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#1 Stefan Fredriksson

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 0102 AM

Coordinated attacks in Paris. 120 dead. 8 attackers killed.

Edit: see now it will be continuation in other thread. You can remove this.

Edited by Stefan Fredriksson, 14 November 2015 - 0105 AM.

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#2 JasonJ

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 0105 AM

In the Paris thread its been started.

 

http://www.tank-net....74#entry1205481


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Posted 14 November 2015 - 0126 AM

So, religion of peace... except they interpreted the wrong literal parts?


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Posted 16 March 2016 - 1402 PM

Nothing is ever posted in vain ... since the other Paris attacks thread went poof when Stuart's account got hacked, too.

 

World | Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:59pm GMT

 

Algerian named as dead Brussels gunman, manhunt goes on

 

 

Belgian prosecutors on Wednesday named a 35-year-old Algerian as the man shot dead by police on Tuesday during a police raid on a Brussels apartment in the hunt for clues to bloody attacks in Paris last November.

 

Police found an Islamic State flag in the apartment used by Mohamed Belkaid and two others suspected of being with him after officers were met with a barrage of automatic weapons fire as they arrived to search the flat.

 

Belkaid, who was living in Belgium illegally and had a police record for theft but was not on security watchlists, was killed by a special forces sniper after a three-hour siege. A manhunt for the two other suspects continued on Wednesday.

 

The government held its alert status steady at Level Three, one step below the maximum.

 

The prosecutors said a radical Islamic text was found next to Belkaid's body and a cache of ammunition was also discovered. It was not clear if he had any links to the Paris suspects.

 

Two people detained overnight on suspicion of links to the shootout in the suburb of Forest were released without charge.

 

Investigators believe much of the planning and preparation for the Nov. 13 shooting and bombing rampage in Paris that killed 130 people was conducted in Brussels by young French and Belgian nationals, some of whom fought as militants in Syria.

 

Ten people are being held in Belgian custody on a variety of charges relating to the four-month investigation, though prime suspects, including Salah Abdeslam, a brother of one of the Paris suicide bombers, are suspected of having fled the country.

 

SHOOTOUT

 

On Tuesday, six Belgian and French police officers arrived to search the flat and came under automatic fire through a door from at least two people barricaded inside. Four officers, one of them a Frenchwoman, were wounded, none very seriously.

 

Ministers said the police visit to the apartment had not been expected to provide much new evidence and that the presence of French officers did not imply a major break in the case.

 

Prime Minister Charles Michel said he was holding the state of alert steady after a meeting of security and intelligence chiefs in Belgium's national security council .

 

[...]

 

http://uk.reuters.co...s-idUKKCN0WI102

 

Paris arrests: Four held amid France attack plot fears

 
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Four people have been arrested in the Paris area as part of a wider investigation into a possible plot against French targets, officials say.

 

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said they had information to suggest one of those arrested "could undertake violent actions in France".

 

But he played down French media reports that an attack was imminent.

 

France remains on high alert after the jihadist attacks in Paris in November that killed 130 people.

 

More than 100 people were wounded in a series of shootings and suicide bombings that targeted a concert hall, major stadium, restaurants and bars over the course of a Friday evening.

 

The so-called Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the attacks.

 

Brussels shoot-out
 

French media earlier reported that three men and a woman were detained at dawn in the 18th arrondissement of Paris and the nearby northern department of Seine-Saint-Denis.

 

They said at least one of those arrested had a prior conviction and had been under house arrest since last month, under new rules imposed after the November attacks.

 

Mr Cazeneuve confirmed that the authorities had concerns about one of those arrested, saying the suspect was thought to have ties with IS in Syria.

 

"This person was arrested this morning along with people linked to him," he said.

 

But he warned against jumping to the conclusion that an attack was imminent, and said such arrests were commonplace.

 

The Paris prosecutor's office said computer equipment seized during the dawn arrests would be analysed.

 

The arrests come a day after French police officers, alongside Belgian officers, were involved in a raid on a house in Brussels, that ended in a shoot-out with at least two suspects.

