ISIS Sends 400 Specially Trained Fighters To Unleash "Wave Of Bloodshed" In Europe

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Earlier today, we brought you the official statement in which ISIS claims responsibility for the attacks that left 34 people dead in Brussels on Tuesday. The group promises “black days for all crusader nations” and an attack “more devastating and bitter” than those that have come before (“Allah permitting,” of course).

Paris fugitive Salah Abdeslam has been variously characterized as the “ringleader” of the cell that was behind this week’s attack on Brussels. That’s probably because he’s now a household name in Europe and officials want the public to think a kind of field general has been captured. In reality, Abdeslam aborted his martyrdom mission in Paris and got himself arrested instead of dying for the “cause.” That’s not exactly behavior consistent with that seen in confirmed commanders like Abdelhamid Abaaoud and Omar al-Shishani. Rather, it would appear that Abdeslam effectively inherited Abaaoud’s cell upon returning to Belgium after backing out of the Paris attacks. ISIS likely saw some utility in keeping him around and Tuesday’s bombings suggest retaining him as a kind of organizer was a prudent decision. Or perhaps he was never meant to die in Paris. Who knows.

(Abaaoud - left - and friends, in "better" times)

Whatever the case, the important takeaway from Tuesday would appear to be that Abaaoud’s cell continued to operate and expand five months after his death and indeed, the group appears to have been using at least one of the very same bomb makers, Najim Laachraoui (who, incidentally, authorities now claim died in the Brussels airport).

(From left: Abaaoud, Abdeslam, Laachraoui)

Here’s what we said just this morning:

The thinking now is that ISIS cells have been given a certain amount of autonomy from central command in Raqqa and Mosul because, well, because there's really no telling if there even is a central command at this juncture. One gets the impression that al-Hayat Media Center just kind of waits to see what happens and then if there's a "successful" attack (Allahu akbar), then the propaganda arm simply claims it after the fact.


That dynamic in many ways makes the group more unpredictable, as semi-autonomous cells do not need al-Baghdadi's approval before carrying out attacks.


In reality it's probably not a more spectacular attack that Belgians should fear, but rather a series of "small" attacks like what unfolded Tuesday, perpetrated by a collection of individuals who do not need to appeal to a central authority and thus are free to hit soft targets spontaneously.

So if you were looking for analysis on the state of the group’s thinking and their operational capacity as it relates to attacks in Western Europe, you could have simply read the above or, you could have consulted with European and Iraqi intelligence officials and a French lawmaker, who together - and presumably after countless hours of hand wringing over chatter gathered from surveilling jihadists - came to exactly the same conclusion. Here’s AP:

Security officials have told The Associated Press that the Islamic State group has trained at least 400 attackers and sent them into Europe for terror attacks.


The network of interlocking, agile and semiautonomous cells shows the reach of the extremist group in Europe even as it loses ground in Syria.


The officials, including European and Iraqi intelligence officials and a French lawmaker who follows the jihadi networks, describe camps designed specifically to train for attacks against the West.


The officials say the fighters have been given orders to find the right time, place and method to carry out their mission.

Right. So exactly what we said this morning and precisely the conclusion that anyone who closely monitors the evolution of Sunni terror networks would have come to some 12 months ago after a police raid in Verviers proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that what happened at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in May of 2014 was no isolated event.

In any event, since AP has reported it, it's now officially true we suppose, which means there are 400 well-trained Islamic State fighters embedded throughout Europe and organized into semi-autonomous cells (let's call them proto-caliphates) just waiting for the "right" time and place to strike.

For any "intelligence" officials who may read this we would only add one thing: there are probably a whole lot more than 400...

(Soufan Group estimates)

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blabam's picture

Oh how I despise the leftist zeitgeist in my country. 

knukles's picture

And Yet Another for The Donald's "I todja sos"

nope-1004's picture

Security officials have told The Associated Press........


These are the lies by the Central Command sitting in the background, controlling both the military means for these crazies to act, and the nefarious, unpinnable "black market" for oil, where they presumably get their funding.

When you read those 7 words up top, you skim over them and accept them as the premise for the article.  You don't question it.  That's the art of effective propaganda and the West is a master at it.

But, who are the Security officials?  Where are they located?  What are their names?  Who was the contacted part at the AP?

Questioning the lies means you're a conspiracy theorists.  Accepting the lies means you're gullible.

