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much. make sure you watch "the hunting ground" this sunday night 8:00 eastern right here on cnn. i'm brooke baldwin here in new york. thank you so much for being with me this friday. have a wonderful weekend. "the lead" with jake tapper live from paris starts now. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm jake tapper live in paris, france. and this is "the lead." we are covering two major breaking stories this hour. the terror siege in mali, in africa, and of course the aftermath of the paris terrorist attacks. they were one week ago today. in fact, a week ago this hour news broke that the peace of paris was being shattered in the city. welcome back, we have some breaking news for you out of paris, france. several people have been killed and seven others injured
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following a shooting in central paris late friday. that was just the beginning, unfortunately. at this point one week ago the siege of the bataclan concert hall had just begun. and today as the death toll in france rises to 130 from those isis terrorist attacks, 130 people killed mercilessly as the french prime minister put it today, the united states was assisting french special forces in a counterattack to another terrorist atrocity in the west african nation of mali after gunmen there stormed a hotel and opened fire inside. we are now told that all the hostages are out including six americans. but at least 21 people are dead. and the gunmen may not be giving up. cnn chief national security correspondent jim sciutto is following this all live from london.
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and, jim, apparently these terrorists are affiliated with al qaeda? >> that's right, jake. an al qaeda linked group claiming responsibclaim ing responsibility for this attack. another example of terror groups based in the middle east extending their power far beyond the region. guests and hotel staff were held hostage during an hour's long standoff at a hotel in bomoko, mali. several killed by possibly two or three attackers. the situation began around 7:00 a.m. at the radisson blu hotel. the attackers arriving carrying ak-47 assault rifles. >> apparently the people entered the compound with a vehicle with diplomatic plates. >> they came and immediately they started shooting at people before entering the hotel.
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>> reporter: the approximately 170 guests and hotel staff were trapped inside trying desperately to escape. >> when i opened the door i saw on the floor bullets. so i gently close the door and i walked and i went out and i walked wall to wall. i went back in the gym and from the gym at the side door i left the hotel. >> reporter: bodies were found in the halls of the hotel. and at least six who were injured were taken to a local hospital according to the malian health minister. the remaining hostages freed after malian soldiers stormed the hotel guiding them to safety. a member of the u.s. special operations forces in bamoko at the time assisted. among those who were rescued were american as well as air france and turkish airline crew members and international guests from around the world. >> about a dozen americans, including chief of mission personnel were rescued.
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>> reporter: the hotel popular among westerners was hosting a large delegation for peace talks in the former french colony. it's been battling islamic extremists with the help of the u.n. and french forces. two al qaeda linked groups claimed responsibility for the attack. >> these attacks are taking place at a time when the peace process in mali is making good progress. the secretary general deplores any attempt to derail the implementation of the agreement. >> reporter: french president francois hollande still reeling from the paris attacks pledged to provide necessary support to help ma lli resolve the situati. u.s. special forces have been in mali for some three years now. they are training mali special forces to fight the terror threat there now. this may seem very far away, jake, but this has been on the radar screen of u.s. counterterror officials, the military for some time. it's a very real threat. another demonstration of the extent of terror from al qaeda, from isis far beyond their safe
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havens in the middle east. >> jim sciutto in london. thank you so much. even though mali is thousands of miles away, this is being looked at in france as another attack on france. the french military has been involved in mali for two years now fighting al qaeda and their affiliates and pushing them back, or trying to, from the capital. joining me to discuss this is cnn terrorism analyst paul cruickshank, also with me is melissa bell, international correspondent for france 24 who's covered mali extensively and joined us last week when the story of the french attacks were breaking. paul, first of all, do you believe that this is the work of an al qaeda affiliate? or is there just not enough information to go on yet? >> well, it's not 100% authentic but looking that way at this point as posted on a sahara jihadi media a claim from both
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this one al gerian terrorist, not clear if they killed him or not, a group claimed responsibility for attacks before in march attacking a restaurant popular with expats there. it's also the same group that carried out that hostage siege at the gas complex in southern algeria where there was a great loss of life in 2013. this may well be al qaeda sort of trying to compete with isis to a certain degree. there was a lot of anti-french sentiment in this claim of responsibility saying it was retaliation that international force in mali which is very much a french-led force and also calling for the release of jihadi prisoners inside france. this is al qaeda taking their war to france. >> and how big, melissa, how big a problem is terrorism in mali? >> it remains a huge problem, jake, simply because only the french intervention that began
