French President Francois Hollande is preparing a response to the attacks on his country.
“This is an act of war” Hollande said regarding the near-simultaneous attacks in Paris that killed nearly 130 people and left over 80 in critical condition. The attacks are widely believed to have been conducted by ISIS. The massive attacks yesterday were the second time this year Paris has been the target of terrorism. As a result, for only the fourth time since World War II, an official state of emergency has been imposed by the government in France along with three days of national mourning.
The world is waiting to find out what France’s response will be to one the worst attacks on the West since September 11, 2001. It’s also likely there will be an adjustment in U.S. foreign policy. Only a day before the attacks in Paris, President Barack Obama told ABC News that U.S. strategy against ISIS had “contained them,” but hadn’t yet been able to “decapitate” ISIS.
“I don’t think they’re gaining strength,” the President told George Stephanopoulos on Thursday.
On Friday in Washington, D.C., shortly before news broke of the attacks in Paris, CIA Director John Brennan met with Thurgood Marshall College Fund President Johnny Taylor and students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities on HBCUs.
Brennan was asked about the drone strike on ISIS murderer Mohammed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John, this week by media present but gave no details.