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Terror in Paris: War has been declared

http://youthindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/8401919239_4a03969929_b1.jpgRecap: What happened on Friday in Paris?

Three teams of terrorists staged coordinated attacks at six locations throughout Paris late Friday, including a concert hall, the Stade de France and at least two restaurants, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Saturday.

 Molins said that at least 129 people were killed and 352 wounded in the attacks. Ninety-nine of the wounded are reported to be in a very serious condition, he said.

Molins said seven terrorists were killed, one fewer than the number ISIS claimed were involved.

The French air force carried out bombing missions on ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria, for a second day in a row. France is retaliating against ISIS.

ISIS claims Raqqa as the capital of its so-called caliphate.

On Monday, France targeted a command center, a recruitment center, an ammunition storage base and a training camp in the city, the French military said.

On Sunday, the air force struck similar strategic targets in multiple sorties, reinserting France, a partner in the U.S.-led coalition striking ISIS from the air, into the battle against ISIS.

A group of anti-ISIS activists in Raqqa reported 24 bombs dropped and 30 explosions overnight into Monday. Mostly the suburbs were hit, but in the city, the stadium and the museum were also struck, said Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

ISIS uses the museum and the stadium as jails. Its headquarters are also in the stadium, the activists said.

On Sunday, 12 aircraft dropped 20 bombs on ISIS positions in Raqqa, destroying all targets, France’s Defense Ministry said.

But French bombs may have killed few of the militants. The Islamist terror group has withdrawn from its sites in anticipation of the retaliation, Streets have been empty, markets less crowded.

No civilian casualties have been reported, the activist group said, and the civilian population does not seem particularly worried.

The activists said there have been ISIS casualties but could not say how many.

‘War’ declared

Also on Monday, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that “war” had been declared on France and that “anybody who attacks the Republic, the Republic will fight back.”

“It is not they who will destroy the Republic. The Republic will destroy them,” he said.

France has been part of the U.S.-led coalition of nations fighting ISIS from the air, but after Friday’s attacks that killed 129 people and wounded more than 350 others, France has flown more sorties.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which France’s President described as “an act of war.”

France has been conducting airstrikes against ISIS.

A senior Obama administration official said that the United States was “working closely with the French to develop targets.”

The U.S. military probably handed over a list of targets the coalition was planning to strike to the French to let them fly the sorties, said retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, a military analyst. “These target packages were already in folders, as they’re called, and I’m sure the central command handed them over to the French fighters to attack for the symbolism of France being back in the fight.”

The timing of the new airstrikes probably is no coincidence, analysts said.

“Clearly, it’s a military activity, but it really sends a very strong political message, and it’s all for internal consumption within France,” said retired Maj. Gen. James “Spider” Marks, a CNN military analyst. “This is very visceral.”

Two of the dead attackers were identified as Ismael Omar Mostefai, 29, and Bilal Hafdi, 19 or 20.

How did Mostefai, attacker who grew up in France, become radicalized?

Six of Mostefai’s relatives have been detained, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Sunday. It is common practice in criminal cases in France, even though none of them has been charged or arrested.

Three of Amimour’s relatives are in the same type of custody.

 A black Seat and a black Volkswagen Polo, which is registered in Belgium, appear to be two cars used in the Paris attacks. The Polo was rented by a French national who livid in Belgium, who was intercepted at the Belgian border inside a different vehicle.

The black Seat was found in the eastern Paris suburb of Montreuil. CNN affiliate BFMTV reported that authorities found three Kalashnikov automatic rifles in the car.

The discovery raises the possibility that at least one attacker drove the car to Montreuil and remains at large.

European officials believe professional terrorists are joining migrant voyages. One of the suicide bombers at the Stade de France was carrying a fake Syrian passport and arrived among the refugees on the Greek island of Leros on October 3.

Bataclan concert hall

This was the deadliest site, with at least 89 people killed.

The moment the shots rang out at the concert hall 01:09

Three attackers with assault rifles arrived in a car, entered the concert venue and opened fire.

A witness told Radio France that the attackers entered firing pump rifles and shouting “Allahu akbar.”

They took audience members hostage and regrouped them in front of the stage, where most of the victims were found. The attackers talked about Syria and Iraq during a brief address.

 Police stormed the theater in a rescue operation. Two of the attackers killed themselves by detonating suicide belts and one was killed by police gunfire and his suicide belt.

President Hollande declared a state of emergency across France, which lets authorities limit people’s movements and impose zones of security and protection.

 The French government announced tightened border controls and put the gendarmerie paramilitary police on heightened alert.

Hollande ordered 1,500 military troops to join already increased security forces.

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