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i'm brooke baldwin and you're watching cnn's special live coverage of the aftermaths of the deadly attacks in paris. >> and i'm chris cuomo, we're here in france. there are many developments. the headline, france is a country now at war. this comes in a declaration from the french president as he sent in french pwar planes to bomb raqqa. there's more activity here in france.
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there's a massive show of force on these streets in and around paris saying they are at war enable d the french president t activate a state of emergency. the investigation is going on as well. its focus, a manhunt for the eighth suspect. he's a french national believed to still be in possession of a suicide vest. his aren'ted car found outside a concert hall. the deadliest site of those attacks in paris. dozens were killed there. dozens more fighting for their lives in local hospitals. in all the chaos, he was stopped by police on the way out of paris. earlier today, special forces focused in on brussels, with history to terror plots. several of the men involved in the paris attacked believed to be connectioned to that as well.
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these raids happening across belgium and here in france are all part of this larger plot that is now recognized. isis was behind what happened here and planned it from abroad. and the terror group clearly relishing the attention sending word in a new video promising to strike america in its own stronghold in washington. president obama already under pressure to do more said just hours ago he's standing steadfast in in his strategy in the war adding more troops and a blanket rejection of refugees would be a mistake. >> there have been a few who suggested that we should put large numbers of u.s. troops on the ground. its not just my view, but the view of my closest military and civilian advisers, that that would be a mistake. >> the big revelation was that this was a coordinated attack
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and coordinated from a abroad leading up to the highest echelons of isis is of major concern. for more on that from outside the concert hall is is nic robertson, what do we know about this chain of command, this planning from abroad and what it means going forward? we don't have him right now. the reporting is very important. we have people all over this story. let's fwo to belgium. we have the site of a massive manhunt ongoing right now. let's check in. what do we know?
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>> reporter: chris, when we spoke a little earlier, we were in the middle of the raid here. now behind me you can see the aftereffects of that boarded up windows and a bashed in door. but no arrests. the international manhunt for that suspected eighth attacker is still ongoing. this comes after the french president has squarely placed the blame for the attack on his country on belgium. he says this was organized. this was planned in syria, organized in belgium with some inside help from france. authorities here in belgium are not disgragreeing. they are saying belgium is the weak link. the operations here in the rest of the bin laden jum capital are continuing as is that manhunt. >> there's no question that there's a lot of responsibility and concern to be shared here. let's go back to nic robertson
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right now with more on the idea it wasn't just about what was done in france, but all the way back to syria in terms o of the planning. >> this obviously is a major concern now. the fact that this was planned inside syria. a plan at a high level. we heard syria is now the foremost terrorist factory in the world right now. the man in question is the man that is now being pointed to as the isis ring leader in syria who was behind this particular plot. what's concerning about him is his close connections to the leader of isis. that means the implication directly that this attack had sanctioning and perhaps some input from the upper echelons, from the leader of isis riitsel.
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if france has made other places in priorities for his fighters, that is going to concern counterterrorism authorities here. what do e we know? he has a record of being conn t connected to isis plots in europe. he had connections in belgium as well, potentially coming from europe himself, having swept through a counterterrorism dragnet earlier on this year. the details at the moment are that while the french may be able to name him, are they any closer to catching him? the best they have notwithstandimanaged so far is those overnight airstrikes we saw around raqqa. >> of local and global importance, they need to guy not just to understand how this happened, but who made those vests. that had been to be locally made because of the chemical compound. and also for an understanding of this newfound reach of isis.
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the ability to attack and plan from afar. let's get more perspective on this. to do that, let's remember why these attacks hit so hard emotionally all around the world. there was a sock r game going on. a friendly match between germany and france. and in the middle of it, something that had nothing to do with sport and everything to do with terror. remember this. >> that was dismissed by some, maybe something to do with pyrotechnics in the game, but it was one thof what would be thre vests detonating. one of the people there in the crowds was simon cooper, a financial times columnist and cnn contributor and also a family man who lives here and is
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raising his kids here. along with him a a man first to arrive on the scene at the "charlie hebdo" killing. you have perspective. you're wearing two hats in terms of understanding the situation. let's look at it step by step. there's word now that there was warning out of iraq that a u.s. and french that isis attacks were eminent. this this word came just before the attacks here friday. what have you learned about opportunities that may have been missed? >> one problem they have now is they have so much information from everywhere and it's hard to know what intelligence matters. clearly, mistakes were made. the master mind of these attacks, the guy who we think is the master mind who lives in belgium traveled regularly between brussels and the so-call canned islamic state. they knew about this guy and had
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they kept a better watch, this plot might have been nipped in the bud. there are huge questions about intelligence failures. >> let's take a look at that. we have two big attacks. everyone here will say the specifics of france's situation, the geographics, the demographics, make it too difficult with what they are dealing with and yet at least two of the men in these attacks here on friday were people known to police. one of them even on a watch list. how do you balance the responsibilities here in terms of what should have been done? >> it's a good question. it was also the case in general with the terrorists who attacked "charlie hebdo." they were french locals. they were also known to security services. this is one of the problems. pop. to to exchange information, analyze all the data they are collecting, that's probably the main core issue of terrorism threats. the thing is that since january, the french have invested hundreds and hundreds of
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millions in police forces, in. intelligence services, there's a a very strict law that has been voted the french version of the pa patriot act. there are 10,000 troops that have been deployed on the streets in paris and cities. the attacks were not prevented. it's a very difficult task. and these are questions that the government will have to respond to because apparent. ly there are strategies not work ing. >> the intelligence community here will respond. . they will say we're not ready yet. with just got these laws passed. we're still building our capabilities. now you have a new question here. as of today. your president asking the parliament through a joint session to give a state of emergency duration past the constitution of 12 days into three months. right now the french people want whatever will keep them safe. do you think that vote will be given to authorize the three
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months. ? and what do you think happens after that? >> i think like in the u.s. after september 11th, the public want a president look iing toug. they will give permission for such measures. the french have been spying on people for many years now. they have a lot of information. whatever you do here, one problem you'll find is in europe we still have 28 countries so one thing these terrorists did is had hid in belgium because exchange of information is weak. so information is not coming to france quickly ask make use of that. >> it's a problem we e see everywhere. but. you have security but also liberty. how do you balance those two. when people understand the power, the government will have under this state of emergency, do you think there will be a a little bit of a backlash or no? >> i'm afraid not. that's my personal opinion. >> why are you afraid not? >> the state of emergency is
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something thams very dangerous. 12 days only because it's such an extreme measure, the fact that he wants to prolong it to change the constitution, imagine that obama would like to change america's constitution, it's almost incomprehensible. but it's very hard to talk. we're still mourning or victims, but we have to think about are we really ready to seed our liberty to exchange for security, which is mostly security -- just in the minds of people. i think in france in the joint session they probably abuse the fact that people are not really clearly thinking right now. >> they are acting out of fear to a certain extent. we'll have to see what process it takes here and where it goes from here. thank you very much.
