‘It was a complete failure’: France admits intelligence disaster as it is revealed Turkey warned of Paris attack jihadis a YEAR ago
- Turkish authorities warned France and Belgium about some of the jihadis
- Security sources revealed lapses in communication between countries
- On some occasions specific warnings about potential risks were ignored
- On November 13, 130 people were killed and 352 injured in Paris
Turkish authorities warned France and Belgium a year ago about some of the jihadis involved in the Paris terror attacks.
Security sources have revealed lapses in communication between countries and on some occasions specific warnings were ignored.
‘No need to fool ourselves. What we have in front of us is a complete failure,’ a French government official told the Wall Street Journal.
On November 13, 130 people were killed and 352 injured when ISIS terrorists launched a series of attacks in the French capital.
Brahim and Salah Abdeslam killed many people in the November 13 massacre – and the latter is still on the run.
In January, Turkish authorities detained Brahim at their border and deported him to Belgium.
Turkish authorities told Belgian police at the time, had been ‘radicalised’ and was suspected of wanting to join Islamic State in Syria, according to a security source.
However, when he was questioned in Belgium he denied any involvement with the terror group and was released.
Brahim blew himself up at Le Comptoir Voltaire bar in Paris, killing himself and wounding one other.
Salah is also a suspect in the attacks, claimed by the Islamic State, and is now on the run. Reports today said he was spotted in a BMW heading to Germany.
In December last year, Turkish police suspected Bataclan suicide bomber Ismail Omar Mostefai had links to ISIS.
They wrote to their French counterparts, but the warning went ignored until Paris answered after the attacks last week.
French police sources have said that the French-Algerian was placed on a list, naming him as a potential threat to national security in 2010.
Mostefai travelled back and forth. Although he had eight convictions as a petty criminal, he had never been in prison, a place French authorities can watch for signs of radicalisation.
Police say they suspected him of being in Syria between late 2013 and early 2014, before returning to France unnoticed.
Turkey raised a second alarm about Mostefai’s ISIS links in June 2015 – again it went unnoticed.
‘It seemed there was a connection between this person and Daesh (Islamic State) and we reported it,’ the Turkish security source said.
‘We followed all international procedures. But they (the French) didn’t display the same level of sensitivity.’
French officials declined to comment on this, but say that coordination with Turkey over potential French jihadis has improved markedly in the past year.
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