'Abominor', the unsung French spy who infiltrated the Islamic State group


Over several years, the French intelligence services gained vital information about the activities of the so-called Islamic State group thanks to a man who infiltrated its terrorist network. A Muslim who became a spy by chance, he risked his life by befriending jihadists, and notably helped to foil two planned terror attacks. Matthieu Suc reveals the story of an unsung hero, codenamed Abominor.

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The story began at a police station in France. Two brothers presented themselves at the reception desk to report the disturbing disappearance of one of their family members who they suspected of having travelled to join the ranks of jihadists in Syria.