INTERNATIONAL NEWS: U.S. launches airstrikes to ISIS militant, Terrorist Attacks in Paris


U.S. launches airstrikes targeting ‘Jihadi John’

The U.S. launched airstrikes in Syria targeting Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi, better known as “Jihadi John,” who appeared in the infamous videos released by the terrorist group that showed him beheading hostages. USA Today reported that there were signs that the strike in Raqqa, “the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State,” had been successful, but officials were unable to confirm if the target had been hit. Col. Steve Warren said that the Pentagon is “reasonably certain” that Emwazi had been killed. The gruesome videos that featured Emwazi were released in late 2014 and early 2015. Among the victims were American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American aid worker Peter Kassig, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

Terror attacks in Paris leave 129 dead, 352 wounded


ISIS claimed responsibility for six coordinated attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that left 129 people dead and 352 wounded. The eight attackers were equipped with suicide belts and AK-47s. Fox News reported that the sites targeted include Le Bataclan concert hall and the surrounding stores and cafes, the national soccer stadium, and several bars and cafes throughout the city. Another Fox News article reported that all attackers but one are believed to be dead. Authorities are looking for Salah Abdeslam, 26, who is still considered dangerous. During a press conference on Friday, Nov. 13, French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and said that France had closed its borders in order to prevent further attacks, according to the Washington Post.

“What the terrorists want is to scare us and fill us with dread,” said President Hollande. “There is indeed reason to be afraid. There is dread, but in the face of this dread, there is a nation that knows how to defend itself, that knows how to mobilize its forces and, once again, will defeat the terrorists.”

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