From Long War Journal, 16 November, Key suspect in Paris attacks has been featured in Islamic State propaganda
Abaaoud mocked Western intelligence services for failing to prevent him from entering Belgium and establish a cell, and then later failing to capture him after the Verviers raid.
“Allah blinded their vision and I was able to leave and come to Shām despite being chased after by so many intelligence agencies,” he stated.
“All this proves that a Muslim should not fear the bloated image of the crusader intelligence. My name and picture were all over the news yet I was able to stay in their homeland, plan operations against them, and leave safely when doing so became necessary.”The Washington Post's sources at the U.S. Department of State are very good, so I'm reasonably assured the anonymous tipsters are reliable:
Suspected architect of Paris attacks is dead, according to two senior European officials
By Souad Mekhennet, Anthony Faiola and Missy Ryan
November 18 at 3:56 PM EST