Abdelhamid Abaaoud: What I Did at Summer Camp

As part of his semester of study abroad, the recently deceased mastermind of the jihad massacre in Paris took a little working tour of the battlefront in Syria.

Vlad, Rita, and I didn’t know his name when we made this video back in March of 2014, but we’ve now learned that he was Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a “Belgian” from the Molenbeek district in Brussels — also known as the “Gaza Strip of the Benelux”. In the video you can see the late lamented Mr. Abaaoud engaging in fun jihad camp activities, such as driving a vehicle around dragging corpses through the dirt.

And this was before the Caliphate was even proclaimed, back when the Islamic State was still ISIS, when it was confined to “Iraq and al-Shams”. Recent events have made it clear that Islamic State is now everywhere.

WARNING: Although this video blurs out the worst of the grotesque and bloody shots, it is still disturbing to watch. Readers who are sensitive to images of brutality and degradation may want to skip this one:


00:04   It’s a rare document which BFMTV will show you tonight.
00:08   Two French journalists obtained videos
00:12   of French and Belgian fighters who went to wage Jihad in Syria.
00:16   Images were furnished by sympathisers of the Free Syrian army to denounce the violence of
00:20   this radical group. They show that they are direct, active stakeholders
00:24   in the atrocities committed in Syria. Warning: some images are
00:28   disturbing. “The hordes of French Jihadists” is a documentary signed by: (names?)
00:32   (names …? of journalists)
00:36   For him it’s a video souvenir of their “holy war” in Syria.
00:40   Before we towed jet skis, quads, motocross,
00:44   but in fact it’s a chronicle of horror.
00:48   Now, on the way to god
00:52   we tow apostates, non-believers, those who fight
00:56   Islam. You can film my trailer.
01:00   Seven to eight bodies are attached to
01:04   this basic trailer: civilians and rebels.
01:08   Syrians who have just been killed in violent fights.
01:12   The corpses are towed without any respect under
01:16   a rain of insults. “How they stink…”
01:20   to a mass grave in the middle of a field.
01:24   These images were taken in
01:28   mid-February in Syria by francophone jihadists.
01:32   They all belong to the same
01:36   brigade, which counts about 20 French and 20 Belgians.
01:40   They are part of the Movement for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Orient,
01:45   the most radical group in Syria, a dissident of Al Qaeda.
01:49   Over several days they filmed themselves
01:53   like a bunch of mates, happy to change the world
01:57   around a camp fire. What life do you prefer? Europe or here?
02:01   Life in Europe is zero.
02:05   May god preserve the lands of Sham,
02:09   Land of the Blessed. Smiles, joy.
02:13   The Jihad, as if it were a game.
02:17   blablaallah allah etc blah yak
02:21   accelerate!
02:25   These crazies for allah dream of installing a caliphate,
02:29   an Islamic state on the holy ground of Syria. They fight
02:33   everyone who opposes this, including Syrian rebels judged too moderate.
02:37   (guttural version of blablabla?) A merciless combat.
02:41   In this video, the Franco-Belgian horde
02:45   film themselves arriving at a place where about 10 corpses lie.
02:49   The apostates. These are the people to kill.
02:53   They fought for democracy, for laïcité.
02:57   They fought for money.
03:01   they fought because we want to apply sharia of allah. On some bodies
03:05   one can see the logos of soldiers of the Free Syrian Army.
03:09   But inside a building there are without doubt
03:13   civilians who seemed to have died unarmed.
03:18   Here an adolescent
03:22   who was carrying plates
03:26   in the kitchen, seven men
03:30   who seemed to have been peeling onions. The jihadists
03:34   have been recruited for several types of jobs.
03:38   Fighter, attendant, or gravedigger.
03:42   Here they are charged to rummage through corpses. Go through all pockets.
03:46   Go through the back pockets to see if you can find anything.
03:50   They must recover anything at all.
03:54   This car, is it a booty.
03:58   And then they must bury the corpses.
04:02   This French jihadist
04:06   is known as Abush Aide (?). He was there on the day
04:10   with those who filmed the scene. It’s not a massacre;
