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The current leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was once a prison informant who named or described dozens of terrorists during interrogation sessions while in US military custody.
After US forces killed ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2019, the terror group chose a new leader, a man whose nom de guerre is Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi. The US has since identified that man as Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abd-al-Rahman al-Mawla.
US counterterrorism officials know the Iraqi terrorist leader well because he was previously an informant while detained in a coalition prison in 2008.
In September, the Pentagon-funded Combating Terrorism Center at West Point released once confidential records of three interrogation sessions where al-Mawla named or described, often in detail, 88 people affiliated in some way with the Islamic State in Iraq, out of which ISIS grew.
The center released another 53 interrogation records this week. The newly-released records show that not only was he informing on terrorists within the organization that would evolve into the one he leads today, but he was doing so in a “very cooperative and forthcoming” way.
In the records, which run from January to July 2008, al-Mawla regularly gives up information on rivals and foreign-born terrorists within the organization.
For example, after first denying knowing anything, he provided detailed information, even drawing a map of his compound, on the terror group’s foreign-born second in command, Abu Qaswarah. US forces killed the man a few weeks later. It is unclear if they were operating on al-Mawla’s intel.
Daniel Milton, an associate professor and the director of research at the Combating Terrorism Center, wrote in a Lawfare article this week that the new records show that the new ISIS leader was once “a songbird of unique talent and ability.”
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Source:: Business Insider