 

One of the suspects was killed, and later identified as Algerian national Mohamed Belkaid. His body was found alongside Salafist (ultra-conservative Islamic) literature and Kalashnikov ammunition, prosecutors said.

 

http://www.bbc.com/n...europe-35822047


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Posted 16 March 2016 - 1419 PM

bugger, they were to lift the alert soon... Guess I will have to go to the swimming pool the long way for few months more...


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Posted 18 March 2016 - 0921 AM

Salah Abdeslam’s Fingerprint, DNA Found in Raided Brussels Flat

 
Abdeslam is Europe’s most wanted fugitive in connection with Paris attacks in November
 
By NATALIA DROZDIAK
 
Updated March 18, 2016 10:17 a.m. ET
 
BRUSSELS—Fingerprints of a fugitive suspected of involvement in the November Paris attacks were found in the Brussels apartment raided by French and Belgian police earlier this week, the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said Friday.
 
Belgian authorities found DNA matching Salah Abdeslam, Europe’s most wanted fugitive suspected of participating in the terror attacks that left 130 people dead in Paris, said Eric Van Der Sypt, a spokesman for the office.
 
He declined to give any other details.
 
“I regret that this information became public,” Mr. Van Der Sypt said. “No one knows how Salah will react if he is still in Belgium.”
 
The news of the findings was first reported by the French weekly L’Obs.
 
Authorities in Brussels said they found an Islamic State flag inside the Brussels apartment where an hourslong battle on Tuesday between gunmen and police investigating the November Paris attacks left one suspect dead and four police officers injured.
 
Prosecutors earlier this week said they believe two people, who were in the apartment at the time of the French-Belgian police raid, fled the scene. The two are still being sought and their identity is unknown.
 
French and Belgian police have been conducting joint raids in their investigation into the Paris attacks, in which 130 people were killed within a few hours in several locations with assault rifles and suicide bombs. Investigators have said the attacks were plotted in Syria and Belgium.
 
French investigators have previously said they believed Mr. Abdeslam had aborted his suicide mission before fleeing France. A street sweeper found an explosive vest without a detonator in a trash pile in the southern Parisian suburb of Montrouge, near where a signal from the suspected terrorist’s cellphone was detected after the Nov. 13 attacks, authorities said.

 

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Posted 18 March 2016 - 1220 PM

Zoing.

 

Brussels raids: Paris attack suspect Abdeslam 'arrested'

 
10 minutes ago

 

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been wounded in the leg and arrested in a raid in Brussels, a police source and local media say.

 

This has not been officially confirmed. Shots were earlier heard in the Molenbeek area of Belgium's capital.

 

Belgian PM Charles Michel had to urgently leave an EU-Turkey summit in Brussels, a BBC reporter says.

 

Abdeslam is a key suspect in last year's Paris attacks in which 130 people died.

 

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http://www.bbc.com/n...europe-35846954


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Posted 18 March 2016 - 1410 PM

Go Team Francais!


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Posted 18 March 2016 - 1414 PM

Go Team Francais!


Belgium. Brussels was still in Belgium last time I looked.
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Posted 18 March 2016 - 1446 PM

What was interesting about the last raid a couple of days ago was that one of the injured officers was a French female.


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Posted 18 March 2016 - 1816 PM

Yeah, & the news conference in Belgium was dominated by the president of a neighbouring country. Oh, he was careful to praise his hosts, but . . . 


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Posted 18 March 2016 - 2229 PM

The Belgians sure suck.
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Posted 19 March 2016 - 0404 AM

What was interesting about the last raid a couple of days ago was that one of the injured officers was a French female.

 

From what I've seen, it wasn't expected to be a high-risk raid until it turned into one when one resident opened fire with an AK. I understand she was just an investigator along for the knock on the door.


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Posted 19 March 2016 - 0605 AM

 

What was interesting about the last raid a couple of days ago was that one of the injured officers was a French female.