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that's the point. what a difference one event can make. look what's going on in the united states right now. politicians calling for a heavy military force on the ground in syria. . calling to not let any syrian refugees in. obviously, what happened here is certainly reverberating in the united states. >> we have martin savidge on that. we'll talk to him later as one of the threats of this massive story. coming up, we have to explore the revenge. france. dropping bombs on isis as the french president says they are at war. but he also says he will be meeting not only with president obama, but also vladimir putin to join forces. our question is what does that look like? also ahead here on cnn, u.s. officials are concerned the terrorists planned attacks using sony playstation. how? you're watching cnn's special live coverage. we'll be right back. the future belongs to the fast.
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better eggs. . a moment of silence there rlier. i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn's special live coverage with the paris attacks. . now the aftermath. we'll get back to chris cuomo live in a moment. but first, the french president today addressed a joint session of parliament. france is at war. and french airstrikes are showing just that. for a second day na n a row, the air force jets took off targeting isis command centers, recruitment centers, ammunition depots. they are dropping bombs on raqqa, the capital of isis call fat. but at a news conference today, president obama was pushed on the u.s. strategy focusing on
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similar airstrikes and whether or not that is enough. he was asked about the potential for ground troops. let's get into that with retired lieutenant jrnl mark hurtling. >> thank you, brooke. >> first, let me begin with ufs toggling back and forth. you had him in a a rare joint session and televised for the first time this happened. he sort of forcefully declared france is at war and in turkey president obama choosing his words very carefully over the situation here. your response to that? >> it was interesting because he wanted to show a a symbolic approach to countering what he believed affected the attack in paris the other night. in my view, he did it in a very symbolic way, but also the simplest of ways.
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the best way to do it is go. drop bombs somewhere. the president was trying to approach it from a different way saying there are lines of effort in this fight. there is certainly the continued effort against isis in syria and iraq. there's an attempt at building up forces to fight that effort on the ground. there's an attempt to build a coalition that says across the board this is an evil organization and we must put it to rest. there's an attempt to to stop the flow in and out of the borders of syria through the borders of turkey. there's an attempt to get information playing a part in this campaign and stop pg the ideology that contributes to it. the president, who has been fighting this war for a long time, is saying there's a lot more to this than just. dropping bombs and we have to come together on all the things that will eliminate terror. >> he was asked a a couple questions from different members of the media. he almost seemed to get
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frustrated by being asked the same question. let's just take care of this. . send in thousands of u.s. ground troops and just take down isis that way. he says that would be a mistake and this is why. >> if r you don't have local populations that are committed to inclusive governance and who are pushing back against ideological extremes, that they resurfa resurface. unless we're prepared to have a permanent occupation of these countries. let's assume we were to send 50,000 troops into syria. what happens when there's a terrorist attack generated from yemen? >> he went on to say the strategy to go after leadership and infrastructure and squeeze the space that they operate and that that's something that can be sustained. doesn't he have a point? what's your response to that? >> i believe he has a great
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point. we have been saying this together. you and i have been talking about this many times about the fact that there's a huge difference between winning and gain i gaining. people want it to stop now, but you're talking about a generational approach to this c conflict, which is centered around ideology and what these radical extremists want to accomplish. they want to take the world back to the 14th or 9th century depending on when you look at their history. you can't stop that by bombing a place on the earth which seems to be their territory right now. i would suggest what would happen if 100,000 soldiers went into syria right now, stopped this effort, and then suddenly another bomb or another group. of six terrorists attack somewhere else in the world and claim victory. that's what's happening.
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we have seen, and unfortunate play of words, an increasing containment in syria. it's gotten him in a lot of trouble. the words are absolutely right for that place in time. but what's happening is isis is now looking outward from syria to try to bring terror to other places which requires an expansion of the kind of conflict we're fighting. that has to do with information, reduction in ideology, getting muslims and e moms to counter this message. this is a difficult conflict. it's the hardest conflict we have soon in america and it's going to take a whole lot more things than dropping bombs or putting boots on the ground. >> i have so much more for you. let's continue this conversation over the course of the next couple days. general, always a pleasure, thank you for your voice. >> thank you. coming up next, frantic manhunt underway for this eighth
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attack er. we're now learning who the master minds are here. we'll take you live to paris. i'm brooke baldwin, this is cnn's special live coverage.
