Profile: Moustapha Labsi

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Moustapha Labsi (Autor: TASR)

I’ve been half-heartedly working on a long piece on the Roubaix Gang for some time.  The story has many twists and turns, and although their small outfit seems a relatively insignificant part of the jihadist mosaic, it plugs into so many other elements which are by no means unimportant.  One of the frustrating aspects of trying to write such a story is the inner “need” by this author to go into detail on all those elements that play a supporting role, in order to drive home the importance of the main characters.  I’m going to indulge that need and tell the story of one of the members of the Fateh Kamel network, Moustapha Labsi.  That facilitation network provided the means by which surviving members of the Roubaix Gang were able to move around Europe and evade law enforcement.  Labsi, for his part, became the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by France in 2000 in connection with attacks there between 1996 and 1998, suggesting he had more than a passing linkage to Roubaix. Continue reading

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