"We Could See Bullets Flying And Laser Beams": Full Paris "Mastermind" Raid Summary

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Initially, officials assumed the alleged “mastermind” behind last Friday’s attacks in Paris was already back in Syria. 

After all, Abdelhamid Abaaoud had already alluded authorities once this year when, in the wake of the January raid in Verviers, Belgium that killed two of his operatives, the 27-year old escaped to “Sham” when “Allah blinded the vision” of the legions of intelligence operatives that he imagines were chasing him. 

To whatever extent Abaaoud dramatized his great Belgian escape in an interview that appeared in the February issue of Dabiq, this time around he really was one of the most wanted men in the world and as it turns out, Allah might have forgotten to “blind” the infidels in the four days since the attacks in France.

Although details are still sparse, we know that Abaaoud was the target of a pre-dawn raid in the Paris suburb of St. Denis and we also know that French police had "intelligence" which led them directly to the flat where they believed Abaaoud was likely to be hiding.

Just before 4:30 am local time, SWAT and anti-terror units descended on an apartment about 2km from the Stade de France. 

Five people were barricaded inside the flat and when police moved in, a gun battle ensued, as neighbors reported prolonged exchanges of automatic gunfire and explosions. 

"We could see bullets flying and laser beams out of the window. There were explosions. You could feel the whole building shake," a neighbor told Reuters. "I tried to hide my son beneath me but each time there was shooting he was clawing at my skin,” she added.

The raid lasted some seven hours and in the end, two people were killed and seven people were arrested, three in the apartment itself, two nearby, the landlord, and the landlord’s female “friend.” At least one French media source says the landord had a previous eight-year murder sentence.

One of those killed was a woman, who detonated a suicide vest. According to BFMTV, police sources had placed a woman under surveillance “days ago” who they thought might be hiding Abaaoud. BFM also says she may have been Abaaoud's cousin. For his part, interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters that police had intelligence which led them to believe that “Abu Oud was likely to be [at the apartment].” 

Cazeneuve also said there were 110 total security personnel involved in the raid.

According to French prosecutor Francois Molins, police also had tapped phone conversations which corroborated the surveillance which initially led them to believe that Abaaoud was in the building. Still, Molins was non-committal about whether he was indeed there when police arrived. "Paris prosecutor Francois Molins has told journalists that it is still unclear whether alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdel-Hamid Abu Oud, was in the apartment after the seven-hour police raid," The Guardian says. 

For his part, St. Denis mayor Didier Paillard was shocked: “We were not prepared for this discovery. This is a city that has 130 different nationalities, including people who come from war zones. We are a population that needs serenity. This is an old area which is in the process of being renovated." Well Mr. Paillard, ISIS and SWAT did a bit of free demolition work for you overnight, so feel free to "renovate" that flat.

While it's still too early to draw any conclusions, it would certainly appear as though Abaaoud might have gotten away again. After all, it's probably safe to assume that police have determined he was not one of the two people killed nor one of the seven people arrested, so either he's hiding in a closet somewhere or he escaped.

But who knows, we suppose it's possible authorities just aren't ready to make an announcement yet, although given the atmosphere in France, one would certainly think that if Abaaoud were either killed or captured, officials would want to inform Parisians immediately as it would presumably serve as a morale booster for a civilian population still reeling from Friday's massacre. But again, that's just speculation as Molins told reporters that "it is currently impossible to give the identify of those arrested, which is being verified. Everything will be done to work out who is who and thanks to forensics who was in the apartment." 

Just moments ago The Telegraph, citing Le Monde, says Abaaoud was not among those arrested this morning. "Was he among the dead? It is unclear [and although] details are sketchy, experts suggest this could have been a cell in the final stages of preparing another strike."

We shall see, but one thing is for sure, if Abaaoud was there and is now loose in Paris, you can bet you'll see more raids just like this one in the days and weeks ahead. 

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Bank_sters's picture

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

J S Bach's picture

All this "Mastermind" BS makes me laugh so hard.  They try to rouse the dupes with their James Bondesque villian hype while hiding their own bloody hands behind their backs.

Bank_sters's picture

Hello Bach!

I too am a Bach  fan- I've memorized all his cello suites and solo partitas and sonatas for the violin.   The JOY!

Latina Lover's picture

"Initially, officials assumed the alleged “mastermind” behind last Friday’s attacks in Paris was already back in Syria. "


Looks like France bombing Damascus is off the table for now.... perhaps those pictures of Hollande with naked underaged boys, courtesy of Putin, had something to do with it?

