Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) release statement on Charlie Hebdo Paris attacks


“Martydom” poster showing brothers Said Kouachi (top) and Cherif Kouachi (middle) and associate Amedy Coulibaly (bottom)

In the interests of Freedom of Speech, I have decided to run the response from Sheikh Harith Al Nithari (Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsular, AQAP) to the Charlie Hebdo Paris attacks. An attack was carried out on the offices of Charlie Hebdo a magazine which published satirical images of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) on Wednesday 8th January. Two brothers, Said Kouachi (34) and Cherif (32) Kouachi of Algerian heritage fired at police and staff leaving 12 dead and 10 wounded. See my earlier article,

“France: Charlie Hebdo attack and hypocrisy on freedom of expression”

Over the next two days, two further incidents occurred. The first was a siege at the warehouse of a printing firm, Création Tendance Découverte (CDT) in Dammartin-en-Goele, 35km (22 miles) north of Paris. A huge security operation and manhunt ensued. After several hours a hostage held by the Kouchi brothers was freed. At different times the brothers had claimed not to kill women or civilians. The siege ended when the two came out of the building allegedly firing at police and were killed.

They had previously said they were prepared to die as “martyrs”. Cherif Kouachi claimed to have been sent “by al-Qaida Yemen”. He spoke to French news network BFM by phone stating, “we are just telling you that we are the defenders of Prophet Mohammed. I was sent, me, Cherif Kouachi, by al Qaeda in Yemen. I went there and Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaki financed my trip… before he was killed.”

 Alleged phone call from Cherif Kouachi on the following link,

Transcript of call…

Cherif Kouachi’s phone conversation this morning with BFM TV. Notice that he seems unaware of the hostage taking operation of Amedy Coulibaly:

CK: We simply say that we are defenders of the Prophet (sa), and that me, Cherif Kouachi, was sent by al-Qaeda in Yemen. I went there and it is Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaqi who financed me.”
BFM: “And now is it just you and your brother?”
CK: “This is not your problem.”
BFM: Are there other people with you?
CK: This is not your problem
BFM: Ok and you intend to kill again in the name of Allah or no?
CK: Kill who? Have we killed any civilians in the last two days that you’ve been tracking us?
BFM: You killed journalists
CK: But we haven’t killed anyone else
BFM: one second, have you killed anyone THIS MORNING?
CK: We are not killers. We are defenders of the Prophet. We don’t kill women. We don’t kill innocents. We are not like you. You’re the ones who kill innocents in Iraq, in Syria, in Afghanistan. You do that. We don’t. We have a code of honor in Islam.
BFM: But you have killed and taken revenge.
CK: Well said, yes we took revenge. Exactly. You said it yourself.

The second incident was another seige at the Kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes, Paris where shoppers were held by a contact of the Kouachi brothers named Amedy Coulibaly (32). He was accompanied by a female, Hayat Boumeddiene (26) believed to be his wife who escaped. Couilibaly was said to be responsible for the earlier shooting of a policewoman. Four hostages were killed during the siege, Coulibaly also died and another gunman may have escaped.

See following link for timeline and details of the sieges,

“Charlie Hebdo hunt: Bloody end to sieges”


Sheikh Harith Al Nithari (Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsular, AQAP)




Praise be to Allah, once more Praise be to Allah. Oh Allah for you is the Praise, you have sufficed your Prophet from those that mocked him, verily for You is Praise. And you have granted victory to your servants the Mujahideen, verily for You is Praise. Oh Allah send Peace and Blessings upon the one who You have sent ahead of the Hour with the sword until You are worshipped alone, he who You have elevated his status, expounded his heart and gave him protection from the people and have made his enemy the one cut off (from prosperity and every good thing in this world and the Hereafter). Oh Allah send Peace and Blessings upon Your servant and Prophet Muhammed the son of Abdullah, the son of Abdul Mutalib, the son of Hashim. He who You have sent as a witness, a bringer of glad tidings and a warner, a caller to Allah by His permission and an illuminating lamp, Peace and blessings be upon him and his family.

Henceforth, the enemies of the Messenger of Allah thought, those that have disbelieved, belied and abused him, the filths from the sons of France; they thought that Allah will not come to the aide of His Messenger. And they thought they were safe from the Power of Allah over them. So they waited, and stayed in wait, thus (the decree of) Allah came upon them from where they had not expected. And Allah empowered (the believers) over them, and punished them through the hands of the believers. ‘Say, “Do you await for us except one of the two best things while we wait for you that Allah will afflict you with punishment from Himself or at our hands? So wait; indeed we, along with you, are waiting.’

Some of the sons of France have displayed evil conduct towards the Anbiyaa (Prophets) of Allah. A group of the army of Allah rose against them, and taught them (what is) good conduct and the limits of freedom of speech. An army came to you that loves Allah and His Messenger; they do not fear death and are desirous of Martyrdom in the Path of Allah.


For Allah there are men after the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet), that avenge and give victory to Allah and His Messenger. Indeed by Allah we shall compete with the Sahabah in the defense of Rasoolullah (S.A.W), and we shall follow their example in defending him. And for us in Muhammed Ibn Maslamah (R.A) is a good example, and if the history of Aus and Khazraj is known, then for Allah is another Aus and Khazraj.

Oh heroic Mujahideen, the faces have been brightened, and the hands have been freed, oh how I wish I was among you. Oh Muslims, verily in Jihad against the Kufaar (disbeliever s) is honor in this world and bliss in the Hereafter. How can we not fight those that have wronged the Nabi, have criticized the Religion, and have fought the Believers? Allah says: ‘And if they violate their oaths after their covenant, and attack your religion with disapproval and criticism, then fight (you) the leaders of disbelief for surely their oaths are nothing to them –so that they may stop (evil actions).’

France today are among the leaders of disbelief, they insult the Anbiyaa (Prophets), defame the Religion and are fighting the Believers. There is no deterrent for them except that which Allah has decreed; ‘Smite (their) necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them i.e. take them as captives) …’

Oh people of France, until when will you continue to fight Allah and His Messenger, if you submit it shall be better for you. ‘Oh mankind! Verily, there has come to you the Messenger (Muhammed S.A.W) with the truth from your Lord. So believe in him, it is better for you. But if you disbelieve, then certainly to Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. And Allah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise.’

Oh people of France, it is better for you that you cease your aggression against the Muslims, perhaps you may then live in safety. But if you refuse except to be at war, then take glad tidings, for By Allah you will never have the pleasure of safety for as long as you wage war against Allah and His Messenger and continue fighting the Believers. ‘Say to those who have disbelieved, if they cease (from disbelief), there past will be forgiven. But if they return (thereto), then the examples of those (punished) before them have already preceded (as a warning).

And All Praise is for Allah, Lord of the Worlds.



“Charlie Hebdo attack: Suspect’s profiles” (BBC)

“Al Qaeda source: AQAP directed Paris attack” (The Intercept)

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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