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Stolen memory stick contains details of thousands of Islamic State fighters

The documents were given to Sky News, which has informed authorities about the haul.

SKY NEWS HAS been given a stolen memory stick that contains registration forms with personal information on thousands of Islamic State fighters.

The documents were in the possession of the group’s internal security police but were given to Sky News by a former Free Syrian Army convert to Islamic State, who had become “disillusioned with the Islamic State leadership”.

The documents contain names, addresses, telephone numbers and family details of jihadis from over 50 countries.

Sky News said that the fighters were only inducted into IS after they had filled out the 23-question form.

Personal information on the forms includes:

  • Point of entry
  • Who recommended him
  • Fighting experience
  • Countries travelled through
  • Levels of obedience
  • Time and place of death

One of the files is titled ‘Martyrs’, and relates to fighters who were trained and willing to carry out suicide attacks.

The registration forms provide some information on the British jihadis who joined IS, though there doesn’t appear to be information on any possible Irish citizens.

Figures released in July of last year showed that up to 15 people travelled from Ireland to conflict zones where Islamic State is active since October 2014. Up to 40 people have left Ireland for North Africa and the Middle East since the Arab Spring uprisings began in December 2010.

At least three people are known to have died.

A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie at the time: “While some of these people travelled for family or humanitarian reasons, some travelled to participate in conflict and three are known to have lost their lives.”

Sky News said it has informed authorities about the memory stick.

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