At least six Canadians in the armed group Islamic State

damian-clairmont-calgary-avaitDocuments obtained by the European media suggest that at least six Canadians are among the thousands of foreigners who enlisted in the armed group Islamic State (EI).

The British network Sky News said he consulted 22,000 sheets of the extremist group, about members from at least 51 countries. The documents state the name, address, telephone number and household contacts of suspected jihadists.

A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has not been able to provide information about it.

About 100 Canadians are fighting alongside extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, according to the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), Michel Coulombe.

Some Canadians related to EI have gained notoriety in recent months. The young Damian Clairmont, of Calgary, was killed in combat in Syria at the beginning of 2014.

Still Calgary, authorities suspect Mohamed Farah Shirdon to have left Canada to join the EI in Syria. He faces numerous charges, including that of participating in the activities of a terrorist group and of committing a crime on behalf of a terrorist group.

The documents on the foreign jihadists were first made ​​public by the Munich daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and German networks WDR and NDR.

According to British newspaper The Guardian, can be found on the six Canadian soldiers names lists, and many other United Kingdom, France, Germany and the United States.

Stealth USB

Information was drawn from a USB key stolen from the police chief of the EI group by a former leader of the Free Syrian Army, according to Sky News.

The documents present the forms of 23 questions must fulfill apparently aspiring members before being recruited. According to German media, the questionnaire asks these future members if they have experience and they are ready to die fighting.

The documents appear to have been received by the end of 2013.

A spokesman of the German federal police said Thursday that she was in possession of these documents and believed genuine.

Colonel US Army Steve Warren argued that the information could help the international coalition against the armed group EI. Colonel Warren asked the media to publish the names and numbers of the suspected members.

A wealth of information

London and Berlin are studying the documents revealing the names of many recruits Islamic State group (EI), a wealth of information considered “probably genuine” by the German police, even if some experts urge caution.

Wednesday night, the British news channel Sky News announced consultation document containing the names of 22 000 foreign jihad candidates, obtained from a former member of the EI calling himself “Abu Hamed” which would have the stolen before defecting.

The documents, forms filled by nationals of 55 countries, including contain names, addresses or phone numbers. They are also asked to give their understanding of sharia – Islamic law – their blood group and the name of the person to contact in case of death.

These files contain information on jihadist far not identified which are in Western Europe, the United States, Canada, North Africa and the Middle East.

The former head of the against-terrorism within the British foreign intelligence, Richard Barrett, has already described the data as “invaluable resource for analysts.”

The German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizières, said him that “they will allow a better understanding of the terrorist organization structures.” He added that this would facilitate the task of the German justice by “expediting inquiries” about people trying to reach the EI or have already joined. “This could be a major event,” told AFP Chris Phillips, general manager of International firm Protect and Prepare Security Office, holding that the documents could be used in future trials and reduce the number of departures of nationals to the areas controlled by the IE.

Caution

The man who stole the documents said to have passed to a journalist in Turkey told EI have left because of the “collapse of Islamic principles he believes” in the group.

The leaked documents “shows that there are dissenting voices in the ranks of the IU,” said Olivier Guitta, CEO of consulting firm GlobalStrat.

But other experts point out inconsistencies in the documents including the language used or logos. The Arabic name of the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,” an ancient name for the IE, is thus written in two different ways and the folder on the dead using the term “date of death” instead of jihadist phraseology of “martyr”.

Hence the importance of being cautious, said Charlie Winter, a researcher at the American University Georgia State.

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