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If the terrorists’ plan had been carried out in all its abhorrent forms, there would likely be no reminder in this text of what happened in Paris on the evening of November 13, 2015. In Europe, this date would have a terrifying effect similar to 9/11 in the United States. In the end, a large number of people were killed, 130 and 683 injured when heavily armed commandos from the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) marched through the 10th and 11th circles and were killed on the balconies of restaurants and bars. Finally, the most heinous massacre was carried out in the Bataclan club.

But an important part of their plan failed. Three suicide bombers failed to storm the Stade de France football stadium, where the French and German teams played a friendly match that evening. The stadium had 80,000 visitors, and the match was broadcast live in 66 countries.

Also this evening, Terror tried again to produce the most effective images, it always measures its success not only by the number of dead, but also by the length of special programs and the volume of titles. At least there was no bloodbath in the crowds and on the football field, though explosions were heard when the three Islamists finally blew themselves up in front of the gates. Among the witnesses to the honorary fund were Frank-Walter Steinmeier, then German Foreign Minister, and then French President François Hollande. He left half the time, and his capital was attacked.

Threat of Islamic terrorism prompts European authorities to work together

Friday the 13th of this month marks the sad climax of a series of ISIS attacks in Europe. In a well-watched 90-minute documentary, director Christophe Cotteret not only looks at the evening, but also explores how it might happen. But first of all he said Terror in Paris: The Chronicles of a Hunt The story of a turning point – how European security authorities, with the support of the United States after Paris, found cooperation in the threat of Islamic terrorism, which they previously knew was indispensable. The same applies to the judiciary, by the way.

Cotteret takes you on a journey that is as enlightening as it is dark. It reminds of the threat that preoccupied and worried politicians and the European public before the pandemic and Ukraine’s war on the news. The film spans an arc through an unnecessary war started by the United States, a torn Iraq – and Syria torn apart by the civil war that dictator Bashar al-Assad has waged against his own people. Then, in this exhausted part of the world, the Islamists succeeded in declaring a caliphate, a state founded by terrorists that is almost unique in its ruthlessness and geographical extent.

This state of frenzy then attracts thousands of young Muslims from Europe, and for a long time many security authorities in Europe looked at it indifferently. Anyway, once they’re gone, they can’t cause more problems at home. Turkey also plays an ominous role, as there are hardly any controls on the border with Syria. So you can enter the caliphate fairly freely. But you also go back to Europe.

Cotteret has had a great series of heroes in front of the camera who tell this story: Holland, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who has passed away in the meantime, or then-CIA chief John Brennan. He says it was clear to them early on that the threat to Europe in this chapter of Islamic terrorism is much greater than the threat to the United States. Some narrators sit with their back in front of the camera for security reasons.

There was a competition between Islamists to see who would do the most damage to their country

The film accurately and at times difficult to delve into these early indications that ISIS is finally changing its strategy. He makes plans to launch attacks in Europe. It is a time when there is a real competition between Islamists from Germany, Belgium and France to see who can strike their hated homeland the most. Some of them have turned into a secret unit of the Islamic State, “External Operations” responsible for planning attacks, and a young Belgian Islamist named Abdelhamid Abaaoud from the formed region of Molenbeek in Brussels, has already made a name for himself there. cruelty. A video clip shows him dragging the bodies behind him in an all-terrain vehicle. Abaaoud is also the planner of the Paris attacks.

The film’s greatest strength is the description of the collaboration that began after Paris. After that, it is no longer just a matter of preventing the Islamic State from carrying out further attacks. But also about shattering the state of terror. ISIS is like al-Qaeda after September 11, 2001. The brutal success leads the West to mobilize its resources. Finally Europol intervenes, finally the data is shared, and finally the investigations are coordinated.

It is said that the Germans only cooperated after Berlin hit with all its might in 2016

In the film, Belgian and French prosecutors talk about this hitherto unknown cooperation between the judiciary, as German prosecutor Peter Frank said. His authorities even agreed to extradite an Islamist arrested in Germany who traveled across Europe as a sort of scout in the height of the 2015 refugee summer to identify weaknesses in border controls. However, it is Coterett’s French interlocutors who claim that Germany acted only after Islamic terrorism struck their capital with all its might: after Tunisian Anis Amri drove a truck through the crowd at the Christmas market on Berlin’s Bretchedplatz on December 19, 2016, he drove. . 13 people died.

According to former US Secretary of Defense Carter, military cooperation with France was closer than ever after the Paris attacks. The film then tells a series of drone attacks on ISIS leaders, the military destruction of ISIS – and the end of Abaaoud. He did not live to see the end of his “Islamic State” because he was tracked down and killed in a raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis just days after the Paris attacks.

The caliphate no longer exists, and the world now has other concerns. However – at least that’s what it looks like in the movie (and one would have liked to see more about this part of the story) – this victory over ISIS isn’t the end of that threat either. Former CIA man Brennan reminds us that terrorism is always a symptom of a larger problem. Even if hardly anyone looks, nothing has changed in the Near and Middle East. And if so, it is certainly not for the best.

Terror in ParisAarti, November 8, 9:50 p.m.

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