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what happened here just friday. what will it mean going forward on top of the airstrikes for both countries? a lot on the table. as we hear about those krgsings, we'll relay the information to you. to be sure, the french president has its own sense of urgency. he just declared before parliament france is at war with isis. words with immediate impact abroad and at home. the military launching its second day of bombing missions in syria. here within france, there's a state of emergency. that allows special police powers potentially for months to come. and in reflection of that, there have been over 150 operations and searches in the last 24 hours in search of suspects involved in these attacks and with terror activity in general. all of it as you know in response to the coordinated assault friday that left 129 at least dead in paris including we know of one american. but many countries represented
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in this pool of victims. another 350 plus were wounded. it was with that in mind that we go to a tika with more. >> there were 19 victims here. these are very much young people out for a weekend night. and completely unprepared for what had happened. this turned into an emergency zone within minutes. and as you can see, it's 8:30 in the evening. the crowds have not diminished. people continue to come r here. this is very much a a city in mourning. and one of the things that we notice is that a number of children have come here. families have come here to pay their respects. one of the reasons for that is
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they said they need to explain this to their children in some way to make sense of this senseless violence. so by bringing them here to light a candle and bring some flowers, they try to explain in the most simple and direct terms what happened and the many innocent victims that lost their lives here. >> we have to be balancing this need to understand and investigate with respecting what is also happened and the lives lost. the dead have not been burr rid. so many are fighting for their lives. just behind us here, you can see people are meeting. when you talk to them, they are here to show respect for what has happened and those lost and those struggling, but they don't know what ls to do. and that is now informed by a greater understanding. one of the big concerns is this wasn't just about seven madmen here. this was about coordination and the ability of isis to strike
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from beyond the actual site of terror. what's the implication for that in planning going forward? >> the implication is horrendous for europe. isis has been warning they are going to do this. we are going to exploit the refugee flow to get people into europe. and there were already 6,000 european jihadists in syria and iraq. it's clearly part of their policy now to get some of these people back into europe. they are trained. they know complex explosives. they are trained in weapons. look at the way some of the group handled themselves with weapons on friday night. these are not crazies. these are well-trained fighters. they can infull trailtrate usin migrant flow. >> what happens next as a function of what the terrorists want? but. also what the people want. here in france, i was here for "charlie hebdo."
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there was a feeling of unity. this is right after something much bigger in scale. but the feeling is very different as well here. do you believe that this event will move the sentiments about what needs to be done to fight terror? >> i think you're already seeing that here. the mood, i was here for "charlie hebdo." there was resilresilience. the mood this time is somber. it's much more resigned to the fact this is the new world we're living in. we can expect more of this. the prime minister of france said that just this morning. this is going to be the first episode in many to come. there's limited capacity in a free society to stop this. do you turn france into a police state? >> in terms of the state of emergency, the president today asked parliament. two historic things going on here. the french president for the third time since 1848 convened both houses of parliament in a special session to ask for a a state of emergency that is 12
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days as a boundary asking for three months. and that is historic in that they haven't had one since the war with algeria. that's not the kind of history they wanted here. the question is what does that mean going forward? spg they just want now or will it become the new normal? >> the new normal will involve surveillance power to detain suspects that's already being called upon. some politicians on the right are saying we need to detain everybody with a marker. 11,000 of them. do you detain 11,000 people? the other thing that has to be done is across europe between different security agencies is very poor. even neighbors competing silos of interests. they should have had some sense that this was coming if they had been cooperating and looking at the flows of fighters. they didn't. >> thank you very much. we'll keep talking plenty about what's happening here and beyond. do you detain that many people?
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there's a man running for president here in france that says that's exactly what you do. it's a popular position for obvious reason here. ek e koeing back to the united states, politicians there now saying hard line is the only line when it comes to terror. syrian refugees even. >> with regard to the beyond, let's go there next. . isis in the wake of the attacks saying they will strike here in the united states. they are even naming a specific target within the u.s. you're watching cnn's special live coverage. back after this. i don't want to live with the uncertainties of hep c. or wonder... ...whether i should seek treatment. i am ready. because today there's harvoni. a revolutionary treatment
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welcome back to cnn. you're watching our special live coverage of the paris terrorist attacks. 8:40 local time there in paris. today the president of france said his country is at war with isis. an enemy he labeled as, quote, barbarians. >> we are not connected to a war of civilization because these assassins don't represent civilization. we are in a war against terrorism, jihadism, which threatens the whole world. >> joining me now is graham wood, a contributing editor with the atlantic. he wrote what isis really want, a story about the ideology behind the islamic state.
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thank you for coming back to talk about this. first and foremost, we have seen this new video frommist skpis this target close to home for us here. i swear to god as we struck france and its stronghold, we will strike america in its stronghold, washington. what's their biggest desire here? >> a lot of their propaganda has shone the eiffel tower, the white house in flames. it's cost free for them to exploit the climate of fear. after paris there's a hair tr trigger we're on that i think it would be really unsurprising that they would exproit that and make sure they have a message saying we're coming to you. >> this were able to pull it off in paris. but in washington? >> it will be difficult.
