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good morning, everyone. i'm christiane amanpour live in paris for our special coverage of the devastating terrorist attacks here that have tripled the city and that have been claimed by isis. >> i'm john berman. want to welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world. let's get to what we know as of this hour. new developments coming in. france under a state of emergency following six, six separate terrorist attacks. isis claiming responsibility, so far 128 confirmed dead. the numbers really, these numbers will change and go up.
as many as 180 injured, maybe more. americans are among the injured. what we don't know is just how many. french police continue to look for suspects. police have identified one of the attackers as a french national. >> these attacks were incredibly coordinated. the pictures quite disturbing. we want you to warn yourselves to be very careful as you watch because some of it is quite graphic. this video shows survivors of the nightclub attack jumping from the windows to escape the carnage taking place inside. that is just behind where we're standing now. it was at the bataclan, and a concert was going on at the time. other victims rushed out of the theater. first responders literally trying to drive people to safety. gunmen opened fire killing at least 80 people. paris police say three of the four attackers were wearing explosive belts around the same time, john -- >> there were explosions at a
soccer stadium, the main soccer stadium in the northern part of paris. explosions rang out. video captured the moment it happened. [ explosion ] [ crowd noise ] [ explosion ] >> terrifying moments there. at least four people killed at the stadium outside. those leaving showed solidarity singing in solidarity the french national anthem while they were there. >> cnn correspondents deployed all over. what was extraordinary about the attack was that the french president was in the stadium as it happened. >> in the stadium. >> unbelievable that they got so close to a head of state. >> i want to tell people where we are now so they can place us. right behind us is the batd clan. the theater -- bataclan. the theater where the worst of the attacks happened. at least 80 killed. you can't see it. it is behind the police vans now. there are tarps set up surrounding the entrance to the
theater. why? >> they've been identifying, remaining all the bodies. in the last half-hour, we're told that the removal of bodies inside to the morgue so they can be further identified, so that family can collect them. so they can eventually be buried. apparently that finally ended. we saw most of the police vans leaving there just moments ago. >> nick robertson now outside the soccer stadium. clarissa ward is close by at the theater. what's the latest on the investigation? >> reporter: we're getting some new information in now that i want to share with you from a source close to the investigation who says that officials found two passports next to the bodies of the attackers. one syrian passport which we've been reporting, and one egyptian passport, according to the source. they also added that there's a strong assumption that these passports are fake. certainly that would make sense. we know that at least one of the
attackers was a french national. and i just spent time talking to a father and son who survived the attack in the theater. the son said to me that the men were speaking french without a trace of an accent. that they were, in his words, undoubtedly french nationals. still really, john and christiane, we have more questions than we have answers. who were these men, how many were there? so far french officials are saying that eight attackers were killed. quite clearly, there needed to be a larger network to facilitate and orchestrate such a complex and multiple location attack. a lot of questions here. that's why you've heard the french interior ministry saying we will continue to have strict measures. this is a state of measure. france has not been in a state of emergency since 1958. >> indeed, and the language today by the french president
and even the former french president, obviously his political opponent. the language from both of them today is a language of war. the french president said that isis has declared war on this country. sarkozy said this country is at war and that our domestic and foreign policy needs to take that into account right now. >> francois hollande said we will be ruthless, merciless. the language being used now as you correctly point out, bellicose and different from after the "charlie hebdo" attacks. there's solidarity but also a sense of vengeance. >> that but also people are not allowed out here. they have been banned from holding any marches, any demonstrations, any public gatherings for the next several days. it's not happening in paris. the flea markets which are open every weekend, the world comes to shop at and get great items and bargains, closed. this never happens. >> on the subject of the world now, president obama made clear
this attack not just in paris on the french but an attack on freedom and liberty everywhere. i want to check with jim acosta right now. president obama on his way to a big meeting. the g-20 right now. he had a meeting of the national security council before he left. jim accosta with us on the phone from turkey where the meeting will take place. jim, what do you know? >> reporter: they'll be holding a national security council meeting at the white house before he leaves for the g-20 summit. i'm in turkey and just arrived on the ground. security precautions are immense. took us a good 45 minutes just to make our way inside the secure perimeter where the summit will be taking place. it's fairly certain this will be something of a war sum for president obama, for the other -- war summit for president obama, for the other leaders gathered here. appears isis has taken their fight against the west that another level. the president had hoped to come
