PARIS — The investigation into the Paris terrorist attacks unfurled across Europe on Sunday as French authorities sought a suspected eighth assailant who might have fled after taking part in the three-hour assault on Friday night that killed at least 129 people.
A French official who was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to speak publicly said the authorities were looking for someone from the Paris region who might have participated in the attacks. The authorities had initially said there were eight attackers, but on Saturday night said that only seven attackers had died — six by blowing themselves up and one in a shootout with the police.
As President Obama and other leaders of the Group of 20 nations gathered for a scheduled summit meeting in Antalya, Turkey, on the doorstep of the Syrian crisis, France’s president, François Hollande, stayed behind in Paris, his nation in mourning, as the investigation continued.
The Belgian authorities have detained seven men, one of whom one was linked to a rented Volkswagen Polo that the three terrorists who killed 89 people at the Bataclan concert hall had used. On Sunday the authorities said that two of the dead attackers had lived in the Brussels area.
In France, investigators were hunting for more information on one of the gunmen at the concert hall, Ismaël Omar Mostefaï, 29, a French citizen who had been living in Chartres, 60 miles southwest of Paris.
Until now, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has relied mainly on “lone wolf” followers to attack the West, with relatively low-tech assaults — shootings, the taking of hostages, hit-and-runs — that draw wide attention but do not cause mass casualties.
“This is much different than a normal lone wolf inspired attack,” said Patrick M. Skinner, a former C.I.A. operations officer now with the Soufan Group, a security consultancy. “This was choreographed.”
“The fact that they could do this, especially in Paris, where the intelligence service is really good, clearly there’s a hole somewhere,” Mr. Skinner said.
The Islamic State has been expanding beyond its base in Iraq and Syria since it declared a caliphate, or Islamic state, in June 2014. The group is focused on three parallel tracks, according to Harleen Gambhir, an analyst at the Institute for the Study of War:
ISIS activity across the Middle East and North Africa has also surged. The group declared official provinces — or wilayat — in areas of Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen that had networks loyal to ISIS, many of which have adopted the organization’s signature brutality.
It is an “open question” to what extent the core leadership of the Islamic State communicates with its affiliates, Mr. Skinner said. While ISIS is providing support to some groups, there is no hard evidence that it is able to direct the activities of a regional wilayat as part of a cohesive campaign.
But Ms. Gambhir noted that a rocket attack last summer on a multinational force in the Sinai Peninsula may be a sign that ISIS is seeing its abilities mature. The attack could be seen as part of a larger strategy to fracture the American-led airstrike coalition.
“We haven’t assessed yet if that’s an intentional orchestration by ISIS,” Ms. Gambhir said. “We’re on heightened alert to look for things like that because it would indicate a new level of capability for the organization.”
|Nov. 13, 2015||France||President François Hollande blamed the Islamic State for terrorist attacks across Paris that killed more than 100 people. The Islamic State claimed responsiblity. MORE »|
|Nov. 12, 2015||Lebanon||ISIS claimed responsiblity for a double suicide bombing that ripped through a busy shopping district at rush hour, killing at least 43 people.MORE »|
|Nov. 4, 2015||Egypt||ISIS’s Sinai affiliate claimed responsiblity for a suicide bombing that killed at least four police officers. MORE »|
|Oct. 31, 2015||Egypt||An ISIS affiliate in Sinai claimed responsiblity for the downing of a Russian passenger jet that killed all 224 people on board. Investigators have not yet determined who and what caused the plane to crash. MORE »|
|Oct. 6, 2015||Yemen||A series of bombings in Yemen’s two largest cities killed at least 25 people. MORE »|
|Sep. 24, 2015||Yemen||At least 25 people were killed when two bombs went off outside a mosque during prayers to commemorate Eid al-Adha, a major Muslim holiday. MORE »|
|Sep. 18, 2015||Libya||Militants loyal to the Islamic State attacked a prison inside a Tripoli air base. MORE »|
