France launches air strikes on Syria - Live coverage - The Independent

France launches air strikes on Syria

  • RAF Tornado fighter jets have bombed a group of more than 30 Isis militants attacking Kurdish forces in northern Iraq.
    11/17/2015 11:36:30 AM
  • Inside the hotel rooms and flat where Paris bombers prepared their attacks

    The IndependentHotel rooms and a possible “safe house” used by the gunmen who killed 129 people in the Paris attacks have been uncovered by police. Salah Abdeslam, who is the subject of a Europe-wide manhunt, used his credit card to rent two rooms at a hotel in Alfortville, a south-eastern suburb of Paris.
    11/17/2015 12:00:43 PM
  • David Cameron will attend the England match against France at Wembley tonight
  • Jeremy Corbyn's response to the Paris attacks has reportedly angered some Labour MPs.
    The Labour leader has been invited to attend the Stop the War Coalition's Christmas party but it came under fire for a blog post entitled: "Paris reaps whirlwind of western support for extremist violence in Middle East."
    One shadow minister branded the Labour leader a "f****** disgrace" for a series of comments he has made since Friday.
    11/17/2015 12:09:25 PM
  • Three people have been arrested near Aachen in Germany in connection with the Paris terror attacks, according to German news agency DPA. 
    11/17/2015 12:24:30 PM
  • A British survivor wants to find the woman who helped him during the Paris attacks

    The IndependentA British doctor is desperately trying to find a woman who helped him flee gunmen who stormed the Bataclan theatre, killing 89 people during Friday’s Paris attacks. Mark Backwell, a hospital worker in London, said he wants trace the woman, he knows only as Katie, and “say thank you” after she held his wounds when he sought refuge from the siege in a nearby shop.
    11/17/2015 12:28:15 PM
  • The Aachener Zeitung reports that two women and a man were arrested at around 9.30am local time after special forces stopped their car in Alsdorf.
    They had reportedly been to the town's job centre and police are said to be searching for another suspect in the area.
    11/17/2015 12:34:08 PM
  • The town is close to Germany's borders with the Netherlands and Belgium.
    11/17/2015 12:39:20 PM
  • Armed guards on shoot to kill orders at Wembley as Cameron attends England match

    The IndependentPrime Minister David Cameron will attend tonight’s international friendly between England and France in a further show of unity with the nation as they recover from Friday’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris that left at least 129 dead, with armed guards patrolling the ground being issued with a shoot to kill order in the event of a terrorist attack.
    11/17/2015 12:44:22 PM
  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the man suspected of masterminding the Paris attacks was a target of Western air strikes, even though there was no intelligence on the plot.

    Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud had already been convicted of recruiting jihadists in absentia and was suspected of planning a foiled plot to behead police officers days after the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

    He boasted of evading security services to return to Syria in an Isis propaganda magazine the next month but Western allies have reportedly been unable to locate him.
    11/17/2015 12:49:39 PM
  • Austria's interior ministry has confirmed that Salah Abdeslam, the fugitive Paris attacks suspect, entered Austria from Germany on 9 September with two unidentified companions.

    His identity was established during a routine traffic check and his purpose for visiting the country is unknown.

    11/17/2015 12:59:03 PM
  • UN urges states not to demonise refugees following Paris attacks

    The IndependentThe United Nations urged European countries  not to react to Friday's attacks in Paris by rejecting or blaming refugees, the vast majority of whom were fleeing persecution or conflict. "We are concerned about reactions by some states to end the programmes being put in place, backtracking from commitments made to manage the refugee crisis (i.e. relocation), or proposing the erection of more barriers," UNHCR's chief spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said.
    11/17/2015 1:00:26 PM
  • The Eiffel Tower re-opened yesterday after being closed on Saturday but has now been shut again for security reasons.
    11/17/2015 1:12:13 PM
  • David Cameron has pledged to ask MPs to vote in favour of Britain launching air strikes on Isis targets in Syria as he said he would set out a "comprehensive strategey" for defeating the Islamic terrorist organisation, our political correspondent Matt Dathan writes.

    He said he would respond in person to a Foreign Affairs Select Committee report that set out grave reservations about expanding the RAF bombing campaign to Syria and signalled he would then seek to win a vote backing military intervention in the war-torn country. 

    The Prime Minister insisted he understood concerns about bombing in Syria but added: "I know they must be answered; I know they can be answered". 

    He added that Britain must share the "burden" in the international fight against Isis and must do more by targeting Raqqa, which Mr Cameron described as the "head of the snake".

