The Paris 20 Cell (Islamic State, IS, ISIS)

The AttackThe Paris attacks were performed by three teams each composed of three terrorists. In addition to these 9 attackers, several other facilitators were involved in the planning and organization of the attacks. The men worked under the leadership of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian national who spent time in Syria. Mastermind: Salim BenghalemWhile Abaaoud is widely believed to be the mastermind of the Paris attacks, TRAC believes he was merely the orchestrator - the leader and coordinator of the attacks on the field. The mastermind of the attacks, the one who thought out, planned, and organised the attacks from afar, is believed to be Salim Benghalem: indeed, according to TRAC, Abaaoud lacked the experience, the knowledge, and the power to organise attacks on the scale that we saw in Paris. Furthermore, Abaaoud was not high-ranking enough within IS to be entrusted with such responsibilities.The real mastermind of the attacks has to be a high-ranking member of IS, someone whom…

The Paris 20 Cell (Islamic State, IS, ISIS) is an active group formed c. 2015.
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