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Paris Terror Attacks

The terror attacks on Nov. 13 in Paris killed 130 people and injured hundreds more. Find the latest updates as France and the world responds to the ongoing threat from the Islamic State group.

  • by AFP via Paris terror attacks - LIVE REPORT 11/16/2015 9:25:00 PM
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    Five suspects identified, one man on the run

    by AFP via Paris terror attacks - LIVE REPORT 11/16/2015 9:25:37 PM
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    France attacks: the foreign connection

    by AFP via Paris terror attacks - LIVE REPORT 11/16/2015 9:26:12 PM
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    France launches vast police operation after attacks

    by AFP via Paris terror attacks - LIVE REPORT 11/16/2015 9:26:50 PM
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    State of emergency in France

  • .@MetroTransitPD Chief Pavlik says they've had an increase in text tips. If you send one, include bus/train # @WTOP http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CT9uwd9W4AEW6pg.jpg

  • Chronology of events Friday night

    9 p.m.—The French and German national soccer teams face off in the Stade de France stadium. French president Francois Hollande is in the crowd. Across town, the Eagles of Death Metal concert begins at the Bataclan concert hall.

    9:20 p.m.—A man wearing a suicide vest detonates his bomb at Gate D outside the stadium, killing himself and one bystander. A Syrian passport is found by his body. The blast is audible, witnesses at the game told the Associated Press. The match continues.

    9:25 p.m.—Gunmen in a rented car open fire on crowds at a bar and restaurant on Rue Alibert in the 10th arrondissement. They attack Le Carillon first, spraying the outside of the bar with bullets. Le Petit Cambodge, a Cambodian restaurant across the street from the bar, is also attacked. 15 people die and 15 are injured. The gunmen leave behind over 100 shell casings of different calibers.

    9:30 p.m.—A second suicide bomber detonates his vest outside the stadium at Gate H. No one else was killed in the attack.

    9:32 p.m.—Gunmen in a rented car open fire on La Bonne Biere bar on Rue de la Fontaine au Roi. Five people are killed. Eight people are injured. The gunmen use at least 100 bullets.

    9:36 p.m.—Gunmen in a rented car attack La Belle Equipe bar on Rue Charonne in the 11th arrondissement. The attackers kill 19 people. Another 100 shell casings are found on the ground.

    9:40 p.m.—A black Volkswagen pulls up outside the Bataclan concert hall on Boulevard Voltaire in the 11th arrondissement. Three gunmen enter the venue and open fire. They are also strapped with explosives. The American rock band Eagles of Death Metal is performing onstage. The concert is sold out, with a full house of about 1,500, the AP reports. The music is loud, and people do not realize what has happened until after the gunmen have already begun shooting. Concertgoers escape through side doors, some dragging bodies with them. Some do not escape in time. A hostage situation has begun. 89 people have been killed inside the Bataclan.

    One of the hostage takers has since been identified. Just shy of 30 years old, the French national had been convicted eight times between 2004 and 2010 for minor crimes, and had been flagged for ties to Islamic radicals. One attacker was reported to have shouted “God is great” in Arabic during the attack. The BBC reports that one witness heard a gunman blame Hollande for intervening in Syria.

    Further down the street from the Bataclan, a suicide bomber detonates his vest. He is the only victim.

    9:53 p.m.—Another suicide bomber detonates his vest less than a half-mile from the stadium. He is the only victim.

    Shortly before midnight, Hollande declares a state of emergency across the nation. Borders are sealed, leaving many stranded both inside and outside the country.

    12:20 a.m.—Elite security forces storm the Bataclan. Two of the gunmen set off the explosives strapped to their bodies. A third gunman is shot, causing his vest to explode.

    The Associated Press interviewed Philippe Juvin, an emergency room doctor at the Georges Pompidou hospital. Juvin said he has never had to attend to so many victims at one time.

    “The majority were gunshot wounds inflicted with weapons of war, of high caliber… Also, the psychological trauma, the people that witness these events are deeply affected. Even if some may not be physically injured, it hurts their soul."

