Al Qaeda Claims Paris Attack

When the dust cleared on last Wednesday’s bloody shooting in the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, many pundits saw it as another example of so-called “lone wolf” terrorism of the sort seen in Canada, Ft. Hood, New York City, and Sydney. The threat of Muslims radicalized by what they see on social media is a growing one, according to U.S. counterterrorism officials.

But now, it seems the attack – which claimed 12 lives, including that of a Muslim police officer – was indeed inspired by and funded by everyone’s favorite terror group, Al Qaeda. The group’s Yemen branch claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday, issuing praise for the Kouachi brothers who carried out the shootings. Said and Cherif Kouachi were killed by French police earlier the same day.

Also on Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning to Americans heading abroad, saying there was an increased risk of reprisals from Islamic extremists looking to capitalize on the events of the week.

The Al Qaeda claim fits with what eyewitness reporters say the Kouachi brothers were shouting in their massacre. Cherif Kouachi also talked to a French TV station before his death, telling them that he was sent by Al Qaeda and had secured financing from Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric who killed by a drone strike in 2011. If U.S. officials can confirm the involvement of Al Qaeda in Yemen, it will mark the group’s first successful attack on the West.

If Al Qaeda was responsible for the attack on Charlie Hebdo, it brings to light a troubling competition between the group and the Islamic State. ISIS has been the focus of much of the world for the last year, blazing a bloody trail through Iraq and Syria in their quest for Middle Eastern dominance. Officials say the brazen Paris attack could put the spotlight back on the overshadowed Al Qaeda, perhaps amping up a competition for funds, membership, and ideological superiority.

Because the groups are in search of the kind of aimless losers personified by the Kouachi brothers, many terrorism experts feel that the West’s best defense lies in reaching out to “moderate Muslims.” In other words, seek out those who reject the extremist philosophy and help them spread a different message than the one espoused by ISIS and Al Qaeda.

But here’s the problem with that. According to a Pew Research poll, only 57 percent of Muslims in the Middle East hold an unfavorable view of Al Qaeda and similar groups. There is stronger sentiment against terrorism in places like Lebanon and Jordan, but Muslims in Pakistan and Malaysia are much more evenly divided. And when it comes to attacks like the one last week, the moderate Muslims are slow to condemn the killings categorically.

This is a war we must fight with every tool at our disposal. Information, propaganda, social media, law enforcement investigations, and, of course, the military. We have the money, we have the resources. What we don’t have is the will. What we don’t have is a president committed to the fight. It’s just one more reason we must change things in 2016.

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  1. Yes, we know al Qaeda sent them to kill. Karma will return to you 10 fold.

  2. I would be well to,fight these types of things as well as to bring all of our forces HOME and use that money to reinforce our borders and to level a system to fight off the un educated young of our country. The muslim so called religion is not so.when their books explain that any one that is not a beliver of Islam they are to be killed.. religion is the peace of soul ,that we find when we learn to see the methods of GOD

    • agreed …. our country – our language – our culture and beliefs – accept it or leave it!

    • The sooner the one in the WH is removed the better off we will all be, if one of those scumbags try to pass my threshold watch out for the FLASH the OATH i took back in 1952 still stands to serve and protect my country and my family.

    • When you think about it realistically. Every Muslim in our midst, want to kill you and me. How stupid are we all to allow then to live in our countries knowing what they are told to do.

  3. This so called lone wolf is not so they were trained to do that thing by an organization of allah and mohammad so there is no peace in being a muslim. they do not own their souls , they are pledged to Allah. and his teachings.there needs to be a mass burning of all Quorans. burn down all mosks and re train these people to love and help . not hate and kill our country is so P C that they can not see beyond their noses. and that is leading us to, be killed. We will follow France in a bigger way and the fires of Alquieda are showing up- right now,

    • none of them are lone wolf .. don’t you understand— all of these are trained killers!! the stupid western oh-so- liberal and sick media – use the most nonsensical words like ‘lone’ to ‘calm folks down’- the stupidity behind that is that they are doing exactly what the extremist muslims want them to do!!!

      • Unfortunately you and many others are absolutely correct, the question becomes.what do we do about it? what can we do about it?

        • the answer is to work with like minded groups and people.. put pressure /speak/march / help.. whatever it takes to turn this tide — it is coming hard and fast..

      • Right.

        And, Ovomit has DISMISSED the hacking by ISIS operatives yesterday as “just another lone wolf attack.”

        If we used HIS philosophy and definition of a “lone wolf,” there would never be a serial killer or rapist jailed.

        • but don’t you ask .. really…at this point and as he continues to mislead you all.- who is he ? I DO!

          • You are correct. I KNOW who this jerk-off is — a Commie, Muslim traitor bent on destroying this country.

            Don’t bother complaining to him personally. I tried that. Had my pay targeted for doing so.

  4. Oh no Mr Nobama can not hear these things It has to be senseless violence Not terrorists . islamic terrorists that is not possible

  5. Great article,
    Writer has nailed it perfectly! .only 57% of muslims in the Middle East hold an unfavourable…!
    I would also suggest that same number for muslims overseas in our western nations! This tells us why so many did not speak out against what their fellow-muslims just did by executing men and women in a matter of minutes – no mercy – !!!!!!!!!!!! All these men and women left behind children, parents, siblings – fellow writers/workers/ policemen and women –
    Why is your president not dong anything? Why is he playing his ‘word game’ over and over again. And why is the entire western media being now dominated by what suits the muslims!!
    Good Lord – wake up folks – don’t you realize what is happening!
    “But here’s the problem with that. According to a Pew Research poll, only 57 percent of Muslims in the Middle East hold an unfavorable view of Al Qaeda and similar groups. There is stronger sentiment against terrorism in places like Lebanon and Jordan, but Muslims in Pakistan and Malaysia are much more evenly divided. And when it comes to attacks like the one last week, the moderate Muslims are slow to condemn the killings categorically. – See more at: https://patriotnewsdaily.com/al-qaeda-claims-paris-attack/#sthash.cMhjhGNs.dpuf

  6. Its to bad we have Muslim for president in America .. Obama hates every America person so bad is shines from eyes

  7. Seems to me,I could be wrong,that European countries, France included have yet to take serious action against terrorist organizations operating in their respective countries. Exception might be made for France, though I admit to uncertainty there. I do wonder as to what it might take to awaken the several governments involved. By the way,the foregoing is not to say that the U.S.has a lock on the situation,as I don’t think that we have,at least not the present administration.

