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French jihadists were ISIS smart bomb to strike EU: leaks

Foued Mohamed Aggad, the terrorist assault at the Bataclan music hall in Paris in November 2015.

By Ali Eid

(Zaman Al Wasl)- New batch of ISIS document reveal the data of  350 Islamic State militants who returned back home to more than 30 countries, including the names of culprits related to the Paris Attacks in 2015.

In addition to the personal data of 1736 ISIS fighters, Zaman al-Wasl has also obtained 350 leave permissions, or certificates of personal leave, for fighters from over 50 countries who left the already dying group without return or just took a short vacation to bring wife or money or get treated.

Almost half of European jihadists joined Islamic State between 2013-2014 had returned to their countries, according to the data.

Saudis and Tunisians were on the top leave requests for Arabs while French were on the top for the Europeans.


40% of the foreign jihadists who granted exit permissions were -consecutively- from   France, Germany, Britain, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Spain.

According to data analysis, many Europeans invented fake reasons to leave ISIS while others of them who left but their destination was not  their original country.


One of the leave certificates belongs to the French Jihadist Karim Mohamed Aggad, brother of Foued Mohamed Aggad, who identified as the third attacker involved in the terrorist assault at the Bataclan music hall in Paris in November 2015.

Ninety people died in the Bataclan attacks on 13 November, the single highest death toll in attacks in the city that night that killed 130. The two other Bataclan attackers have been identified as Omar Ismaïl Mostefai, 29, and Samy Amimour, 28, according to the Guardian.

Karim, (Nom de guerre: Abu Jandal al-Feranci) left Syria to Strasbourg in eastern France on April 5, 2015 from al-Shaddadi town, 60 km (40 miles) east of Hasaka province. 

The older brother of Foued was arrested by French authorities later.

Karim and Foued entered ISIS-held areas in Syria with a group of friends on December 19, 2013, according to ISIS registration documents.

No exit document found in ISIS data for Foued who used ‘Abu Saeed Al-Feranci’ as nom de guerre what backed the claim that his leave was due to an infiltration mission, ‘Inghimasi’ mission, to carry suicide attacks in France. 

Inghimasi is a jihadist term used for ISIS fighters who sneaks into the 'enemy ranks' to carry out suicide attacks.

According to the data, Foued may had left with his brother on April 5, 2015. 

Aggad’s father. Saïd Mohamed Aggad, told Le Parisien: “The last time I heard from him was four or five months ago via Skype. As usual, he didn’t say where he was or what he was doing.”  Foued made the Skype call couple of weeks after arriving to France, Zaman al-Wasl jihadi groups expert says.


The most notable of the leave documents that more than one Frenchman has left ISIS territories at the same day. Eyad Ben Tuhami (Nom de guerre: Abu  Hamza Al-Feranci), was born in the city of Reims in northeastern France's Grand Est region. Tuhami was a close friend to Karim and were operating at the same Shaddai town. One more Frenchmen left called Bu Allaq Tawfiq, (Nom de guerre: Abu  Abdullah Al-Feranci)

The registration documents showed that  another Frenchman entered Syria at the same period called Erwan Gayard (Nom de guerre: Abu Qatada Al-Feranci)

Munir Al-Fakri, was born in 1982, (Nom de guerre: Abu  Hamza Al-Hollandi) left ISIS on June 22 2014 two week from his entry. Al-Fakri position as Inghimasi indicates that his urgent leave was for a killing mission out of the self-self-proclamed caliphate borders.

The documents also show the name of Frenchman with Algerian origin, Abdel-Malik Hejab, Nom de guerre: Abu  Omran Al-Feranci, left the Islamic State to France on May 23 2015.

Zaman al-Wasl jihadi groups expert says Hejab was one of operators of EU attacks

Among the returnees is the Danish Anis Farid Laria, nicknamed "Abu Huraira Al-Danimarki", who returned home in April 2014

At least 35 French jihadists joined Islamic State between 2013 and 2014, 14 of them were Arabs, Turks, Afghan and Senegalese, according to the leaked ISIS database.

Abu Osama al-Feranci, who has Turkish roots, was the youngest French jihadist joined ISIS at age 17, while the average age of his fellow Frenchmen was between twenties and thirties. 

Their jobs varied between bus driver, waiter, salesman, sport trainer as well their education ranged from primary school to graduate degree.


The Returnees File, as the Islamic State entitled, has included the full data of the jihadists as well as the reasons of leaving such as visiting the parents, bringing the wife, health status.

The documents consists of 10 fields: The jihadist’s name, the family name (nome de guerre or code name, workplace, specialty, Emir’s name, entrance date, exit date, the cross point, note.  In other documents, there is one added field for consignments which the fighter keeps as he leaves.

The fighters have returned to over 30 countries, including Canada, Tunisia, Macedonia, Libya, France, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Kirgizia, Germany, Belgium, England, Netherlands, Sudan, Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. estimates that ISIS had 19,000 to 25,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria, down from an estimated 20,000 to 31,500 fighters — a number that was based on intelligence reports from May to August 2014.

 In January 2016, Zaman Al Wasl exclusively obtained the  personal data  of 1736 ISIS fighters from over 40 countries, including their backgrounds, nationalities and hometown addresses.

The document that branded by ISIS as confidential is shedding the light on the inner circle of the de facto a state which has its own institutions and official documents as well data bank.

Two thirds of ISIS manpower were from Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt. 25% of ISIS fighters are Saudis, the data disclosed.

While Turkish fighters have taken the lead among ISIS foreign fighters, French fighters come next.

Syrians were just 1.7 % of the total number of fighters. The Iraqis make 1.2. 

Expert told Zaman al-Wasl that Iraqis and Jordanians can make the backbone of ISIS but most of them are based in Mosul and ISIS-controlled areas in Ramadi.

The most notably that ISIS fighters do not know the real names of their fellow fighters since they used to have code names, or names de guerre, and for security issues they have been obliged to follow high ranks of secrecy.

The documents have been written and organized by the General Directorate of Borders, an ISIS body tracks all Jihadists data.

The data document is including 23 questions, starting with the Jihadist's first name, last name, code name, date of birth and nationality. The jihadist who cross the the Islamic State's borders for the first time is ought to acknowledge the Borders Administration everything about himself, even what he wants to be in ISIS, a fighter or a suicide bomber.

The document is similar to the intelligence data form that should include everything about the jihadist. All activists he did, countries he visited, professions he served.

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