    11/17/2015 1:13:19 PM
  • David Cameron is set to ask MPs to back British bombing of Isis in Syria

    The IndependentDavid Cameron has signalled he will ask MPs to vote in favour of Britain launching air strikes on Isis targets in Syria as he said he would set out a "comprehensive strategey" for defeating the Islamic terrorist organisation. He said he would respond in person to a Foreign Affairs Select Committee report that set out grave reservations about expanding the RAF bombing campaign to Syria and signalled he would then seek to win a vote backing military intervention in the war-torn country. 
    11/17/2015 1:18:15 PM
  • State media in Iran reports that a 'large number of Isis-affiliated terrorist teams' have been arrested in  Kermanshah province, which borders Iraq.
    'In particular, teams who have been trying to recruit for the ISIL terrorists and sending them to foreign countries have been destroyed,' IRGC Brigadier General Bahman Reyhani said.
    A terrorist team destroyed recently was combat-ready with military equipment, military vests and time bombs."


    11/17/2015 1:25:58 PM
  • Australia's grand mufti sparks outrage after comparing Paris attacks to racism ind.pn/1l2jhzq

  • French media reports that the voice of a French terrorist called Fabien Clain was detected in an Isis recording claiming responsibility for Friday's attacks, Roisin O'Connor writes.

    The 35-year-old has been in Syria since February 2014, where he is believed to be part of a cell that produces and distributes Isis propaganda.

    Known to French intelligence services since 2001, Clain was also linked to the attempted attack on a church in Villejuif, which was aborted on 19 April after attacker Sid Ahmed Ghlam, 24, shot himself in the leg. 

    11/17/2015 1:35:20 PM
  • Authorities have identified one of the Isis militants from the audio recording released after Paris attacks

    The IndependentA Frenchman has been reportedly been identified as one of the people speaking in an Isis recording referencing the Paris attacks, with a police source saying it is "probably him".
    11/17/2015 1:35:25 PM
  • We can't allow #ParisAttacks to disrupt London life, @SadiqKhan tells @ReutersTV bit.ly/1HVBlAh

  • Belgian Prosecutor says 3rd #parisattacks suspect, bomber Bilal Hadfi, known to be in Syria "but we had no knowledge he was back in Europe"
  • German police say they are questioning the three people arrested in connection with the Paris attacks near Aachen this morning.
    Two women and one man were arrested by armed police in the town of Alsdorf, near the Belgian and Dutch border, after leaving a job centre.
    Police told German news channel NTV that it was "much too early to go into detail" about the identity of those arrested, but said they were foreign nationals. 
    11/17/2015 2:12:04 PM
  • But Der Spiegel identified them as Kamal A., 29, Lava M., 28, and Didem A., 32. German police routinely redact suspects' surnames.
    Police said they were searching for other suspects and it was unclear whether two more people arrested were also terror suspects.
    11/17/2015 2:14:45 PM
  • Russia 'launches cruise missiles' at Isis stronghold in Syria

    The IndependentThe Russian military has fired multiple cruise missiles from its ships in the Mediterranean aimed at the Isis stronghold of Raqqa, according to reports. US officials were quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying Russia had launched a "significant number" of strikes in Syria using both sea-launched cruise missiles and long-range bombers. The French daily Le Monde cited senior French government officials as saying Russian missiles had struck Isis positions in Raqqa, its de facto capital in its Syrian territories.
    11/17/2015 2:15:49 PM
  • A statement from Aachen police said they had received a tip-off about "suspicious people in the conext of Islamist terrorism". 
    It did not say what the arrested people were suspected of but said they were connected to the "search for the perpetrators and masterminds" of the Paris attacks.
    11/17/2015 2:20:18 PM
  • French people are defying terror by sharing images of themselves on social media at bars, restaurants and cafes around France like those targeted by Isis gunmen on Friday.
    Supporters are using the hashtags #JeSuisEnTerrasse (I'm on the terrace), #TousAuBistrot (eveyone to the bistro) and #OccupyTerrasse (Occupy Terrace)
    #JeSuisEnTerrasse
    #Bonjour de #Paris 17.
    11.15
    by ggisser via Instagram
    La bise aux "très très méchants". #Jesuisenterrasse (occuper l'attente en faisant un petit geste pour les cafés désertes) #TousUnis
    by droitsante via Instagram
    #france #paris #tousaubistrot #lacoupole #groupeflo #chakamehbozorgmehr
    by chakamehb via Instagram

    11/17/2015 2:28:47 PM
  • Police in Germany have responded to an alert at a school in Heidenheim, where three armed suspects have reportedly been arrested.
    Officers say police have secured the Technische Schule Heidenheim and children are safe. The weapons they were armed with have not been confirmed.

    11/17/2015 3:05:39 PM
  • Australia has warned its citizens against travelling to Paris

    The IndependentFollowing the terrorist attacks in Paris, Australia is warning its citizens in the French capital and surroundings: “reconsider your need to travel”. The official travel advice from Canberra says “There is a high level of risk.” Shock waves continue to radiate through France. Fears of a repeat attack are having a dramatic effect on travel patterns, with the French Ministry of Education cancelling all school trips until Sunday 22 November. 
    11/17/2015 3:07:12 PM
  • Germany's foreign minister says his country will not take part in any air strikes against Isis in  Syria.

    After talks with his Cypriot counterpart today, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that "it doesn't make sense if we add to the 16 nations which are carrying out air attacks" already. 

