Months before Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris that killed more than 150 innocents and wounded hundreds more, jihadis in an ISIS-controlled town were overheard discussing a plot to infiltrate Paris, an undercover citizen journalist told Breitbart News.
An anti-Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) human rights activist for an organization based in Raqqa–the de facto Syrian headquarters of the terrorist organization–told Breitbart News on Saturday that earlier this year, he heard two ISIS jihadis discussing orders from a commander to commence a terrorist attack in France.
Tim Ramadan (an alias) of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently told Breitbart News he was in an Internet cafe in the ISIS-controlled city of Deir ez-Zor when he became aware of the conversation between the two men.
Ramadan said the jihadi, who was referred to as “Abu Ibrahim Belgian,” was discussing plans to infiltrate France with two different waves of combatants. “Two will be sent this month (February 2015) and two in May,” Ramadan recalls the militant saying, adding that they had been ordered to do so by an unnamed “commander.”
The men were not Caucasian and did not specify how they would get to France, only that there would be two separate departures of groups of two and that they would link up once both had arrived in Paris.
The conversation between the militants led the anti-ISIS group to warn on social media in late February:
Mr. Ramadan has fled Syria and has chosen to mask his identity due to the fact that ISIS is presently hunting down his family. He remains in the Middle East and runs the Sound and Picture group, an organization that is committed to documenting the atrocities ISIS commits.
The other organization he works with, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RSS), is a citizen journalism effort based in the heart of ISIS territory. RSS members seek to expose the horrific nature of the Islamic State. They have become a prime target for jihadis who seek to quash their reporting, as they are virtually the only access point to the outside world in the areas controlled by the terror group.
In late October, Islamic State terrorists beheaded two members of RSS. There remains only a dozen or so undercover citizen journalists in the area.
On Saturday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.
The goal is “to teach France, and all nations following its path, that they will remain at the top of Islamic State’s list of targets, and that the smell of death won’t leave their noses as long as they partake in their crusader campaign,” the terrorist group said in a statement.