Non-Aligned Media / Brandon Martinez / Jan. 29, 2016
A new, Hollywood-caliber video just released by Islamic State’s media arm al-Hayat appears to at least partially confirm the official narrative of the Paris attacks.
The video shows eight of the alleged Paris attackers delivering their final statements before gruesomely decapitating various prisoners in orange jumpsuits. Unlike previous beheading videos featuring ‘Jihadi John,’ the latest snuff film does not cut out before the actual murders take place, but displays in full bloodcurdling gory detail the sequential killings, some in slow motion.
The video was obviously shot before the IS militants ostensibly departed for their terror mission in Paris, which they state in the video was personally ordered by IS “caliph” Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, a former Camp Bucca detainee who was oddly “on good terms” with US military authorities during his stay at the American prison in Iraq.
The twisted video opens with a statement by Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the alleged “mastermind” of the Paris operation, in a house in an unknown location. The rest of the video appears to have been shot somewhere in Iraq or Syria, probably near one or both of IS’s strongholds, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. The Paris attackers that do appear in the video are listed as follows: Abdel Hamid Abaaoud, Brahim Abdeslam, Omar Ismail Mostefai, Samy Amimour, Bilal Hadfi, Ali al-Iraqi, Ukashah al-Iraqi, Chakib Akrouh and Abu Fuad al-Faransi.
While the video significantly weakens the case for a MIHOP (made it happen on purpose) explanation of the Paris events, it does not disprove a LIHOP (let it happen on purpose) interpretation. A slew of forewarnings issued to French authorities before the attacks should have provided them enough signals to be able to prevent it, but strangely they did not.
As I reported in November, the draconian surveillance measures implemented in France after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January of 2015 make it hard to believe such a sophisticated cross-continental attack could have been mounted without any intervention from authorities. That these IS members could overcome all of the innumerable logistical hurdles to successfully organize and pull off the November 13 massacre is extraordinary.
It has yet to be explained how so many radicals – most of whom were well-known to authorities, had been placed on terror watch lists and several of whom had already been indicted in absentia for terror offences – were able to travel into Europe from IS-held territory in Syria and Iraq undetected. Did they all ride together in first-class on an Air France flight? Then, once inside the gates of Europe, these human poltergeists manage to secure a safe house, rental cars, AK-47s, explosives, communications equipment, and everything else needed to pull off this multi-faceted attack. None of it is feasible without French authorities actively protecting the perps and deliberately looking the other way as they prepared the operation.
France received multiple prior warnings about an imminent attack from both Turkey and Iraq, but they seem to have been completely ignored. Turkey specifically identified a future assailant, Ismael Omar Mostefai, as a potential danger. The Iraqi government delivered a very specific warning a day before the attacks, telling their French counterparts that an IS attack was “imminent” and further relayed precise information about “the size of a sleeper cell of militants they said was directing attackers sent back to France from Islamic State’s de-facto capital in Raqqa, Syria.”
French authorities had caught wind of an IS plot against concert halls two months earlier in September after arresting and subsequently extracting a confession about the plot from a returning French-born IS member. The imminence of an attack was even gleaned by French Jewish security officials, most likely benefiting from secret contacts with the Israeli Mossad, in the month preceding the attack.
All of this fits a LIHOP scenario.
One thing that the new beheading video proves is that Brahim Abdeslam did indeed travel to Syria to join IS. In my big report on the Paris attacks I cast doubt on his involvement based on testimony from his ex-wife that he was “not political,” had “no gripe with the West,” and was a chronic pothead and drug user. He is also said to have co-owned a bar in Molenbeek, Belgium, with his brother Salah which was shut down by police because of drug-related activity. One would assume that a “radical Islamist” would have departed from such an unIslamic lifestyle long ago, but what this shows is that IS members are not above religious hypocrisy. Some of them may not even be religious at all but rather are just violent, degenerate thugs looking for an opportunity to indulge their sick bloodlust.
Brahim’s brother Salah is the “terror fugitive” who somehow managed to evade the largest manhunt in European history. We are told he was stopped by police three times on his way back to Belgium on the night of the attacks, and let go each time, despite his wanted picture already out there. Now we are being told that the reason the Belgian police also failed to find and arrest him is not because they didn’t know where he was hiding (they did), but because they have a quirky “law” which prevents them from doing “night raids.” A downright pathetic and comical excuse for what looks like state protection of an “asset.”
Obviously there are still many oddities and unanswered questions that strongly suggest that the French government allowed their citizens to be slaughtered in Paris on purpose. The Hollande regime continues to misinform the French public about their blatant collusion with IS and other throat-slitting insurgents in Syria in their failed criminal bid to topple the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, which began in 2011.
Copyright 2016 Brandon Martinez