Newly ID’d Paris attacker urged jihadists to ‘blow everything up,’ be ‘enemy from within’

September 27, 2018

A profile picture on the Facebook account used by Foued Mohamed-Aggad in 2014. (MEMRI)

The Paris attacker whose remains were finally identified earlier this week was a committed jihadist who joined ISIS in its infancy, and encouraged radicals to resist integration in France, according to newly uncovered social media posts.

Foued Mohamed-Aggad, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Morrocan descent, was identified as one of three gunmen who killed as many as 89 concert-goers at The Bataclan Theatre music hall Nov. 13, in the most deadly phase of the coordinated attacks that left 130 dead and hundreds more wounded. Once his name was confirmed, Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) traced his digital trail and established he was a member of ISIS dating back to December, 2013, when the terror organization was just emerging.

“[This is a] message to the brothers in faith, those who cannot make hijra [immigration to Islamic State] for x reason, Aggad wrote in a July 18, 2014 post. Cause attacks, be an enemy from within, blow everything up, it doesnt matter where or how, by any means! Kill them wherever you find them! Do not attempt to integrate yourself in France, they do not even want you!

That post was one of several MEMRI uncovered and translated from French from a Facebook account Aggad held from June to August 2014.

Cause attacks, be an enemy from within, blow everything up, it doesnt matter where or how, by any means!”

– Foued Mohamed-Aggad

The militant, who wrote on a number of different Facebook accounts under variants of the name Abou Foued Al-Muhajir (“the immigrant”), even check-in on Facebook in 2013 in which he stated that he was in the Syrian city of Deir Ez-Zor and working for the Islamic State and fighting in the front line martyrdom.

Aggad was born in 1992 and was originally from Strasbourg in the east of France. His family is of Moroccan origin and it is believed that he first reached Syria in December 2013 with a group of young men from the same region, including his own brother. It is believed that he was married to a woman of French descent and she is currently in Syria or Iraq with ISIS.

The Le Parisien newspaper  first identified the third attacker as Aggad on Wednesday. The paper reported that Aggad’s mother received a text message in English about 10 days ago announcing her son’s death “as a martyr” on Nov. 13 a typical way that ISIS notifies families of casualties.

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