Police officers work after storming the kosher market, in Paris, Friday Jan. 9, 2015. (AP/Francois Mori)
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The Al-Qaeda offshoot that claimed Friday to have masterminded the bloody rampage in France has been the most active of the terror network's branches in trying to strike in the West.Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said it directed the attack against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris "as revenge for the honor" of Prophet Mohammad. The strike would be the Yemen-based branch's first successful strike outside its home territory -- and a triumph for its trademark double-strategy of waging jihad in Yemen to build its strength to strike abroad. At least one of the two brothers involved in the attack on the weekly traveled to Yemen in 2011 and either received training from or fought alongside the group, authorities say. Bill Roggio, editor of the Long War Journal, which chronicles militant activities, said Yemen's branch of Al-Qaeda had managed to seize territory inside Yemen, provide training and support for extremist groups operating in Syria, Iraq and other regions, and promote "lone wolf" attacks in the West.Yemeni authorities suspect that Said Kouachi fought for Al-Qaeda in Yemen at the height of the group's offensive in the country's south, a Yemeni security official said Friday.The Long War Journal has recorded 149 attacks by the group in 14 provinces since September.
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