Mohamed Merah, the alleged murderer of Toulouse was last year at a Salafi conference held in Catalonia. State Information Services alerted France counterparts about the visit and now the Spanish police are looking for what kind of connections and relationships Merah had with Spanish and European Salafists.
Islamist experts now insist that Al Qaeda is not a movement but an ideology. Omar Bakri had also warned a year and a half ago in Tripoli during an interview with the Spanish news chain SER, “Open dialogue with Al Qaeda before it is too late, said Bakri. Al Qaeda is a phenomenon in which many people believe and you’d be surprised to know how many non Muslim people in Europe support Al Qaeda. People in Europe have not chosen to live in terror and Al Qaeda continues to spread it and continues to do what Islam brands: protect all Muslims from invasions “.
Bakri provides other data that was confirmed by the Western Information Services: the increase of the number of non-Muslims Salafis. They are converts who moved the objectives of Al Qaeda into their places of origin: United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and Germany.
The alleged murderer of Toulouse, Mohamed Merah, had French nationality but many Salafists marry nationals to obtain residence in parts of Europe. This is another of the modus-operandi that jihadists use to enter a country. The matter is concerning Spanish authorities as all Salafi leaders resident in Spain have permanent residence and work permit until 2014 because they married with Spanish women. The Minister of Interior is considering not renewing these residence permits and has already submitted several negative reports to the Ministry of Justice about permit renewal solicitations.
 Omar Bakri Mohammed, the radical cleric banned from Britain for glorifying terrorism; once nicknamed the Tottenham Ayatollah. http://www.canada.com/news/Radical+cleric+Omar+Bakri+Mohammed+threatens+Syria+with+wave+suicide+bombs/6051523/story.html
News Agencies – March 28, 2012
A young man who claimed responsibility for France’s worst terror attacks in years will be buried Thursday in a Muslim cemetery near the southern city where he was killed in gunfight with police, religious leaders said. Burying Mohamed Merah is a sensitive issue for both his native France and his father’s native Algeria.
His father wanted him buried in a family plot in Algeria. Merah’s body was brought to the airport in the city of Toulouse, and his mother had been expecting to accompany it to Algiers on a flight later in the day. But Abdallah Zekri of the French Muslim Council, or CFCM, told The Associated Press that Algerian authorities refused for “reasons of public order.” Zekri had been liaising with Algerian authorities in Toulouse. Instead, Merah will be buried at the Muslim cemetery in Cornebarrieu, near Toulouse, Zekri said.
News Agencies – March 24 2012
Dozens of French Muslims are training with the Taliban in northwestern Pakistan, raising fears of future attacks following the shooting deaths of seven people in southern France allegedly by a man who spent time in the region, Pakistani intelligence officials claim.
Authorities are investigating whether Mohamed Merah, the Frenchman of Algerian descent who is suspected of killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three French paratroopers in Toulouse this month, was among the training group. Merah was killed in a dramatic gunfight with police after a 32-hour standoff at his Toulouse apartment. The 23-year-old former auto body worker traveled twice to Afghanistan in 2010 and to Pakistan in 2011, and said he trained with al-Qaida in the Pakistani militant stronghold of Waziristan.
Approximately 85 Frenchmen have been training with the Pakistani Taliban in the North Waziristan tribal area for the past three years, according to the intelligence officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Most of the men have dual nationality with France and North African countries.
Following the shootings at a Jewish school in Toulouse last Monday and the subsequent killing of the Muslim gunman, an al-Qaeda sympathiser, the Central Council of Muslims in Germany expressed their sympathy for the victims’ families and friends. At the same time, the Head of the Council, Aiman Mazyek, compared the attacks to the right-wing extremist group NSU in Germany and expressed his concern that the events may encourage copycats. He called on the police to increase the surveillance of Islamic centres and institutions.
News Agencies – March 22, 2012
French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says her anti-Islam agenda has been vindicated: A French Muslim claiming ties to Al Qaeda has taken responsibility for the country’s worst killing spree in years. The spectre of radical Islam’s grip on France has threatened to overturn France’s presidential race, in which Socialist Francois Hollande has long been the pollster’s favourite to unseat the divisive conservative president, Nicolas Sarkozy. Le Pen, the No. 3 candidate in polls, said France must “wipe out” the Islamist threat, saying it has been minimized by authorities. Sarkozy has borrowed from Le Pen’s playbook in campaigning for the presidential election on April 22 and its expected runoff May 6, with talk of halving immigration and lamenting widespread availability of halal meat.
A poll released Thursday suggested that Sarkozy may benefit politically from the horror of recent days. The survey by CSA suggested Sarkozy would slightly dominate the first round of voting in April but lose to Hollande in the May runoff by 36 per cent to 45 per cent. That was the smallest spread yet and the highest score for Sarkozy so far for polls by CSA in this campaign.
Support for Le Pen was notably down. The poll was conducted Monday and Tuesday, after a rabbi and three children were shot dead at a Jewish school but before details about the suspect Merah emerged. A total of 1,003 people were questioned by telephone.
Mohammed Moussaoui, president of the CFCM, an umbrella group for French Muslims, said what the suspect has done “is the very negation of … Islam.” The powerful Muslim organization UOIF asked all citizens “not to succumb to the panic of stigmatizing Muslims, which feeds Islamophobia.” In the case of Le Pen, it may already be too late. “We have underestimated, I think, the rise of radical Islam in our country,” Le Pen said. “We didn’t want to see it, out of weakness or for electoral reasons, that recruiting is going on in our neighbourhoods by political-religious groups.”
News Agencies – November 23, 2011
A 23 year-old man was shot in the street in the Reynerie neighborhood of Toulouse, France. Several people were arrested. There was a lot of tension in Reynerie after the death of the young man, executed with 9mm bullets in the middle of the street. Samir Chorfi, a resident of the neighborhood known to the police, was mortally wounded by several bullets and died in hospital. Large police forces were deployed to control the crowd.
Local residents are shocked and concerned about the increasing violence. “We do not want our children to die in our neighborhoods”. In order to calm the situation, a loudspeaker broadcast passages from the Qur’an.
News Agencies – November 26, 2010
A practice teacher in Tournefeuille, near Toulouse, refused to remove her headscarf when teaching to primary public school children and has been fired. The young woman whose identity has not been released is a recent convert to Islam and has demonstrated no intention to appeal the decision. She has two months to fight the ruling with the administrative tribunal of the school. The school’s principal told Le Figaro that he believes this is the first firing of a teacher for refusal to remove the headscarf when teaching. He added that the law was clear and easily enforced.
Le Monde reports that a greater number of Muslim parents are seeking to educate their children in confessional schools. Three Muslim schools have been announced, one in Montigny-le-Bretonneux (with 29 students), another in Marseille (with approximately 40 students) and a third in Toulouse (with 30 students registered).
Eight months in prison with a fine of 1,000 Euros was requested in Orl_ans as punishment for a 26 year-old who threatened to kill Robert Redeker, a philosophy professor who on 19 September 2006 published a critique against Islam in the Le Figaro daily newspaper. Mustapha Dian, the young Frenchman of Moroccan origins, sent three emails to Redeker who lives in the Toulouse region.
Five suspected radical Islamists who allegedly trained in hopes of joining the Iraqi insurgency were held for questioning in southern France. Seven other men went on trial in Paris on Wednesday suspected of involvement in an al-Qaeda recruitment network also aimed at Iraq. Seven people were taken into custody in the cities of Toulouse, Montpellier and Carcassonne; two of those picked up were subsequently released. Police have alleged that some French youths with North African-roots may be traveling to Iraq via Algeria and Morocco.