Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Paris attacks: What is known so far

French airstrikes in Syria
This photo released on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows a French army Rafale fighter jet taking off from the deck of France's aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle, in the Mediterranean sea. The French Defense Ministry says it has launched its first airstrikes from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, bombing Islamic State targets in the Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Mosul. (Defense Ministry/ECPAD via AP)

Warplanes took off Monday from France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, newly deployed to the eastern Mediterranean, for operations over areas held by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, military sources said.Rafale jets loaded with bombs were catapulted from the carrier's flight deck Monday morning, an AFP reporter saw.

Speaking to AFP, the sources did not indicate the nature of the operations, which come 10 days after the deadly attacks in Paris that left 130 dead. French President Francois Hollande said earlier in Paris: "We will intensify our strikes, choosing targets that will do the most damage possible to this army of terrorists."

The Charles De Gaulle has 26 fighters, more than doubling France's strike capacity in the US-led mission against IS. France already has six Mirage and six Rafale jets stationed in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. (AFP)

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Hostage-taker killed and other suspects at large as hostages moved to 'secure place'
Police take up position near the scene of a shootout in Roubaix, northern France REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Reuters earlier reported that a number of people were hurt in the incident in Roubaix which began shortly after 7pm local time (6pm Irish time).

The neighbourhood in the town, located near the Belgium border, was closed off by police while the situation was ongoing. Local authorities have said that the hostages involved have now been moved to a "secure place".

Earlier, witnesses reported hearing gunshots after armed men took a number of people hostage.

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Roubaix hostage situation in northern France ends
Police cordon off the area close to where armed men have taken hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on November 24, 2015. AFP/Getty Images

A hostage-taking incident in the northern French town of Roubaix has ended and all the hostages are safe, officials say.

The Nord region officials did not say where the incident took place, how many people had been held or how many hostage-takers had been involved.

Local media reported the hostage-taking was not terrorism-related but the result of a possible robbery.

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What We Know and Don’t Know
A memorial outside the Carillon restaurant in Paris on Sunday, one of the sites of the attacks on Friday. Credit Ian Langsdon/European Pressphoto Agency

French warplanes struck Islamic State militants in Syria, two days after Islamic State terrorists killed at least 129 people in Paris. The airstrikes appeared to be focused on Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State.

More than 190 people were still hospitalized today in Paris hospitals — 42 in intensive care; a total of 415 had been injured, hospital officials said.

French authorities were on a manhunt for Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old-man identified today as a possible suspect in the Friday attacks. Belgian officials said that Mr. Salah’s brother Ibrahim died in the attacks on Friday and that another brother, Mohamed, was detained on Saturday in the Molenbeek area of Brussels. Seven arrests so far in Belgium opened the possibility that the plot had roots there.

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Big questions remain over Paris attacks

In less than a week after the Paris attacks, French police have managed to track and kill one of the most-wanted Islamic State jihadists and a "ringleader" of the carnage, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

However, as investigators weave together a complex web of clues pointing to a sophisticated logistical operation that took place under the nose of European intelligence officers, several burning questions remain.

How did no one know Abaaoud was in Europe?

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Key questions after Abaaoud killed

Mourners have left flowers and messages near the Bataclan concert hall where 89 people died
France and neighbouring countries are on high alert after the Paris attacks, which killed 129 people and wounded hundreds more

President Francois Hollande says France is "at war" with so-called Islamic State (IS).

Here we look at the international impact of the attacks and the lessons the authorities are trying to draw from it.
  • Are the attacks over?
  • How was the plot hatched?
  • Why weren't the attackers stopped?
  • How significant is the Belgian connection?
  • Has Europe lost control of its borders?
  • Will there be a repeat of the Paris attacks in France or elsewhere?
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Investigators face huge task
Abdelhamid Abaaoud died during a police raid on a flat in Saint Denis

News that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed to be the ringleader of the Paris attacks, had died during a French police raid came as a welcome win for investigators.

At the same time though, they realise the Belgian jihadist's whereabouts was just one strand in a complex and evolving investigation being pursued under the enormous pressure created by the knowledge that their enemy may launch murderous follow-on attacks at any moment.

On Wednesday evening, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins caused consternation when he revealed that "a new cell was neutralised" during the bloody raid of a flat in Saint Denis and that "this team would have been able to carry on other attacks".

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What happened on the night
Friday night's deadly attacks in Paris by gunmen and suicide bombers hit a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars, almost simultaneously - leaving at least 129 people dead and hundreds wounded

The attacks have been described by President Francois Hollande as an "act of war" organised by the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

Shootings and bomb blasts left at least 129 people dead and hundreds wounded, with more than 100 in a critical condition. "Three co-ordinated teams" appear to have been behind the attacks, according to Paris chief prosecutor Francois Molins.

