The two brothers who massacred the staff of Charlie Hebdo were on a US no-fly list for years, reports Yahoo News.
Cherif and Said Kouachi were placed on the US government’s most restrictive no-fly list and deemed “threat[s] to civil aviation or national security,” due to their strong associations with terrorist groups, a well-placed source told Yahoo, adding that they had been on the list “for years.”
Though they declined to say exactly what evidence led them to place the Kouachi brothers on the no-fly list, there’s at least one glaring hint: Cherif, 32, was convicted in France in 2008 for planning to send terrorists to Iraq to fight the insurgency, and sentenced to 18 months in prison.
The Kouachi brothers, along with 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, carried out a deadly attack on the satirical magazine yesterday in retaliation for their offensive cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. According to eyewitnesses, one of the brothers publicly declared that they were acting on behalf of al Qaeda in the Yemen. Mourad surrendered to the police yesterday, and the brothers are still at large.
[Image via The Paris Police Prefecture ]
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