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A senior Turkish official made it clear yesterday that while his isn’t trying to pin blame on anyone, his government notified the French twice about one of the attackers.
The terrorists name was Ismael Omar Mostefai, one of the suicide bombers in Friday’s attack and the Turkish shared their concerns with France in both December of 2014 and June of 2015.
“This is not a time to play the blame game, but we are compelled to share (this) information to shed light on (Mostefai’s) travel history, (His) case clearly establishes that intelligence sharing and effective communication are crucial to counterterrorism efforts,” said the official.
As the west ramps up their offensives against ISIS, they will surely have to take these warnings more seriously.
From Business Insider:
BELEK, Turkey — Turkey notified France in both December 2014 and June 2015 about one of the attackers in suicide bombings and shootings in Paris that killed more than 130 people, a senior Turkish government official said on Monday.
Turkey received an information request from France about Ismael Omar Mostefai only after Friday’s attacks, the Turkish official said. Mostefai entered Turkey in 2013, but there was no record of his leaving, the official said.
Mostefai, 29, from Chartres, southwest of Paris, is the only attacker to have formally been named by the police in France. He was identified by the print from one of his fingers that was severed when his suicide vest exploded.
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