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in france they had 2,000 fighters that had fwoen to fight with them in syria. some of them came back. there might have been eight of them that perpetrated the attack. there are only a couple americans that have gone over there. so we have to look at the weakness they have in man power in attacking the united states. >> not to mention the blowback. >> if they attack the united states, they have to expect there would be a more rigorous reaction. it doesn't mean they aren't planning to do it. it's very likely that they are. >> they will try. >> that's right. we have to think about the resources that are at hand for them. >> taking e notes, this is something that struck me that he said that's different about i s isis. it's not their weaponry, it's
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their ideology or willingness to die. . if you have a handful of people that don't mind dying, they can kill a lot of people. what are the implications there? >> it's true this has been an inspirational project for a lot of people. they have inspired the movements of tens of thousands of people to go to syria. >> tens of thousands to go. to syria. >> if that's the level of excitement they are able to unspire, if this is a narrative they have been able to get people to buy into, it certainly can't be extinguished just through military action. the weapons that they use, they are suicide belts. these are not sophisticated. >> even the explosive materials are made from household materials, not sophisticated there either. >> right, and they will kill, but it's not as if they have the sophisticated weaponry that the united states would. >> it's the mind set. >> it's the belief that they are embarked on a really great adventure, a righteous cause. >> the pope said one could think
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of a third war, peace meal, france is at war. is that what this is? >> it's a war. when we bring in the pope, there's always a suggestion this would be a religious war between religions and still remember the victimsi of isis would be muslims. so it's definitely a multifront war, but we should think carefully about the ways in which it's not. >> graham wood, thank you very much. coming up next, the number of u.s. governors rejecting the syrian refugees is growing by the minute. o president obama blasting each and every one of them. we'll get into that, come iing next. other wireless carriers make families share data. some way to say happy holidays. switch to t-mobile now and get 4 lines with up to 6gb each,
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we're live in paris. how many more were involved in the attacks here? that's the main question for investigators. they are trying to figure out through their raids and their intelligence just how big this plot was. specifically the bomb builders who may have done their work. where are they? would could that mean for what's next? for all the needs, let's not forget what is driving the interest and urgency here. those injured, those who are lost. i want to show you live pictures from two places. here in france, the memorials that have popped up where people are coming to express love for
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lost ones and people they didn't know but are now united in grief. the other picture is from new york city. where people are also lighting candles and e show iing there's unity in this time of somberness, this type of pain and frankly this type of fear. somebody who knows this all too well personally and from the perspective of helping victims through work with other victims is the director of the french advocacy group, the association for victims of terrorism. thank you. i wish i didn't have to meet you under these circumstances. what do you do for these families who have lost their loved ones trying to figure out what this means? >> for the moment, we're just having first contacts telling them that we are going to be with them for a long time. because we never knew them before. and also that we're going to have them on a psychological
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way, but also for the administration, the for the compensation and all the different aspects that we are with them and as we know the path through which they are going, we are going to be on the side u of the process for the next days, next months, next years. >> what's important for people to remember, the memorials will end, the candles will burn down, but for these families, it will be days, weeks, months, years, what are the needs over time? >> the needs first is to have the support, political support, psychological support very quick ly to know what should they do in which timing and the timing can be different from a person to another. why not equal for such an event. some react immediately. some would be very weak and it
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could be the opposite a a few days after. we have to adapt our situation to each of the victim, which is very difficult because it's a big number of victims. afterwards, they will seek for understanding, justice, recovery and also to have a status for the society. the target was society. as you said, the society will forget. but for the victims, they will never forget what happened. it will be in reverse, that they would forget and society would never forget. but that's how it happens. so we're going to work on the are remembrance and also try to keep this narrative that happens now, but will not last. we have to, again, bring back the things and show the strength of the victims once they recovered, once they went through all the process. it will take time. it needs a lot of energy.
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we have to adapt to each individual. it's a fantastic job and very duflt job in the same time. >> i know this is a job you wish you never had, but the need is great. good luck with what you do and thank you for doing it. >> thank you very much. >> back to you, brooke. we are getting breaking news involving new york and the security response in the wake of what happened there where you are in paris. we have that for you ahead. also explosive experts say the suicide bomb. s and the vests used by those terrorists were easy to make, difficult to e detect, they are being called the mother of satan explosives. we'll talk to a bomb technician, next.
