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Special report on the Paris terror attacks

The latest information on the Paris terror attacks and the fight against the Islamic State.

Working in three teams, the three-man unit assigned to wreak carnage at the Germany-France soccer match detonated three suicide bombs and killed exactly one innocent. They undoubtedly expected to kill hundreds. (Associated Press)

Islamic State's Paris attackers as inept as they were skilled killers

By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

A State Department chronology of the Nov. 13 Islamic State attacks in Paris shows the terrorists were as inept as they were skilled killers. Published November 24, 2015

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The Real War II: Defining success

I argued in my column earlier this week that we are engaged in a real war that will almost certainly be a long war as well. The war is worldwide and its center of gravity is the internet and other forms of communication. "A third world war" is how King Abdullah of Jordan described it.

President Obama this week has tried to rally refugee and immigrant-rights advocates to his defense, saying the U.S. has a moral obligation to take some of the millions of refugees who have fled a brutal civil war in Syria that the president has been unable to stop. (Associated Press)

Hitchhikers and refugees

As a young man I frequently traveled via thumb. I would stand roadside, stick out my thumb and depend on the good will of total strangers to get me from point A to point B.

The Rev. Bill Devlin, an American pastor, and Parisians following the Nov. 13, 2015, terror attacks. (Photo courtesy Bill Devlin)

Paris: City of Lights becomes City of Fear

While this new Faith Under Fire column features people of faith being persecuted, this week our focus turns to the events in Paris, France, where this author traveled within a day of the horrific, tragic violence of the murder of 129 innocent people.

This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, shows Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud. (Militant photo via AP)

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, mastermind of Paris attacks, confirmed dead in police raid

- Associated Press

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian extremist suspected of masterminding the deadly attacks in Paris, died a day ago along with his female cousin in a police raid on a suburban apartment building, French officials said Thursday, adding it was still not clear exactly how he died.

A girl takes a picture from the banks of the River Seine of the illuminated Eiffel Tower in the French national colors red, white and blue in honor of the victims of the terrorist attacks last Friday, in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

French prime minister says extremists may strike with chemical, bio arms

- Associated Press

With France still reeling from last week's deadly attacks in Paris, Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Thursday that Islamic extremists might at some point use chemical or biological weapons, and urged lawmakers to extend a national state of emergency by three months.

President Obama deployed top officials to Capitol Hill, set up calls to brief the press and had aides try to win back support from dozens of governors who said they would do everything in their power to stymie the president's attempts to resettle Syrians in their states. (Associated Press)

Obama stands firm on Syrian refugee plan amid rising opposition

- The Washington Times

Administration officials and charities that aid refugees fought a feverish rearguard action Tuesday to defend President Obama's plans to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. this year, but with opposition building, Republicans and even a key Democrat said it may be time for the White House to hit "pause."

French President Francois Hollande waits for the arrival of US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Kerry arrived in Paris to pay tribute to last Friday November 13 attacks in France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The real war

Friday night's attack in Paris was another reminder that we are in a real war. It is vital that we understand what the real war is and who the real enemy is.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, poses with French President Francois Hollande, second right, and U.S. Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley, left, with French Foreign Laurent Fabius upon arrival at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Kerry arrived in Paris to pay tribute to last Friday November 13 attacks in France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

John Kerry says cease-fire in Syria potentially weeks away

- Associated Press

A cease-fire between Syria's government and opposition could be just weeks away from reality, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday as he visited Paris to show solidarity with France after last week's attacks.

Student protesters clash with police near the U.S. Embassy ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, Philippines Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Leaders of the 21 countries and territories that make up the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum have begun arriving for the two day meeting which begins here Nov. 18. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Paris attacks, South China Sea draw focus at APEC talks

- Associated Press

Asia-Pacific leaders are voicing outrage over the attacks in Paris as security and geopolitical concerns overshadow talks on trade and the economy at an annual regional summit being held under ultra-tight security in the Philippines.

Teddy bears are displayed  to pay tribute to the victims of the terror attacks in Paris, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Nice, southeastern France. France is urging its European partners to move swiftly to boost intelligence sharing, fight arms trafficking and terror financing, and strengthen border security in the wake of the Paris attacks. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

A guide to talking with children about Paris attacks

Associated Press

After the deadly attacks in France, parents around the world are grappling with questions of how much to share with children and how to talk about the violence. In an interview with The Associated Press, Dr. Steven Berkowitz, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania, offered this advice:

This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, shows Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who grew up in the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean neighborhood of Belgian capital. Abaaoud  was identified by French authorities on Monday as the presumed mastermind of the terror attacks Friday in Paris.

