Terrorists in France Connected to al-Qaeda in Yemen

January 9, 2015 11:39 PM

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Hours after the two men behind the Charlie Hebdo attack were killed by French police, al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch, known as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), claimed responsibility for the plot, saying it was revenge for the magazine’s satirizing of the Prophet Muhammad.

The fact that the two Kouachi brothers, Cherif and Said, were influenced by al-Qaeda in Yemen (Said trained with the group there in 2011) is only the latest reflection of the group’s intent on attacking western targets, including on the United States.

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