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Friday, January 9, 2015

Cheat Sheet - New Terrorist Attacks Hit France

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January 09, 2015
The terrorist brothers who attacked Charlie Hebdo survived a shootout with police and took a hostage. A gunman linked to them who killed a policewoman yesterday has taken five people hostage at a kosher supermarket in Paris.
The attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo bears the hallmarks of an al Qaeda affiliate, U.S. intelligence sources tell Shane Harris and Nancy A. Youssef.

According to a senior Yemeni intelligence source, the eldest of two brothers suspected of the attack on Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris met with U.S.-born al-Qaeda preacher Anwar al Awlaki during a trip to Yemen in 2011. U.S. and European sources who spoke with Reuters say that 34-year-old Said Kouachi met Awlaki during a months-long trip to train with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in 2011, was linked to the "Underwear Bomber" plot to blow up a flight over Detroit in 2009 and Nidal Hassan's killing of 13 at Fort Hood in 2009.

The most chilling image from the Paris terror attack is of Police Officer Ahmed Merabet begging for his life—and his sacrifice has inspired an outpouring of tributes, Michael Daly writes.

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