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in january 2013 managed to return to bamoko the sbeg -- there's a clear division between the northern part which has been the scene of the rebellion and quite different part where other populations live, there are islamist groups and several operating in northern mali and got close to that geographical divide between the two in january 2013 paris decided to intervene, went in and pushed them back with the help of malian forces which thus far had been incapable of dealing with this threat reinvigorated by the massive arms. more men come to help the islamists who joined forces with the tourigs. gave back its older borders, gave back mali proper. but what it couldn't do in such a vast part of the world and talking about a region very hard to police as you can imagine,
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hugely inhospitable, largely uninhabited, to push back the groups entirely has proven very difficult. so what you're seeing is that in some parts of this part of northern mali these groups to continue to operate. who we heard claimed responsibility for this and also sar dine and a number of other groups and as we've been saying what's interesting about this attack that it is a group affiliated with al qaeda. a number of groups have gone the way of the islamic state. three recently in algeria, sinai, groups affiliated to al qaeda switching sides to the winning team. this is one that stayed close to al qaeda continues to pledge allegiance to al qaeda has nothing to do with the state organization. >> you really think al qaeda and isis in a way are trying to like out-horrify each other? commit worse atrocities than the other? >> they hate each other and they're certainly competing with each other for recruits in the global jihadi movement.
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don't count al qaeda out though because al qaeda is playing a long game. it's embedded in syria. it's very strong there in syria as an affiliate, al nusra built up quite a lot of local sport, it's strong in yemen, resur gent to some degree in the afghanistan/pakistan border region. we saw that big raid on the al qaeda training complex near the border just a few weeks ago. but clearly isis are getting all their headlines right now. and they have a lot on their side in terms of all these recruits joining them, all the energy from these attacks. and so, you know, the worry is they're going to compete one-up each other and the result is going to be more days like last friday in paris. >> a second twisted competition. melissa, quickly if you could, is the radisson hotel -- we don't mean to pick on that brand of hotel, but are hotels in general soft targets? >> well, this is a hotel that shouldn't have been. you're talking about the world ministries are in bamako, the
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hotel itself you have to get through checkpoints to get inside. your car is checked, and so we don't know exactly whether they stole the diplomatic cars that allowed them to get in or whether they fired them at their arrival in order to slip into the place, but they got past huge amounts of security just to get in. why they targeted this hotel it is a hotel traditionally used by municipal forces, the u.n. forces operational in mali at the moment, the french forces there also use the hotel. it's always full of foreigners. it's a very busy hotel. it's a large hotel and obvious target for anyone able to get in. >> melissa, paul, thank you so much for your expertise. we appreciate it. there are also major new developments as we mentioned in paris. one full week now after the attacks. one of the terrorists is still on the run and french authorities have now released the identity of another one of the killers. a suicide bomber who blew himself up outside the france-germany soccer game one week ago there appear to be
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strong indications that this terrorist also smuggled himself in amongst syrian refugees. there are also new stunning details about the raid where police killed the ringleder of the paris attacks. a well-known terrorist with ties to isis leadership abaaoud. and it turns out the female suicide bomber who we were told blew herself up in that raid didn't commit suicide at all. cnn's nic robertson is watching all the latest developments for us. nic, salah abdelsalam, the eighth suspect in the terrorist attacks last spotted on the road to belgium six days ago, do authorities know anything about where he might be now? >> at the moment they don't. or if they have some leads on it they're not making them public at the moment. what we have learned if we remember here salah abdelsalam rented several of the vehicles. it's believed he was involved in
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that shooting attack outside the restaura restaurant. the fiat vehicle used in those attacks was found in a suburb of paris. today it's been announced that abaaoud was caught on cctv camera footage at a subway station very close to where that car was dumped off. at around 10:00 p.m. now that car was used in the attacks at around 9:30, 9:40. that would just about give him enough time to drive the vehicle out to that tube station and then make his getaway. so that was one of the details that we're learning here. there are other developments as well. this is how they look. tonight, the international manhunt for the eighth attacker, salah abdelsalam, is increasing in scope. authorities have expanded their search area from france and belgium to now include the netherlands.
