A French explosives expert with the Khorasan group was killed on Wednesday in Syria. I omitted the quote marks around his nationality when describing David Drugeon because, unlike most “Frenchmen” waging jihad in Syria, he is a French native who converted to Islam.
And, unlike the loony “lone wolf” converts in the West who run amok until they are shot by police, Mr. Drugeon seems to have been an intelligent, lucid, calculating fellow who specialized in explosives.
Below is a brief report from ANSAmed about the death of David Drugeon:
(ANSAmed) — WASHINGTON, NOVEMBER 6 — The Pentagon announced on Thursday that French jihadist, Muslim convert and key member of the ‘Khorasan Group’ David Drugeon had been killed the previous day in a US drone strike in Syria. Reports were found in US media. The Pentagon quoted secret service officials as saying that the airstrikes had been conducted on positions controlled by ‘Khorasan terrorists’ in Idlib province, northwestern Syria. Drugeon is held to be an expert in bomb-making.
|00:01||For over a year he was described by counter-terrorism experts|
|00:05||as the most dangerous French jihadist.|
|00:09||Just 24 years old and looking adolescent, David Drugeon had the experience|
|00:13||of a confirmed fighter. As an explosives expert|
|00:17||and centerpiece of the Al Qaeda affiliate, Khorasan,|
|00:21||implanted in Syria, it’s near Idlib that the young|
|00:25||Frenchman was killed by a coalition air strike while|
|00:29||travelling in a car. Leaked by US media, the information|
|00:33||was confirmed by an anonymous Pentagon source.|
|00:37||In France too, David Drugeon was under intensive surveillance,|
|00:41||considered a possible recruiter for terrorism on European soil.|
|00:45||He left France in 2010 for the tribal zones in Pakistan|
|00:49||and integrated with a group affiliated to Al Qaeda.|
|00:53||In 2014 he returned to Syria and continued his Jihad|
|00:58||secretly with Khorasan. Last September a strike|
|01:02||targeted the group, and their leader Muhsin al-Fadhli, who was reported killed|
|01:06||after the attack, but is said to be still alive,|
|01:10||and still the leader of this movement.
Hat tip for the article: Insubria.