(The Daily Mail newspaper) Secret documents revealing scores of ISIL terror plots targeting the UK and Europe have been seized in Iraq and Syria, it can be revealed today.
Intelligence showed chilling plans by militants to kill and maim civilians, according to Britain’s top commander in the region.
Major General Rupert Jones said tens of thousands of documents in ISIL’s ‘external operations hubs’ had been uncovered as towns were liberated from the terror group.
In a bid to process the mass of data, hundreds of analysts – including from Britain’s security services – are being flown to a top secret location to wade through papers, hard drives and mobile phones.
Experts are also waiting to decipher what they believe will be a ‘labyrinth of intelligence’ when coalition forces retake the Iraqi city of Mosul.
General Jones – the son of Falklands hero Colonel H Jones VC – is a key Western commander in the fight against ISIL, codenamed Operation Inherent Resolve.
Referring to the terror group by the Arabic term Daesh, he said: ‘The reason we are all here is because Daesh has demonstrated it poses a threat to our way of life.
‘It has demonstrated very effectively what it can do in Europe and elsewhere. If we want to keep Britain safe, we need to deal with Daesh.’
US-led coalition jets and local ground forces are currently engaged in a double-pronged attack on IS in its Iraqi stronghold Mosul, and its de facto capital in Syria, Raqqa.