|Sep. 2, 2015||Yemen||Yemen’s ISIS affiliate claimed responsibility for two bombings at a mosque that killed at least 20 people. MORE »|
|Aug. 26, 2015||Egypt||The Sinai Province of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for three gunmen who shot and killed two police officers.|
|Aug. 20, 2015||Egypt||An ISIS affiliate claimed responsibility for bombing a branch of the Egyptian security agency. MORE »|
|Aug. 12, 2015||Egypt||An ISIS affiliate said it had beheaded a Croatian expatriate workerbecause of Croatia’s “participation in the war against the Islamic State.”MORE »|
|Aug. 10, 2015||New Jersey||A New Jersey man was arrested for allegedly trying to organize support for ISIS. MORE »|
|Aug. 8, 2015||Mississippi||A newlywed Mississippi couple were arrested on charges that they tried totravel abroad to join ISIS. MORE »|
|Aug. 7, 2015||Saudi Arabia||ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a mosque that killed at least 15 people, including 12 members of a Saudi police force. MORE »|
|Jul. 29, 2015||New York||A man from Buffalo was arrested and charged with trying to join ISIS.MORE »|
|Jul. 28, 2015||Florida||A Florida man was charged with planning to bomb a public beach in Key West to show his support for ISIS.|
|Jul. 22, 2015||Italy||The Italian police arrested two men accused of plotting attacks on national landmarks in Italy and of posting threatening messages online in support of the Islamic State. MORE »|
|Jul. 21, 2015||United Kingdom||A man who was allegedly planning on traveling to Syria to join ISIS wascharged with plotting to run over an American serviceman stationed in Britain and then killing him with a knife. MORE »|
|Jul. 20, 2015||Turkey||A Turkish citizen believed to have had ties to ISIS killed at least 32 people at a cultural center. MORE »|
|Jul. 19, 2015||Saudi Arabia||The Saudi Interior Ministry announced that security forces had arrested more than 400 people believed to be connected to ISIS over the past few months. MORE »|
|Jul. 16, 2015||Egypt||In what appeared to be the first attack on a naval vessel claimed by Sinai Province, the ISIS affiliate said it destroyed an Egyptian naval vessel and posted photographs on social media of a missile exploding in a ball of fire as it slammed into the vessel. MORE »|
|Jul. 12, 2015||Kosovo||Following exhortations by ISIS to poison Kosovo’s food and water supplies, five people were in custody, suspected of a plot to contaminate the water supply in the capital, Pristina. MORE »|
|Jul. 11, 2015||Egypt||ISIS claimed responsibility for an explosion outside the Italian Consulate’s compound in downtown Cairo that killed one person. MORE »|
|Jul. 10, 2015||Turkey||In early-morning raids in Istanbul and Sanliurfa Province, Turkish police seized automatic rifles, large ammunition packs and military uniforms andarrested 21 suspected ISIS members. MORE »|
|Jul. 4, 2015||Boston||The son of a Boston police captain, described as mentally ill and devoted to the Islamic State, was arrested for allegedly plotting a series of deadly attacks. MORE »|
|Jul. 1, 2015||Egypt||Militants affiliated with the Islamic State killed dozens of soldiers in simultaneous attacks on Egyptian Army checkpoints and other security installations in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula. MORE »|
|Jun. 26, 2015||Tunisia||At least one gunman disguised as a vacationer attacked a Mediterranean resort, killing at least 38 people at a beachfront hotel — most of them British tourists — before he was shot to death by the security forces.MORE »|
|Jun. 26, 2015||Kuwait||A suicide bomber detonated explosives at one of the largest Shiite mosques in Kuwait City during Friday Prayer. MORE »|
|Jun. 17, 2015||Yemen||An ISIS branch claimed responsibilty for a series of car bombings in Sana, the capital, that killed at least 30 people. MORE »|
|Jun. 13, 2015||New York||A college student in Queens was charged with conspiring to support a foreign terrorist organization after an investigation found he was planning to attack various New York City landmarks on behalf of ISIS. MORE »|
|Jun. 11, 2015||Massachusetts||Two men were charged in Boston with conspiring to help ISIS. A third man was fatally shot the previous week by law enforcement officials who said he had threatened them with a large knife. MORE »|
|Jun. 9, 2015||Egypt||ISIS’s Sinai province claimed responsibility for firing rockets toward an air base used by an international peacekeeping force.|
|Jun. 3, 2015||Afghanistan||ISIS is suspected of beheading 10 members of the Taliban. MORE »|
