Kouachi: AQAP funded Charlie Hebdo attackJanuary 11, 2015
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) bankrolled the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo according to Cherif Kouachi, one of the principal attackers. Before his death, Kouachi told French television channel BFM-TV, “I was sent, me, Cherif Kouachi, by Al Qaeda of Yemen. I went over there and it was Anwar al Awlaki who financed me.” This would help explain how a group of underemployed ex-cons were able to buy AK-47s and pay for Said Kouachi’s travel to Yemen for training.
Charlie Hebdo shooter says financed by Qaeda preacher in Yemen
PARIS, France (Reuters) – One of the two brothers who killed 12 in a massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo this week has said he received financing by al Qaeda preacher Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen.
Cherif Kouachi, who was killed along with his older brother by police on Friday after a siege at a printing works in north France following a three-day manhunt, made the assertion to BFM-TV before his death while holed up inside the building.
“I was sent, me, Cherif Kouachi, by Al Qaeda of Yemen. I went over there and it was Anwar al Awlaki who financed me,” he told BFM-TV by telephone, according to a recording aired by the television channel after the siege was over.
Al Awlaki, an influential international recruiter for al Qaeda, was killed in September 2011 in a drone strike.
A senior Yemeni intelligence source earlier told Reuters that Kouachi’s brother Said had also met al Awlaki during a stay in Yemen in 2011.
Another hostage-taker linked to Kouachi, Amedy Coulibaly, who died after a police siege of a kosher market in Paris on Friday, separately called BFM-TV, saying he wanted to defend Palestinians and target Jews…
The operation appears to be a good investment for AQAP, which is poised to cash in from their new notoriety from the attack by increasing their fundraising from wealthy Arabs and smaller dollar donors on the Internet.