“This is an Attack on All Humanity:” President Barack Obama

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The merchandise manager of the Eagles of Death Nick Alexander was reportedly killed during the Paris attacks at the Bataclan.

Here are some photos, via twitter, of the vigil in DC

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15:54 PST There are now vigils happening around the world to mourn the victims of the attack. They range from Buenos Aires, to Sidney, to Chicago and Washington DC. There is a sense of shock but also defiance.

There is a also a sense that American politics have changed and that a new renewed call for military action is now present. The policy of containment has failed.

These are the three attacks that ISIS has taken responsibly for in the very recent past.

  • The Russian passenger aircraft that was shot down over the Sinai. This happened on October 31, and while there was denial at first, it now appears to be a bomb that was inserted at Sharm El Sheik airport. This is a popular destination for Europeans since it is a fairly cheap resort town that caters to the needs of Western tourists.
  • Lebanon had a couple of suicide bombers, which caused the worst attack since the Lebanese Civil War.
  • Paris, 24 hours ago.

This is the short list of attacks and appears to point to a projection of force on the part of ISIS.

Reuters is reporting increasing calls for far more muscular military action, They quote Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) as saying

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said it had become clear that Obama’s strategy of limited air strikes coupled with support for ground forces in Iraq and Syria “are not sufficient to protect our country and our allies.”

“The fight is quickly spreading outside Iraq and Syria, and that’s why we must take the battle to them,” Feinstein said.

They also quote a former CIA officer that this is a game changer.

Foo Fighters cancel the rest of their European tour. The American band posted on their FaceBook page:

It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.

A final what we know now. We will be taking a break after this.

  • The death toll stands at 129 people were killed and 352 injured with 99 seriously. There is an expectation the death toll will rise.
  • ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. Three of the terrorists have been identified, One was a french radicalized man, one was a Syrian, who came though Greece, and a third one had an Egyptian passport found with him. The explosive used in the vests was TATP (triacetone triperoxide), which is difficult to detect and easy to produce. There were 8 confirmed assailants, 7 used vests. There were three teams in the coordinated attack and Kalashnikovs have been confirmed as well. This is from the Paris Prosecutor.
  • 3 Belgians have been arrested. There have been raids in Brussels as well.
  • 1 US Citizen, a student from Cal State Long Beach, has been confirmed dead. The State Department has said more Americans were injured.
  • The National Security Council has met in the United States, as well as the British Government and the French Government.
  • There is a national state of emergency in France.
  • Embassies are coordinating the response to find foreign nationals. This is according to French Media.
  • There is now a united front between the United States, European Union and Russia, with a joint statement from Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov, citing the Vienna Declaration of 2012.

We have one confirmed American killed in the attacks in Paris. A young woman from Long Beach. She is 20 year old Nohemi Gonzalez. She was a student at Cal State Long Beach.

Francois Mollins, Terrorism prosecutor in Paris is updating the press

The antiterrorism unit of the Paris police has been fully mobilized and has been fully mobilized for months. There have been 129 confirmed dead, and the number is expected to rise. 352 people were injured and 99 are severely injured.

Our fight against terrorism is determined. At 10:00 (Paris time last night) the special crisis unit was activated. Investigations was opened related to this, and criminal conspiracy. They also mobilized the DGSI (National Security services)

The investigation is only beginning. Collecting testimony, and it is important to keep a number of investigations secret. The first surveillance came at 21:20, the first explosions happened first near at gate D of the National Stadium. The first explosion led to one terrorist dead, and a civilian.

The second attack happened at a bar and a restaurant, hit by a drive by a drive by. 7.62 caliber rounds were found. The third was an explosion by gate H at the stadium, with the death of a second terrorist. A new shooting led to the death of 5 and 8 injuries. They used a black fiat, the attackers. 100 bullet cases were found, 7.62 caliber.

Another attack occurred leading to 9 people with life threatening injuries, and 100 casings, A third terrorists exploded a vest, 22:40 a white vehicle parked in front of the Bataclan and people entered the concert hall and shot people. The terrorists mentioned both Iraq and Syria. Three of the terrorists activated the explosives they wore, and 89 people were killed and many were injured.

