Hervé Djamel Loiseau

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Hervé Djamel Loiseau (born March 21, 1973), was a French soldier who attended Afghan training camps, and was found dead of hunger and cold in the aftermath of the Battle of Tora Bora in December 2001, the first confirmation that Frenchmen had joined the ranks of Osama bin Laden in the wake of the September 11 attacks.[1]


He had accompanied Brahim Yadel to Lahore, Pakistan on March 11, 2000 where the pair crossed the border into Afghanistan, after the urging of recruiter Karim Bourti.[2][3][4]

He also maintained contact with the Algerian Meroine Berrahal.[5]


Five years after his death, an independent French film entitled Djamel Loiseau: Journey of a Soldier of Allah was produced by Ranwa Stephan.[6]


  1. ^ New York Times, https://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C00EFDF1E31F93BA15751C1A9679C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all, December 28, 2001
  2. ^ Crumley, Bruce. "TIME Magazine | Uncle Osama Wants You - March 24, 2003". Time.com. Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
  3. ^ THURSDAY DECEMBER 27 2001 French al-Qaeda fighter's London links FROM ADAM SAGE IN PARIS[dead link]
  4. ^ "Al-Qaeda". Buzzle.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2011-05-07.
  5. ^ Vidino, Lorenzo. "Al-Qaeda in Europe", 2006. Prometheus Books
  6. ^ "Djamel Loiseau, itinéraire d'un soldat d'Allah (2006) - France - Ranwa Stephan - FIPA 2007". Fipa.tm.fr. 2001-12-24. Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2011-05-07.