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2 Iraqis involved in Paris attacks

media The Bataclan concert hall after the November 13 attacks REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The Islamic State group claimed on Tuesday that two of the jihadists behind the Paris attacks on November 13 were Iraqi. The claims were in the latest issue of its magazine Dabiq.The last page of the issue, which was distributed via online jihadist forums, is a photo montage headlined "Just Terror".

It shows the photographs of nine men in fatigues, set in typically stylised fashion against a landscape picture of Paris in black and white.

Two of them are identified as Iraqi.

Among the men pictured is Abdelhamid Abaaoud, identified by his nom de guerre Abu Umar al-Baljiki, or Abu Umar the Belgian.

Prosecutors have named him as an alleged planner of the November 13 attacks that killed 130 people and sent shockwaves across the world.

Abaaoud was killed in a shootout with French police days after the bloodiest attacks to hit Europe since the Madrid train bombings in 2004.

The two men identified as Iraqis are named only as Ukashah al-Iraqi and Ali al-Iraqi.

No other information has been revealed.

Repeated calls have been issued for witnesses to come forward to identify the men involved in the attacks, but as yet no one has come forward.

Investigators believe the passports did not actually belong to the attackers.

 

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