Details of 22,000 Daesh supporters obtained by TV channel

Published March 10th, 2016 - 01:42 GMT
The documents reveal names of Daesh supports in over 50 countries, including personal details like names of family members and phone numbers. (File photo)
The documents reveal names of Daesh supports in over 50 countries, including personal details like names of family members and phone numbers. (File photo)

Thousands of documents identifying some 22,000 Daesh supporters in over 50 countries were given to British television network Sky News on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Sky News obtained the documents through a disillusioned former member of the militant group. The network said it had informed authorities about the documents, which were handed over on a USB memory stick stolen from the head of Daesh's internal security force. 

The man, identified as Abu Hamed, was a Free Syrian Army fighter before later joining Daesh. He gave the memory stick containing the documents during a meeting at an undisclosed location in Turkey, Sky News reported. 

The documents, reading like enrollment forms, contained 23 questions, names of Daesh supporters and their relatives, telephone numbers, and other details including areas of expertise and who had recommended them to Daesh.

Sky News noted that some of the names in the documents were already known, but could also identify militants currently unknown to law enforcement officials in their home countries.


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