Paris Attacks Mastermind Named; French PM Knew "Operations Were Being Prepared" From Syria

Tyler Durden's picture

As the third day after the Paris attacks dawns, and hours after France launched an unprecedented blitz airstrike on the Islamic State "capital" of Raqqa (located in the sovereign state of Syria), here are the latest developments following the worst European terrorist attack in the past decade.

Moments ago, French officials named the suspected mastermind behind the Paris attacks as one Abdelhamid Abaaoud of Belgium.

According to Sky News, it has been reported that Abaaoud had links to thwarted attacks on a Paris-bound high-speed train when two US soldiers overpowered a heavily-armed gunman and a separate attack on a church. He also had links to two suspects killed in a counter-terrorism raid in Verviers, Belgium, in January.

Abaaoud, who also uses the name Abu Omar al Baljiki, is of Moroccan origin and, sure enough, is believed to be in Syria currently. After all the "Syrian connection" must be kept alive in everyone's head.

He is thought to be the older brother of 14-year-old Younes Abaaoud, one of the youngest European teenagers to travel to Syria to fight.

While Abaaoud's whereabouts or fate are both unknown at this moment, French authorities have been busy and seven people are in custody in Belgium suspected of links to the attacks and an international arrest warrant has been issued for a Belgian-born Frenchman who is still at large. In addition to Abaaoud, investigators also named another suspect who was questioned and released by police hours after the massacres which left 129 people dead.

Below are some of the people already named as suspects in the Friday attacks:

Salah Abdeslam, who has become known as "Public Enemy Number One", reportedly helped with logistics and rented a black Volkswagen Polo used by the gunmen who stormed the Bataclan concert hall and killed at least 89 people on Friday night. The 26-year-old was apparently spoken to by officers on Saturday morning when they pulled over a car carrying three people near the Belgian border. Police then checked Abdeslam's ID and subsequently let him go, officials told the Associated Press. Abdeslam, who was born in Brussels, is described as 1m 75cm (5ft 8in) tall and has brown eyes. Meanwhile more suicide bombers involved in attacks have been identified by the prosecutor's office.

Ibrahim Abdeslam, was the brother of Salah was reportedly among the seven suicide bombers in the co-ordinated assaults targeting six sites across the French capital.

Samy Amimour, 28-year-old, who blew himself up inside the Bataclan theatre, was charged in a terrorism investigation in 2012.Prosecutors said he was from Drancy in northeast Paris and had been placed under judicial supervision but dropped off the radar and was the subject of an international arrest warrant. Three people in Amimour's family have been in custody since early on Monday.

Ahmad al Mohammad, was a suicide bomber who died outside the national football stadium was found with a Syrian passport with the name of this 25-year-old born in Idlib. The identity of the man in the passport has not been verified but the prosecutor's office said fingerprints from the attacker match those of someone who passed through Greece in October.

Ismael Omar Mostefai,  a 29-year-old from Courcouronnes, a town 16 miles south of Paris in Essonne, has been officially identified as another assailant. He was one of the terrorists inside the Bataclan and had been flagged for links to Islamic radicalism. His father and brother have been arrested.

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Also earlier this morning,  French police launched dozens of raids overnight as part of a colossal manhunt in wake of Paris's deadly terror attacks. Prime Minister Manuel Valls told the RTL radio more than 150 raids were carried out across the country.

According to Australia's ABC, French police seized "an arsenal" of weapons during dozens of pre-dawn raids against Islamist suspects in the early hours of Monday (local time), as prime minister Manuel Valls warned terrorists were planning more attacks in the wake of Friday night's atrocities in Paris.

The raids focused particularly on the Lyon area, where police made five arrests and seized a rocket launcher, a Kalashnikov assault rifle, bulletproof vests and handguns.

Police sources said authorities conducted at least 110 house searches in cities around France.

