Daesh leak: A look at the ‘goldmine’ of information detailing names, nationalities and previous fighting experience

Published March 10th, 2016 - 09:01 GMT
The massive leak saw the details of 22,000 Daesh members revealed, providing valuable information on those making up the ranks of the extremist group. (AFP/File)
The massive leak saw the details of 22,000 Daesh members revealed, providing valuable information on those making up the ranks of the extremist group. (AFP/File)

In what could only be described as a major blow for Daesh, the details of 22,000 members have reportedly been leaked. The Syrian pro-opposition news website Zaman al-Wasl has published a number of forms purportedly showing Daesh members’ personal information, while Sky News has reportedly seen a cache of 22,000.

According to Zaman al-Wasl, the documents appear to have been written and organized by Daesh’s Border authorities. They give details on the extremists’ names, nationalities, hometowns and even blood types.

The form asks for the member’s education level, marriage status, entry date (presumably into Daesh controlled territory) and “jihadist” experience. It also asks if the person wants to be a martyr (likely meaning suicide bomber), fighter, or take up another role in the group.

Speaking to Sky News, MI6 global terrorism operations director Richard Barrett said the documents “will be an absolute goldmine of information of enormous significance and interest to very many people, particularly the security and intelligence services.”

It appears that security services in Germany were also given the documents, with reports this week suggesting that authorities were looking at identical information handed to them. Local German news reported that security services were examining what appeared to be border entry interviews, likely meaning they had their hands on the same documents as Zaman al-Wasl.

The documents will help in prosecuting those who attempt to return to Europe, and will be valuable in gathering information on who has fled to join Daesh.

Zaman al-Wasl reports that the documents show fighters from over 40 different countries, with 25% allegedly coming from Saudi Arabia. Only 1.7% were Syrians.


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