Attentats de Paris : qui est Charaffe al Mouadan, djihadiste tué en Syrie ? / IS leader linked to Paris attacks 'mastermind' killed in Syria
Attentats de Paris : qui est Charaffe al Mouadan, djihadiste tué en Syrie ?
Il est suspecté d’avoir été en lien avec les auteurs de la tuerie la plus meurtrière du 13 novembre. Charaffe al Mouadan, un combattant du groupe Etat islamique, a été tué en Syrie dans des frappes de la coalition internationale, a affirmé mardi le colonel américain Steve Warren, porte-parole de la coalition anti-Etat islamique. Sa mort a été confirmée par l’Etat islamique. Le jeune homme, âgé de 27 ans, était un ami de Samy Amimour, l'un des kamikazes du Bataclan. Surnommé Abu Souleymane, il était "lié directement" au djihadiste belge Abdelhamid Abaaoud, instigateur présumé des attentats de Paris. Selon les autorités américaines, Charaffe Al Mouadan "préparait activement d'autres attaques".
Un projet de départ avorté. Le nom de Charaffe al Mouadan, ce Français qui a grandi en Seine-Saint-Denis, apparaît dans les radars des services de renseignements en mars 2012. Cette année-là, en compagnie de Samy Amimour et d’un autre jeune radicalisé, Samir Bouabout, il s’essaie aux tirs sportifs dans un club de la police à Paris. Parallèlement à cette activité exercée en toute légalité, le trio se radicalise sur Internet, et prépare son départ au Yémen ou en Afghanistan, via la Somalie. Les trois individus s'étaient équipés de matériel paramilitaire, et avait contracté un prêt à la consommation de 20.000 euros, selon une source proche du dossier.
Mais leur projet échoue, faute d'expérience et de contacts. Peu après, les trois amis, qui ont passé leur jeunesse à Drancy, sont arrêtés en octobre 2012. Aux enquêteurs, Charaffe al Mouadan avait affirmé avoir abandonné tout projet de départ en zone de djihad et avait reconnu un bref séjour au Maroc avec Samir Bouabout. Mis en examen pour "association de malfaiteurs terroriste", le trio est laissé libre sous contrôle judiciaire. Mais les trois hommes rejoignent les rangs de l’Etat islamique, un an plus tard.
Il viole son contrôle judiciaire pour partir en Syrie. En août 2013, Charaffe al Mouadan viole en effet son contrôle judiciaire et quitte la France, direction la Syrie. Il est rejoint un mois plus tard par Samy Amimour et Samir Bouabout. Là-bas, Charaffe al Mouadan se lie d’amitié avec d’autre djihadistes, dont Omar Ismaïl Mostefaï, un autre kamikaze du Bataclan. Le jeune Drancéen prend alors le nom d’Abu Souleymane.
Un nom qui interpellera plus tard les enquêteurs lorsqu’ils ont auditionné les victimes du Bataclan. Selon un otage, l'un des terroristes a demandé à son complice s'il "comptait appeler Souleymane", rapporte Le Parisien. Aujourd’hui, Charaffe al Mouadan est suspecté d’avoir été en lien avec Abdelhamid Abaaoud, le chef d’orchestre présumé des attentats de Paris. Les autorités américaines estiment qu'il préparait activement des attaques contre l'occident. Il a été tué d'une frappe de missile le 24 décembre. Et compte désormais parmi dix autres responsables de Daech tués ce mois-ci.
Source: Europe 1
IS leader linked to Paris attacks 'mastermind' killed in Syria
Washington (AFP) - An Islamic State leader with "direct" ties to the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks was among 10 of the group's higher-ups killed in Syria and Iraq this month, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
The US military says such strikes are helping to weaken the jihadist group, which captured large parts of Iraq and Syria last year but has recently seen significant setbacks including this week's loss of Ramadi in Iraq.
Baghdad-based US military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren told reporters that French national Charaffe el Mouadan was killed in a US-led coalition air strike on December 24.
Mouadan had been plotting further attacks against the West, Warren said, without giving additional details.
"He was a Syrian-based ISIL member with a direct link to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Paris attacks cell leader," Warren said in a video call, using an alternative acronym for the IS group.
Abaaoud was killed in a police raid in northern Paris five days after the November 13 attacks that left 130 people dead and hundreds more wounded in a series of coordinated suicide attacks and shootings across the French capital.
A French law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP there was no immediate evidence showing Mouadan was involved in the Paris attacks.