The French PM said terrorism could hit again in "in days or weeks to come" and said the attacks in Paris, which killed 129 people, were "planned in Syria." How he knows that, and how a complicated operation involving numerous concurrent strikes in Paris could have been planned in Syria is unclear, or even remotely logical, but what matters is to, once again, keep the media and public attention focused on the Syria - after all that's where the war will begin.

Perhaps preempting the question how the NSA and Europe's sterling intelligence - which collects all the private information except that which is actually needed to avert tragic loss of life - failed so massively in preventing this terrorist attack, Valls said French intelligence services had prevented several attacks since the summer and police knew other attacks were being prepared in France as well as in the rest of Europe.

"We know that operations were being prepared and are still being prepared, not only against France but other European countries too."

But If you knew, why did you not stop them then? Perhaps some questions are better left unasked.

As reported previously, on Sunday night French jets launched extensive air strikes on what the government in Paris said were Islamic State targets in the terrorist movement's stronghold Raqqa. A manhunt is also underway for Salah Abdeslam, a Belgium-born man identified as the only surviving terrorist from the attacks.

As part of the attacks, the NYT reports that United States warplanes for the first time attacked hundreds of trucks on Monday that the extremist group has been using to smuggle the crude oil it has been producing in Syria, American officials said. "The airstrikes were carried out by four A-10 attack planes and two AC-130 gunships based in Turkey."

The logical question again emerges: why had they not done this before! It will remain unanswered.

"American officials have long been frustrated by the Islamic State’s ability to generate as much as $40 million a month by producing and exporting oil." Well, here's a thought: do something about it then. Unless, of course, low oil is part of the grand US campaign to crush the Russian economy and as a result ISIS dumping of commodities is all part of the grand plan.

According to an initial assessment, 116 trucks were destroyed in the attack, which took place near Deir al-Zour, an area of Syria controlled by the Islamic State that is close to the eastern border with Iraq. No explanation why no trucks had been destroyed previously in the 13 months since the US air campaign over Syria started.

Actually, no: here is the explanation: "Until Monday, the United States had refrained from striking the fleet used to transport oil, believed to include more than 1,000 tanker trucks, because of concerns about causing civilian casualties. As a result, the Islamic State’s distribution system for exporting oil had been largely intact."

And as Doctors without Borders learned so well recently, civilian casualties are now fair game.

The new US campaign is called Tidal Wave II. It is named after the World War II effort to counter Nazi Germany by striking Romania’s oil industry. Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, who in September assumed command of the international coalition’s campaign in Iraq and Syria, suggested the name.

The bottom line: there are now Russian, US and French warplanes flying within kilometers of each other above Syria, a French ground force is imminent, as European police around the continent is conducting an epic manhunt while the alleged "mastermind" is supposedly thousands of kilometers away.

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Finally, going back to the alleged terrorist attacks mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, perhaps the most curious discovery is that just a few months ago he was interviewed for the official ISIS magazine Dabiq. His interview below.

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delbutler's picture

Wow, at least they waited more than 24 hours this time, unlike after 9/11 when about 4 hours after the second plane hit they had Bin Laden in the frame already......

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Why is Belgium still a country?  

Give the Flemish either their own state, or give them to the Netherlands.  Give the Waloons to the French (if they French will even take them) and give the Germans back to the Germans.  

 

philipat's picture

And give Brussels back to the peoples of the sovereign states of Europe? PLEASE......

Latina Lover's picture

"Moments ago, French officials named the suspected mastermind behind the Paris attacks as one Abdelhamid Abaaoud of Belgium."

Ahhh yes, the new and improved Bin Laden, version 2.0: younger,hipper, sexier, more dangerous and fanatical. This guy is straight out of Hollywoods central casting, complete with smouldering exotic good looks that makes women secretly want to play with the bad boy. He will be the face of modern muslim terrorism, until market research indicates he has hit his 'sell by' date, and then will be given a muslim burial  at sea, LOL>

NoDebt's picture

Read an article on another site this morning that these terrorists used PS4 to communicate with eachother.  Don't know if that's true, but if it is somebody at the NSA is doing the old V8 Juice forehead smack right now.

