With foreign airstrikes becoming an increasing problem in ISIS territory, the Islamist group’s leadership is stepping up efforts to track down spies working for the US and its allies.
Today, ISIS announced it is offering $5,000 to anyone who can capture an informant or provide information leading to such a capture. Fliers announcing the deal have been reported around ISIS territory in Syria.
While they will no doubt eagerly take any spies for foreign powers, the effort seems in particular to find the spotters on the ground helping US warplanes pick out targets to bomb.
Such efforts are risky. Early in the US occupation of Afghanistan they offered similar cash for enemies campaigns, and it fueled a rash of kidnappings by people hoping to profit from the scheme. It is unclear how ISIS will verify that the captives are actually spies.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Separatists Attack Iran Military Parade in Ahvaz, Killing at Least 25 - September 22nd, 2018
- Israeli Delegation Continues to Try to Explain Downing of Russian Plane in Syria - September 21st, 2018
- German Companies Continue to Withdraw From Iran - September 21st, 2018
- As Afghan Military Deaths Soar, Officials Struggle to Keep Toll Secret - September 21st, 2018
- Afghan Officials Will Meet Taliban in Moscow - September 21st, 2018