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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:55 pm

Al-Hol's ISIS-linked families
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Authorities in Western Kurdistan have begun the transfer of 395 "less dangerous" Islamic State-linked families from a notorious camp in northeast Syria to another facility, a Kurdish official has told Rudaw English – but he denied reports that some of the women and children have been transferred by force

Families are being moved from al-Hol to Roj camp some 200 kilometers away, Sheikhmous Ahmed, head of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES) office for internally displaced persons (IDP) and refugees told Rudaw English on Tuesday, with 76 families already transferred.

“We began the process on August 15. We did it in batches. We have transferred four batches, so 76 families so far,” Ahmed said, with Roj camp "expanded and prepared" to accommodate for the influx of families.

The detainees being transferred, most of whom are children, are of "many nationalities," Ahmed said. He did not specify what nationalities they held.

Al-Hol residents were chosen for transfer after relevant authorities monitoring their behavior deemed them to be “less dangerous” than other residents, the Kurdish official said. At Roj, families will each have their own tent and "won't have to wear the black niqab anymore,” the official said.

Al-Hol is home to 68,000 people, most whom are linked to ISIS. About 43,000 of the residents of the camp are children. Before the transfers began, the much smaller Roj camp was home to around 4,000 residents.

The Australia-based The Age news outlet claimed Tuesday that five Australian nationals and 14 of their children held at al-Hol were forcibly taken to Roj at midnight on Sunday night, with "some barefoot and in handcuffs, after their tents were raided and searched and their bedding destroyed.”

News of forced transfers was "disturbing", Mat Tinkler, director of international programs at Save the Children Australia said on Twitter, "with 10 Aussie kids reportedly snatched from their tents, mothers handcuffed, belongings destroyed & no understanding of their whereabouts or wellbeing.” Tinkler echoed calls made by humanitarian organisations and relatives of ISIS-linked detainees for the repatriation of these “innocent kids.”

Ahmed denied that anyone had been taken from al-Hol by force, instead pointing to schisms between residents still loyal to ISIS and those who have turned their back on the caliphate for the need to transfer people "securely."

ISIS-affiliated women “see al-Hol Camp as their small state and they have courts and security forces," Ahmed told Rudaw English. "They create obstacles [for others to leave the camp]. They beat those families who want to leave the camp, because they believe that if someone leaves the camp they have left their caliphate. So we don't take people out by force, but securely."

Transfers are done at night and at quiet times in the day “for security reasons”, as ISIS-loyal women could use the opportunity to “create chaos”, Ahmed said.

Ahmed challenged international organizations to visit Roj to determine whether transfers were forced or not.

Asked if any of those transferred from al-Hol were Australian nationals, the Kurdish official said that “they could be", but most were from countries formerly part of the Soviet Union.

Most of al-Hol's residents were taken to the camp from Baghouz, the last ISIS bastion in Syria, by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in March 2019. Kurdish and US officials have repeatedly called on the international community to repatriate their nationals, but few countries have responded to the call.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:22 pm

The secret plan to reboot ISIS

The terrorist group is defeated and routed. But its backup plan survives

t all began on October 27, 2019. Rumour was, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, was dead. Nothing was confirmed, but already the jihadist world online was thrumming with excitement and trepidation.

“I was walking through an airport,” Moustafa Ayad tells me. “Jet-lagged out of my mind.” A deputy director of the counter-extremism think tank Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD), Ayad tries to stay on top of the constant struggles and skirmishes, retreats and resurgences between Isis and their many enemies online. That day, as he scrolled through his phone, a blitz of Isis propaganda stared back at him. The digital Jihad was raising a dirge to Baghdadi on Twitter.

Flitting from account to pro-ISIS account, Ayad noticed something strange. Some accounts carried short, discreet links, not within their tweets, but nestled in their biographies. He clicked.

The link, he realised, was not quite like any other he’d ever followed before. On his phone, Ayad saw folder after folder of meticulously catalogued terrorist content. “I thought it was a joke,” Ayad says. “Some kind of scam.” In the echoing marbled expanse of Dubai International Airport, on public Wi-Fi, in a Starbucks queue, he had stumbled upon a gigantic, sprawling cache of ISIS material.

