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GLADIO-Style: Deadly ‘Cartoon Jihad’ Attack Hits Charlie Hebdo Magazine in Paris

21st Century Wire says…

France finally got its ‘9/11 moment’ today, when at least two gunman dressed in black and armed with Kalashnikov rifles, stormed the offices of a magazine, killing two police/security personnel and 10 journalists, and injuring 11 others during the raid.

According to French officials, four of the survivors are said to be in ‘serious’ condition.

1-Carb-HebdonThe attack is said to have taken place in the middle of an editorial meeting of the political magazine, Charlie Hebdon, known popularly as ‘Charlie’, with masked gunman calling out by name and killing first its editor Stephane ‘Carb’ Charbonnier, 47 (photo, left) execution-style, along with 9 other editors and staff, including frequent contributor and French economist Bernard Maris.

Magazine editor Charbonnier had received death threats in the past and is said to have been ‘living under police protection’ until today. It’s still unclear whether or not the police van – which is normally positioned outside of the magazine’s offices, was removed before the attack took place, and if so, why a ‘stand-down’ order was issued in advance of the raid.

Beyond all of the media’s ‘ISIS’ hyperbole, unquestionably, today’s attack has all the characteristic of a professional contract hit. Witnesses remarked on how the gunman were perfectly calm and spoke perfect native French, and commented on their ‘expert marksmanship’, hitting all targets with single shots, and not spraying bullets indiscriminately. Witnesses also described the gunman as ‘bulked-up’ from what appears to be body armour, and kevlar ‘bullet-proof’ protection underneath their over garments.

Another witness commented on the adroit, calm, European-style and professional demeanor of the gunman, stating, “At first I thought it was special forces.” This reinforces suspicions that today’s event had many signatures of another GLADIO-style attack carried out on European soil (by NATO intelligence), designed to effect a specific political or public opinion reaction within France.

UPDATE: As of 11:30pm local time, French police are claiming to have ”indentified” 3 suspects, two brothers and one other, aged 34, 32, and 18, who reside in a suburb of Paris, and who police believe “may have been the shooters” (but this does not necessarily mean they were the gunmen who carried out today’s attack).

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The two masked assailants (see image above) opened fire in the office, and then exchanged fire with French police as the attack spilled over on to the street, before staging their get-away by car, which is said to have been manned by another separate driver. Their car was later found abandoned on the Rue de Meaux, where a second car is said to have been hijacked.

Authorities still cannot confirm whether or not the attack was carried out by ‘an official’ terrorist organization. The gunmen’s escape seems to be as well-planned as the attack itself, with gunmen still ‘on the run’, prompting what French authorities are calling the largest man-hunt in the nation’s history.

The nearly 50-year-old french magazine located in Paris, Charlie Hebdo, has gained media attention recently for controversies regarding its political cartoons poking fun at the prophet Mohammed. Their offices were already fire bombed in 2011, as the magazine’s editors were said to be on ‘al Qaeda’s most wanted list’, with police and security regularly stationed at their building as standard. This didn’t deter today’s attack. however.

French President Francois Hollande announced that tomorrow, Thursday, will be a national holiday, and “a day of mourning” starting at midnight tonight. He went on to declare today’s attack as “an attack on the republic”, and ending his speech with, “Viva le France!”.

The company’s website is adorned with a new splash page containing only two words, “Je Suis Charlie” (translated, ‘I am Charlie’), and already variations of this are the trending #hashtags on Twitter, as social media erupts around this latest international news event.

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INSTANT SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN: Magazine appears to have launched its social media drive around this slogan in ‘real time’, with a black and white graphic which some say mimics the ISIS flag.

According to British correspondent Hugh Schofiled, “Charlie Hebdo is part of a venerable tradition in French journalism going back to the scandal sheets that denounced Marie-Antoinette in the run-up to the French Revolution.”

Thousands of Parisians are already out in force by the thousands, holding candlelight vigils in the city centre, as well as gathering throughout the city today and this evening.

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VIGIL: One of many exhibits mounted this evening in Paris.

The magazine, published weekly, is no stranger to controversy, and was the center of national debate around what Muslims claimed was its antagonistic Islamic cartoons which they began printing nearly a decade ago (see here).

Charlie Hebdo’s February 9, 2006 edition entitled, “Mahomet débordé par les intégristes” (‘Muhammad overwhelmed by fundamentalists’), showed a cartoon on the cover with Prophet Muhammad in tears, saying “C’est dur d’être aimé par des cons” (“it’s hard being loved by jerks”). They also reprinted the twelve cartoons from Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy and added some new cartoons of their own.

