Richard Barrett Quoted on NBC News: French Church Attack: How Should Known Jihadis Be Tracked?
August 1, 2016

French Church Attack: How Should Known Jihadis Be Tracked?

NBC News
By: Alastair Jamieson and Michele Neubert


France is facing questions over its monitoring of extremists after both of the attackers who slit the throat of an elderly priest were known to authorities – including a teen who twice tried to wage jihad in Syria.

Adel Kermiche, 19, was intercepted and arrested as he traveled to fight alongside ISIS using family members’ identity documents two times last year.

He was put under house arrest in his hometown of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, Normandy, with an electronic surveillance ankle bracelet after a judge freed him, terror prosecutor Francois Molins said…

“Many of the people who have been most successful in undermining the terrorist narrative are themselves ex-extremists,” Richard Barrett, a former terror chief at British intelligence services MI5 and MI6, told The Guardian newspaper…


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