More than 1,736 documents have been leaked by a disgruntled IS defector. Containing names, addresses, telephone numbers and family contact of jihadis from at least 40 countries, the files included information from 6 Canadians. According to Sky News, the files were “on a memory stick stolen from the head of Islamic State’s internal security police, an organisation described by insiders as the group’s SS.”
The man who stole the memory stick calls himself Abu Hamed and was a former Free Syrian Army soldier who converted to Islamic State. His decision to leak the information contained in the memory stick is due to Islamic State’s leadership, now ruled by former soldiers of the Iraqi Baath party of Saddam Hussein.
The ISIS paperwork were first obtained by the Syrian website Zaman Al-Wasl. The Syrian website shared documents related to Canadians exclusively with CBC News. According to the documents, “Calgarian Farah Shirdon is among them, previously seen in a finger-wagging, passport-burning video.”
According to Zaman Al-Wasl, “the data document is including 23 fields, starting with the Jihadist’s first name, last name, code name, date of birth and nationality. The jihadist who cross the Islamic State’s borders for the first time is ought to acknowledge the Borders Administration everything about himself, even what he wants to be in ISIS, a fighter or a suicide bomber.”
Four ISIS-linked terrorists from Edmonton, all relatives, were among the names listed in the documents. All of them entered ISIS territory on November 12, 2013. The four from Edmonton are identified as Omar Abdirahman Aden, brothers Hamza and Hersey Kariye, and their cousin Mahad Hersi. They were smuggled in from Turkey to Syria by a well-known smuggler called Mohammed Hussein.
The RCMP has declined to offer more information, most likely due to an ongoing investigation. The Canadian names included in the ISIS paperwork could very well link other terrorists and organizations currently working within Canada.
“We are not in a position to offer any information on this subject,” an RCMP spokesman said from Ottawa.
However, Michel Coulombe, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), told a Senate committee that CSIS suspects about 100 Canadians fighting in Syria and Iraq with different terrorist organizations.
The leaked documents also included fighters from Britain, France, Germany and the United States.