Briefly noted in the third paragraph of a USA Today report about the suspects in today’s Paris terror attack: “Both brothers returned from Syria this summer.”
What would French radical Islamists be doing in Syria around that time? Quite possibly getting training from the US and its allies to fight Assad. And as Ben Swann reports: “Analysts have said that this attack was carried out by men who had formal military training and was carried out by men who acted like a ‘special forces unit’.”
However, such training is by no means certain, for as Mitchell Prothero reports:
“Other evidence suggests they could be linked to a top French al Qaida operative, David Drugeon, who’s been the target at least twice of U.S. airstrikes in Syria over the last four months.”
Yet, even if they didn’t manage to get past U.S. “vetting,” and instead received training from al Qaida alone, the fact that the war they earned their spurs in was persisting at all was due to U.S. aid to the rebels.
This is the kind of blowback that is so quick to follow intervention that Scott Horton incisively terms it “backdraft.”
And once again, just as with Sony and North Korea, the implications concerning empire are getting lost in the hullabaloo over rogue groups allegedly seriously threatening freedom of speech.
20 thoughts on “Blowback: Paris Terror Suspects Recently Returned from Syria and Demonstrated Military Training”
They were trained, but they made mistakes that most operators would not. The bunched a few times coming between the cars, both were looking at the cop when they shot him, the second one did not trust his teammate to cover his sector while he watched everywhere else.
It seems obvious that the had fired the AK47 before. They seemed to be sparing of their ammunition and knew what they were shooting. Definitely not tyros.
You can be pretty sure they didn't learn to do what they did in a Parisian favela. And where did they get their weapons? France isn't noted for it's domestic arms retailers.
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