Top Obama military adviser: No al Qaeda link to Paris attacks

President Obama's top military adviser said Sunday that an al Qaeda link has not been established in the Paris terror attacks.


Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told “Fox News Sunday” Host Chris Wallace the gunmen have been linked by family and school ties, but not yet al Qaeda.

“These individuals were inspired in some way they were probably not self radicalized on the Internet, which is another way these attacks sometimes occur,” he said.  

“There is pretty clear indication that one of them did in fact receive training in Yemen and that there’s a linkage among them whether its schools or family relationships. As far as whether it was directed by Al Qaeda, I don’t think a linkage has been established.” 

Last Wednesday, militant Islamist brothers, who were later killed by police, killed 12 people – 10 journalists and two police officers – in a targeted attack on Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical newspaper best known for its controversial cartoons that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. 

The violence continued throughout the rest of the week with an attack on a Jewish Deli and the shooting of a policewoman. A total of 17 people were killed.  

Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's rally risk | Biden ramps up legal team | Biden hits Trump over climate policy Biden campaign forming 'special litigation' team ahead of possible voting battle Pompeo, Engel poised for battle in contempt proceedings MORE told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that the United States has no "credible information" about which group sponsored the Paris attacks.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Friday claimed credit for the deadly attacks on Charlie Hebdo.