He clicked on a PowerPoint presentation, one of countless now in front of him. “Al Qaeda Airlines”, it said: a case study of the mechanics of hijacking planes, making your own chloroform, and the cell structure needed to organise a coordinated terrorist attack. Just then, a dim tannoy announced his flight.

Over the weeks that followed, Ayad and his colleagues at the ISD began their journey through the cache.

At first glance, the cache looks like a bunch of files on DropBox – its colour palette an on-brand ISIS black-and-white, with a roster of ordinary folders. But the first thing you notice is the size. Its 4,000 folders hold over a terabyte and a half of multimedia multilingual content, spanning Arabic, English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Bangla, Turkish, and Pashto. “It’s a blueprint for terrorism, complete with footnotes” Ayad tells me. “It’s everything anyone with an inclination for violence would need to carry out an attack.”

The cache’s content is a blend of the official products of Isis itself with those of often more obscure precursors, such as the Tawhid wal-Jihad Group, who fought coalition forces in Iraq, and the umbrella organisation of other insurgent groups, Majlis Shura al-Mujahidin. A small amount of it – just a few per cent by size – captures in screeds and sermons the ideas of key ideologues of Isis itself. The key personality in the “Fatwas over the Airwaves” folder, for instance, is Turki al Banali, a Bahraini cleric-turned-recruiter who in each episode desperately gives the core concepts of Salafi Jihadism an ISIS-friendly spin.

Much of the stash, however, simply portrays daily life within ISIS, back when the terrorist group still controlled a chunk of territory sitting astride Syria and Iraq. There are school curricula covering the six core subjects that, some estimates believe, were once taught to 130,000 children: English, PE, Arabic, Koranic Studies, Geography & History and a subject called “’ideology”, a course of indoctrination in ISIS’s party lines expounding on the death and destruction awaiting all those who strayed outside of them. It is a mix of the banal and the horrifying – conjugating verbs and killing the infidels, where early readers learn that “S is for sniper” and “G is for grenade”.

There are mobile apps that teach Arabic by firing mortars at US soldiers. Al Qaeda airlines – the presentation Ayad first saw – is a four-part PowerPoint series with corresponding videos that looks at various attacks including 7/7 and the attack by the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid. An endless cascade of documents, presentations, infographics, print publications, magazines, and educational materials paint a rich picture of life under Isis that is in equal parts humdrum and horrifying.

There are “photo stories”, where Isis photographers meditate on everything from war spoils and prisoners to dentists and doctors under Isis rule. One commemorates a road recently fallen under Isis control, with a series of celebratory captions adorning photos of the road trailing off into a desolate landscape. There are also post-mortem reports on ISIS’s mistakes, successes and strategies. Slides on something called “Operation Haemorrhage”, for instance, explain the strategy of inflicting death on the West through a thousand cuts; “with smaller but more frequent operations. The aim is to bleed the enemy to death.”

But authorities will be most concerned about the “Mujahid's Bag’”. That is the name of a large folder of the cache, which brings together training materials on urban warfare, weaponry, strategy, chemical production, and bomb manufacturing, as well as evading and deceiving security services both online and offline.

An illustrated guide entitled “200 Tips”, provides would-be attackers with knowledge on hiding weapons, creating rudimentary explosives, disabling surveillance, wound-dressing, and martial arts. This, of course, reflects how ISIS’s own training and organisation have been shattered after Mosul, Raqqa and their other urban centres were toppled one by one throughout 2017 and 2018.

As their territory shrunk, they started relying much more on self-appointed fighters who may need to self-school in asymmetrical conflict. There are videos on chloroform development, slides on the creation of poison from apricots, and the relative merits and demerits of certain kinds of explosive.

There is little in this storage drive that people immersed in this world could not find elsewhere. The same beheading videos and scenes of death are depressingly available online. Bomb-making manuals and how-to-terror guides are squirrelled away in other archives and stores that ISIS’s adherents have created.

