We are getting more specifics about what happened and who is responsible for those deadly attacks in Paris. Fox News National Security Correspondent, Jennifer Griffin, has that part of the story tonight.
Three teams of attackers struck six sites across Paris. Details are now emerging about who the attackers were, their links to each other and to Isis in Syria and Iraq. Among the assailants: a twenty-nine year old French citizen who had been arrested eight times between 2004 and 2010 but never jailed. Three of the attackers lived in Belgium. They were not known to French Intelligence.
The cars used by the attackers were rented by a French citizen in Belgium prior to the attack. A Syrian passport was found outside the football stadium and the Greek government said one of the attackers was a Syrian refugee who passed through Greece on October 3rd. All seven attackers wore suicide bomb vests. They also used AK-47 Kalashnikovs, according to the French prosecutor.
Paris Prosecutor, Francois Molins says, “Three individuals carrying military weapons got out, burst into the hall and opened fire while the concert was going on. The terrorists mentioned Syria and Iraq during negotiations.” So what impact, if any, will the attack in Paris have on the US and NATO military strategy against Isis in Syria and Iraq? The US has carried out more than seven thousand air strikes against Isis targets. The French were the first NATO ally to join the US in bombing Isis in Iraq a year ago and recently began air strikes in Syria in September.
The French aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, was scheduled to leave for the gulf in the coming days after the USS Theodore Roosevelt pulled out, leaving the US for the first time in years without an aircraft carrier in the Middle East. As the attack in Paris was underway two American F-15’s flew from England to Libya where the Pentagon says they bombed a known Isis leader, an Iraqi who is believed to have been the voice on a recent execution tape, showing Coptic Christians beheaded on the beach in Libya.
Since the attack in Paris, the French have not carried out any air strikes in Syria, according to US Defense officials. In Washington, Jennifer Griffin, FOX News.