“Le Kabyle” aka Rabah Boukaouma

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A few nights ago, I was going through some old notes, when I came across a list of names I had written down related to the Strasbourg Cathedral plot from 2000.  One of the important figures from that case was a man named Slimane Khalfaoui.  He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2004, so I decided to see what had become of him. Continue reading

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A Year After the Thalys Attack And Still No Answers on Ayoub El Khazzani

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I was in the bookstore the other day and noticed a new book on the shelves of the Current Affairs section titled, “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes” by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Jeffrey E. Stern.  I pulled it off with interest because I had recently been doing my own research on Ayoub El Khazzani, the perpetrator of the attack and hoped to pick up some new information.  Sadly, there didn’t seem to be anything new in the book on that front, but it’s probably a good a time as any to lay out to you what I have found. Continue reading

Two Weeks in the New Normal

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Mourad Hamyd in detention in Sofia (Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP)

I’ve been away for a while, so I’m catching up with recent news stories on events in Europe.  After the recent spate of attacks, things have simmered at a lower level in the past couple weeks, but there is still plenty in which to delve, even if one limits himself to France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Continue reading

Missed It By That Much

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As new details emerge on the killers of Father Hamel, it appears like another story of missed opportunities with a troubling new development of collaboration per convenience.

In my last article, I mentioned the second killer, Abdel Malik Nabil Petitjean (aka Abu Omar), but didn’t say much about him because we had very few details at the time.  Now much of the story is revolving about him.  Petitjean is the son of Yamina Boukezzoula and was adopted as an infant by her former husband Franck Petitjean.  He has two sisters, the younger of whom is the child of Franck and Yamina.  He is originally from Saint-Die-des-Vosges, but moved a number of times with his family, living in Montluçon from 2008 to 2012, Seynod (Haute-Savoie) and finally with his mother in Aix-les-Bains (Savoie). Continue reading