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now one of the most wanted men in the world is being sought in connection with the attacks which have now taken the lives of 130 people. it is believed abdelsalam has spent time in the netherlands. also new details about the woman heard in this audio in the raid in saint-denis. where is your boyfriend? he's not my boyfriend. french prosecutors now say 26-year-old hasna aitboulahcen was not the one who detonated a suicide vest, as seen in this video obtained by abc. [ gunfire ] rather, prosecutors say, the vest was worn by a man. and the woman was killed from the resulting blast. and we are learning more about the suspect ringleader of last week's attacks in paris. cnn has learned abdelhamid abaaoud was spotted on cctv footage the night of the attacks at the same time the attacks were going on at a metro station in a paris suburb.
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that is the same area one of the cars used in the attack was found abandoned. abaaoud was killed in a raid wednesday in saint-denis, one of nearly 800 raids around france in the past five days. the siege lasted more than seven hours. here you can see the police advancing before the final confrontation, which also killed his female relative, hasna aitboulahcen. french authorities now say a third body, an unidentified male, has been found in the rubble of the raised apartment building among the devastation. that other detail about the suicide bomber who detonated his explosives at the soccer match outside the stadium there, he along with one of the other suicide bombers there now we know that they took a ferry together to get out of greece. one of them was traveling on a fake syrian passport. >> all right. nic robertson, thank you so much. not long ago a u.s.
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congressional delegation met with french officials. they got new information on the investigation here in paris. and what's next for this city. i'll talk with a lawmaker who was in that meeting about how last week's attacks impact the global war against isis. stay with us. we'll be back after this quick break. if i want to go up...
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper live in paris. this time last week we were just starting to get word that something horrible was happening in this city. in the week since parisians have tried to go back to their everyday lives as much as possible. the french senate today voted unanimously 336-0 to extend the state of emergency across france for three additional months.
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now, we've seen terror raids across europe. we've seen police battling suicide bombers while executing arrest warrants. soccer stadiums evacuated for fear of another terrorist attack being imminent. and we've also seen an outpouring of grief and solidarity with the french people. here with me in paris to talk about it all congresswoman tulsi gabbard, democrat of hawaii, member of the house armed service committee and foreign affairs committee and a veteran recently promoted to major, i believe. >> yes. >> thanks so much for being with us, congresswoman. so you just met with the congressional delegation meeting with french officials. you also laid flowers i believe at one of the memorials. what did you learn from the french officials in terms of the state of investigation? >> well, first of all, it was heart wrenching to be here at place de la republique and see the candles and wreaths laid down for the victims.
