Most Daesh Terrorists Are Saudi Recruits, Leaked 22,000 Names Register Shows

A batch of leaked Islamic State documents with the names of some 22,000 militants from 51 countries has been passed to UK security services. The papers, which were obtained by Sky News via a defector, could expose terrorists planning attacks in Europe.

The files reportedly contain data on 22,000 Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) recruits from all over the world, including the UK and rest of Europe, the US, Canada, North Africa and Middle East.

The biggest chunk of the 1,736 files represents simple questionnaires which would-be terrorists had to fill out to be eligible to join the terror group. Each form consists of 23 personal questions resembling a typical job application form, apart from several points.

Some of the IS application forms appear to have been published by Zaman Al Wasl, a Syrian pro-opposition news site. The documents are penned in Arabic and stamped with IS logos.

According to Zaman Al Wasl, the majority of IS recruits are from Arab countries, with Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt accounting for two-thirds of the jihadists. Up to 25 percent of the fighters are allegedly Saudis. The group’s “foreign”(non-Arab) recruits are topped by Turks, with French nationals coming second.

The site claims that only 1.7 percent of IS recruits are Syrians, and just 1.2 percent are Iraqis. Separately, it speculates that Iraqis and Jordanians form the “backbone” of IS forces only in Iraqi regions such as Mosul and Ramadi.

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Newcomers were requested to name a person who recommended them as reliable candidates – a kind of ‘reference check.’ The recommendation clause will likely become the subject of a particularly careful examination by security services, to which Sky has forwarded the documents. Read full on RT