The terrifying video is titled “Kill Them Wherever You Meet Them”. For about fifteen endless minutes, these images of claim and propaganda were projected on Friday in the courtroom of the trial of the November 13 attacks. Daesh video, broadcast via the Telegram messaging application on January 24, 2016, it features nine of the perpetrators of the attacks in front of the Stade de France, at the Bataclan and on Parisian terraces and restaurants.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the November 13, 2015 attacks the next morning in an audio message, also broadcast to the audience, but Daesh waited for investigators to identify and neutralize the last suicide bomber, Chakib Akrouh, to broadcast its video. “The images have been redacted from the most unbearable scenes” but “the video remains shocking”, warns the commissioner of the anti-terrorism sub-directorate of the judicial police who testifies under the name of “SDAT99”.
“Kill the disbelievers”
The images are indeed unbearable and make you nauseous. We see, separately, the nine jihadists of the November 13 commandos. Dressed in beige military fatigues, armed with knives or automatic weapons, long hair sticking out of their woolen caps, “the nine lions of the caliphate”, as Daesh calls them, threaten to “kill the disbelievers”, promise to do ” shed blood ”.
Walk the talk, they coldly execute hostages in orange jumpsuits on their knees in front of them. The image stops dead when the dagger grazes the throat or the weapon lands on the neck of an unfortunate man. The jihadists chant, with difficulty, texts of hatred. According to the investigator, these propaganda images were shot “during the summer of 2015”. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, operational chief of the commandos, appears on the video but is not in fatigues, nor outside.
“At the time of filming, explains the investigator, Abaaoud was already in Europe”. “We are already at your place to slaughter you.” You are hated. You send your fighter planes, we send our fighters, ”he shouts at the address of France. His words are disjointed and even incoherent. “We will fight you to the foot of the Eiffel Tower”, proclaims another member of the commandos, gun in hand. Brahim Abdeslam, brother of Salah Abdeslam, is also seen practicing shooting. Unlike the other protagonists in the video, Brahim Abdeslam, does not speak. Still on the run at the time of the broadcast, Salah Abdeslam does not appear at any time.
The trail of an “eighth man”
But if Daesh thus sought to protect its own people not yet arrested or neutralized by the police, it is making mistakes. The audio of the attacks has thus put the police on the trail of an “eighth man”. Seven suicide bombers detonated their explosive belt or were killed on the evening of November 13, but the message of demand disseminated spoke of “eight lions unleashed”, underlines the investigator.
This audio tape is just as terrifying as the video. We hear the brothers Fabien and Jean-Michel Clain greet the attacks in “the capital of abominations and perversion”. “Eight brothers, carrying explosives belts and armed with assault rifles, took as targets places carefully chosen in advance in the French capital,” said Fabien Clain in a clear voice. His brother Jean-Michel chants “anasheed” (a cappella song): “Advance, advance, without ever retreating, without ever surrendering, undefeated warriors, sword in hand, you kill them”…
In the silent courtroom the voices of the Clain brothers – probably dead in Syria and tried by default – continue their litany. The Clains welcome an attack that killed “200 crusaders” and injured “hundreds more”. “The French will continue to feel the gaze of death […]. This attack is only the beginning of the storm ”… In the petrified room, a woman weeps.