Paris, France — As more information comes forward about the tragic acts of terror in Paris last week, a pattern is beginning to form which exposes an incredible level of incompetence, or worse.
As the Free Thought Project previously reported, French National Police met with German BKA federal police and German BND federal intelligence service to discuss an imminent pre-planned terrorist attack on Paris weeks ago.
As we learn more, however, it appears that this meeting was one of many in which French intelligence officials were warned of an attack.
According to the Associated Press, Senior Iraqi intelligence officials warned coalition countries of imminent assaults by the Islamic State group just one day before last week’s deadly attacks.
They were given the names of the leaders and specifically warned that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had ordered an attack on coalition countries fighting against them in Iraq and Syria, as well as on Iran and Russia, “through bombings or assassinations or hostage taking in the coming days.”
The French responded to the news about the warning surfacing by saying that French intelligence gets this kind of communication “all the time” and “every day.”
However, six senior Iraqi officials corroborated the information in the dispatch, a copy of which was obtained by the AP, and four of these intelligence officials said they also warned France specifically of a potential attack. Two officials told the AP that France was warned beforehand of details that French authorities have yet to make public.
The French were given information that the attacks were planned in the Islamic State’s capital, Raqqa, Syria. They were told that the “attackers were trained specifically for this operation and with the intention of sending them to France.”
Outside of the meeting three weeks ago, and the Iraqi warning, French authorities were warned multiple times by Turkey about one of the Bataclan bombers as well.
According to information received by the Gaurdian,
A Turkish official has told the Guardian that French authorities were informed twice about the suicide bomber Omar Ismaïl Mostefai by Turkey, but only received an information request about him after the Paris attacks.
During an investigation, the Turkish authorities identified Mostefai and notified their French counterparts twice – in December 2014 and June 2015 – the official said.
“We have, however, not heard back from France on the matter,” the official said. “It was only after the Paris attacks that the Turkish authorities received an information request about Omar Ismail Mostefai from France.”
Mostefai was the first attacker identified by authorities when they were able to retrieve a print from a severed finger found in the Bataclan concert hall.
According to the Gaurdian, French intelligence were reported to have been tracking Mostefai when he began spending time at a mosque with radical links in 2010, and are said to be investigating whether Mostefai travelled to Syria between 2013 and 2014, a timeline that would match the official’s account of when he first arrived in Turkey.
As the French and the rest of the world mourn the loss of so many innocent lives, many of us are left wondering if this tragedy could have been prevented from the start.
As Western governments continue to pry into every facet of our lives, reading our emails, listening to our conversations, and tracking our every move, it appears their intentions on building a police state to ‘keep us safe from terrorists’ are more in line with ‘keeping innocent people under control.’
How many warnings will it take to prevent the next act of terror? 5, 10, 20?