into this summit are some victories, foreign policy victories against isis, the apparent killing of jihadi john, the operation that took place in sinjar where the u.s. was aiding kurdish forces there. all of that obviously is going to be tremendously overshadowed with what has happened in paris. it is certainly going to focus the world's attention on what isis is apparently planning to do at this point. that is really step up its attacks. you know, the president in recent days said he believed that isis was contained. that was the word he used, contained. in an interview with abc news, obviously when the president holds a press conference in turkey at the conclusion of the summit, he's going to be asked about the remarks. his aids will be asked about the remarks even sooner than that. this is very much a test of the president's policy dealing with isis and starts with the
national security council meeting before he leaves for turkey. according to white house officials, he is going to meet not only with national security officials inside the white house but several cabinet secretaries, secretary of state and secretary of defense. if they're not there in person, they'll be joining the secure connection. the president ramping up his focus on isis as highway he-- a he heads to turkey a few hours from now. >> it will be something of a war summit now. >> in italia he's going to be meeting with putin, all the leaders from around the world and all of them have obviously called in their sympathies and condolences to france. even the president of china has. and putin, russia has been targeted by isis over the plane in sharm el sheikh. >> the presumed killing of jihadi john, the victory for the kurds now. the sense that there was an
acceleration in the battle of isis in iraq and syria. president used a word that perhaps we have contained them there. >> i think he may live to rue those words. it is not. >> a cnn affiliate told that two people -- sorry, a syrian passport was found on the body, near the body of an attacker outside the stadium in france. a syrian passport near the body outside the stadium in france. >> now, four people died in the attack in the bataclan. three blew themselves up with suicide belts. one was killed with -- by the police, and outside the stadium. three people, three of the attackers were killed in suicide attacks. the deputy mayor warned that more attacks may be coming. >> it's a terrible, terrible situation. it's a tragedy that we are
facing. i don't know what more to say. of course tomorrow will be another day. we don't know if it will start again tomorrow or not. nothing to say that the sequence is over. >> still as you can hsh the level of tension in the faces and in the voices of all the officials here. paris is under a state of emergency, and almost everything is shut down, all public buildings, museums. all sorts of things. and for a saturday, there are very few people in the streets. we're going now to our diplomatic editor, nick robertson, outside the stade de france. what are you hearing, anything new? >> reporter: one of the questions being asked in the french media is the coordinated
suicide bombing attacks at the stadium here. 80,000 people in the stadium. the french president, francois hollande, present. isis has said that they targeted this match because it was between two christian countries, between france and germany. they said they did it under the nose of president francois hollande. it's not clear if they knew he was going to be at the game. the question that's being asked here, there were three suicide attackers. they killed four people outside the stadium in their coordinated attacks. the question that people are asking is because of increased security, because of the presence of francois hollande, were they thwarted from getting into the densely packed crowd of 80,000 people? could the casualty toll have been much worse? what we do know is that at this, the main entrance here to the stadium, at about 20 past 9:00, the first attack on friday night, last night in paris, came with a suicide bomber detonating his explosives. the french president was quickly
whisked away. 20 minutes later, the second bomber detonated his explosives. a few hundred yards from me, just along the side of the stadium here. another 20 minutes after that, another suicide bomber attacked, detonating his explosives close to the stadium. it appears as if they were coordinating with the first explosion to create that panic, to create that fear, to drive the crowds away from the stadium and target them as they were leaving. were they initially trying to get in amongst the densely packed crowd, and the president's security here, higher levels than normal, obviously for normal, friendly soccer match. that kept the attackers away. that's a question that's being asked here potentially. the french president's presence at the stadium last night potentially, unexpectedly may have saved many lives. >> what a fortunate, fortunate ring of security that was for
