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undying hope for return. for today, though, the main challenge for organisers, telling this city's film bufs all tickets are sold off. they will have to wait until next year in new york the news continues with john seigenthaler who is in paris. >> everyone is like, okay, what has happened. it is just a nightmare. >> reporter: darkness in the city of light. paris struggles to make sense of friday night's attacks, i.s.i.l. claims responsibility as new details emerge about the attackers. >> united stands with france and the rest of the world in our resolve to eliminate the scourge of these groups from the face of the earth. >> reporter: president francois hollande calls it an act of war. france was attacked in a violently shameful way.
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we will not show any pity against d.a.e.s.h. >> reporter: as the rest of the world rallies around the city. >> they can do it again, but we will never give up. >> reporter: hello in new york. it's 2 am in paris, a city in mourning. filled today with both grief and anger. this is one of the most famous landmarks in paris. it is where mourners gathered in january after the attack on the officers of charl"charlie hebdo. they are back. retaliation will be by all necessary means. here is what we know. at least 129 people are dead, killed at six different locations by three coordinated teams of attackers. most of the victims were shot during a rock concert taking credit i.s.i.l.
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french president francois hollande today declaring the attacks an act of war. a state of emergency remains in effect with tighter controls at the border. we begin our coverage tonight with john seigenthaler in paris. john it is usually a bustling city but tonight the streets are quiet. what are you seeing there? >> reporter: it is quiet tonight. it's 2 am as you mentioned, but here there is still a crowd of people gathered around and they are lighting candles and they've brought flowers to pay their respects to the dead. a painful and agonizing 24 hours for the people of paris and france. i've been talking a lot. this is one young woman who had to say. >> i came here to pray and show people that we are not afraid.
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we're all here together. we are a big family. it's our city, it's our country. actually, i came from romania. this is my country, this is my mother country. my father country is romania. i grow up here. we all here and we are very sad for what happens because we don't have explanation, a reason why. >> reporter: we will hear more from her later on tonight, but we have correspondents all over paris. dana lewis is telling us what has gone on throughout the day. >> reporter: let's talk about the police investigation first of all as the authorities try to untangle this web which is around a significant terror cell. we can tell you that they have
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arrested the brother and the father of one of the suicide bombers. the first one was identified from fingerprints and has been identified as a french national. then also in belgium there were a series of raids in belgium and a lot of them appear now and the arrests of three people are connected apparently to the fact that some of these vehicles that were used in these attacks, in fact, had a belgium licence plate, including, neck, a car that was in front of the music hall which was the scene of the most bloodiest attack. >> reporter: in france they're calling it an act of war. >> translation: france was attacked in a violent cowardly and shameful way. because of this, it will not show any pity against the d.a.e.s.h.ing. it will act within the law and in all fields together with our allies who are themselves trargtd by the terrorist threat.
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>> reporter: the worst attack on french soil since world war ii, bar baric, bloody and indiscriminate. investigators say terrorists in three teams coordinating attacks at six locations. the first bloody chapter began at paris's main football station, one of three suicide bombers heard over the announcer exploding his invest. at least one attacker there had a syrian passport and may have passed through greece in october as a refugee according to french media. then at the bataclan music halle where the most horrific attack took place. this was taken from a balcony. suicide bombers first took hostages and then took fire on the large crowd watching an american band. >> translation: three people burst into the room and shot into the air right in the middle of the concert. they took hostages.
