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Mohammed Merah: Al-Qaeda Linked Terrorist is Chief Suspect Behind French Murders


The chief suspect in the murders of three French soldiers (2 North Africans, 1 Caribbean), and four Jews, including three children, is a 23 year old man named Mohammed Merah we are being told. The French interior minister, Claude Gueant alleges that the motive behind the attack was to,

“take revenge for Palestinian children” killed in the Middle East, and [he] was angry at the French military for its operations abroad.

The explanation of a motive will give little comfort to the bereaved families. How can Merah purport to be acting in the cause of Palestine when he TARGETED innocents? What demented, twisting acrobatics enabled him to let go of the innate morals within his humanity and kill children? Did he not realize he was betraying Islam, its core principles and the causes he claimed to be fighting for when he went on this killing spree?

The sort of callousness and cold precision with which he operated reveals the mind of a sickening sociopath.

Islamophobes in their haste had pinned their hopes on this murderer being a Muslim, so that they could once again smear and condemn Islam and Muslims. They attempt to minimize and cover for the role that occupation, war, invasion and murder plays in producing anger and…terrorists.

The double standards from them are expected, when an Anders Behring Breivik exterminates 60+ children he is, according to them, a “lone gunman,” a “nutter.” No discussion about the ideology, the anti-Muslim Islamophobic extremism that inspired Breivik’s terrorist Crusade, and which they propagate daily, is mentioned. When a US soldier goes on a rampage and eliminates 16+ civilians as they sleep, including 9 children we do not even learn their names and the soldier is treated with sympathy in the media and PRAISE amongst the Muslim haters.

If the allegations against Mohammed Merah are true, and they likely are, he should face the full brunt of the law for his crimes, but lets hope that the anti-Muslims do not attempt to use these horrific incidents to shift the focus from the true enemy, radical violent extremism whether Islamist (AlQaeda) or Radical Right (Anders Breivik, EDL, etc.). Life in Europe and particularly France, which is already seeing a campaign feeding off of right-wing populism and anti-Muslim rhetoric, will most likely get more difficult now.

What will be missing from all this is the fact that as long as wars of occupation, daily bombing and hate-mongering persist against Muslim majority nations you can rest assured that you will create more Mohammed Merah’s.

*Update I: If it’s not abundantly clear from the above, let me say it, Merah and the AlQaedah ideology is responsible for this crime, no one else, he stands completely condemned by Loonwatch as he does by nearly every honest and humane person. There is no apology above or blame shifting, just stating the facts. Merah himself claims to be acting out in revenge due to the killing of Palestinians and Afghans, I didn’t say this, the French Interior Minister did. Many seem to think we can’t even discuss the motives of these attacks?

Update II (via B-Boy Blue): Having tracked live updates on various online news outlets all day the contraditory information being released is painting a confusing picture of Merah’s background & history.

It was stated with some authority that he has been to Afghanistan & Pakistan to fight for the Mujehadeen. It was claimed that he’d actually been arrested, jailed & then escaped from prison in a Taliban jailbreak. Here are some excerpts:

“Reuters report that the suspect had been serving a three year sentence when he escaped from jail, quoting the director of Kandahar prison.”

“According to Reuters news agency, the head of Kandahar prison in Afghanistan, says the suspect Mohammed Merah, escaped from the prison in a mass Taliban jailbreak.”

“Details of the suspect’s time in Afghanistan are still sketchy, but Le Monde is reporting that he went twice to Pakistan, once in 2010 and again 2011, to speak with groups of fighters based in the tribal regions near the border with Afghanistan. The paper claims that he trained in the camps there alongside the Pakistani Taliban, foreign jihadis and members of the Haqqani network — and that he even crossed the border into Afghanistan as part of groups sent to fight Nato troops.

It says he is understood to have stopped off in Waziristan before heading to Kandahar and Zabul in the south of Afghanistan. Interestingly, it also says that he was stopped by police on the outskirts of Kandahar city. Although he was not arrested, his presence in the region as a foreign national was unusual enough for the police to report him to the Afghan intelligence services, who reportedly then passed on the information to western intelligence services.”

