Desperation in Europe?

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Police officers stand guard as they take part in a raid in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, east of Paris, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. French police detained three women planning ‘imminent and violent action’ after a standoff Thursday linked to a terrorism investigation into six gas canisters found in a car abandoned near Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)/XTC102/16252777977527/1609082356

The more information that comes out about the female terror cell arrested in France this past week, the more ludicrous and self-defeating their efforts appear to be.  I’m not one to be dismissive about the dangers posed by groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, but if this is not some big misdirection, it certainly gives the feel that the Islamic State is beginning to grasp at straws to effect something spectacular on the Continent. Continue reading

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The Outrage of the Islamic State and the Outrage of the Fifth Republic

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Yesterday, the Islamic State successfully took its war against the Dar al-Kufr into the churches of Europe when two young men burst into the morning mass at Church of the Gambetta* in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.  Entering through the back they forced Father Jacque Hamel (85) and his congregants to kneel at the altar.  They began attacking Hamel and slit his throat, filming the grotesque scene, whereupon they began to chant Arabic about the altar like a “sermon” according to eyewitnesses.  A nun by the name of Sister Danielle raised the alarm when she was able to run out of the church unseen while the two were attacking Hamel. Continue reading

Updates From Around Belgium

The Jumet Case: More Identities and Linkages to France

On Tuesday, Belgian newspaper La Dernière Heure (DH) reported interesting new information about the case of jihadist cell emanating out of Jumet/Charleroi.  When I wrote on the topic a month ago, only partial identities had been released, but I was able to work out a couple of them.  One of those was confirmed in this report, which leads me to believe I was correct about both of them.  Unfortunately, the DH article is a subscription-only item, so I have only the opening blurb to work from.  Nevertheless, it gives me enough to advance the story a little. Continue reading

A Good Nose For Details

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Here are a couple of tidbits that show we are on the right track here at Hindsight is 20/20.

Oussama Atar Is the Cousin of the El Bakraoui Brothers

My speculations back in April turned out to be correct.  La Capitale ran a story under the headline, “Oussama Atar, mentor of the El Bakraoui brothers, was in prison in Iraq with the current leader of Daesh.”  In it they detail that police searched the residence of Oussama Atar the day after the Brussels bombings, which was located at rue du Busselenberg 64 in Anderlecht.  No arrests were made, and apparently Atar was not present at the time. Continue reading

Whitmore Road Suspect Identified

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22 Whitmore Road, Birmingham, West Midlands (The Sun)

My April 18 posting about the arrests in Birmingham included a bit about a 40-year-old father of four and taxi driver at 22 Whitmore Road.  He has been identified as Fazal Sajjad Younis Khan, and it turns out that the electoral rolls I was hesitant to cite were correct.  The suspicious substance found in the home has been declared variously as tear gas or more specifically as CS gas.  He has been bailed to appear before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on May 13.  The electoral rolls also show a handful of other names at the Whitmore Road address: Lal Bahadur Khan, Gulzad Gay Khan, Noorshad Begum, and Hazara Begum.  Thus far, I’ve only been able to discover that Gulzad is the mother of Fazal, based on the England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005.

Cold Comfort

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A few more details have emerged about the Salzburg IS suspects that I wrote about
yesterday. Bild am Sonntag (BamS) is reporting that the “foreign intelligence service,”
which provided the Austrians with information about the pair was Germany’s Federal
Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesverfassungsschutz). Furthermore,
they reported that the European border control agency FRONTEX recognized the false
passports the two were using and held them for weeks from continuing on their trip.
Thus, they were not able to take part in the Paris attacks in November. This sounds
interesting, but a number of things do not compute when you think about it. Continue reading