French police have carried out more than 150 raids across the country, as the search for suspects continues. Raids have also taken place in the Belgian city of Brussels. This is how the attacks happened:


21:20 (20:20 GMT) First explosion at the Stade de France

21:25 Gun attack on Rue Alibert

21:32 Diners shot in Rue de la Fontaine au Roi

21:36 Gun attack in Rue de Charonne

21:40 Suicide bomb Boulevard Voltaire

21:40 - 00:20 Bataclan concert hall attack

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What we know so far

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 115,000 security personnel have been mobilized after Friday’s attacks that killed 129 people. France also carried out 128 raids on suspected militants overnight, he said. Separately, French air strikes in Syria targeted the Islamic State overnight.

President Francois Hollande called for constitutional amendments that he said would make it easier to respond to terrorist attacks. He also called for, among other steps, the power to strip the French citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terrorism.

President Obama called the Islamic State the “face of evil,” but ruled out sending ground troops into Syria as a response to the attack on Paris.

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Manhunt underway for possible suspect in attacks

In the aftermath of one of the deadliest terror attacks on European soil in over a decade, details are emerging about backgrounds of the men who are suspected of pulling off the attacks.

Paris was wracked by a series of shootings and explosions on Friday night, killing at least 129 people and injuring hundreds more.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, which French officials say was carried out by three teams of extremists.

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What do we know about the seven ISIS terror gang so far?
Two of the attackers have been identified a petty French thief Omar Ismail Mostefai and Ahmed Almuhamed who reportedly got into France posing as a Syrian refugee

Two of the seven strong ISIS terror gang who unleashed the massacre in Paris have now been named as investigations into the atrocity continues.

One has been identified a petty French thief Omar Ismail Mostefai and the other as Ahmed Almuhamed who reportedly got into France posing as a Syrian refugee. Mostefai is the first Jihadi suicide bomber named in connection with the Paris terrorist attacks that left at least 129 people dead and he was identified by his finger print.

The digit was found among the carnage of the Bataclan concert hall, where the 29-year-old was one of three men who blew himself up killing 89 men, women and children.

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What We Know About the Paris Attackers So Far

Coordinated terror attacks took the lives of at least 129 people in Paris Friday night. The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility, but little is known about the people who carried out the shootings and bombings in France. Here’s what we know so far about the attackers.

Who were the attackers? ISIS has claimed responsibility for the six coordinated terror attacks, calling them “the first of the storm.”

“Eight brothers carrying explosive belts and guns targeted areas in the heart of the French capital that were specifically chosen in advance,” the ISIS statement said in French. Two of the targets included a soccer stadium where François Hollande was attending a game against Germany and a concert hall, where “a party of perversity” was taking place.

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The Paris assailants: what we know

Investigators probing the deadly Paris attacks have so far identified five of seven gunmen and suicide bombers whose bodies were found at three sites across the city, while the hunt is on for others.

Here is a look at the men behind France's worst-ever terror attacks, which struck a concert venue, bars, restaurants, and a stadium:
  • Omar Ismail Mostefai
  • Samy Amimour
  • Brahim Abdeslam
  • Salah Abdeslam, wanted
  • Bilal Hadfi
  • Ahmad al-Mohammad?
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Here’s what we know so far about the suspects in the Paris attacks
A candle is placed during a vigil in Place de la Republique following the series of deadly attacks in Paris, November 15, 2015

Several teams of terrorists carried out bombings and shootings across Paris on Friday night, killing 129 people and injuring more than 350.

The terrorist group ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Seven attackers have died — six by blowing themselves up, and one in a shootout with police — but authorities are now searching for an eighth person involved in the attacks.

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Paris attacks: What we know about the suspects so far
Flowers and candles are placed outside the Le Belle Equipe restaurant along the Rue de Charonne in central east Paris, on November 15th, 2015, two days after deadly attacks across the city. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Most of the 129 confirmed fatalities resulted from the mass shooting at the Bataclan theatre at about 9.20pm on Friday. Other deaths came after suicide bombings and shootings around the same time in five other locations, including restaurants and a soccer stadium.

More than 350 people were wounded, with at least 99 of them in critical condition, Paris officials said. It is the worst terrorist attack in Europe in 11 years, since the co-ordinated bombings of commuter trains in Madrid killed 191 and wounded 1,800 in 2004.

