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Report: Why ISIS' plan for an even bigger Paris attack failed


The ISIS bombings in Paris were horrifying. But if all had gone according to ISIS' plan, they would have been even deadlier, according to a CNN report.

ISIS documents acquired by CNN show two operatives were set to reach Paris, but never made it. The two operatives, Adel Haddadi and Muhammad Usman, never even learned each other's real names, which experts say is a sign that ISIS is growing more sophisticated in how it carries out attacks.

The two planned to enter France by posing as refugees.

Haddadi and Usman were delayed at a border crossing, when Greek officials saw their fake Syrian passports and held them for a month. This delayed them from joining the Paris attacks.

The documents also show ISIS relying heavily on messaging apps like Viber, Telegram and WhatsApp, largely because they allow for encryption.

"Encrypted messaging groups have the potential to revolutionize terror plot planning by allowing entire cells to coordinate in real time without compromising themselves," CNN terror analyst Paul Cruickshank said.

...In the recent weeks, several of them, individuals who carry out individual attacks ...were coming back from Syria using the same route.
Jean-Charles Brisard, terror expert, to CNN

Experts believe while these terrorists were unsuccessful in using the refugee route to get to Europe, ISIS will continue to use the refugee route strategically. 

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