The last explosion happened by the stadium as well

The Chief prosecutor did not give more than just a time line of the events. He cannot say more due to the nature of the investigations still ongoing.

(One of the attackers at the Bataclan was identified from fingerprints. He was born in the same neighborhood as the two shooters who carried the attack on Charlie Hebdo.)

They also have identified the Syrian citizen as born in 1990, and they carried Kalashnikovs, and all 7 carried explosive vests with a volatile explosive, and detonators. The French Prosecutor has also identified a third vehicle that was rented in Belgium. The French Prosecutor also announced that three people have been arrested in Belgium. They were not known to French Intelligence services.

They believe there were three teams of terrorists.

What we know so far. These summaries are useful.

  • There are 127 people killed, and 200 injured, 99 of those are believed to be serous, There is an expectation that the death toll may rise.
  • Americans are among the casualties according to the Department of State. The Foreign Office is also saying that British Casualties are expected.
  • One of the people responsible was a French citizen who was radicalized. They also found a passport from Syria and the Greek Foreign minister is saying that this matches a refugee they registered. There was also an Egyptian passport found according to French authorities. Belgian authorities are raiding homes in Brussels, according to the AFP. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility as well. This follows the attacks in Beirut which they also took responsibily for.
  • One person was arrested in England, and is being questioned by authorities.
  • President Hollande has declared a state of emergency.
  • There are calls of condemnation that are world wide. There is also a call for a cease fire, not including either Al Nusra or ISIS, from European leaders and the United States in Vienna. There is also a path forwards, using the Vienna Communique of 2012 
  • Border controls are up along all French common borders.

The European Union has announced a day of mourning.

t is an attack against us all. We will face this threat together with all necessary means and ruthless determination.

Everything that can be done at European level to make France safe will be done.

We will do what is necessary to defeat extremism, terrorism and hatred.

France is a great and strong nation. Its values of liberty, equality and fraternity inspired and inspire the European Union.

This shameful act of terrorism will only achieve the opposite of its purpose, which was to divide, frighten, and sow hatred.

Good is stronger than evil. Everything that can be done at European level to make France safe will be done.”

Update 8:29 PST

And here is the full statement from both Secretary Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

SECRETARY KERRY: We talked, first of all, about the events in Paris, which follow on events in Beirut and events in Iraq. And we are in absolute and total agreement that these kinds of attacks are the most vile, horrendous, outrageous, unacceptable acts on the planet; that under any category – we don’t know who did it, but they are acts of terror. So we are witnessing a kind of medieval and modern fascism at the same time, which has no regard for life, which seeks to destroy and create chaos and disorder and fear.

And the one thing we can say to those people is that what they do in this is stiffen our resolve – all of us – to fight back, to hold people accountable, and to stand up for rule of law, which is exactly what we are here to do. And if they’ve done anything, they have encouraged us today to do even harder work to make progress and to help resolve the crises that we face.

So our hearts go out to the people of Paris, to the French, to people of other countries who lost their lives last night in this atrocious attack, and we intend to do everything in our power not just to stand with the French, but to stand with all people of decency who know this is wrong, this is evil, and we need to stand up against it.

FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: I fully subscribe to what John just said. The president of the Russian Federation expressed his solidarity with the French people, our outrage at what happened in Paris, and let’s not forget that there were terrorist attacks taking innocent lives in Beirut and in Iraq in the last few days. I think we have to strongly reiterate that there will be no tolerance vis-a-vis terrorists.

And just like there is no justification for terrorist acts, which is the position of the Security Council, I believe, as John said, there will be no justification for us not doing much more to defeat ISIL, al-Nusrah, and the like. And I hope that this meeting as well would allow us to move forward.

MR KIRBY: Thank you.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you all very much. Thank you, sir.

This is rough from the statement from Secretary Kerry from Vienna.

Defeat Da’esh

Stabilize the region

Establish a political transition

The events in Paris underscore the threat that Da’esh poses to all of us.

Secretary John Kerry.

This is not a crisis for just Syria, but this bleeding to all the region. He also said that “we do not agree on all the issues on Syria.” But he said that the political process has to go forward and led by Syrians.

