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Al-Qaeda Magazine that Targeted French Satirist Puts Ben Bernanke, Bill Gates in Crosshairs

Al Qaeda Inspire List

Stephane Charbonnier, who was among the 12 people killed in a terrorist attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, had been targeted by al-Qaeda since 2013, a report said.

The “most wanted” list in the Winter 2013 issue of Inspire magazine also included Dutch politician Geer Wilders, American pastor Terry Jones, British writer Salman Rushdie, human rights activist Aayan Hirsi Ali, National American Coptic Assembly leader Morris Sadik, Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, American cartoonist Molly Norris, Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, former Jyllands-Posten editor-in-chief Carsten Luste and creative editor Flemming Rose, the PJ Media website said.

Inspire is a Web magazine published by al-Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate, Yahoo News said, adding that the terrorists are believed to have carried out the attack on Charlie Hebdo because of its cartoons lampooning Islamist jihadis.

The latest issue of Inspire, released around Christmas, encouraged the targeting of people who it said haven’t necessarily offended Islam but represent the United States’ economic power, such as former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, PJ Media said.

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