US Offers $5 Million For Key Islamic State Group Leader

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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If you’re short about $5 million and know a thing or two about the whereabouts of Islamic State group leader Tirad al-Jarba, also known as Abu-Muhammad al-Shimali, you’re in luck.

The U.S. Department of State offered a sizable reward on Nov. 18 for information that leads to the identification or location of  al-Shimali, who was formerly affiliated with al-Qaida in Iraq. He is currently “a key leader in [Islamic State group's] Immigration and Logistics Committee, and is responsible for facilitating the travel of foreign terrorist fighters” from Turkey to Syria.

Al-Shimali’s committee also coordinates “smuggling activities, financial transfers and the movement of supplies into Syria and Iraq from Europe, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.”

The state department isn’t the first agency to strike against al-Shimali, according to The Telegraph. In September, the United Nations placed him on a sanctions list, meaning he’s susceptible to travel bans, an arms embargo and having his personal assets frozen.

With the help of Interpol, the U.N. has notified law enforcement globally about the sanctions he faces.

Despite the high price on al-Shimali’s capture, Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has a $10 million bounty on his head. The reward for helping capture al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahari is $25 million.

Sources: The U.S. Department of State, The Telegraph / Photo credit: The Telegraph