Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Abdelhamid Abaaoud Terror Mastermind

Abdelhamid Abaaoud Terror Mastermind ---

Abdelhamid Abaaoud Terror Mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 29, is said to have planned the Paris atrocities from Syria, where he is fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. He is the Belgian of Moroccan origin terrorist suspected of organizing the thwarted 2015 Thalys train attack and the coordinated Paris attacks.  He is reported to have been on a list of targets for French air strikes since September, including a botched church attack which included the murder of a dance instructor, and the train gunman attack.


Abdelhamid Abaaoud
Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud is suspected of co-ordinating the attacks 

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  • Telegraph  Paris attacks: who is suspected ringleader Abdelhamid ... The Daily Telegraph  Police missed a golden opportunity to prevent the Paris terrorist attacks ... a French IT student, was arrested after shooting himself in the leg. ... after being shot three times in the head in what police thought was a bungled carjacking.
  • CNN  Who is Abdelhamid Abaaoud Abdelhamid Abaaoud is believed to be close to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ... It has been updated in light of the terrorist attacks in Paris. .... He succeeded Nasir al-Wuhayshi, who was killed in a drone strike. .... After joining ISIS in 2014, Abaaoud posted several videos of himself on the front lines.
  • Wikipedia Abdelhamid Abaaoud  Belgian of Moroccan origin terrorist suspected of organizing the thwarted 2015 Thalys train attack ...
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  • Fame: “My name and picture were all over the news yet I was able to stay in their homeland, plan operations against them, and leave safely when doing so became necessary.”
  • Mastermind: : "He appears to be the brains behind several planned attacks in Europe.”
  • Relatives: related to Ibrahim Abdeslam, one of the suicide bombers in Friday’s attack, and in 2010 spent time in jail with Abdeslam’s brother Salah, 
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November 18, 2015 French authorities conducted a raid that ended in the injury of five police officers, three deaths, and at least five arrests, although some reports later indicated eight.[21] The raid took place in the suburb of Saint-Denis, North Paris, and targeted Abaaoud,[22][23]successfully, since he was one of three killed during the raid.[24][25] The prosecutor's office said that Abaaoud's body was found in an apartment building that had been targeted and that the identification was made using skin samples, according to some published reports.[26] However, other reports referred to identification by fingerprint samples taken from Abaaoud's mutilated body.[27]
September 2015 reported to have been on a list of targets for French air strikes since September.

August 21, 2015 Police believe Abaaoud helped arrange a terrorist attack on an Amsterdam to Paris train on August 21, which was thwarted by four passengers including British businessman Chris Norman. The French newspaper Liberation claimed he was in contact with Ayoub El-Khazzani, the man who opened fire in a carriage of the train before he was overwhelmed by passengers.

August 11, 2015 Le Monde also claimed a French jihadist called Reda Hame, who was arrested on August 11, named Abaaoud as the man who had sent him to Europe to carry out a terrorist attack after he had been to Syria and trained for six days in Raqqa, the Isil stronghold. Abaaoud told him to travel via Prague to avoid being detected and gave him a USB stick containing encryption software and 2,000 euros with instructions to hit an “easy” target such as “a concert hall” to ensure the “maximum number of victims”. August, French counterterrorism police interrogated a French national who had been detained upon returning from the Syrian town of Raqqa. At least one activist in Raqqa, Islamic State’s capital in Syria and base of operations, said he has seen Mr. Abaaoud in the city in public several times over the past year.  The Frenchman received instructions from Mr. Abaaoud to attack a concert hall in France, but he was detained on the way and failed. Referring to his commander and Raqqa, he warned French counterterrorism investigators: “It’s a real factory. They are determined to hit.”

July 2015 sentenced to 20 years in prison in absentia by Brussels court on terrorism and for recruiting terrorists.

