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Iraq offers hefty bounties for killing, capturing jihadists

Published on Feb 20, 2014 11:53 PM

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraq, struggling to curb its worst violence in years, is offering bounties of up to US$25,000 (S$31,500) for killing or capturing a foreign jihadist fighter, state television reported Thursday.

The defence ministry is offering 20 million dinars to anyone who "kills a foreign terrorist from ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and Al-Qaeda" and 30 million dinars to anyone who captures "a terrorist from among them," it reported.

ISIL is a powerful jihadist group that carries out frequent attacks in Iraq, and has also flourished across the border during Syria's bloody civil war.

The bounties are the latest in a series of measures Iraq has enacted in a bid to curb a year-long surge in violence, which has reached levels not seen since 2008, when the country was emerging from a brutal period of sectarian killings in which tens of thousands died.

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