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in front of the band. >> reporter: investigators say one of the man, a 29-year-old french man was known to them and had a criminal record. at the metro café told me he watched survivors stream into his restaurant seeking rev fudge. he spoke to one who escaped the massacre. >> i asked her if she was hurt or something else. no answer, only everyone was shoot, was killed. there are many dead. i could do nothing for her. >> reporter: tonight france's general prosecutor said the suicide bombers spoke in perfect french to their victims. >> translation: the terrorist talked about syria and iraq. during the assaults three terrorists were killed, the
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first by police. two others each had an explosive belt which they activated. >> reporter: the city remained in lock down on saturday with many businesses, and even the city's iconic tower closed. in the afternoon people gathered in the republic to light candles and flowers for the victims. fear more attacks, police told them not go fay gather in large numbers. >> frightening. >> frightening, of course, that we have to fight again for freedom and liberty. >> what do you think has happened? >> extremists, that is the problem. in europe, we very tolerant, and that's too much. they have to close the important dears. >> reporter:-- borders. >> reporter: in fact, that man calling for the french borders to be closed, people want the borders to be tightened. they weren't closed today, but
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they have been tightened up. that free passage into france from the e.u. has been tightenetightened thank you for that. we're talking about the investigation and sheila is with me. she has been talking to her sources. we learned a number of developments about what is going on in this big investigation. what have you learned? >> first, one of the things was probably the most important is how little the frempbl police and-- french police and intelligence services knew before this happened. that is becoming clear as this day has gone on. we know that one of the attackers who was killed by a suicide vest at bataclan, the concert halle, was a french national. he was known to the police and was on the radar of the french intelligence services. so how he was able to be
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implicated in this plot without the french intelligence services picking up any trace of him is something that is of large concern. secondly, the person who made the sued vests, automatic seven of the attackers were wearing identical sued vests made from the same explosives, season together in the same way, showing-- sewn in the same way showing that there assist a b i bomb maker out there. authorities know to watch for people who are trying to buy quantities of the very basic materials that go into making these bombs. >> reporter: in addition there is talk about belgium, a belgium connection and a german connection. what do we know? >> well, belgium is interesting. do you remember the attempted attack on that train running from brusseles to paris early this summer, the one that was intercepted by off duty
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officers. that came from the same suburb as the some people implicated in this attack. links that go back. the cars that were used last night had belgium plates. the police know that. they have intercepted people at the border returning from france to bbrussels that they about believe had some connection. the german connection, a week ago a man coming from the balance cans in-- balance cans in his 5-- balkans intercepted with a begun of handguns grenades and explosives. the police believe he was en route to paris. he believed to have been an arms dealer. where did they get the weapons? did they come from balkans or other place. >> reporter: there are complaints in paris that the police don't have the resources to follow some of the people they want to follow. in some cases, apparently, they
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knew about these attacker or at least a couple of them, but because they don't have enough money, apparently, they're unable to continue to follow them. talk about that. >> it's a common complaint, that there have been cut backs, that the government is strappeded, there's not enough money tore the services, and we see that. we understand why that is because of the situation in the middle east, because of the situation is the group. if you look back to the attacks that took place here in paris in january, the attacks carried out, there were were two, the first one "charlie hebdo." at that time the authorities said we didn't know about this because they were brothers and they weren't talking on the phone, they weren't communicating in any way that we could detect. would could not have known about this. this is clearly something different. the paris prosecutor has said this is three very well coordinated teams. this is a series of attacks, more complicated, more difficult
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to execute. the question tonight is why the french authorities, why other authorities in europe had no idea this was about to happen. >> reporter: you know paris well. could you talk a little pit about the emotion that you're seeing here. the worst attack since world war ii. some people are calling it france's 911. >> you no, i've spent a lot of time in the city. i have been here when there were other attacks of an earlier time when hubs and clubs were being blown up. i have never seen the city on a saturday night this time of year so quiet, so deserted. i walked in my neighborhood. i live in paris when i don't live in the united states, and i walked my neighborhood tonight and restaurants that are normally full, clubs that are normally full, pars, cafés, deserted thank you very much. we continues our coverage, but we toss back to new york now thank you for that. france, of course, remains in an
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official state of emergency following yesterday's deadly attacks. border points usually open to the rest of the europe, like this one, and today they were manned by security forces. this is the only the second time since world war ii that france declared this state. under this law authorities can put entire neighborhoods and cities on lock down and they can also ban street demonstrations as they have done until tuesday. join now by a counter terrorism analyst at the institute for the city of war. she is also an expert on i.s.i.l. first question to you, does the paris attacks indicate anything about the evolution of i.s.i.s.'s ability to carry out a complicated attack on foreign shores? >> i think it does. this attack certainly is a continuation of i.s.i.s.'s strategy to encourage and direct terrorist attacks in the west,
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but i think it is a step page in the terms of capability that we've seen from that group in terms of being aboriginal to coordinate sophisticated attacks through its networks has been able to determine who is planning the attacks, who selected the targets? who is providing the weapons, timing? who is recruiting them? >> the details will come out as the investigation continues, but even now we're starting to see some similarities between the attack that we saw in paris last night and previous plots that were attempted by i.s.i.s.'s network with then belgium and france, and, in particular, there was a kerr el in january 2015 that was planning an attack similar to that we saw last night based on your research, have you been able to identify where the headquarters of i.s.i.l. is and what is the connection between what we call i.s.i.l.