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we have news. just in from the new york police department that this squad of new york police officers has just deployed. nypd is adding extra security to take counterterrorism efforts to the next level. these extra officers were added before the paris attacks, but this will be their first time actually on patrol. they are looking for explosives, this lethal recipe in their suicide vests in paris. french officials even calling this the mother of satan of explosives. so anthony may, now owns a security and explosive consulting service, beginning with this stuff, tatp is just household items you'd find in your house? >> correct. tatp is made up of common
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chemicals. it's easy to manufacture, although in the manufacturing process, there are some dangers to that. . 2005 in oklahoma city an engineering student was putting the material together and ended up killing himself. so the material is easy to manufacture. >> you need to make it within days of your use. and so would they have these attackers in paris e knowing that had to put it together within france or in belgium? >> most likely they would have put it together in france. there are several studies on tatp. one suggests it has a shelf life of seven days. what happens with it will start degrading rather quickly. when we talk about the degradation process, the fact it starts losing sensitivity. that's a good thing and a bad thing for both the bombers, but most likely the material was
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manufactured in france by a support team, not by the bomber himself. >> quickly nypd commissioner bill bratton said that the suicide vests were of great concern. they want to know the ballistics capability of the vests and asking how far would they spew out, what's the answer to that? >> it all depends. >> on how much you use? >> i'm sorry? >> would it depend on how much material you'd use? >> fragmentation or shrapnel to it. some studies have suggested that the typical fatality rate of a normal suicide vest, although y it's about 1 to 5 people. the whole idea is the bomber needs to get in close approximate sumty to his target and whether or not there's been added fragmentation or even marbles to avoid the metal e detection capability. it all depends on the vest
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itself. >> so totally gruesome, the idea of using these at all. anthony may, an explosive expert. thank you so much, sir. >> the aftermath of the deadly attacks in paris. >> we are here in france. there are many developments, france is a country now at war. this coming from the french president as he sent in war planes. there's even more activity here in france at home. right now there's a massive show of force on these streets saying that they are at war when the president said that here that also enabled him to activate a state of emergency and enhanced police powers. the investigation is the foegs focus of a manhunt who might
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have been involved specifically the bomb builder. still believed to be in possession of an eighth attacker. it was found outside. they were all coordinate d through the city. dozens killed in the concert hall. dozens more fighting for their lives right now in local hospitals. in the chaos, this particular attacker was stopped by police on his way out of paris. but because he wasn't connected to the attacks, he was able to go free. earlier today belle. jum special forces zeroed in on a suburb of brussels, a neighborhood with a history of ties to terror plots and several of the men involved in the paris attacks specifically. they did make an arrest, but it was not this eighth attacker they were look for. all these raids happening in bin laden jum and france to the delight of isis. they sent word in a new video
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promising to strike america in its own stronghold in washington. what does this mean for the united states? president obama already under pressure to do more just said hours ago he's standing steadfast in his strategy in. the war against isis and syria. . he warned adding troops that a blanket of refugees, both of those would be a mistake. take a listen. >> there have been a few who suggested we should put large numbers of u.s. troops on the ground. . it is not just my view, but the view of my closest military and civilian advisers that that would be a mistake. . >> an obvious sign of support for the u.s. here in france is that secretary of state john kerry is now here in paris. you'll obviously meet with leaders to reenforce the relationship and also to promise help coordinating what happens next. let's dip in and take a listen to what they are saying.
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>> they arrived in. france to join the front in his aid proclaimed. we are here. it was true in world war ii when america joined the courageous fighters of the french resistance in opposing and feeding the greatest evil the world has ever known. and certainly it was true 14 years ago in the wake of the september 11th attacks in new york and pennsylvania and washington. the front page read "we are all americans." it became clear at that moment that our centuries-long relationship had evolved into even more. the united states and france were not only friends, we are family. and today the entire world joins our family in heartbreak yet
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again. don't mistake what these attacks represent. this is not a class of civilizations. these terrorists have e declared war against all civilization. th they killed christians because they are christians. they killed shia because they are shia. and on. they are, in fact, psychopathic monsters and there's nothing, nothing civilized about them. so this is not a case of one civilization pitted against another. this is a battle between civilization itself and barberism. that is why every single nation
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state in the region and around the world is opposed to daesh. so the violence, the terror, the senseless murder of 132 people and injuring hundreds more, including four americans, this is an assault not just on france but coming on the heels of brutal attacks in lebanon, iraq and elsewhere. . it is an assault on our collective sense of reason and purpose. an attack on civility and self. and i want to thank the men and women who bravely reported to the scene of the attacks and those who continue to work around the clock to heal the injured, restore calm and provide relief. among those who died on friday night was an american student. he had come to paris for the same reasons that so many americans do and have for
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centuries. . to expand her horizons, enrich her education and experience the magic of this city. as one of her former classmates put it, her death the world lost such a beautiful shining light. i understand the sadness of those who knew her and other victims. the world is diminished by their deaths and no words of comfort or sorrow or resolve can change that. we don't have the power to bring them back. so we must do instead what is within our power. and that begins with a sense of fierce solidarity among good and decent people everywhere. with the vow that we will never. be sbintimidated by terrorists. and with a promise that we'll never allow these murders to
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achieve their vile aims. no one shoulddoubt thatit shines in the city of light and darkness will not ever overpower it. as history records, paris is known even darker moments. it has overcome them. people of paris joined by their friends, partners and families across the globe will stand up for and live by the values that light the world. the underlying principles that form the backbone of our laws and the essence of our common humanity. the pursuit of justice, and the embrace of peace, the belief in the rights of every human being. tonight the u.s. embassy in
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paris joins the many other landmarks around the world shining lights of the french republican. we do so as a reminder of the brave people of france that your american sisters and brothers will stand with you shoulder to shoulder as we have stood together throughout history. tonight as the old motto of this it resilient city says, we have painted across the social media in recent days, buffetted but not sunk. we will not let our sorrow for the loss of life overcome us. we will not lose sight of all the good that we are working together to do. we will not change our course or
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cancel our plans, including our plans to come together in paris later this month for the u.n. climate conference. and president obama told me today how much he looks forward to being here and being part of that important moment. ultimately, we will defeat daesh. and all who share their despicable ideology and we are on the course to do so. we will continue also to show compassion to those who seek refuge from the violence and terror. we will fight to ensure that the world that our children inherit is is richer in love and shorter on hate. we will work to bring a beautiful shining light to areas and places that are couched in darkness. . that's our responsibility. that's our duty. and we will do our duty, side by
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side, and we will prevail. >> we will defeat daesh, everything it shares, its despicable ideology and continue to show our compassion to all those who seek refuge from violence perpetrated by terrorists. we want to leave our children a world which will be richer in love and shorter on hate and liwe shall light up the darkness with a magnificent ray of sun. we are going to take up that responsibility together and we will emerge victors. thank you very much.
