Daesh Behind `Act of War` on Paris: French President
WORLD OF SPORTS EXPRESSES SOLIDARITY
WITH PARIS VICTIMS
BRITISH WOMAN IN LONDON ISLAMOPHOBIC
ATTACK AVOIDS JAIL
GULEN-LINKED SCHOOLS UNDER US CONGRESSIONAL
Leading football clubs and athletes from around the world
A U.K. court has awarded a suspended 16-week jail term
A U.S. Congressman has inquired about the Department of
have condemned the gun-and-bomb attacks in Paris that
to a British woman, who was filmed abusing two Muslim
Education’s involvement in FBI investigations into charter
killed over 125 people Friday night.
women aboard a bus in north-west London in an Islam-
schools linked to Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen.
Former Chelsea and Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba
Arizona Representative Raul M. Grijalva made the demand
tweeted: “Always in My heart #Paris”.
The Hendon magistrates court said on Friday that it was
in a letter dated Nov. 3 to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne
suspending 36-year-old Simone Joseph’s sentence for 18
Duncan. Grijalva asked for a status report from the depart-
months because she showed remorse for the attack.
ment of Education over its involvement in the FBI investi-
Joseph was arrested after footage of the Islamophobic at-
gation of 19 schools in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio controlled
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London-based Premier League club Arsenal tweeted: “The
thoughts of everyone at Arsenal Football Club are with
those in Paris tonight.”
Daesh Behind ‘Act of War’ on
Paris: French President
Saturday November 14, 2015
IMMEDIATELY AFTER FRENCH PRESIDENT PINS BLAME OF THE
INCIDENT ON DAESH, STATEMENTS OF RESPONSIBILITY SAID TO BE
WRITTEN BY THE MILITANT GROUP BEGIN CIRCULATING ONLINE
French President Francois Hollande
has announced that Daesh carried out
the deadly gun-and-bomb attacks in
Paris that left at least 127 people dead
Speaking after a high-level security
meeting in Paris Saturday, Hollande
put the toll at “at least 127 people
killed and several wounded”.
According to French police, at least
300 people were injured, more than
100 of whom remained in critical condition.
The French president termed the latest Paris attacks, which comes after
the deadly Charlie Hebdo attacks in
January, as an “act of war”.
“What happened yesterday in Paris
and Saint Denis near the stadium of
France is an act of war. And to face
this war, the country has to take appropriate decisions.
“This is an act of war committed by a
terrorist army, Daesh, a jihadist army,
against the values that we stand for
and what we are: a free country,” he said.
Soon after Hollande’s remarks,
Daesh’s claims of responsibility for
the attack began to circulate online.
In written statements in French and
Arabic on websites and social media
accounts said to be linked with the
group, Daesh claimed that eight assailants armed with explosives and
machine guns had carried out the
Hinting that the attackers had help
from abroad, Hollande said: “It is an
act of war prepared, organized and
planned from outside and with internal complicities; the investigation will
He said that France’s response to the
“act of absolute barbarism” will be
“France, because it was attacked cowardly, will be ruthless. It will act with
Resolve to Fight
THE DETERMINATION TO FIGHT
AGAINST TERROR WAS MADE IN A
PHONE CONVERSATION BETWEEN
TURKISH PRESIDENT AND HIS FRENCH
COUNTERPART FOLLOWING THE PARIS
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his French counterpart
Francois Hollande have expressed
their resolve to fight against terrorism,
Turkey’s presidential sources said Saturday.
According to sources, the determination to fight against terrorism was
made during a phone conversation
between Erdogan and Hollande following the Paris attacks Friday night
that killed over 100 people and wounded dozens.
Extending his condolences to Hollande, Erdogan said that he shared
the pain of French people and would
stand by France as it combats terrorism.
At least 128 people were killed in
multiple gun-and-bomb attacks at
several locations across the French
capital Paris Friday night.
French President Francois Hollande
has blamed Daesh for the attacks.
Daesh had carried out a suicide bombing killed dozens of people in Suruc,
Sanliurfa province of Turkey on July
20. In another terrorist attack, the
group killed more than 100 people in
Ankara on Oct. 10.
all the means within the framework of
law, and on all sites, interiors as external, with our allies who are themselves affected by this terrorist threat,”
Hollande also announced three days
of national mourning.
“The country is in trouble, I made a
decree to extend the national mourning for three days. Under the state of
emergency, the police and army were
mobilized, and I salute their courage,” he said.
Earlier on Friday, the French president
announced a state of emergency across
the country; all borders will be closed.
Meanwhile, Paris Prosecutor Francois
Molins said on Saturday morning that
the gun-and-bomb attacks took place
at six different sites in Paris, adding
that “the death toll at the six sites will
The prosecutor’s office confirmed later that eight terrorists were involved in
the attacks, and that all eight are dead
-- seven by their own suicide bombs
-- although it remained unclear how
many remained on the loose.
Earlier, Molins said that there were
“scores of deaths” at the Stade de
France, “18 were killed in rue de Charonne, one in Boulevard Voltaire, five
in rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 14 in rue
Alibert, outside ‘Le Carillon’ cafe.”
According to Molins, three loud explosions were heard outside France’s
national stadium, Stade de France,
during the first half of a friendly international football match between
France and Germany on Friday night.
At least one of the two explosions in
Rue Jules-Rimet near the stadium was
a suicide bomb attack. Hollande, who
was watching the game, was immediately evacuated.
The match eventually ended and the
stadium was calmly evacuated afterwards.
At the Rue de Charonne, Rue Bichat
and Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, attackers with automatic rifles targeted the
terrace of the Casa Nostra pizzeria.
