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    Isis is threatening to carry out more terror attacks in France

    The IndependentIsis has praised “eight knights” for carrying out the Paris attacks and claimed the massacres that killed 129 people in France were “only the beginning of the nightmare”. The twelfth issue of the group’s Dabiq propaganda magazine was headlined “Just Terror”, with a front cover photo showing victims of the shootings in the French capital being taken to hospital. Isis claimed that the massacres, and the downing of a Russian passenger plane, were revenge for air strikes against its militants in Iraq and Syria.
    11/18/2015 4:14:13 PM
    Eagles of Death Metal, whose gig was targeted at the Bataclan, have released their first statement on the attack.
    They say that while everyone in the band is safe, they are "horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France".
    The band paid tribute to Nick Alexanderthe only British victim of the attack who was selling their merchandise, murdered record company staff and everyone affected by the attacks.
    Its statement concludes:
    Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.

    11/18/2015 4:21:55 PM

    Austrian alt-rock duo White Miles, who supported Eagles of Death Metal, have also issued a statement to fans, Chris Hooton writes.

    They confirmed they are in good health but were mourning their merchandise seller, Nick Alexander. They also said another friend of the band was shot yet was on the way to recovery.

    Read the full story here

    11/18/2015 4:27:04 PM

    Eagles of Death Metal issue touching statement after Paris attacks

    The IndependentThe US band playing when armed gunmen stormed a concert hall in Paris killing 89 people have thanking the authorities and paying tribute to those lost in the attack. Eagles for Death Metal, a 70s rock band, were on stage when three individuals stormed the building in the 11th arrondissement in the French capital. Survivors have recounted how the terrorists opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd, shooting mercilessly into the panicked crowd before the building was stormed by French police and the three detonated suicide belts, killing themselves and innocent theatre goers.
    11/18/2015 4:30:05 PM
    The Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) has said it is "incredibly concerned" about anti-Muslim hate crimes and the scapegoating of refugees following the Paris attacks.

    The director, Chris Doyle, said Isis recruiters will seize on a chance to radicalise young Muslims by playing on the current climate. 

    The best antidote to ISIS and Al-Qaeda is our unity and our values. Ditch either of these and they start to win. Stand firm and these merchants of death have no chance.

    11/18/2015 4:37:49 PM
    Lord Dannett: we will be bombing Syria by Christmas and it's the correct thing to do.

    Here's what you should do if you're caught up in a Paris-style terror attack

    The IndependentThe Government has released advice on what people should do in the event that they are caught up in a Paris-style gunman attack. The instructions, from the National Counter Terrorism Policing Security Office, suggest anyone caught up in such an incident should try to “escape if you can” – and if this is not possible, to hide. People who find themselves hiding are advised to put their mobile phones on silent and stay away from doors in case bullets are shot through them.
    11/18/2015 4:40:49 PM
    BFMTV have named the female suicide bomber who blew herself up during the raid as 'Hasna' and claimed she was Abaaoud's cousin.
    She was reportedly 26 years old.
    11/18/2015 4:53:39 PM

    Man 'shot through window by stray bullet' in Paris attacks found dead in flat

    The IndependentA 52-year-old man killed when a bullet coincidentally flew through his open window during the Paris attacks has been named among the victims. Stephane Hache, 52, lived in a small flat overlooking the Bataclan concert hall where Isis jihadist killed almost 90 of their victims, Ouest France reported. The newspaper said his body was found over the weekend, at least day after the attacks on Friday night.
    11/18/2015 5:03:46 PM
    Paris attack mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud killed in police raid, says French envoy to India Francois Richier…

    French media are naming the female suicide bomber who blew herself up during a police raid in Saint-Denis as Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26.
    iTele reports that she was also a jihadist but was French, unlike her Belgian cousin Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is thought to have masterminded the Paris attacks.
    She is thought never to have travelled to Iraq or Syria but offered her services to Isis in France.
    11/18/2015 5:20:07 PM
    In a resident's video where sounds of the exchange could be heard at 4.30am local time this morning, a police officer is heard shouting: "Where is your boyfriend, where is he?"
    A female voice replies: "He's not my boyfriend" before an explosion and sustained gunfire is heard.
    11/18/2015 5:21:21 PM

    Mastermind behind Paris terror attacks 'killed'

    The IndependentThe man accused of masterminding the Paris attacks that left almost 130 people dead has reportedly been killed during a pre-dawn raid on a flat in the French capital. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed to be 27, was thought to have been the focus of a raid on a Paris flat earlier today. Gunfire and seven explosions were heard in the Saint-Denis suburb after police raided a flat at around 4.30am.
    11/18/2015 6:11:18 PM
    The Paris prosecutor, Francois Molins, is giving a press conference in Paris says the terror cell raided today in Saint-Denis were ready to launch new attacks.

