Documents that were stolen from an ISIS operative reveal the names and personal details of thousands of jihadists fighting for the terror group from all over the world, according to a report this week.
Sky News obtained what are described as registration forms for ISIS jihadists, documents that contain the fighters’ names, addresses, phone numbers, and family contacts. Individuals joining ISIS turned over the information when registering to join the terror group via a 23-question form.
The registration forms reportedly document personal information about ISIS fighters from 51 different countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States. The documents also contain information on jihadists, many of them who have not been previously identified, from northern Europe and Canada, as well as the Middle East and North Africa.
The revelations come just days after a senior British police official warned that ISIS is planning "enormous and spectacular attacks" on the West. The terror group was behind the coordinated attacks in Paris that killed 130 people last November and also is believed to have inspired the gun attack in San Bernardino, California, in December.
In addition to previously unpublicized identities, the forms also contain names of ISIS operatives who have already been identified in media reports. These include Abdel Bary, a 26-year-old London rap artist whose whereabouts are currently unknown. Bary was believed last year to have fallen out of favor with ISIS and fled the terror group from Syria.
The forms also identify Junaid Hussain, a British-born hacker for ISIS who is believed to have been killed in a U.S. air strike last August, and Reyaad Khan, another British ISIS member who appeared in propaganda videos for the terror group and who was killed in a Royal Air Force (RAF) drone strike the same month.
Sky News obtained a memory stick holding the documents that was stolen from the terror group’s internal security police head. The memory card was obtained by a Free Syrian Army fighter-turned-ISIS jihadist who said he had become disillusioned with the terror organization’s leadership.
The fighter, who identified himself as Abu Hamed, also claimed that Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), and ISIS are all working together to defeat the opposition forces in Syria.