 

From what I've seen, it wasn't expected to be a high-risk raid until it turned into one when one resident opened fire with an AK. I understand she was just an investigator along for the knock on the door.

 

Pretty much, although the fact that that search team was wearing helmets etc. does indicate the possibilty of an armed confrontation was not entirely out of the question. It will be interesting to see how many locals actually knew of Abdeslam's whereabouts and assisted in his hiding...


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Posted 21 March 2016 - 0452 AM

http://www.nytimes.c...is-attacks.html

A View of ISISs Evolution in New Details of Paris Attacks

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI, ALISSA J. RUBIN and LAURE FOURQUET
MARCH 19, 2016
Investigators found crates worth of disposable cellphones. All around Paris, they found traces of improved bomb-making materials. And they began piecing together a multilayered terrorist attack that evaded detection until much too late.
In the immediate aftermath of the Paris terror attacks on Nov. 13, French investigators came face to face with the reality that they had missed earlier signs that the Islamic State was building the machinery to mount sustained terrorist strikes in Europe.
Now, the arrest in Belgium on Friday of Salah Abdeslam, who officials say was the logistics chief for the Paris attacks, offers a crucial opportunity to address the many unanswered questions surrounding how they were planned. Mr. Abdeslam, who was transferred to the penitentiary complex in Bruges on Saturday, is believed to be the only direct participant in the attacks who is still alive.
Much of what the authorities already know is in a 55-page report compiled in the weeks after the attack by the French antiterrorism police, presented privately to Frances Interior Ministry; a copy was recently obtained by The New York Times. While much about the Paris attacks has been learned from witnesses and others, the report has offered new perspectives about the plot that had not yet been publicized.
The attackers, sent by the Islamic States external operations wing, were well versed in a range of terrorism tactics including making suicide vests and staging coordinated bombings while others led shooting sprees to hamper the police response, the report shows. They exploited weaknesses in Europes border controls to slip in and out undetected, and worked with a high-quality forger in Belgium to acquire false documents.
The scale of the network that supported the attacks, which killed 130 people, has also surprised officials, as President François Hollande of France acknowledged on Friday. As of Saturday, there are 18 people in detention in six countries on suspicion of assisting the attackers.
French officials have repeatedly warned that more strikes are possible, saying security and intelligence officials cannot track all the Europeans traveling to and from Islamic State strongholds in Syria and Iraq. And Western intelligence officials say their working assumption is that additional Islamic State terrorism networks are already in Europe.
The French police report, together with hundreds of pages of interrogation and court records also obtained by The Times, suggest that there are lingering questions about how many others were involved in the terrorist groups network, how many bomb makers were trained and sent from Syria, and the precise encryption and security procedures that allowed the attackers to evade detection during the three months before they struck.
Taken as a whole, the documents, combined with interviews with officials and witnesses, show the arc of the Islamic States growth from a group that was widely viewed as incapable of carrying out large-scale terror assaults. And they suggest that nearly two years of previous, failed attacks overseen by the leader of the Paris assault, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, served as both test runs and initial shots in a new wave of violence the Islamic State leaders have called for in Western Europe and Britain.
Focus on Explosives
Diners first saw the young man pacing back and forth in front of the bistros awning on Rue Voltaire. What drew their attention, they told investigators in accounts summarized in the police report, were the bulky layers of clothing he was wearing: an anorak on top of a coat with fur trim, over a vest that could be spotted through gaps in the clothing excessive even for a chilly November evening.
Just after 9 p.m., he turned and walked into the bistro, past the covered terrace built around a curved bar.
He turned and looked at the people with a smile, the French police report said, offering previously unreleased details. He apologized for any disturbance he had caused. And then he blew himself up.
He turned out to be Ibrahim Abdeslam, a brother of the man arrested on Friday in Brussels, and his suicide bombing came near the start of a night of carnage that played out at cafes and restaurants, the national soccer stadium and a concert venue.
When the Anti-Criminal Brigade of Frances National Police arrived at the bistro, the Comptoir Voltaire, it found electrical wires in the bombers flesh. The wires were still attached to a white object, which in turn was next to a single alkaline 9-volt battery, elements of a detonation mechanism. Officials involved in the investigation say that the residue from the explosive used in the bistro tested positive for a peroxide-based explosive, triacetone triperoxide, or TATP. It has become the signature explosive for Islamic State operations in Europe, and it can be made with common products hair bleach and nail polish remover easily found over the counter across Europe.
The French police found traces of the same explosive formulation at each of the places in Paris where the attackers detonated their vests, including three times outside the Stade de France soccer stadium; once at the Comptoir Voltaire bistro; twice in the Bataclan concert hall; and once in an apartment in a Paris suburb. Traces were also found in a rented apartment in Belgium occupied by the terrorists in the weeks before the assault, according to forensic evidence revealed by the countrys prosecutor.