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • This map from July shows the territory under ISIS control in Iraq and Syria. (Associated Press)

  • Kerry in Paris to show US support for France after attacks

    WTOPPARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Paris on Monday to show American solidarity with France after last week’s deadly attacks. Kerry landed in the French capital under unusual security precautions…
  • Can't black mark an entire religion because of this. it's 50/50. You have innocents in that religion and terrorists misrepresenting that religion.
  • Paris. 19 nationalities among the victims. Still 15 victims to identify.
  • The U.S. State Department released Sec. Kerry's remarks from outside the U.S. embassy in Paris. Read the full text here.
  • Turns out U.S. intelligence got aquainted with Abdelhamid Abaoud in May of this year. From Molenbeek, Belgium http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CT9iZbqWwAEmPE4.png

  • 9/11 Memorial
    22:11 GMT - Hundreds gather at the 9/11 Memorial in New York to observe a minute's silence for the victims of the Paris attacks. French expatriates, tourists and Americans placed tricolour flags and roses on the monument, and sang the French national anthem.
    "The 9/11 national memorial and museum stands in absolute solidarity with France, just as the French people stood united and supported our city and our country when we needed it most," says Joe Daniels, president of the memorial.
    by AFP via Paris terror attacks - LIVE REPORT 11/17/2015 8:08:28 AM
  • Highlights from Monday, Nov. 16

    -  Hollande expects to meet with Secretary of State Kerry Tuesday morning

    - UN Security Council holds moment of silence for 'every victim of terrorism'

    -Resettlement of Syrian refugees under question, paused in wake of Paris attacks

    -The Eiffel Tower has been re-lit in the French colors of blue, white and red. 

    - Metro Transit Police increase patrols,  no specific threats to the U.S. Capitol

     - President Obama says sending in ground troops 'would be a mistake,' will intensify airstrikes

    - French authorities conducted overnight raids and massive airstrikes in Raqqa

    - President Hollande addresses the French parliament; victims were of 19 different nationalities; calls to extend state of emergency for 3 months; wants to work with U.S., Russia to 'smash' the Islamic State

    -World leaders vow to boost intelligence-sharing, cut off terrorist funding, tighten borders

    - More details emerge of victimsattackers; 15 victims remain unidentified 

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    Obama: Unwise to send ground troops into a war against Islamic State

    U.S. President Barack Obama talks during a news conference at the end of the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Mehmet Guzel)

    WASHINGTON - At a news conference in Antalya, Turkey, Monday, President Barack Obama called Islamic State "the face of evil" in the world, but added that it would be a mistake to send American soldiers there.

    “There is a cost to the other side,” the president said, referring to injuries and deaths among troops as well as the money that military actions cost. And while American troops could take and hold territory in the Middle East, he said, "that does not solve the underlying problem" that created Islamic State in the first place. 

    The president took several pointed shots at his critics, saying, “I can’t afford to play the political games that some may.” He added that that his periodic visits to Walter Reed to visit wounded veterans gave him pause when it came to making moves whose only intent was “posing,” “making us look tough” or “making me look tough.

    He also said, “Folks [who] want to pop off and have opinions about what they think they should do, present a specific plan.

    Obama re-emphasized that ISIL does not represent the views of “true Muslims,” but that Muslims worldwide “have to ask very serious questions about how these extremist ideologies take root.”

    The president added that the overwhelming majority of victims of Islamic State are Muslim, including the recent influx of refugees from Syria.

    Referring to calls that the U.S. admit Christian refugees from Syria, not Muslims, the president said, “that’s shameful. That’s not American; that’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests for our compassion.

    While acknowledging his policy differences with his predecessor, George W. Bush, President Obama said he was “very proud” of Bush’s statement six days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, “when he was adamant that this is not a war on Islam. … Those who have taken leadership in his party would ignore all of that  that’s not who we are. On this, they should follow his example. It’s the right one.

