Younes Tsouli was born in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1983. He learned as a boy in the secular college Saint-Exupéry before he left to Rabat, Morocco’s Capital, at the age of 16. According to his friends he dreamed to be an architect or a medicine doctor and was an undisciplined student. Younes Tsouli arrived to UK in 2001.
Younes Tsouli lived in West London and it is unclear how or when he committed himself to the Global Jihad. He expressed himself several times as wanting to go to fight in Iraq with Abu Musab al Zarqawi and was convinced by his friends that he is much more useful in his cyber activity in UK.
From early 2003 Younes Tsouli became the U.K Cyber cell ringleader and one of the most effective cyber terror inciters and Al Qaeda recruiter through the web. He distributed propaganda materials of Al Qaeda including sketches and recipes how to assemble home made bombs and detonate them in maximum efficiency. Younes Tsouli used in the web the nickname irhabi007 (in Arabic – terrorist 007, referring to James Bond) and began to be a real threat. Younes Tsouli was put under surveillance of the British security services MI5, as well as other security services over the world, from 02/2004.
Younes Tsouli had been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK only shortly before his arrest in London, in 10/21/2005, alongside Tariq Al-Daour and Waseem Mughal.
Younes Tsouli’s arrest came after Mirsad Bektasevic, a Swedish citizen from Bosnian descent, was arrested in a house near Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the house the Bosnian authority found 18kg of explosives, electrical wiring, timing devices, detonators, a suicide bomber's belt loaded with explosives and video prepared by Younes Tsouli and his two friends. He was also on the contact list on Mirsad Bektasevic’s computer. The findings led to his arrest few days later.
Investigators said Younes Tsouli was using stolen credit card numbers and identities to buy Web hosting services. According to data gathered by USA officials, Younes Tsouli and his two associates used at least 72 stolen credit card accounts to register more than 180 domains at 95 different Web hosting companies in the United States and Europe.
On 07/04/2007 Younes Tsouli was convicted for inciting Islamic terror attacks through the web and conducting a propaganda campaign for Al Qaeda. He admitted all the charges against him and was sentenced to 10 year imprisonment in UK.
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