U.S. reinforcing positions in Syria

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — As part of its ongoing efforts to pursue the leaders of the Islamic State (ISIS), the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program announced a reward of up to $10 million for anyone who gives any information leading to the arrest of ISIS leader Mohammed Saeed Abdulrahman al-Mawla, aka Haji Abdullah.

Al-Mawla, and Iraqi national, reportedly took command of ISIS after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a U.S. military operation in northwestern Syria along the Turkish border in 2019.

In related news, underlining its support for the Syrian Democratic Forces in clearing the region of terrorism, the northeastern regions of Syria witnessed the arrival of a new deployment of U.S. Marines a few days after the arrival of other ground reinforcements.

U.S. Central Command spokesman Bill Urban said in a statement on Friday that U.S. forces have deployed radar systems, intensified U.S. jet fighter flights over their forces, and deployed Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles to reinforce their presence in the region.