|May. 31, 2015||Libya||A suicide bomber from an ISIS affiliate killed at least four Libyan fighters at a checkpoint. MORE »|
|May. 29, 2015||Saudi Arabia||One week after a similar attack in the same region, a suicide bomber dressed in women’s clothing detonated an explosive belt near the entrance to a Shiite mosque, killing three people. MORE »|
|May. 22, 2015||Yemen||ISIS claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on a Shiite mosque that injured at least 13 worshipers.|
|May. 22, 2015||Saudi Arabia||In what appeared to be ISIS’s first official claim of an attack in Saudi Arabia, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive at a Shiite mosque during midday prayer, killing at least 21 and injuring 120. MORE »|
|May. 3, 2015||Texas||Two men who reportedly supported ISIS and were later acknowledged by ISIS as “soldiers of the caliphate” opened fire in a Dallas suburb outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest. MORE »|
|Apr. 30, 2015||Yemen||One of ISIS’s Yemen affiliates released a video showing the killing of 15 Yemeni soldiers.|
|Apr. 28, 2015||Saudi Arabia||Saudi authorities announced they had arrested 65 people accused of forming a terrorist organization related to ISIS.|
|Apr. 26, 2015||Malaysia||Malaysian authorities arrested 12 men charged with plotting attacks in greater Kuala Lumpur.|
|Apr. 19, 2015||Libya||ISIS released a video of militants from two of its Libya affiliates killing dozens of Ethiopian Christians, some by beheading and others by shooting.|
|Apr. 19, 2015||Minnesota||Six young men from the Somali-American community in Minneapolis werearrested in connection with a plot to join ISIS. MORE »|
|Apr. 18, 2015||Australia||The Australian police arrested five men who they said were inspired by ISIS and planning terrorist attacks.|
|Apr. 13, 2015||Morocco||Moroccan authorities arrested five members of an ISIS-linked cell who were allegedly planning an attack in the Netherlands.|
|Apr. 12, 2015||Libya||ISIS’s Tripoli affiliate claimed credit for a bomb that exploded outside the Moroccan Embassy.|
|Apr. 12, 2015||Egypt||ISIS militants killed at least 12 people in three separate attacks on Egyptian security forces. MORE »|
|Apr. 12, 2015||Libya||ISIS’s Tripoli affiliate claimed responsibility for an attack on the South Korean Embassy that killed two local police officers. MORE »|
|Apr. 8, 2015||Saudi Arabia||Gunmen opened fire on a police patrol, killing two officers.|
|Apr. 5, 2015||Malaysia||Malaysian authorities arrested 17 alleged ISIS supporters suspected of planning attacks in Kuala Lumpur.|
|Apr. 5, 2015||Libya||ISIS killed at least four people in an attack on a security checkpoint.|
|Apr. 4, 2015||Afghanistan||The Afghan vice president accused ISIS of kidnapping 31 civilians in February.|
|Apr. 2, 2015||Egypt||Sinai’s ISIS affiliate killed 13 people with simultaneous car bombs at military checkpoints. MORE »|
|Mar. 26, 2015||Illinois||Federal authorities arrested an Army National Guardsman who they say tried to travel to Libya to fight on behalf of ISIS and was helping his cousin plot an attack on an American military base. MORE »|
|Mar. 22, 2015||Morocco||Moroccan authorities arrested 13 people in nine cities linked to ISIS.|
|Mar. 20, 2015||Yemen||An ISIS affiliate claimed responsibility for coordinated suicide strikes on Zaydi Shiite mosques that killed more than 130 people during Friday Prayer. MORE »|
|Mar. 20, 2015||Tunisia||Tunisian authorities intercepted an ISIS cell that planned to set off car bombs in multiple cities across the country.|
|Mar. 18, 2015||Tunisia||ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on a museum that killed 22 people, almost all European tourists. MORE »|
|Mar. 17, 2015||New Jersey||An Air Force veteran recently fired from his job as an airplane mechanic was charged with trying to support ISIS by seeking to join the group.MORE »|
|Mar. 13, 2015||Saudi Arabia||Saudi authorities detained two people allegedly planning an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh.|
|Feb. 25, 2015||New York||Two men living in Brooklyn were charged with plotting to fight for ISIS. A third was charged with helping organize and fund their activities. MORE »|
|Feb. 20, 2015||Libya||ISIS’s Derna affiliate claimed responsibility for three car bombs that killed at least 40 people. MORE »|
|Feb. 15, 2015||Libya||ISIS released a video that appeared to show its militants in Libyabeheading a group of Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped in January. MORE »|