    Germany is providing weapons and military equipment to Kurdish fighters battling Isis in northern Iraq.
    11/17/2015 3:12:52 PM
  • Meanwhile, Francois Hollande has scheduled separate meetings with Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin to co-operate action between France, the US and Russia.
    The French President will travel to Washington on 24 November and on to Moscow two days later. 
    11/17/2015 3:14:10 PM
  • Jihadists' Twitter accounts, which are regularly removed by the social media site, are disappearing faster than usual? Are people reporting them more or is Anonymous at work after vowing to fight Isis?

    11/17/2015 3:23:31 PM
  • Nigel Farage had the worst response to the Paris attacks

    The IndependentThe free movement of people within the European Union also means the free movement of “Kalashnikov rifles” and “jihadists” within the bloc, the leader of Ukip has said. Nigel Farage, who advocates withdrawal from the European Union, suggested that the Schengen agreement, which abolishes border controls between European countries, had a role in Friday’s attacks in Paris. “The warnings were pretty clear. Isis said they would use the migrant tide to flood the EU with half a million jihadists,” he told an audience in Basingstoke on Monday night.
    11/17/2015 3:34:24 PM
  • The Eiffel Tower is reportedly due to re-open at 6pm local time - 5pm GMT, after being closed earlier. There is a heavy security presence around the famous monument.
    11/17/2015 4:08:41 PM
  • A cop just confirmed @vicenews that there was a bomb alert at the Eiffel Tower. Breaking. #ParisAttacks
  • How one father explained what happened in Paris to his little boy

    The IndependentIn the wake of the deaths of 129 people out enjoying a Friday night in Paris, understanding what happened has been a struggle for most adults. Explaining the atrocities to small children, then, can prove incredibly difficult – and as this video shows, has to be couched in terms they will understand.
    11/17/2015 4:14:46 PM
  • French officials say they are seeking a second fugitive directly involved in the Paris attacks, the Associated Press reports.
    11/17/2015 4:36:44 PM
  • The people of Paris have a message of Isis

    The IndependentFrench people are defying the terror Isis attempted to wreak in their capital by returning to cafes, bars and bistros like the ones targeted in Friday’s attacks. Diners are sharing photos of themselves smiling, eating and drinking with friends on social media with hashtags including #JeSuisEnTerrasse #TousAuBistrot and #OccupyTerrasse.
    11/17/2015 5:14:19 PM
  • Labour MP apolgises for the confusion over Labour's 'shoot-to-kill' policy after Jeremy Corbyn's U-turn

    The IndependentA Labour MP has apologised for the confusion over the Labour party's position on shoot-to-kill after Jeremy Corbyn backtracked on his opposition to the policy.  On Monday the Labour leader said he was "not happy with the shoot-to-kill policy," after being asked whether he would be prepared to order police or the military to kill attackers if there was a Paris-style terrorist attack in Britain. 
    ">Labour MP apologises for 'confusion' over party's shoot-to-kill policy after Jeremy Corbyn 'U-turn'
    11/17/2015 5:52:56 PM
  • Activist group Anonymous has released a guide to catching Isis extremists, claiming it has already found thousands of extremists online, Andrew Griffin writes.

    The group's guide includes advice on how to shut down accounts and other activity, in addition to broader information on how to stay safe online. The guide is written in both French and English.

    Anonymous has released a guide to finding Isis online

    The IndependentAnonymous has released a guide to catching Isis extremists, and claims that it has already found thousands of extremists online.
    ">Read the full story here.
    11/17/2015 5:59:58 PM
  • French officials are reportedly hunting for a second fugitive involved in last week's Paris attacks.

    Three French officials who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity have said an analysis of the attacks in the capital on 13 November indicated that one person directly involved in the assault has been unaccounted for.

    The person has not been identified.
    11/17/2015 6:10:40 PM
  • AP: Hannover stadium hosting Germany-Netherlands game is being evacuated.
    11/17/2015 6:23:49 PM
  • French officials are seeking a second fugitive involved in the Paris attacks

    The IndependentFrench officials are reportedly seeking a second fugitive involved in the deadly attacks carried out in Paris last week that killed 129 people. Three French officials who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity have said an analysis of the attacks in the capital on 13 November indicated that one person directly involved in the assault has been unaccounted for.
    11/17/2015 6:56:33 PM
  • Seven people arrested by German police in connection with the investigation into the Paris attacks have been released.

    The arrests were made near the western city of Aachen, but an unidentified police official has been quoted by the dpa news agency as saying none of those detained were found to have links to the attacks.
    11/17/2015 7:06:14 PM
  • Germany vs Netherlands football game in Hannover cancelled

    The IndependentThe international match between Germany and the Netherlands has been called off by police at the Hannover stadium after a suspicous suitcase was discovered inside, it has been confirmed.  A German police statement said: "The game has been cancelled. Please go straight home but stay calm".
    11/17/2015 7:16:33 PM
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