ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – US intelligence obtained a secret list of 173 potential suicide bombers created by the Islamic State (IS) to identify militants who could reach Europe, including 20 Iraqi minors.
The list was found in a terrorist hideout in Mosul and includes 173 names of individuals who could carry out attacks on European soil as the militant group’s grip on Iraq and Syria continues to diminish.
The list was shared with Interpol, an international police agency, and distributed to European security services.
Interpol said it feared the militants, “operating alone” in Europe, are seeking revenge as IS collapses in the Middle East.
According to Newsweek, a French source claimed there are several Francophone jihadists on the list.
On Thursday, German newspaper Die Welt reported one person on the list was a 27-year-old German national who traveled to Egypt from Germany in 2012 before entering Syria via Turkey to join IS with his wife and child.
Other countries with suspects on the list are Iraq, which has the most nationals on the list, as well as Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Tajikistan, and Saudi Arabia.
Only six of the terrorists are Europeans, from Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and Germany.
The list, which was discovered by Iraqi Special Forces, was circulated in May but details are slowly becoming more public.
Die Welt says it has seen the list, adding each photo on the list is marked with a name and a date of birth, along with their nom de guerre and information about the country of origin.
The German newspaper also notes the list includes the specialty of the militants, such as “suicide bomber.”
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany