Islamic State Claims Khalid and Ibrahim El-Bakraoui Were Organizers of Paris and Brussels Attacks

Pieter Van Ostaeyen | The Wall Street Journal (US) |

EFD Visiting Fellow Pieter Van Ostaeyen is mentioned in an article published by The Wall Street Journal on the organizers of the Brussels and Paris attacks. According to Van Ostaeyen it is unlikely that “the Bakraoui brothers had the operational knowledge.” He adds “they could have helped easily in providing the weapons, as they were hardened criminals, but I don’t see them capable of organizing all of this.”


The article can be read here.

About Pieter Van Ostaeyen

Pieter Van Ostaeyen studied Medieval History with a specialisation in the history of the Crusades (KULeuven 1999) and Arabic and Islamic Studies, focusing on the history of Salah ad-Din al-Ayyubi and the Assassins (KULeuven 2003). He has been analysing the conflict in Syria since the outset in 2011. In 2012 he began reporting on foreign fighters and extremist groups such as Jabhat an-Nusra, Ahrar as-Sham, Jund al-Aqsa and The Islamic State. In 2015 he published his first book 'From the Crusades to the Caliphate' ('Van Kruistochten tot Kalifaat') with Pelckmans.

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