BTW, if you substitute the word 'patsy' for 'mastermind', the article makes much more sense.  Does anyone with 2 brain cells  to rub together actually believe this clown was the Mastermind, LOL?

The real masterminds are hiding somewhere in Washington, London and Ankara.

giovanni_f's picture

Masterminds sit in Washington DC and London. For most sheeple this appears to be too difficult to grasp.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



was already back in Syria


Turned up in Virginia.....go figure.

TeamDepends's picture

They got him and promptly buried him at sea. You know, because.

MalteseFalcon's picture

They'll be killing ISIS's second in command for years.

Pure Evil's picture


That was a lot of "xenophobic scapegoating".

Ms No's picture

Oh thank God, I thought they were going to claim there were sharks with LASER BEAMS, damn clowns.  Lets hope the authorities have locked up "Ames" strain bioweapons this time because you know how those "masterminds" got into that stuff last time.  

nuubee's picture

These french people could see bullets flying??? What are they? Neo?

Manthong's picture

Maybe crisis actors in slow-mo.

“it is currently impossible to give the identify of those arrested,” 

But it is just comforting to know that Obama will personal verify the credentials and identities of the tens of thousands he wants to import into the U.S. and that we will positively know who the ones we DON’T arrest are.


Sages wife's picture

Wait...what? No passports?

BaBaBouy's picture

Police Take out a few izlamists, meanwhile 1000 new arriving every day...

Pure Evil's picture

Islam is the religion of Peace.

But, only after all the infidels have either converted, are dead, or pay the jizyah.


Jizyah: a religiously required per capita tax levied by a Muslim state on non-Muslim subjects permanently residing in Muslim lands under Islamic law.

pods's picture

Jizyah?  Sounds like a verb you would see in the urban dictionary.


SumTing Wong's picture

Downvote both pods and me...but I was thinking the same thing.

GMadScientist's picture

Property tax: a required tax levied by governments on all subjects permanently residing in counties under US Law.

I'm sorry, you had a fucking point or something?

Urban Redneck's picture

Obamacare might be a better example as they are both head taxes.  One can get out of US property taxes simply by joining the FSA/Tenant Serf class and renouncing ownership of any taxed property.

Although since infidels can always convert to the death cult of a false God... I guess they both work.

jimmytorpedo's picture

I think his point was that we call it an ass fucking as opposed to a JizzYa

InflammatoryResponse's picture

ya he did,  you goof.  paying the Jiz is only for non muslims.


with property taxes everybody pays regardless of religious affiliation. :)


Jerome Lester Horwitz's picture

Well fuck...it is pretty difficult to grasp. Now if you blamed Tel-Aviv or Israel it would be much easier to grasp. 

1223pm's picture

masterminds are successfully ruining west's way of life and their civil liberties.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Isn't it funny how NSA / Five Eyes & Authorities never know who & where these attacks may occur? However, They quickly know after the fact exactly who they are & where they are?

It's obvious it's a staged event, like so many others. Have you not come to realize that when they perpetrate something upon the people, they have all the answers almost immediately, but when the people find out about their evil plans & expose them, there are investigations that take years to find out who the perpetrator is & even beyond that, nothing ever happens to the perpetrator?

If they knew in advance, as we are told it's necessary to surveil absolutely everything everyone does in whatever nation to avoid such acts, how do these acts continually occur?

lincolnsteffens's picture

The surveilers will claim it is because they don't surveil enough. Enter the RFID implant for everyone on the planet. Then we can all wear aluminum mesh under wear to illegally block the transmitters. Blocking the transmitters of course will be a capital crime for which you will be vaporized on the spot.

Oldrepublic's picture

Good background on this subject is the book by the
Swiss writer,Daniele Ganser, Operation Gladio: Nato’s Secret Armies and terrorism in Western Europe

The Juggernaut's picture

These patsys will never get caught.  Swat will kill themto keep the truth silent.  This was a closely monitored drill that went live.  Like how the FBI creates the perpetrator then arrests them when the perp is about to execute.

conscious being's picture

Or doesn't step in and instead allows the event they set in motion proceed as in the original NYC Trade Center bombing.

Dubaibanker's picture

It is a good thing, terrorists everywhere are being killed....

However, a question arose in mind today and maybe someone can help me....

Dozens of terrorist are being killed.....typically about 50-100 a month....

However, I believe more innocents are dying in Nigeria, Iraq, Paris, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan...i.e. everywhere in the world....on a DAILY basis.