“The French President Jacques Chirac condemned ‘overt provocations’ which could inflame passions. “Anything that can hurt the convictions of someone else, in particular religious convictions, should be avoided”, Chirac said. The Grand Mosque, the Muslim World League and the Union of French Islamic Organisations (UOIF) sued, claiming the cartoon edition included racist cartoons.[9] A later edition contained a statement by a group of 12 writers warning against Islamism.”

“The suit by the Grand Mosque and the UOIF reached the courts in February 2007. Publisher Philippe Val contended “It is racist to imagine that they can’t understand a joke” but Francis Szpiner, the lawyer for the Grand Mosque, explained the suit: “Two of those caricatures make a link between Muslims and Muslim terrorists. That has a name and it’s called racism.” (Source: Wiki)

Today’s Paris attack is believed to be France’s deadliest since 1961, when right-wingers from the campaign, ‘Keep Algeria French’, bombed a passenger train, killing 28 and wounding several others.

Over in Washington DC, CNN’s Dana Bash pressured Department of Homeland Security boss, Jeh Johnson, with the usual war on terror rhetoric, “Are you considering raising the terror threat level in this country?” Johnson would not answer this question. Oddly, he went on to give a long-winded minute diatribe about how DHS needs ‘more funding’ to upgrade equipment and ‘pay higher salaries’ to DHS officers.

Whatever this attack was, it was designed for maximum political effect, and will certainly be shaping the global conversation surrounding media, speech and freedom thereof.

Presently, Mainstream Media is literally chomping at the bit to label the Paris Shooting as an ‘ISIS’ or ‘ISIS-inspired’ attack on European soil, which would place France on equal footing at London post-July 7, 2005, aka ‘post-7/7’. Already, French authorities have announced massive deployments of special tactical forces throughout the city, and beyond, in order to combat “the terrorist threat”.

US media seem to be connecting the Paris Shooting with AQIM (al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb) and ISIS, citing an article in what Washington loudly touts as, “al Qaeda’s first English language magazine”, called ‘INSPIRE’, which called out the French editor Charbonnier in its latest issue. The reality, however, is the magazine is managed by western intelligence agencies in order to put out counter-intelligence information and also to ‘honey pot’ potential jihadist recruits.

No doubt, US politicians and media heads will be keen to streamline talking points from this latest French tragedy – alongside the White House’s recently fabricated ‘North Korean-Sony Hack Hoax‘ – where US media anchors and gov’t officials fashioned a patriotic-style narrative around the Sony story, insisting that it was “a defining moment for free speech in America”.

Once the dust settles from day’s events, look for US media, followed by politicians, to bind these two stories together, behind a rallying cry similar to, “we will not be intimidated”.

Currently, neither French police, nor international security officials, know exactly who carried out today’s attack on the French magazine, and admit that information is “sketchy” and “almost nonexistent” as to who the real perpetrators were.

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READ MORE PARIS SHOOTING NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Paris Shooting Files



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  • Rogoraeck

    Funny ?? The site Yahoo.Fr always allowed comments from readers on its reports. Except in this instance…. I just wonder why?? Don’t want the “hateful wacists” to comment on this judeo-islamists honourable brave freedom fighters ?? Humhhhh..

  • Predrag J. Maranovic

    This was a perfect False-Flag. Smells like NATO Intelligence.

    • William Burke

      NATO/Mossad. Somewhere in that matrix. Cui bono?

    • Rogoraeck

      NATO ??? Sorry to disappoint you. But NATO is too stupid to do anything like that.
      But the most moral army & the mossad are good at this!

  • Anthony Barrett

    YOU JUST COULDNT MAKE THIS SHIT UP,? I THINK THEYVE JUMPED THE GUN HERE,YESTERDAY THEEE HOLLANDE SAID HE WAS GOING TO INVADE SOUTHERN LIBYA AGAIN TO GET THEEE ISIS TERRORISTS THAT THEY NEVER GOT IN PART UNO,THEY ARE ERECTING A PART TIME MILITARY BASE IN THE SOUTH OF THE COUNTRY,I THOUGHT THEY HAVE THE FALSE FLAG THEN INVADE ? JUMPED THE GUN, WELL SORRY FOR THE DEAD BUT THESE DEGENERATE EVIL SCUM ARE LOSING IT BIGTIME,THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE // SHEEP // CHINESE CALANDER WILL WE SEE A MASS AWAKENING OF SAID // SHEEPLE // ?????

    • Hendrik-Jan Monshouwer

      just a side note… when you use CAPITALS.. it SCREAAAAMS… in our heads.. Also… Our eyes can pick up and read Small caps with much more ease than A BUNCH OF LETTER IN CAPS…

      In future if you DO want people to read your thoughts… Tell them in Normal Text and only use CAPS in short bursts as they are about SCREAAMING…
      and nobody takes notice of hard to read screaming text.

