 29-year-old Georgian is accused of overseeing a prison outside the IS stronghold of Raqa where several foreign hostages were held. There is a three-million-dollar reward on the head of Tariq bin al-Tahar bin al-Falih al-Awni al-Harzi, a 33-year-old Tunisian. The latter is accused of acting as an IS fundraiser in the Gulf states and later as a field commander in Syria and as head of a unit of suicide bombers.
The Iraqi leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was already the subject of a $10-million reward under the program.