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Why Al Qaeda Attacked Satirists In Paris

Candles are placed on a newspaper bearing pictures from (L) of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's editor and cartoonists
Candles are placed on a newspaper bearing pictures from (L) of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's editor and cartoonists Charb, Jean Cabut, aka Cabu, Georges Wolinski and Michel Renaud who were killed the day before in an attack by two armed gunmen on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, during a gathering in Marseille, on January 8, 2015. A stunned and outraged France was in mourning yesterday, as security forces desperately hunted two brothers suspected of gunning down 12 people in an Islamist attack on a satirical weekly. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

The horrific murder of the editor, cartoonists and other staff of the irreverent satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, along with two policemen, by terrorists in Paris was in my view a strategic strike, aiming at polarizing the French and European public.

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