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and what was previously known as republican guard, troops and strategists in iraq. >> weave sen indications that it operates near raqqa and syria up in northern syria, but they also travel around to avoid u.s. led coalition air strikes, but certainly many of them are in iraq and syria also maintaining link's to i.s.i.s.'s global network. in terms of the republican guard there are members of that group which are leaders in i.s.i.s.'s organisation but it has grown beyond that now. eyise has an international contingent some of thea attackers were known by french intelligence. is this any indication of a breakdown in terms of the fact that they didn't stop them before this happened? >> i think it's a reflection of the fact that not only french but also just western intelligence agencies in general are stretched by the amount of threats that are emanating from terrorist groups if we are to believe the
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i.s.i.l. communication that the attack in eyise was a retaliation for what happened in syria and iraq, what do you expect the french to do that could be an effective block to future attackss? >> i think that we're probably going to see france gear more towards military activity within a rack and syria. what i'm concerned about is the possibility that france and other european actors might try to cooperate with russia and the shad regimes argument of bolstering the syrian regime which is an ineffective strategy as bashar al-assad is a cad railising force in the region thank you nor joining us. expert on i.s.i.l. -- one american was killed and two others injured in the paris attacks. among the dead, 23-year-old, sheep is a junior at california state university in long beach. she was a california native deciding design. she was in paris on a semestera
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broad program. the president of the state spoke just a short time ago. >> we confirm that our student was killed in the paris attacks yesterday. she was in paris participating in a studia broad program. she was at a restaurant with other students including long beach students. we have been in close contact throughout the night with students and families and have confirmed that 16 other students studying in paris are safe. we have also reached out to our ad french students currently on campus in international exchange programs. today we mourn the loss of our student and all the other victims of the tragic attacks california governor jerry brown ordered state flags at half in memory of the victims. the u.s. embassy in paris is working around the clock to assist american citizens affected by the attacks. after the attacks against paris
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and before that the russian jet liner, how well is the u.s. prepared for any attempted attack on the homeland. that is our special report continu continues.
