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France's most-wanted ISIS jihadi 'is CAPTURED' by Kurdish fighters in Syria with two other converts
2017-12-29
More on this story from yesterday, with a useful photo of Mr. Most Wanted himself looking keenly toward the photographer.
[DailyMail]
  • Thomas Barnouin
    ...also known as Thomas Abdelhakim, the converted son of French schoolteachers became a member of the Toulouse network led by “the white emir,” Olivier Corel, after studying in Saudi Arabia...
    was captured with several French nationals in northern Syria

  • He was convicted of running a jihadi recruitment network and jailed in 2006

  • Close with Mohammed Merah who killed seven in Toulouse in 2012

  • Two of the other French nationals captured were Romain Garnier, 33, from Vesoul and Thomas Collange
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Europe
Brother of French Jewish school shooter gets 20 years for terror ties
2017-11-03
[IsraelTimes] Abdelkader Merah convicted of terrorist conspiracy, but cleared of helping brother Mohammed carry out 7 Toulouse shootings including 3 Jewish children

The older brother of a French jihadist who rubbed out seven people in Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
in 2012, including three Jewish children, was given a 20-year jail sentence Thursday for being part of a terrorist conspiracy.

Abdelkader Merah was however cleared of having a direct hand in his brother Mohammed’s killing of three soldiers and terror attack on a Jewish school, where he bumped off a rabbi, two of the rabbi’s children, aged three and five, and an eight-year-old girl.

The trial was the first arising out of a wave of violence by mostly homegrown radical Islamists that has claimed the lives of more than 240 people in La Belle France in the past five years.

Mohammed Merah’s March 2012 terror attack on Ozar Hatorah school, which he carried out in the name of al-Qaeda, was the deadliest on Jews in La Belle France in three decades.

Over the course of his eight-day killing spree, the 23-year-old also rubbed out three soldiers in the garrison town of Montauban before being killed by police after a 32-hour siege at his home.

His 35-year-old brother and mentor Abdelkader, who had nurtured his interest in jihad and defended the killings, was tossed in the calaboose
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
shortly afterwards on charges of complicity.

But while admitting to having been present when his brother stole the scooter he used in the attacks, Abdelkader denied any knowledge of his intentions.

His conviction on the separate charge of being part of a terrorist conspiracy was seen nonetheless by the victim’s families as a victory.

"Justice has been served," Patrick Klugman, lawyer for the family of slain rabbi Jonathan Sandler said.

A second defendant, Fettah Malki, who supplied Mohammed Merah with a machine gun and a bullet-proof vest, was given a 14-year sentence after also being found guilty of involvement in a terrorist conspiracy.

From petty crime to terrorism
The trial lifted the lid on a dysfunctional family living on the margins of society in the high-rise Toulouse suburb of Les Izards.

Three of the five children born to Algerian immigrant parents, who later divorced, came under the spell of radical Islamists.

Both Abdelkader and Mohammed spent time in prison for acts of delinquency ‐ an experience that radicalized the younger Merah and left him thirsting for Dire Revenge against La Belle France.

In 2011, he traveled to the lawless tribal regions of Pakistain near the border with Afghanistan to join the Qaeda-affiliated Jund al-Khalifa.
...or Soldiers of the Caliphate, this is one of several groups by that name, the others being based in Algeria (sworn to ISIS) and Kazakhstan. More about this one can be read here...
Returning to La Belle France, he was questioned by intelligence services but insisted his trip had been solely for tourism.

Prosecutors had presented Abdelkader as the real brains behind the attacks and called for him to be given life in prison, without possibility of parole for 22 years.

But Merah’s lawyers urged the jury not to make him a scapegoat for his brother’s crimes to satisfy the public desire for a conviction.
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Brother of Toulouse terrorist goes on trial for aiding attacks
2017-10-14
[IsraelTimes] Abdelkader Merah denies helping Mohammed Merah shoot dead 7 people, including 3 Jewish schoolchildren, in 2012

The older brother of a French jihadi who killed Jewish schoolchildren and soldiers in 2012 says he had no idea what his sibling was plotting.

