The mastermind behind the Paris terror attacks was identified Monday as an ISIS fighter from Belgium who is also tied to the recent failed attack on a high-speed European train and a plot against a French church.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, grew up the child of Moroccan immigrants in Brussels’ Molenbeek district — infamous as a hotbed of Islamic extremism — before joining ISIS and embracing its war against the West.
“All my life, I have seen the blood of Muslims flow,” he said in a 2014 video. “I pray that Allah will break the backs of those who oppose him, his soldiers and admirers, and that he will exterminate them.”
Abaaoud even convinced his then-13-year-old brother, Younes, to join him in Syria, where the teen became one of ISIS’s youngest fighters and was featured in the terror group’s propaganda magazine, Dabiq.
Grisly photos and videos from Syria also show Abaaoud and fellow ISIS fighters loading bloody corpses onto a pickup truck.
“Before we towed Jet Skis, motorcycles, quad bikes, big trailers filled with gifts for vacation in Morocco,” he says into the camera in one video. “Now, thank God, following God’s path, we’re towing apostates, infidels who are fighting us.”
A French official said Abaaoud was tied to the August attack on a Paris-bound train that was foiled by three Americans, as well as another failed plan to target a suburban church outside the French capital.