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concerned about this. >> yeah. all truth, jake, both sides have the same concerns, very different approaches. jake? >> tom foreman, thank you so much. be sure to follow me on face and twitter or tweet the show. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. turning you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now, breaking news, explosive plot, german police evacuate a stadium before an international soccer match, citing intelligence that someone wanted to set off a bomb inside. players are rushed to a safe place. germany's chancellor and top officials they were due to attend the match. new suspect, french police step up security sweeps looking for a second possible suspect in addition to this man, dangerous fugitive. new information about where the terrorists stayed and how they may have constructed their bombs. cell phone find.
cnn has learned that paris investigators have recovered a phone linked to one of the terrorists containing a message sent before the attacks began. we're also learning how isis operatives kept communications secret. and elusive killer, a hunt for the man planning multiple attacks and conspiracies across europe. is this the new face of terror? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> the breaking news, as the paris massacre spreads fear across europe, police evacuate a stadium in germany before an international soccer match, saying intelligence under covered, quoting, serious plans for explosions. players are rushed to safety. fans are ordered home. the german chancellor merkel
scrubs plans to attend the match. among the other major developments, french police are now searching for a second man suspected of involvement in the bloody paris attacks. urgent manhunt is now under way for suspected attacker salah abdeslam. as security sweep continues across france, police in paris today found a vehicle he rented. what could be a major break for investigators, cnn has now learned they found a cell phone believed to belong to one of the attackers. officials say it contains a message sent some time before the attacks, saying essentially, i'm quoting now, we're ready. we're also learning the alleged mastermind abdelhamid abaaoud was known to intelligence agencies before the paris massacres, and a source says france and its allies have tried unsuccessfully to target him. i'll speak with vice president biden's top national security adviser. and with congressman adam schiff. correspondents, analysts and
guests, full coverage of all of the day's top stories. paris, cnn's john berman. a fast-moving story. what's the latest information you're getting there on the ground? >> tonight, europe very much on edge. a seven-hour drive from where i'm standing hanover, germany, soccer match canceled between the german national team and the netherlands. why? local officials say they had concrete intelligence that explosives will be set off during the game. people already inside the stadium told to go home. people outside told to go home. german media reports french intelligence passed on information there was some kind of sleeper agent who wanted to self off explosives during the game. now, german federal officials say a sent of the stadium and the area around has turned up no explosives at this point, but it does show you the concern. here in germany, in belgium and tonight, in paris, there are new
leads in the hunt for the people who pulled off the attacks here on friday. >> reporter: with this nation in a state of emergency, word tonight of a new suspect. there is now a strong presumption there is a second surviving terrorist connected to friday's attacks. this, in addition to alleged attacker salah abdeslam, last questioned by police but not detained, driving toward belgium hours after the attack. tonight, raid and searches across france. police scouring two hotel rooms just south of paris, rented by abdeslam. investigators recovered syringes, tubes and materials, that is being tested to determine whether it could have been used to help make explosives worn by the attackers. today, another discovery, this black renault rented by abdeslam
found in the 18th district. new information about his brother, evibrahim, one of the terrorists killed in the attacks. a brussels area bar owned by even broo bra heem shut down a week before the paris attacks. officials also providing new insight into the man believed to be the mastermind of the attacks, abdelhamid abaaoud, alive, at large, and now we learn, on the radar of u.s. officials for months. department of homeland security memo discussing the belgium citizen's connections to previous plots in europe including a thwarted attack against belgium police in january and the attempt to attack a paris bound train in august, foiled by american passengers. a belgium counterterrorism source tells cnn the coalition tried, but failed, to target
abaaoud in sira where he's believed to have close ties to al baghdadi. john kerry met with president hollande and pledged american cooperation, promising isis will soon face even greater pressure. >> feeling it today, they felt it yesterday, they felt it in the past weeks. we gained more territory. >> reporter: tonight, friend. officials are asking for the public's help to identify one of the attackers not yet named. they have a picture, a fingerprint but, wolf, still no name. they posted a picture and asked anyone who might know this man to provide information as soon as they can. >> thanks je much. let's bring in senior international correspondent clarissa ward. you're there. what are you learning? >> well, one of the most important things to come out of today is the emergence of the possible cell phone, wolf.
investigators telling cnn that they have found a cell phone on the scene, it not clear who it belonged to. but we know there was a text message on it that something to the effect of, okay, we are ready. once again, we don't know who was the recipient of the message and we don't know who sent it. what's important about this, wolf it could lead to important clues about a larger network needed to facilitate and orchestrate this. as you know, as viewers know, one of the toughest things for officials and investigators when it comes to drilling down on this network, men are very technologically savvy, use encrypted software to communicate, talk through secret traps on telegram, dispose of cell phones to evade capture and evade being listened to. so this potentially a very important lead for french authorities. >> i guess the key question a lot of people are asking, so many isis operatives, they have been on the radar screen of authorities for a long time.
why have they been so hard to track? >> reporter: well, wolf, again, sorry, we have a minor disruption. there's a lot of revers on the streets. a lot of the guys have criminal records. talked about the mastermind, 27-year-old belgium moroccan origin abdelhamid abaaoud, a member of a street gang. and that's the same with many of them. they've all got rap sheets, all know how to avoid the police, how to get weapons, how to get under radar. that makes it difficult for authorities. dealing with a toxic combination. a radical, a petty criminal. >> clairissa ward, thanks very much. joining us, colin powell, national security adviser to joe biden. thanks very much. so-called mastermind of the plot, abdelhamid abaaoud, what do you know about him? >> i think your report captured it well.
