March 21, 2016

TSG IntelBrief: The Capture of Paris Attacker Salah Abdelslam

• The March 18 capture of the sole known living perpetrator of the November 2015 Paris attacks is a noteworthy intelligence and law enforcement accomplishment

• Salah Abdelslam will be able to provide details not just on the Paris plot, but also on existing networks that may be plotting future attacks

• Among the issues investigators will focus on are the specifics of how the Islamic State smuggles its operatives into Europe

• Abdelslam was able to avoid capture for four months in his own neighborhood, demonstrating the significance of contained and loyal social networks in terrorism.