But the official said Mouadan had been close to Samy Amimour, one of the suicide bombers who attacked the Bataclan music venue.
- Grew up in Paris suburbs -
Mouadan, 26, was the son of Morocco-born parents and the last of eight children.
He grew up in the Paris suburbs, and was arrested in October 2012 while preparing to leave with Amimour and a third man, Samir Bouabout, for either Yemen or Afghanistan, a source close to the investigation told AFP.
Though the men faced criminal charges, they were nonetheless set free, and within a year had found their way to Syria.
The source said a witness at the Bataclan heard one of the attackers ask whether a fellow assailant was going to call a certain "Souleymane."
Souleymane was the name Mouadan used on Twitter and in Syria, but it's a common name and French investigators aren't sure whether the attacker was referring to Mouadan.
The United States has since August 2014 led an international coalition attacking the IS group in Iraq and Syria.
France started bombing Syria in the wake of the Paris attacks, but Warren would not say if France was involved in the strike against Mouadan.
- 'Striking the head of this snake' -
Among the other leaders killed this month was Abdel Kader Hakim, an "external operations facilitator" who was killed in Mosul, Iraq on December 26.
Warren said Hakim was a veteran fighter and forgery specialist who had links to the Paris attack network, but he did not give additional details.
"His death removes an important facilitator with many connections in Europe," Warren said.
And on December 10, Siful Haque Sujan, a Bangladeshi man who was educated in Britain and was allegedly an IS hacker, was killed near the IS stronghold of Raqa in Syria.
After months of preparations, the Iraqi military declared the city of Ramadi liberated from the IS group on Monday after clinching a landmark victory against the jihadists.
Warren said that part of the success in Ramadi and other areas was due to the killing of IS leaders.
"We're striking at the head of this snake," he said, while cautioning that "it's still got fangs."
The Pentagon listed the other slain IS leaders as:
-- Rawand Dilsher Taher, an "external operations facilitator," who was killed near Raqa
-- Khalil Ahmad Ali al-Wais, the IS "emir of Kirkuk province" in Iraq
-- Abu Anas, a roadside bomb expert who was killed near Kirkuk
-- Yunis Khalash, IS's "deputy financial emir" in Mosul
-- Mithaq Najim, IS's "deputy emir" in Kirkuk Province
-- Akram Muhammad Sa'ad Faris, an IS "commander and executioner," in Tal Afar, Iraq
-- Tashin al-Hayali, an "external operations facilitator," who was killed near Mosul in Iraq.
Source : Yahoo News (AFP)
Who Is Charaffe Al Mouadan? Islamic State Leader Killed In Anti-ISIS Syria Airstrikes Linked To Paris Terrorists
An Islamic State group militant who had been actively planning attacks on Western countries was among several terrorists killed in a recent series of U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria, the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday. Charaffe al Mouadan had ties to the alleged architect of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, and was reportedly childhood friends with another perpetrator of last month's Paris terrorist attacks, for which the terrorist group, aka ISIS, claimed responsibility.
“We will hunt ISIL leaders working to inspire attacks against U.S. and our allies,” Army Col. Steve Warren, the top spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition, said Tuesday, the Guardian reported. “As long as ISIL external attack planners are operating, the U.S. military will hunt them and kill them,” he said, using another term for the group.
The U.S. and its allies, including France and Turkey, revved up airstrikes throughout December in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. At least eight militants, several of whom were trained by ISIS, massacred 130 people in the city the night of Nov. 13, descending upon cafes, restaurants and other scenes of Parisian nightlife, using semi-automatic weapons and suicide vests.
Al Mouadan, 27, who went by the nickname "Souleymane,” was plotting to attack a target in the West, Warren said, without naming a specific country or site. The Syria-based terrorist was friends with Samy Amimour, one of the reported gunmen at the Bataclan concert hall, where 90 people died during the Paris attacks, making it the deadliest of several targeted locations .
The pair grew up together in the northeastern Paris suburb of Drancy and began training at local gun ranges in 2012, French newspaper Le Parisien reported. Al Mouadan traveled to Syria in 2013 and had been operating as a militant ever since.
Investigators made the connection between al Mouadan and the alleged Paris terrorists after a survivor of the Bataclan massacre told authorities he heard the gunmen talking about a man named Souleymane, the Guardian reported. Al Mouadan was killed in Syria Dec. 24.
Airstrikes since Dec. 7 have killed at least 10 leaders of the Islamic extremist group, the Washington Post reported.