Pick one, because this ship is going down.

knukles's picture

Cambodia must be shittin' bricks. 
They supposedly have 1 specially trained terrorist in their midst.
Poor fuckers

macholatte's picture

Is it possible that the EU politicians in Brussels have connected the dots and figured out that the migrant hordes they encouraged to invade their countries probably contained dozens of terrorists?  

Is it possible the EU Sheeple will Tar & Feather the EU politicians?

Manthong's picture

For crying out loud..

Just get 2 or 3 trigger happy militarized robo-cops from each of the thousands of US communities whose Police Departments look like Delta Force now, send them over for a European vacation, and let them sweep the muslim slums, find all the explosives and weapons, and do what they want to the scumbags.

They can make a lot of friends with the robo-cops over there.

Think of it as robo-cop outreach.


BLOTTO's picture
ISIS Sends 400 Specially Trained Fighters To Unleash "Wave Of Bloodshed" In Europe


Yea - the Mossad and CIA...

HowdyDoody's picture

Operation 'Fuck the EU'.


jaap's picture

Why o why not to russia. 

They kicked isis' ass

Never One Roach's picture

<< Operation 'Fuck the EU' >>


Code name: "Hello Vicki"

new game's picture

highly trained, wtf! to strap on a belt and remain calm. oookaaaaaaaaaay, guess i'm highly trained tooooooooooo...

Troy Ounce's picture


You know, if country X would bomb my village and kill my family, I would also create mayhem in the sleepy green villages of country X.

You reap what you sow. Suck it up.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

I don't think that's the dynamic here although it does make a good plot for a movie.

These guys are paid and well. Seems to be much more twisted than the simple old "You kilt my mudder now I gonna keel you"

Muh Raf's picture

Everything about this is fake and has been from the get go: The bomb belt and kalashnikov that has now vapourised from the 'official narrative' and then there is the terror manual found on one of the bodies that is supposed to be blown to smithereens and now a discarded laptop that had a suicide note not to mention the usual 'irony' that all 3 'guilty till proven innocent' in the main airport photo were all 'known to the security services' and of course the extra usual ex-Mossad agents who include known criminals were in charge of airport security

Only a prize twat would believe any of the official story that they keep rolling out. It's very clearly total and utter propaganda from start to end.

fleur de lis's picture

Here we go again. More stupid .gov jihadis who think they will get a bonus for all the chaos and will retire early on some exclusive beach. This is what I mean when I point out that these dumb stupid jihadis all think that they will fare better than all the other dumb stupid jihadis who either die on the job or get whacked afterwards.

weburke's picture

the elites need to kill billions of us lesser folk

damn them

elites dont rule the afterlife

JamesBond's picture

I thought Pell Grants were supposed to get these kids off the streets.  

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

There is only one solution then. If they have sent us 400 fighters, let us repatriate 40,000 of these Muslims to Syria. From 40,000 feet up. And then do the same the next time they attack. Let it rain jihadis in the Middle East until there is no more jihad.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

How do they know this? Who are those security officials that report this information?

Tarzan's picture

Not that I don't think it's possible, but I have to question why Zero Hedge is so quick to except the MSM narrative?

Maybe there are "400 specially trained fighters" spread across Europe, it's believable. 

But if so, why is it when they catch these guys, they turn out to be the same guys that attacked France?  If there are so many distributed across Europe, why is the same group hitting both targets?

Just curious..

I'd also like to note, there are undoubtedly well over 400 highly skilled, well equipped, gun carrying Floridians in my town alone!



Frankie Carbone's picture

First ZH legitimizes Trump, now MSM. Did they cut a deal?

jeff montanye's picture

the zionists are very strong and they know if they are caught for what they've done (9-11 for starters) they are done.

israeli doctors minister to injured isis fighters.

that should tell you something.

OverTheHedge's picture

If you take the Christian afterlife to be true, then it is the ultimate in elite rule. Humans will be less than pond scum in the scheme of things.

Time to be Buddhist?

Surviver22's picture
Surviver22 (not verified) OverTheHedge Mar 24, 2016 5:03 AM

It's the greatest threat global security has ever faced.

fleur de lis's picture

Where did those three dopes in the photo get all that equipment? It's not like they have any steady income. Probably still lived with their original families, so the weapons, vests, etc. came from another source and were free.

jeff montanye's picture

as blotto mentioned earlier, they are tools of the mossad and the cia.

watch the movie brazil (financed by the mossad of all things).

it seems prescient but the mossad knew what was already planned.

jm's picture

This logic is exactly why every muslim in the EU should be loaded into an empty oil tanker for the return trip back to the Arab peninsula.  This logic is also why the rest of the world has had it with the murderous savages.  


nmewn's picture

All this angst over the JV Team ;-)

CheapBastard's picture

What would be "funny" is if these suicide bombers were wearing cia-supplied Nike's that were air dropped to them when they were in Syria.


