CNN is reporting that one of the #CharlieHebdo terrorism suspects had trained with al-Qaeda in Yemen:
On a related note:
Following eyewitness testimony reported Wednesday that the gunmen in the Charlie Hebdo massacre claimed to be from “al-Qaida in Yemen,” a French police official tells the AP on Thursday that the suspects, French brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, are believed to be linked to a Yemeni terrorist network.
If it’s true that al-Qaida’s Yemeni offshoot, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, was involved in the attack, Wednesday was quite a day for the group. In Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, asuicide bomber killed at least 37 people when he rammed a bus rigged to explode into a gathering of recruits outside a police academy. No one has yet claimed responsibility for that attack, but it fits a pattern of recent al-Qaida assaults in the country.
If AQAP was involved, even indirectly, in Wednesday’s attack, it would be the group’s biggest success outside the Middle East in quite a while. And coming at a time when international attention has shifted to al-Qaida’s hostile erstwhile allies ISIS—with that group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, directly challenging Zawahiri’s leadership of the international jihadist movement—it’s a sign that al-Qaida is still far from contained.
B-b-but … that’s not what President Obama told us!
Guess times have changed.
Thoooooose were the daaaaaaaays.