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Charlie Hebdo Murders Could Mean Link Between ISIS, al-Qaida

By    |   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 06:58 PM

The brutal murders at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris could mean the worst nightmare imaginable for those fighting Islamic terrorism has come horribly true — a cooperative joining of the Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaida, the extremists who destroyed the World Trade Center.

The three gunmen in the Paris slaughter, brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, who attacked the magazine, and Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed by police in a kosher grocery store, apparently knew each other and may have planned their attacks jointly, intelligence sources tell CBS News.

But while Coulibaly was connected with ISIS, the two brothers were connected to al-Qaida — and Said, and possibly Cherif, had trained with al-Qaida forces in Yemen.

"The Paris attacks carry hints that the world’s two most fearsome terrorist organizations are cooperating," the Daily Beast reports.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the attacks, but ISIS-connected Coulibaly claimed in a video that he had "synchronized" his attacks with the two brothers, before he killed a policewoman and four shoppers — and he, too, was slain, the Daily Beast notes.

While an AQAP leader terms the grocery store killings a "coincidence" and claims credit only for the Charlie Hebdo shootings, he calls Coulibaly his "brother."

ISIS and al-Qaida have been engaged in a bitter power struggle and have been deadly enemies, with thousands of Muslim terrorists killed in their internecine warfare, James Philips, senior research fellow with the Heritage Foundation, wrote in an opinion piece for Fox News.

"Both groups share the same ultimate goal: the establishment of a global caliphate, to be ruled under a harsh brand of sharia (Islamic law). But they clash over what strategy and tactics are best, as well as who should lead the global jihad (holy war) to build the caliphate," Phillips wrote.

While ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has declared himself a caliph, and demanded that all Muslims accept him as their leader, al-Qaida leader Ayma al Zawahiri resents that, and al-Qaida has referred to ISIS members as khawarij, meaning deviant, anti-Islam Muslims, the Daily Beast reports.

However, there have been reports of cooperation between al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, and ISIS, at least to the extent that some terrorists are known to work for both groups.

A French intelligence officer told the Daily Beast, "The Kouachis and Coulibaly were recruited by the same 19th arrondissement cell and are part of the same terror network. Coulibaly's wife and Chérif's wife called each other 500 times and those conversations are likely to have included their husbands — and at no time do they jointly plan or even mention to each other what they are going to do? That is unbelievable."

A top AQAP cleric Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari, said in a video that while he believes ISIS is wrong for declaring a caliphate, "their blood is our blood, and their wounds are in our hearts, and supporting them is a duty upon us."

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