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Friday the 13th in Paris: “Three teams of assailants launched the co-ordinated deadly attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead another 352 injured, 99 of them in critical condition, Paris prosecutor François Molins said Saturday.”

The most important target would have been the football match between the international sides of France and Germany at Stade de France, north of Paris. Not only were there tens of thousands of people at the stadium, there were a number of high ranking political figures from both countries, including French President François Hollande. Because of the presence of these VIPs, there was tight security and screening of people attempting to enter the stadium which detected the threat. No one inside the stadium was injured, but there were casualties outside.

The rock concert at the Bataclan hall with an audience of 1,500 was the site of the majority of deaths and injuries.

The third team attacked restaurants and bars on the Right Bank.

The dispersed attacks were designed make the terror widespread and divide first responders.

The weapons and explosives were apparently smuggled into Belgium and then moved into position. The Belgians have made additional arrests today. They had already uncovered a weapons’ cache earlier this year.

France is a member of NATO. President Hollande has classified this as an act of war. Other members of NATO have treaty obligations to assist any member who has been attacked. ISIS just bought into a whole lot of trouble.

November 14, 2015   2 Comments