    Read more from The Associated Press here.

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    Police action ends in Brussels area

    A local official says a massive police operation in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek has ended and that no one was injured.

    Mayor Francoise Schepmans said Monday that the operation ended after more than three hours. It was unclear whether there was a major arrest during the operation which centered on a suspect in the Paris attacks.

    Two small explosions were heard during a major police action in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek amid a manhunt for a suspect in the Paris attacks, The Associated Press reports. Dozens of masked and heavily armed security officials had sealed off the area and neighbors were told to stay out of harm’s way.

    Police arrested three suspects in the impoverished Brussels neighborhood on Saturday and continued house searchesPolice refused to provide any details about who may have set off the explosions or the purpose for them.

    Two hours into the siege a first explosion was heard; and a similar followed it one hour later on a higher floor of a building with special security forces close by on roofs.

    More here.

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    Belgian jihadi ID'd as mastermind

    Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the child of Moroccan immigrants who grew up in the Belgian capital’s scruffy and multiethnic Molenbeek-Saint-Jean neighborhood, was identified by French authorities on Monday as the presumed mastermind of the attacks last Friday in Paris that killed 129 people and injured hundreds.

    WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green says that Abaaoud is now in Syria.

    Belgian authorities suspect him of also helping organize and finance a terror cell in the eastern city of Verviers that was broken up in an armed police raid on Jan. 15, in which two of his presumed accomplices were killed.

    More here.

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    French airstrikes against Islamic State strong points

    On Sunday, a French defense official told CBS News that the French military has carried out “massive” airstrikes on an Islamic State strongpoint in Syria.

    Twelve French jets dropped a total of 20 bombs on Raqqa in coordination with U.S. forces.

    French foreign minister Laurent Fabius told CBS on Sunday the airstrikes have destroyed a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump.

    Activists say French airstrikes on Raqqa did not kill civilians and only hit military targets in the Islamic State group’s de facto capital, The Associated Press reports.

    Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Monday the French targeted military facilities on the northern and southern edges of the city.

    He says there are casualties among IS but did not provide numbers.

    Sarmad al-Jilane, of the Raqqa-based collective called Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, told The Associated Press the city is tense, with few people venturing out even though markets are open.

    France’s Defense Ministry said 12 aircraft dropped a total of 20 bombs Sunday night in the biggest airstrikes since France extended its bombing campaign against the extremist group to Syria in September.

    Read the full story here

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    More than 168 places in France raided Sunday night

    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 168 locations across France have been raided overnight, and 104 people have been placed under house arrest in the past 48 hours, The Associated Press reports.

    Casemeive said Monday: “It’s just a start, these operations are going to continue, the response of the Republic will be huge, will be total. The one who targets the Republic, the Republic will catch him, will be implacable.

    Meanwhile, a major action with heavily armed police is underway in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek amid a manhunt for a suspect of the Paris attacks. CBS News reports that police have encircled a house in the Mollenbeek neighborhood, but that they have not yet captured Saleh Abdeslam, the reputed eighth attacker.

    WTOP National Security correspondent J.J. Green adds that his sources cannot confirm that Abdeslam has been arrested.

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    Authorities expect another wave of attacks

    The French have responded with raids, arrests and airstrikes to Friday's terror attacks in Paris, but European authorities tell WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green that they expect another wave of attacks from the Islamic State.

    Green tells WTOP that authorities have told him, “Yes, we expect something else,” in a matter of “hours, days or weeks.”

    The reason for the concern: Supposed mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is now in Syria, came to Belgium to plan the attacks with accomplices, not all of whom can be accounted for.

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  • France launches new airstrikes on Raqqa

    PARIS (AP) — France has fired new airstrikes on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, days after deadly attacks in Paris linked to the group.

    The strikes early Tuesday destroyed a command post and training camp, military spokesman Col Gilles Jaron said.

    France conducted sweeping raids Sunday night on Raqqa and the French president is calling for strengthened international coordination against IS after attacks killed at least 129 people around Paris on Friday.

