A cache of documents containing personal details of thousands of Islamic State (IS) fighters has been leaked by a disillusioned former member.
More than 22,000 documents, described as a “gold mine” for intelligence services, show addresses, phone numbers and family contacts of people who signed up to join the organisation, including at least 16 British fighters.
The documents, obtained by Sky News, were stolen by a former member of the Syrian Free Army who joined IS and then became disillusioned, saying that it has been taken over by soldiers from the Iraqi Baath party of Saddam Husssein, the broadcaster said. He said he took them from the head of the group’s internal security police. Sky News said it had passed the cache of documents on to the security services.
Former global terrorism operations director at MI6, Richard Barrett, described the leak as a “fantastic coup”. He said: “It will be an absolute gold mine of information of enormous significance and interest to very many people, particularly the security and intelligence services.”
According to Sky News, one of the forms gives the details of Abdel Bary, a 26-year-old London rapper who joined IS in 2013 after visiting Libya, Egypt and Turkey. Bary is believed to have left the group last summer after a number of coalition airstrikes. Read more