we know he's a belgium-based operative. we think he's now in syria. he has ties back to plots that were disrupted back in january. and he's been on our radar screen for a while. though we didn't have direct and specific evidence of the plot evidence pointing to his involvement is not surprising. >> have you tried to capture or kill him in recent months? >> he's on the list of folks we'd like to get. i'm not going to classified operations. but certainly he's on our list. >> you believe he was the mastermind of this paris terror attack? >> well i think the available evidence that we have so far, we have to be cautious about jumping to conclusions, we're still pretty early, sweer tracking the investigation closely, looks like he's deeply involved. >> he's close to al baghdadi the leader of isis. if he is, presumably al baghdadi knew about this if not ordered the attack. what's your assumption. >> we have to be cautious about
what assumptions we make. triangulating on the notion this was directed from syria but who directed it from sira is to be determined. >> what's the latest information about the evacuation of the soccer stadium in germany where the chancellor of germany was to attend with thousands of others? >> the germans, as they said, got foreign intelligence, suggesting there might be a threat. i in an abundance of caution they cleared the areas but as german officials said they haven't as yet found any explosives but i think everybody is being appropriately cautious in the aftermath of what happened in paris. >> the chair of the ranking democrat, i thoul say, senate intelligence committee, senator feinstein, said isis is expanding and have capable to hit the u.s. yesterday john brennan expects more isis attacks, more were plots in his words, in the pipeline. does the white house believe
more attacks are coming, and maybe here in the united states as well? >> well, something we're looking at. we don't have any specific and credible threat reporting suggesting that a paris-type attack is likely in the united states and washington or elsewhere. i know there's some discussion of that in the media i think the threat we've been mindful of lone wolves, inspired by isil. i think it's worth viewers keeping in mind that the threat profile's a little different in the united states than europe. you have thousands that have traveled to the battlefield in syria, that have european passports and easy access back to europe. the type of organized plot carried out by individual whose went back and forth to syria is probably a greater risk in europe than here in the united states. but obviously, we're vigilant against any possible threat stream here. >> when isis releases propaganda video saying their next target
is the was they specifically mention washington, d.c., do you take that threat seriously? >> we do. we take all threats seriously. of course this isn't the first time that isil boasted by trying to attack us here in the united states. we're taking it seriously. the department of homeland security is batting up the hatches, intelligence community is on the case as director brennan suggested. we don't have any credible threat streams at moment that suggest there's an attack eminent anywhere in the united states. >> just to be precise, have you uncovered the u.s. government any isis-related plots in the united states over the past 24 hours or 48 hours? >> no. >> i just wanted to be precise on that point. stand by for us. we have more to discuss. i've got take a quick break. much more on the breaking news out of paris when we come back. how much protein does your dog food have?
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about to hear from the top democrat in the house intelligence committee, congressman adam schiff, briefed on the investigation, live on capitol hill. we're following breaking news, as investigators now hunt for two possible surviving suspects in the paris attacks. they are turning up more clues, including a cell phone that apparently belonged to at least one of the attackers. officials say it contained a message to the effect of, okay, we're ready. but increasingly, isis is using what's called encrypted communications to foil intelligence agencies.
brian todd here watching what's going on. >> we are getting new information on the sophisticated methods isis has for hiding all of its communications. we're told investigators have had a difficult time finding electronic traces that these paris attackers left behind. officials attempts to break the isis codes are starting to become a modern day version of the movie "the imitation game." >> reporter: they planned coordinated, complex attack and there's new information tonight on tight operational security and communication among these terrorists. investigators have found evidence operatives tied to the paris attackers frequently changed cell don'ts, switched cars, even searched for possible listening devices. according to counterterrorism and intelligence officials, there's evidence that they used encryption. >> may be using encrypted messaging apps they do a good job of hiding whatever you're saying from being intercepted from a government. >> reporter: conversations chopped up into a jumble by
mathematical algorithms, code that u.s. officials say nearly impossible to crack. >> we don't have the break strong encryption. we will lose them, so that's a huge worry. >> reporter: apps like one called signal encrypt phone calls. telegram encrypt text. matthew green showed us another way terrorists can make their texts disappear on the telegram app. you can program them to self-destruct in a few seconds. i sent green a text to meet me somewhere. he reads it, then -- >> gone. just like that, you got no record of the communication. >> reporter: telegram has an avenue, similar to facebook and twitter post public messages. isis used telegram to claim responsibility for paris attacks and downing of the russian passenger plane in sinai. isis coaching operatives how to use secure communication. >> english language publications, using android
phone, hardest to crack for the intelligence agencies. use particular applications that are anonomized, the dark net. >> reporter: isis may have made one cyber enemy. anonymous, now vowing to unleash a wave of cyberattacks on isis in retaliation for the paris massacre. matthew green says people at anonymous are probably better hackers than the ones isis has. but he doesn't think they're going to be able to do much damage to isis and he says they certainly cannot break the enkrep enkrepe encryption, those, wolf, too well designed. >> joining us ranking democrat of the house intelligence committee, congressman adam schiff of california. thanks very much for joining us. what can you tell us about the encrypted communications that everyone suspects these terrorists were using? >> this is becoming an increasing big issue, the dark problem. we know as brian pointed out
isis instructs operate ins to move from social media, once they recruited people, to these applications where they can encrypt and we can't even if we were to intercept the message tell what that message has to say. it's still early, wolf, to tell what role that may have played in the paris attacks, whether encryption accounts for why intelligence agencies didn't catch this planning or that plotting. but nonetheless, given these instructions from isis, it wouldn't surprise me at all if we ultimately find that encrypted communications used here. >> it's a real problem. what do you know about this bomb plot, the supposed bomb plot, that forced evacuation of the german soccer stadium, including the possibility of angela merkel would be there herself, she was planning on going? >> i don't know anything about it yet. about to be briefed by the secretary of the department of homeland security and other top administration officials, we'll have the briefing in the next 30 minute. we may get further insights on that. i assume, though, this is probably the basis of either a
tip or a communication that was intercepted, some lead. we may or may not have received the information from the germans what the basis was for the decision to close down the soccer match. we usually get more finished intelligence products than raw material. we have yet to hear from our allies on that. >> what are you learning about the manhunt now under way for what is believed to be two terrorists who escaped? >> you know this is not surprising, wolf, when you consider the number of players part of the plot, the weapons they had, bombs they built. you imagine for every co-conspirator part of carrying out the plot, many others responsible for getaway vehicles, providing material support, providing a place for these people to stay or financial resources. so undoubtedly, there are others that they're going to go after. we may find a broadening net as indeed we get new information. there have been reports, as you
mentioned, wolf, about a cell phone being seized. they will exploit the information on the cell phone. they will pass on, we believe, selectors from that phone. so our intelligence agencies can do a scrub and we may be able to share additional information with the french about other people that may be tied to this plot. >> you heard colin kahl the vice president's top national security adviser just tell me that abdelhamid abaaoud, the so-called mastermind of the operation, probably back in iraq or syria, probably syria right now. but european officials, u.s. officials, they had him on the radar screen. why did they lose track of him? >> well, it's very hard to follow people, particularly if they're in places like syria. but we're getting better at it, wolf. as you can see, by our successful action, going after jihady john and the raids on abu sayyaf and others, even adenied space, we are improving on intelligence. we see isis adapting.