July 2015 jihadist apprehended in Istanbul on his way to attack Europe says he was trained by Abaaoud,

June 2015 jihadist apprehended in France from Turkey is linked to Abaaoud. Emir of War

April 19, 2015 thought to have plotted an attack on a church in Paris on April 19, when Sid Ahmed Ghlam, a French IT student, was arrested after shooting himself in the leg. After following a trail of blood to a nearby vehicle, police found a car containing “an arsenal of weapons of war”, according to the French interior ministry. Ghlam was later charged with the murder of Aurelie Chatelain, a dance instructor who was found inside her own burning car after being shot three times in the head in what police thought was a bungled carjacking. Abaaoud is later linked to the plot. Emir of War

January 2015 Abaaoud was the main target of a major police raid on a terrorist cell in Verviers, Belgium, in January in which two jihadists were killed. It was carried out within days of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, though police said the two events were not linked. sentenced to 20 years in absentia along with 32 other jihadists Believed to have escaped to syria Emir of War Belgian authorities suspect him of having helped to organize and finance a terror cell in Verviers. This cell was raided on 15 January 2015 and two members of the cell were killed. In an interview with Dabiq, the magazine of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Abaaoud bragged on social media that he had gone to Belgium to lead the cell but escaped back to Syria, even being stopped by a police officer who compared him to a photo but did not identify him.[13] Officials believe Mr. Abaaoud escaped to Syria that same month.


summer 2014 "  photo of one of Mr. Abaaoud’s siblings who had gone missing suddenly appeared on social networks. Younes Abaaoud, who was 13 years old at the time, is seen holding an assault rifle and standing by another Belgian jihadist, according to French security officials." (wsj)
 May 24, 2014 Le Monde, Abaaoud was also in contact with Mehdi Nemmouche, who carried out an attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 24, 2014, killing four people. Analysis of telephone calls is said to have shown the two men spoke in January 2014.

Early 2014 - travels to Syria, tasked with recruiting, promoted to "emir of war". Emir of War In 2014, independent journalists Étienne Huver and Guillaume Lhotellier visited the Syria–Turkey border, where they obtained photos and video of Abaaoud's time in Syria. One portion of this material showed Abaaoud and others loading bloody corpses into a truck and trailer before Abaaoud grinned and told the camera: "Before we towed jet skis, motorcycles, quad bikes, big trailers filled with gifts for vacation in Morocco. Now, thank God, following God's path, we're towing apostates, infidels who are fighting us."[13] French news magazine Paris Match published photos and videos shot by Islamic State militants that its reporters had collected through Syrian rebels. One of the videos shows a militant driving a pick-up truck toward a grave and dragging half a dozen corpses behind. “Before we towed jet skis, motorcycles, quad bikes, big trailers filled with presents for the holidays in Morocco. Now, thank God, we’re towing those who are fighting us, those who are fighting Islam,” the driver says, smiling at the camera. The driver was later formally identified as Mr. Abaaoud, according to a retired security official. (wsj)

January 2014 boasted that he had been able to plan terror attacks against westerners while living in Belgium and being wanted by intelligence agencies when he travelled to Syria in January 2014.

January 2014 Analysis of telephone calls is said to have shown Abaaoud was also in contact with Mehdi Nemmouche, who carried out an attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May.WSJ:  Mr. Nemmouche, the alleged Jewish Museum gunman in Brussels, crossed paths with Mr. Abaaoud in Islamic State camps, receiving specific instructions from him, the officials said.

January 20, 2014 flies of of Germany Cologne Bonn airport under his actual name. He name is on EU watch list but he is not detained. Emir of War

In 2013, he recruited his then 13-year-old brother Younes to join him in Syria.[3][8] They left for Syria on 19 January 2014, for which he was convicted of abduction, having been previously convicted of robbery.[11]  he is reported to have taken his 13-year-old brother Younes with him to Syria in January 2014.


December 2010 spent time in jail with Abdeslam’s brother Salah Abdeslam convicted in same case on minor charges unrelated to terrorism, sent to same prison in Belgium. Abaaoud released the next month Emir of War In 2010, he spent time in prison at Saint Gilles for petty theft.[10][3]

He attended but dropped out of the elite Collège Saint-Pierre inUccle where he was for at least one year.[3] studied at Brussels’ prestigious Collège Saint-Pierre,

high school: happy-go-lucky study who went to one of Brussels’ most prestigious high schools, Saint-Pierre d’Uccle.