Jawed Faisal, a spokesman for the Kandahar provincial government, said:

I can’t confirm it was the same person but there was someone in Kandahar prison with the name Mohammed Merah, who was famous as ‘the French guy’. His father and grandfather had Afghan names, and he could pass as an Afghan. His father’s name was Mohammad Seddiq, grandfather was Mohammad Shah.

“His crime was that he was captured laying IEDs, and he was sentenced to three years in jail, but only served five months of it when the prison break happened and he escaped.

“We don’t know which part of Kandahar province he was caught in.”
Faisal added that he didn’t know how long Merah had been in Afghanistan or how long he stayed after prison break.

Lt Col Jimmie Cummings, a spokesman for the Nato-led coalition, said he was aware of reports that Merah had been held in an Afghan prison, but refered all questions to Afghan officials.”

This is all extremely detailed & seemingly conclusive. If it wasn’t for the fact the official twitter account of the Kandahar Governor’s Media office refuted the claim that he had been imprisoned there.!/KandaharMediaOf

Security Forces in Kandahar have never detained a French citizen named Mohammad Merah.

@SkyNewsBreak He wasn’t the 1 responsible for the school shooting, but another 1 responsible for bomb blasts in Kandahar. 2 separate cases.

@MaryFitzgerldIT Toulouse gunman wasn’t arrested in Kandahar, he is not the one that escaped from Kandahar prison, perhaps names r the same.

It appears that a man with the same name was but not a French national. This fact calls into question many of the previous assertions & casts doubt on much of the official narrative up until this point.

Some other pertinent quotes to consider.

“As for political or religious beliefs, he was very discreet. He never said anything that might lead one to believe he had these views.”

“He didn’t have a dad. This has absolutely nothing to do with Islam, or with us, and I really hope that all the young people of our type of neighbourhood won’t be sullied by this.”

“He wasn’t into having fun, he became harder. He didn’t really go to the mosque, he seemed more likely to meet people in obscure flats.”

“The North African community is doubly hit, first by the grief for the victims and what happened, and also that we’re from the Magreb and people will be pointing fingers at us. I appeal to the French, don’t mix up the whole community with what has happened. Never never has Islam said to kill people.”

A group of four 24-year-old men who said they were friends of Merah tried to go to his apartment block on Wednesday to persuade him to surrender but were stopped at a police roadblock.

“All told a Reuters reporter he had never talked to them about religion and they had no idea he had been to Afghanistan.”

“He never spoke about Islam but he did pray. But we all pray five times a day. There’s nothing strange about that.”

Another friend of Moroccan origin said Merah had tried to enlist in the French army but had been rejected. He said he had seen Merah in a city centre nightclub just last week.

Merah did not drink “but I don’t think he is any more religious than I am. I think he has just lost the plot,” Danny Dem said.

A third contemporary, who declined to give his name, said he went to primary school with Merah and they had remained friends.

“He likes football and motor-bikes like any other guy his age,” said the man, dressed in a blue French national soccer shirt. “I didn’t even know he prayed.”

The head of the French Muslim Council, Mohammed Moussaoui, says: “These acts are in total contradiction with the foundations of this religion”. In remarks quoted by AFP he added: “France’s Muslims are offended by this claim of belonging to this religion.”

A little more background via AFP on the suspected gunman’s attempts to join the French military. The news agency reports that Merah “twice tried and failed to join the French army”.

It quotes the country’s defence ministry saying that Merah first tried to enlist at the age of 19 in the northern city of Lille in January 2008.

The French prosecutor, Francois Molins, has been giving more information on Merah. He told a press conference the suspect in the shooting attacks had been to Afghanistan twice and trained in Pakistan’s Waziristan, a militant stronghold. He said Merah’s brother had been implicated in a network that sent militant fighters to Iraq.

The French interior minister, Claude Gueant, said Merah had told police he belonged to al-Qaida and wanted to take revenge for the deaths of Palestinian children. Gueant said Merah was also angry against French military intervention overseas.

“The mystery here is that he was found to have quite a good arsenal of weapons, war weapons, and given that he was under surveillance it’s not clear how this could have escaped the attention of the authorities.” – Pierre Haski

Was he ever in Afghanistan or Pakistan? If not, why the claims of being under surveillance since returning? Who’s lying? The Government official or Kandahar Media Dept? With his Mother & siblings in precautionary custody surely they can establish his whereabouts during this period.