“Over the years, we have come across many caches of jihadist content - it is actually a staple of the jihadist media operation to have these archives online” says Mina al-Lami, an online Jihadism specialist at BBC Monitoring, a branch of the broadcaster that observes and analyses the global mass media. But “this cache stands out in terms of the size, the amount of the data stored on it, the range of the material and the fact that it's simply been resilient online”.

Stretching deep into the history of radical Islamism, following the twists of fortunes of Isis, it seemed an attempt to store, protect, and treasure the collective memory of a state that didn’t exist anymore. To build a digital monument of a departed reality. But crucially none of this is in the past tense. It continues today.

Ayad disclosed his find to the Metropolitan Police in November 2019, and to the New York Counter-terrorism Prosecutor’s Office shortly after.

The Met acknowledges they have received the referral from the Institute of Strategic Dialogue,. “We do not discuss specific referrals,” they say. “However, every single referral made to the CTIRU (Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit) of which there are thousands every year – is assessed by specialist officers and appropriate action is taken. Where material does breach UK terrorism laws, the unit will take steps to get it removed by the host website or platform.

In the 12 months May 2018 to April 2019 alone, the CTIRU secured the removal of in excess of 8,000 links to online terrorist content.” The US Attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York declined to comment.

After Ayad’s reports, the cache remained available. It even continued to grow. “Following it turned into a bit of an obsession,” Ayad says. “I’ve watched the shape of it change. The style and design of it change. I can see the folders move.” Now that they were on the inside, Ayad and his colleagues could watch and track all the various attempts to proselytise the storage’s content to the outside world, and keep its message alive.

“This cache exists in a very large, vibrant and active jihadist media landscape” al-Lami explains. At the heart of this effort is a bot set up on Telegram. It sat in a public yet discreet channel, catering to the insiders of Isis’s online propaganda efforts. Like so many things in this world, its existence is passed hand to hand across a web of encrypted chat applications. “Do you want an account?” the bot would ask (in Arabic), once someone arrives. And when prompted, it would generate specific links to the documents in the storage.

These links were the key. “They meant we could track who was sharing what folder and where,” Ayad says. By watching where online they appeared, he could set up a live stakeout of the attempts Isis supporters were making to try to keep their social media presence alive.

Then there are the Twitter accounts featuring links to the cache in their bios, or sometimes even embedded in images. Digital mayflies, these accounts are lucky to survive for a day in the face of Twitter’s enforcement. Isis hijack accounts and try to automatically create new ones at scale, maintaining a constantly regenerating, constantly squished presence on the platform. On Facebook, Ayad found a scattering of micro-networks, small clusters of accounts probably compromised and hijacked by Isis supporters, sometimes used to pump out material related to the cache.

Beyond social media, the cache is also woven into the surviving Isis ecosystem on the open web. One site is a kind of Jihadi Netflix, says Ayad. “It has any of the videos you want. Attack videos, executions, notable speeches.” The site itinerantly bounces around from domain to domain on the internet. Wherever it is, the interface neatly shows metrics for each of the videos. And there, in the comments section, are links to the cache.

Then there is the innocuously named “Muslim News” – which brings together all of Isis’s official content from its once-expansive media operation, which reported on its battlefield successes, speeches, newsletters. There’s a website that brings together the back catalogue of ISIS’ radio station, called Anfal, or war spoils.

Taken together, the efforts to disseminate the cache amount to an advertising campaign of modest but persistent success. According to the traffic statistics platform Similar Web, the storage enjoys around 10,000 unique visitors a month. Whoever they are, it is clear that the cache isn’t the most eye-catching part of this ecosystem. It isn’t the most user-friendly, nor does it have the best graphics. It’s a storage drive, albeit one that blends the unique horrors and brutalities of that fallen regime with the dry, folder-based nature of an archive.

Enormous efforts have been made both by governments and the technology giants to clear Isis off of their platforms, and they face a much more hostile environment online than they did, say, in 2015. Yet counter-terrorism experts, officials, and the tech giants all complain that fighting terrorists online is like a game of whackamole. You hit one part of it, and it pops up somewhere else; before you’ve even raised the mallet, it’s popped up somewhere else too.

