Information leading to the arrest of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will be rewarded with $25 million from the US-led coalition against ISIS.
Rabat – Airplanes with the international coalition against ISIS have dropped leaflets over Ramadi, an Iraqi city 100 kilometers west of Baghdad, requesting information that would lead to the capture of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The leaflets, dropped Tuesday, April 2, note that the US-led international coalition will give $25 million for the information.
“The leader of Daesh (IS group) and his fighters stole your land and killed your family, and now he is hiding safely away from the death and destruction that he planted,” read the leaflet, according to Xinhua news agency.
According to Iraq’s anti-terrorism agency spokesperson Sabah al Namaan, who spoke to Fox News, al-Baghdadi is still in Syria, near the Iraqi border.
A member of the National Reconciliation Commission in Iraq, Hisham al-Hashimi, reported that al-Baghdadi may be hiding in three possible locations.
Al-Hashimi believes al-Baghdadi may be stranded either in the arid Syrian desert, the desert of Tadmur or Homs, or across the border in Iraq.
Keeping a low profile to avoid arrest, al-Baghdadi has changed most of his facial features including shaving his beard, according to Hamid al-Hayes, the head of the al-Anbar Salvation Council in Iraq.
Iraqi intelligence reported that al-Baghdadi is still in hiding in the eastern part of Syria with his followers, including one of his sons.
Al-Hashimi pointed out that the hunt will not be easy; al-Baghdadi knows how to survive in the desert and arid areas, which stretch for 200 square miles.