Al-Mawla Interrogation Reports
Within a short time following the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on October 27, 2019, the group’s shura council moved to appoint his successor. The individual they selected, Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, was not well known to the world. Although there were rumors about al-Mawla’s identity and past, much was shrouded in ambiguity and uncertainty.
This uncertainty was partially lifted in September 2020, when the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point, in cooperation with U.S. government partners, released two articles analyzing three tactical interrogation reports (TIRs) from the time when al-Mawla had been detained by U.S. forces in Iraq in early 2008. These three TIRs, translated into Arabic and released by the CTC on its website, provided glimpses into al-Mawla’s background, which was supplemented by excellent reporting by Jenan Moussa, a journalist from the Middle East with extensive experience and networks in Iraq and Syria.
Then, on April 6, 2021, the CTC was able to release an additional 53 TIRs from interrogation sessions involving al-Mawla. Taken together, these 56 TIRs provide a rich and unique source of information about al-Mawla, the Islamic State in Iraq’s (ISI’s) activities from 2006-2008, and militant movements in general. This page serves as a platform for accessing the documents as well as products that scholars and journalists have created utilizing the documents. We welcome the public, journalists, and researchers to make liberal use of these documents. If you do use the documents and would like us to highlight your work, please send a link of the work to ctc [at] westpoint [dot] edu.
Note: The three TIRs released in September 2020 were labeled as TIRs A, B, and C. Because of the large number of TIRs being released with this article, as well as the fact that the A, B, and C chronology that made sense at that time would no longer make sense when incorporating TIRs that took place before, in between, and after TIRs A, B, and C, the CTC opted for a new file name scheme that uses the date of the session and the order of sessions on that day. In this scheme, TIRs A, B, and C have been given new files names:
TIR A is now al-Mawla_TIR_08JAN08_2;
TIR B is now al-Mawla_TIR_25JAN08 _2;
TIR C is now al-Mawla_TIR_25JAN08 _3
Jenan Moussa, “The Al-Mawla Documents, Part 1,” Al-Aan TV, September 17, 2020.
Jenan Moussa, “The Al-Mawla Documents, Part 2,” Al-Aan TV, September 17, 2020.
Jenan Moussa, “The Al-Mawla Documents, Part 3,” Al-Aan TV, September 17, 2020.
Tactical Interrogation Reports