New Security Realities Revealed by Al-Qaeda's First Western Attack in a Decade
With today's claim of responsibility by al-Qaeda’s leading affiliate for the deadly attack in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the group founded by Osama bin Laden has now carried out its first successful assault on Western soil in nearly a decade. That matters for reasons far more significant than just marking a grim historical milestone or scoring a bragging-rights victory in the competition among terrorist groups for global sympathizers.
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