According to NBCNews.com, one of the men now named by authorities in France as the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo murders has a history of terrorism and spent time in jail for it. Three men have been implicated by sources for NBCNews.com and the Associated Press: Said Kouachi, Cherif Kouachi, and Hamyd Mourad.
Not much is known about Said Kouachi and Hamyd Mourad, but Cherif is another story. France sentenced him to three years in jail after he was convicted of terrorism in 2008 for funneling troops to Iraq’s anti-American Islamist resistance.
Kouachi was arrested a few days before flying to Iraq to join the insurgency himself. He was allegedly connected to the 19th Arrondissment Network, named for the heavily Islamic district in Paris. Kouachi told the Associated Press he had been driven especially by “television images of torture of Iraqi inmates at the US prison at Abu Ghraib.”