Paris Attacks Are Not A Threat To The United States
UPDATE: One day after ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Paris terror attacks, France reportedly launched airstrikes against the militant group in Syria, dropping 20 bombs in the area. Some targets were destroyed, according to reports, but not much else is known about the airstrikes.
One of the suspected suicide bombers has been identified as Ismael Omar Mostefai. Authorities also confirmed that seven of the assailants have died, and the attacks were carried out by three coordinated groups. Paris police, however, are currently hunting for an eighth attacker who may still be at large, who has been identified as 26-year-old Abdeslam Salah.
Officials have confirmed that a police raid in Belgium led to the arrests of seven individuals who may have ties to the attacks.
On Saturday, French president François Hollande has also put the blame on ISIS, calling their actions an "act of war." Said ISIS in a statement released less than 24 hours after the attacks:
France needs to know it still remains at the top of the target list of the Islamic State.
The death toll currently sits at about 130, with over 350 wounded. (One of those killed was an American woman studying abroad in France.) According to French Prosecutor François Molins, nearly 100 of those wounded are critically injured.
EARLIER: Earlier explosions in Paris have sent shockwaves around the world. The attacks, which occurred in several locations throughout the city, have left as many as 100 dead and many more wounded. As for whether or not the attacks present a threat to the United States, CNBC reports that officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said there is, "no known, credible threat against the U.S."
But that has not stopped the United State government has stepped in to aid France. Newsweek reports that President Barack Obama was briefed on the Paris attacks and addressed the situaiton in a press conference.
"We stand together with France in the fight against terrosim and extremism," Obama said earlier this evening. "We are going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice, and to go after any terrorist network hat go after our people."
During the press conference, Obama reiterated that the French government has, "been an extraordinary counter terrosim partner."
"Whenever these kinds of attacks happen, we’ve always been able to count of the French people to stand with us," he said. Obama added that there still may be live activity and dangers, and will not be speculating on the events.
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