11 March 2016
Returning terrorists could be identified and prosecuted and others stopped from joining their ranks after the German authorities confirmed they had received names of 22,000 foreign recruits for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist network.
German officials indicated they believed the cache of leaked documents was genuine, though some analysts were sceptical about some of the details flagged by Sky News, which claimed to have received a similar trove.
A German Interior Ministry statement said the papers offered “a great chance” to identify Germans taking part in ISIS terrorist activities, the BBC reported yesterday.
… Associate Professor Kumar Ramakrishna, head of policy studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, called the leaked documents an “intelligence coup”.
“According to reports, there were names there that even intelligence agencies were not aware of.”
He added the questionnaires would give intelligence agencies an insight into what ISIS considers important qualities in its recruits.
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