Why AQAP Officially Claimed Responsibility For Charlie Hebdo
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula had already unofficially claimed responsibility for the Paris attack at least five days ago. So why go official now?By Cliff Judy | January 14, 2015
Just hours after millions of people stood in line and bought up every last copy of the latest Charlie Hebdo edition, an Al-Qaeda branch most had assumed for some time was involved with the attack on the magazine officially claimed responsibility.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — or AQAP — released a video several minutes long Wednesday morning with the senior leader of the terrorist branch praising the attacks by brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi.
Along with the video, a translated excerpt with a cover depicting the Eiffel Tower dissolving read, "the one who chose the target, laid the plan and financed the operation, is the leadership of the organization."