It is time for the bleeding to stop, and it is time to stop giving the terrorists a place to hide. He also said that “we are not here to impose our will on the Syrian people.” They will also push for negotiations between the opposition and the government to establish a peaceful transition. The 2012 Geneva Communique is the best path.

They will push for elections, supervised by the United Nations. But this has to come with a cease fire. “It will determine who is a terrorist and who is not. Da’esh and Al Nusra are in that category now.”

The Secretary General of the UN has approved a committee to accelerate that cease fire.  All countries involved will become an enforcer of the cease fire. This cease fire will not apply to Da’esh, or Al Nusra or any other group that will emerge and engage in these terrorists actions.

(Editor’s note: We will look for the news release from the State Department. Da’esh is ISIS)

This is just breaking, Also one of Gatwick’s terminals in London was evacuated, and a French man is being questioned after guns were found.

Police raid Brussels neighbourhood in connection with Paris attacks: Belgian TV

President Obama is convening the National Security Council to discuss the attacks in Paris.

The Band Eagles of Death will cut it’s European tour short. They were at the Bataclan when the attack happened. The band survived.

We are going to update what we know as of this morning.

  • The casualty rate was lowered to 127 plus.
  • ISIS has claimed responsibility in a communique.ISIS says this is in revenge for French actions in Syria. Also that France will remain a target.  French Authorities have also said that at least one of the people responsible was a French national who was radicalized and they had under observation. This is according to the Guardian They also found one with a Syrian passport, reports MSNBC. The Guardian further reports an Egyptian passport, They are more detailed and state the latter was found in the body at the National Stadium, while the Syrian passport at the Bataclan.
  • The nationwide French state of Emergency remains in place.
  • Both English and French governments convened Emergency Meetings
  • The French President will not attend the G-20 meeting.
  • According to the State Department there are Americans among the injured.
  • All public demonstrations have been banned until Thursday, and France has declared three days of mourning. This state of emergency allows for the control of traffic and public movements, and mayors now can introduce curfews and protection areas around public and private buildings. Gatherings have been banned and public places were closed this Saturday.

Update 21:23 PST. The death toll has been revised down to 120, as the death toll at the Bataclan is not as high as first feared. This is according to Reuters.

We are also including the readout of a call between the President of the United States and the President of France.

Readout of the President’s Call with President Francois Hollande of France

President Obama spoke by phone this morning with President Francois Hollande of France to discuss the upcoming Paris climate conference, which will begin on November 30.  Both leaders emphasized their personal commitment to reach an ambitious and durable climate change agreement as well as their determination to work together to do so. President Obama and President Hollande also previewed the upcoming G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, where they will meet in person this weekend.

Here are both President Obama and Vice President Biden full remarks on the attacks on Paris. These are the official White House transcript

Good evening, everybody. I just want to make a few brief comments about the attacks across Paris tonight. Once again, we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.

We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need to respond. France is our oldest ally. The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again. And we want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress. Those who think that they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong. The American people draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of liberté and égalité and fraternité are not only values that the French people care so deeply about, but they are values that we share. And those values are going to endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the hateful vision of those who perpetrated the crimes this evening.

We’re going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice, and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people.

We don’t yet know all the details of what has happened. We have been in contact with French officials to communicate our deepest condolences to the families of those who have been killed, to offer our prayers and thoughts to those who have been wounded. We have offered our full support to them. The situation is still unfolding. I’ve chosen not to call President Hollande at this time, because my expectation is that he’s very busy at the moment. I actually, by coincidence, was talking to him earlier today in preparation for the G20 meeting. But I am confident that I’ll be in direct communications with him in the next few days, and we’ll be coordinating in any ways that they think are helpful in the investigation of what’s happened.

This is a heartbreaking situation. And obviously those of us here in the United States know what it’s like. We’ve gone through these kinds of episodes ourselves. And whenever these kinds of attacks happened, we’ve always been able to count on the French people to stand with us. They have been an extraordinary counterterrorism partner, and we intend to be there with them in that same fashion.

