Charlie Hebdo Tweet Near Time of Attack Depicted ISIS Leader

Barbara Hollingsworth | January 9, 2015 | 12:36pm EST
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A tweet depicting ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reportedly sent by Charlie Hebdo staff shortly before they were attacked by Islamic terrorists. (Twitter)

( – Charlie Hebdo reportedly tweeted a black-and-white cartoon image of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), just an hour before the French publication was attacked by Islamic terrorists on Wednesday.

“It’s not clear if the Twitter feed was hacked or if the magazine posted it themselves, but it wished him ‘good health and best wishes’,” according to The Mirror.

However, the BBC reported that “it’s not clear whether it was sent before or just after the attack began.”

Another tweet showed a cartoon drawn by slain editorial director Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier that appeared in the newspaper’s printed edition depicting a bearded cartoon jihadist with a Kalashnikov rifle on his back responding to the caption: ‘Still no attack in France?” by saying: “Wait, we have until late January to present our wishes.”

The armed terrorists barged into the satirical publication’s Paris offices, killing 10 staff members and two policemen in the worst terrorist attack in France in nearly half a century.

The massacre was also hinted at two days before the shootings by an ISIS fighter in Syria, The Mirror also reported. His January 5 tweet (“Snail-eating people” and a crying emoticon) was followed by one on January 7 (“You heard it here first. #SnailEaters ate lead”), leading to speculation that ISIS knew about the attack beforehand.

A German journalist who spent 10 days embedded with ISIS in Iraq last month warned that the group is planning to kill “hundreds of millions” of non-believers in “the largest religious cleansing in the history of mankind”.

Jurgen Todenhofer said he was surprised by “the enthusiasm in their plan of religious cleansing, planning to kill the non-believers.”

German journalist Jurgen Todenhofer talking with members of ISIS special police in Iraq. (Facebook)

“These were very difficult discussions, especially when they were talking about the number of people who they are ready to kill. They were talking about hundreds of millions,” he told Al Jazeera.

Those targeted for execution include moderate Muslims who approve of democracy, since ISIS believes they put human law ahead of the will of Allah.

"150 million, 200 million or 500 million, it does not matter to us," the journalist says one ISIS fighter told him. "We will kill them all.”

Todenhofer says he first made contact on Facebook and spent months negotiating his trip to ISIS-controlled territory, including Mosul and Raqqa. He was the first Western journalist allowed to observe ISIS, which beheaded American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff last year.

“Maybe this was their way to open a door to the West or to show that they took the first step, because killing journalists is not a very intelligent strategy,” he said.

Following his return to Germany last month, Todenhofer posted a copy of the “safety agreement” he was given and a summary of his “strongest impressions of ISIS”:

1. “The West is dramatically underestimating the threat emanating from ISIS, and ISIS’ fighters are much more intelligent and dangerous than our politicians realize.”

2. “The influx of new fighters joining ISIS is growing daily.”

3. “As far as I can tell from 10 days of observation, the ‘Islamic State’ seems to function as well as any other totalitarian country in this region.”

4. “ISIS isn’t just aiming at conquering the Middle East and eventually, the rest of the world. Rather, they want the largest ‘religious cleansing’ in the history of mankind.”

5. “In my opinion, ISIS is a 1-percent movement with the effect of a tsunami.”

6. “ISIS cannot be defeated with bombs or missiles…The moderate Sunni Arabs are the only ones who can stop ISIS, not the West.”

7. “There is a lot of guessing about the terrorist threat emanating from returning ISIS fighters….[but] sympathizers who have not yet left the country might present a larger threat.”

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