you had a good report from brian how they employ operational security. it why it's been so difficult to find people like al baghdadi, probably the only person where you have a real strategic impact in eliminating from the battlefield is the amir himself who is this not only operational command and control figure but a religious figure within this islamic state, as they call it, and nonetheless, often difficult to find, even when you do find sometimes the risk of collateral casualties, if you were to strike them deters you from taking action. >> what worries me what john brennan said the u.s. intelligence community, in his word, right now is strained in everything they're doing. you oversee that committee, right? >> they are right. they are right. now, frankly, even though we have a full task on our hands, it's nothing compared to what the europeans face, the french
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information about the alleged ring leader of the deadly paris attacks in syria. >> reporter: abdelhamid abaaoud, seen here in the isis video, is the suspected mastermind of the paris attacks. the 27-year-old belgium citizen is no stranger to western officials. belgium police, in a shoot-out in january, thwarted a plot, allegedly spearheaded by abaaoud, close to al baghdadi. cnn has learned he was targeted in friend. air strikes against an isis training camp last month where he was training foreign fighters. it not clear if he was there at the time of the strikes. >> i can confirm he's an isis member, top level but i can't confirm whether he's targeted or not. >> reporter: a u.s. intelligence report from may sounded the alarm about abaaoud and warned isis developed the capable of carrying out complex attacks in
the west. >> go back to beginning of the year, it wasn't clear that isis had the ability to move a large number of operatives and keep them under the radar and help them avoid detection, now they were able to do that to devastating effect. >> reporter: details of the plot foiled in the january raid in belgium eerily what happened in paris. the in the january incident, precursor chemicals to make explosive known as tatp. the same materials french officials say used in suicide vests worn and detonated by paris attackers. the report says isis had, quote, made extensive efforts to prevent or limit law enforcement's abilities to conduct technical surveillance and he boasted he was able to return to syria after the belgium raid despite international warrants for his arrest. >> 4,500 west europeans who have
gone over iraq and syria as foreign fighters. you have 8,000 people on a watch list, more than authorities can keep up with in term of surveillance. >> reporter: some of the terrorists in paris were known to european officials, cnn has learned, none of the suspects identified so far were on u.s. watch lists. raising concerns about how effectively the u.s. and its allies are able to track foreign fighters traveling to syria and iraq. the concern among u.s. intelligence officials those involved with the paris attack, those not in any european databases could have bought a plane ticket to the u.s. and entered with a passport from countries that participate in the u.s. visa waiver program. wolf, that is an ongoing concern, considering so many people who are going over to train in syria iraq and officials can't keep up with all of them. >> a great concern, indeed. let's bring in our experts, cnn terrorism paul crocrook sha.
i want to talk about what pamela is reporting. new information yourself about this possible plot in germany at that football, that soccer stadium today. what can you tell us? >> wolf, this comes from a german security analyst who has been briefed by security and intelligence officials in germany. he says the reason this football match was called off, the reason for this security scare, was that french intelligence passed on a warning to that german counterpart. there was a radical islamist living near hanover, near where the football match was going to take place, who potentially had plans to drive a vehicle laden with explosives that would have had access to sensitive site around the stadium. obviously the germans reacting to this information, not wanting
to take any chances, clearly still very worried they're going in and checking all of the areas around the stadium to see if they can find any explosives. so far they haven't found anything. >> tom fuentes, it chilling when you think about it what happen does it mean for soft targets, and there are a lot of them, here in the news. >> they're vulnerable. even if you harden the target like a football stadium or some or major venue, you put security at the entrances, magnetometers you have a backup leading into it and that becomes the soft target. after the people are in the event, if they phone in a bomb threat evacuate 80,000 people on the sidewalking there's not enough buses, trains, transportation modes to get everybody out of the area, they're vulnerable standing outside the stadium. yeah, it's a chilling effect that you can't be safe. >> nightmare scenario. evan, you're doing some serious reporting yourself. what else are you learning? you're getting more information.
>> that's right. we know there are actually multiple cell phones recovered by investigators that are believed to belong to the attackers that were involved in the paris attack. and so now investigators are doing the work to try to exploit the data that could be found on those phones. they want to know who those people were talking to. again this hasn't solved the problem, there are very few traces these guys left behind. this was an operation conceived with operational security and even though the device, the bombs were not sophisticated it was a sophisticated way of organizing and orchestrating an event like this, especially with the precision and the simultaneous nature of it. >> the actual people involved in the terrorist attack, tom, in paris, apparently none of them were on any u.s. watch list. that's pretty disturbing. >> not necessarily. if none had indications or relatives in the u.s. or any idea they would come to the u.s. they might not be on the watch list. we already have 1 million people
of our own on our own watch list. we put out a report in may saying the mastermind should be watched i think he would have been on the list or we wouldn't have reports about him. >> the father of the attacker did travel to the united states. they're doing fbi, still doing an investigation see who he met, traveled. >> really? >> that is ongoing. >> is this the new normal going on over the past couple of weeks? what we're seeing, russian airliner blo er blown up by isi side bombings in beirut, 40, 50 people in baghdad, now 200 people killed in paris? should we anticipate the new normal spilling over into the u.s. as well? >> that's what security officials are telling me. of course that attack in turkey where isis suicide bombers killed over 100 people as well. we've seen a string of this. isis getting into the global terror business, this is the
richest terrorist group in history. they've got western extremists, more than 6,000 traveling from europe to join groups in syria and iraq, including isis. there's a lot of concern now they're orchestrating a string of terrorist attacks against the uncountries targeted in syria and iraq. one of the reasons there should be concern about the fact that it apoors that none of the perpetrators of the paris attacks were on the watch list from the united states' point of view. they could have gone on a plane and come to the united states. if they had no intelligence on them, they could have traveled under the visa waiver program potentially made explosives in the was launched an attack. number one threat is european extreekists who can get on plane whose aren't on watch lists. >> citizens of france or belgium, they easily get on a plane, get a tourist visa immediately, that program would allow them to do so.