The reason the terrorist group uses this particular explosive, experts say, is the availability of the ingredients. But creating an effective bomb can be tricky, and its success in setting off bomb after bomb is indicative of the groups training and skill.
Their ingredients, when combined, are highly unstable and can explode easily if mishandled, Peter Bergen, the director of the National Securities Studies Program at the New America Foundation, said during recent congressional testimony. To make an effective TATP bomb requires real training, which suggests a relatively skilled bomb-maker was involved in the Paris plot, since the terrorists detonated several bombs. It also suggests that there was some kind of bomb factory that, as yet, appears to be undiscovered, because putting together such bombs requires some kind of dedicated space.
Since late 2013, records show, Islamic State fighters have been training to make and use TATP in Europe. The first aborted attempt was in February 2014, when Ibrahim Boudina, a French citizen who had trained in Syria with the group that was about to become the Islamic State, was arrested in the resort city of Cannes, according to his sealed court file that was obtained by The Times. In a utility closet on the landing of his familys apartment block, the police found three Red Bull energy drink cans filled with white TATP powder.
Still, at the time of his arrest he appeared to be struggling with how to set off the charge. In his court file, among several obtained by The New York Times, investigators said he had been conducting Internet searches for phrases like how to make a detonator.
Nearly two years later, the police report and officials briefed on the investigation noted the uniformity of the parts in the bombs used by the ISIS attackers, suggesting a consistent protocol for preparing them.
At the scene of one suicide bombing, at a McDonalds restaurant about 250 yards from the French national soccer stadium, the police bagged the bombers severed arm. The autopsy showed that a piece of string with a flap of adhesive tape at one end, believed to be the detonation cord, was wrapped around the limb. Along with TATP residue, they found electrical wires, a 9-volt battery to drive the detonation, and pieces of metal, including bolts, that had been mounted on the suicide belt as projectiles.Seeking to blend in with the soccer fans, another bomber had been wearing a tracksuit with the logo of the German soccer team Bayern Munich. His severed leg was found still in the tracksuit and, next to him, again, a piece of white string.


A Focus on Carnage

The attacks represented a shift in the Islamic States external operations branch that was first publicized in the groups French-language online magazine, Dar al-Islam, last March.

In the previous small-scale attacks, the Islamic State, much like Al Qaeda before it, had taken aim at symbolic targets, including security installations and establishments with clear links to Israel or Jewish interests, like the Jewish Museum in Brussels. But in an interview published in the online magazine, a senior ISIS operative identified as Boubaker al-Hakim , described as the godfather of French jihadists, advised his followers to abandon the symbolism: My advice is to stop looking for specific targets. Hit everyone and everything.
The attackers in Paris appear to have moved easily between Belgium and France, and in some cases between the Middle East and Europe. At least three were wanted on international arrest warrants before the attacks but were able to travel freely. And security services are constrained by the inability or unwillingness of countries to share intelligence about potential terrorists, for legal, practical and territorial reasons.

We dont share information, said Alain Chouet, a former head of French intelligence. We even didnt agree on the translations of peoples names that are in Arabic or Cyrillic, so if someone comes into Europe through Estonia or Denmark, maybe thats not how we register them in France or Spain.