04:14   these are war corpses which we
04:19   put underground, like all things.
04:23   These are corpses of fighters…
04:27   He confirms the presence of many French jihadists.
04:31   The French are in all (Kadibas?)
04:35   Five, ten, fifteen French are everywhere. You go with
04:39   Belgians, there are French, with the Arabs… the Libyans,
04:43   the Arabian Peninsula. There are French, they are with Egyptians
04:47   We followed the steps of this radical group.
04:51   They resided for several weeks in Azas, eight kilometres
04:55   from the Turkish border. A town retaken a month ago
04:59   by the Free Syrian Army. Before that it was
05:03   in the hands of the Islamists. We spent some hours there.
05:07   Anwar, an inhabitant of the town, agreed to guide us.
05:11   To ensure our security, he is armed and an escort
05:15   comes with us. Before I could not go past this checkpoint;
05:19   it was controlled by the Islamists.
05:23   There were French jihadists here, and now we return with French journalists.
05:27   According to Anwar, in the town of Azas,
05:31   everyone knew the French. It was well-known
05:35   that there were several groups from France.
05:39   We called them the “French Jihadists” or the “French Brigade”.
05:43   They were all French. These Europeans were unable to talk with the people
05:47   they didn’t speak Arabic well. At the entrance of Azas the
05:52   black Islamic flag still flies. Obviously,
05:56   the people still live in terror. Most shops are closed;
06:00   the streets are semi-deserted.
06:04   At the outskirts of the town, a large Avenue. Anwar
06:08   wants to show us the place where the terrorists
06:12   stayed. The houses are here.
06:16   One tried to cut off the route with a wall,
06:20   for protection. Since their return to town, the Free Syrian army
06:24   have destroyed the wall.
06:28   This villa was especially for the French.
06:32   This villa.
06:36   A beautiful house. They took the best house.
06:40   The HQ of the Islamists was
06:44   200 metres away in the sinister police station.
06:48   Omar is 23 years old. He is a soldier of the Free Syrian Army.
06:52   With fifty other people he was imprisoned for several days
06:56   in this cell, before he escaped.
07:00   Here were the toilets
07:04   The situation was very hard.
07:08   Worse than what you could ever imagine. Omar
07:12   also wants to show us the court where the Islamists tortured him.
07:16   They brought us here, bent our hands and feet
07:20   here on the ground. They were four, always foreigners.
07:24   There were Egyptians, Tunisians, French and Bosnians.
07:28   They brought us here four at a time and beat us
07:32   with clubs. Acts of torture but also
07:37   summary executions. Behind a wall,
07:40   Soldiers of the Free Syrian Army discovered a well filled with corpses.
07:44   They killed people (inaudible).
07:48   It was the Islamists in power; they cut the throats of people and threw
07:52   them into this well.
07:56   On this roundabout, to set an example for the population
08:00   the Islamists publicly decapitated their opponents.
08:04   This old man, a shopkeeper, was arrested when he asked for an explanation
08:08   after having witnessed terrible scenes:
08:12   Once there was a group there
08:16   they brought a child and cut its throat.
08:21   They said the child was an apostate,
08:25   but he was not bigger than this kid here.
08:29   After having cut off their heads, they exposed them there.
08:33   They exhibited them on top of the monument. It was regular; every two,
08:37   four, six days there were such massacres.
08:41   On 14 February the French and Belgian jihadists
08:45   filmed themselves in front of this (monument?), drenched in blood.
08:49   Some of them did not hesitate to subsequently post the picture of the severed heads
08:53   on their Facebook page like a trophy.

5 thoughts on “Abdelhamid Abaaoud: What I Did at Summer Camp

  1. Someone made the point that calling this cowardly terrorist a “mastermind” inadvertently elevates his jihadi cred, even glamorizes him, and we should use different language in describing his role. “Mastermind” is certainly the first word that pops into peoples’ mind, but language matters and we should use neutral terms such a “author” or “organizer.” Or something with a bit of a sinister tinge, like “orchestrator.”

