Good to know that our counter terrorism activities are working.
Perhaps we will wake up one day before it’s too late to see the leftists politicians in Washington have noticed we have a problem.
Our politicians are too busy worrying about who is or isn’t tearing down statues of dead war heroes than to be concerned with reality.
That, of course, is giving them far more credit than they deserve.
The Long War Journal
August 17, 2017
Ahmad Alkhald’s identification papers. Image from Le Monde.
The State Department announced today that two Islamic State leaders have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists.
One of them is an explosives specialist tied to plots in Europe, while the other has provided security for Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
Alkhalds’ role in the Nov. 2015 assault on Paris and the Mar. 2016 bombings in Brussels has been widely reported in the press.
But State confirms that Alkhald played a key part in the plots, saying he was the “explosives chief” for the “terrorist cell” that carried out both operations.
Alkhald, who is from Aleppo, Syria, “traveled to Europe” in 2015 to help “plan the Paris attacks and manufacture the explosive belts used in that plot.”
The Greek island has been a popular gateway for migrants fleeing the ravages of the war in Syria.
Other participants in the Paris and Brussels plots similarly entered Europe via Leros.
According to French media, Alkhald accompanied two other Islamic State operatives allegedly tied to the European plots, Sofiane Ayari and Osama Krayem, through Leros into the heart of Europe.
The trio was reportedly brought to Germany by a fourth member of the terror network, Salah Abdeslam. Ayari, Krayem, and Abdeslam have all been arrested by European authorities.
Salah Abdeslam’s brother, Brahim, blew himself up as part of the Paris attacks.
And forensics experts reportedly found Alkhald’s DNA on Brahim’s suicide belt, as well as another belt that was discarded by Salah, who is alive and imprisoned.
Before the brothers and their accomplices carried out their mission, Alkhald absconded for the lands of the self-declared caliphate.
But he remained operational.
“Following his return to Syria shortly before the attacks in Paris,” the State Department noted, “Alkhald continued to guide ISIS operatives in Europe on making the bombs used in the March 2016, Brussels attacks.”
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