    Follow any updates here.


  • Neeley, 8, of Virginia, sits on her father's shoulders during a moment of silence that was part of a tribute and ceremony remembering victims of this weekend's Paris terrorist attacks at the 9/11 Memorial and Survivor Tree, right, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) 


  • French minister says more raids carried out

    PARIS (AP) —France’s Interior Minister has said that authorities carried out “128 police raids last night.”

    Bernard Cazeneuve spoke on French radio France Info Tuesday and did not give specific details about the Monday night raids that have followed Friday’s deadly Paris attacks that killed 129 people and injured many more.

    He said that “the majority of those who were involved in this attack were unknown to our services.”

    Cazeneuve also said that 115,000 police, gendarmes and soldiers have been mobilized to protect French citizens. He pledged to boost funding for police equipment — which he said that dropped by 17 percent from 2007 to 2012.

    Click here to read more. 

  • French authorities are searching 2 apartments in Paris one in the north and one the south that some of the hijackers stayed in.
  • PT 2 apparently they rented thm for short terms --about a week or so. One was rented by Abdelsalam Salah. twitter.com/NATSEC09/statu…
  • PT 3 Police have also discovered they had him in custody about 3 am Sat. But lelt him go,Didn’t know who he was. twitter.com/NATSEC09/statu…
  • PT 4 Car found overnight belonged to 2 men that Salah called to help him get across the French border into Belgium twitter.com/NATSEC09/statu…
  • PT 5 German authorities have arrested 3 people in connection with the Paris attacks -- a man and 2 women twitter.com/NATSEC09/statu…
  • BREAKING: German authorities now say today's arrests of 3 people are NOT connected to the #ParisAttacks
  • Sec. Kerry hints about historical grand alliance with Russian, France - Aaron David Miller, Woodrow Wilson s cholar and former Middle East negotiator

  • The latest from Paris - Vicki Barker, CBS News correspondent

  • Germany-Netherlands match called off shortly before kickoff

    WTOPHANNOVER, Germany (AP) — The friendly soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands was canceled at short notice after a suspicious object was found at the stadium on Tuesday. Policeman Joerg Hoffmeister told The Associated…
  • European authorities say the Germany-Netherlands soccer match has been cancelled --stadium evacuated --credible threat
  • French president's security stance draws Bush comparison

    WTOPPARIS (AP) — France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande is drawing comparisons to former Republican President George W. Bush by tacking rightward with a forceful declaration of war on the Islamic State group he holds responsible…
  • Over 1,200 European jihadis have returned in past 2 years

    WTOPPARIS (AP) — More than 1,200 Europeans who joined Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq have returned home in the past two years, an Associated Press count shows. Many have been jailed but others —…
  • BREAKING: German Police official in Hannover says credible intel suggesting a bomb attack was set to go off at match twitter.com/NATSEC09/statu…
  • Several German officials say there was "concrete" evidence an attack was being planned. twitter.com/NATSEC09/statu…
  • BREAKING: Sources telling me a truck bomb disguised as an emergency vehicle was planted at the German soccer match. But police discovered it
  • BREAKING: German authorities may have another multiple-scene plot unfolding...A second POSSIBLE explosive device twitter.com/dw_sports/stat…
  • CONFIRMED: A SECOND device found in Germany at a train station in Hanover --near soccer stadium. twitter.com/NATSEC09/statu…
  • IS militants dig in, anticipating assault on Syria's Raqqa

    WTOPBEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants are stiffening their defenses for a possible assault on their de facto capital Raqqa as international airstrikes intensify on the Syrian city in retaliation for the Paris attacks. The…
  • 1 of Paris attack crew had a phone. It's now in the hands of authorities --had an operational status message on it + other valuable data
  • Germany's interior minister now says NO explosives were found at the stadium or train stations. "False alarm" twitter.com/NATSEC09/statu…
  • England fans make human French flag during game against France at Wembley tonight (via @henrywinter , @DaveFletch94 ) http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CUCjYQEW4AIQkUB.jpg