Abdelkader Merah testified Friday for the first time in his trial for alleged complicity with his brother Mohammed’s three attacks in and near Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
Merah is the chief surviving suspect because Mohammed died in a shootout with police.

He said he was with his brother the day he stole the motor scooter used in the killings, but didn’t report the theft to police because he didn’t want to be a snitch.

"I’m not Mohammed Merah,
...the Algerian-French "lone wolf" who trained with Al Qaeda in Pakistan and quite possibly was a French informant before going on the killing spree that ended with his dramatic death in a shootout with French police...
I am Abdelkader Merah. There is a big difference," he insisted to the court.
True. Elder brother is merely a known wolf with a habit of supporting real jihadis -- a number of them relatives -- in their endeavours, though such things are felonies earning serious jail time. Mohammed was an actual jihadi.
The attacks, which he carried out in the name of al-Qaeda, were the first in a wave of jihadist assaults in La Belle France that resumed in 2015 with the shootings at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe...
and a massacre at a Gay Paree concert hall.

The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terror group claimed the attack as the work of one of its "soldiers," though a source close to the investigation said there was as yet no solid evidence linking the man to the group.

Abdelkader Merah, 35, is the first person to be tried over the spate of killings.

Reacting to his brother’s actions in 2012 Abdelkader Merah had declared himself "proud," saying that "every Moslem would like to give his life to kill his enemy."

He is accused of helping to facilitate his brother’s attacks, in particular by helping him steal the scooter used in three separate shootings.

He is being tried alongside 34-year-old Fettah Malki, accused of giving Mohammed Merah a bulletproof jacket, an Uzi submachine gun and ammunition.

Neither of the accused denies helping Merah obtain materials but claimed they were unaware of his intentions.

Abdelkader Merah faces a possible life sentence while Malki could get 20 years in prison.

Nicknamed "Bin Laden" in his neighborhood, Abdelkader Merah was known to intelligence services for his ties to radical Islamists in Toulouse.

Prosecutors claim he shared his brother’s ideology, and that the siblings were repeatedly in contact in the days before the killings.

Toulouse killer’s mother received public housing to be near son’s trial

[IsraelTimes] A French political activists says Zoulikha Merah was favored despite allegations that her son aided his brother in 2012 murder of 4 Jewish civilians and 3 soldiers.

Municipal officials gave preferential treatment to the mother of an Islamist terrorist who killed Jews in Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
, allegedly with help from his brother, a French political activist said.

Gilbert Collard, a supporter of the far-right politician Marine Le Pen of the National Front party, wrote to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe last week to complain that Zoulikha Merah was prioritized over other applicants for public housing based on a request in which she cited the need to be near the trial of her eldest son. He is accused of helping his younger brother, Mohammed, kill four Jews and three soldiers in 2012.

"This lady effectively received absolute priority for public housing in Tremblay," Collard wrote. He did not provide any evidence of the preferential treatment he said Zoulikha Merah had received.

The western municipality that Collard named is located 195 miles from Gay Paree, where last month the trial of 35-year-old Abdelkader Merah opened five years after his initial arrest for allegedly helping his brother carry out deadly shootings in Toulouse. But it is much closer to Gay Paree than Zoulikha Merah’s home in Toulouse, which is located 410 miles south of the capital.

Before his trial began, Abdelkader Merah was held in Vivonne, which is located 233 miles from Toulouse. But his mother’s request to be near him was filed when he was still being held in Villepinte near Gay Paree, Collard also wrote.

In addition to Abdelkader Merah, another suspected Islamist, 34-year-old Fettah Malki, also is facing charges of assisting Mohammed Merah carry out terrorist attacks in March 2012. Mohammed Merah bumped off three children and a rabbi at the school. He was killed in a shootout with police at an apartment three days after the school killings.

Both the older brother and Malki have denied having any prior knowledge of Mohammed Merah’s planned attacks, but police say they have evidence suggesting both were involved in preparations. Abdelkader Merah also supported his brother spiritually and psychologically in his becoming a terrorist, the prosecution said.

