Today is indeed a very bad day to be an ISIS member. Sky News media outlet confirmed that tens of thousands of documents containing the names, addresses, phone numbers and family contacts of people who joined the Islamic State group has been handed to them.
Written by Mario Andrijasevic exclusively for SouthFront
According to report a former IS militant handed over the documents on a memory stick stolen from the head of group’s internal security police. The documents are actually forms that IS recruits had to fill out in order to be accepted into the organization. These documents contain information on nationals from 51 countries.
The USB stick was handed over by a man maned Abu Hamed. He is a former Free Syrian Army member who later joined ISIS terrorist forces.
According to Sky News, Hamed stole this memory stick with documents and handed them over to a journalist in Turkey, saying that he left IS because Islamic rules had collapsed inside the group.
He claimed the group had given up on its headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa and was moving into the desert.
Even though Sky News has informed the authorities about this, there is no comment yet available from Britain´s interior or foreign ministries.
Reportedly some of the documents contain the information of previously unknown militants located across northern Europe, the United States and Canada, as well as in North Africa and the Middle East.
Richard Barrett, former global terrorism operations director at MI6, wrote on Twitter that the records would shed an “invaluable light” on who had joined IS.
— Richard Barrett (@rmdbarrett) March 9, 2016
Copies of the documents showed that recruits had to answer 23 questions. Among them were also their blood type, mother’s maiden name, “level of sharia understanding” and previous experiences.
Some of the names which are included in the documents are of fighters who have been already identified. For example Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a former rapper from west London who once posted an image of himself on Twitter holding a severed head.
Another known militant name in the document is Junaid Hussain, who was a cyber-operative for IS from the British city of Birmingham. He was killed in a drone strike last August. Among the manes was also a name of the 21-year-old Reyaad Khan who appeared in a recruitment video and was killed last year too.