This one is just for drones...http://drones.pitchinteractive.com

Is there any website that keeps a record of how many deaths are done by drones, missiles, bombs, suicide bombs & terrorists, plane crashes, all combined, in one place?

Pure Evil's picture

Give Obama a call, he ought to know, he loves killing people.

FireBrander's picture

"Is there any website that keeps a record of how many deaths are done by drones, missiles, bombs, suicide bombs & terrorists, plane crashes, all combined, in one place?"

Yes, there is, and ironically, it also serves as the debt counter for the USA. At last check it was closing in on 19 Trillion.


"What difference does it make" anyway? So what if we've killed millions; we're doing "Gods Work".

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction" - Blaise Pascal 


"Defense cuts are an "idiotic" idea...America's military is being starved, endangering the country." Dr. Ben Carson


FireBrander's picture

"Back in Syria"?

So, between Paris and Syria, there are no checkpoints?

The State is powerless to stop people from traveling to Syria by Plane, Train and Automobile?

The ONLY acceptable reason for him being "back in Syria" is that the fucker is a an incredible cross country runner...if he's in Syria by another means of transportation, then the "War on Terror" is a joke.


Speaking of Jokes!

"Cease-Fire and Political Transition in Syria Crucial to Defeating ISIS, Kerry Says"


Are you fucking crazy? We FINALLY started "firing" and we're (Russia) is actually getting somewhere on the road to crushing ISIS...and you want a "Cease Fire"?...un-fecun-believable!

gimme soma dat's picture

After the Paris attacks happened Hollande announced he was closing the borders to prevent the attackers from leaving the country.  Then the borders stayed open.  



FireBrander's picture

You cannot close the borders...that would be BAD FOR CORPORATE PROFITS!

Same reason the USA's border with Mexico is so pourous. If Mexicans pouring across the border were REDUCING Corporate Profits, the border would be sealed in a way that would make the Berlin Wall look like a picket fence.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

The real masterminds are hiding somewhere in Washington, London and Ankara.

Absolutely LL

That is why you heard Russian intelligence boradcast loud and clear what happened to Metrojet 9268 in the Sinai and "why" following that announcement the Russian Federation sent in it's tactical nucelar capable bombers.

Wasn't it interesting when Obama mentioned on November 5 that he suspected it was a bomb on board it?...  What would make him say such a thing??!!!

The circle is complete!

And the little French shit Francois La-Poofty is shitting himself along with the "White Chimp" in the Oval Office! Add to that Tel Aviv having the worst migraine headache in it's short life after those strategic bombers showed up in the neighborhood!!!!

Latina Lover's picture

Russia is sending a very strong message by deploying nuclear capable bombers.   They know who is really responsible.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Don't worry France. Just a free more civil liberties to give up, and then the government can keep you safe. They pinky swear this time.

Lets_Eat_Ben's picture

They are helpless because they are unarmed. All they can do is hope their secular savior state can keep them "safe"

FireBrander's picture

November 13, 2015

Andrea Mitchell – NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and wife of Alan Greenspan

Dateline NBC appearance, discussing the weapons used in Paris attack.


“The only people with guns in France are the “Criminal Element”; due to guns laws”.


Pure Evil's picture

Wow, that escalated quickly.

How long before a retraction is issued.

Only the criminal element has guns, and that would be:

1.) Muslim terrorists,

2.) Street thugs/organized crime

3.) The state

HowdyDoody's picture

Recently a 12 year old French boy 'borrowed' his father's gun to take to school. He managed to kill a friend on the bus ride from school. Sounds just like America.


FireBrander's picture

"Recently a 12 year old French boy..." and the solution to that problem would be....what?...more gun laws?...what gun laws?...that 12 year olds shouldn't have free access to guns?..that's not already on the books?

The ONLY way, on paper at least, to solve the problem is a total confiscation of ALL guns...and then, to borrow from Andrea Mitchell – NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent..."

“The only people with guns in France are the “Criminal Element”; due to guns laws”.."

I'll support a total ban on guns after we win the "Drug War"...too bad that war is going on 40 years and we appear to ready to throw in the towel...banning guns is like banning alcohol/drugs...GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

lincolnsteffens's picture

Sorry, but you did not go far enough. There would have to be a total ban on guns world wide and that means total incl. governments.  Porous borders make gun prohibitions in one country or state useless for the innocent. Of course other weapons would be produced that have the same effect as guns so the entire concept is ridiculous. We all have the natural right to defend ourselves.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



I'll call that.....and raise you back with this.



Since we're playing to emotions.....and all that.


Here's where that came from.