French Jihadi Network That Groomed Bataclan Killer on Trial

PARIS (AP) -
Police officers patrol near the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Thursday, March 17, 2016, as French lawmakers leading an investigation into the Nov. 13 terror attacks and some of the first responders at the Bataclan concert hall that night returned Thursday to re-enact the horror that left a total of 130 people dead across Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Police officers patrol near the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on March 17, as French lawmakers lead an investigation into last year’s terror attacks. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The jihadi terror network that recruited and groomed one of the suicide attackers in the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris is on trial this week.

Defendants include the brother of Foued Mohamed-Aggad, who joined the Islamic State terror group in December 2013 and went on to help carry out the attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead. Karim Mohamed-Aggad returned to France along with six others in the group from the eastern French city of Strasbourg. Two in the group of 10 died.

The men insist they went to Syria for humanitarian reasons and were forced to join Islamic State as one thing after another went wrong with their journey. All returned to France within three months and were arrested in May 2014.