PARIS — He is the silent survivor of the man Islamic State cell that terrorized Paris in November , refusing all pleas to shed light on the attack that killed people in the French capital or the one in Belgium four days after his arrest. After spending nearly three years jailed in isolation, Salah Abdeslam is set to go on trial Monday in his hometown of Brussels for a police shootout that he himself fled.
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The man who covered for his getaway with a spray of automatic gunfire died. Four days later, Islamic State suicide attackers struck again, this time at the Brussels airport and subway. In all, that sprawling network of IS fighters killed people in the two European capitals.
Most of the extremists were French speakers, raised in one of the cities they struck.
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Abdeslam, who along with his brother was suspected of dealing drugs from the bar they ran, is the starkest example of that convergence. But in Paris, the trial of three men accused of giving safe haven to the attackers also provides a revealing look at the intersection that made possible two of the deadliest terror attacks in Europe since World War II. The operational commander of the cell was Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a petty criminal who used his home neighborhood of Molenbeek in Brussels as a fertile recruiting ground for IS.
Abaaoud even recruited his year-old brother.
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When the night of carnage in Paris — Nov. Abdeslam called friends in Brussels to drive through the night and pick him up. Abaaoud also called his cousin, Hasna Ait Belkacem, who lived in a suburb of Paris and vacillated between hard-line Islam and even harder drug use. She was happy to help.
She called her dealer. He called another dealer. In the pre-dawn hours of Nov.
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