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[ ♪ ] welcome back live in paris. we continue our coverage of the paris attacks. over the last ten hours we've been talking to the people on the streets of this city trying to engage their reaction to the horror that happened. many neighborhoods, we went to one where two sprints were attacked by gunmen last night. tonight a vigil is set up with candles and flowers. a big crowd turned out. people mourning their friends. we talked to several people. one monday who lost two of his friends. >> it's very, very hard to see the place like this because we are pretty much twice a week
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here when you walked up tonight what did you think? >> it was to my friends that passed away in that terrible night because-- you have a friend who died here? >> yeah. here and at the bataclan. so the theatre you had two friends who died in this? >> two of my close friends, and taking into account all the friends of friends, i think we can say then that i have 20 or 30 known people that have been injured or died last night, yeah on a normal pry or saturday night on this corner in paris, people would be eating, drinking, having fun, but the people who live in this multi ethnic neighborhood say they doubt whether it will ever be
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normal between. now it has become a place of mourning. >> very shocking and we disapprove those acts and especially that we are muslim and that's not what islam said, what god said, and it's very shocking. so we're here to come with the families. it's very sad you can see the pain on people's faces all over paris tonight. as we continue to cover this story, we will bring you their stories. we will get back to you and see you a little later thank you, john. here at home stepped up security across the country, extra police station, outside the consulate of france in new york city today. new york's governor put the city
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on high alert. live for us in washington dc tonight with more of the stepped up security and what the u.s. is doing. >> reporter: that's right. good evening from the nation's capital. you know for the longest time the greatest fear of the authorities has been the loan wolf attack, the coordinated attack, such as we saw in mumbai in 2008 and in paris again yesterday and the fact that it could all end up here. tonight i can tell you that law enforcement is taking all three extremely seriously. new york's time square, nypd sewer officers are reassuring people here just hours offa a night of terror in paris. the counter terrorism response command and other special units also deployed to sensitive sites. the nearly simultaneous gun and bomb attacks in paris took place
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at a stadium and soft targets in the tourist district. here at home sporting venues across america are on heighteneda alert. in l.a. the rose bowl is boosting staffing and asking fan $to leave bags at home. the nba and nhl put teams on high alert. originally the nml said there were no plans to change security, but changed their mind. mere in the nation's capital where a book of condolence has been opened for the victims of paris, there is increased security too. not justa at iconic sites like the washington monument, but also at restaurants and concert hauls too. before heading for turkey for this g 20 summit, prime minister obama discussed security in the wake of paris. amongst fears that could be the normal and such violence could be spread here. >> you can't view it as a nuisance. this is the world we live in
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now. if you have to take precautions and go through screening that is part of the process. >> reporter: he is right, of course, we're used to it at airports, back-up will we have to have the same level at a restaurant or a concert venue? it is saturday night right across america now and millions of americans are out and about across this land. you have to believe that they are a little bit more weary this evening than they might have been before paris yesterday. >> reporter: for sure. thank you. live in washington for us. americans are finding many ways to show solidarity with the people of france today. at west point the army football game, they also carried the french flag. the u.s. military academy sent out a tweet saying it stands with the french people following the paris attacks. a look at some of the other displays of support for france
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from around the world.
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in new york with this
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special edition of al jazeera america. the people of paris were told to stay home, but hundreds of people ignored the order this morning instead lining up waiting hours to donate blood to the victims of last night's deadly attacks on their country man. it's just one of the points of silly solidarity we have seen in the night. out on the streets of a sense of how people are reacting, adam? >> reporter: we have been here in the neighborhood that is just not far from where many of these attacks took place. it's not so clear-cut that people are justsome behr and--; omber and they're taking rev
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fudge. they say-- refuge. they need to be around people to show that they are supporting these people in this country, that they would in a way be letting them down in they stayed at home on this day. >> you have to leave. you can't stay inside your house. >> reporter: people and visitors a like have a sense that they need to be together right now and not alone at home. lindsay oconnell is visiting from england. her hotel is in the heart of the area where the attacks took place. >> that's not to say that there isn't an air of sadness, fear and uncertainty. this woman lit dozens of candles. she told us this is what it must
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feel like in syria every day, but that in ferns they're just not used to it. -- france they're just not used to it. in the streets around here families, friends and neighbors carry on. >> no-one in this neighborhood just a short distance from where the attacks took place is saying life goes back to normal, but what they are saying is that they feel a certain resistance to this idea that they're under siege. a steady stream of customers kept the local cheese shop humming on saturday. the own considered closeing for the day, like the city market next-door, but she just couldn't out of a sense of solidarity. >> translation: contrary to what you think, we've had more customers today than usual. everybody is out, at the bars, in the restaurants, the cafés and in the street. >> reporter: a public mourning together and celebrating life stateme statement.
