Al-Qaeda Reportedly Threatens Macron, Endorses Killings of Anyone Who Insults Islam’s Muhammad

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The French president has recently come under attack in the Muslim world following his comments on controversial caricatures of the prophet Muhammad and allegations of his criticism of Islam. Several countries have called for a boycott of French products, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his counterpart needs “mental checks”.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb* (AQMI) has called on followers to kill any person who insults the prophet Mohammad, and threatened French President Emmanuel Macron over comments he made about Islam and controversial Charlie Hebdo caricatures depicting the important religious figure.

AQMI said that a boycott of French products was “a duty” but noted that the measure was not enough to avenge for Macron’s statements. The group described the French leader as a “young and unexperienced [sic]” person, who has “little brain” and also claimed that he “insisted on offending the prophet”.

Relations between France and portions of the Muslim world have recently soured following the murder of a school teacher in a Paris suburb. The attacker, an 18-year-old Muslim immigrant, beheaded Samuel Paty after he learned that the 47-year-old was showing caricatures of Islam’s key prophet, Muhammad, to his pupils during lessons concerning freedom of speech.

Islam’s holy book, the Quran, does not say anything about depictions of Allah or or the prophet Muhammad, nevertheless, hardline and…

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