INSITE BLOG ON TERRORISM&EXTREMISM
By: Margaret Foster
On January 7, 2015 Cherif and Said Kouachi, whose ties to the French jihadi scene extend for a decade, made history by storming the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, France, and massacring many of those they found inside. The two brothers’ attack may have inaugurated a new era, wedding operations carried out with available tools to high-visibility civilian targets in the West.
Most recently, this style of operations was also evidenced in the May 3, 2015 attack in Garland, Texas, during which Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi attempted to attack a contest to draw the Prophet Mohammed. Although the attackers were shot and killed by police officers before they were able to access the cartoonists at the Curtis Culwell Center, they injured a security officer before they were killed.
Cherif Kouachi’s radicalization was characteristic of the jihadi pipeline developed…
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