| 24 April 2024, Wednesday |

“The snitch Caliph” .. New documents reveal ISIS leader’s “betrayal” of the organization’s fighters

Recently revealed secret documents revealed new details about the betrayal of the leader of the “ISIS” organization, Amir Muhammad Saeed Abdul Rahman Al-Mawla, known as “Abu Ibrahim Al-Qurashi”, while he was imprisoned in Iraq in 2008.

The documents published by the International Counterterrorism Center at the American Military Academy “West Point” are the second batch of information about the role of the Mawla in revealing dozens of members of the organization in Iraq while he was detained in Bucca prison, southern Iraq, in 2008, which was under British administration.

A report by The Independent stated that al-Mawla became known as the “ Snitch (Canary) Caliph” while he was behind bars.

The new files revealed his hostility to foreign fighters, who began pouring into the Middle East in large numbers at that time, and also showed al-Mawla’s strong opposition to the participation of women in the fighting.

Reports indicated that the second man in the “Islamic State of Iraq” organization at that time, Moroccan Abu Jassim Abu Qaswara, was killed by US forces eight months after the Mawla gave information about him.

Al-Mawla drew to the interrogators during his detention a plan for the camp in which his chief was staying, west of Mosul, and provided various nicknames that helped him identify him, and described a reliable messenger for him, including the vehicles he used and the places he used to visit.

The death of Abu Qaswara helped al-Mawla reach the top of the hierarchy in the organization, which became known as “ISIS,” to become the new “caliph” of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in an American operation.

The new documents also revealed that Al-Mawla provided detailed information about the formation of the organization in its main base in Mosul, such as its military, internal security and administrative structures, and means of propaganda.

The man gave the interrogators locations that enabled him to track down his armed comrades, such as a specific market in which they would gather and eat.

The interrogation reports show that Al-Mawla tried at one point to create a “computerized facial drawing” of a Saudi fighter known as “Jarallah”, and provided accurate descriptions of some of his colleagues, to help identify them, and included phrases such as “full cheeks”, “Arabic accent” and ” Eyeglasses with silver frames “and” swaying when he walks, “according to the” Independent “report.

He also provided extensive information about the media team of the “Al-Furqan” group, and determined their locations and the best times to arrest them.

Haruru Ingram, a senior researcher in the extremism program at George Washington University, told the British newspaper that the documents “will shake confidence” in the leadership of ISIS among its militants.

He added: “What the documents probably reveal is that the organization has a problem ‘and a snitch’ at the top of the organization’s summit, and there is a snitch caliph sitting there.”

Al-Mawla had served in the army during Saddam Hussein’s era, before he was arrested and accused of participating in the rebellion that followed the 2003 war, and then he was released in 2009 as a reward for his services in divulging information, and he joined Al Qaeda directly.

The US State Department says that Al-Mawla, “as one of the old ideologues of ISIS, helped justify the kidnapping and slaughter of members of the Yazidi minority in northwestern Iraq and their trade in them, as well as leading some of the group’s global terrorist operations.”

Washington had offerd a reward of up to $10 m  anyone who gave information about the saint. AL Hurra