“What's really striking is just how easy it is for extremists to spread their propaganda in such an unprecedented way, to an unprecedented number of people” says Sara Khan, who leads the Commission for Countering Extremism, a UK government agency. “As soon as you take down one piece of streaming content or a cache or any material that's been uploaded onto web archives, for example, you find another hundreds gone up. And it's just this constant battle that we're having: the current way of doing this work is just not sustainable.”

Even as everything else moves, is shut down, replenished and rebranded, this corpus of documents stands as a stable resource at the centre. It is how propagandists store, seed, and share content – a core from which they can sally forth to Facebook, Twitter, or any of the other online thoroughfares where they might reach fresh eyeballs. But this isn’t just about day-to-day promotion. Isis’s trove of documents seems to represent something vaster.

The cache had been added to for years but really began in earnest in 2017, as ISIS was swept from cities and towns across their former territory: Mosul, then Raqqa, finally Baghouz. Defeat after defeat had chased the militants out of their strongholds. This was exactly when that patch of digital territory became fuller and fuller.

The cache exists as a kind of back-up drive for the so-called Islamic State, a time capsule capturing the moment when Isis stood at the peak of its power, and now monumentalising that moment at a time when that power has been undercut.

Backing up your state isn’t an idea that begins or ends with ISIS. A world away, the small Baltic nation of Estonia has also had to contemplate its own demise too. Passed around like a poker chip over the course of its history, Estonia emerged back into independence at the end of the Cold War. Toomas Ilves was one of its early presidents, and he knew that the key to its competitiveness, even survival, was to embrace the digital world.

Estonia pushed service after service, function after function of government onto digital platforms. They digitised the court system, medical prescriptions, and created an e-ambulance service. Pets are digitally registered on the pet registry, houses on the digital land registry. In 2005, Estonia became the first country in the world to allow online voting nationwide. An e- or an i- was put in front of everything: i-Voting, e-Tax, e-Business, e-Ticket, e-School, e-Governance.

All of this led Estonia to two inevitable conclusions. The first was that residency didn’t have to have anything to do with geography. And so in 2014, e-residency was born. For 100 Euros, you could become an e-resident able to access business, use banking, and declare taxes. You do not have to live in Estonia – you don’t even have to have visited Estonia – to work and pay taxes under it.

The second conclusion was that the state itself didn’t necessarily have to be tied to geography either. In 2017, Estonia set up the world’s first “data embassy”. A fortified server closet in Luxembourg, it is technically – as an embassy – on Estonian soil. The point of that server was to ensure “data continuity” in the event of either a crippling cyber attack or a literal, on-the-ground invasion. For the first time in its history, if Estonia were invaded, the state could be rebooted.

Rather than a data closet in Luxembourg, Isis uses a piece of software called Nextcloud. Developed by a German company and with its roots firmly in the open-source movement, Nextcloud is freely available for anyone to download and use, allowing its users to synchronise files across a group in a way that avoids any centralised hosting or control. The control and privacy that this kind of software gives is important to lots of people - from Government ministries and democracy activists to proscribed terrorist organisations.

Nextcloud is software; it is neither a service nor platform in the way that, say, Facebook or Google are, and so not responsible for content that they do not host. This is the brave world of decentralisation: there isn’t a tech giant to pick up the phone and yell at. (Nextcloud declined to comment for this story.)

Like any storage drive, the cache can be copied, and fragments of it are passed across a series of new, old, niche, and cloud-based storage services. Digital territory is far easier to hold and harder to capture than any of its geographic analogues. Decentralisation, federation, and user-control are the key selling-points of a wave of new services that hope to answer their user’s privacy concerns and offer something different from the centralised behemoths of Silicon Valley.

Of course, Isis’s backup has nothing of the cleverness of Estonia’s digitisation of state services. It is just a storage drive, and to say that a storage drive can constitute statehood is a stretch. On the other hand states and pseudo-states can find ways of reproducing some of their form and function – indeed their existence itself – in non-geographic spaces found online.