 

HowdyDoody's picture

"American officials have long been enabling the Islamic State’s ability to generate as much as $40 million a month by producing and exporting oil."

There, fixed that for you.

GeorgeWKush's picture

Just like smashing passenger jets into a couple of office buildings, this attack is purely for spectacular effect, a distraction and an attention grabber. Knowing who did it and what exactly happened is irrelevant because the purpose is obviously the same regardless (what will happen afterwards as a consequence is infinitely more important). The way the media, the politicians and more or less everyone else has reacted has made sure that whoever funded and organized this thing is already guaranteed an astronomical return on investment (be it IS, mossad, CIA or whatever).

jefferson32's picture

The French PM wasn't the only one to have foreknowledge

http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-france-defense-experts-see-parallels-to-...

"French-born Israeli Jonathan-Simon Sellem says Jewish community was warned of impending mass terror attack"

Tarshatha's picture

"Jewish community was warned of impending mass terror attack"

Just like 911, funny that.

I wonder if they caught any dancing Israelis in Paris, or are the the Mossad just becoming apathetic about their terror attacks?

Never One Roach's picture

" Abdelhamid Abaaoud "

 

Irish Catholic?

MalteseFalcon's picture

"As part of the attacks, the NYT reports that United States warplanes for the first time attacked hundreds of trucks on Monday that the extremist group has been using to smuggle the crude oil it has been producing in Syria, American officials said."

"American officials have long been frustrated by the Islamic State’s ability to generate as much as $40 million a month by producing and exporting oil."

"Actually, no: here is the explanation: "Until Monday, the United States had refrained from striking the fleet used to transport oil, [...] because of concerns about causing civilian casualties. As a result, the Islamic State’s distribution system for exporting oil had been largely intact."

Since most drone attacks produce a large percentage of "collateral damage" it strains credulity that civilian casualties have prevented attacks on ISIS's tankers.

Can ISIS's oil fields be bombed or occupied?

Who is buying ISIS's oil?  Can they be bombed?

Who is selling ISIS tankers?  Can they be bombed?

Can drones be used to do any of this?

NidStyles's picture

Just like they had intel about WMD's in Iraq..... 

jay35's picture

Wow, you can't make this stuff up. Oil prices too low? Need to help producers raise capital when their loans roll over? Quick, bomb some oil production related things in the middle east!

 

 

GMadScientist's picture

Welsh maybe. ;)

I was thinking more along the lines of Stephen Curry doing a wake and bake.

yellowsub's picture

Because recent attacks are so spectacular people are more inclined to believe it than not...  

Really these news should be broadcasted from an episode of Ripley's...

HowdyDoody's picture

"Until Monday, the United States had refrained from striking the fleet used to transport oil, believed to include more than 1,000 tanker trucks, because of concerns about causing civilian casualties. As a result, the Islamic State’s distribution system for exporting oil had been largely intact."

The hundreds of thousands of dead Afghans, Iraqis, Syrians thank the US for their concerns. How about making these 'concerns' actual practice?

This BS is disgusting beyond words.

 

Latina Lover's picture

+1000  

When did the USSA ever care about causing civilian casualties?  Remember what the satanic old whore Madelaine Albright had to say about 500,000 dead Iraqi children?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP1OAD9jSaI

yellowsub's picture

Where's the prayers for those children?  

I get it, killed in the name of Freedom and Democracy washes the people's conscience clean that it's not an atrocity but for a just cause.  

 

A Nanny Moose's picture

#DoctorsWithoutBordersLivesMatter

lakecity55's picture

+10.

Yeah, that's pretty blatant.

SoDamnMad's picture

We are concerned about citizens (EXCEPT THOSE IN HOSPITALS AND WEDDING PARTIES)

silvermail's picture

US authorities are categorically against traditional marriage between men and women.
This fact is confirmed by the fact that the US Army is constantly destroys the wedding processions in all the world.
And also the fact, that the whole history of the US Army, they were not bombed any homosexual marriage even one time.

