Iraqi forces have discovered a document containing a list of 173 Islamic State fighters who are purportedly prepared to carry out attacks in Europe.
The document was found in an ISIS hideout in the ruins of Mosul, and it includes the names, photos and the country of origin of the militants.
A total of 132 fighters on the list were from Iraq, while the others are from Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Tajikistan and Saudi Arabia. Six of the terrorists are from Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany, The Sun reported, citing German newspaper Die Welt.
The document has been reviewed by American intelligence services and has been sent to global police authority Interpol.
Die Welt noted that the list was distributed in May among all European security agencies including Britain’s.
One of the militants on the list is Sami J., a 27-year-old German from Solingen. Sami, whose battle name is “Abu Assid al-Almani” — which means “the German” in Arabic — was formerly a leading member of the Islamist group Fillatu Ibrahim.
He reportedly left his homeland in 2012 and traveled to Egypt, then Libya, and later to Syria via Turkey to join ISIS.
In mid-July, ISIS reported Sami’s death via its propaganda service in Raqqa without mentioning how he died. Intelligence agencies suspected that the report may be false in order for him to be secreted back into Europe for a suicide mission.
Another militant listed on the document is a 24-year-old Belgian with the alias “Abu Omar Al-Belgiki,” who is said to have Moroccan roots. The dual-nationality Belgian reportedly remained in Mosul until recently, but his whereabouts are currently unknown.
Al-Belgiki is said to be using the same alias as the ISIS emir who coordinated the November 2015 attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead and 368 injured.
Die Welt noted that the each photo on the document is “marked with a name and a date of birth, with a often martial-sounding battlename and information about the country of origin.”
“Some smile joyfully, others seem shy, many serious and expressive. A few of the shots look like passport photos,” the publication added.
The document also noted the specialty of the jihadists. A note next to the name Sami M. reportedly states: “Suicide bomber.”
About 6,000 men and women from Europe have been lost to the ranks of ISIS, nearly 1,000 of them from Germany. It is not known how many hardened fanatics still remain in the embattled areas.
Interpol has expressly warned that the militants who originated from Europe could escape the siege of Mosul and get from Syria to the West through neighboring countries.