At Boulevard Voltaire, one of the attackers exploded his suicide vest near
The heaviest death toll was at the Bataclan concert hall where 1,500 people
attended a rock concert by the American band, Eagles of Death Metal. Four
of the attackers were killed after police stormed in; three assailants detonated their suicide vests and a fourth
was shot dead by police.
“No police officer has been killed in
the assault ... however, one officer was
injured,” the Interior Ministry said.
Molins will hold a press conference
Saturday at 19:00 local time (1800
Express Shock over
EU foreign policy chief Federica
Mogherini tweeted in French: “Trying to keep up with pain and terror events in #Paris. Europe is with
France and the French people #Unis.”
European Parliament President Martin Schulz also tweeted in French:
“Terrible news arrived #Paris. Our
thoughts are with the families of the
victims, our support to the authorities”.
European Council President Donald
Tusk tweeted: “I follow with shock
the attacks in Paris. My full solidarity
& sympathy with the French people
Council of Europe’s Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland said in a statement: “I am shocked by the horrific
attacks in Paris last night, our solidarity and thoughts are with the people
of France today and with President
“The terrorists aimed to attack our
freedom, democracy and human
rights. But Europe will stand strong
in defending our common values”.
Four Daesh Members
Killed in Southeastern
TURKISH SOLDIERS ENGAGE TWO CARS CARRYING
DAESH MILITANTS AFTER THEY ATTACKED ARMY
Turkish troops killed four
Daesh militants Saturday in
Turkey’s southeastern Gaziantep province, military
They said late Saturday that
two cars carrying identified
Daesh members advanced toward an armored vehicle belonging to the Turkish army
near a border post in Oguzeli district.
Warned by soldiers to stop,
the militants responded by
shelling the vehicle.
Turkish soldiers opened fire
at the cars, killing four Daesh
members in one, while an
unknown number of mili-
tants in the second car fled the
scene, sources said.
MINOR TSUNAMI HITS SMALL ISLAND
IN AFTERMATH, BUT NO INJURIES OR
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake
shook in Japan’s southwest
Saturday morning, leading
to a 30-centimeter tsunami.
State news agency Kyodo
reported the Japan Meteorological Agency as saying the
quake had happened at 5.51
a.m. roughly 160 kilometers
southwest of Kyushu, the
most southerly of the country’s four main islands.
It was felt most strongly in
Saga and Kagoshima prefectures in Kyushu’s west.
Around an hour after the
quake, a small tsunami hit
Nakanoshima Island -- a
minor island in Japan’s far
south. A tsunami advisory
issued for other islands was
Kyodo added that the Sendai nuclear power plant in
was unaffected, and did not
report any injuries or deaths.
Turkey, Japan Resolve
to Boost Bilateral Ties
TURKISH PM DAVUTOGLU AND VISITING
JAPANESE PM ABE ALSO OBSERVE A
MINUTE OF SILENCE FOR PARIS VICTIMS
WAVE OF VIOLENCE IN FRENCH CAPITAL
SPARKS INTERNATIONAL OUTRAGE
Leaders from all over the world have
expressed their shock at a wave of
gun-and-bomb attacks in Paris Friday night which has claimed the lives
of over 125 people.
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus President Mustafa Akinci said: “I
share the pain of the French people”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
said in a statement: “The German
government is in contact with the
French government and has expressed
the sympathy and solidarity of the
people in Germany”.
British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: “I am shocked by events
in Paris tonight, our thoughts and
prayers are with the French people.
We will do whatever we can to help”.
Stoltenberg said in a statement: “I am
deeply shocked by the horrific terrorist attacks across Paris tonight”, adding that: “Terrorism will never defeat
European Commission President
Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted: “I am
deeply shocked by the events in Paris.
We stand in full solidarity with the
people of France”.
Turkish Prime Minister
Ahmet Davutoglu has said
Turkey and Japan will give a
new momentum to bilateral
relations, including economy, trade and investment.
Davutoglu made the remarks
at a joint press conference
Saturday in Istanbul with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe, who is in Turkey for
the G20 Summit to be held
“Trade volume between the
two countries has reached
$3.6 billion as of end of 2014,
but it is not enough. The potential of the two countries
is far beyond this figure,” he
Stating that Turkey and Japan economic relations will
reach the desired level as
soon as the economic cooperation agreement is signed,
Davutoglu said: “We are
planning to increase the
current volume to $5 billion
in two to three years, and to
$10 billion in the next five
years at the latest”.
The Turkish premier also
said that the other focus
would be to upgrade current
agricultural relations. “Turkey, which is the seventh
biggest agricultural country,
should have a larger market
share in Japan which is one
of the biggest agricultural
importers in the world,” the
Abe also noted that Japanese
interest and investment in
Turkey gradually increased
over the past years.
“Turkey is a powerful country contributing to the development of the region.
The country is also a door
opening to economies of
Asia, Middle East, Europe
“Japanese companies will
also invest in media, finance
and other sectors besides automotive and machine industry,” Abe said.
According to Turkey’s official statistics agency TurkStat, Japanese firms invested
$215 million in Turkey between January and July this
year, resulting in a total of
$1.7 billion since 2010.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s exports
to Japan have risen from
$234 million to $375 million
in the last 10 years, marking
a 60 percent increase.
Turkey’s main exports include fish, pasta, tobacco and
knit goods, and its imports
cars and construction equipment, such as bulldozers,
graders, diggers, and excavators.
- Paris attacks condemned
During the press conference,
the two leaders also observed
a minute’s silence for the
Paris terror attacks victims.