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these are difficult times for you for all of the people of france. first of all, deepest condolences to what happened friday night. this has been shocking to all of the french people to the entire world where is the investigation right now? where does it stand in how many suspects are still at large? >> well, you know, the investigation is going on and obviously there are a lot of questio questions which have not been answered. for the moment we know one suspect on the run and now we think we have a second suspect. >> one suspe. >> do you know the name. >> i don't know the name. >> a second suspect involved. >> exactly. >> who survived all of this. he's somewhere as well. >> exactly. do you suspect your authorities suspect they are both in france or gone to belgium or some or country. >> we don't nope as you know, we have identified brussels as only
the focal point of the organization of the attacks. so maybe he has tried to go back there. >> because of the so-called mastermind of this, this guy, abdelhamid abaaoud is from brussels, belgium in syria, close to al baghdadi the isis leader? >> we have identified for some time brussels as a sort of focal point for trafficking especially to get through and in a previous terrorist attack you know the attack on the train, you know, which was foiled by the american soldiers, the weapons were already coming from brussels. obviously, there is a point where which now we have to have a close look at. >> the french president, president hollande, ordered all of the borders of france sealed, right? >> yes. which means we have controls of the border, borders are not closed but we are controlling borders because european countries, most european
countries, there are no controls normally. >> we're told not only have they found multiple cell phones part of the arsenal of the terrorists, most of them were killed, but also there's videotape now that's emerging? do you know anything about the videotape? >> i don't know anything about the videotape. i want to emphasize the point, problem of encryption. at some moment communications between the terrorists went dak for us because they were encrypted and i think, again, it's a major problem for the law enforcement agencies. >> the cell phones that we're hearing about, were found at the scene. if they have cell phones, authorities they could get some information, useful information from those cell phones which would be very important. >> of course, yes. but most of the time, the cell phones when you get it, you know, there are no information left. really they are using it only for the operation, the day of the operation, which is important when they are using it that you can intercept and we
couldn't do it because of the encryption. >> we'll have more to talk about. we'll take a bigger picture at u.s.-french relations, president of france hollande coming to washington next tuesday, then going to moscow. stay with us, much more with the french ambassador of the united states when we come back.
existential threat. we've seen it with the attacks in paris. we are going to syria and we come back and we become afraid for our security but you see it also with the millions of migrants. so we are really -- >> the migrants? >> yes. the country is decivilized -- all of the european continent is destabilized by the crisis so we need to try to resolve this crisis. >> when president hollande says this is a war -- >> i think we are all threatened. russia is very close to syria. the u.s., in a sense, you're protected by the ocean. but maybe sooner it will also come here. so we have to work together. we need the russians. we need, of course, the americans to fight isis. >> would france consider sending thousands, maybe hundreds of
ground troops in to syria to kill isis? >> the problem is, in a sense, that isis is dreaming to fight western soldiers so they could, you know, they have a thing about crusaders. so i think it would be totally counterproductive. we need to find ground forces to fight isis. >> who are those ground forces? air power alone, people say that's not going to did it. >> of course, you don't win a war through air strikes. the countries of the region, you know, who have a strong interest in to defeating isis, we need that -- they can fight isis with our support. >> the whole notion of finding these ground troops who are going in to go in to raqqah and kill these syrian fighters, what are these ground troops going to come from? which countries are going to send troops on the ground in to
syria? >> it's quite a challenge. so i think the first thing we have to do is to have a political transition in syria. so we have to put an end to the civil war. and after that, this new syria, this newly formed syria could fight isis. >> does president hollande want to be a leader in this fight? he's coming to washington and then going to moscow. does he want to be the leader in this new war? >> i don't know that he wants to be the leader. but because of our geography, we are at the front of the fight. so i think that's the reason president hollande is stepping in. >> very quickly, we're getting reports that the u.s. is sending more marine guards to be at the u.s. am bass see in paris. is there anything that you've heard that would justify sending more marines to paris? >> no, i don't think there's a fight to the u.s. embassy but as my prime minister said, there is a risk, there's an ongoing
threat in paris. maybe there could be other attacks. >> let's hope not. mr. ambassador, thank you for joining us. we'll stay in close touch with you. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. coming up, german police evacuate a soccer stadium before an international match citing intelligence that someone wanted to set off a bomb inside. plus, french officials are searching for a second man suspected of taking part in the bloody paris attacks.
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bomb plot stopped. a german soccer stadium evacuated just before an international match. police say they received concrete intelligence of a looming terrorist attack. how far is the isis threat spreading? intelligence failures. hiding in plain sight before their attack, some of them already known to police. and their suspected ringleader faking his own death to travel between syria and europe. how were so many terror signals missed? washington threatened with isis vowing to threaten the capital, u.s. law enforcement and intelligence are looking at the paris massacres for clues about what isis may be plotting. are they learning enough to stop an attack on american soil. an expanding coalition. vladimir putin declares the downing of a russian jet in egypt an act of terror and signals a new willingness to work with the u.s. against isis. is the world coming together for a new war on terror?