Born to a family of four children, Mohammed Merah was "raised to be an anti-Semite because anti-Semitism was part of the atmosphere at home," his youngest brother, Abdelghani, said in 2013.

Abdelghani Merah has denounced his family publicly, calling their denials and claims of innocence part of their belief in taqqiyah ‐ an Islamic term meaning "subterfuge" in the service of jihad.

The Merahs’ sister, Souad, fled La Belle France after authorities there questioned her for saying she was proud of her brother. She and her four children were seen three years ago in the Ottoman Turkish city of Gazyantep, where they are believed to have crossed into Syria to join the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
terrorist group, according to the TF1 television series.
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Jihadist who threw grenade in French kosher shop gets 28 years
2017-06-24
[Ynet] The French jihadist who perpetrated the 2012 attack in Sarcelles, injuring one, is to serve 28 years behind bars; prosecution describes decision as 'a miracle'.

A French jihadist who threw a grenade at a Jewish store in 2012
...that would be the Naouri kosher supermarket...
was sentenced overnight to 28 years in prison by a court which also sent several others to jail after the dismantling of an Islamist cell which had planned other attacks.
When its members were arrested in late 2012, the "Cannes-Torcy cell" was described as the most dangerous jihadist group in France.
In addition to grenade-thrower Jeremy Bailly, the jury court sentenced eight others to prison for between 12 and 20 years, with the lengthier terms handed to two men who spent time in Syria, where the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
bad boy group has its base.

The convictions in a late night ruling on Thursday brought a close to an affair that predated the spate of Islamist-inspired attacks in La Belle France from early 2015 onwards, in which more than 230 people have been killed.
France was at the time roiled by protests against Israel and naturally also attacks on local Jews and Jewish institutions.
Another member of the jihadist cell--Jeremie Louis-Sidney--died in a shootout with police when they tried to arrest him in the eastern French city of Strasbourg in October 2012.

The grenade-attack at a Jewish food store in Sarcelles
......known as "Little Jerusalem" because of the large number of North African Jews who settled there after immigrating in the 1960s, as did a large number of non-Jewish North Africans. They have on occasion clashed...
north of Gay Paree the same year injured one person but killed nobody, an outcome prosecutors described as "a miracle".

The dismantling of the cell allowed police to thwart another attack planned against an army camp in the Var area of southern La Belle France in 2013, prosecutors said.

They added that the cell, half of whose members were converts to Islam who bonded on a camping holiday in Cannes, southern La Belle France, had also planned but not executed an attack on a McDonald's fast-food restaurant.

In all, the trial concerned 20 people. Two were acquitted. Among others sentenced was a 23-year-old Laotian man who was judged as the driver of the car from which Bailly hurled the grenade. He was enjugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
for 18 years.

Among others sentenced but not present in court were a man who joined the Islamic State bad boy group in Syria and thought to have possibly died there, and another on the run in Africa.
The Times of Israel adds:
Analysts say the Cannes-Torcy network signaled a historic shift in La Belle France’s struggle against terrorism, to battling mass attacks by Islamic faceless myrmidons inspired, or even guided, by foreigners.

During the hearing at a special anti-terror tribunal in Gay Paree, the cell was described as "the missing link" between the self-proclaimed al-Qaeda terrorist Mohammed Merah -- who murdered three Jewish children and a teacher in an attack at their school in the southwestern city of Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
in 2012 -- and the Islamic State network that hit the Bataclan concert hall in 2015, killing 130 people.

The prosecution demanded "exemplary punishments" for the cell, headed by Jeremie Louis-Sidney and described as a violent leader with a "boiling" hatred for Jews.

Kevin Phan, the group’s driver during the attack, was sentenced to 18 years in jail.

Sentences of 14 to 20 years’ imprisonment were given to gang members who had traveled to Syria, including Ibrahim Boudina, who spent sixteen months in Syria and was accused of "returning to commit an attack" on the Cote d’Azur.

