The dark world of the Islamic State group's secret services

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The so-called Islamic State group (IS) last week claimed responsibility for the attacks in Spain that left 15 people dead and more than 100 injured, part of a long and murderous terror campaign it has led across Europe. Behind the terrorist operations lies a branch of the IS which acts as the jihadists’ secret services, and which has been constructed in the image of the very countries it attacks. An eight-month investigation by Mediapart reveals the history and the methods employed by this shady organization that is a pillar of the IS structure. Matthieu Suc reports.

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It was precisely at 6.08pm on June 23rd 2015 when Air France flight 1591 from Istanbul docked at passenger terminal 2E at Paris airport Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle. For some 20 minutes, three agents of the French internal intelligence service, the Direction générale de la sécurité intérieure (DGSI), had been posted inside the terminal building, waiting to arrest “Abou Saïf the Korean” – real name Nicolas Moreau. He was one more French jihadist among about 200 who had by then already returned from the fighting in Syria.