All the previous attacks by Islamic State fighters dispatched from Syria had relied on a single mode of operation: a shooting, an explosion or an attempted hostage-taking. In Paris, the attackers set off to do all three, realizing that this way they could overwhelm the countrys emergency response.
That night, the French police were already spread thin by the explosions at the stadium and the beginning of the cafe shootings by the time the terrorists attacked the Bataclan concert hall and took hundreds of people hostage. The police report and new interviews offered extensive details about the siege by survivors.
The headlining band had just started playing to a full house at the Bataclan when witnesses described first noticing a Volkswagen Polo with a Belgian license plate approaching the hall, around 9:40 p.m., the report said.

The lone security guard posted at the concert halls main entrance told the police that he had seen people falling around him. He began herding people inside, off the street and directing the panicked concertgoers toward the emergency exits. Before they could get that far, two of the gunmen pushed their way into the main hall, opening fire on the crowd as people hit the ground, lying flat on their stomachs. Those who managed to make it to the emergency exit threw it open, only to come face to face with the third gunman, who was waiting outside. One of the cellphones used by the attackers contained archived images of the Bataclans layout, suggesting they had planned their trap carefully, the police report said.
Through the emergency exit, the third and final gunman shot his way in. By then, the report said, people were shoving themselves into every space they could find. One group found refuge in a room used to store sound equipment. Others made it onto the roof. A few sprinted behind the attackers backs, managing to slip out.

One hostage identified in the police report, David Fritz Goeppinger, who confirmed the account in a telephone interview, described how the gunmen had instructed the captives to sit in front of the closed doors as human shields. We were their protection in case someone tried to shoot from outside, he said in the interview.
The attackers seized cellphones from the hostages and tried to use them to get onto the Internet, but data reception was not functioning, Mr. Goeppinger told the police. Their use of hostages phones is one of the many details, revealed in the police investigation, pointing to how the Islamic State had refined its tradecraft. Court records and public accounts have detailed how earlier operatives sent to Europe in 2014 and early 2015 made phone calls or sent unencrypted messages that were intercepted, allowing the police to track and disrupt their plots. But the three teams in Paris were comparatively disciplined. They used only new phones that they would then discard, including several activated minutes before the attacks, or phones seized from their victims.
According to the police report and interviews with officials, none of the attackers emails or other electronic communications have been found, prompting the authorities to conclude that the group used encryption. What kind of encryption remains unknown, and is among the details that Mr. Abdeslams capture could help reveal.
Using their hostages phones, the attackers attempted to reach the police, but were initially frustrated by the Press 1 or Press 2 menu of options, said a 40-year-old woman whose phone was used by the gunmen, and who was interviewed on Saturday. She spoke on the condition of anonymity because she did not want to draw attention to her ordeal.
After numerous delays, one of the attackers began using a hostages cellphone to send text messages to a contact outside. At one point, one of the gunmen turned to a second and said in fluent French, I havent gotten any news yet, suggesting they were waiting for an update from an accomplice. Then they switched and continued the discussion in Arabic, according to the police report.
At nearly midnight, two hours after they took over the Bataclan, the gunmen began negotiating in earnest with the police.
We want to talk to someone! one gunman demanded, then turned to his demands for France to stop military strikes in Syria: I want you to leave the country. I want you to remove your military. I want a piece of paper signed that proves it! If not, he threatened, Im killing a hostage and throwing him out the window!
One of the terrorists pulled out a laptop, propping it open against the wall, said the 40-year-old woman. When the laptop powered on, she saw a line of gibberish across the screen: It was bizarre he was looking at a bunch of lines, like lines of code. There was no image, no Internet, she said. Her description matches the look of certain encryption software, which ISIS claims to have used during the Paris attacks.
The tallest of the three attackers was 6 feet 2 inches tall. He had an explosive belt strapped to his body and held a detonator in his hand. At one point, he stepped into the orchestra pit and started playing the xylophone, the whole time laughing sadistically, according to witnesses quoted in the report.
They would identity him later from his mug shot: He was Samy Amimour, a former bus driver.
Frances Anti-Criminal Brigade was the first law enforcement team to break through the Bataclans doors. The division commander, Guillaume Cardy, and a colleague got in through the main doors and managed to shoot one of the attackers, who was on the stage. Wounded, he detonated his vest, the report said.
The two remaining gunmen returned fire, forcing Commander Cardy to take cover. Members of another Paris police division tried to reach the wounded hostages, but were also forced to take cover, the report said.
Together the police charged the two surviving gunmen, and after a heavy barrage of fire, they killed the second before he could detonate his vest. The third gunman then blew himself up. In the end, it took four elite brigades to stop three gunmen, the report said.