Isis can continue to offer “‘services”’ – propaganda, support, tutorials – to people across the world that consider themselves its citizens, thanks to its hold of digital territory, even after losing its geographic foothold.

Within the final weeks of this investigation, as this piece was being put together, Moustafa and his team then found another cache, this time by al Qaeda, using another piece of decentralised cloud storage software, OwnCloud – whose German manufacturer shares a founder with Nextcloud. And then another cache, using NextCloud itself, apparently enshrining al Shabaab.

“There is a phrase that’s always associated with terrorists: Baqiya wa tatamadad” Ayad says. It means “remaining and expanding”. The history of terrorism is really one of retreat and resurgence, constant adaptation in the face of pressure and loss.

And this is where we are today: the Cache alive, as far as we know; the struggles continuing, their foothold still there. In the face of pressure, their innovation continues, a scramble from the tech giants to make a new home on decentralised services. They must continue to look ahead, for more tech, more opportunities, more anything that allows them to keep alive their distorted version of the past.

Carl Miller is research director for the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, at the think tank Demos. He tweets from @carljackmiller. This investigation was produced alongside Shiroma Silva, at BBC Click.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:05 am

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Four top leaders of the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed by Iraqi security forces on Friday, according to an Iraqi military spokesperson

Iraqi security forces prepared an ambush for ISIS fighters in the Samarra district of Salahaddin province, killing four of "the most important leaders of Daesh [ISIS] terrorists, including two with explosive belts, in al-Farhatiya area,” read a tweet from Yehia Rasool, spokesperson for Mustafa al-Kadhimi in his position as commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

On Monday, two other top ISIS militants were killed in a raid by the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (ICTS) in the town of Daquq, Kirkuk province. The ICTS announced on the same day that two “dangerous” ISIS fighters had been detained in the western Iraqi town of Fallujah.

News of the capture comes as Washington announced that it would be halving the number of its troops in Iraq, from 5,200 to 3,000. The US leads the 82-country Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh, established in 2014 to rid Iraq and neighbouring Syria of ISIS.

Although the Iraqi government announced the territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq in December 2017, remnants of the group continue to ambush security forces, kidnap and execute suspected informants, and extort money from vulnerable rural populations, particularly in territories disputed by Baghdad and Erbil.

There were more than 400 ISIS-claimed or suspected attacks in Iraq between April and June according to a recent Pentagon Inspector General report, up from the 250 attacks recorded in the first three months of 2020.

Most frequently hit was the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, where the Pentagon reported 150 of the quarter's attacks had taken place. Other attacks were reported in the provinces of Kirkuk, Anbar, Nineveh, and Salahaddin.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:17 am

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ISIS leader ‘The Professor’ ratted on 68 jihadis before he was terror boss

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Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi offered up the names of al-Qaeda fighters when he was arrested in Iraq in 2008, according to declassified US intelligence files.

The leader of Isis offered up the names of al-Qaeda fighters, it's claimed

The leader of Isis offered up the names of al-Qaeda fighters, it's claimedCredit: Twitter

Salbi, known as 'The Professor', was appointed after former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up in October last year

Salbi, known as 'The Professor', was appointed after former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up in October last yearCredit: Reuters

Terror experts say the news, revealed in declassified documents, will send shock waves through the death cult

Salbi grassed on men responsible for plotting assassinations, kidnappings and bombings - and even gave spies the name of al-Qaeda's second-in-command in Iraq, who was killed by American forces eight months later.

The rat's intel has now been exposed after three interrogation reports were released by the Combating Terrorism Centre, a research body at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

The reports, seen by The Daily Telegraph, stated: “Detainee identified a number of photographs of ‘HVI’ [high value individuals] from the Mosul area.”

It's understood Salbi provided not only names but physical descriptions, mobile phone numbers and accounts of what they did for al-Qaeda.

He parted with the information after he was interrogated at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq.

After giving up the names, he was released in 2009.

Salbi signed a waiver which said he provided his statement "of my own free will without pressure of coercion".

Experts say the news will cause shock waves for the death cult.

Craig Whiteside, associate professor of national security affairs at the US Naval War College, said that Salbi “doesn’t seem to have much in the way of probity” - strong moral principles - because “he was ratting out so many of his colleagues”.