I’m sure that in the days ahead we’ll learn more about exactly what happened, and my teams will make sure that we are in communication with the press to provide you accurate information. I don’t want to speculate at this point in terms of who was responsible for this. It appears that there may still be live activity and dangers that are taking place as we speak. And so until we know from French officials that the situation is under control, and we have for more information about it, I don’t want to speculate.

Thank you very much.

Read Vice President Biden’s full remarks:

I join President Obama in offering my deepest condolences to all those wounded and to the families who lost loved ones in today’s terrorist attacks in Paris. It’s heartbreaking. Outrageous. The American people understand and share the pain the people of Paris are going through. As these tragic events unfold, the investigation continues, and we learn all of the details of what’s happened, the United States stands ready to support the French government and the people of Paris. And, as we’ve done before, in the face of dangers and threats, we will look out for one another. We will stand together. We will never bow. We will never break. That’s the character of our two nations. We are bound by timeless democratic values that the cowardice and perverse ideologues of extremist networks can never match, wherever they are. Such savagery can never threaten who we are. We will respond. We will overcome. We will endure.

Update 20:00 French media is  now reporting that there were 8 attackers, all dead. 7 of them were suicide bombers. 4 reportedly died at the Bataclan, 3 at the Stadium and 1 at Boulevard Voltaire. There is more, While borders were reportedly closed, airports are receiving flights and the Eurostar train is operating normally. So none is too clear what closing the borders mean.

A helpful summary of what we know so far.

  • More than 150 are believed to be dead, At least 120 of them at the Bataclan theater, where the Eagles of Gun Metal were playing. The Eagles of Gun Metal are all fine. The band is trying to find that all the crew and those who travelled with them are safe.
  • There were about six attacks, including the National Stadium in the northern part of Paris, where France was playing Germany. President Hollande was present and was evacuated.
  • French borders have been closed and there is a national state of emergency across the country, the first to encompass the whole country since 1945.
  • 1500 soldiers are reinforcing the police in Paris proper
  • DHS Secretary Johnson has said that there is no danger of a similar attack to the homeland. Yet there are police departments across the United States that have gone on an increased alert status.
  • President Obama has pledged aid to France, our oldest ally, and declared this to be an attack on all humanity.
  • All attackers are believed to be dead.

Facebook has activated it’s safety check tool for Paris. This is the first time this does not happen during a natural disaster since the tool was launched in 2014.

This is the statement from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

We are putting these phones up in case you need them, or have family in Paris that needs contact numbers for multiple embassies.

Update 18:46 According to the Police Prefect for Paris, all suspects are believed to be dead. Though they are still looking for accomplices. This is being reported by the AP.

Update 18:20 Reuters is reporting that Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said that that “At this time, we know of no specific or credible threats of an attack on the U.S. homeland of the type that occurred in Paris tonight.” but “He said the DHS and the FBI, out of an abundance of caution, are consulting with state and local law enforcement in the United States.”

We already know that New York Police, Los Angeles Sherifs and PD, as well as other departments are going on higher level alerts.

Update 18:11 This is according to CNN. “BMFTV: According to French officials, gunmen are still at large in Paris attacks. Five suspected attackers have been “neutralized.” Watch live on CNNgo.

We cannot confirm any of this for obvious reasons.

Update 17:51 This is the statement from Qatar, sent to Reuters

The state of Qatar, through its foreign minister, strongly condemns these heinous attacks that have struck the French capital causing so many victims.

These acts, which target stability and security in France, are against all human and moral values.

Update 17:34 Here are two important updates. The first is that the number of dead at the Bataclan theater stands at 120, raising the total to 158. The second is that according to the Paris prosecutor office reports that five attackers are dead across 5 locations. He also said that one was a suicide bomber and he detonated outside the National Stadium.

President Hollande will show no mercy after visiting the Bataclan site. Here is his statement via the Guardian

To all those who have seen these awful things, I want to say we are going to lead a war which will be pitiless.

Because when terrorists are capable of committing such atrocities they must be certain that they are facing a determined France, a united France, a France that is together and does not let itself be moved, even if today we express infinite sorrow.

All amenities are also closing down on Saturday, according to a tweet from the city.

Dès demain, fermeture de tous les équipements de la Ville: écoles, musées, bibliothèques, gymnases, piscines, marchés alimentaires

Update 17:21 Belgium has also imposed border controls for all fights, trains and ground crossings coming from France. They share a large common border.

