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This Happened

This Happened—November 13: Bataclan Attacks

In the deadliest attack on France since World War II, 131 people were killed in a series of shootings and suicide bombings across Paris by Islamist terrorists.

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Who was responsible for the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris?

Nine members of the Islamic State (ISIS), based mostly in Brussels, carried out the coordinated attacks at the Stade de France football stadium, the Bataclan theater music venue, and a number of cafes in eastern Paris.

Seven of the attackers were shot or detonated suicide vests during the attacks, while the remaining two were killed in a police raid a few days later.

Why did they carry out the Bataclan attacks?

François Hollande, France’s president at the time, said ISIS organized the attacks with coordination in the Middle East, and help from inside France. Singling out Paris as a capital of “abomination and perversion”, as well as retaliation for French airstrikes on ISIS in Syria and Iraq, were cited as contributing motives in the attack.

What happened after the 2015 Paris attacks?

Following the attacks, a state of emergency was declared in France. Once civil rights were suspended, police raided almost 3,600 houses and made over 400 arrests, while the state of emergency remained until November of 2017, almost two full years later.

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Putin's "Pig-Like" Latvia Threat Is A Chilling Reminder Of What's At Stake In Ukraine

In the Ukraine war, Russia's military spending is as high as ever. Now the West is alarmed because the Kremlin leader is indirectly hinting at a possible attack on Latvia, a NATO member. It is a reminder of a growing danger to Europe.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin

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BERLIN — Russian President Vladimir Putin sometimes chooses downright bizarre occasions to launch his threats against the West. It was at Monday's meeting of the Russian Human Rights Council, where Putin expressed a new, deep concern. It was not of course about the human rights of the thousands of political prisoners in his own country, but about the Russian population living in neighboring Latvia, which happens to be a NATO member, having to take language tests.

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