And Haroro Ingram, a senior research fellow at George Washington University’s programme on extremism, told the Telegraph that the revelations would “really shake trust” in Salbi.

43-year-old Salbi, a former officer in Saddam Hussein's army, became the leader of Isis last October.

He was appointed days after the death of former chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who killed himself and his children during a raid by US commandos.

Who is 'The Professor'?

Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Sabli became the leader of Isis in October after his predecessor killed himself and his children.

The ruthless Islamic scholar, 43, who is also known by the nom de guerre Haji Abdullah, helped found the sick terror group and was involved in the enslavement of Yazidi sex slaves.

Nicknamed 'The Professor' and 'The Destroyer', Salbi is said to have assumed control of the day-to-day running of the jihadi group immediately after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi used a suicide vest to kill himself during a US raid in October in north west Syria.

Salbi is a former officer in Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's army and is reportedly a hardline policymaker within ISIS who has overseen operations around the world.

He holds a degree in sharia law from the University of Mosul and is one of the few non-Arabs in the death cult.

As the group's chief legislator, he was directly involved in gay people being thrown off roofs and women accused of cheating being stoned in the street, it has been reported.

Salbi’s exact location is unknown although his brother, Adel Salbi, is a politician in Turkish political party Turkmen Iraqi Front.

He reportedly maintained connections with his brother right up until he was named the new boss of ISIS.

Salbi, a founding member of Isis, is believed to have met Baghdadi while the sick pair were imprisoned at Camp Bucca in 2004.

Earlier this year Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, offered a $5million reward for information leading to Salbi's capture and said he was “previously active in al-Qaeda in Iraq and was known for torturing Yazidi religious minorities”.

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UN team investigating ISIS crimes in Iraq

The mandate for a United Nations team working on holding the Islamic State (ISIS) to account for its crimes was extended for a year by the UN Security Council on Friday

The decision to extend the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Daesh/ISIL (UNITAD)’s mandate until September 18, 2021 was made unanimously, according to a UN statement released after the virtual Security Council meeting.

“Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC welcomed the unanimity of the Council’s decision as a demonstration of the continued collective will of the international community and the Government of Iraq to work side-by-side in pursuit of justice and accountability for the victims and survivors of Daesh [ISIS] crimes,” the UN statement read.

The Iraqi government had submitted a letter to the Security Council on Wednesday to call for UNITAD’s mandate to be extended.

“Expressing his appreciation for the continued support of the Government of Iraq for the mandate and work of the Team, the Special Adviser underlined the commitment of UNITAD to continue to work closely with Iraqi authorities in the implementation of its mandate,” the decision added.

ISIS swept through swathes of Iraq and neighbouring Syria in 2014, exercising its caliphate rule with exceptional violence. Among the group’s crimes are “executions, torture, amputations, ethno-sectarian attacks, rape and sexual slavery imposed on women and girls.”

The investigative unit was formed after Baghdad called at the United Nations in August 2017 for assistance in ensuring that ISIS members would be held to account for their crimes in Iraq.

The Security Council adopted a resolution in September 2017 for the UN Secretary General to establish an investigative them “to support domestic efforts to hold ISIL accountable by collecting, preserving and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that might amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Iraq.”

UNITAD focuses on crimes committed in the Yezidi heartland of Shingal, in Mosul, once the Iraq stronghold for ISIS, and at Tikrit Air Cadet Academy, where more than 1,600 cadets were slaughtered by the terror group.

Special Adviser Khan told a Security Council briefing in June that the Iraqi authorities had helped provide millions of cell data records to geo-locate witnesses and perpetrators, access to physical items of evidence seized from ISIS members, and cell phones, hard drives, computers and other electronic material that can be scrubbed for evidence.

The unit started work in Iraq in late 2018. Alongside Iraqi teams, UNITAD began in early 2019 to exhume the mass graves of Yezidis killed in Shingal.

In November 2019, Khan said that more than 160 ISIS members have been identified as perpetrators of atrocities against the Yezidi community.

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