we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we're following breaking news on multiple fronts in the investigation into the paris terrorist attacks and the terror threat spreading across europe. tonight, german police say they have received what they are calling concrete evidence from french intelligence sources of a plot by an iraqi sleeper cell to bomb a stadium in the city of hannover. it was evacuated about 90 minutes before an international match which the german chancellor, angela merkel and other top officials had been expected to attend. also breaking now, counterterrorism and intelligence sources are telling cnn investigators have recovered multiple -- yes, multiple cell phones at the scenes of the terror attacks believed to have
belonged to the terrorists. one indicated that the terrorists were ready to strike. and tonight, an official source close to the investigation says there's a strong presumption that a second terror suspect is now still at large. that would be in addition to salah abdeslam stopped hours after the attack on his way towards the belgium border but released because he hadn't been linked to the paris attacks. joining me is our correspondents and our expert analysts. our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto is standing by. jim, you're learning new details of this investigation. >> reporter: wolf, that's right. we're learning tonight that warning to germany came from french intelligence, intelligence that a radical islamist near the city of
hannover was going to get into a protected area there at the stadium. they did not find evidence of explosives but i can tell you here the state of alert in paris, in france, equally high if not greater with new information tonight that not one but two potential terrorists involved in the horrible attacks here on friday are still at large. tonight, an international manhunt is under way with raids across europe searching for suspects known and unknown. police in action in germany. >> police! >> reporter: and in france, more than 100 raids, including on the apartment of salah abdeslam, the attacker still on the run. and now a second unnamed suspect in the deadly rampage. >> the first priority of the french authorities is actually to stop a possible second attack. they want to make sure that whoever is part of that group of people, they are not also planning another attack in the coming days. >> reporter: as investigators
trace the network behind the paris attack, the trail consistently leads to this mastermind, abdelhamid abaaoud, believed to be hiding in syria. he's the suspected driving force behind friday's attacks in paris. a january plot in belgium to kill police officers. and a failed attack on a high-speed train in august quote thwarted by three americans. he's been on the u.s. radar as well. the department of homeland security assessment published in may warned that isis had the capability to plan and carry outcome plex attacks in the west. and noted that abaaoud faked his death in syria to help elude authorities while traveling between syria and belgium. with 11,000 suspected terrorists, french authorities don't have the number to monitor that amount of people. so the situation is urgent and
we have to improve our interagency system to get better detect of jihadists. that's the problem. >> reporter: i'm told that u.s. law enforcement here in france is cooperating very closely with french intelligence providing any help that they ask for but also a focus of u.s. law enforcement here and certainly back in the u.s. is a threat of isis to the u.s. homeland and i'm told that threat is not only aspirational but u.s. counterterrorism officials believe there is plotting under way for attacks on the u.s. it's a threat, wolf, that they are taking very seriously. >> i know that for a fact myself. thanks very much, jim sciutto, for that report. let's bring in our senior international correspondent clarissa ward. she's also in paris. you're learning more about these terror suspects and how they were radicalized. what have you learned? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. well, what we know now from our affiliate bfm-tv, at least six
of the attackers spent time in syria. several of them, while being french nationals, were living in belgium. belgium has one of the highest numbers of per capita of nationals traveling to syria and iraq to join the jihad. we know that the alleged mastermind of this attack, abdelhamid abaaoud, that he also was from belgium, that he was part of a street gang along with salah abdeslam, who is the focus of this manhunt. they have criminal records, long rap sheets, know how to avoid police and buy weapons. what this really reveals as well is how much the nature of jihad has changed. it used to be that jihad was arabic speakers living in caves in afghanistan and recruitment done through the mosques and now they are friends and recruiting each other over social media from syria, from iraq, talking directly to people in their homes, inside belgium.
one counterterrorism official told me they are calling it bedroom jihad and often even their families don't know that this radicalization is taking place. wolf? >> and not all of them are stupid either. some of them are pretty educated, especially with computers and new social media techniques. right? >> reporter: they are young, technologically savvy, know how to get rid of their cell phones, know to use encrypted software. i'm been communicating with quite a few of them over the past year and will only speak to me on secret chats on telegram. they are street smart and technologically savvy, wolf. >> clarissa ward in paris, thank you. sources are telling us that investigators have recovered multiple cell phones recovered in the attacks. evan perez is working this story for us. there was a very chilling message on a phone. tell us about it, evan? >> that's right. not only have they recovered
multiple cell phones, they have found encrypted apps. in one of the cell phones, there was this message that investigators believe was sent before the attack began. it said something to the effect of, okay, we're ready. that's what investigators believe and were looking for, that these attackers coordinated this attack, that they signaled to each other that it was time to go. some of them probably got stuck in traffic. they were heading to the stadium. they were heading to multiple locations. investigators have long known that they had to be some way to coordinate the simultaneous attacks that they were able to carry out. what this really shows, wolf, is that the fears that we've long heard about, about the use of encrypted apps as a way for terrorists to stay below the radar has come to pass. we don't know exactly the apps that these guys were using. we don't even know what exactly they used to be able to hide from authorities but we do know
that they left so little of a trace that investigators were having a hard time figuring out where they've been. >> now that they have multiple cell phones that might help in this investigation, evan, thanks very much and joining us now is james rich of idaho, a member of the foreign relations committee. thank you, senator, for joining us. we have a lot to discuss. let's go through several of the late-breaking developments. first of all, the german media reporting that france actually alerted police what was described as an iraqi sleeper with plans to blow up this soccer stadium in hannover, germany, at an international match between the netherlands and germany that angela merkel was supposed to attend as well. do you know whether this was another isis plot? >> well, at this point you can't say positively that it was an
isis plot but chances are 99.9% that it was and the european authorities are working on that. we do have people over there now as you've noted on your show that are willing and ready to help and our technology our intelligence work is better than any others in the world. they call on us for help and we stand ready to help and it's in our best interests to do so. we're in the crosshairs just like they are. >> we're going to get to that in a moment but the cell phones found on the scene, presumably belonging to the terrorists who killed themselves with their explosive vests, this could be critical in determining more information about the terrorist who is executed the attacks and how the whole thing unfolded, right? >> i would give that a maybe. but what it does do is confirms
now in open source what we've known for a long time and that is that these people are very, very good in using the dark side of the internet to communicate and to be able to do it to where you can't get at it, at least under present technology. but obviously whenever these things happen, when new technology comes up, there's always ways to try to penetrate that. but for right now, it is a serious problem for us, as you've noted in previous shows. >> how sophisticated was this terror attack in paris? >> well, more sophisticated than most. people always said that the 9/11 attack was very sophisticated. when you break it down, it really wasn't particularly compared to the kind of things that are done today. this one, the one that took place in paris, required a lot of coordination and i think if it tells us anything, it tells us that they are very good at using social media and the means
of communication today that are available to ordinary people and people who are engaged in nefarious acts. >> the plot clearly was missed by law enforcement by intelligence in europe and here in the united states as well. there wasn't any direct intelligence warning of this imminent attack in paris, i take it, is that right? >> to a degree. first of all, the one thing that is clear to us is that the four people who have been identified by the french were known to us. they were people known to us. but they were not known to the europeans and i suspect we're going to do some things to change that. as far as the mechanics of the attack, the exact time and that sort of thing, you're right. we didn't have that. and it was the result of the encrypted type of communications that they are using. there was, as has been reported, general indications that things
were heating up and, of course, once it all started to unfold, everybody knew what was happening. >> well, when you say these four terrorists were known to the u.s., were they on u.s. watch lists, do not fly lists? >> wolf, i can't tell you exactly what that means. but what i can tell you is these people were known to us, known to be involved in terrorist activity, known to be people who needed to be scrutinized. which exact lists they were on is classified. >> senator, we have more to discuss because we're getting more information right now on this expanding investigation. stay with us. much more with senator risch when we come back. ono off-days, or downtime.ason. opportunity is everything you make of it. this winter, take advantage of our season's best offers on the latest generation of cadillacs.