the people inside the stadium. you mentioned the three separate bombing attacks which spanned the entire breadth of this attack. so there was three separate attacks at the stadium, and it dispersed with the attacks in central paris. the drive-by restaurant shootings and the bataclan attack. it has been incredibly widespread. >> think of the flip side. the idea that perhaps more carnage was prevented. what about the fact that these people were able to plan this attack in the wake of "charlie hebdo," ten months after the disaster there, the attack there, two weeks before the world comes here for the climate summit. in planning an attack on a stadium where the french president would be. you would think they would be so attuned, security services and intelligence. but somehow they were still able to plan. maybe not pull it off to the extent that they wanted, but still able to plan it. >> obviously there are going to be questions. the whole country, the whole world was sympathetic to the french, the authorities, to intelligence, to security after
charl "charlie hebdo." particularly the french, people asking questions here. how did this happen, how did this slip through your fingers when you are maximum alert because of all the deployment intelligencewise and securitywise for the climate summit. and because of the threats that our intelligence were telling us were expected anyway. >> in the last ten days. paris such an international city. it is believed that there were americans among those injured. the state department working very hard to work with families in the united states to connect them to their loved ones in paris. >> yeah. and we're joined on the phone on more with americans in paris. elise, what do you know about that? >> reporter: as you said, thousands of americans living, working, vacationing in paris. such a city that americans travel to. since the attacks, the state department has been -- consular affairs spanning out, trying to identify if there are any
american victims, trying to find americans that need assistance. state department hotlines have been flooded with calls. this morning, deputy spokesman state department mark toner issuing a statement saying the united states embassy in paris is working around the clock to assist americans affected by the tragedy. the u.s. government is working with french authorities to identify american victims. we are aware there are americans among the injured and are offering them the full range of consular assistance. consular officials fanning out, calling hospitals, calling morgues, trying to see if there are any americans, families, calling in, opening up inquiries that are being followed up by the embassies. of course, secretary of state john kerry in vienna today for this meeting of coalition to help find a political solution in syria. he was able to see the french tomorrow, offer condolences.
clearly, america's standing with france today. >> clearly. you know, one of the difficulties here is that they can't get all the information they want as quickly as they want to because of the geographic scope of this. six separate attacks, not to mention the lingering fear that there could be more coming. sometimes the answers are too slow. >> the fact that they were separate was designed to stretch the responders, the security and the medical staff, to make it -- to overwhelm them. >> elise lavin on the phone. thank you very much. much more to come. the attacks, hunt for people who may still be on the loose, who were the victims, that you will and more after this. the pursuit of healthier.
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there's maim in paris outside the -- a memorial in paris outside the restaurant, one of six sites hit right. now as you can imagine, six areas right now, living memorial service to all those who were lost, not even 24 hours ago. >> flowers and candles. last time we saw this was ten months ago when the "charlie hebdo" attack happened. we're joined by the french author and commentator about its incredible to us that it was not even ten months ago the last time we were talking to you about these mass attacks in paris. i mean, how do you explain that this has happened so soon again? >> these guys know what they do. they know that france is along with america, they're one of the main enemy. they know that francois hollande
has not changed his lines in the beginning. first of all, there, is of course, a sorrow and mourning. each of us feel that. what we have to understand is at the root of all that is in syria and in iraq. if we do not eradicate isis in syria and in iraq, we will have more events, tragedies as last night. >> when we hear from the current leader, francois hollande, when we hear from the last french president sarkozy talk about this in terms of war, this is now a war. is that war in syria and iraq, or is that war here now in paris as well? listening to these leaders, it certainly sounds like they think the war is now here. >> if we don't win the war in iraq and in syria, we will have more and more war in new york and in paris. i hear, for example, no boots on the ground. maybe it is okay, but no boots
on the ground there means more blood on the ground here and in new york. we have found that. as long as these evil guys remain standing and strong, we will have blood on our grounds. as it happened yesterday night in paris and -- as it happened 14 years ago in new york. >> and it is very clear where this is going. and everybody's been warning us about blow back for a long time. and the intelligence services, certainly in england, say that people on line are being radicalized so fast, violently, they don't have time to get this there and stop it and stop this. what is going to be the political game changer that will get the western leaders, as you say, to fight and defeat these people in syria and iraq? it won't happen by the air. >> the leadership from behind is finished.