Lawyers said the court had noted the diverse profiles of the twenty men, some of whom were from well-to-do families, and came from Algeria, Laos and La Belle France. Half were converts to Islam.
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Europe
At least three hurt in French school shooting
2017-03-17
[AlAhram]. A heavily armed pupil injured his head teacher and two other people during a shooting at a French high school on Thursday, rattling nerves in a country repeatedly the target of Islamist turban attacks, police and officials said.
Sudden Jihad Syndrome? Psychopath? He's on the young side for schizophrenia... No doubt all will be revealed.
The 17-year-old pupil was tossed in the slammer
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
afterwards in possession of a rifle, two handguns and two grenades after the attack at the Tocqueville high school in the sleepy hillside town of Grasse in southern La Belle France, police told AFP.

The head of the regional government, Christian Estrosi, told AFP that the shooting was "not at all" being seen as a terror attack at this stage.
The head of the regional government, Christian Estrosi, told AFP that the shooting was "not at all" being seen as a terror attack at this stage, adding that the principal and two other pupils were lightly injured.

There was conflicting information about whether a second suspect was on the run, with police initially saying they were looking for an accomplice. Another police source said the shooter acted alone.

La Belle France is still in a state of emergency after a series of Islamist turban attacks including the massacre in Gay Paree in November 2015, claimed by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) group, and a truck attack in Nice, just 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Grasse, in July last year.

The shooting comes about 40 days before a two-stage presidential election in April and May in which security is one of the main issues on voters' minds.
The shooting comes about 40 days before a two-stage presidential election in April and May in which security is one of the main issues on voters' minds.

The motive for the attack was still unknown.

Estrosi told La Belle France Info radio that the head teacher had been shot but apparently was not seriously injured.

"According to initial information that I have, we're not talking about an injury that could have life-threatening consequences," he said.

All schools in Grasse were locked down after the late-morning shooting, which led panicked students to flee the school and hide, local authorities said.

The French government has bolstered security outside schools following a series of Islamist turban attacks since January 2015 that have claimed hundreds of lives.

More than 3,000 reservists were called up to help keep watch outside the country's 64,000 primary and secondary schools for the return to the school year in September.

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve cut short a trip to the northern Somme area because of the Grasse shooting, as well as a letter kaboom at the offices of the International Monetary Fund in Gay Paree on Thursday.

US-style school shootings are almost unheard-of in La Belle France, a country with low levels of gun violence.

The last major attack in a school was in 2012, when an Islamic Death Eater from Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
, Mohammed Merah, rubbed out three children and a teacher at a Jewish school in the city before being killed by police.
An Nahar reveals all, or at least the miscreant's motivation:
Local prosecutor Fabienne Atzori ruled out a terror motive and said the shooting appeared to have been motivated by the gunman's "bad relationships" with classmates.

The teenager was described by Vallaud-Belkacem as "unstable and fascinated by guns" and was carrying a rifle, two handguns and grenades when he was detained by police shortly after the lunchtime attack.

He offered no resistance to his arrest, the prosecutor said.

The suspect, who has not been named publicly as a minor, had shared pictures and videos on social media of infamous U.S. school shootings, including the 1999 Columbine massacre.
And from Deutsche Welle, more on the incident:
Police and local authorities said the headmaster was specifically targeted in the attack on Alexis de Tocqueville high school.

A 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun, two handguns and two grenades (one dummy grenade, one training grenade) was tossed in the clink
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
after the shooting, police told journalists. Interior ministry front man Pierre-Henry Brandet said eight people had been injured.

"I heard a loud bang then two more sounds," a 16-year-old student only identified as Benjamin told regional daily "Nice Matin." "I turned and saw someone in the yard firing with a pump-action shotgun. He shot through the windows of the classroom which looks onto the yard. When I saw that, I ran."

French newspaper "Le Figaro" reported the student shot the headmaster in the arm with a shotgun, injuring two others. It reported security forces later defused an bomb at the school.

