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US boosts reward on IS leader al-Baghdadi to $25 mn

WASHINGTON:┬áThe United States on Friday more than doubled the bounty on the head of the shadowy leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to $25 million. The announcement by the State Department "Rewards for Justice Program" came as US-backed local forces close in on the militant movement's main urban strongholds in Iraq and Syria, the cities of Mosul and Raqa. The cash will be paid to anyone who can offer "information leading to the location, arrest or conviction" of the elusive militant. "Under…