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The Hunt for Hayat Boumeddiene

Posted on | January 10, 2015 | 70 Comments

“The Charlie magazine team deserved what they got. Many warnings have been given before, but they were persistent. They had the freedom to use cartoons in their magazine, and we have the freedom to use bullets from our magazines. . . . The lions of Jihad have stood. The followers of Muhammad — peace be upon him — have never forgotten. As Sheikh Anwar Rahimahullah put it: The Dust Will Never Settle Down. Do not look for links or affiliation with Jihadi fronts. It is enough they are Muslims. They are Mujahideen. This is the Jihad of the Ummah.”
Al-Qaeda message reported by the Intercept

Authorities in France continued searching Saturday for Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, the wife of Islamic terrorist Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed by police Friday in Paris. Coulibaly killed four people and took more than a dozen hostages at a kosher market in the Porte de Vincennes neighborhood, one of the city’s main Jewish communities. Coulibaly was an accomplice of brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, Muslim terrorists who killed a dozen people in the Charlie Hebdo massacre Wednesday.

A report (translation added) from the French magazine Le Point:

Amedy Coulibaly et Hayat Boumediene ont été vus dans Paris ensemble jeudi dans la soirée, la veille de la prise d’otages, a-t-on appris samedi de source proche de l’enquête.

(Amedy Coulibaly and Hayat Boumediene were seen in Paris together Thursday night, the eve of the hostage-taking, a source close to the investigation said Saturday. . . .)

Hayat Boumediene, est recherchée dans l’enquête sur la fusillade mortelle de jeudi matin à Montrouge (Hauts-de-Seine), mais les enquêteurs n’excluent pas qu’elle ait pu “avoir un rôle logistique” dans la fusillade et la prise d’otages près de la Porte de Vincennes, selon cette source.
“Elle ne figure pas parmi les personnes décédées ou blessées lors de la prise d’otages et de l’assaut”, a expliqué une source proche du dossier.

(Hayat Boumediene is sought in the investigation into the fatal shooting [of police officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe] Thursday morning in Montrouge (Hauts-de-Seine), but investigators do not exclude that she could “have a logistical role” in [Coulibaly’s] shooting and hostage taking near the Porte de Vincennes, the source said. “She is not among the dead or injured during the hostage-taking and assault,” explained a source close to the case. . . .)

Des liens “constants et soutenus” existaient au travers de leurs compagnes entre Chérif Kouachi, l’un des auteurs de l’attaque de Charlie Hebdo, et Amedy Coulibaly, le preneur d’otages de Paris, a indiqué vendredi soir le procureur de Paris François Molins. . . .
L’épouse de Chérif Kouachi, Izzana Hamyd, est depuis mercredi en garde à vue. François Molins a révélé vendredi soir que l’examen de la téléphonie des suspects avait permis de déterminer que Mme Hamyd avait “passé plus de 500 appels sur l’année 2014 avec la compagne de Coulibaly”. Un chiffre qui est selon le haut magistrat “de nature à établir des liens constants et soutenus entre les deux couples”.

(There were “constant and sustained” links through their wives between Cherif Kouachi, one of the authors of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, and Amedy Coulibaly, the Paris hostage-taker, the prosecutor of Paris François Molins said Friday. . . . The wife of Cherif Kouachi, Izzana Hamyd, has been in custody since Wednesday. François Molins said Friday evening that a review of the suspects’ telephone records had determined that Ms. Hamyd had “spent more than 500 calls over the year 2014, with the wife of Coulibaly.” [The large number of phone calls] “establish consistent and sustained ties between the two couples.”)

Relatively little is known about Hayat Boumeddiene, who apparently was recruited to radical jihad by her husband:

Boumeddiene is believed to be of Algerian descent but changed her name to make it appear more French and reportedly worked as a cashier before being radicalised.
She and Coulibaly are believed to have married in a religious ceremony in 2009, which is not recognised in French law.
The 26-year-old reportedly lived in his apartment while he was in prison for his part in a plot to help Paris metro bomber Smain Ait Ali Belkacem escape.
During that time, he is believed to have met Cherif Kouachi. Both men and possibly Boumeddiene were avid followers of extremist Djamel Beghal. . . .
Beghal, a convicted terrorist who was once based at London’s Finsbury Park mosque, was jailed for plotting to bomb the American embassy in Paris and mentored Coulibaly and Cherif Kouachi, according to Le Monde. . . .
Boumeddiene was previously interviewed by French anti-terror police in 2010, it was reported, but it was unclear whether any action was taken against her.
During interrogation, she reportedly said she was inspired by her boyfriend and radicals she lived with to “read a lot of books on religion”.
“When I saw the massacre of the innocents in Palestine, in Iraq, in Chechnya, in Afghanistan or anywhere the Americans sent their bombers, all that . . . well, who are the terrorists?” she said, according to the Daily Mail.