      😉

      • William Burke

        He thinks he’ll get more attention with all caps. Not true.

  • Anthony Barrett

    ITS ALL ABOUT FRANCE GETTING ITS TROOPS IN NORTH AFRICAN COUNTRYS AGAIN,NEW MILITARY BASE 2.0 IN SOUTHERN LIBYA.

    • William Burke

      The good old France again! Who doesn’t have a tug of nostalgia for the France of Empire fame?

  • Golfah

    FF Event and you damned well know it, 21Wire. Just a few weeks ago France recognized Palestine and pissed off Israel. Do your work, 21Wire. Show some integrity.

    • William Burke

      Exactamente.

  • Predrag J. Maranovic

    Looks like 21WIRE is ahead of Infowars again. Watson is still musing, now blaming the attack on ‘PC culture’. LOL. They are clueless over there.

    • OsNetDaily

      Watson is obviously and blatantly an MI6 false paradigm monger. However, other Infowars writers have already caught up with the real events, in order not to lose too many readers.

  • OsNetDaily

    This highly suspicious attack on the satirical magazine, by
    professional gunmen who went to great lengths to establish themselves to
    the media as “Al-Qaeda in Yemen” obviously gives France the perfect
    pretext to intervene militarily against the Sunni militias in that
    country, all demonized as “Al Qaeda” and targeted for years by US drone
    strikes, while the Shiite Houthis were recently allowed to complete
    their conquest of the capital city Sanaa on behalf of their masters in Iran. France has a long history of covert (exposed in the downing of flight 5017)
    and overt ties with the Shiites (Ayatollah Khomeini himself was
    harbored in Paris and flown over to Tehran from there in 1979). The
    wheels are in motion for yet another NATO power grab in a strategic oil
    choke point in the middle east. The rest, as they say, is history: http://osnetdaily.com/2015/01/charliehebdo-paris-attack-conveniently-attributed-al-qaeda-yemen/

  • Linda

    No blood anywhere. Yemen has been in the plans to occupy for years & years. Lots of unemployed young men to recruit for the NWO army.

  • Padraigin Eagle

    Signs of the Times: Jesuis Charlie, couldn’t you do a better fakeover makeover

    Cameras for Africa, everyone has one or more, mobile phones, snapping and snipping and worldwide posting, lame stream media love mayhem images, but not a single one circulating of the bloody carnage that would have been evident to all and sundry if 23 humans had really been shot with high powered artillery. Not a single solitary image of gore and stuff. Yet the grainy images of the “shooters” appears immediately, ages, background, the whole lying 9-yards of hidden hand chicanery all over the faked show. Oh, how the dead never die, zombies they be, Jesuis Charlie indeed.

  • Kim P

    Smells like Mossad.

  • dailytelaviv

    total BS lies, why would mask men leave an ID card when they even were careful to pick up a lost shoe?? and anyway surely an ID card is not proof of anything, more like planted evidence than a genuine piece of data . one thing is certain this is beyond Mossad. This is French state terror

  • dailytelaviv

    ISIS actually does stand for Israeli Secret Intelligence Services. It sounds like a joke or a supposed anti semitic smear

  • zaiger

    9/11 moment? Hardly. This is more like the Boston Marathon bombing if anything.

  • Gonzogal

    fone directory
    local.fr is showing
    Charlie Hebdo ‘s location
    a) 10 r Nicolas Appert, 75011 Paris
    b) 26 r Serpollet, 75020 Paris
    why 2 locations??
    can’t relate “the execution” of a police officer shown on Internet to
    location a), check out locations on Google Streetviewer

    I was wondering how they got their “Je suis Charlie” signs printed up and distributed so fast. Now they’ve identified the suspects – already?! Too bad we’ll never find out who pad for them, who distributed them, and how “who” found out where to congregate to get them and demonstrate.

  • Gonzogal

    Of course you wont hear them or the western media thank the
    Muslim employee saved lives in attack on Paris kosher supermarket ….When
    Islamist gunman stormed into supermarket, Lassana Bathily let customers into
    store’s basement freezer, told them to stay in while he kept lookout. Or name
    and thank Ahmed Merabet (except to say he was a Mulsim police oficer) Be the
    same laws of generalization, all Muslims everywhere are heros; they should all
    be congratulated for being individually and collectively responsible for the
    actions of Bathily and Merabet. Right?

    https://twitter.com/eldahshan/status/553974257718669312/photo/1