He has a history of petty theft & thuggery and no overt signs of religious or political militancy. Between 2007 and 2012 he attempted to join the French army twice & visited Pakistan & Afghanistan twice. He supposedly served 5 months in a Kandahar jail yet found his way back to France and was allowed to settle back into society whilst stockpiling weapons under surveillance. Despite being under suspicion for the murder of the soldiers, he was able to carry out the atrocity at the Jewish school.

As I write the siege is still in progress. If Merah doesn’t survive we’ll probably never find out exactly what is fact or fiction, which will no doubt fuel conspiracy talk. The web is already awash with speculation about false flag operations, inside jobs etc allowing Sarkozy to play the hero running up to the election.

What is certain, is that the only people who will suffer due to the actions of Merah and any repercussions are more innocents.

My thoughts are with the victims and their families.

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  • corey

    @pam geller
    nice to see you have taken the time out of your busy schedule of pandering to your dumb as bricks fanboys who probably think that 2 + 2 =50 and admiring people who urinate on corpses ya know for “human rights” oh and I gotta ask how are your friends at “bare naked islam” are they still celebrating mosque burnings and I am so hoping you tell us they were doing that for “human rights” because I need to test my just bought bullshit meter and see how much it can mesure before it breaks.

  • Heinz Catsup

    @Solid Snake

    Patrick’s a “comedian” though really, he isn’t THAT good of one. People such as Richard “The Dick” Coughlan (Coughlan616/000) and Terroja Lee Kincaid (TheAmazingAtheist) have taken him on when necessary on issues such as restaurants selling Halal meat and the whole fiasco with the Islamic Cultural Centre to be built near Ground Zero, respectfully.

  • sasanid
  • Franczeska

    There’s no excuse for killing innocent people. Ever.

  • Solid Snake

    who the hell is Pat Condell, thought he was just another JW or Atlas Shrugs grunt…didnt know he was a well known loon…they all sound the same anyway

  • Elmo

    Islam should not be blamed for the Toulouse shootings, writes the Telegraph’s Ed West.

    It’s easy to get it wrong because so many of the world’s varied extremists, whatever their motivation and however much they might hate each other, focus their anger and loathing on similar targets – the state, the city, modernity, capitalism, and the one group who embody all these complicating, unsettling changes in the minds of lonely, failed young men – Jews. People often make the wrong call because that’s what they want to believe, because it fits into their narrative. The recent shootings in Toulouse are a case in point.

    Many people kill in the name of jihad but they do not represent Islam or Muslims, the vast majority of whom will be horrified by the Toulouse killings. It is not religion that turns some young Muslim men in the West violent, but the sense of alienation and frustration that inevitably comes from being a second-generation immigrant.

    Islam FORBIDS the killing of innocents:

    Volume 004, Book 052, Hadith Number 257.

    Narrated By ‘Abdullah : During some of the Ghazawat of the Prophet a woman was found killed. Allah’s Apostle disapproved the killing of women and children.

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  • KnowingTheTruth

    Wow looks like my two favourite Right-Wing nutjobs Pamela Geller and Pat Condell are commenting here. But anyways as for that shooter, yeah great job for making us look bad. I guess to make your point for the suffering of the Palestinians was to kill random people. It’s Muslims like you that get the rest of us a lot of hate and make people like Geller and Condell very happy. I hope you rot in jail you idiot. You are no different then the people who kill the Palestinians.

  • crow

    Wow indeed, at your stupidity, what is the West doing? Waging two unjust wars in Muslim countries, you see civilians getting milkier by bombings or at checkpoints or you have soldier’s who think they can kill civilians for “revenge” like in Haditha, ir kilcivilians for sport or kill civilians because they “snapped” What is the West and Israel doing now? trying to lie people into a war with Iran. You are surely a fool if you don’t think someone who is fanatical or someone who thinks it would be “helping” the people in the occupied countries to strike back at the occupiers civilians. Of course you tipped your hand and let us know you’re a bigot by. putting Islamaphobia in quotes, that would be like me saying”antanti-semitism” doesn’t mean it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exsist. Glad I could clear that up for you

  • anil

    “What will be missing from all this is the fact that as long as wars of occupation, daily bombing and hate-mongering persist against Muslim majority nations you can rest assured that you will create more Mohammed Merah’s.”

