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Hollande's Implicit Plea For U.S. And Russia To Work Together On ISIS

Hollande's Implicit Plea For U.S. And Russia To Work Together On ISIS

HOLLANDE: U.S. AND RUSSIA MUST COOPERATE

During a joint parliamentary session at the Palace of Versailles Monday, French President François Hollande called on the United States and Russia to combine forces against ISIS after Friday's terror attacks in Paris that left at least 129 dead. The speech, in which Hollande reiterated that France is at "war against jihadist terrorism" that is "threatening the whole world," was followed by the French national anthem "La Marseillaise."

  • Russia and the U.S. are leading two different airstrike campaigns in Syria. Moscow has been backing Bashar al-Assad's regime by targeting rebel and jihadist groups. The U.S.-led intervention has brought support to rebel groups such as the Free Syrian Army. The situation is widely considered to be a proxy war between the two countries.
  • Hollande also announced the country's constitution would be reviewed to extend the state of emergency granting authorities exceptional powers for three months, Libération reports.
  • During the early morning hours today, French warplanes conducted airstrikes targeting ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria, "for the second time in 24 hours," the French Ministry of Defense said in a statement. Ten jets dropped 16 bombs in a mission similar to the first wave of post-terror airstrikes Sunday. "Both targets were hit and destroyed simultaneously," the statement continued.
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Hollande at the French presidential palace this morning, saying afterward he was convinced that ISIS would begin to feel more pressure and would continue to lose territory. "They are feeling it today," Le Monde quoted him as saying. "They felt it yesterday."

CHARLIE HEBDO REACTS

"They've got the guns. Screw them, we've got the Champagne!" reads Charlie Hebdo's much-awaited cover four days after Friday night's terrorist attacks.


THE LATEST IN THE TERROR INVESTIGATION

French police carried out 128 more raids on suspected Islamist militants across the country overnight. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 115,000 security personnel had been mobilized throughout the country in the wake of the attacks.

  • A major manhunt is still underway in Belgium to track down Salah Abdeslam, a Belgian national believed to be connected to Friday's massacres. French authorities are also looking into the possibility that a second man who participated in the attacks is on the run, Le Monde reports.
  • The Syrian passport found next to the body of one of the suicide bombers at Stade de France could belong to a Syrian soldier who died fighting for Bashar al-Assad's government several months ago, Le Parisien quotes a source as saying. The document, which was presented by a migrant to Greek authorities on Oct. 3, could have been stolen or forged.
  • Le Figaro also reports that French police are examining a black car with a Belgian plate in northern Paris. The vehicle could have been used to plan the attacks.
  • A senior Turkish official told Al Jazeera that twice over the past year the country shared information with France about one of the Paris attackers, adding that they did not hear back from French authorities.

ON THIS DAY


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THE GAME WILL GO ON

A soccer match between France and England is scheduled for tonight at London's Wembley Stadium. Authorities considered canceling the friendly but ultimately decided to allow it to go on, L'Equipe reports. Tonight, "La Marseillaise" will follow "God Save The Queen."


FRANCE APPROVES CHEMICAL WEAPON ANTIDOTE

The French government on Sunday authorized the country's hospitals to be equipped with atropine sulfate, the only antidote available to certain toxic gas attacks, Le Parisien reports. The decision was made in part because of Friday's attacks and the risk of more in France, but also in anticipation of the upcoming COP21 global climate conference to be held in Paris, where many heads of state will gather.


529

A record-high 529 kilometers of traffic jams were recorded this morning around Paris, according to FranceTV. It is believed to be linked to a drop in public transport usage after Friday's deadly reign of terror in the French capital.


SINAI PLANE WAS BOMBED, RUSSIA CONFIRMS

After weeks of speculation, Russian authorities confirmed definitively that the passenger jet that crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board, was brought down by a bomb. "We can unequivocally say it was a terrorist act," Reuters quoted Russian security service chief Alexander Bortnikov as saying. During a meeting at the Kremlin today, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to intensify the country's airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. "We will find them anywhere on the planet and punish them," he reportedly said.

TUNISIA CLAIMS IT FOILED MAJOR ATTACK

Tunisian intelligence services have prevented a major Islamist attack on hotels and security forces that had been planned for this month in the resort town of Sousse, Reuters quotes Interior Ministry security chief Rafik Chelli as saying. Authorities also arrested a cell of 17 Islamist militant linked to the planned assault.


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Utter Pessimism, What Israelis And Palestinians Share In Common

Right now, according to a joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians, hopes for a peaceful solution of coexistence simply don't exist. The recent spate of violence is confirmation of the deepest kind of pessimism on both sides for any solution other than domination of the other.

An old Palestinian protester waves Palestinian flag while he confronts the Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Beit Dajan near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester confronts Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Beit Dajan on Jan. 6.

Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — Just before the latest outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, a survey of public opinion among the two peoples provided a key to understanding the current situation unfolding before our eyes.

It was a joint study, entitled "Palestinian-Israeli Pulse", carried out by two research centers, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, which for years have been regularly asking the same questions to both sides.

The result is disastrous: not only is the support for the two-state solution — Israel and Palestine side by side — at its lowest point in two decades, but there is now a significant share of opinion on both sides that favors a "non-democratic" solution, i.e., a single state controlled by either the Israelis or Palestinians.

This captures the absolute sense of pessimism commonly felt regarding the chances of the two-state option ever being realized, which currently appears to be our grim reality today. But the results are also an expression of the growing acceptance on both sides that it is inconceivable for either state to live without dominating the other — and therefore impossible to live in peace.

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