... just as Eric Holder's "Fast & Furious" assault weapons handed to drug gangs are used to kill border guards.

It's a small world and things tend to blowback faster these days.

DaveyJones's picture

I heard Congress has unleashed 535 specially trained thieves to destroy what is left of the middle class


It appears they're winning

nmewn's picture

I think when the lap dog media AP declares a group "fighters" instead of "terrorist thieves" it takes a little of the edge off for the "folks".

People become used to having a finger run up their ass and their property stolen before it can be lost by the airline because they're "fightin" for ya! ;-)

walküre's picture

you're right, we should have nuked 'em

hindsight is 20/20

jeff montanye's picture

nuke whom, the israelis? 

anyone who thinks this shit has as its first cause the muslim religion please go read solving 9-11, the deception that changed the world.

then we'll talk.


J Jason Djfmam's picture

Should have carpet nuked The Middle East/North Africa?

TheMeatTrapper's picture

"You know, if country X would bomb my village and kill my family, I would also create mayhem in the sleepy green villages of country X."

I didn;t realize that Belgium was that active in the Middle East. IIRC, they've suffered a grand total of ONE soldier killed in action over there in the last 14 years. 

Your theory makes for a great, simpleminded quote, but it does not reflect reality - current or historical.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I figure one of these days, when enough innocent people have died the average low information "European" gets MAF, this continent will explode in all directors.  It will not be a pretty place to live if you are of, darker complexion.  

Let us not forget, Northern Europeans, they will put up with a lot more shit than most other groups of people in preservation of the status-quo.  However, once that tipping point comes, and it becomes apparent that the status-quo cannot continue, things explode in all directions.  

Someone said something once, which I will never forget but I think it remains true re; social and political "norms." 


The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Haus-Targaryen Mar 23, 2016 5:42 PM

There is only one way to solve this problem.  Round up all Muslims outside of the middle east and ship them back.  Then nuke that part of the world until it glows. 

Otrader's picture

There is only one way to solve this problem.  Round up all Muslims outside of the middle east and ship them back.  Then nuke that part of the world until it glows.


it has to include the other shithole Israel, too.  Otherwise, there will never be peace and an end to financial rape of the west. 

jeff montanye's picture

actually to stop most of this all that really needs to happen is for the u.s. electorate to understand the truth about the zionist takeover of the u.s. government and media that let them pull off 9-11, sort of (lots of holes and loose ends; easy to see through if one tries).

once that's truly out and some actual journalists and historians break down and cover the biggest story of the century, the rest will take care of itself.

and this could happen, unlike you armchair air force generals "turning the mideast to glass" or somesuch evil claptrap.

Occident Mortal's picture

Western / Northern Europe is exactly like that.

You can push them and poke them and push them and they just take it, but eventually you back them into a corner and they just explode in your face and they don't stop coming until they have turned your homeland into a desolate scrub of bouncing rubble and made slaves of anyone who dared to survive.

European history makes the Middle East look like Disneyland. The EU was/is a peace project and it is unraveling at an alarming rate.

walküre's picture

tell the niggers to learn "hands up don't shoot" in German

Allen_H's picture

my thoughts exzactly, and anyone who says otherwise, Fuck you !

JPPatches's picture

The officials say the fighters have been given orders to find the right time, place and method to carry out their mission.



And those officials would certainly know, since they gave the orders. Amazing people can read this comment and not put 2+2 together

Tarzan's picture

Wouldn't you think, if the officials knew these orders were being given, they wouldn't want to help spread the orders to these disconnected cells that they've been given the ok to act on their own?

Has anyone in the press, or at Zero Hedge, bothered to ask the AP who these officials are?


jeff montanye's picture

well, did anyone in the mainstream press ask about the explosions reported in the basement of the wtc before the planes hit, the nano thermite in the smoke from the rubble, the dancing mossad members arrested in weehawken n.j with a van positive for explosives who filmed 9-11 and said on israeli tv after they were sent home that they had come to "document" the event, or the absence of an actual plane at the plane crash site in pennsylvania?  anyone??