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president of the united states. bobby jindal dropping out of this race right now. let's get back to the senate intelligence community james risch, he's back with us. senator, stand by. we're getting more information right now, more breaking news. a source telling cnn there's, quote, a strong presumption another terror suspect is at large in addition to salah abdeslam who is wanted for the terrorist attacks. let's bring in our national correspondent deborah feyerick. the officials are clearly study the paris attacks more closely. >> yes. they want to see what they missed. in hindsight, certain clues become much more important than they were before paris happened. for example, a man stopped in germany almost a week before the attacks with eight kalashnikovs. investigators are looking at what information they have and what information that they need
to share with others to possibly prevent an attack. with isis now threatening to strike the united states -- >> translator: we will strike america and its strong hold. >> reporter: police are making sure all threats are run to ground. >> my philosophy is, no matter the level of credibility, we have to act as if every one of them is credible because the first time you take those things for granted, it could be a mistake. >> reporter: u.s. officials are analyzing the attacks in minute detail. the fbi dispatching special agents to help the french in any way that they can but also to identify any intelligence that could foreshadow a plot against the u.s. >> so at this time, we're trying to get any information that might tie us back to this city to conduct any further investigation. >> reporter: at the paris command center, they have been attending briefings and reporting back. nypd officials trying to learn as much as they can about the suicide bombs and how they were built and detonated.
traces of the explosive tatp have been recovered from the paris crime scene, according to french officials. that's a big concern to law enforcement as similar explosives were used in the plot against the new york city subway in 2009. that plot was uncovered. but in paris, the seven suicide bombers were able to stay below the radar. >> we seek to understand what are they retrieving from the seven assailant whose remains they recovered, what type of device were they using for communication, what type of apps possibly on that phone. >> reporter: the paris attacks were well organized. the cia director warning about isis' ability to launch attacks outside its strong hold in syria and iraq. this appears to be the second attack under suspected rings leader abdelhamid abaaoud, a belgian national. in january, belgian officials
raided a place and inside weapons, fake documents and precursor chemicals to make tatp. authorities in europe and the u.s. are looking at similarities in both plots, attempting to gain additional intelligence to possibly stop another attack from happening. and wolf, in may, dhs issued an intelligence assessment that said that isis does have the capability to carry out attacks in the west that clearly has now been elevated. a lot of people shaken by the fact that this cell was on no one's radar before it happened. wolf? >> they should be shaken by that. thanks, deborah feyerick. senator risch is still joining us. how is it that isis would attempt to attack the u.s.? is this a serious threat? >> well, it is a serious threat. this video that's gotten a lot of play in and of itself doesn't
mean a lot because there's a lot floating around on the internet. the timing is trouble because it comes on the heels of not just the paris attack but if you step back and think that in the last three weeks, isis has killed over 500 people and they have attacked the air transportation system and were successful. they used ieds in lebanon. they were successful. and now they hit the soft targets, which are very, very vulnerable in paris and if you put all three of those together, that is pretty impressive, that they were able to hit all three of those kinds of ways of carrying on an attack. so it's troubling and it's concerning to all of us and as time goes by, we continue to ratchet the united states. >> go ahead. >> i want to clarify one thing. you told us that four of these terrorists who were involved in the paris attacks were known to the u.s. but we have been
reporting and told that none of them were really on the u.s. watch list and there teams to be some confusion there how far can you go in telling us what is going on? >> you know, i can't, wolf. what i can tell you is this. they were known to the u.s. how that information came to us, the manner that we got that, what lists are on -- that stuff is all classified and i can't go there and you're going to have to cut me slack on that. but i can tell you that they were not on the list. >> because the only thing that concerns me, if they were known to the u.s. and they weren't on any u.s. watch list, that would seem to be a major blunder there and i think we're going to have to investigate to make sure that wasn't the case. but i'm going to leave you alone. i know you can't talk about it. >> there was no major blunder there. i can tell that you. >> that's good to know. >> let's talk about the mastermind of the paris attacks. this guy abdelhamid abaaoud back
in january, right here in the situation room, we had a report from our paul krcruickshank. i want you to listen to this. >> wolf, a senior belgian official tells me that they think the ringleader was likely abdelhamid abaaoud, a belgian national who travelled to syria in 2014 and connected there in syria and iraq with the senior leadership of isis. >> all right. so back in january we reported that. we knew he was a threat. u.s. officials knew he was a threat. so why wasn't more done to target this guy to find him? >> well, you know, we do look for the high-value targets. here in the united states, it's substantially easier to do than
over there. there are a lot of different reasons but one of them is, they have, france, particularly belgium, have a very large population of middle eastern, north african people, many of whom are on the list that they want to keep an eye on. you heard earlier that the french themselves have admitted that they are overwhelmed with a number of people they have that need to be watched. and so, as a result of that, we obviously are focused first and foremost on the united states, who's coming, who is going, who is doing what here. it's much more difficult for the europeans to do that for the reasons that i mentioned and for other reasons. >> they have their problems over there. final question, senator, what u.s. officials have said to me, what really concerns them about isis is the tons of cash, they have a lot of money, oil revenue, when they took over mosul in northern iraq, a city of 2 million people, they robbed the banks, they took the gold, they took the cash.
they've got a ton of -- they've got billions of dollars to launch terror attacks. how much of a problem is that? >> big problem. in fact, if anything that we can underscore there, that is the difference between they and al qaeda. they have been very smart as far as focusing on how important money is in carrying on the jihad. and they get their money from essentially three sources. they get it from the sale of oil, from kidnappings and contributions from wealthy radicals around the world. and early on when they started, the assessment was they were taking in around $2 million a day. that has gone up but i can tell you that that is a specific targeting enterprise for the united states of america and for the partners. >> it's a huge problem indeed. money talks and they've got a lot of it. senator risch, thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you.