Another student identified as Thomas told "Nice Matin" the headmaster remained calm, despite being shot, attempting to reason with the attacker. He said students' bags were normally checked at the entrance, postulating whether he smuggled the weapons in over a back fence.
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-Land of the Free
Al-Shabaab Magazine: 'We'll Keep Marching Till We Reach the State of Maine'
2017-02-12
There are parts of Maine where that would be a really bad idea.
[PJMedia] A news issue of Al-Shabaab's magazine calls on jihadists to emulate the British converts who murdered a soldier on a Woolwich street in 2013, along with a poem warning that jihadists would be "marching" to Maine.
Do they have those floaty feet things to get across the Atlantic?
The issue of Gaidi Mtaani also features a lengthy story about late al-Qaeda recruiter and cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, whose lectures are cited by American terrorists to this day, playing paintball in San Diego in the 1990s.

The Somali terror group, allied with al-Qaeda, has previously urged Western jihadists to draw inspiration from the attack on 25-year-old Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was first struck by a car and then stabbed and hacked by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale. London-born Adebolajo, 28, who was raised Christian before converting to Islam, filmed a statement before police arrived at the murder scene, vowing "you people will never be safe." Both are serving life in prison.
Should have danced a jig on the end of a rope.
Al-Shabaab's magazine dubs Adebolajo 2013's "Muslim of the Year," declaring "good men are hard to find."
No wonder the feminazis love them
"In an age stained with defeatism and cowardice, a room full of Mujahid Adebolajo is exactly what today's world needs," the article, bylined Abu Maryam, states. "...If a pictures speaks a thousand words, then blood in British streets speak a million words. Knowing that the British Government only understands the language of violence, instead of writing his letter on paper, Adebolajo decided to write his letter on the streets of Southeast London using the blood of a British soldier."

Adebolajo was "practically teaching the British public and the world in general, the elementary principle of universalism" through the murder, the terror group argued, with eye-for-an-eye reasoning.

"World media and left wing conservatives can deceptively portray Mujahid as a psychopathic slayer if they please, but after watching the video and hearing his words, deep down inside everyone knew he was making perfect sense. Amidst the hustle and bustle of London streets, specifically targeting a British soldier once stationed in Afghanistan clearly expresses the political motives behind the killings and disproves the fallacy that the attack was a haphazard intent to randomly slay Britons," the article continues.

"It's quite ignorant and presumptuous of non-Muslims and Muslims alike to think that the driving force of Mujahid's actions were fueled by an inherent disdain for British culture or values," the terror group argues, noting that if Adebolajo just wanted to kill fellow Britons there were more people at the scene he could have attacked.

"Their message couldn't be any simpler, 'We swear by Allaah the All-Mighty we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone.' These same axioms expressed by Mujahid in England, were reiterated by Nidal Hasan, Mohamed Mirah, and the same concepts that will continue to be personified through bloodshed in Western streets, unless taken seriously." Hasan killed 13 at Fort Hood in 2009, while Mohammed Merah killed French soldiers and Jewish children during a 2012 shooting spree in Toulouse and Montauban.
Oh... we'll leave you alone and you will stop fighting... when you are dead. Pretty hard to fight someone then
Merah was born in Toulouse while Hasan was born in Virginia, keeping with the article's theme of urging attacks at home by jihadists native to Western countries.

A poem bylined by the same author of the article says to "tell the West we're a roaring flame/That can't be doused that can't be tamed/And until you cease your bombs and planes/We'll keep marching till we reach the State of Maine."

A lengthy article in the magazine describes the experiences of a Western jihadist -- one "of the generation of young Muslims who grew up in the west during the 90s who were at a high risk of losing their Muslim identity" -- getting to know al-Awlaki and later reconnecting with him in Yemen.

The author says he was living in San Diego while al-Awlaki attended San Diego State University and became imam of the Masjid Ar-Ribat al-Islami mosque near campus. He described going to the nickel arcade and paintball ranges east of San Diego with the cleric as al-Awlaki "was particularly fond of paintball activities."

At this time, New Mexico-born al-Awlaki had already gone through training in Afghanistan and returned home.