  8. I woke up this morning JUST as this jerk was outlining his “agenda” for 2015 AND giving us all a preview of his State of the Union speech. Here goes:

    1. Seems the deficit is down by 2/3. Perhaps that is his plan for “shock and awe.”

    2. Because oil is at an all time low – TEMPORARILY – he sees NO reason to approve the Keystone pipeline;

    3. SO, we are going to continue funneling money to Saudi Aabia, even though Canada has told us in no uncertain terms that if we don’t buy their oil they will sell it to China. SMOOTH MOVE, MR. PRESIDENT!!

    4. Oh yeah — he still wants “everyone to pay their fair share.”

    When is HE going to pay HIS “fair share?”
    Oh, yeah — Absolutely NO mention of his stand against terrorism. He actually dismissed the hack on CentCom and subsequent threats to not only our soldiers, but ALSO to THEIR WIVES/HUSBANDS AND CHILDREN!!!

    I mean, is he increasing the budget for booze in the government?

  9. IF 57% hold an unfavorable view of AL Qaeda it is ONLY because they hold a favorable view of ISIS or HAMAS or some other terrorist organization.

  10. Let’s see. ISIS – CIA funded (along with Mossad & the Saudis). Al Qaeda – created by the CIA. Who is it, precisely, that we must fight “with every tool at our disposal”???

    And about that staged street shooting of the Paris policeman, with an obviously blank cartridge, and lines on the street for the bad guys’ car to hit its marks for the ‘shoot’…you can’t make this stuff up. The CIA and Mossad need to be put out to pasture, before they cause some REAL damage. Let them have a drink with the Gladio guys, and reminisce about the good old days…

  11. The author should learn how to think and not just stir up the hawks. Wonder why al Qeda hasn’t been heard from since ISIS became popular? THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME. Straight from the University of “Duh.” Think about it, al Qeda had a rep that wasn’t good for getting funded or for recruiting new members, nor could they realistically form the basis for a sovereign Muslime state. Our State Dept. was having problems getting money and weapons to them. So we formed ISIS as a new “nom de Guerre.” Lots more opportunities to funnel money and weapons to them and the recruits are flocking in from all over the world.
    Also, there would be no Benghazi shadow on them.

  12. I.M GLAD THEY TOOK CREDIT FOR IT THAT WAY IT DOESN’T BOTHER US AS MUCH TO PUT A BULLET IN THEM WHEN WE FIND THEM END OF STORY WE JUST NEED TO EXACUTE FASTER THAN THEY RECRUIT ..GAME OVER YOU ALL DO THE MATH THEY RUN OUT OF PLAYERS WE WIN OR THE END WHICH EVER YOU WANT

  13. We need to carpet bomb cities with high All Qaeda or ISIS populations, bunker busters, maybe even nuke’s, these Muslim cockroaches wanna play, Let’s Play,

  14. I keep hearing the words Muslim MODERATE, EXTREMIST and RADICAL. That is BS. Lets have some perspective here. Muslims live by the Quran which tell them to kill non believers among other anti western things. so you have the clerics/leaders who say NOTHING. There are those that quietly support the Quran and killer activities. But we call the actual killers Radicals?
    Western civilization is mostly based on the BIBLE. We have preachers, those who go to church and quietly support biblical life and then we have our ARMY. is our army western extremists? Radicalized Christians?
    A Muslim is a Muslim is a Muslim—ALL of them. Don’t be duped by this religion of peace shit.

  15. Excerpted from the article:

    But
    here’s the problem with that. According to a Pew Research poll, only 57
    percent of Muslims in the Middle East hold an unfavorable view of Al
    Qaeda and similar groups. There is stronger sentiment against terrorism
    in places like Lebanon and Jordan, but Muslims in Pakistan and Malaysia
    are much more evenly divided. And when it comes to attacks like the one
    last week, the moderate Muslims are slow to condemn the killings
    categorically.

    When the chickens come home to roost, something that I think is more likely to happen than not, what might then be heard from the moderate Muslims of Pakistan and Malaysia.

  16. What the Pew Research poll is not telling you is that the other 43% were too scared to say anything BUT they hold a favorable view of terrorist groups.

  17. We are getting the reports on tv about the terrorists and who do you think are the reporters we hire to do the job? Muslims. Show how they have no shame, getting the job to report on it’s own people who they think like and want us non-believers dead. What a joke our country is.

  18. Al Qaeda = Muslim Brotherhood = Resident O’Hamma. So it leaves reason to believe that Obama had either an inderect or direct part in this mass murder, same as he has allowed on numerous occasions… Bengazzi for example ….. Obama, Biden, Cliton and Pelosi murder, PERIOD.

  19. Paris is going after terrorists. Belgium is going after terrorists. Germany is going after terrorists. Our military has the ability to go after terrorists. Our Government will not allow them to go after terrorists in our Country. Why? What are they waiting for?

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