U.S. Increases Award for Information on ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi

The United States announced today it was increasing the reward for information on the whereabouts of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi to $25 million from $10 million. The same amount is being offered for al Qaida leader al-Zawahiri.

The reward is part of the Rewards for Justice Program, administered by the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

ISIS has had a surge this week by retaking Palmyra and a Syrian army base near Mosul (Tiyas or T4). Today ISIS claims it has surrounded the largest military base east of Homs, called The Altifor Airbase, from the north, east and south. It released a statement saying it used an ATGM to hit a 57mm cannon north of #Tiyas/#T4. It is also attacking near Deir Ezzor. The US conducted 10 airstrikes in Palmyra yesterday.

Is a former Army brat now an American leader of the Islamic State? See this article in the Atlantic.

In Aleppo, the Iranian Shia militias blocked the evacuation today. In Idlib the past few days, the crowds have been cheering ISIS and protesting the rebels.

Excepting Aleppo, which is a human tragedy of epic proportion, worst of all, in a month, Donald Trump will be commander in chief.

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    Yes, I'm sure that was the problem (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by Peter G on Fri Dec 16, 2016 at 03:15:39 PM EST
    $10 million was an insufficient reward amount to motivate someone. Surely, $25 million will now do the trick.

    Yes, because $10 million is really a pittance (none / 0) (#2)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Dec 18, 2016 at 05:38:12 AM EST
    Another $15 million ought to do the trick.

    In Idlib... crowds have been cheering ISIS (none / 0) (#3)
    by linea on Sun Dec 18, 2016 at 02:45:56 PM EST
    FYI: the "rebels" are the USA backed "moderate" Islamists such as the Nusra Front and the Free Syrian Army. these islamist groups were funded, supplied, and trained by the USA to start this war in syria.

    Idlib Protests Demand End to Rebels' Military Rule

    Even being directly affiliated with al-Qaeda's affiliate didn't stop the arms flow to these groups. The report concludes that the FSA was quickly becoming a cover name for Nusra, a fact which apparently didn't phase the CIA, which was just as eager to use this pretense, so long as they were arming a group that was fighting against the Syrian government.

    CIA-Armed `Moderates' in Syria Included al-Qaeda's Nusra Front

    A new report citing former CIA officers has revealed that the agency was knowingly providing weapons, including tow missiles to fighters that were effectively part of al-Qaeda's Nusra Front, continuing to arm "moderates" so long as they at least nominally kept their moderate names.