    With this statement, you are actually justifying ‘islamophobia.’ What this statement means is that if there is a war fought by a non-muslim country against an muslim country, anybody from that community will start killing innocents in the non-muslim country. WOW!!!!!

  • Sulayman

    mjasghar, I disagree with your analysis, it has nothing to do with borders, India recognises Pakistan as a country,

    The religious extremism in Pakistan is not confined to the borders. Why did al qaeda set up shop there, and not in Iran? and why is the country becoming radicalised as Saudi money pours in? Do not lie,

    The same is happening in Sudan, Al qaeda fucked up Sudan, then like cowards fled to aFghnaistan and Pakistan, where Salafi ideology permeates. Why did they not go to Uzbekistan or Iran or Malaysia?

  • mjasghar

    BTW pat condelll
    i’ve not noticed you’ve stopped having a go at other religions and are focusing on Islam. Do you have the balls to say UK courts should stop using Jewish law as well as Shariah? I doubt it. Another atheistiic coward who has jumped on the antiislam money train.
    What’s ironic is these nutjobs are being funded by chrisitan fundamentalists at 2nd or 3rd remove

  • mjasghar

    please don’t make blanket statements about Pakistan when you have no idea about the country.
    Pakistan is in a constant 50 odd year sub-war with India over Kashmir – the territory is divided by a line of control so in effect they have never agreed a peace over it, only a cease-fire.
    From it’s beginning Pakistan was set up to fail by the British so that India could invade as a police action as they did in Hyderabad and eventually tried to in Sri Lanka. So Pakistan has always to look to the east and just doesn’t have the resources to police its afghan border.
    Heck, even the British never controlled that area properly. The Afghans and US have no real control on their side either. If you go there or see pictures you realise why, it is so desolate and full of sneaky passes that are 1 person on foot only. It’s very easy to slip through.
    Because of India’s market power, there is no pressure on them to solve the Kashmir issue, so you have muslims oppressed by non-muslims and the world doing nothing about it : sound familiar eg. Chechnya, Palestine.
    Any surprise that those are the same places where locals resort to paramilitary style warfare.
    Nearly all pakistanis are liberal in their faith – if they were salafi would you have durbars, qawwali, ghazals etc.? No you wouldn’t. If anything this extremist have killed 1000s of Pakistanis in bomb blasts and shooting sprees such as the red mosque debacle.
    So I suggest you stop spouting ***P about a country when you know next to nothing about it.

  • Sulayman


    The reality is you need to explain a) why you accuse the Saudis of something that Qur’an itself says (about the Jews and Christians, you want them NOT to translate it?)

    No, the Quran doesn’t say Jews and Christians are pigs and apes, the translations by Salafi scholars do say that, that is what I meant. Those translations are rejected by the majority of Ulema, again you didn’t address the points I raised.

    Why are the majority of Muslims against Salafi interpretations? You are misguided and misinformed.

    Learn before opening your mouth.

    Compare the Quran translated by Mohsin Khan, to a generally accepted translation. He inserts lots of things that traditionally Islam never accepted nor believed.

  • Sulayman

    Snoman and others here who have not heard of this, where Al Rasoon warned against Najd.

    We are living through this period today, with the rise of Salafi extremists, call them Wahabites, khwarijites, or any other name Snoman, the fact is Al Rasool (PBUH) clearly warned about them.

    It is my belief these people will destroy the Ummah.

    Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: The Prophet (s)said, “O Allah! Bestow Your blessings on our Sham! O Allah! Bestow Your blessings on our Yemen.” The People said, “And also on our NAJD.” He said, “O Allah! Bestow Your blessings on our Sham (north)! O Allah! Bestow Your blessings on our Yemen.” The people said, “O Allah’s Apostle! And also on our NAJD.” I think the third time the Prophet (s) said, “There (in NAJD) is the place of earthquakes and afflictions and from there comes out the side of the head of Satan.” Sahi Bukhari (Book #88, Hadith #214)

    It can be deduced from the above Hadith that Najd is neither blessed nor a good place but one of Fitna and Evil. Najd has been deprived of the prayers of the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam) and therefore Najd has the seal of misery and misfortune and hoping for any good from there is going against the Will of Allah.