Antifaschistische's picture

It's not the casualties!!   It's the environmental damage that would occur if the mazmat crews aren't around to clean up the mess!!

Rusty Shorts's picture

I propose that we start calling Freedom Fries..."French Fries"

A Nanny Moose's picture

....cause there certainly ain't no mo freedumb

OpTwoMistic's picture

I remember reading about police no-go areas in Paris. How is that working out for you?

A Nanny Moose's picture

Commence Operation Aquatic Interment!!!

J Jason Djfmam's picture

That's the problem with taking out Jihadi John.

Theres a hundred even more radical guys in line for the job.

Never One Roach's picture

I was able to grab the very last 'Johnny Jihad Action Figure doll" on Ebay before they were sold out. They indlue Aks plus ammo and FREE SHIPPING.

 

They only have plenty of those Al Sharpton dolls left. Seems there's not as much interest in those.

Victor von Doom's picture

Particularly when funded by the US/Banksters/Alphabet Agencies.

I mean, these Muzzies line up for Jihad at the best of times - throw Jewish finance/handling in and THIS is what you get.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Cut off the tenticle, and another grows in its place. To strike at the head...well that would be the suicide of Al CIAda.

 

Antifaschistische's picture

the only thing that offends me is that they call this clown a "mastermind".   It doesn't take a genius to get a gun and go 'shoot some folks'.  And it doesn't take a genius to tell others to go pull a trigger and x-oclock.   dangerous.....sure, like all the kids in America addicted to SSRI's, but far from a mastermind.

Victor von Doom's picture

The only thing that offends me is that the poster boy isn't David Rothschild.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Super Villain is so 90's.

Speaking of which... anybody seen the latest James Bond movie just released? The movie is almost occultist in its similarity to current events...

"I do as I'm told..."

Renfield's picture

'Mastermind' is another word that comes up all the time.
You keep hearing about these 'terrorist masterminds' that get killed in the middle east.
'Terrorist masterminds'.
'Mastermind' is sort of a lofty way to describe what these guys do, don't you think?
They're not 'masterminds'.
-- "OK, you take bomb, right? And you put in your backpack. And you get on bus and you blow yourself up. All right?"
-- "Why do I have to blow myself up? Why can't I just - "
-- "Hey, who's the fucking mastermind here? Me or you?"

(from Lazyboy, "Underwear goes inside the pants")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvNGpdPdQCk

 

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

I've lived in the ME for over 8 years.

Trust me... there are no indigenous master minds here.

Abitdodgie's picture

Wow he has a lot of US issue weapons body armor,M16,Hummers ,etc.

Sudden Debt's picture

You're trying to piss me off aren't you?

GMadScientist's picture

"For our viewers at home the word of the day is 'REFILL'.'

GMadScientist's picture

Look man, we're not the ones who couldn't even field a government not too long ago, m'kay?  :)

Doom and Dust's picture

Belgium is not a real country, never has been, never will be. It's a buffer state.

Little wonder than that they're the epicenter as well as the fiercest proponents of the 'European ideal'. If they can't have a nation, let nobody have one.

Took Red Pill's picture

You're right. There's the French sections, the Flemish sections and the German sections. They all hate each other and can't work together to run the country. Sounds like somewhere else I know.

opport.knocks's picture

Due to the cold, Canada has Phlemish sections, but very few Flemish.

jefferson32's picture

Actually Switzerland has 4 official languages and countless dialects, and happens to function relatively well. Many nations and cultures can cohabit if and only if political prerogatives are highly decentralized. (Actually, *people* can cohabit and prosper if and only if there is strong decentralization - the end goal, and only moral framework, being individual sovereignty).

As to Belgium, its history is tied to the Reformation. Belgium is catholic whereas the Netherlands and Germany are predominantly protestant.