ABDELHAMID ABAAOUD [ABAOUD] & BROTHER
>* Abdelhamid Abaaoud is a 27-year-old Belgian of Moroccan origin, from the Molenbeek Cell of Brussels traveled to Syria in 01/2014 and joined I.S.I.S soon afterward. He has appeared in several videos that the Islamic State has posted online. In one of the videos, in 03/2014, he drove a vehicle dragging four corpses that had been mutilated by members of the Islamic State. Abdelhamid Abaaoud is the older brother of Younes Abaaoud, 13, who is Belgium’s — and probably Europe’s — youngest foreign fighter in Syria (see also – Western-Jihadists ).
According to the Flemish television network VTM, on Saturday 01/17/2015, Verviers Plot investigations on the terrorist cell started between Christmas 2014 and the New Year 2015 when a prisoner in Ladino, eastern Belgium, received suspicious phone calls. Belgian authorities had tapped the phone and discovered that Abdelhamid Abaaoud was communicating with suspected jihadists through the prisoner — who is the brother of one of the suspects that were killed Thursday night during the police operation in Verviers.
According to VTM, these phone calls were traced back to Greece. The newspaper La Dernière Heure added that the suspect may also be located in Turkey. The federal prosecutor in charge of the investigation did not confirm nor deny this information.
At least four people have been arrested in Athens, on Saturday 01/17/2015, as part of a probe into the Verviers jihadist cell that was dismantled in Belgium.
After careful vetting in Brussels of ID information, federal magistrate Eric Van der Sypt said, on 01/18/2015, there was no positive match with any individual they sought and said “they had nothing to do with the Belgian case.”
On 07/2015 Abdelhamid Abaaoud, along with Reda Kriket , was sentenced, in Absentia,, in a Belgian court, to 20 years imprisonment for weaving a recruiting network of jihadists to Syria. Chakib Akrouh, his friend and associate, was sentenced in the same case, also in Absentia, to 5 years in jail.
.Abdelhamid Abaaoud got acquainted with Salah Abdesalam , the operational commander of the Paris Terror attacks of 11/13/2015, when they spent some time together in jail in the past
** French sources leaked to the French media, on Monday 11/16/2015, that the plotters of the Paris Terror Carnage, on Friday 11/13/2015 night, communicated with Abdelhamid Abaaoud (Abaoud) in Syria and that Abaoud is considered as the mastermind of the Paris attacks .
** The Islamic State has released, on Sunday 01/24/2016, a video footage, distributed in the web, in which, after beheading and shooting of “Infidels”, Abdelhamid Abaaoud and other Paris Carnage attackers threatened France with “rivers of blood”. The footage ended with a promise of Abdelhamid Abaaoud ”withe the help of Allah we will be those who will liberate Palestine” and with images of UK MPs backing airstrikes against IS in Syria.
Site monitoring group said the video was filmed in Raqqa, the de facto capital of IS, before the Paris attacks..
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