“If Abdelhamid Abaaoud is in France, it would be something unbelievable.” Thus remarked Jean-Charles Brisard, one of France’s leading counter-terror exerts, on the morning of Wednesday, November 18, just five hours after French special forces had begun a massive assault on an alleged terrorist hideout in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis. In the meanwhile, French authorities had revealed that the target of the operation was none other than Abaaoud, the supposed “mastermind” behind the deadly attacks that shook Paris the previous Friday.
Somewhat unwittingly, as will be seen below, Abaaoud had become the veritable face of French-speaking jihadism. Long before the Paris attacks, his picture had been all over the media in France and his native Belgium, and not only was he the target of an international arrest warrant, he had already been sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison by a Belgian court. Having left Belgium for jihadist-controlled territory in Syria in January 2014, how could Abaaoud, of all people, have not been detected when re-entering Europe’s “Schengen space”? And once inside, how could he have moved freely around it without being noticed, especially in those countries, France and Belgium, where his notoriety was greatest? Not to mention the fact that his family was informed by local sources in Syria that Abaaoud was killed in combat in October 2014.
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How convenient, that his body was "unrecognizable" after the police were done with it.
It would be nice if police somewhere, anywhere would finally capture some of these terrorists so that we could hear from them why they are doing what they are doing.