Not closely enough, obviously. Why was he allowed to return to France after training with the Islamic State? The Islamic State is at war with France. Going there should be considered an act of treason, disqualifying one from returning to the country.
“French train ‘gunman’ named, as the humble hero who stopped him waves leaving hospital,” by Scott Campbell, Levi Winchester, Alix Culbertson, and Helen Barnett, Sunday Express, August 22, 2015 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
THE man suspected of being the crazed gunman who tried to open fire on a packed train has been named, as the hero who stopped him was seen leaving hospital.
Counter-terrorism experts have named the suspect as Ayoub El Khazzani, a 26-year-old Moroccan who has links to Islamic State and was being watched by French police.
Spencer Stone, the US Air Force serviceman who stopped him in his tracks, was today personally commended by President Barack Obama.
Mr Stone ran down the aisle of the Amsterdam to Paris train to tackle the would-be terrorist.
The US Air Force serviceman was injured in the hand as he came face to face with the AK-47 wielding attacker.
He waved quickly as he left the Lille hospital this evening, before slipping into a black car with diplomatic number plates.
President Obama telephoned Mr Stone along with US National Guard soldier Alek Skarlatos, 22, and Anthony Sadler, to congratulate them for their courage and quick action.
The American president wished Stone a full and speedy recovery, and expressed how proud all Americans are of their extraordinary bravery.
The group thwarted the Morrocan [sic] gunman’s attempts to take out the train passengers after hearing his loading his gun in the toilets.
The gunman stormed out and opened fire shortly after crossing the French border but fortunately the trio and British passenger Chris Norman overpowered him and tied him up before he could slaughter passengers.
He was carrying at least nine magazines of ammunition with enough rounds to kill all 554 passengers on the train.
US National Guard soldier Alek Skarlatos, 22, said he helped tackle the attacker with his friend Spencer Stone, who is in the US Air Force, who was stabbed in the neck.
He said: “I just got back from Afghanistan last month, and this was my vacation from Afghanistan.”
Their friend, Anthony Sadler, was travelling with them and described the moment the pair jumped into action.
He said: “As he was cocking it to shoot it, Alek just yells, `Spencer, go!’ And Spencer runs down the aisle.
“Spencer makes first contact, he tackles the guy, Alek wrestles the gun away from him, and the gunman pulls out a box cutter and slices Spencer a few times. And the three of us beat him until he was unconscious.
“He was just telling us to give back his gun. ‘Give me back my gun! Give me back my gun!’ But we just carried on beating him up and immobilised him and that was it.”
A Spanish anti-terrorist official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, revealed El Khazzani had lived in Spain until last year, moved to France then travelled to Syria where he is believed to have trained with ISIS before returning to France.
French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said the suspect had been flagged by Spanish authorities last year for links to ISIS….