Al Qaeda claims French attack, derides Paris rally

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* Gunmen killed 17 people in 3 days of attacks in France

* Ansi says AQAP financed, designed and chose attackers

* AQAP mocks Paris convene as justification of weakness

* U.S. says video appears authentic, checking responsibility
claim

* AQAP seen as one of a many dangerous branches of network

(Updates State Department and White House remarks, Boko Haram
chief)

By Sami Aboudi

DUBAI, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Al Qaeda in Yemen has claimed
responsibility for a conflict on a French satirical newspaper
Charlie Hebdo, observant it was systematic by a Islamist militant
group’s care for insults to a Prophet Mohammad,
according to a video posted on YouTube.

Gunmen killed 17 people in 3 days of attack that began
when they shot staff in Charlie Hebdo’s offices final week in
revenge for a announcement of satirical images of a Prophet.

One Western source pronounced no tough justification of a direct
operational couple to Al Qaeda in a Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) had
yet been found.

But it was a initial time that a organisation had officially
claimed shortcoming for a attack, that was led by Cherif
and Said Kouachi, dual French-born brothers of Algerian
extraction who had visited Yemen in 2011.

In Washington, a State Department mouthpiece pronounced the
United States believed a video was authentic though officials
were still last if a explain of shortcoming is true.

“As for a sanctified Battle of Paris, we…claim
responsibility for this operation as reprisal for a Messenger
of God,” Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, an AQAP ideologue, pronounced in the
recording.

Ansi pronounced a “one who chose a target, laid a devise and
financed a operation is a care of a organisation”,
without fixing an individual.

“ZAWAHRI’S ORDERS”

He combined that a strike had been carried out in
“implementation” of a sequence of altogether al Qaeda personality Ayman
al-Zawahri, who has urged Muslims to conflict a West regulating any
means they can find.

Ansi also gave credit for a operation to slain AQAP
propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki, a reverend cited by one of the
gunmen in remarks to French media as a banker of a attack.

It was not transparent how Awlaki, killed by a U.S. worker in 2011,
had a approach couple to a Paris assault, though he desirous several
militants in a United States and Britain to acts of violence.

The supposed explain of shortcoming put a new spotlight on
a organisation mostly cited by Western officials as al Qaeda’s most
dangerous branch. AQAP has recently focused on fighting
government army and Shi’ite rebels in Yemen, though says it still
aims to lift out attacks abroad.

AQAP mocked a outrageous convene of oneness for a victims held
in Paris on Sunday, observant a startle on arrangement showed the
feebleness of a Western leaders who attended.

“Look during how they gathered, rallied and upheld each
other, strengthening their debility and sauce their wounds,”
it said.

Al Qaeda appendage Islamic State expelled a video that it
said showed interviews with 3 French fighters in Syria
praising a attacks, a SITE monitoring use reported.

One said: “I contend to a French people who consider that the
Islamic State will not strech Europe: With accede from Allah
the Almighty, we will strech Europe – all of Europe.”

“JOY AT TORMENT”

SITE also pronounced Nigeria’s Boko Haram organisation had expelled a
video display a personality welcoming a attacks. “We have felt
joy for what befell a people of France in terms of torment, as
their blood was spilled inside their country. Allah is Great!”
Abubakar Shekau pronounced in a recording, according to SITE.

One Western source described Ansi as an Al Qaeda hawk
reputed to have advocated a partnership with a even some-more hardline
Islamic State.

Two comparison Yemeni sources pronounced Cherif and Said Kouachi had
met Awlaki in Yemen and undergone weapons training in the
eastern range of Marib. However, a Marib genealogical personality denied
that they had lerned there in 2011 or that Awlaki had been
based there.

AQAP’s Yemeni leader, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, was once a close
associate of al Qaeda personality Osama bin Laden, whose father was
born in Yemen, a neighbour of Saudi Arabia.

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi complained on
Wednesday that Yemen had been subjected to a politicised media
campaign over a purported 2011 visit.

“The chairman reported to have trafficked to Yemen to learn in
three days how to glow a pistol had been incarcerated and under
investigation for dual years in France,” Hadi said, according to
the state news group Saba. Hadi asked because such suspicious
elements had been authorised to transport to Yemen and lapse home
without being questioned.

(Reporting by Ahmed Tolba in Cairo, Yara Bayoumy in Dubai,
Mohammed Ghobari in Sanaa and Lesley Wroughton and Doina Chiacu
in Washington, Editing by William Maclean, Dominic Evans and
Kevin Liffey)

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