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breaking news we're following, french media now reporting that the police are looking at a video shot by a witness which is possibly the third individual previously unknown. let's go to our cnn international diplomatic editor nic robertson who is in paris working the investigation. what are you learning, nic? >> reporter: a witness shot video that may indicate that there were three people involved associated with the car. two gunmen and a driver associated with this car was salah abdeslam. he's on the run. we learned earlier there was possibly a second accomplice on the run. now the police are looking at this video provided by a member of the public who shot the scene as it was happening and they are trying to determine, does this now mean that they should be looking for a third person on
the run? the car was found a couple days ago. it had three kalashnikovs in the back of the vehicle. salah abdeslam, we know they are looking for him and now potentially two other people as well. wolf? >> stand by. i want to get more information about what is going on. joining us now is our cnn terrorism expert paul cruickshank and fbi analyst phil mudd. if you were asked what do we need to do first and foremost, what would you say? >> i would say, first go to silicon valley and say here's your top secret clearance, here's what is happening with the encryption of this case. you guys need to figure out how to figure out how to get into people's e-mails. the second conversation i'd have with secretary perry, we have
principles we want to apply in syria, we'd like a transition and we're going to have to sacrifice those in the effort to find stability. we're going to have to figure out a way to work with the russians to bring this place under control. >> because these encrypted communications, these apps these terrorists are using, the law enforcement in europe cannot monitor it? >> that's right. the people in california will say, look, we can't give you the information on what is happening on our websites, on e-mails, for example, because we don't control it anymore. it's encrypted. we have to have a conversation to get around that because in the intelligence business, you have two ways to get intel. one is informants and two is wires. we're losing wires. >> paul, we just played a clip, you and me, talking back in january about this mastermind in this attack and we pointed out at the time how dangerous it was, and you pointed it out. it was your information. this guy for all of these months has been on the loose. why is it so hard to find him? >> wolf, that's exactly right. we were reporting on this back
in january, as you'll recall, he was thought to be the mastermind of that plot in belgium, coordinated by cell phone from greece in touch with the plotters and went back in belgium and also in turn in touch with the isis leadership in syria. and at the time, the belgians brought in the greek security services. they also brought in the cia to try to locate where this phone was communicating from. but by the time they went in, he had escaped. he escaped the drag net. he's believed to have gone back to syria. that's what he claimed in an isis propaganda magazine. and it appears from there, he's been able to plot more terrorist attacks. and including this one, this terrible one we just saw play out in paris on friday. but he's also being linked to a number of other plots against
france and europe in recent months, including that plot against the passenger train, the fast-speed passenger train which, of course, was thwarted by those three heroic americans. wolf? >> tom fuentes, you're former assistant director of the fbi. where does the fbi fit in with this investigation? >> the bureau has worked closely in this case they would send nd- over additional agents to supplement that, looking at any additional knowledge that the u.s. has and also forensic investigation here, we'd like to know who made the bombs because usually that's a very specific person that has their own technique that can be identified about who has made those bombs. >> phil mudd, you can answer this question, hopefully. we just heard james risch, senator of the intelligence committee, say four of these suspects were known to the u.s. but may not have been known to the europeans. don't the u.s. and the europeans and french and belgians share
this information? >> if that's true, there's got to be a serious conversation about information sharing. one of the thing that happens is a country says, is it appropriate to pass along to another government that might take action on it. in the wake of this, there has to be more serious conversations regardless of nationality. we have to pass that information regardless of the consequences. >> paul cruickshank, you've spent a lot of time in belgium and france. officials tell me that they think the belgian intelligence there, basically incompetent. they make a pretty strong argument that these guys in belgium, in brussels, they don't know what they are doing. have you heard that? >> wolf, i would really dispute that. you know, i speak to belgian counterterrorism officials a lot. it's a small country. they are stretched very, very thin. they've got a huge threat to
deal with and everything that i've been talking to these officials for a decade or so is that they do have a significant amount of experience, a significant amount of contact, very professional about the way they go about things. they don't have some of the technical capabilities as the americans and the french when it comes to intercepting communication. sometimes to get ahold of e-mails they say help us because it's going through internet american companies and portals. it's a small country and doesn't have the resources like france but that's fundamentally unfair to say that they are incompetent. >> what the french has said to me, some french officials feel that belgium, it's a small country, as paul correctly points out, but you've got different speaking populations and it spills over to tlaheir
intelligence and law enforcement. >> the first piece of it is questions that has risen about why can't you find people when there is this extent of radicalization, why are you letting people go when they crop up on the radar. the second half of the conversation has to be in a country as small as belgium, very simple. if they are following 50 targets and can follow ten at a time, someone asks the question, why aren't they resourced for the other 40? this is not also a capability or expertise problem. >> you worked for the intelligence services while in the fbi, tom. is there a problem here in brussels, in belgium, which happens to be the head of nato right now? >> i think there's so many different organizations, languages, countries that have to put together all of this information, it's very difficult to coordinate. i think another issue comes up in this is, do the europeans, because they are stricter on privacy laws than the u.s., have the metadata? in is where it comes up.
