The 19th Arrondissement Network refers to a group of Islamists that was established in the early 2000s and convicted in 2008 for recruiting approximately a dozen Frenchmen to fight for Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in the Iraq War. The group is referred to by this name since most of its members were from the 19th Arrondissement, a poor Paris neighbourhood with a large North African population. The network mainly focussed on the training and recruitment of at least 10 Muslims in support of AQI (predecessor to the Islamic State – ISIS). Though the 19th Arrondissement Network was dismantled during 2005, following the arrest of 7 men linked to the network, the recent Paris hostage takings do indicate the continued presence of 19th Arrondissement Network recruitment associations. These networks are not well structured, likely to avoid detection. The Paris Cell is an example of a structure reliant on family and friendship associations, rather than a typical organisation hierarchy, evolving from a…
19th Arrondissement Network
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