Paris attacks: French authorities identify Belgium’s Abdelhamid Abaaoud as mastermind

"I pray that Allah will break the backs of those who oppose him, his soldiers and his admirers, and that he will exterminate them.''

By: AP | Brussels | Updated: November 17, 2015 4:09 pm
Paris, belgium, Paris attacks, Paris attacks mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Belgian jihadi, mastermind, Belgium, world news Abdelhamid Abaaoud was also named last year as the elder brother of a 13-year-old boy who left Belgium to become a child-fighter in Syria. (Twitter)

Once a happy-go-lucky student at one of Brussels’ most prestigious high schools, Saint-Pierre d’Uccle, Abdelhamid Abaaoud morphed into Belgium’s most notorious jihadi, a zealot so devoted to the cause of holy war that he recruited his 13-year-old brother to join him in Syria.

The child of Moroccan immigrants who grew up in the Belgian capital’s scruffy and multiethnic Molenbeek-Saint-Jean neighborhood, the fugitive in his late 20s was identified by French authorities on Monday as the presumed mastermind of the attacks last Friday in Paris that killed 129 people and injured hundreds.

What’s more, one French official told The Associated Press, Abaaoud is believed to have links to earlier terror attacks that were thwarted: one against a Paris-bound high-speed train that was foiled by three young Americans in August, and the other against a church in the French capital’s suburbs.

“All my life, I have seen the blood of Muslims flow,” Abaaoud said in a video made public in 2014. “I pray that Allah will break the backs of those who oppose him, his soldiers and his admirers, and that he will exterminate them.”

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Belgian authorities suspect him of also helping organize and finance a terror cell in the eastern city of Verviers that was broken up in an armed police raid on January 15, in which two of his presumed accomplices were killed.

The following month, Abaaoud was quoted by the Islamic State group’s English-language magazine, Dabiq, as saying that he had secretly returned to Belgium to lead the terror cell and then escaped to Syria in the aftermath of the raid despite having his picture broadcast across the news.

“I was even stopped by an officer who contemplated me so as to compare me to the picture, but he let me go, as he did not see the resemblance!” Abaaoud boasted.

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    AlsoIndian
    Nov 17, 2015 at 3:11 pm
    France funding Syrian rebels in new push to oust ad/ /Unfortunately, failure to stop the Iranian regime’s post-2003 meddling in Iraq enabled it to gradually occupy that country, driving the unprecedented spread of fundamentalism. Similarly, crimes committed by the Quds Force and Bashar ad in Syria and the macre and exclusion of Sunnis in Iraq by Maliki, coupled with Western silence, empowered ISIS./ US and its allies created, funded and trained extremist organizations like Al-Qaeda to oust the Russians from Afghanistan. The following news also illustrates how the European funded the Syrian rebels . So who created Al-Qaeda and ISIS in the first place?? / And now France is targeting ISIS controlled regions of Syria killing mostly civilians as the American did in Afghanistan. The civilians dies but the Taleban are still a major force after 14 years of war. So what is the gain?
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      AlsoIndian
      Nov 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm
      France funding Syrian rebels in new push to oust ad/ Read the full article at The Guardian dated December 07, 2012.
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        shabana
        Nov 17, 2015 at 8:52 pm
        what Tom Blair told correct, it is USA, France and england's treatment of iraq created ISIS. they made dangerous devil wakeup which slept for many centuries.
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          Nimeshsinh Ravalji
          Nov 16, 2015 at 10:42 pm
          Dont give asylum to muslim refugees it their plan to convert entire europe in to muslim majority continent.
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            Nimeshsinh Ravalji
            Nov 16, 2015 at 10:44 pm
            India express website always showing terrorist as Hero. like these one.
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              Patrick
              Nov 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm
              You are correct, from now on the media shouldn't publish any related things that promote the ideologist of Muslim
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                gyaneshwar
                Nov 18, 2015 at 12:46 am
                Totall Agree with Mr Ravaljis Statements. They are A Menace to Modern and Civilized Society.Keep them Confined to the Backward regions of stan Afghanistan Middle East Or Parts of Africa.
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                  Gyaneshwar
                  Nov 18, 2015 at 12:22 am
                  How Does Identifying or Condemning help France' Case.France has been a Sanctuary for decades to the Muslim extremists Granting them Asylum and safe Haven .Keep Allowing these Muslims In the Name of Freedom & Humanity and these Acts Are Bound To Happen.The WESTERN WORLD Including CANADA and US ,EUROPE AUSTRALIA will Never their Lessons.When A Horrific Tragedy Like This Happens They all Act Surprised.I am with Mr DONALD TRUMP on this Ban All MOSQUES and MADRESSAS and Vet and CONTROL MUSLIM INFLUX INTO YOUR SOCIETIES.Thats The Only Way to Control it.
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