Disposable Phones

As the bodies of the dead were being bagged, the police found a white Samsung phone in a trash can outside the Bataclan.

It had a Belgian SIM card that had been in use only since the day before the attack. The phone had called just one other number belonging to an unidentified user in Belgium. Another new detail from the report showed that in the phones photo album police found images of the concert halls layout, as well as Internet searches for fnacspectacles.com , a website that sells concert tickets; bataclan.fr ; and the phrase Eagles of Death at the Bataclan.

The phones GPS data led investigators eight miles south of the concert hall to the Paris suburb of Alfortville. The address was that of a hotel known as AppartCity . Two studios were reserved in the name of Salah Abdeslam, the suspect who was arrested on Friday. Along with his brother Ibrahim Abdeslam, investigators say, he appears to have been in charge of logistics for the group.

Everywhere they went, the attackers left behind their throwaway phones, including in Bobigny, at a villa rented in the name of Ibrahim Abdeslam. When the brigade charged with sweeping the location arrived, it found two unused cellphones still inside their boxes.

New phones linked to the assailants at the stadium and the restaurant also showed calls to Belgium in the hours and minutes before the attacks, suggesting a rear base manned by a web of still unidentified accomplices.
Security camera footage showed Bilal Hadfi, the youngest of the assailants, as he paced outside the stadium, talking on a cellphone. The phone was activated less than an hour before he detonated his vest. From 8:41 p.m. until just before he died at 9:28 p.m., the phone was in constant touch with a phone inside the rental car being driven by Mr. Abaaoud. It also repeatedly called a cellphone in Belgium.
Most striking is what was not found on the phones: Not a single email or online chat from the attackers has surfaced so far.


Even though one of the disposable phones was found to have had a Gmail account with the username yjeanyves1, the police discovered it was empty, with no messages in the sent or draft folders. It had been created on the afternoon of the attacks from inside the AppartCity budget hotel.
DNA swabs taken at the villa, including on a crouton left behind, helped the authorities determine that at least one of the soccer stadium bombers had stayed there, as had Salah Abdeslam. The other objects the report describes being found there suggest it may have been one of the places where bombs were assembled, including a piece of cloth identical to one found on the remains of one of the bombers, a roll of the same kind of adhesive tape used on the devices, and two pyrotechnic detonators.

