(From Sky News)
Leaked files revealing personal details of about 22,000 Islamic State (IS) jihadis from 51 countries could bring the network down and prevent further terror attacks, says the man who passed them to Sky News on a memory stick stolen from the head of IS’s internal security police.
The documents contain even the addresses, telephone numbers and family contacts of jihadis who have to fill in a form listing 23 questions before joining the group.
Some of the telephone numbers on the list are still active.
While the names of some of these jihadists before and after joining IS are well known, the files also reveal the identities of several others across the world who were previously unknown.
Several times, these people have crossed unnoticed jihadi ‘hotspots’ such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan, Tunisia, and Libya to enter and exit Syria.
One file marked ‘Martyrs’ detailed a brigade of fighters trained to execute suicide attacks.
‘Abu Hamed’, who stole the secret IS files, is disillusioned with the IS leadership now taken over by former soldiers from the Iraqi Baath party of Saddam Hussein.
He claims the Islamic rules he believed have totally collapsed inside the organization, prompting him to quit.
Germany too has obtained IS files
Germany’s federal criminal police said Thursday they are in possession of files containing personal data on members of the extremist Islamic State group and believe them to be authentic, AP reported.
Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported it had also obtained “dozens” of similar files on the Turkey-Syria border, where it said IS files and videos were widely available from anti-IS Kurdish fighters and also members of the IS group itself.
A spokeswoman for Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt said her agency is evaluating the files. She declined to say where the agency obtained the files, how many documents are involved and how long it has had them.
Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the dpa news agency that the material would give authorities a better chance to track down and prosecute people who had fought with IS.
The material also seems to have the potential to help authorities crack recruitment networks that have been sending fighters to join the IS group, which has seized large swaths of land in Syria and Iraq and declared a self-styled caliphate on the territory under its control. Read More