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we laid flowers from hawaii, at the restaurant where the student from california was shot and killed just one week ago. we met with french foreign ministry officials and others today to talk about what they're doing, where they're at, what are some of the areas where they can see that we can work better together on as two countries. in one of the issues that came up actually was the issue of the open borders all across europe and the fact that there is a very real threat from european passport holders, foreign fighters who are going in through turkey into syria and coming back into their communities in different countries really without much tracking or much intelligence on exactly who's doing that. because you can travel across borders without even having to show an id card. so someone could take your airplane ticket, or your train ticket and travel across borders throughout europe without even having to show an id card. and it might not even be you. so this is an issue that i raised with them that is of
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great concern within the u.s. that if a jihadist who is a european passport holder wants to come to the united states and attack -- >> there's a visa waiver program. >> there's a visa waiver program that would allow them to do that, to get on a plane within hours without having to apply for a visa at all. >> and you've proposed sus spending the visa waiver program. >> i proposed actually over a year ago on september 11th of last year i proposed a bill that would temporarily suspend the visa waiver program for these specific countries that have high numbers of foreign fighters. that we know they've got thousands of people who are traveling into syria, fighting with isis and coming back in. >> i can't imagine the french authorities are happy about your proposal. >> they were not opposed to it. they were open to it and they understand the threat that exists. i think here now i think more than ever they understand the threat that exists from these individuals who were going and doing that and wanting to come back into these communities and perpetrate these horrific attacks. >> i have to ask you about the
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fact that you've been very forceful saying that you think the united states should stop trying to defeat assad and just focus on defeating isis. a lot of people say assad is a bloodthirsty tyrant who's killed hundreds of thousands of his own people. how on earth could you want him to stay in power? >> the same things were said about saddam hussein in iraq. the same things were said about gadhafi in libya. look at the state of these countries today. they have been overrun and are filled with chaos. and isis, and islamist extremist groups have only grown stronger in these countries and terrorizing the people there. >> so the world would be better with gadhafi and hussein -- >> isis, our enemy, would not be as strong as they are today if those actions were not taken to overthrow those secular dictators. and this is the situation in syria that i think we've got to be very clear on as a country is there are two wars that the united states is waging right now. one is to overthrow the syrian
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government of assad. and the other is fighting against to defeat isis,s first war to overthrow the syrian government of assad is illegal because congress hasn't authorized a war against -- to conduct that action. and secondly it's counterproductive because it directly helps isis, al qaeda, al nusra, the islamic extremist groups in syria whose goal is to overthrow assad, take over all of syria, gain control of this whole territory, establish their islamic caliphate and present a disastrous humanitarian crisis far worse than we're seeing now. and a greater threat to the world. >> congresswoman tulsi gabbard, democrat of hawaii, thanks so much for being with us. >> thanks, jake. >> at first investigators thought a woman set off that suicide vest inside a french apartment, but now they say it was a man who set it off. next what else we're learning about that raid. plus, are isis terrorists high on drugs when they commit these heinous cowardly acts? a new report says powerful
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[ gunfire ] welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper live in paris, france, where we are continuing to learn more about that raid two mornings ago, the raid that left the ringleader of the isis terrorist attack group dead. now the paris prosecutor's office says a female relative of the ringleader did not apparently blow herself up during that raid as they had initially said she had.
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instead officials say it was a third man, an unidentified man who set off a suicide vest. they just also disclosed today that they found this third body as well. with me here is cnn's clarissa ward. clarissa, what do we know about who this woman was and how she did die? >> okay. so it's getting increasingly complicated this picture. we know that this is a 26-year-old woman. her name is hasna aitboulahcen, and she's believed to be the cousin of the architect of these attacks, abdelhamid abaaoud. now, originally french authorities had said she was the one who detonated the explosive vest. and you heard the sound in that video just before the police stormed the building. she was shouting, [ speaking in a foreign language ] he's not by boyfriend, he's not my boyfriend. now it turns out authorities say she's not the person who detonated the vest. it's one of two other men who were in the apartment. but we don't yet know was it abaaoud who blew up the vest? or was it in fact this other person who was also killed whose
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identity we don't know? and we spent all day, jake, today in saint-denis. there are still forensic experts, they are still combing through that apartment. you can imagine the carnage in that apartment for the authorities to take two days to come out and say, actually, we got this wrong, it wasn't her. >> the mind reels that they didn't even know there was a third body until today. it must be gruesome. quickly, if you could, we're finding out more about a suicide bomber from the stade de france, he apparently also smuggled himself in embedded with syrian refugees apparently. >> so authorities now say they've identified the final attacker. we don't have a name for him, but what we do know is that he reportedly traveled alongside the other attacker who was carrying a fake syrian passport. this attacker too carrying a fake syrian passport, both of them using that refugee route going from turkey to greece and into central europe. as i said we don't have a name, but the name on the greek ticket was muhammad al muhammad, which
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i think we can probably assume was a fake name. we can also assume these were fake passports. what this really tells you and what analysts say these men were likely european nationals exploiting the refugee system and situation so that they could come back into central europe under the radar. >> clarissa ward, thank you so much for that great reporting. it may not be just a twisted view of the world that is driving isis to commit these horrific murders. could the terrorists also be high on drugs? and what will it take to ultimately defeat and destroy this toxic and lethal organization? that conversation next. amerivest selects the funds and manages your portfolio. is it run by robots? no no, you can talk to a person anytime. 'cause i don't trust robots. right...well, if the portfolio you're invested in doesn't perform well for two consecutive quarters, amerivest will reimburse your advisory fees for those quarters. i wasn't born yesterday. well, actually it looks like you were born yesterday. happy belated birthday.
