On Tuesday, November 17th, France and Russia attacked Syria after the devastating slaughtering in Paris on Friday, November 13th. The French Defense Minister said that ten planes dropped twenty bombs on buildings used by the people who claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack. A military facility and an armory were targeted. The planes took off from the bases in Jordan and United Arab Emirates in coordination with the USA’s extensive Raqqa target list. The French President, Francois Hollande said that the attack on France was an act of war.
Russia just confirmed rumors about the plane crash over the Sinai Peninsula being a terrorist attack. 17 employees were detained on Tuesday for being suspected of helping the explosive on the plane. The crash happened a few months ago and killed 224 people. ISIS claimed accountability for the attack with a written note and a video saying they did it. Russia’s Interfax news agency promises $50 million reward for everyone who supplies information that leads to the arrest of those responsible. Airbus A321-200 crashed shortly after taking off from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport.
Syrians are migrating to America every year. The current screening process has been questioned due to the recent Paris event. Administrators stand by their process, arguing that it is safe and rigorous. Half the nation’s governors declared that they would not accept Syrian refugees into their states. On November 16th, a statement was released by the Department of State saying that they stand by their process and that they take the security of the USA very seriously. The following day, almost double the governors started refusing refugees. Nearly 70,000 refugees come to the US each year, and they go through a venting process that includes fingerprints and biographical information. Then it is cross referenced with the FBI, the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland security. The approval rate for Syrian refugees is 50%, and the Obama administration’s goal is to grant acceptance of 10,000 immigrants over the next year.
The suspected “ringleader” in the Paris attack was killed in a raid. Abdelhamid Abaaoud was among the dead in the French police raid on Wednesday, November 18th. He was identified by his fingerprints, and intelligence shows that he left for Syria last year and kept going back and forth coordinating terrorist attacks. He is said to be responsible for four attacks since the spring. Abaaoud narrowly escaped a raid in Belgium in January. Eight people were arrested and at least two were killed in the Saint Denis raid. On Monday a non-Europe state informed France that Abaaoud had been in Greece.
On November 19th an American tourist was killed in a shooting at Tel Aviv in the West Bank. Palestinian terrorists killed three people and another three people were wounded. Two suspects were arrested. Earlier that day, a Palestinian was arrested after stabbing and killing two Israelis who were in mid-day prayer. Another Palestinian opened fire in a traffic jam, smashing his car into the one ahead of him and continued to shoot after he exited his car. These attacks are the latest in a two-month long outburst of Israelis-Palestinian violences, steaming from tension over a Jerusalem holy city.