Two months ago, a group of French members of Islamic State put out a video calling on Muslims to conduct terror attacks on French soil and offering them direct operational support. This morning, their calls were answered.
We don't know many of the facts about the attack, including who perpetrated it or why. But we do know that the unidentified gunmen who stormed the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed 12 people, including 2 police officers, self-identified as Islamic jihadists intent on avenging what they saw as disrespect for the Prophet Muhammad. They also displayed military-style training and brandished military-grade assault weapons. While several IS Twitter feeds have praised the attack, none so far have taken direct credit for either inspiring or commanding it.