|Feb. 15, 2015||Denmark||A Danish-born gunman who was inspired by ISIS went on a violent rampage in Copenhagen, killing two strangers and wounding five police officers. MORE »|
|Feb. 3, 2015||France||French counterterrorism officers arrested eight people in the northern suburbs of Paris and in the area of the city of Lyon suspected of being part of a network recruiting people to fight in Syria. MORE »|
|Feb. 3, 2015||Libya||ISIS militants were suspected of killing 12 people, including four foreigners, in an attack on an oil field. MORE »|
|Jan. 29, 2015||Egypt||ISIS’s Sinai affiliate claimed responsibility for coordinated bombings thatkilled 24 soldiers, six police officers and 14 civilians. MORE »|
|Jan. 27, 2015||Libya||ISIS’s Tripoli affiliate claimed credit for an armed assault on a luxury hotel that killed at least eight people. It was the deadliest attack on Western interests in Libya since the assault on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi. MORE »|
|Jan. 24, 2015||Spain||The police arrested four men in Ceuta, a Spanish territory bordering Morocco, who were suspected of belonging to an ISIS cell and may have been planning an attack in Spain. MORE »|
|Jan. 23, 2015||Lebanon||ISIS attacked an outpost of the Lebanese Armed Forces.|
|Jan. 20, 2015||France||The counterterrorism police raided the southern town of Lunel andarrested five people suspected of being part of a group that had been recruiting people to join militants fighting in Syria. MORE »|
|Jan. 19, 2015||Bangladesh||Bangladeshi authorities arrested four people who said they were with ISIS and wanted to form a caliphate and attack the government.|
|Jan. 18, 2015||Israel||Court documents revealed that eight Arab citizens of Israel were charged with supporting and trying to join ISIS. MORE »|
|Jan. 16, 2015||Germany||Police officers in Berlin raided 12 locations to detain five Turks — three of whom were later released — on suspicion of recruiting, financing and helping Turkish and Chechen fighters get to Syria. MORE »|
|Jan. 15, 2015||Belgium||The Belgian police conducted a dozen raids across the country to prevent “imminent” attacks. Officers killed two men they said were part of an ISIS cell after coming under fire during a raid in Verviers. MORE »|
|Jan. 14, 2015||Ohio||A Cincinnati man was charged with a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol. In May, the Justice Department charged him with the additional crime oftrying to provide material support to ISIS. MORE »|
|Jan. 13, 2015||Morocco||Moroccan authorities arrested dozens of individuals for supporting ISIS or operating ISIS recruitment cells.|
|Jan. 12, 2015||Libya||ISIS’s Tripoli affiliate said they were holding 21 Egyptian Christians captive. MORE »|
|Jan. 11, 2015||France||A video surfaced of Amedy Coulibaly, one of three gunmen who attacked the newspaper Charlie Hebdo, declaring allegiance to ISIS. MORE »|
|Dec. 15, 2014||Australia||A gunman who said he was acting on ISIS’s behalf seized 17 hostages in a Sydney cafe. MORE »|
|Nov. 22, 2014||Saudi Arabia||A Danish executive was shot in his car. A group of ISIS supporters later claimed responsibility.|
|Nov. 2014||West Bank||Israeli security services broke up a Palestinian cell identified with the Islamic State in the West Bank city of Hebron. MORE »|
|Oct. 23, 2014||New York||A hatchet-wielding man charged at four police officers in Queens. ISIS said the attack was the “direct result” of its September call to action.MORE »|
|Oct. 22, 2014||Canada||An Islamic convert shot and killed a soldier who was guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa, stormed Canada’s parliament and fired multiple times before being shot and killed. MORE »|
|Oct. 20, 2014||Canada||A 25-year-old man who had recently adopted radical Islam ran over two soldiers near Montreal, killing one. MORE »|
|Sep. 24, 2014||Algeria||Militants kidnapped and beheaded a French tourist shortly after the Islamic State called on supporters around the world to harm Europeans in retaliation for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. MORE »|
|Sep. 23, 2014||Australia||An 18-year-old ISIS sympathizer was shot dead after stabbing two counterterrorism officers outside a Melbourne police station. MORE »|
|Sep. 18, 2014||Australia||A man arrested during a series of counterterrorism raids was charged with conspiring with an ISIS group leader in Syria to behead a random personin Sydney. MORE »|
BY STEVE WATSON
Presidential candidate Rand Paul has urged voters to look to where ISIS is getting it’s weapons from to understand the monumental problem the US is facilitating in Syria and beyond.
