Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an official branch of al Qaeda’s international organization, has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo’s offices last week.

The organization claims responsibility in a speech by Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, a senior AQAP official who has worked directly for al Qaeda’s most senior leadership. The title of al Ansi’s speech is “Vengeance for the Messenger of Allah.” Al Ansi’s speech was first translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

“We in the Organization of Qa’idatul Jihad in the Arabian Peninsula claim responsibility for this operation as a vengeance for the Messenger of Allah,” al Ansi says, according to SITE’s translation. […]