    11/18/2015 6:15:26 PM
    He is talking about the evidence gathered in the evidence so far, including the car and weapons used during the restaurant attack, ammunition, and a photo with a text message to an unknown recipient saying the attack was starting.
    11/18/2015 6:19:53 PM
    Five of the seven dead attackers have been identified so far, he says.
    11/18/2015 6:20:52 PM
    Molins said assailants inside the flat fired thousands of rounds at police. 
    11/18/2015 6:25:51 PM
    The press conference with Molins has now finished. This is a broad overview of what he said:
    • He confirmed eight people, seven men and one woman, had been arrested following the raid on a flat in Paris.
    • While not confirming the Washington Post's claim from two intelligence sources that Abaaoud had been killed in the raid, he did confirm the Isis militant was not among those arrested. 
    • Mr Molins discussed the "war" armory discovered in the flat.
    • He added French authorities had uncovered a second terrorist cell within France and had acted to "neutralise" the threat.
    11/18/2015 6:46:19 PM
    There are reports of more explosions in the Saint-Denis district in Paris, however, these are believed to be controlled explosions following the raid this morning. 

    11/18/2015 7:18:06 PM
    An senior Iranian cleric has reportedly claimed the Paris attacks were staged by "western governments" over fears "of growing support for Islam on the Continent"

    The remarks of Ali Saeedi, ayatollah Khamenei's representative in the Revolutionary Guards, were picked up by local media and reported by the Daily Telegraph.
    11/18/2015 7:33:41 PM
    The French government has said planned marches on the  29th November and 12th December will not go ahead due to safety concerns. 

    In order to avoid additional risks, the government has decided not to authorise climate marches planned in public places in Paris and other French cities on Nov. 29 and Dec. 12," the statement said.

    Authorities added that not all demonstrations would be banned, Reuters reported. 

    The marches - which organisers hoped would attract as many as 200,000 people - were intended pressure governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
    11/18/2015 8:08:14 PM
    Britain's former head of counter terrorism has claimed cuts could affect the police's ability to stop terrorism. Robert Quick, head of counter-terrorism from 2008-2009, spoke to the Guardian

    It will make Britain more vulnerable to terrorism. It will damage the police’s ability to counter terrorism if neighbourhood policing is cut. 

    11/18/2015 8:23:27 PM
    A Jewish teacher has been stabbed by three men in Marseille. 

    The unnamed man, who is not believed to be in a life-threatening condition, was reportedly attacked by three "Isis supporters" according to French media. 

    11/18/2015 8:56:23 PM
    More details on the Marseille attack from Reuters:

    The three people insulted, threatened and then stabbed their victim in the arm and leg. They were interrupted by the arrival of a car and fled," Marseilles prosecutor Brice Robin told the news agency

    11/18/2015 9:04:48 PM
    In developments on the background of the men believed to have been involved in the Paris attackers, it is thought two may have owned a bar in Brussels.

    The establishment, according the Wall Street Journal, was owned by Brahim Abdeslam and Salah Abdeslam. The pair allegedly sold the bar a few weeks ago according to public documents.

    But only weeks after its sale, local authorities seemingly closed down the establishment over a police report claiming  “poisonous, narcotic and psychotropic substances” had been trafficked through the building. 
    11/18/2015 9:52:55 PM
    50 per cent of the British public would support "boots on the ground" in Syria, following the Paris attacks, the Daily Mail will claim tomorrow. 

    The figure rises to 59 per cent should the action be undertaken alongside other nations, such as the US and France. 

    11/18/2015 10:37:41 PM
    Meanwhile, in Sweden security officials have raised the country's threat level to 'high'.

    In a press briefing, the head of the security services confirmed authorities were hunting a suspected terrorist. 

    It is the first time the nation's security threat has been raised to 'high', the fourth most serious out of five. Officials also said the escalation was due in part to events in Paris on Friday night. 

    11/18/2015 11:34:26 PM
    British schools have been advised to cancel all school trips to France in the wake of the terror attacks on Friday.

    The advice, issued by the Foreign Office, shadows that of the French Ministry of Education.

    As part of the national state of emergency, the French Ministry of Education has cancelled all school trips within France by French schools until Sunday.

    11/19/2015 12:00:00 AM
    In the US, politicians have engaged in an increasinly acrimonious debate over accepting Syrian refugees.

    On Wednesday night, Republicans defied President Obama and laid out plans for additional screening of refugees to the country. 

    The White House quickly threatened a veto,Reuters reported, saying the measure "would unacceptably hamper our efforts to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the world."

    11/19/2015 12:20:00 AM
    British Cabinet Minister warned has warned "We are going to war."

    The unnamed minister, quoted by the Daily Telegraph,  reportedly gave the comment as it emerged that as many as 60 per cent of the British population would support action in Syria, according to a poll conducted for the Daily Mail. 

    While the RAF has been involved in air strikes on targets in Iraq, extending the remit has proved controversial. 
    11/19/2015 12:45:00 AM
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