"At the beginning of the first match, I remember seeing the Sheikh move forward and then he crouched down and started crawling on the ground slowly moving forward. After some time I was shot and moved to the sidelines to watch how the match would finish. I looked over to where I had last seen the Sheikh and couldn’t see any sign of him. I kept surveying the surrounding areas looking for any sign of movement when all of a sudden there was a firefight a good fifty feet in front of the area where I had been scanning and I was surprised to see the sheikh as he was taking cover," the author described of a paintball outing.
How cute. The US Sniper just killed you about 50 times while you were scanning.
"I remember thinking, 'How was it possible for him to move all that distance with- out being detected?' It was amazing as he is a tall brother. The brothers commented and all agreed that the Sheikh was very skilled in close quarter military tactics. I would not find out until many years later that the Sheikh had been to Afghanistan in the early 90s."
I still would bet on a platoon of rangers against his forces. Would be a short but entertaining fight
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Europe
Paris Attacks: More than 10,000 on French list of potential terror suspects
2015-11-17
[AlAhram] La Belle France has listed more than 10,000 people suspected of being radicalised or potential security threats, including homegrown assailant Omar Ismail Mostefai who killed scores of people at Gay Paree's Bataclan music on Friday.
No doubt it is much the same in the US and elsewhere. No wonder they're losing track of people.
According to police sources, the so-called "fiche S" ("S file" in French) is updated daily to include individuals suspected of links to a terrorist movement or group.

The "S" stands for the suspects' potential to endanger the "security of the state".

The list has 15 categories spanning everyone from football hooligans to battle-hardened jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria.

The suspects come into the spotlight if they are tossed in the slammer
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
or subject to a check after which they are immediately on the radar of the intelligence services.

"There are more than 10,000 people who are on the fiche S list," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said over the weekend.

Some of them are already known to security forces or sentenced for acts of terror, while the others are suspected of either having been radicalised or susceptible to it.

More and more cases of radicalised assailants have surfaced recently including the Al-Qaeda-linked gunman Mohammed Merah who killed seven people in and around the southern city of Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
in 2012.

The same was true of the attackers who targeted the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe...
and a Jewish supermarket in February this year, killing 17 people.

And Yassin Salhi, who killed and decapitated his employer in Isere in southeastern La Belle France in June had been on the S list for two years but had never come to the attention of the police.

This can happen because the suspects are not automatically subject to surveillance.

"It's more or less an indicator, like a thermometer that one has to monitor and feed all the time for it to be efficient," a police officer said.

There is cross-border cooperation and intelligence-sharing on drawing up suspects to be added to the list.

Moroccan Ayoub El Khazzani who in August attacked passengers on a train travelling from Amsterdam to Gay Paree before being overpowered by three Americans, was on the list, thanks to warnings from Spanish and Belgian authorities who had alerted the French. Khazzani had lived both in Spain and Belgium.

FBI Has Nearly 1,000 Active ISIS Probes Inside U.S.

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Islamist terror suspects on trial in France had list of kosher grocery stores
2015-06-11
[IsraelTimes] Forsane Alizza cell, caught in the wake of the 2012 Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
shootings, allegedly planned attacks similar to those in Gay Paree in January


Members of a radical Islamic group went on trial Monday in Gay Paree after French prosecutors alleged they planned terror attacks similar to those on a kosher grocery and a satirical newspaper that left 17 victims dead in January.

Mohammed Achamlane, the leader of Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride), was among the 15 group members on trial. Two of the 15 were absent Monday, including a minor to be tried in juvenile court.

The group was dismantled amid a crackdown on snuffies shortly after a 2012 killing spree in southern La Belle France by Mohammed Merah, who attacked a Jewish school and soldiers, killing seven people before being bumped off by police.

Achamlane was nabbed
You have the right to remain silent...
in the western city of Nantes. He and others are charged with criminal association with the aim of preparing terrorist acts.

A computer file marked "targets" of Forsane Alizza listed multiple kosher groceries and the magazine Charlie Hebdo
...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe...
, scenes of the January attacks that left 20 dead, including the three gunnies.