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long live france and the republic. >> secretary john kerry finishing his address there to the french public and the world in front of the u.s. embassy in paris. he spoke in english, he spoke in french. they are clapping now as you see the embassy lit up in the french colors of their flag right there. obviously, those colors uniting the countries as does this common purpose. secretary kerry landing here a couple hours ago to express the conciliation, but also the shared mission to be honest both countries face the same threat. what happened here in paris could have happened in the united states. let's bring in jim sciutto, chief national security correspondent. it is a message that needs to be heard, obviously. but it's also tough o to take for the people behind us right now. the idea that we the french, the americans are on course to defeat isis. hard to hear and understand as the truth right now.
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>> 48 hours after an attack like this, people here don't see the evidence of that. you could say you're on the course to taking it on, but defeat, particularly as isis has proven resilient at holding its ground in iraq and syria while at the same time gaining ground elsewhere they have outposts now in egypt and libya and taking the third ring beyond that with an attack we saw here. >> how are we to understand the word that we came up from the highest level the cia saying we knew about this attack. there were warnings. not this specific attack, but there were warnings just before the attacks here on friday out of the middle east that these types of attacks were eminent. how are we supposed to take that information? >> we were prepared for this kind of attack. it's true. i have spoken to counter terror officials as have you where they say this is the kind of thing
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isis is plotting among the attacks. and that's what e we saw here. a a number of gunmen in a city with guns and explosives. you can kill a lot of people that way. particularly in public places. he's talking about the threat in general, not this plot specifically. the frustration, if you were hearing about that and we know they are devoting so many resources both u.s. and the french and other europeans, how could a plot so international, so expansive like this one get through and it's a hard question for french authorities, european authorities and american authorities helping them here. >> put some of your reporting into focus. yes, the risk is great. the concerns are great here. their laws worked against them. now they have a state of emergency that will change things. but at least two of these men were already known to authorities and one of them was
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supposed to be being watched. how do we see that information? what does that mean about what happened? >> a lot of missed signals. one for terror offenses. keep in mind, that list is 11,000 names long. imagine that mistake. six attackers and return to europe. importantly, when they are coming backstop them coming back or at least watch them in addition to that i learned earlier today speaking to someone close to the french investigation they believe the ring leader of this. this is a man -- he's close to the leader. that's significant as well. he had been in touch with belgium jihadis who carried out
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this fire fight in january. a number of places where they were aware on the radar. the trouble becomes there are a lot of people on the radar. what do you do with them? based on the suspicion, that's what's happening now with these raids that happened last night. they have people who are raising the alert to a higher level. >> they'll have to see what fruit it bears. you can't stop them all. and everyone is afraid of o something just like what happened here on friday. thank you very much. right now, we want to go from what's happening here in france to the response from the french abroad. let's go to iraq and nick paton walsh, senior international correspondent. as we know, there's been waves of bombing going on in syria from the french and other coalition partners. what do we know about the impact? >> reporter: two key things
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stand out in the last 24 hours. it was about 24 hours from now. the first strike seemed to land around raqqa. 20 devices dropped by 12 aircraft. 10 of whom did the bombings. the targets target activists on the ground in the outskirts around the city center and the stadium and museum inside the city. not using those purposes. awnings over the streets to prevent drones to work out where fighters are. but no real notion of casualties isis had inflicted on them. activists in that town is a no civilians were hurt. the first impact and way out east, the coalition jets, 116 airstrikes against aoil trucks.
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they were taken out. a vast amount of fire power. part of the key strategy the pentagon has here. hit them hard in that revenue stream and perhaps begin to sap away at something isis badly needs, money. >> nick paton walsh, thank you for the reporting. the military impact is immediate and ovbvious, but there's a lot of political impact. we know what's going on not just here in france, but also in the united states. we'll have jake tapper with us to talk about what this means in. the united states, the politics of the presidency and beyond. stay with us. the best of everything is even better
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welcome back to our special coverage. the attacks in paris creating a backlash against the syria crisis of refugees. migrants are being shunned more than ever before. french investigators revealed one of the attackers slipped into. greece by posing as a refugee. president obama called the backlash shameful. he is encouraging nations and states to keep their borders open saying the world must show compassion to everyone. more than a dozen u.s. states now safe for now. they will not accept refugees. martin savidge is joining us. . . >> we're up to 15 now, governors have said they are no longer willing to accept refugees. some states have a few already. but the united states has
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committed to saying they will take 10,000. it would be easy to say all these states predominantly are led by republican governors. not all. massachusetts is on the list of refusers -- new hampshire, rather, and they have a a democrat cannic governor. this is also jumped quickly to the race for the president of the united states. ohio governor john kasich said no, they don't want any syrian refugees or anymore. now other republican candidates are speaking out. that includes donald trump and ted cruz, which he comes from parents who themselves came to this country to avoid political oppression. and then there's also dr. ben carson who said he wants to defund programs that support refuge refugees. there are a a number of states that have stepped forward and reaffirmed that they are willing to accept syrian refugees. at this point, they stand at
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delaware, pennsylvania, vermont and washington state. you really need a a program to keep up with this. it is moving so quickly on the home front politically. >> martin savidge, we have you to help us with this that, thank you so much. chris, back to you. >> you need to wear hats on all this issue because they aren't playing politics. they are playing practicalties. we now know that at least one or two of these attackers came here through bogus refugee migration and that's their concern at home. what's the dynamic playing out? >> there is a degree of republican versus democrat. they say we need to protect our people and can't take the risk. i think there's a lot of
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hometown politics. in other words, people concerned about what their voters want more so than opposing president obama on this issue. hearing from constituents who are genuinely scared. they see this happening in france and see the bloodiest day in paris since world war ii because of isis, because of this threat that according to cnn poll from last month the american people already think that isis is the biggest threat not united states that exists. far bigger than russia or china or cyber warfare. so there is that. i do wonder, however, and you have i have covered these stories for so long, there's always a secondary, third, fourth, residual effect. you never know what that effect is going to be. nobody wants to admit any extremists or terrorists, but what happens if the united states becomes a country that doesn't accept refugees and what
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happens if there is some sort of horrific refugee camp because other countries, it's not just going to be the united states. it's going to be across europe. there's going to be this refusal for refugees. is that a long-term plan that's counterterrorist or might that have some sort of third, fourth, fifth effect? >> they already have horrific situations driving the desperation to get away from these war-torn areas that already we have too many people in need. >> camps breed extremism in a lot of cases. >> you have a vulnerability with how this is being done. this is an emergency refugee situation. that means there isn't the vetting of ted cruz's parents got when they came because that wasn't an e emergent situation. is that a particular point that will need to be negotiated and soon in terms of the process of bringing in these refugees?