Speaking with Ed Berliner of Newsmax, paul stated “Most of these people do not have the sophistication to make arms so they get the arms from other folks.”
“Right now ISIS has a billion dollars’ worth of U.S. Humvees, they have a billion dollars in cash they stole from us and they pay their soldiers with but they have anti-tank weapons and missiles they fire from the shoulder that were basically given to people in the Syrian civil war and taken by ISIS.”
“So really if we don’t want weapons to get into the hands of folks, we should be very careful about who we give the weapons to,” the Senator stated.
Paul then elaborated by noting that during the Libyan civil war, 15,000 shoulder-to-air missiles made by the United States went missing.
“That’s why there is a concern that airliners might be taken down by shoulder-to-air missiles.” Paul noted.
“That might be a good reason for why we should’ve thought long and hard before we agreed with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to get involved in a war in Libya,” the Libertarian leaning candidate said.
Paul also noted that the CIA played a major role in arming rebels with shoulder-fired missiles.
“The CIA annex that they won’t talk about and they won’t tell you what they were doing there when the Ambassador was killed, was supposedly trying to pick up some of those weapons.” Paul said, adding that the weapons most likely ended up in Syria.
Paul also said that the current policy of siding with al-Qaeda linked rebels in Syria against President Bashar Assad will only lead to chaos as it did in Iraq and Libya.
As Infowars has tirelessly documented, US weapons have fallen into ISIS hands time and time again and bolstered the terror group via the insane policy of arming and training so called ‘moderate rebels’ in Libya, Syria and Iraq.
The CIA has shipped weapons to al-Qaeda affiliated groups in Syria since at least 2012, a fact reported by The New York Times.
Up until late 2014, the US still claimed it was arming “moderate” mercenaries in Syria to fight against ISIS and the al-Assad government in Damascus despite the fact there are no longer any moderate forces active.
Whether you believe this or not, it is clear that the terror group already have US weapons. It’s a policy that dates back decades, and has always ended in chaos and what the CIA has termed “blowback”.
by KURT NIMMO
“To be honest, I have advised my government many times already that we should hire boats and send them to Europe,” said Jamal Zubia, a foreign media spokesman for the Congress. “We are protecting the gates of Europe, yet Europe does not recognize us and does not want to recognize us. So why should we stop the migrants here?”
It is estimated 170,00 migrants from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Senegal, Sudan, Somalia and other Sub-Saharan African countries crossed from Libya to Italy last year.
1,800 migrants have lost their lives at sea so far this year. In 2014, nearly 5,000 Africans perished at sea or in remote deserts or mountains.
Libya has long been considered a transit country for sub-Saharan Africans. The number of migrants wishing to cross the Mediterranean into Europe increased significantly after US and NATO-backed Islamists killed Libyan leader Gaddafi.
Libya is now considered a failed state. The internationally recognized government of the country has battled the Islamic State, Majlis al-Shura, Ansar al-Sharia and other groups since the fall of the Gaddafi regime. Earlier this year ISIS captured Sirte, the hometown of Gaddafi.
