Still in the Game

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Melouk, Kouachi, Beghal, and Laidouni hitting the soccer field in Cantal, France, on 4/4/2011

In my last post, I mentioned that I had decided to take one individual from an old plot—in this case, Slimane Khalfaoui from the 2000 Strasbourg Cathedral/Christmas Market plot—and research what had become of him.  I ended up going off on a tangent and looking at Rabah Boukaouma, a conspirator most recently with respect to the Sid Ahmed Ghlam affair. Continue reading

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Tracking Down the Conductors

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Bouzid and Kayal at Western Union

On December 30, Le Monde went to press with a story revealing that the Paris attacks had been coordinated from Belgium in real time, based on their reading of over 6000 records related to the investigation.  The public had thus far been under the impression that Abdelhamid Abaaoud had been running the show, but the information showed that somebody in Belgium had coordinated the three teams, which Abaaoud could not have done as the driver for the attacks on the cafés.  By January 6, La Libre Belgique reported that the coordinators in Belgium were the mysterious Soufiane Kayal and Samir Bouzid.  No information was given as to how this was determined. Continue reading

The “Proprietor of ISIS” and the School Of Delinquency

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The raid in St. Denis that killed Abdelhamid Abaaoud and his “party-girl” cousin Hasna Aït Boulahcen when an as-yet-unnamed third individual triggered his explosive vest brought to light another individual who adds a curious twist to the story of the Friday the 13th attacks in Paris. As events unfolded in the rue de Corbillon, another property around the corner on the Boulevard Carnot was raided where authorities arrest a man and a woman. The man is Jawad Bendaoud, the “landlord” of the flat at 8 rue de Corbillon. Continue reading

State of Emergency

Hollande_speech_FGiIn the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, France has declared a state of emergency that will last at least three months and Brussels has remained locked down for days on end, while the now oft-maligned Molenbeek district experiences a steady of diet of police raids. By 23 November, France had conducted over a thousand police searches, around 140 interrogations, and placed over a hundred people in custody. But is all this the answer? Admittedly, some of these activities are a long-overdue response to a festering problem, but it easily risks spilling over into a counterproductive campaign if it has not already done so. So what should be done? The answer to that question requires a clear understanding of what happened and the events that led to the Friday the 13th attacks. Continue reading