The United States on Friday raised the reward for information on Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from $10 million (approximately Rs 68 crore) to $25 million (approximately Rs 169 crore). The country is looking for leads that might help them trace, arrest or convict the militant leader, Reuters reported. The award was first announced in 2011.

The US has been desperately trying to locate Baghdadi as the conflict in West Asia, in which the country is a major player, intensifies. Two years ago, Baghdadi had declared himself the caliph of the part of under the region under siege by the so-called Islamic State. However, it is unclear whether he is holed up in Iraq’s Mosul or is closer to the Syrian border.