Attackers Last Stand
As France was plunged into a state of emergency on the night of the attack, the Islamic States external operations branch could claim that it had achieved all its goals. Mr. Abaaoud and Salah Abdeslam were still alive. But perhaps that was not part of the plan, because it was then that mistakes appeared, the police report shows.
Mr. Abaaouds rental car was last spotted leaving Paris for an industrial area in an eastern suburb. The car was abandoned near the Croix de Chavaux station about 10 p.m. Ten minutes later, a security camera captured footage of two men walking nearby, including one in orange sneakers. During the attacks, the report showed, witnesses and video cameras again and again described orange shoes on an attacker who was identifiable as Mr. Abaaoud. Starting around that time, police records show that a 26-year-old woman, Hasna Aitboulahcen, began receiving phone calls on her Paris number from callers in Belgium. She was Mr. Abaaouds first cousin, according to a close friend who was later questioned by the police and who later talked to French news outlets. Ms. Aitboulahcen was described as being smitten with him for years.
On Nov. 15, she and a friend drove out to a remote spot along the freeway, where Mr. Abaaoud came out of the bushes and joined them, the report said, quoting the account of the friend.
According to the friends account to the police, Mr. Abaaoud regaled them with stories about how he had made it to Europe by inserting himself in the stream of migrants fleeing across the Mediterranean. He explained that he was among 90 terrorists who had made it back and who had gone to ground in the French countryside, the friend told the police.
Abaaoud clearly presented himself as the commander of these 90 kamikazes-in-waiting, and that he had come directly to France in order to avoid the failures they had experienced in the past, the police said the friend had told them.
Mr. Abaaoud would spend four days and three nights camped in the bushes, while his cousin returned with cake and water. By the friends account, Mr. Abaaoud told Ms. Aitboulahcen that he and an associate would carry out further attacks. Ms. Aitboulahcen was sent to buy the men new suits and dress shoes, the report said, bought with the nearly 5,000 euros the Islamic States network had sent via Western Union and an informal money exchange network known as a hawala .
On the night of Nov. 17, Ms. Aitboulahcen secured an apartment in the Saint-Denis suburb of Paris, chosen because the landlord did not require receipts.
The police raided it early the next morning, with Mr. Abaaoud and his cousin inside. The thundering boom of an explosive vest was recorded by television news crews outside.
Inside, the police again found the components used to make the TATP bombs. In addition to other weapons, they found a Herstal pistol with an empty clip, smeared with Mr. Abaaouds DNA, suggesting that he had fought to the end.
His body was found on the buildings third floor, and mixed in with his flesh were ball bearings and fragments of plastic. His feet were still in the orange sneakers.
Inside the ruins, the police found several dozen boxes of unused cellphones still in their wrappers. The phones were found throughout the rubble, including in the rooms and stairwell. Others had been ejected during the blast and fell onto the street below.
Correction: March 20, 2016
Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misspelled the surname of one of the reporters. She is Laure Fourquet, not Fouquet.


Hasn't one of the terrorists bragged about 90 people in their supporting network? Does not look so exaggerated now.

Edited by Panzermann, 21 March 2016 - 0539 AM.

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 0540 AM

Sven Mary, one of Belgium's best known and most expensivelawyers, now defending Salah Abdeslam, the key suspect in the November13 terrorist attacks in the French capital, announced he planned to sue the Paris prosecutor.
On Sunday, Mary accused the chief French investigator, Francois Molins, of violating judicial confidentiality, after the prosecutor disclosed Abdeslam's privateadmission to a magistrate when the official was speaking to the media, the lawyer alleged.
"During questioning by investigators [the suspect] affirmed that, and I quote, 'he wanted to blow himself up at the Stade de France and that he had backed down'," Molins told reporters on Saturday.


https://www.rt.com/n...sue-prosecutor/
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Posted 22 March 2016 - 0315 AM

At least one, reportedly several dead after what appears to be a bomb attack on Belgiums Zaventem airport.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...europe-35869254

 

One report said arabic voices were here, followed by gunshots and an explosion. Thats not confirmed. Belgium says its going to his highest security rating according to Sky.


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Posted 22 March 2016 - 0321 AM

The reddit post (for those who still haven't discovered that site):

 

https://www.reddit.c...ussels_airport/

 

The top commenter is updating as more info comes in (which usually happens with stories like this).  Has an early report of 11 dead and 25 wounded.

 

Edit: This was the top link from earlier with some pics and video right after.

 

https://www.reddit.c...airport/d18vze6


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Posted 22 March 2016 - 0337 AM

Reddit is much awesome. Although im going cold turkey on it because there is so much smut on it. :(

 

Reports on Sky Brussels Metro has also gone into lockdown.


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Posted 22 March 2016 - 0359 AM

Further explosions in a metro station in the city centre.


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