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January 2015: Terror at Charlie Hebdo and across greater Paris

Three days of terror that left at least 20 people dead across greater Paris ended violently Jan. 9 when police stormed a suburban printing plant and killed two brothers with Al Qaeda connections as a nearly simultaneous raid in the capital took out an accomplice holding hostages at a kosher market.

  • French Muslims resent scrutiny after Charlie Hebdo attack

    French Muslims resent scrutiny after Charlie Hebdo attack

    Word that one of its native sons blasted his way into terrorist infamy has brought unwelcome scrutiny to La Grande Borne, a crime-ridden housing project in the gritty southern Paris suburb of Grigny. "He hasn't lived here for 15 years," said Brahim Agouram, president of the Muslim Union of Grigny....

  • French terrorists were primed for trouble from the start, analysts say

    French terrorists were primed for trouble from the start, analysts say

    The gunmen behind France's worst terrorist attack in decades appear to have been easy prey for recruiters to violent jihad. The children of immigrants, with seemingly chaotic family lives, they were frustrated by injustices they perceived around them and had been trying to make their way with few...

  • Germany, France cancel anti-Islamic rallies; Belgian search continues

    Germany, France cancel anti-Islamic rallies; Belgian search continues

    German authorities canceled right-wing protests Sunday, citing threats, and Belgian officials said they were still searching for the ringleader of a terrorist cell as Europe continued to grapple with the aftermath of extremist attacks in Paris. Meanwhile, French police said they had released three...

  • How France missed a homegrown terrorism plot

    How France missed a homegrown terrorism plot

    On the streets of Gennevilliers, a working-class suburb north of Paris, residents said there was little indication that a militant bent on warfare on French soil was living in their midst. "He came once a week to pray and minded his own business," Ali Harez, secretary at the Ennour mosque, said...

  • Counter-terrorism sweeps net more than two dozen suspects in Europe

    Counter-terrorism sweeps net more than two dozen suspects in Europe

    A week after the worst terrorist attacks in France in decades, European counter-terrorism officials conducted sweeping raids that netted at least 29 people, searching numerous sites starting late Thursday in Belgium and continuing Friday in France and Germany. Federal prosecutors in Belgium said...

  • Obama says Europe should integrate Muslims to curb terrorism

    Obama says Europe should integrate Muslims to curb terrorism

    President Obama warned Europeans "not to simply respond with a hammer" in working against radicalization among its Muslim populations, and argued that the United States had an advantage on this front because American Muslims are better integrated into society. “Our Muslim populations, they feel...

  • Pope Francis stirs controversy in debate about freedom of speech

    Pope Francis stirs controversy in debate about freedom of speech

    Pope Francis on Thursday stirred fresh controversy in the debate over freedom of speech and individual responsibility with a remark that suggested that a violent reaction to insults should be expected. In an on-board news conference with journalists traveling with him to the Philippines from Sri...

  • Belgian police kill two suspects during anti-terrorism raid

    Belgian police kill two suspects during anti-terrorism raid

    At least two people were killed Thursday in an anti-terrorism operation near a train station in the eastern Belgian city of Verviers as authorities widened their investigation into last week’s terrorist attacks in France to include potential accomplices in Belgium and Spain. The night raid in Verviers...

  • Parisians flock to newsstands to buy new Charlie Hebdo issue

    Parisians flock to newsstands to buy new Charlie Hebdo issue

    People made reservations days in advance and lined up before dawn, and still scores were turned away as they attempted to buy the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, a week after Islamist extremists launched a deadly assault on the satirical magazine's offices and began the worst terrorist...

  • Yemen branch of Al Qaeda says it planned Paris attack

    Yemen branch of Al Qaeda says it planned Paris attack

    Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen on Wednesday claimed responsibility for planning and financing last week’s massacre at a satirical magazine in Paris. The assertion came as U.S. intelligence agencies' ability to track the group has been hobbled by civil unrest in the Arab nation and its political...

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