Syria says Paris attack underlines threat of radical Islamism

January 8, 2015 16:06


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DAMASCUS - The Syrian government said on Thursday the deadly attack on a magazine in Paris showed the danger of the kind of Islamist militancy espoused by insurgent groups fighting in the Syrian civil war.

A government statement blamed "short-sighted European policies" for such incidents in Europe and bloodshed in Syria. Western states including France have backed the rebellion against President Bashar Assad.

"This terrorist act makes clear without doubt the dangers posed by the spread of the phenomenon of takfiri terrorism, which poses a threat to stability and security across the world," said the statement, published by the Syrian state news agency.

"Takfiri terrorism" is a reference to the radical Sunni Islamism of groups like al-Qaida and Islamic State, now the most powerful insurgent group in Syria after seizing seized wide areas of Syria and Iraq.

Twelve people were killed in the presumed Islamist militant attack on Wednesday at the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, which has often lampooned Islam and other religions as well as politicians and other public figures.

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