The “Sapling” Has A Different Root

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Murder of Aurelie Chatelain: reconstruction in Villejuif with Ghlam

A friend recently sent me an article by Matthieu Suc from March 23, 2016, that I had somehow missed.  Entitled “The terrorist networks of the Islamic state (2/3): the chain of command leading to the attacks,” it details the background stories of a few of the major figures involved in organizing attacks in France and Belgium.  One of them, the least well known by far of the group, is related to the fifth article I ever wrote for my blog.  His name is Abdelnacer Benyoucef. Continue reading

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“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

The “Latest” Sapling

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Sid Ghlam

France has experienced a series of vicious attacks in 2015 provoked by the apocalyptic views of radical Islamist terror groups. The world knows of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the recent Friday the 13th attacks in Paris. The world knows very little of Sid Ahmed Ghlam (aka Djillali), who by and large has had only a smattering of press coverage outside of France. Yet his story is very much connected to the others and shows how much of jihadist activity has nothing to do with “lone wolves” but is part of a continuum of teaching and influence that spans generations—a bitter root that defiles many. Continue reading