Program on Extremism set to launch virtual archive of ISIS documents

Researchers will launch a virtual public archive of internal ISIS files with translations and analysis from staff at the Program on Extremism on Monday, according to a release.

A team of New York Times reporters obtained roughly 15,000 pages of internal ISIS documents consisting of land deeds, military strategies, tax receipts and internal regulations in 2018. The project, which began as a partnership between the Program on Extremism, the Times and GW Libraries, will be published on an open, searchable website, the release states.

The documents, which are mostly written in Arabic, will be posted in their original form along with translations after researchers determine that the information published will not harm civilians, according to the release.

“The public repository will allow researchers around the world – including those in Syria and Iraq – to access a wide array of documents that provide invaluable evidence on the activities and atrocities carried out by the Islamic State group,” the release states.

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