Increasingly the truth is smashing every idiotic media spin on the devout Muslim who killed those Jewish children and French paratroopers in cold blood. More proof of the global jihad that my colleagues and I have been religiously reporting on (pun intended). Merah the Muslim soldier traveled to Israel, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Jordan. It was doubtful that Merah paid his own way: "too many arms, too many trips, too much money."
In each country, Merah met and conspired with Muslim supremacists whose goal is to destroy Western civilization, conquer the infidel, and install a universal caliphate. Millions upon millions of ......"lone gunmen" across the world.
Toulouse gunman Mohammed Merah had links to Islamic extremists in Britain Daily Mail
The Al Qaeda gunman who shot dead seven people in France was in touch with British Islamic extremists as recently as last year, security sources in Paris said yesterday.
Mohammed Merah, 23, who was killed when police commandos stormed his flat in Toulouse last week, is said to have met UK-based jihadists on a visit to Afghanistan. His codename – ‘Youssef Toulouse’ – was passed to British security agents.
The disclosures came as the girlfriend of one of Merah’s victims said she intended to marry her partner in a posthumous ceremony.
Network: 23-year-old killer Mohammed Merah, who is said to have met with UK jihadists in Afghanistan
Caroline Monet, 21, has been given presidential permission to wed 25-year-old Corporal Abel Chennouf, who was shot dead at a cash machine in the town of Montauban, near Toulouse, this month.
Merah’s brother Abdelkader, 29, and his 30-year-old wife, who has not been named, face charges of ‘conspiracy to commit terrorist acts’.
Abdelkader has boasted of feeling ‘very proud’ of his brother, who killed three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers.
Loyal: Corporal Abel Chennouf, left, was shot dead by Merah. His girlfriend Caroline Money, right, has been given permission to wed him posthumously
Merah had been tracked by French authorities since he broke out of an Afghan prison in 2008. He worked as a mechanic in France, but returned to the Middle East to train with the Taliban. He is thought to have gone to Pakistan in 2010 and reached the Afghan capital Kabul that November. He was picked up by US security agents and sent back to France.
Detectives believe Merah and his brother, an international terrorist suspect, were involved in two Islamist organisations, Forsane Alizza (The Knights of Pride) and Al Qaeda splinter group Jund al-Khilafah.
A security source in Paris said: ‘Not only were members of these groups in touch with British jihadists while in Europe, they would also have met them in Afghanistan.’
Boast: Abdelkader Merah, shown during his arrest by French officers, faces terrorism charges alongside his wife. He has said he is proud of his killer younger brother
One of the groups was formed with the aim of targeting Western interests in Europe and sending recruits to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It was a ‘structured organisation’ that maintained links with similar networks in Britain, the source said. In 2009 several of its members were found guilty of terror-related offences.
The French authorities are facing growing criticism over Merah, a known fundamentalist who was on the US no-fly list and had attended an Al Qaeda training camp, being left to carry out his crimes.
An autopsy found that he had 22 bullets in his body after being shot outside his council flat.