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The threat from Islamic State's 'fifth column' in Europe

Eight of the terrorists behind attacks against Europe. From left to right and from top to bottom: Oussama Atar, Boubakeur el-Hakim, Salim Benghalem, Samir Nouad, Abdelnacer Benyoucef, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Najim Laachraoui and Ahmad Alkhald. © DR Eight of the terrorists behind attacks against Europe. From left to right and from top to bottom: Oussama Atar, Boubakeur el-Hakim, Salim Benghalem, Samir Nouad, Abdelnacer Benyoucef, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Najim Laachraoui and Ahmad Alkhald. © DR

Jihadi veterans have been seeking to cause disarray among European intelligence agencies with hoax attacks that distract from real ones and attempts to infiltrate public agencies and companies. As a result security official are having huge difficulties in trying to measure the true scale of the terrorist threat that faces us. In the last of this lengthy series of investigations on Islamic State's intelligence operations, Matthieu Suc reports on the dangers still posed by jihadist agents operating within Europe despite Islamic State's major reverses in Iraq and Syria.

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'France aware of imminence of Abaaoud attacks' claims press report

Le Parisien, citing intelligence documents, said France began bombing Syria last September to hit IS camp of Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

Morocco jails brother of alleged Paris attacks ringleader

Yassine Abaaoud, whose brother was killed by French police after the November 13th attacks, was jailed two years for non-denunciation and promotion of terrorism.

How Belgium became a terrorist hub – and target

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The attacks in Brussels on Tuesday March 22nd highlight once again how Belgium has become a nerve centre of jihadist terrorism in Europe, as well as being a target itself. The Belgian network led by Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who led the November 13th bombings in Paris, was very active while the logistical 'expert' for the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, who was arrested just last week, is suspected of having been involved in planning the latest attacks in the Belgian capital. Earlier this year, meanwhile, Europol warned of the risk of more attacks. As Belgian authorities identified three men with links to the Paris attacks as the Brussels suicide bombers, Matthieu Suc and Yann Philippin consider how Belgium has become a terrorist hub.

Woman in hiding tells why she blew whistle on Paris attacker

She says she heard that Abdelhamid Abaaoud entered France with 90 others and planned attacks on creche, police station and shopping mall.

The truth about deadly police raid on terror flat near Paris


In the early hours of November 18th, 2015 officers from the French police's elite antiterrorism unit RAID staged an assault on a flat at Saint-Denis, just north of Paris. The operation led to the death of two terrorists who had carried out the attacks in Paris on November 13th. Mediapart has discovered that though the police claim they came under “sustained” fire during the assault, in fact the terrorists in the flat only fired eleven rounds, against more than 1,500 from police officers. Most of the shots sustained by the police came from their own officers. Matthieu Suc reports.

Three Paris attack safe houses discovered in Belgium

Belgian prosecutors said DNA and fingerprint evidence showed Paris terrorists used apartments and a house situated in Brussels, Charleroi and Auvelais.

Belgian police arrest ninth suspect in Paris terror attacks investigation

Officials said the suspect, identified as 'Abdoullah C.', regularly phoned cousin of Paris attacks ringleader in the days following the massacres.

Paris attacks ringleader 'directed Bataclan bombers by phone'

Witness saw 'agitated' Abdelhamid Abaaoud talking on his mobile close to concert hall where gunmen left 89 people dead, reveals terrorism expert.

Alleged Paris attacks ringleader 'evaded Greek police' in January

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, killed by French police last month, escaped arrest in Athens from where he directed Brussels terror cell, security source tells BBC.

Paris terror attacks organiser 'planned to attack business district'

Paruis prosecutor says Abdelhamid Abaaoud aimed to target La Défense area in Paris with accomplice just days after the November 13 carnage.

Paris attacks: third body found in flat raided by police

Third body found at police raid in Saint-Denis is still being identified as government announces that death toll in Paris attacks is now 130.

Movements of Paris attacks 'mastermind' raise EU security questions

Growing concern in France after it emerged that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, one of Europe’s most wanted men, travelled freely around continent.

Paris attacks leader Abdelhamid Abaaoud killed in Saint-Denis raid

Confirmation that Abaaoud was in Paris will now prompt questions about how the 26-year old had been able to travel to France from Syria.

Hunting the Paris terror mastermind: forensic experts race to identify body

French authorities say they still do not know if Abdelhamid Abaaoud was one of the two people killed during raid at Saint-Denis.