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>> two issues here. one is the public's faith in. the government. democratic or republican is just very low. people don't have faith in the government whether you're looking at george w. bush and katrina or looking at barack obama and health care, there's no faith in government that the refugees in a. proper way that will guarantee the safety of the citizens. then frankly, there is not a lot of confidence right now in president obama in how he's handling the war against isis. vast majorities think he's not handling it well. it cuts into not only republicans but also independents and some democrats. >> one window of conversation that needs to be had and is ongoing. we have been chasing the investigation all day here. you got a chance to look at the scene. you met a man who was muslim. and you asked him about the obvious. what does this mean to you. >> we met a a french muslim who came originally about 40 years ago from tunisia. and we had a long conversation.
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he just started showing us the bullet holes in restaurants that were fired into. thankfully in these restaurants, no one was hurt. one of them was a muslim sandwich shop. and i said these people are doing this in your name. he he said they are not. these people will go to hell. it says in the koran if you kill innocent lives, you will go to hell. >> it's a voice that needs to be heard. people are asking to hear from them. they have been sending out wishes at night. you can see paper balloons that they send up with claps and sing because they want to remember what happened here and remember that this will not be forgotten. it just has to be remembered the right way. thank you very much for being with us. our coverage is going to continue. this is not just about who was lost, but keeping any others from being lost. that means they need to fight
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out who did this. there's a manhunt going on for the eighth attacker and also the master minds behind this. also isis, obviously enjoying this type of attention having a a new video warning that attacks are coming and coming for the united states, specifically washington. the director of the cia makes a very big revelation on that front about what could be in the pipeline. stay with us for the answers on cnn's special live coverage.
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welcome back to paris and cnn's special live coverage of the paris attacks. i'm chris cuomo. you'll hear some clapping behind us, some chanting. we want to show you what's going on here. we keep talking about next militari militarily, politically. that's not the case here. it's about what just happened
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here on friday. those paper balloons being sent up into the air to remember the human cost, remember what was done to them and reaffirm that they are hopefully more than ever together. that is the big question. what happens next here. paris is at a big cross roads politically and militarilmilita. they started their attacks. the french president just asked the parliament in an historic joint session of parliament. it's only the third time it's happened since 1848. . he did it to ask for a state of emergency to be extended from 12 days to three months he wants that hear. what does that mean for france and the u.s.? to discuss, let's bring in the middle east editor for news week and author of "the morning they came for us." you live here in paris, but you have just recently been in syria. you understand the situation very well. when the president says we are
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at war. that is police call language and operative language to request the state of emergency and then went to the parliament asking to extend it. there is an expectation that will be granted. what is the plus and minus on that for people here? >> i think, first of all, his speech was extraordinary. . it's one of the few times in. recent history that he's addressed the joint sessions of parliament. but also i counted the number of times that said we are at war. it was very strong language. you have to remember a few things. first of all, he is not popular right now at the moment. but with this crisis, as is with last january, the killings of journalists, he's gaining popularity because he's taking back control and also giving france a kind of boost at a time when this national tragedy were very wounded. so i think the confidence he's
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giving came first with the strikes last night on raqqa. and then following the house arrest last night and the searches. the down sides to this are several. one is that it plays into the narrative of the extreme right, which we have seen throughout europe with the refugee crisis begin. ing last summer. politicians such as hungary, britain, france is leading a movement on the national front that gain. s momentum, especially with a crisis like this because it it plays into people's vulnerabilities. . you have o to remember as you know that we don't have borders as you do in america or america going to mexico, america going to canada. i could go to germany or switzerland or greece without ever showing my passport. >> now with the state of emergency that will be different, but that's not the norm. >> not the norm. . usually you could get in the car and drive from greece to paris.