The assaults were carried out by three co-ordinated teams.

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What do we know about the victims so far?
Loss: Nick Alexander (left) was killed during the Paris attacks

A state of emergency has been declared in France after terror attacks in Paris in which 129 people have died.

There were two suicide attacks and a bombing near the Stade de France stadium, shootings at restaurants and a massacre inside the Bataclan theatre where US rock band Eagles of Death Metal were playing.

French President Francois Hollande called the attacks - the worst violence to hit France since the Second World War - "an act of war" and said ISIS is responsible.

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Here's What You Should Know About the Paris Attacks
A crowd gathers outside the Notre Dame Cathedral for a memorial service honoring the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks on November 15, 2015 in Paris

Paris was targeted in a series of terror attacks spanning the city on Friday night when a France-Germany soccer game ensured a large crowd. At least 132 people have been killed, and French president François Hollande has officially declared a state of emergency. News sites are milling out the facts as they come, and social media is saturated with moral support for the country. Here’s what we know so far.

The attackers were Islamic State militants. Following the attacks, ISIS released a statement claiming responsibility. The group sent in eight fighters with suicide bombing belts and machine guns to “Let France and all nations following its path know that they will continue to be at the top of the target list for the Islamic State and that the smell of death will not leave their nostrils as long as they partake in the crusader campaign.” The New York Times reports that three of the attackers were brothers. One died during the attacks, and another was detained in Brussels on Saturday. French authorities are currently searching for the third brother, Abdeslam Salah. They have released his photo to the public but warn that he’s dangerous, and say that, if they spot him, civilians should not intervene on their own “under any circumstances.”

Refugees are now in crisis more than ever. It has been reported that at least one of the attackers smuggled into Paris with refugees. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush appeared on State of the Union with Jake Tapper this morning to discuss the evolving concern of terrorism. He echoed multiple other candidates in saying that we need to eradicate ISIS, adding that we have to be very careful when taking in refugees. He advocates more thorough screening and limiting the number that we accept in order to prevent national crises both in the U.S. as well as in other countries. He asserted, “This is a warning for our country that this threat is not going to go away. This is a threat against western civilization, and we need to lead.” ISIS claims that these attacks are the “first of the storm.”

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Paris attacks: The investigation so far


The Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said that seven gunmen died in the course of the attacks.
The attackers appear to have worked in "three co-ordinated teams" using the same type of assault rifles, and wearing the same type of suicide vests, he said.

Three attackers blew themselves up outside the Stade de France, north of Paris. One attacker died after detonating his bombs at the restaurant Le Comptoir Voltaire on the Boulevard Voltaire

Three men wearing suicide vests were involved in the deadliest attack of the night, at the Bataclan concert venue, in which 89 people were killed. Two of the gunmen died after detonating their vests, the third was shot by police

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Paris attacks update: what we know so far

Police are hunting a suspect they believe was “directly involved” in the Friday’s attacks, in which seven suicide attackers died. They are searching for Salah Abdeslam, 26, who is thought to have rented the black Volkswagen Polo used in the attack the Bataclan concert hall.

Belgian authorities have arrested seven other men in connection with the attacks.
Of the dead attackers, the first to be named was Omar Ismail Mostefai. A profile of him is here. Ibrahim Abdeslam, the brother of Salah, also reportedly died in the attacks.

On Sunday, 10 French fighter jets destroyed two Islamic State sites in Raqqa, Syria. The first target was a command post, recruitment centre and arms depot. The second a training camp.

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Everything we know so far on Sunday night

There have been seven apparently coordinated terror attacks in Paris carried out by at least seven militants, all wearing suicide vests. At least 129 people have been killed and around 350 are injured. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday that more than 100 bodies had been identified so far, with 20 to 30 yet to be identified.

France has formally identified three of the attackers: gunman Omar Ismail Mostefai, and suicide bomber Ibrahim Abdeslam were named. The third identified bomber has not been named. Abdeslam's two brothers are also suspected to be involved in Friday's attack. A suspect named as Abdeslam Salah is on the run - French police have put out a request for witnesses in search of the Belgium-born suspect - calling him dangerous. A man named Mohammed Salah Abdeslam is being questioned by the police.

Media reports have said a passport found next to one of the assailants belonged to Ahmed al-Mohammad, 25, a man who registered as a refugee on the island of Leros in October. Another suspect, who reportedly came into Europe on a ferry with Ahmed al-Mohammed, has been named in the media as Mohammed al-Mohammed.

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Paris attacks: What happened?