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-- statement. as you can see-- at the same time. you can see people here, that's the way to heal. some people feel they need to share in a sense of community here in paris and not be at home, just mourning. they feel that in a way it's their civic duty, their duty to their fellow people. you might see behind me a candle lit vigil. people have been all daylighting candles, despite requests and orders from the government for them not to gather in public. what we're seeing is this french spirit to come together to, yes, mourn and be sad but also to be defiant and be resistant in their own way thank you very much. muslims around the world today strongly condemn the paris attacks. the muslim council of britain, which represents more than 500
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mosques, schools appeared charities, called the killings "horrific and abhorrent". meanwhile iranians gathered at the french embassy in tehran. there are more muslims in france than in any other countries in europe. there were nearly 5 million in france in 2010, nearly 8% of the population. the same year by campi comparison, muslims mate up around 1% in u.s. neighbouring countries in united kingdom and belgium also have muslim populations of 5 and 6% respectively. a journalist recently returned to the u.s. after living in paris for a year and he is a former jihadist turned terrorist expert. what was your reaction when you
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heard about what had happened in paris? were you surprised or did you see it coming? >> well, of course i was surprised like everybody else in paris. it was very horrific action taken. i had the same thought as all muslims in paris, please do not it be any muslim person you say you were surprised, but at the same time less than a year ago we saw what happened with the "charlie hebdo" do attack. why were you surprised when we know that there is this element. >> number one, nobody expected that these attacks are going to happen in such an encloses proximity to charge hebb do. we're talking about-- "charlie hebdo" dough. the element of surprise was the islamic state was going to create a lot of phobia actions against them. nobody knows what the future
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holds. mr sthak, apparently according to eyewitnesses, some of the attackers were in their teens. now, you were radicalised when you were 19 years old. could you tell us please what is it about being a teenager that makes one susceptible to that kind of radicalisation. >> there is this concept called young male syndrome which talks about the angst of youth. usually because they may be going through severe anda cute identity cry says crisis, especially if they feel alienated, victims of discrimination. these are ingredients that lead a young person to be set on a path which could or could not lead to violent action we know that there were, non-how many, five/six attackers, apparently. how would, based on your experience, how would one go on recruit them? would there be one central recruiter or several? would they know what each
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other's roles were? how would that work based on your experience as a jihadist. >> yeah. i mean, i recruited from a pool of people, depending on what their particular backgrounds were. so it could have been an indian, pakistani, muslim like myself, who felt that there was a war on islam and they hated you because you were a muslim or a convert kid. i would see that this kid was kicked out of his home by his parents because he became a muslim and now he needs a group to belong to, brothers to have, and we could provide that. these were the kinds of things that we said to them to recruit them or i said to them. but one thing is important to note, the pool of recruitment in france is much larger are is as you noted in terms of the numbers. there are, you know, many millions of muslims living in western europe and north america and five thousand is the number
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of western fighters recruited. that's a very, very small number. the vast majority of muslims are not that far down the road, but these young people, it's easy for them to get picked up that raises an interesting point, which is based on your experience while you were living in paris and the contacts you've had with muslims there now, how likely are they to know that these plans were in the offing, and how likely are they to inform authorities? i'm talking about peace-loving muslims. >> the thing is that this is a very complicated and very old issue in france, the issue of young muslim immigrants in paris or in the suburbs of paris. do they know that they're being radicalised? i wouldn't say so. those people are being pushed to the margins of society in france. they're being separated from the social fabric, being
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discriminated against, pushed away. they're very lonely, desperate and very sad. they often find a home in these notions, that we have to fight the global fight, we have to fight the holy rat fight their friends, teachers, relatives, know what they're up to? >> these people are often in a not supportive social circle. as we will find out, one did grow up in a bad sir kell. the normal support network that helps up, is not there and it is not going to exist in any future radicals still my question, are people hesitant to coopt with authorities if they suspect someone or are they more afraid of being the targets of attacks themselves because, after all, i think some muslims were killed