Questions surround supposed Paris assault mastermind

- The Washington Times

The Belgian man of Moroccan descent fingered by French authorities as the mastermind of the Paris attacks is believed to be operating from Syria with the Islamic State, but U.S. officials say his ties to the terror group's leaders are unclear and that other jihadis, based in Europe, likely also played central roles in plotting the attacks.

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris hosted a national service Sunday to remember the victims of the Friday terrorist attacks. By Sunday night, as French military forces pounded the Islamic State's self-styled capital in Raqqa, Syria, officials in Belgium had detained seven people in connection with the attacks. (Associated Press)

Islamic State's sophistication in Paris terror attacks shakes West

- The Washington Times

The Paris terrorist attacks featured three separate teams backed by a support network stretching across several European nations -- bearing a level of operational sophistication and capability that Islamist terrorists have not shown in the West in the decade or so since al Qaeda's four-plane Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. and the four-bomb London transport attacks of 2005.

This undated family handout photo issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Saturday Nov. 14, 2015 shows Nick Alexander of England. Nick Alexander, one of the victims of the attacks in Paris, was working at the Bataclan concert hall selling merchandise for the performing band. (Foreign & Commonwealth Office via AP)

Details emerge on some of the victims of Paris attacks

- Associated Press

A young French lawyer specializing in white collar crime. An engineer from Spain. An American college student studying design on a semester abroad. They were among the first victims to be identified after the gun-and-suicide bombing attacks that killed at least 129 people in Paris. Among the confirmed dead:

Anti-terror police officers in New York City's Times Square. (Image: Twitter/@JPeterDonald, @NYPDNews)

U.S. police step up presence at 'soft targets' after Paris attacks

- The Washington Times

Police stepped up their presence outside high-profile locations in cities across the United States in an abundance of caution following Friday's terror attacks in Paris, but experts say vigilance at soft targets like those rocked by violence in the French capital and intelligence gathering will be key in preventing copycat acts.

Soldiers stand on the tarmac of the Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, as part of a security reinforcements, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Paris attacks show high level of sophistication, was kept secret

- The Washington Times

The coordinated Paris attacks required a level of operational sophistication that Islamic extremist terrorists have not shown in Europe since the London suicide attacks in 2005 when four separate bombs, detonated in quick succession, targeted civilians on mass transit in the British capital.

Young women have formed  the word Paris with candles to mourn for the victims killed in  Friday's attacks in Paris, France, in front of the French Embassy in Berlin, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. French President Francois Hollande said more than 120 people died Friday night in shootings at Paris cafes, suicide bombings near France's national stadium and a hostage-taking slaughter inside a concert hall.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Politicize the Paris attacks

On Oct. 1, 2015, a gunman shot people at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon. The next day, Barack Obama announced he would politicize the event and push for gun control.

Snippers take position atop a building in front of the Elysee palace in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. French President Francois Hollande vowed to attack the Islamic State group without mercy as the jihadist group admitted responsibility Saturday for orchestrating the deadliest attacks inflicted on France since World War II. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Belgian police arrest 3; Eiffel Tower goes dark as France mourns 129 dead

- Associated Press

The Eiffel Tower stood dark in a symbol of mourning Saturday night as France struggled to absorb the deadliest violence on its soil since World War II: coordinated gun-and-suicide bombing attacks across Paris that left 129 people dead and 352 injured.

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Illustration on the clash of civilizations by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The West and Islam

As the full magnitude of Friday's Paris carnage became known, President Obama spoke to America people and the world about the horrific bloodshed in that great Western city. The president said this was not an attack simply on Paris or the French people.

Illustration on the lack of direction in the West in the face of Islamic extremism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Massacre in Paris

Just hours before the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, "Good Morning America" broadcast an interview with President Obama. In it, the president told host George Stephanopoulos, "I don't think they're gaining strength.

Police officers stand in a street next to Le Carillon, a bar-cafe where people were killed and several gravely injured, according to the prosecutor, in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. A series of attacks targeting young concert-goers, soccer fans and Parisians enjoying a Friday night out at popular nightspots killed over 100 people in the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A dance with the devil under the Paris moon

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Rescue workers gather at victims in the 10th district of Paris, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Several dozen people were killed in a series of unprecedented attacks around Paris on Friday, French President Francois Hollande said, announcing that he was closing the country's borders and declaring a state of emergency. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Islamic State 'not contained' as Paris attacks show

Even as Islamic State terrorists carrying Syrian and Egyptian passports were moving into position last Friday morning to launch the most terrifying attack on Paris since World War II, President Obama went before the cameras on ABC's "Good Morning America" to assure George Stephanopoulos and his audience that we've "contained" ISIS.