  • Soldiers patrol in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. France made an unprecedented demand on Tuesday for its European Union allies to support its military action against the Islamic State group as it launched new airstrikes on the militants' Syrian stronghold. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)


  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as he heads a meeting on the Russian plane crash in Egypt, in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia, early Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. The head of Russia's FSB security service says the crash of the passenger plane in Egypt was the result of a 'terrorist' act. Alexander Bortnikov told Putin on Tuesday that a homemade explosive device blew up on the plane. All 224 people on board the plane, most of them Russian tourists, were killed in the Oct. 31 crash. (Alexei Nikolsky/SPUTNIK, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) 

    Russia attacks IS stronghold in Syria

    by The Associated Press

    Russia's defense minister said its warplanes have fired cruise missiles on militant positions in Syria's Idlib and Aleppo provinces. 

    The Islamic State group has positions in Aleppo province. Meanwhile the Nusra militant group maintains a presence in Idlib.

    Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told a briefing conducted for Putin on Tuesday that Russian bombers hit Islamic State positions in Raqqa and Der-ez-Zor. 

    Shoigu said the cruise missiles that hit the Aleppo and Idlib positions were fired from supersonic Tu-160 bombers and from Tu-95s, long-distance turboprop strategic bombers. Some of those long-distance aircraft started their missions from Russian territory, he said.

    Hours earlier, Russia had acknowledged that a terrorist bomb was responsible for the Oct. 31 crash of a Russian airliner that killed all 224 people aboard. IS claimed responsibility for downing the airliner.

    Putin also ordered the Russian missile cruiser Moskva, currently in the Mediterranean, to start cooperating with the French military on operations in Syria.

    Two U.S. defense officials confirmed that Russia attacked Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s self-declared capital in Syria, with cruise missiles and bombs on Tuesday.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss non-US. military operations. They provided no details on targets or the scale or outcome of the attacks.

    One of the officials said the Russians gave the U.S. prior notification of the attacks by communicating with the U.S.-led coalition’s air operations center at al-Udeid air base in Qatar. The official said this was in accordance with protocols worked out by U.S. and Russian officials in October.

    On Tuesday, Russia’s security service said a homemade explosive device brought down a passenger plane over Egypt last month that killed 224 people, calling it a “terrorist” act. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for downing the airliner.

    The plane crash and the weekend wave of terrorist attacks in Paris clearly have raised Russia's determination to fight IS, although concern remains in the West that its Syria airstrikes are also targeting rebels who are opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad but not affiliated with radical groups.


  • Highlights from Tuesday, Nov. 17

    - English and French soccer fans sang the French national anthem together during pre-game festivities at Wembley Stadium in London. 

    — French police search for 2nd fugitive involved in the Paris attacks, France continues airstrikes in Raqqa; armed troops continue to patrol Paris

    — Gov. Hogan will ask federal government to halt resettlement of Syrian refugees in Maryland: U.S. attorney general defends refugee screening; Speaker Paul Ryan calls to 'pause' resettlement

     French police say 16 people have been arrested in extremist crackdown in Paris area since Sunday 

     Russia strikes ISIS stronghold of Raqqa

     U.S. Sec. of State Kerry meets with French President Hollande, who will travel to Washington to meet with President Obama next week; Kerry says a cease-fire in Syria is weeks away

     Friendly soccer match between France and England will go on as planned tonight in London; Prince William and Prime Minister David Cameron are expected to attend; the Germany-Netherlands game in Hannover was cancelled.

  • PARIS (@AP) -- Paris police: raiding apartment where several suspects holed up; several officers injured.
  • PARIS (@AP) - Paris police: Suspected attacks mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed holed up in standoff. bit.ly/1MRD0MV

  • PARIS (@AP) - Police say 2 suspects dead, including a woman, during raid in Saint Denis. bit.ly/1MRD0MV

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