Leaked ISIS documents with the names of 22,000 militants from 51 countries including the US, UK, Europe, Canada, North Africa and the Middle East have been passed to UK security services.
The files, stored on a memory stick were reportedly obtained by Sky News via a defector who stole them from the head of Islamic State’s internal security police.
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Press TV reports: They were stolen from the head of Daesh internal security force by a former member of the so-called Free Syrian Army militant group before joining Daesh.
According to the report, the man, who called himself Abu Hamed, handed over the memory stick during a meeting at an undisclosed location in Turkey.
The documents resembled a typical job application form with 23 personal questions, including names, date and place of birth, hometown, telephone number, education and blood type.
Sky News said some of the names in the documents were already well-known, but the files could also help identify some extremists who had already been unknown to authorities in their countries.
On Monday, Germany’s Federal Criminal Police (BKA) police also announced they had obtained documents disclosing jihadist identities.
However, according to the Straits Times, analysts have already cast doubt on the authenticity of the thousands of reportedly leaked documents pointing out mistakes and uncharacteristic language.
Syrian opposition news website Zaman al-Wasl has said that there were thousands of repetitions in the leaked documents and the names of only 1,700 people could be identified in the 22,000 documents.