Abaaoud grew up in Molenbeek, an area where "the radical Salafistideology has flourished among some young Muslims."[9]

father:  His father Omar is a grocer in Brussels there or....  Mr. Abaaoud’s family came from Morocco, prospering in Molenbeek as owners of a clothing store. Until 2013, Mr. Abaaoud, who  was closely associated with his parents’ retail business; he was its largest shareholder in 2013 and presided over board meetings, according to corporate records.

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November 19, 2015  Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Alleged Ringleader of Paris Attacks, Was ‘Emir of War’ in Syria Belgian drew on ties in Europe long before Paris strikes, officials say ...  removed from Islamic State’s ranks a prominent figure who they said blended his battlefield experience in Syria with a network of associates in Europe to lead one of the bloodiest terror attacks in French history. In Syria, the Belgian was a military commander, or “emir of war,” in eastern Deir Ezzour province, according to local activists and news reports, an unusually high rank for a fighter who hailed from Europe. Friends from his early life in Brussels, in the predominantly Muslim district of Molenbeek, recall a “nice guy” who played soccer.... In Paris, officials say the 28-year-old militant assembled a potent arsenal that he planned to deploy against multiple additional targets—including Paris’ La Defense business district—following the attacks that investigators say he coordinated against a stadium, concert hall and other locales, killing 129 people.

nov 17  Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the alleged architect of the Paris ...QZ As information trickles out to the public about Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the ISIL member believed to be the architect behind the attacks in Paris, it’s becoming clear that the Belgian citizen thought to be living in Syria was well known to intelligence services. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reports that an alliance of Western countries tried to have him killed by an airstrike (paywall) two weeks before the attacks in Paris.  ...suspected terrorist cell in Verviers, as part of raids in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo ...the student accidentally shot himself while planning to attack a church.


November 16, 2015 Paris attacks: Who is Abdelhamid Abaaoud – Belgian...
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Senior Islamic State commander, Belgian-born Jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, has been identified by French officials as the likely mastermind of the devastating Paris

Nov 16 Belgian jihadi ID'd as mastermind of Paris attacks  Associated Press "All my life, I have seen the blood of Muslims flow," Abaaoud said in a ... of the Belgian jihadi's purported connection to a pair of foiled terrorism ... of Villejuif after the alleged perpetrator apparently shot himself in the leg and called police. ...Abdelhamid Abaaoud morphed into Belgium's most notorious jihadi, ...

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Daily Mail19 hours ago - Smile of a depraved killer: Shocking video shows sick Paris terror ... is believed to be ISIS executioner and recruiter Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, ..... French bomber Omar Mostefai, centre, killed himself at the Bataclan and Samy ...

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16 hours ago - Two prominent ISIS members, Abdelhamid Abaaoud and Salim Benghalem, were the masterminds ... These things may be said as fact because Abaaoud has said them himself. ... American student killed in Paris terror attacks ...

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Daily Mirror1 day ago - Abdelhami Abaaoud, 27, is believed to have been behind other attacks ...Suspected mastermind of the Paris terror attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud .... linked to a cell in the town of Verviers, where police shot dead three militants in January. ... suicide bomber Bilal Hadfi who blew himself up at football stadium.

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Abdelhamid Abaaoud 11/20/2015
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaAbdelhamid Abaaoud (8 April 1987 – 18 November 2015) was a Belgian Islamic terrorist, who had spent time in Syria becoming radicalized, prior to returning to Europe.[1] He was suspected of having organized multiple terror attacks in Belgium and France, including the November 2015 Paris attacks.[2] He also went by the names Abu Omar Soussi (Arabic: أبو عمر السوسي‎, meaning "fromSous", his Moroccan family's place of origin) and Abu Omar al-Baljīkī (Arabic: أبو عمر البلجيكي‎, meaning Abou Omar the Belgian).[3][4] He was killed during a raid which targeted him while he was within an area of Paris known as the Saint-Denis.
Prior to the events which unfolded in Paris, there had been an international arrest warrant issued for Abaaoud on the basis of his activities in recruiting individuals to Syrian Islamic terrorism. [5]

