What, you expected that Said Kouachi would have been friends with Richard Dawkins? Anyway, what is this about their going to a mosque? Aren’t they both misunderstanders of Islam, that glorious religion of peace and tolerance? How is it, then, that they frequented a mosque? All our Western authorities, with the possible exception of Manuel Valls, would insist that these men know nothing of Islam and had nothing to do with it. So how strange it is that they went to a mosque! “Charlie Hebdo massacre gunman reportedly knew underwear bomber,” FoxNews.com, January 12, 2015 (thanks to Anne Crockett):
One of the brothers who carried out a massacre at the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo lived across the hall from the so-called “underwear bomber” while the two attended an Arabic-language school in Yemen in 2009, according to a published report.
The Wall Street Journal, citing neighbors of both men as well as Yemeni intelligence officials, reported that Said Kouachi and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab studied together and often visited the mosque in the Old City of Yemen’s capital, San’a.
This past Wednesday, Said Kouachi and his younger brother, Cherif, entered the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine and killed twelve people, including eight of the magazine’s staffers. Two days later, the brothers were killed by police who had surrounded them in a printing shop located in a small village about 25 miles northeast of Paris.
On Friday, U.S. government sources confirmed to Fox News that Said Kouachi had travelled to Yemen in 2011 and trained with or fought along side Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and one of his goals was to meet with the Al Qaeda branch’s leadership, though it is not clear that he ever managed to do so. A U.S. intelligence assessment described to The Associated Press shows that Kouachi was trained in preparation to return home and carry out an attack.
The Journal reports that Kouachi arrived in Yemen in early 2009 on a student visa issued by the language school and was often seen with Abdulmutallab. However, Said began disappearing for long periods of time, sometimes as long as a week, for reasons neighbors said he described as “personal issues.” U.S. officials say Kouachi’s absences coincide with the period that Abdulmutallab had begun training with AQAP.
Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian national, attempted to blow up a jet plane over Detroit on Christmas Day, 2009. He failed to detonate the explosives on his body and was later arrested. He was convicted on terrorism charges in 2012….