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so this has brought in all kinds of issues about national security. the second issue is people are questioning what happened to the french secret service. where were the flaws? where were the gaps? how did we let this happen? all of us that work in the intelligence community on terrorism and the conflict knew this was coming. it was not a matter of if, it was when. when was it going to strike. and the difference with "charlie hebdo" was that was a targeted assassination against a group of journalists who were provocative and did not deserve to die in that way. this was a pure attack on soft targets on innocent victims under 30. he reiterated this was an attack on france and what we believe in. the pillars of the french constitution are liberty,
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liberty and this lead ing ing t point of another thing we're concerned about is that if surveillance is heightened, which it will have to be to protect against other -- >> part of the state of emergency as well. >> it means that the state can then intercept e e-mail, telephone calls with impunity. the house arrest last night and the detentions and they were done without judicial authority. this is a a worry. it's not that we're about to turn into a police state, but it is something a country such as france which values so much its liberty and its freedom of expression is going to have to keep a careful eye on. >> something like this often changes leaat least for a littl while what people are willing o accept. they are also afraid and want this to never happen again. how do you do that? those are the answers that need to come. the questions are obvious. the solutions, not so much.
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thank you for your per spspectp. let's bring it back to brooke in new york. >> from the how to the who, we are on this investigation, the manhunt. what we're learning about their backgrounds and the hunt for possible accomplices. stay with us. special live coverage continues after this. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare?
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the military launched its second day of bombing missions in raqqa, syria and there's now a state of emergency in france allowing special police powers potentially if for months to come. all of it in response to this coordinated assault friday that left 129 people dead in paris and 352 wounded. investigators say 8 suspects are the focus of this investigation and only one is still alive. joining me now is cnn terrorism analyst in paris. and paul, let me begin with the latest bit from this isis video that, in fact, they would like to target here in the united states, specifically our nation's capital of washington, d.c. you having studied isis as much as you have. what is their ultimate desire and reality? >> they certainly have a desire to attack the united states. that's a top target for them.
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and so if. they can get operatives to the united states, they will try to take the shot. but there are many fewer americans who joined isis and europeans to give you some idea about 250 americans believed to have traveled to syria and iraq. but more than 6,000 europeans here in europe is much, much higher. and a lot easier to come back into. europe through the borders here than it is to enter the united states. we have seen people coming through greece and albania and up through italy. it's not difficult to get back into the european union. . so the scale of the threat is much bigger here than in the yu united states. isis is starting to get into the terrorism business in a big way. they have capable operational lines. we're learning one of the master minds potentially of this attack
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was a belgium citizen who went to syria in 2014 and ascended up the hierarchy of isis. somebody very skilled in recruiting operatives and giving marching orders to come back and launch attacks. he was the master mind of that plot in belgium . it's figures like this, these operational master minds that really make the difference when it comes to international terrorism. the threat is definitely growing from isis. >> but you mentioned what's also key here. you mention ed getting marching orders having gone to syria. the marching orders coming directly from the chief of isis himself. if that is the case, what are the implications there that it came from the top? >> i think the implications are that the top leadership of isis
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have decided to unleash that very considerable capabilities against the west. i think on the question of france, france started launching airstrikes against isis in syria in september. i think for isis, that was probably a red line. it may be at that point that they decided to put this operation into the planning phase and sending some people back and getting this thing going. think about isis. this is the richest terrorist group in history. tense of millions if not more of dollars in the bank. they have thousands of western recruits. thousands of other recruits. they have training camps, which rival anything that al qaeda had in afghanistan before 9/11. . they controlled big chunks of syria and iraq, chunks of libya, they have a deep presence in the sinai. they have a big presence in yemen and the pakistan region in
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nigeria. i could carry on and carry on. the basic idea here is this is an unprecedented threat the wst is now facing. there needs to be urgency in the international community to deal with this threat to eradicate this threat before we have a lot more days like this. this could just be the beginning. >> none of us want it to be the end. paul, thank you. even hearing from the pope, the pope calling this the third world war. we remember the people who lost their lives in the terror attacks in paris. the best of everything is even better during red lobster's ultimate seafood celebration where new seafood combinations like the new grand seafood feast are stepped up, spiffed up, jazzed up... yeah, this stuffed lobster tail, handcrafted brown butter scampi,
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in paris each victim unique. each one out friday evening enjoying a nice night, and now each one mourned. here is cnn's george howell. >> they were students and teachers, concert goers and football fans, hundreds of people from all walks of life injured, and tragically more than 100 killed. there are still families waiting for word as to whether their loved ones will be coming home. others though already know theirs won't. here are some of the victims. from france, one of the first victims to be named a parisian lawyer described as a talented lawyer and extremely well liked. an employee of the news agency france 24, a young father and lover of rock music killed at the bataclan. from the united states cal state long beach student nehomi gonzalez, her mother says she hopes she's remembered.
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she was in paris as a foreign exchange student. nick alexander from britain. he was working with the eagles of death metal band when the attack happened. an italian citizen also killed at the bataclan according to italy's foreign minister. the 28-year-old venice native was studying in paris. from chile, a musician who had lived in paris for eight years. and patricia and her daughter, niece and grand niece respectively of the chilean ambassador to new mexico. >> those are some of the faces, but toipt share this with you. one man doing his part there to help paris heal bringing a grand piano to the bataclan concert hall. ♪
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hello everyone. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm jake tapper. live in paris, france, right near the place de la republique, this is "the lead." we are in a war that according to the -- murdered 129 people and wounded 350 others who were just out on a friday night having dinner, seeing a show, watching the game. and right now an urgent international search is underway for a possible eighth attacker, an eighth terrorist, the brother of


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