November 14, 2015


Paris attacks: We are all at war with Islamic State now. We must not back down (Con Coughlin, 14 Nov 2015, The Telegraph)

The timing of the attacks, on the eve of this weekend's G20 summit, is no doubt timed to persuade the French public to call on their government to end its military contribution to the war against Isil.

French governments have, in the past, been susceptible to this kind of pressure, and public opposition to the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan led France to withdraw its forces from the Nato mission.

But even France's left-wing President Francois Hollande must realise that ending France's contribution to the military campaign against Isil would be counter-productive. Islamist terror cells were carrying out attacks against Paris long before the Isil conflict arose. Who can forget the bombing of the Paris metro by Islamist terror cells in the 1990s?

Islamic State group claims Paris attacks, says France at 'top of the list of targets' (MAAMOUN YOUSSEF, 11/14/15, Associated Press)

The Islamic State group on Saturday claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks in Paris that killed 127 people and said France would remain at the "top of the list" of its targets.

An online statement said eight militants armed with explosive belts and automatic weapons attacked carefully chosen targets in the "capital of adultery and vice," including a soccer stadium where France was playing Germany, and the Bataclan concert hall, where an American rock band was playing, and "hundreds of apostates were attending an adulterous party."

The statement said France and its supporters "will remain at the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State."

If the terrorists had just ignored the French there's every likelihood that they'd have been useless in the anti-ISIS campaign.  Now the French will want their piund of flesh.
Posted by at November 14, 2015 9:03 AM