At least 103 of the 129 people who were killed in seven separate attacks across Paris have been identified, as the French military launches airstrikes against Isil in Raqqa


First two attacks: Stade de France


Third attack: restaurants on Rue Bichat


Fourth attack: Casa Nostra pizzeria on Rue de la Fontaine au Roi


Fifth attack: La Belle Equipe bar in Rue de Charonne


Sixth attack: Bataclan, Boulevard Voltaire


Seventh attack: Third blast near Stade de France

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The Paris Attacks: What We Know

French warplanes have struck Islamic State targets in Raqaa, the Syrian city that the militant group claims as its capital.

The death toll in Friday’s attack stands at 129. French hospitals said a news report that the toll had touched 132 was incorrect. More than 350 others were injured. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said seven attackers operated in three teams throughout the city.

France’s Police Nationale launched an international manhunt for a suspected eighth attacker who fled after the attacks.

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Terror in Paris: What we know so far
Investigations into the series of terrorist attacks that killed more than 120 people in Paris are moving forward, with people taken into custody and two of the gun-wielding suicide bombers identified

French President Francois Hollande has blamed the Islamic extremist group ISIS for the wave of violence Friday that put parts of Paris under siege. He called the coordinated attacks on restaurants, bars, a concert hall and a sports stadium "an act of war."

ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacres in a statement that said eight of its militants wearing explosive belts and armed with machine guns attacked selected targets across the city.

It was the deadliest terrorist attack in Europe since the Madrid train bombings of 2004, in which 191 people died.

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What we know on Sunday afternoon about the Paris attacks

Paris and the rest of the world fell silent on Saturday to remember the 129 victims who were slaughtered by terrorists the night before.

By 11pm on Friday, France President Francois Hollande declared a State of Emergency, closing all borders after six separate terror attacks.

On Saturday, landmarks across the world turned blue, white and red in a show of solidarity to support the victims and their families.

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What we know so far 
(Photo above) Lighting candles at Lafayette Square in Washington, DC in memory of Paris assault victims. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The Islamic State group has claimed the carnage carried at some of the French capital's most popular night spots, including a sold-out concert hall, at restaurants and bars and outside France's national stadium.

The seven attackers -- six blew themselves up and one was shot by police -- are the first to ever carry out suicide bombings on French soil and, unlike those who killed 17 in Paris in January, were unknown to security services.

Investigators in France, Belgium, Greece, and Germany are now trying to find out who these men were, how they carried out such a vast coordinated attack, and why.

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Paris Attacks: What We Know
A man holds his head in his hands as he leaves flowers in front of the Carillon cafe on Saturday morning

As Paris assesses the full toll of Friday night's terrorist attacks that hit six locations in and around the city, here's what we know so far:

The Victims - The attacks that began around 9:20 p.m. local time killed 129 people, French officials say, and left at least 352 more wounded — with 99 of them in critical condition. The victims were attacked at several sites across the French capital.

The first casualty was a person standing near a suicide bomber outside the Stade de France. As the attacks unfolded, there were multiple explosions — which authorities describe as suicide bombings — outside the national soccer stadium. The French national team was taking on Germany at the time of the blasts, with French President Francois Hollande in attendance, and multiple explosions were audible from within the stadium. Law enforcement officials in the U.S. and France told NPR's Dina Temple-Raston that the increased security detail because of the president's presence may have dissuaded the attackers from trying to enter.

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What We Know So Far: The short answers

French President François Hollande on Saturday blamed Islamic State for the terrorist attacks across Paris on Friday that left at least 129 people dead, and vowed to retaliate.
  • WHERE DID THE ATTACKS TAKE PLACE?
  • HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE KILLED?
  • WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
  • WHAT HAS THE REACTION BEEN?
  • WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
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Paris Attacks Investigation: What We Know So Far
A woman places a rose at a makeshift memorial during a vigil to show solidarity with the citizens of France on November 14, 2015 in New York, a day after the Paris terrorist attacks. (AFP)

PARIS:  French police have identified the first attacker out of the three teams of gunmen who carried out the worst ever attacks ever visited on Paris, which killed 129 people and wounded hundreds more.

The Islamic State group has claimed the carnage carried at some of the French capital's most popular night-spots, including a sold-out concert hall, at restaurants and bars and outside France's national stadium.

The seven attackers -- six blew themselves up and one was shot by police -- are the first to ever carry out suicide bombings on French soil and, unlike those who killed 17 in Paris in January, were unknown to security services.

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What we know so far after terror attacks shook French capital

At least 127 are believed to have been killed and around 200 injured in Paris following multiple coordinated attacks last night.

