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Ed Royce
New al-Qaida claim in Paris attack offers no hard evidence of link

IRBIL, Iraq The top spokesman for the Yemen branch of al-Qaida publicly took credit Wednesday for the bloody attack on a French satirical newspaper, confirming a statement that had been emailed to reporters last week. But the 11-minute video provided no hard evidence for its claims, including that the operation had been arranged by the American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki directly with the two brothers who carried it out before al-Awlaki was killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2011. The video includes frames showing al-Awlaki but none of him with the brothers, Said and Cherif Kouachi, nor any images of the Kouachis that haven't been shown on Western news broadcasts for days. Nasr al Ansi,...

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