a case like this is can they go back to where these people were calling two years ago, three years ago when they were going back and forth to syria, when they came back and started doing these plots. this is the third major attack in france in less than ten months and the worst of all would have been the train attack. >> so paul, why is brussels, why is belgium a hot bed for the source of these terrorists who did this damage, this horrible massacre in paris? >> the root of the problem, wolf, is the sort of inner city areas in brussels and other belgian cities. these are sort of the places where there are a lot of immigrants that have come in. there's high unemployment and a lot of kind of gangsterism that goes on with these kids. and what we've seen is increasingly these kids getting involved in these gangsters and also getting attracted by isis' ideology. because they have a sense of
redemption, a sense of purpose from it. but isis is also excusing, you know, all of their past sins, so to speak, flirting with girls, drugs, all of that kind of stuff and corrupted by the infidel west, here's your way out. here's your path to paradise. and the people in these gangs, isis has that same sort of violence and it resonates with them. as one belgian counterterrorism official was telling me, wolf, they are moving to syria as part of a supergang and coming back as gangs as well and, of course, they know how to act as a gang. they know how to communicate. they know how to get weapons and that makes them a scary effector. >> phil mudd, one thought out there is that isis is stepping up its terror attacks outside of iraq and syria because they are being squeezed there and doing this as a last resort.
do you buy that? >> yeah, i buy that. a piece of this is they want to create a fight between is sllamd the west. the targets they fit, russia, iranian surrogates, western europe and now threatening videos the united states, this is about lashing out. it's not just about them going on the offensive. >> the iranian surrogates, the shia and hezbollah, there were two suicide bombings killing 40 people last week in beirut. >> that's right. >> guys, don't go far away. much more on the breaking news, including vladimir putin blaming the terrorists for the downing of the russian plane over sinai. he's now vowing revenge. .. but then if i want to come back again... yes. it's perfect. now that we've added adjustable base my favorite part is to be able to lift your legs up a little bit, lift the head up a little bit,
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against isis. enter vladimir putin who joined the fight and giving momentum to a new global momentum to fight isis in syria and beyond. today russian bombers pounded isis targets in syria, pairing air strikes with 34 cruise missiles launched at isis fighters. in all, 127 strikes of retaliation for the isis downing of a russian commercial jet. president putin promised this was just the beginning. >> translator: we will search wherever they are hiding. we will find them any spot on the planet and we will punish them. >> reporter: putin was slow to concede terrorism. since the deadly attacks in paris, the russian leader called for the world to unite. and ordered his navy to aid a french naval force streaming towards syria. today, the pentagon welcomed the move but was cautious.
amid fears isis is sending more fighters to kill westerners, french president hollande urged the u.s. and russia, until now at odds over the fate of syrian president bashir assad to unify our strength against the group. >> translator: we need a union of all who can find this terrorist army in a single coalition. >> reporter: on monday president obama found himself on the defensive calling the paris attacks the worst france has faced since world war ii. facing questions about his resolve, the president called for patience. >> we are going to continue to pursue the strategy that has the best chance of working even though it does not offer the satisfaction, i guess, of a neat headline or an immediate resolution.
>> reporter: obama warned local troops supported by u.s. air strikes are a better option than a costly and open-ended u.s. occupation. military experts warn the current air campaign may dent isis, but without ground troops, it will never defeat it. >> you can fly things over the ground, make that ground a horrible place to be, but until you put forces on the ground, you don't own it and you can't change the conditions. >> reporter: putin's plan suggest a dramatic shift against isis. >> see if this coalition gets together and works. more of breaking news after a quick break. hi i'm heather cox on location with the famous, big idaho potato truck. our truck? it's touring across america telling people about idaho potatoes.
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>> cnn's coverage of the breaking news of the terrorist attacks will continue in a moment. there is another story which are following about dr. ben carson. they are pushing back against a "new york times" report questioning his understanding of foreign policy. a key quote from the article, "nobody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information about the middle east. dwayne claridge said dr. carson needed weekly conference calls briefing him on foreign policy so we can make him smart.
the carson campaign says he is coming to the end of a long career of serving our country. he is clearly not one of dr. carson's top advisors. for "the new york times" to take advantage of an elderly gentleman and use him as their foil in this story is an affront to good journalistic practices. that statement from the carson campaign. gloria borger is with me. what did one of his friends say? >> before we get to that, dr. carson was just minutes ago on public television. he, himself, distanced himself from mr. claridge saying he is not my advisor. mr. williams did the same. he pointed out claridge only met with carson twice and talked to him on the phone four times. he said claridge had no idea that dr. carson had 14 or 15 other advisors and he spends about p, according to armstrong williams, 40% of his time on
foreign policy. in the pbs interview though just a few minutes ago, the candidate himself admitted he does have a learning curve when it comes to foreign policy. i think we've seen that in presidential debates and recently as last sunday when pressed by chris wallace of fox news to name an ally he would consult immediately and first as part of a coalition to fight isis. he didn't give a name. >> clearly in the aftermath of what's going on now, the paris attacks, isis assaults, national security is emerging as a key issue for all these candidates. >> sure. terrorism, who would be best equipped to handle isis. the question is as american public looks at someone, the commander in chief question is key. do you want somebody with a steep learning curve? do you want somebody who has been there before? this is going to be key for hillary clinton. she is going to make the case she has experience to be commander in chief. republicans are going to say, yeah, but you didn't do well when you were secretary of
state. someone like carson who is a neurosurgeon, has no government experience has a high bar here when it comes to foreign policy. no doubt about it. >> does it open the door for marco rubio who does know about foreign policy? >> he does. he is a single-term senator on the foreign relations committee. he's been talking about his foreign policy credentials from early on. that will serve him well as you head into the next debate, obviously. this story this evening was something that dr. carson clearly didn't want because he's already under assault for his lack of foreign policy credentials. >> this is going to obviously be a huge issue. one of these individuals wants to be, is going to be potentially on the democratic and republican side commander in chief of the united states. the american people want to make sure the commander in chief is up to the job protecting the american people. you can follow us on twitter.
tweet me @wolf blitzer. please be sure to join us here in "the situation room" tomorrow. thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in the "situation room." cnn coverage of the paris attacks continues right now with erin burnett "out front." >> good evening and welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world tonight. i am erin burnett reporting from paris tonight. we begin with breaking news. a soccer stadium in germany evacuated tonight after officials uncover what they are calling, quote, serious plans for explosions. german media reporting that, i want to quote them, "critical and solid intelligence came from the french" alerting german authorities who what they say was an iraqi sleep were concrete plans to attack during the game today. angela merkel and other top officials had been expected at that game. francois hollande was at that game in france that