Achamlane denounced the attacks from his jail cell in a letter to Sherlocks and said he had nothing to do with them, according to court documents. There are no known links between the group and the January attackers.

At the time of their arrests, Gay Paree Prosecutor Francois Molins said Forsane Alizza members received physical training in the parks and forests around Gay Paree and religious indoctrination "in order to take part in a jihad." The group preached hate and violence on their Internet site which "called for an Islamic caliphate in La Belle France, the application of Sharia (law) and incited Moslems to unite to prepare for civil war," Molins said.

A lawyer for the group, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, said on the iTele TV station the trial "risks hurting freedom of expression" because issues concerning Moslems can be associated with terrorism.
An Nahar adds:
Led by 37-year-old "emir" Mohammed Achamlane, the 15 members of Forsane Alizza, who called themselves the "knights of pride", have denied involvement in a terrorist organization.

Achamlane told the court he had no "terrorist inspiration" and only wanted to defend Moslems against mounting Islamophobia
...the irrational fear that Moslems will act the way they usually do...
in La Belle France.

The group was formed in 2010, gaining attention for organizing protests against the government's decision to ban veils in public.

It was disbanded two years later by the government, which described it as a "private militia."

After it was disbanded, the group put a message on its website demanding that French forces leave all Moslem-majority countries.

"If our demands are ignored, we will consider the government to be at war against Moslems," the message said.

Achamlane told the court on Monday that he was only calling for the "legitimate defense" of his community, adding "I am not racist, I am not an anti-Semite."

Achamlane also tried to explain why he had released videos of himself giving inflammatory speeches with Kalashnikov rifles in the background, and using phrases such as "By all-powerful Allah, we will put scars on La Belle France."

"We wanted to make a provocative video with a wall of Kalashnikovs and my bearded head to redress the balance," he said, specifying that he felt Moslems were "excluded" from French society.

"There is no radical or moderate Islam," he added. "There is only authentic Islam."
Others have said the same, oddly enough.
A police raid in 2012 led Sherlocks to fear the group was armed, although it remains unclear if the weapons found were real or usable.

Each member of the group faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. The trial is due to run until June 22 or 23.
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Europe
France Probes IS Video for Link with 2012 Killer Merahe
2015-03-12
[AnNahar] French police were on Wednesday probing whether a man seen in a video released by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group purporting to show the execution of an Arab Israeli was close to French jihadist gunman Mohammed Merah.

In the video, a youth identifying himself as 19-year-old Arab Israeli Mohammed Said Ismail Musallam is shown kneeling in front of a boy who appears to be no more than 12-years-old. A man stands at his side. The man, speaking in French, issues threats against Jews in La Belle France, before the boy walks around in front of the hostage and shoots him in the forehead using a pistol.

"We are checking" the identity of the man, a police source who wished to remain anonymous told AFP.

Several experts, including journalist David Thomson who wrote a book about French jihadists, say the man is Sabri Essid, reportedly the half-brother of Merah who rubbed out three soldiers in southern La Belle France in 2012 before killing three students and a teacher at a Jewish school more than a week later.

Wednesday marks the third anniversary of the start of Merah's killing spree, which ended with him dying in a shootout with police.

Another source close to the case, who also wanted to remain anonymous, said there were "similarities" with Essid, adding they could not be certain.

Known to intelligence services as a key figure in the radical Islamist community in Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
, Essid is suspected to have left La Belle France for Syria last year.

Merah's sister Souad also left for Syria last spring, reportedly with family members.

Essid had already been caught in December 2006 in Syria in a house known to shelter Al-Qaeda members on their way to Iraq.

He was sent back to La Belle France and was sentenced in 2009 to five years in jail, including one year suspended, in a case involving an Iraqi jihadist network.

