The Obama administration announced new bounties Wednesday worth up to $20 million for four Islamic State terrorists, bringing the total reward for all the terrorists on the State Department’s most-wanted list to $375 million. Here’s how that breaks down.
The entire $375 million bounty
Each section of the bar represents a different million-dollar level offered for information leading to a terrorist’s capture. The length of each segment represents how much the State Department is offering in total for the group of terrorists. Below, each segment is highlighted individually.
The State Department lists 71 international terrorists with “rewards for information that leads to [their] arrest or conviction.” The four new additions are all leaders within the Islamic State:
- $7 million for Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli
- $5 million for ISIL’s official spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani
- $5 million for Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili (also known as Omar the Chechen)
- $3 million for Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-‘Awni al-Harzi
Ayman al-Zawahiri has the single largest bounty for information leading to his capture: $25 million. Al-Zawahiri is wanted by the State Department because he was possibly one of Osama bin Laden’s doctors and advisors, and had a role in U.S. embassy bombings in 1998.
Six terrorists have a bounty of $10 apiece, worth $60 million total. These include Abu Du’a (also known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) — the senior leader of the Islamic State — and Nasir al-Wahishi, deputy to al-Zawahiri and the self-proclaimed leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
There are three terrorists the State Department is offering $7 million for, amounting to $21 million in total:
- Muhsin al-Fadhli, al-Qaida’s senior leader in Iran
- Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram
- Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli
The State Department is offering $5 million each for 46 terrorists, totalling $230 million. This includes Ali Sayyid Muhamed Mustafa al-Bakri, a chemical weapons and explosives expert for al-Qaida; Othman al-Ghamdi, the operational commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula; and Ibrahim Haji Jama, a founder of Harakat Shabaab al-Mujahidin and a senior leader in al-Shabaab.
Eleven terrorists have a capture reward of $3 million, totalling $33 million. The only two women on the list are in this group: Zerrin Sari and Seher Demir Sen, both of whom are members of the terrorist group Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front, a Turkish military/political party.
Two terrorists — Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki and Abdullah Nowbahar — have a capture reward of $2 million each for $4 million total. The former is the second in command of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, a radical Ahl-e-Hadith Islamist organization dedicated to installing Islamist rule over parts of India and Pakistan. The latter is a Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin explosives expert.
At the bottom of the reward list are Radullan Sahiron, a senior leader of the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf Group, and Abdul Basit Usman, a bomb-making expert with links to the Abu Sayyaf Group and Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist organizations operating in the southern Philippines. Their $1 million capture rewards total $2 million.