if mr. obama wants to have a good legacy, if he wants to leave office with a real moral success, he has to help defeat them. i was three days ago in sinjar with the peshmergas, the kurds. they were waging a grave battle. they want it, but they cannot do it alone and not only with the weapons they have. we have at least to help kurds more and more to defeat these devils because we will have more and more blood in our cities. mr. barack obama has to understand that. >> well, just barack obama? what about francois hollande? will france increase -- >> today hollande said today very clearly it was a war inside and outside. >> does that mean french troops on the ground in syria and iraq? >> it means that francois hollande, france is very away of
the fact that the school training of all terrorists of the world of today is in syria and in iraq. we left the since one year and a half a real academy of crime. a real school of training of barbarity. it is -- that is the situation. it is for the first time that this war is the war we did not want to win. i don't know why. this is the situation. there is a man who did not want to be a king. this is a war we did not want to win. i think that the west democracies, the arab countries have to win this war against cancer, which metastasizes and is spreading more and more. and what happened with the climate, of course, i hope is the end. i'm not sure. >> a moment of truth. all the leaders meeting this weekend in italia and will meet
again for paris for the climate change. a moment of truth. thank you very much for having us. >> thank you. >> and john, of course, we're going to be right back. we have an eyewitness and fellow journalist, simon cooper, who will be joining us in a second. he was in the stade de france last night. when it comes to helping you reach your financial goals,t taking small, manageable steps can be an effective... and enjoyable approach... compared to the alternatives. push! i am pushing! sfx: pants ripping how you doing eddie? almost there. small steps. at axa, we'll help you take the next steps, with more confidence. for advice, retirement and insurance, talk to axa today.
hello and welcome back to our breaking news coverage of the paris terror attacks. i'm christiane amanpour. along with me along with john berman is simon cooper. he's a journalist for "the paris times" and a resident. he was in the stade de france last night watching the soccer match had the blast erupted. before we go to him, we want to show what that looked and sounded like. [ explosion ] [ crowd noise ] >> you can hear the crowd there. some cheering. they were unaware of what was going on outside. simon, you were. there what did you think was going on? >> i thought this is too loud to be fireworks. the sound of fireworks is common
at stadiums. a lot of people thought that. it was quite a boom. three or four minutes later, there was a second boom, and the ground shook a bit. i thought, there was something wrong here. we didn't know. we had no information. this were 80,000 people, enormous uncertainty. i had my laptop on, had my internet on. it took 25 minutes on the french sites to appear that there had been a french bomb and one person was injured. >> does anybody even get nervous? was there any idea that the match might stop? >> i think the authorities thought it would be a disaster to release 80,000 people on to the streets which were known to be dangerous, known to be attackers on the streets outside the stadium. my real fear is with hindsight. i think the attackers didn't want to explode the bombs 20 minutes into the game whether people were safely into the stadium. they wanted to attack the crowd arriving at the stadium. that is my presumption. there were three around the stade de france. >> that is interesting. we were talking and listening to other theories that they may
have not known that president hollande was there and that there was an extra ring of steel to protect him. they may have been thwarted by that. >> it could have been even worse. >> it could have been a lot worse. what happens at the stade de france, like at many stadiums, in the last 20 minutes, everyone arrives. they pile out of the train, and you have tens of thousands walking along quite narrow streets toward the stadium. and i imagine that that is where they wanted to be. maybe the security was too thick and they had to go back. >> what was the trip home like for you? i mean, at that point, you knew to an extent paris was a battle zone. there were fights going on, six separate locations. there were terrorist attacks. for you, what was it like to go home? >> we're standing near the bataclan, and it's just behind us. this is my neighborhood. i live 500 meters from here. my children were home with a babysitter. you can imagine, i was quite concerned. and so she locked the door, and i was in the stade de france.