His father had lived with Merah's mother, and Essid was close to the killer and his brother Abdelkader.
Abdelkader, who was a secret lover of Mereh as well as her mother, sister, and several of the livestock. All typical mooslim interactions. Please move along now, little to be seen here.
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Africa North
Morocco Arrests 5 Would-be Jihadists
2014-11-16
[AnNahar] Morocco tossed in the clink
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
five people Saturday in the southern city of Marrakesh on suspicion of seeking to join jihadists in Iraq and Syria and of aiding terrorist activities, the interior ministry said.

Three of those arrested, whose identities were not given, were "preparing to join terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq, in particular the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS)" group, a ministry statement said.

The other two were suspected of involvement in terrorist propaganda, with one of them calling for suicide kabooms to be carried out in Morocco.

On Thursday, four French Islamists were arrested in Marrakesh and in Laayoune, in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara, for links to "terrorist organizations."

And at the end of October, Morocco said it had arrested two jihadists planning to attack banks and multinational companies in the North African country and in La Belle France.

It said the men had been motivated by the actions of Mohammed Merah, a French-Algerian killed by French police in March 2012 after murdering seven people, including several children, at a Jewish school.

More than 2,000 Moroccans, including people with dual citizenship, are believed to have signed on with jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Worried about the possibility of those people returning and carrying out attacks at home, Morocco put in place reinforced security measures in August to counter the terror threat.
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Africa North
Jihadists Held for Plotting Attacks in Morocco, France
2014-10-31
[AnNahar] Morocco said Thursday it has nabbed
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
two jihadists who were planning to attack banks and multinational companies in the North African country and in La Belle France.

An interior ministry statement said a Frenchie and a Franco-Moroccan arrested on Monday had also been planning to join the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
jihadist group.

It said they used the Internet to urge "individual terrorist acts in Morocco and La Belle France", citing preliminary results from the investigation.

Both men had been motivated by the actions of Mohammed Merah, a French-Algerian national killed by French police in March 2012 after murdering seven people, including several children at a Jewish school.

The ministry statement said the arrested dual national had taken out several loans with French and Moroccan banks to finance their activities.
Heckuva background check y'all did on that one, guys.
It said the pair were arrested in Kenitra in the north as they "were busy rallying the ranks of the terrorist organization called Daesh", the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State organization, it said.

The detainees, identified only by their initials, were "involved in jihadist activism" by translating and disseminating blurbs and video recordings of "IS terrorism", the MAP news agency said.

It added that an "extremist of Algerian origin" was also arrested on Monday in the northern city of Fez, and that he "planned to join his wife," a Moroccan who had already joined the IS.
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Europe
French Teen With Jihadi Aspirations Told To Kill Jews At Home
2014-10-03
[IsraelTimes] A French teenager who wanted to join jihadists in Syria said her handlers instructed her to commit attacks on Jews in La Belle France.

The testimony of the 15-year-old girl, who was locked away
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
last month after her parents alerted police to her plans, appeared Thursday in Le Nouvel Observateur weekly. The magazine referred to her only as Lea, which is not her real name.

The report said that she was born to a nonreligious family and raised in southern La Belle France.

A juvenile court placed her under arrest and forbade her from leaving the country after her parents read her plans on her personal computer.

The article in the weekly did not say what restrictions if any exist on her freedom of movement or other liberties.

In the interview, Lea said she communicated for months with individuals who contacted her on Facebook. None of them were named. She also met with at least two handlers who allegedly helped prepare fake documents for her ahead of her planned journey to Syria.

But at one point, one of her handlers told her she could not travel to Syria after all and would need to commit an attack against Jews on French soil.

"They told me: 'it's no use, you've got too much of a record to ever come, so now the action needs to take place in La Belle France,'" the girl told the weekly. "They started showing me videos of dead children in Paleostine, telling me about the need to act against the Jews."

According to her testimony, the girl was under pressure to commit a suicide kaboom against Jewish targets or an attack resembling that of Mohammed Merah, the Moslem radical who murdered three children and a rabbi at a Jewish day school in Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
in 2012.

"A woman talked to me about it for the first time. I found the place, ways to get weapons. I don't know if I would've been able to go through with it," she said.
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