American Airlines has cancelled tonight’s flight to Charles DeGaulle from Dallas

American Airlines is canceling its Dallas to Charles De Gaulle flight tonight & evaluating 4 remaining Paris flights this evening

This is the beginning of the effects like we saw in the United Staes after 911.

Update 17:01 From the Governor, Jerry Brown

All of CA is saddened by today’s wanton and brutal attack in Paris. Our prayers are with the victims’ families and all the people of France.

Update 16:46 The Guardian is reporting that White Hall will hold an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday to analyze the consequences of this attack, and the implications. Nicholas Watt further reports:

An emergency meeting of senior British officials is expected be held in Whitehall on Saturday as the UK assesses the implications of the attack in Paris.

Britain’s intelligence agencies moved quickly on Friday night to offer assistance to their French counterparts. The British embassy in Paris was placed in “full response mode”.

It is understood, however, that officials are unlikely to raise the threat level in the UK, which is currently set at the second highest level of “severe”. The highest level of “critical” is only declared if intelligence is received of an imminent attack in the UK.

Threat levels in the UK are set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and the domestic security service MI5.

Update 16:40 MSNBC is now reporting 140 dead in multiple attacks in Paris.

Update 16:36 French media is now reporting that there are at least 100 people dead at the Bataclan. This does not include all other attacks.

Update 16:19 The Foreign Office is now tweeting a link to information for their nationals

: check our travel advice for information & contact details to ring if you are concerned about family:

The International Business Times has created this map with attack locations. They also have a live blog

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Update 16:13 President Hollande will not attend the G-20 meeting in Turkey.

They have confirmed 3 explosions outside the national stadium and that the attack was partially carried out by suicide bombers. The nationwide state of emergency is the first one at this scale since 1945 and the end of World War II.

The AP also confirmed that 2 of the attacks at the Bataclan were killed, this though through unnamed sources. There is also talk that the attackers tossed an explosive device into the theater. It is being described as a scene of carnage.

16:03 According to the Guardian the Reuters reporter has been told now officially that the operation at the Bataclan is now over.

They are also sending military troops to reinforce security in Paris.

15:56 France 24 is reporting the assault on the Bataclan theater is over. Two of the attackers are dead. This is an unverified report that Reuters is also carrying

15:38 PST Reuters is reporting explosions near the Bataclan theater. Watch 24 confirms 40 dead.

These are some of the embassy numbers in Paris for people who may have concerns about friends or relatives.

British Embassy: +33 1 44 51 31 00

US embassy Phone: +33 1 43 12 22 22

Irish embassy Phone:+33 1 44 17 67 00(All in Paris, obviously)

Nov 13, 2015 (Paris) President of France Francois Hollande went on French Media and has declared a national state of emergency. He also stated that French borders are now closed, to both prevent the perpetrators from leaving and anybody else to come in and join in these attacks. Hollande also said that the army has been mobilized as well as the security services. There may be attacks still ongoing and these services are preparing to launch an assault.

An American band Eagles of Death was playing at the Bataclan concert hall. There are unconfirmed reports that there are executions inside that theater.

The President also confirmed that this was a terrorist attack, or rather a series of them. He did say that they knew the identity but did not state who they were.

Hollande was present at the soccer match, and was taken out as soon as the first detonation happened. He also has called for an emergency meeting of the French cabinet at the National Palace.

The President said that numerous people have been killed. The AP is reporting 35, while the Guardian is reporting at least 40. Some other media, are reporting numbers as high as 60. The situation is fluid, so getting accurate numbers is quite hard.

President Barack Obama addressed the media in a short statement earlier today. Obama stated that this was an “outrageous attack on humanity.” He offered his condolences as well as any support the French government may want or need.

We do not know yet the identity of this terrorist attack, but this should be mentioned, The United States and France are both members of the North American Treaty Organization (NATO). This is relevant since Article Five of the treaty speaks of mutual defense and aide when any member is under attack. Others have the obligation to come help. The first time Article 5 was triggered, was right after the attacks on 911.

This is a breaking news story.



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