When I wrote my article bemoaning the lack of information and progress regarding the case of Ayoub el-Khazzani on August 20, 2016, I thought I had done an exhaustive search of the available information on him. I think now that was largely true, but unfortunately, I missed something key. It’s been a long time since I published anything, and in light of the February release of Eastwood’s new movie, I’d like to take the opportunity of my return to go over what I missed and bring you up to speed on the handful of developments that have taken place.
French newspaper Le Monde ran with a story Wednesday telling us a little more about the two feaux refugees held in custody by Austrian authorities since early December. Le Parisien on Saturday was so kind as to dispense with the initials and give us the full names, both aliases and real. I previously wrote about them and their path into Europe on February 17, based on information reported in Der Spiegel. Continue reading
LeParisien revealed important new details on February 13 related to the arrest of two suspected Islamic State associates in Salzburg, Austria. The two were arrested on the weekend of December 12-13, 2015. Few details were given at the time and some of those turned out to be wrong. At first the two were described as possibly French citizens, but that was quickly corrected. In fact, neither of the two males were from Europe at all—one was a 28-year-old from Algeria and the other a 34-year-old from Pakistan. They had entered Greece as Syrian refugees and made their way to Austria via the Balkan route. They were arrested living in the refugee center in the old Autobahnmeisterei on Münchner Bundestrasse 54. Authorities indicated that the two possibly had connection to the attacks in Paris the month before. Continue reading