You can read the Daily Mail report here. Boumeddiene’s views on U.S. policy were basically the same as any MSNBC viewer or Daily Kos contributor during the “Bush lied, people died” era. There was no fundamental disagreement between her and Keith Olbermann. The liberal Democrats who hate America and the foreign enemies who hate America only quarrel over why America is wrong, bad and evil. In the famous words of Jeanne Kirkpatrick, they always blame America first.





  • Quartermaster

    Chitlins and Rosie porn for eternity? God will just burn them. You’re far worse.


  • Art Deco

    Which point stands?

    You said something false, then you double down. If it’s not worth mentioning, why bring it up?

  • Art Deco

    Don’t you think that this recent demonstration of hard line
    fundamentalism is an indication that she and her coconspirators very
    likely fit my “caricature”?

    You think Mrs. Tsarnaev grew up in an environment where you’re ‘dictated to’ by father, brother, husband? Does that sound like the non-ethnic professional-managerial bourgeoisie of Providence, Rhode Island? (By the way, she’s supposedly living with her sister-in-law and not her mother and father, evidently still under the spell).

    You hear stories of prison inmates getting married to pen pals. Some women are attracted to criminal types. Sad but true.

  • Fail Burton

    I got it. The Act of Settlement never occurred and George was a Catholic. You forgot the mayo on your pedant sandwich or to tell other real and actual scholars how wrong they are. Don’t reply to my comments until you learn to read and think. I am not a tutor.

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  • gothamette

    “Well, this kind of vituperation is simply unnecessary.”

    Yes. Also, juvenile and….stupid.

  • gothamette

    Yes, and in some of the “alt-right” are back to their usual tricks, blaming Jews. They are charging that Charlie Hebdo mocked Christianity and Islam but not Judaism, citing the example of Maurice Sine. This charge is false, as explained in this link:

    The Maurice Sine affair is best explained here:

    “His attackers point to a 1982 radio interview, shortly after a terrorist attack on Jews in central Paris, in which the cartoonist said: ‘Yes, I am anti-Semitic and I am not scared to admit it… I want all Jews to live in fear, unless they are pro-Palestinian. Let them die.’ Siné later apologised.”

    Saying this didn’t hurt Sine’s career one iota. He screwed up later because he said something that was flat out incorrect & got fired.

  • gothamette

    There are lots of girls in France “of Muslim origin” who don’t practice. In fact somewhere Houellebecq has spoken of them. They have many options. But not being religious involves cutting ties and going against parental dictates.

    “ity. She’s handsome.”

    I’d call her a reasonably pretty white French girl. She looks a bit drugged up in that pic. With makeup she’d be very striking.

  • K-Bob

    A lot of the alt types are people who recently jumped off the assumed liberal dominion. They retain their hatred of evil Republicans, but they are no longer happy with The Big Lie. They reflexively defend some aspects of big government, while claiming they are nearly anarchists. It’s difficult to have any sort of discussion with them.

    The Paul faction is somewhat swamped by them, even though these newbies have no understanding of the philosophy. Because they haven’t learned anything, the only ammunition in their intellectual quiver is playground-style taunts, claims that people are stupid, and of course, name-calling.

    The Jew hatred is common among the left and the neo-libertarians. Too many people think it’s basically “normal” and just fine to hate Christians and Jews.

  • K-Bob

    Yes, it is difficult, for the reasons you wrote. What I do is work extra hard to be more like Churchill and less like Bill Maher.

  • gothamette

    “A lot of the alt types are people who recently jumped off the assumed liberal dominion”

    I am not referring to these.

    I frankly prefer not to name names, but the ones I am referring to are paleoconservative, and Southern Nationalist.

    I used to read these guys out of amusement and curiosity. I really don’t want to, anymore. I’d need to fumigate my brain.

  • K-Bob

    Yeah, those types have always been around. They have journals with articles devoted to explaining why the concentration camps weren’t so bad. They use the determination that the prisoners had (to hold onto something good, no matter how difficult and desperate they were) as evidence that things like artwork created in those camps proved they had a nice little community going behind the walls.

    Some really sick stuff.

  • K-Bob

    The one on the far left is totally hot.

  • gothamette

    The Paleos have always been around but alt-right is new. Grey enlightenment, etc. They have a viciously anti-Semitic core and regard Kevin MacDonald as one of their mentors.

  • Bob Belvedere

    The Times was too busy back then parroting Joe Stalin’s Party Line.

  • Bob Belvedere

    And if the Left eventually does reach the breaking point, they’ll do what they always do is such a situation: overreact.

  • DeadMessenger

    Well…none of us are guaranteed even another minute of life, so perhaps not.

  • Daniel Freeman

    She looks a bit drugged up in that pic.

    I had the same reaction. I didn’t say anything, because maybe someone just woke her up and snapped a candid, but for some reason I was thinking “heroin”.

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