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in carley hebb dough. >> some of them have distrust if they're complaining. they say that this person is doing this and that. they're not going to be taken seriously. this is one issue that they're afraid of mr shake, let's talk about what turned you around. what did it take to move you away from radicalism back to someone who is interacts with authorities. >> for me, i met the taliban in pakistan in 1995 before they took over the country or came to power, and i was in my networks until 911. 911 was the major cognitive wedge that opened up tore me a path to then go and study islam properly in arabic, in syria. my experience there brought me
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to the understanding that this extremist interpretation is completely false and against islam. and the rights that i had in as a muslim in the west. after study i came to relinquish my opinions and when i returned back i was very happy to contribute back to the country. so, really, it was the attacks, but then the study of islam properly that got me out. about what the french authorities can do, we will need to move towards two things and that's introducing the study of i; lam in a public way since the population is so large because the propping understanding of this relative edge is a proper factor in radicalise ace of the community led programs that require the support of the government who can explain the verses about jihad that it is
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not terrorism without the fear that he will end up on a terrorist watch list a final question to you. when it comes to what the people of france will do next, what is it about france that makes it such a target, apparently. at least twice already this year? >> i mean, one reason i see is the fact that france, of course, clues a large proportion of muslim immigrants. what i would say is they're a target in the per intention that the government hates muslim immigrants. they actually want to push them out of the country. that makes forensic a veria trackive target that's a perception or a reality? >> i wouldn't say it's a reality as much as i'm asserting efforts by the french government are not taking it seriously and letter not doing enough
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thank you very much, editor and writer and recently returned from paris and thank you for your ininsight there's new urgency for the president obama and other leaders gathering at the g 20 meeting in turkey what they are likely to do with the i.s.i.l. threat when our special report continues, but first new york's empire state building normallia grow in colorful lights. tonight it is dark in respect to the french just as the eiffel tower is also dark.
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the french just as the eiffel
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in a few hours president obama lands in turkey to attend the g 20 economic summit. fighting i.s.i.l. was always going to be part of the discussion at the summit. i asked our correspondent in turkey whether friday's attacks in paris are likely to dominate the talks. gentleman you're right. it was always going to be at the top of the agenda, both i.s.i.l. and civil war in syria now raging into its fists year. it's only about a day's drive from here. coupled that with the fact that turkey is hosting the g 20 goes
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on a rotating host basis. turkey's number came up this year. no other country outside of syria and iraq and perhaps lebanon has more at stake here. they share 500 mile border with syria. the president has been pushing for a safe zone and no fly zone within syrian territory. the united states has balked at that because of the cost and complexity at doing that. the turks are very concerned about the refugee crisis, as are many around the world, turks hosting some two million within their country from the war in syria. that's twice the number which happens to be lebanon. president obama said no too long ago that he believed that i.s.i.l. had been contained within syria and iraq. that's not the case, quite in the light of what we have seen in the last 48 hours within france. so the urgency of tackling the situation has been increased
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exponentially as these leaders gather here at this resort on the turkish coast of course, many of the members of the g 20 are also members of nato. there is a mutual assistance pack with nato which the u.s. enacted back in 2001 after september 11. is there any indication that there might be a side meeting of nato members and whether france may or may not ask for nato military intervention given what happened in paris? >> reporter: there will be all kind of meigs here. there's something called the clint which is a powerful five nations such as france, german eau and the u.k. and italy are going to be meeting on the margins of this as well. the president of france is not coming, probably for obvious reasons. putin is coming. it was their intervention into the war in syria that has
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complicated matters even further and one of the concerns here in turkey and among many of these nations garretted here is that the offensive that many expect with the bashar al-assad forces, leader of the syria, cupping with russian air strikes, pushing against i.s.i.l. forces, coming up against other forces, kurdish forces coming in from the west, forcing more refugees up through turkey. these offences are expected quite soon towards the city of aleppo and then the occurred coming in from the west which brings up another complication which is the turkish government is concerned with the cooperation between the united states military and the kurds. they've taken the lead as we have seen in the battle of sinjar around the city of sinjar in northern iraq. the kurds and the turks, of course, have historical an month months tea. that is a concern. any number of wrinkles if you're looking at here. foreign fighters are going to be moved higher in the wake of the
