paris terror preempts all







6 coordinated attacks in Paris by 3 teams.

Attackers had AK-47s, suicide belts, grenades.

Targets: a rock concert, a soccer match, 2 restaurants, a bar, a pizzaria.

8 terrorists dead; unknown number of gunmen at large.

129 victims dead in gunfire and blasts.

More than 350 wounded.

President Hollande: ‘Work of the Islamic State.’

ISIS claims responsibility on social media.

Belgian authorities have made several arrests, Bavaria arrests one.

Paris is shut down, national border controls strengthened.


11/16/15 Update:

France has conducted 168 raids, detained 23, put over 100 under house arrest.

Identified ringleaders: Salim Benghalem, a French national, and Abdelhamid Abaaoud, both in Syria.

Identified 5 out of 7 dead terrorists and are on the hunt for an 8th, Salah Abdeslam.

Bombed an ISIS command center, recruitment center, ammunition storage, and training camp in Al-Raqqa, Syria.


11/18/15 Updates:

Police staged an early-morning raid in Saint-Denis, ½ mile away from the site of the original attack.


1 terrorist killed by a sniper, another (a woman who was Abaaoud’s cousin) blew herself up with a bomb. 5 police injured, none seriously. 2 or more other terrorists have taken refuge in a nearby apartment.  

Rumors from phone intercepts said Abdelhamid Abaaoud, ringleader, was one of the terrorists involved in this raid. This has since been confirmed.


A second wave attack was staged on a nearby apartment.


3 persons arrested in the apartment and taken into custody at DGSI (Inner Security) headquarters. 2 other arrests were made of people hiding in the rubble; apartment owner (a felon) and his girlfriend arrested. 2 terrorists killed—1 by blast and 1 by bullet or shrapnel.


That same night, 118 other raids were conducted, leading to 25 arrests and the seizure of 34 firearms.

The French authorities are pretty bad-ass.



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3 Responses to “paris terror preempts all”

  1. November 14, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    At the moment this post was released, the casualties are 129 deceased and 350+ injured, a hundred of them seriously (numbers in constant evolution). The French borders are not closed but the “State of emergency” has been declared. In recent days, the country had reinstated controls at his borders, in anticipation of the COP21 conference, so these controls have simply been strengthened.
    The difference between this attack and the one that hit ‘Charlie Hebdo’ and the Kosher store in January is not the extent of the assault. In January, the targets were symbolic: freedom of speech, religion. Today, let us not misunderstand, the target is the very people. And I fear that the consequences, for those who ordered the attack, will be greater than what they expected.

    • 2 Frank Manning
      November 14, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      Mon ami, for you especially I want to express my empathy with the people of Paris and of all France, and also our unshakeable solidarity with you, our oldest ally. President Hollande described this attack as an act of war carried out by ISIS. We are in this war together, and together we will prevail over the forces of islamist terrorism! Vive la France!

      • November 15, 2015 at 2:04 am

        Merci beaucoup, Frank for your message of friendship and support. Your country has already shown its solidarity by the offer of assistance on the part of your services made by your government to our authorities. I have no doubt that this assistance will be precious, as well as the help of European countries in which investigations are already underway to find those who helped the terrorists.

        My country is involved since long at your side in the fight against Islamist terrorism, even if the means implemented and the action areas differ. What just happened in Paris will certainly closer our two nations in the fight against radical Islamism who want us back a millenary in the history and that distorts the face of true Islam.

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