we were among the journalists. german journalists were wondering can i fly home. they were locked in the changing room not daring to leave. i got -- i ended up on the police full of street cars and ambulances. as you were going into a battle zone, it's very strange. >> you talk about a battle zone. french president said this is a declaration of war by an army of terrorist, an army of jihadists. he named the arab name of isis. he promised a merciless and ruthless response did. you see him there? could you see the activity around the president because they obviously got him out of there pretty fast. >> the first news we heard was that hollande had left the stadium. so clearly something bad was up. i didn't see him. hollande is not the kind of guy who is photoed before large crowds. it was a large profile attendance. he was whisked to paris. there were rumors we would not
be allowed to leave. some fans left singing part of the anthem. how do we deal withdrawal this -- a city of 12 million people from around the world get on pretty well together. paris is a miracle. it's the most beautiful city in the world. it works really well. yes, we have tensions, bow a day-to-day level you deal with people of all ethnicities and it works. >> it feels different from when i was here in january. there's more fear and more anger today than there was after the "charlie hebdo" attacks. >> there's more fear because the attacks were terrifying and targeted. it was on a jewish site, and it was the "charlie hebdo" officers. and this -- it was awful, and it changed france. this is random. these are just people going out in any number of places. once you feel that you're living in a city where anything can happen, you're in beirut, former yugoslavia. >> the true definition of terrorism. thank you very much indeed.
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behind us were taken away to the morgue for identification, for families to be able to collect the bodies of people who died in the bataclan concert hall behind us. that's where we find cnn's chief national security correspondent, jim sciutto. what's the new information you have? >> reporter: i've spoken to u.s. intelligence, a senior u.s. intelligence official. they say they have no reason to doubt the appraisal of the french president, francois hollande, in determining this was an attack by isis. there were details in the description that i think were telling and worrisome. him saying these attacks were, in his words, organized abroad with local support. we're seeing that born out in some of the details we've been able to report. a source close to the investigation telling me that one of the attackers identified via fingerprints was a french national. and you have passports found on other attackers. a syrian and egyptian passport. spa that speaks to an
international -- that speaks to an international group with local support showing the expanse of isis and what it's able to. do the other worrisome season is if one of the attackers was known to police, it goes back to the issue we saw with "charlie hebdo" when all of us were covering that in january. that it you'll remember the kouachi brothers who carried out the attack on "charlie hebdo," they had been known to french investigators prior to the attack. one had been under surveillance by french police before being taken off it which you could call perhaps an intelligence failure. the trouble as we well know in this country, there are hundreds of suspected jihadis. to cover and surveil hundreds of suspected jihadis, you need thousands of security forces, a factor of ten really to keep one under constant surveillance. something that is impossible in this country. you don't have the resources. it speaks to that and going forward and helps explain how a turn under the high terror alert
that it is right now could possibly miss a plot as organized as this. that key detail -- with local support but international, outside as president hollande said, organization. >> and that would certainly indicate new abilities for isis. the ability to plan whether it be in iraq or syria, attacks around the world in france. >> and this is the point, john. since the russian plane, since the beirut attacks and now this, isis is announcing we are changing, we are moving to the abroad. >> the irony is that it happened on a day, jim, when president obama was talking about isis somehow being contained. it came on the day where u.s. drone, they think, may have kill dhd man, jihadi john. it came on a day when kurdish forces backed by u.s. air support may have won the town of sinjar in northern iraq. the president said on "good morning america," said perhaps we have isis to an extent