The Islamic State has threatened hijrah—jihad by emigration—and says it will flood Europe with 500,000 African Muslims.
Earlier this year the Quilliam Foundation said it discovered a document written by an Islamic State propagandist going by the alias Abu Arhim al-Libim.
The document, titled “Libya: The Strategic Gateway for the Islamic State,” explains how jihadists can reach “southern Crusader states… with ease by even a rudimentary boat.”
Saudi Arabia is expected to run a budget deficit of 21.6 percent in 2015 and 19.4 percent in 2016, according the IMF’s latest regional economic outlook.
The country needs to adjust spending, the IMF urged.
The IMF outlined two key factors shaping the region’s outlook. They are spreading and deepening regional conflicts and slumping oil prices.
The conflicts have given rise to large numbers of displaced people and refugees, on a scale not seen since the early 1990s, according to the report.
“Achieving fiscal sustainability over the medium-term will be especially challenging given the need to create jobs for the more than 10 million people anticipated to be looking for work by 2020 in the region’s oil exporting countries,” IMF Middle East and Central Asia Department Director Masood Ahmed told journalists after the report’s unveiling in Dubai.
According to the research, many experts suggest low oil prices will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
“For the region’s oil exporters, the fall in prices has led to large fall in revenue, amounting to a staggering $360 billion this year alone,” Masood Ahmed said.
OPEC members Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Algeria and Libya have all seen their revenues drop sharply as a result of a decline in oil prices.
Saudi Arabia is currently facing a budget deficit for the first time since 2009. The crude price decline has strongly influenced the kingdom’s economy since oil sales account for about 80 percent of its revenues. It has prompted the government to cut spending, delay projects and sell bonds.
The country’s net foreign assets fell by about $82 billion from January to August. The government sold state bonds worth $15 billion (55 billion riyals) this year.
“There have been a number of one-off spending proposals this year that have taken place, and those initiatives have added to the spending needs,” Masood Ahmed said.
The budget deficit caused project layoffs in Saudi Arabia. Companies working on infrastructure projects haven’t been paid for six months or more. Payment delays increased lately as the government wants to cut prices on contracts in order to preserve cash.
Despite the perpetual appeals to reduce output and support crude prices, OPEC has been refusing to do so as the cartel is trying to maintain its market share. However, last month the cartel signaled a possible change of stance, saying it might cut output and is ready to talk to other (non-OPEC) producers. But experts say OPEC’s statements are not important without a change of policy by its biggest crude producer Saudi Arabia.
Of course its political. But the Democrats don’t like tasting their own poison. Notice we don’t hear the Democrats apologizing for the Justice Department’s targeting of journalists. Or The IRS’ targeting of conservative groups and Christian Organizations. Ranking member Democratic Representative ‘ limiting the investigation to a simple political attack would mean that the American public suffers from mass amnesia. Back in 2013 The corporate media was forced to admit that the Benghazi attack was staged by a State Department hired jihadist security outfit in connection with an arms transfer to al-Qaeda mercenaries in Syria. However, these facts were later deemed as speculation by the mainstream media as the Obama administration continues to the present day to cover-up the real reason for the murder of ambassador Stevens. Downplaying the incident and characterizing it as a non-event not requiring a congressional investigation and the impeachment of President Obama.
The Obama administration announced in late September that “it planned to expand a program to secure and destroy Libya’s huge stockpile of dangerous surface-to-air missiles” and that “the U.S. State Department has one official on the ground in Libya, as well as five contractors who specialize in ‘explosive ordinance disposal,’ all working with the rebel Transitional National Council to find the looted missiles,”ABC News reported.
In fact, the State Department, under the guidance of ambassador Stevens, was moving to round up the missiles and send them to al-Qaeda in Syria. Prior to this, in December, 2011, the U.S. claimed to have secured 5,000 surface-to-air missiles and destroyed them outside of the village of Sidi Bin Nur in Libya. Doubtless, instead, they became part of the CIA’s cache destined ultimately for ISIS in Syria. Hillary’s song and dance on Capitol Hill was a political sideshow, blatantly ignoring the CIA’s secret Arms Transfer Elephant in the room.