The attacks were launched in six separate locations across the city, five in the 10th and 11th arrondissements and one close to the Stade de France.

Those responsible are thought to have used Kalashnikovs, hand grenades and suicide bomb vests.

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Blasts That Killed Dozens in Beirut

A fiery double suicide bombing terrorized a mostly Shiite residential area of southern Beirut on Thursday, ripping through a busy shopping district at rush hour. The Lebanese Health Ministry said at least 43 people had been killed and more than 200 wounded in the worst attack to strike the city in years.

The Islamic State extremist group, which controls parts of neighboring Syria, claimed responsibility for the attack. The group portrayed its motives as baldly sectarian, saying it had targeted Shiite Muslims, whom it views as apostates. It mentioned almost as an afterthought that it had targeted Hezbollah, the Shiite militant organization that backs the Syrian government in the civil war raging next door.

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ISIS warns of fresh attacks on Washington in the third video to threaten America in as many days
ISIS has released another propaganda video claiming it will attack the United States, this time claiming the target is the White House in Washington DC - '"The White House will turn black with our fire, Allah willing"


Another extremist featured in the video says the western world should expect more bomb attacks like the one in Paris, singling out Hollande and Obama as targets

In a third video, ISIS threatened to attack Washington DC - despite the fact that FBI director James Comey said this afternoon that his agency is not aware of any direct threat against the U.S.

ISIS terrorists have threatened to destroy the White House just a day after another video threatened a suicide bombing in New York in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

Speaking in the footage, a jihadi with a long beard and dressed in a headdress and robe worn by many ISIS fighters, warns: 'We started with [Paris] and we shall finish with the false White House.' He continues: 'We shall render [the White House] black with our fire, Allah willing.'

The professionally-produced clip was filmed in ISIS-controlled Dijlah province, to the north of Iraqi capital Baghdad, according to the Middle East Research Institute, which translated the footage.

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ISIS Just Released Shocking New Video Making Biggest Threat Yet To US
A bearded jihadi, believed to be speaking from ISIS-controlled Dijlah, to the north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, says the terrorists will 'blow up [the White House] like we blew up the false idols in this good land'

ISIS has gained a reputation for its brutal videos, some of which feature people being beheaded on camera. In the wake of the violent terrorist attacks in Paris which ISIS has claimed responsibility for, ISIS has now identified in its videos one of its next targets for destruction: the United States.

One video features an ISIS terrorist threatening to blow up the White House. The Middle East Media Research Institute claims the video was produced by ISIS in Diljah province in Iraq.
An ISIS fighter in the video proclaims in a segment of the video titled “Paris Before Rome:” “Oh Crusader France, Allah willing we shall pulverize your palaces. Allah willing, you shall know no happiness, and will not live for long. We started with you and we shall finish with the false White House which we shall render black with our fire, Allah willing. We shall blow it up like we blew up the false idols in this good land.”

Another terrorist in the video says: “Allah willing, we shall roast them with [explosive] belts and car bombs. We should follow them wherever they may go and Allah willing we should lead them like slaves, like dogs.” This video is not the only ISIS video released after the Paris attacks which threatens the United States. A different video praises the Paris attacks and then uses footage from an April video that shows a terrorist assembling a bomb and then zipping his jacket over the suicide belt in preparation for an attack on New York City’s Times Square.

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New ISIS video threatens France, Italy, U.S.
A video released by ISIS on Thursday threatens new attacks in France, Italy, the United States and beyond

The video features two suspected ISIS fighters threatening to blow up the White House and launch more attacks on Paris. One fighter mentions a "conquest of Rome."

The Vatican's St. Peter's Square was recently featured on the cover of the terror group's online magazine.

Italy has responded to the video and magazine by beefing up security in Rome and the Vatican, with 1,000 members of the army being deployed around the country.

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New ISIS video threatens to blow up White House; turn it ‘black’
A view of the White House in Washington © Joshua Roberts / Reuters

Islamic State has released yet another video message. In this one, it threatens to blow up the White House – the second time this week ISIS has vowed to attack Washington. The terrorists had already posted a video threatening to blow up New York.

In a one-minute video titled Paris before Rome, a bearded man in a turban menaces the US with threats of suicide attacks and car bombings. Speaking in Arabic on behalf of fellow jihadists, he warns that other states will face attacks similar to the ones carried out in Paris should they follow the example of French President Francois Hollande and US President Barack Obama.

As the video continues, another Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL) member says that they started with Paris but are going to finish with the White House, which they will render black with fire. The jihadists threaten to blow up the presidential residence, equating it with false idols.

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