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attack from france. this meeting is shaping up as a pivotal one. officials say they do not expect anything concrete to come thank you. a waiting the start of the g20 summit. let's cross over now to paris where we will be joined once again by my colleagues john seigenthaler and sheila mcvicar. >> reporter: hi. thank you very much. of course here in paris, the vigil, it's almost 3 o'clock in the morning and people are still out paying their respects to the dead. the thing you notice about paris is the somber mood is what you could expect. sheila is with me. this is very personal, right? >> yes. to be in this place, i've been
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here so many times, throb riots and tear gas, i was here last winter when tens of thousands people marched together, "charlie hebdo" and the supermarket. tonight what we see here is grief. >> reporter: talk about what you saw today. you saw some interesting things. >> i did. i live in paris. my home when i'm not in the united states this is my home. this is a city that i love. i have never seen paris on a saturday night, except possibly in august when everyone who lives here is at the beach, so quiet. restaurants that are normally full were empty. the cafés were empty, the terraces and streets were very empty. people were at home. they were link to what they were told to do. >> reporter: this is very personal for you. >> yes. it is. >> reporter: let's take a look
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at it. >> this is the one place tonight where people are gathering in this square to light candles, place flowers, to remember those who were murdered and those who tonight still fight for their lives. the rest of paris is eerily quiet. restaurants that should be full and would be full any other saturday night empty. cafés and bars on one of the busiest boulevards have no clients. people are listening to the warnings about staying away. this is a city i know well. i've reported from europe for more than 25 years. when i'm not in the u.s., this is where i live. here in my neighborhood, i have never seen it so quiet on a saturday night. i've been here when paris has gone through some other terrible challenges. this road should be as busy as
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the i95 at rush hour. paris tonight is mourning and nowhere does that hit home more than here, at the iconic symbol of the city, the tower usually all lit up and brimming with light. tonight draped in mourning black. >> reporter: as you mentioned, there have been other attacks. >> yes. >> reporter: what sets this attack apart? >> this is a very strong and resilient city, but this is a shock. this is people at a rack concert, people doing what people do on a friday night in paris, going to din with friends, go for a drink after work, doing things that make living in this city such a wonderful way to live. >> reporter: a couple of things we noticed tonight in one area where the restaurant had been attacked by gunmen and then next-door there was a place where people wash their clothes
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and all the glass was broken out, but above, up in an apartment they were playing john lennon, imagine, and there was this eary feeling that people want piece but they were prepared for war. >> there were very strong words today from some of the leaders, from the p.m. who called this an act of war. this is a city that understands what it is to be at war. more than any city in europe, the nature of the war in the middle east has been brought home here. >> reporter: the other thing is children, and i mean the children of paris, just like the children of new york and washington and 911, watch this unfold, and yet they're having to deal with it, and what parents tell their children, what do parents tell their children? >> i think what they say is what they said in new york, madrid and london, that you have to be kale and alert, but life goes on.
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>> reporter: there are many reminders that the investigation goes on outside the concert hall where the horrible attack took place, the band's bus is still sitting outside. it's surrounded. it's covered so that people can't see the front of that concert hall or the band, but they're reminders everywhere. all these vigils as well, constant reminders of what has happened in the last 48 hours. >> it will go on. this is the end of three days of national mourning. there will be a national vigil on monday, a moment of silence to remember those who died and to think about those who are still fighting for their lives. >> reporter: we began with a conversation with a woman. she brought her eight-year-old niece to the vigil tonight and here is what she told us about why. >> she is five and she came because she don't know what happened and my brother call me
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and he told me, she wants to see you and feels that something happened. we want to be all together, family and friends, but she didn't have the explanation that the only thing she knows is that people are sometimes bad and she don't have to be like this. >> reporter: so the female of paris, i mean, this is the mosta mazing sight that we're seeing behind us because it's 3 o'clock in the morning and there are still candles burning and people praying an people turned out to bring flowers. i expect that we will see that in the coming days as well. >> we will see that in the coming days. you have to remember that tomorrow is sunday. this is a very secular country. this is a day when families go to walks and lunch an spend time with friends. monday people will go back to work. there will be a lot of anxiety when it comes time for monday. >> reporter: thank you very much. we will continue our coverage from paris throughout the next several days. we hope you watch.
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