  • Benjamin Taghiov

    In what way is the world “islamified”, Pat? I’d really want to know how the “islamification” works. Does it surreptitiously merge with the Western culture, to eventually (intentionally) subvert it?

    That would be a substantial task indeed. A primary covenant amongst the malicious muslim community, en masse. Sort of how the Jews contrived and undiscernedly uncrowned the Arian state, culture and corporate enterprise?

    Pure slander! Bullshit… as we say in Swedish: skitsnack.

  • Sulayman

    Snoman, it doesn’t bother you that nearly all extremists claim to be salafis/ they have killed more Muslims than they have Christians and Jew,s they also whip up hate against secular and Shia Muslims.

    Do not be an apologist, they are destroying the Ummah.

    Al Rasool (PBUH) warned that a nation would rise out of the Nejd that would be a disgrace to Islam, and he (PBUH) warned us AGAINST extremism.

  • Sulayman


    I didnt’ say Salafi’s, I said Salafi ideology.

    Why don’t you respond to what I said. The British govt. recently got the King Fahd Academy to rid itself of books which called Christians and jEWS PIGS AND APGES.

    Address this point, instead of pretending i’m smearing all Salafi’s. Of course not all Salafis murder at will. But I didn’t say that. I said cERTAIN Salafi’s do teach this, and it is widely propogated.

    To put it another way.

    Where did extremism in once secular Pakistan come from? and Sudan? and Afghanistan? Thse 3 countries along with mosques in the West are the biggest recipients of Saudi aid,

  • crow

    It is sites like free republic jihadwatch and Pam shrugs that allow fascists to smear all those who have legitimatr concerns about endless war, brutal occupation, and the endless murdering of children. It allows for fascism to spread like lice over the globe.

  • Sabhanak Yarabi

    @Truth Hurts: “These children are in Jannah (Paradise) now”

    Jannah or Jahenim? The Quran says Jews go to Jannah when they die? Just like Muslims?

  • Pat Condell

    This site is simply a platform for Islamofascist and their leftist enablers to smear all those with legitimate concerns about Islam. It is sites like this that allow the Islamification of the globe to persist.

  • Isa

    A tragic, strange story indeed. I am just praying for the families of the people whose lives were cut tragically short, as well as those people themselves. When I saw the picture of the people at the Jewish school, crying, my heart broke. There have already been too many school shootings in my country (U.S.), and it’s just not right that kids go to school one morning, only to find a gunmen on the loose, firing at random “targets”, who are just props in his mind; not even real people.

    The following quote reminded me of something Scott Atran said about how many Muslim terrorists are made:

    “He didn’t really go to the mosque, he seemed more likely to meet people in obscure flats.”

    One of the “key” components that make Muslim youth into terrorists, he said, was religious isolation. Most of these young men rarely, if ever, went to the Mosque or spent time in the Muslim community. They preferred to hang out with a select-few buddies, playing soccer, watching propaganda “Jihadi” videos on the internet, web-forums, to the point that a worldview was created through this isolation. The reverse was also true; the more time spent inside the Muslim community coincided with less “Islamic inspired” terrorism!

  • Truth Hurts

    A POSITIVE start from recent evil acts (i.e. killing CHILDREN)could be made if we all as human beings irrespective of partisan bias(whether it be tribal/national/ethnic/ideological/sectarian/religious or other difference) UNITE & blanket condemn the ACTIONS.

    No ideology/paradigm justifies killing children, EVER.

    It is far easier to indulge in mutual fingerpointing & raise all kinds of apologetics.

    If we can unite on this point, forget about adults, than we have moved forward.

  • Snoman

    Whats the difference between what Pat Condell says about Muslims and what you say about Salafis, Sulyman?

  • mp11

    @Pat Condell

    Just to be clear, are you so far gone that you think Islam teaches Muslims to shoot random little girls in the head?

    I also wonder what you thought about the Norway shooting? let me guess, a crazy nutjob on drugs?

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