contained. what did the administration mean there? and at this point do they regret those words? >> reporter: at a minimum, it was unfortunate timing to have those words come out of the president's mouth the day of really the most horrible isis attack so far. i've spoken to the administration, spoken to the national security council. they say that the president was saying contained only on the battlefield in iraq and syria. and they go on to see that we have always said, that is the white house and president, has always said there would be good days and bad days. i asked them to identify what were the good days. they point to yesterday, a day when they got jihadi john for instance. it gets to a weakness in the broader strategy. this is a group where decapitation frankly doesn't work. one, you have a group whose members and leaders apparently court death as the attackers here did. this looks very much like a suicide operation. but you can have a situation where on a day you take out an
operational leader, jihadi john was. today reports that a senior isis leader was killed in libya. and yet, they can still carry out an attack like this. it is an atomized movement. it may have had direction and organization from abroad. these guys can act on their own. a pack of lone wolves as it were with inspiration from abroad. gets to what strategy is necessary to stop the group. >> jim sciutto. such a good point. the administration saying contained on the battlefield. they're not the only ones fighting. >> they may not be getting intelligence straight with allies. the british intelligence has said that we are afraid, and we are seeing a higher threat than ever of blow back from isis. nobody outside the white house thinks that isis is contained. >> jim sciutto, thank you very much. much more coming from paris now. six separate terror attacks around this city. well over 100 people dead. we'll have much more after this. we stop arthritis pain,
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>> isis claiming responsibility, saying the attacks precisely targeted. our senior international correspondent nick peyton walsh is in erbil. it's ironic, you've been part of an operation embedded with kurdish forces in an operation against isis there. isis says they struck here. >> reporter: this is really i think a key question to what this means about the evolution of isis at this stage. whether they started out, parts of -- when they started out, part of their message was about creating the caliphate, syria, then iraq. the issue i think now is does the series of attacks if we are treating the downing of the russian airliner as part of an isis campaign here, does this signify the move to abroad, to take fights to the enemies here, or is this something entirely different, perhaps about their loss of territory. they're under a lot of pressure on different fronts. both iraq and syria.
is that sorted of pressure causing them to instruct those abroad to lash out. that's one key question. the one you're referring to yourself, there will be questions asked in retrospect as to how an attack of this level of scale and sophistication was missed by french intelligence. let me play you video, part of a number of isis propaganda videos out. this from back in november in which isis had french citizens in their ranks burn their french passports on camera and then openly goad french citizens to take up the jihad in their home country, saying, look, if you can't join us here, citing the prohibition on islamic dress in france, air strikes by the coalition as reasons to inspire people toward carrying out jihad in their home countries, specifically france, even saying there are cars and weapons available to them to do that. this has been a long-standing problem. the question, how did this attack get missed.
john, christiane? >> how exactly, and there will be so many questions asked here once the initial shock of what's happened, the human cat strofy is what's happened has sunk in. there will be pointed questions. the president of france said that isis today had declared war on this country. he called it an army of terrorists, jihadists. he promised the reaction and response would be ruthless and merciless and in this country, and it would be abroad. he also said, didn't he, that this was planned outside but with complicit inside the country. >> this is a war against isis where nick peyton walsh is and also here. >> we'll see what kind of game changer this might be. we'll be right back. oh no... (under his breath) hey man!
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welcome back to our special coverage of the terrorist attacks in paris only 24 hours ago. in solidarity, countries around the world have bathed their monuments in the colors of the french flag. from freedom tower in new york to seattle to canada to london and even to shanghai. >> it is remarkable, as you say. only 20 hours since the attack. the worst hit was the bataclan theater behind us now, behind those police vans. just one of six targets. we want to show some of the sights of horror that people saw last night as it unfolded. ♪ >> reporter: we have breaking news for you out of paris,
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