    For instance, the first line of this post would read thusly: “As part of his semester of study abroad, the recently deceased orchestrator of the jihad massacre in Paris took a little working tour of the battlefront in Syria.”

    • “Mastermind” is OK, because it conjures up an image of an evil mastermind — a role probably played by Vincent Price, but in this case wearing a nightgown and a beanie.

    • Sorry Baron,
      I still prefer the title organizer.
      That title was nicely used and associated for community purposes.
      Then one of the “community organizers” used that position as being of such great value, that it lead to from organizing a city to organizing a country.
      That one now jet sets around and believes he can organize the world.
      In a few years he likes organizing that much he is looking to continue in other cities, in his retirement with a special mention of Baltimore.

      Abdelhamid Abaaoud also became a community organizer in Paris, after his training as per the mastermind.
      Sadly I do not see any mind in this let alone him being the master mind. but perhaps the real master mind is simply the “perfect man” Mohammad for all those followers.

      That is where the real evil that you mentioned was conjured up, and that is who we have to prove to all infidels, atheists, christians, muslims, buddhists hindis etc. the vile evilness of that man that has persisted for 1400 years.

      That is what has to be attacked, that man, and the proof of it in the koran, hadiths, sunnah, siras that must be truly read up on and exposed.
      They both would have agreed in support of their “mastermind” as one said during a 2012 speech the “future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

      Still it is with thanks to Baron and Dymphna shining lights on this evilness

      • That is what has to be attacked, that man, and the proof of it in the koran, hadiths, sunnah, siras that must be truly read up on and exposed.

        While it’s important for those of us who oppose the further establishment of Islam within our borders to learn as much as possible about Islam, we would do better to leave average Muslims alone while focusing on the murderous outliers. Meanwhile, we keep pushing for a wider understanding of the fact that Islam is not a religion. It’s a juridical supremacist utopian ideology w/ Allah as the tyrant (rather than Stalin or Mao). Those who are caught in the web of “apostasy = death” are best left alone as long as they obey the law.

        We have been dealt a severe blow by having a man who is most probably a Muslim sitting in the Oval Office. The outlines of his beliefs are becoming even clearer since the Paris attacks. They served to wake up a few Americans and they in turn started shaking up their legislators to have them take action against further mass inflow from Syria. Now Mr. Obama is angry at the prospect of being so openly thwarted. I expect him to become more openly hostile in his remaining year+ as president.

        The Paris massacre wasn’t as bad as many other terror attacks – Mumbai or 9/11 for two – but it happened in the heart of Europe in the City of Light. Europe may be peripheral to many Americans’ conscious thought but it is where we all came from – or most of us – so its preservation is important to our own sense of security. That’s one of those “unthought knowns” which is now rising to the level of actual thinking. It’s hard to say what changes will occur as a result of that knowledge rising into sunlight.

        Those who have worked within the confines of Washington D.C. can see the changes terrorism has wrought. It’s becoming ever more a fortress and ever less the people’s city it used to be. Immediately outside that fortress you can find the feral areas where it’s dangerous to venture. That may be just fine to those with enough power to live and move and have their being inside the fortress since they feel safe. They do understand where NOT to go in the immediate environs outside their redoubt; how much they comprehend about the large uncharted territory between the two coasts remains open to question. Not for nothing did Obama’s remark about “bitter clingers” holding onto their guns and their bibles become a permanent ‘thing’ we know about him and the Left in general. That remark tells many all they need to know about professional politicians on both sides of the aisle.

        The ripples from Paris (and wherever else is roiled by terrorist attacks) will continue to be felt far past the kill zone, all the way to Iowa and other uncharted places politicians are forced to attend to in order to be in the running…places they get out of as fast as possible and don’t plan to see again…unless they’re running again.

        It’s a wonderment. Events across the sea may well have the unintended consequence of making possible the election of Donald Trump to the Oval Office. He has been loud and clear about borders and safety: if enough people are sufficiently afraid of ISIS coming here, then Trump will win despite anything the MSM is sure to say about him.

        For me at least the presidential campaign has suddenly become interesting. I thought I was impervious after eight years under Mr. Obama but Paris changed me, too.

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