Lawyer, medic and geeks on list of IS suicide-bomber recruits

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Rome, March 11 (IANS/AKI) An attorney, a doctor and several IT experts are among 122 would-be suicide-bombers on a stolen list of over 1,700 alleged Islamic State members published this week by Syrian website Zaman Al-Wasl.

Other recruits include a Palestinian graduate and former chocolate-maker from Gaza with the battle-name ‘Abu Anas al-Shami’, a Tunisian ex-footballer ‘Abu Naeim’ and a German who used to be “in sales”.

Most of the aspiring ‘martyrs’ for the jihadist group are manual workers, including gardeners, carpenters and assistant cooks but the list also includes several clerics.

A footnote mentions an Australian of Lebanese origins with the battle-name ‘Abu Obeidah al-Istrali’ but expresses concerns over his night vision and inability to drive a car with a manual gear change.

The Australian jihadist was killed in August 2014 during clashes with the Syrian army in a suburb of the western Syrian city of Homs, according to Lebanese media.

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Zaman al-Wasl, which is close to the Syrian opposition, published the details of 1,736 alleged IS members, based on leaked data it first reported in January. It was not immediately clear if the website’s data matched files obtained by German and British media.

The data is said to identify IS recruits from at least 40 countries, mainly from Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.

What appears to be a personnel database for the group could be of real intelligence value for western intelligence services if it proves authentic, according to security experts.



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