The Dubious “Mastermind”: Abdelhamid Abaaoud and the Paris Attacks

Posted by John Rosenthal

Parts of the mainstream media appear now to be having their doubts that the Belgian jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud was the “mastermind” behind the November 13 Paris attacks, as initially claimed. In fact, Abaaoud, a neophyte jihadist who gained notoriety entirely by accident, had nothing like the makings of a terror “mastermind.” Indeed, there are strong reasons to doubt that he played any role, even a subordinate one, in the plot or that he could even have been in Paris to do so.

For the details – including revelations from the Belgian press that have hitherto gone unreported in English – see my new article at Geopolitical Monitor here.

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