As of November 17, 2015, here is the current information released to the public regarding the terror attacks on Paris, France.
Following the deadly attacks in Paris late Friday night, ISIS leaders sent out a video to officials worldwide the next day, claiming responsibility for the horrific events that ensued in the French capital. The two ISIS members not only declared their terrorist organization as the masterminds of the deadly operation, but also released a verbal
threat to the United States, according to CNN and other media, stating, “I swear to God, as we struck France in its stronghold, Paris, we will strike America in its own stronghold in Washington with God’s will.” Other reports indicate that ISIS has members across 15 states in the U.S. and are “awaiting further orders”, the U.S. and other countries have beefed up security in preparation to combat these alleged threats.
French President Francois Hollande called a meeting with Parliament, the third time this has ever occurred in France since 1848, and updated members on information regarding where the attacks were planned and organized. Hollande also stated that he will continue the state of emergency of France for as long as three months in order to guarantee the threat has been eradicated and wishes to implicate new laws regarding suspected terrorists and stripping them of their citizenship in France, regardless of if they were born there or not
Besides the domestic actions, France has also increased its airstrikes in Syria and are continuing to target known ISIS locations and officials. The U.S. has supported these actions, but President Obama has denied any further actions, stating that deploying ground troops in Syria would be the wrong course of action. Many politicians have questioned Obama’s handling of ISIS, claiming that his thoughts on “containing” the terror group are not enough to stop them, many believe they must be eliminated completely.
Regarding the attackers, France has identified that the attacks were planned by Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who France had been targeting prior to the attacks in Paris. French officials have also been able to identify the assailants in the attacks and are on a massive manhunt for Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old French native who helped shoot up local restaurants and cafes. Abdeslam was able to slip past French blockades and escape into neighboring Belgium. He is currently one of the most wanted men in the world, and officials are hastily working to capture him.
Multiple raids in France and neighboring countries have led to countless arrests with connections involving the Paris attacks, and many leaders are preparing their countries for what may be coming next. President Obama has stated that the U.S. will be willing to accept over 10,000 Syrian refugees who are attempting to escape, but at least 27 states and their governors have claimed they will not allow Syrian refugees from entering their states. Many place their decision in the evidence that shows a fake passport was found by the body of an attacker, who used it to pass as a refugee fleeing the country in order to reach France. Many believe the same tactic could be used to attack the U.S., however Obama has stated that it is the duty of America to house the refugees who have lost their homes from this war.
For now, the people of Paris and all of France have begun to slowly transition back into normal life, however the nation will never forget the scar that this has left on them. Nighttime vigils and memorials have been created across the city, and many mourn the tragic loss the French capital has suffered this past Friday night. Meanwhile, the rest of the world stands ready for whatever ISIS plans to do next, and hopefully eradicate the evils of the terror group once and for all.