Early life[edit]

Abdelhamid, one of six children, was born on 8 April 1987[6] in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, a suburb ofBrussels, Belgium.[7] He was the son of Omar Abaaoud, a shopkeeper who emigrated to Belgium from Morocco in 1975.[3][8] Abaaoud grew up in Molenbeek, an area where "the radical Salafistideology has flourished among some young Muslims."[9] He attended the elite Collège Saint-Pierre inUccle for at least one year.[3]
In 2010, he spent time in prison at Saint Gilles for petty theft.[10][3] In 2013, he recruited his then 13-year-old brother Younes to join him in Syria.[3][8] They left for Syria on 19 January 2014, for which he was convicted of abduction, having been previously convicted of robbery.[11]
Abaaoud and Salah Abdeslam were in prison together in Belgium.[12]

Earlier terrorist activities[edit]

See also: Jihadism and Islamic terrorism
In 2014, independent journalists Étienne Huver and Guillaume Lhotellier visited the Syria–Turkey border, where they obtained photos and video of Abaaoud's time in Syria. One portion of this material showed Abaaoud and others loading bloody corpses into a truck and trailer before Abaaoud grinned and told the camera: "Before we towed jet skis, motorcycles, quad bikes, big trailers filled with gifts for vacation in Morocco. Now, thank God, following God's path, we're towing apostatesinfidels who are fighting us."[13]
He was in contact with Mehdi Nemmouche, a Franco-Algerian jihadist who shot and killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May 2014.[14] Belgian authorities suspect him of having helped to organize and finance a terror cell in Verviers. This cell was raided on 15 January 2015 and two members of the cell were killed. In an interview with Dabiq, the magazine of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Abaaoud bragged on social media that he had gone to Belgium to lead the cell but escaped back to Syria, even being stopped by a police officer who compared him to a photo but did not identify him.[13] In July 2015, following the Verviers raid, he was convicted in absentia and sentenced to twenty years in prison by a Belgian judge for organizing terrorism.[11]
Abaaoud was implicated in four out of six attacks foiled in France since spring 2015.[15] This included an attempted attack by Sid Ahmed Ghlam (fr)at a church in Villejuif near Paris in April 2015, as well as the thwarted Thalys train attack, which occurred on 21 August 2015.[16]
According to a BBC report on 19 November 2015, after Abaaoud's death (see below), France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters that he had received intelligence that Abaaoud had passed through Greece on his return from Syria. It is unclear whether the Belgian had concealed himself among the thousands of migrants arriving in Greece before heading for other EU nations. Greek officials subsequently insisted that there was no evidence that Abaaoud had been in that country.[17] Confirming that Abaaoud had left for Syria last year, Mr Cazeneuve said no EU states had signalled his return.[15]
He was thought by counter-terrorism officials to have been close to Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi, and the link between ISIL leadership in Syria and terror cells operating in Europe.[18]

Paris attacks and death[edit]

By 16 November 2015, French and Belgian security services were focused on Abaaoud, who they believed to have been the leader of theNovember 2015 Paris attacks.[19] After the Paris attacks, Abaaoud was reported to have made comments to Dabiq, in which he refers to his intention to fight "the crusaders".[20]
On 18 November, French authorities conducted a raid that ended in the injury of five police officers, three deaths, and at least five arrests, although some reports later indicated eight.[21] The raid took place in the suburb of Saint-Denis, North Paris, and targeted Abaaoud,[22][23]successfully, since he was one of three killed during the raid.[24][25] The prosecutor's office said that Abaaoud's body was found in an apartment building that had been targeted and that the identification was made using skin samples, according to some published reports.[26] However, other reports referred to identification by fingerprint samples taken from Abaaoud's mutilated body.[27]
Authorities in France confirmed that Abaaoud had "played a decisive role" in the Paris attacks and played a part in four of six terror attacks foiled since spring, with one alleged jihadist claiming Abaaoud had trained him personally, according to Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.[28]

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    External links[edit]
    Article published by Sky News 19 November 2015: women states she saw Abaaoud drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis joint(s) days after the attack.