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see you tomorrow, mac. see you tomorrow, sam. just another day at norfolk southern. welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper reporting live from paris where a desperate international manhunt is still underway for this man, salah abdelsalam, believed to be the eighth isis terrorist from last friday's carnage. we're now learning that isis' holy war may not be just fueled
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by the terror group's hatred of the west. "the washington post" is reporting that an obscure drug many of you have probably never heard of could also be playing a role. it's called captigon, amphetamine banned by most countries since the 1980s and yet widely available on the black market including across the middle east. experts tell cnn the drug is a synthetic stimulant that can present a yur foric like high for users and have devastating side effects including psychosis and potentially brain damage. according to a "time" magazine jihadists are abusing the pill to stay up for days at a time on the battlefield where they fight with a feeling offin vinceability and in some cases a senseless disregard for life, their own and others. in a bbc documentary one lebanese user of the drug said i
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felt like i own the world high, like i have power nobody has, a really nice feeling. now, critics caution that the notion that a stimulant is somehow driving terrorists to kill us is completely overblown. and a senior u.s. official tells cnn this afternoon that the use of captagon would not be surprising but it only underscores the human frailty of isis fighters rather than any perceived superiority. make no mistake, of course, whether paris was fueled by this poison or not just the poisonous ideology, isis and its addiction to violence is spreading like a drug across several continents, in syria and in iraq, the terror group headed by abu bakr al baghdadi had complete control over wide swaths of those countries. isis has taken advantage of the power vacuum in libya and there's new evidence that taliban defectors are aligning behind the black isis banner. so how does the u.s. fight a war
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against a terror group that seemingly can go anywhere? joining me now to discuss this all, republican senator john mccain and republican presidential candidate and senator lindsey graham. senators, thanks so much for talking with me. senator graham, let me start with you. frigtening scenes out of mali today where terrorists sieged a hotel, murdered innocent civilians, the state department saying about a dozen americans had to be rescued. you said earlier this week that you would propose an authorization of military force essentially with no restrictions, no geographical constraints. so right now should the u.s. be on the ground in africa combatting this horrific islamic terrorist extremism? >> i don't think we should go into mali right now. i think we should go in on the ground in syria and iraq. american boots on the ground is part of regional force to destroy isil. there are credible imminent threat to the homeland more than the al qaeda offshoot in mali.
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we should help the french and the mali government, but we should be on the ground tomorrow if we could get there destroying isil in syria. >> let's talk about syria, senator mccain, you've been arguing strongly for years to arm the moderate syrian opposition. congresswoman tulsi gabbard is among the voices in the united states that says the u.s. needs to stop trying to overthrow syrian president bashar al assad, that isis is the priority. what do you make of that argument? >> well, i understand the priority of isis, but i also hope she and others would understand the priority of bashar assad who has slaughtered a quarter of a million of his own people with these horrible barrel bombs driven millions into refugee status. the reason we have the refugee status today is as much to do with bashar assad's insanity as
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it is isis. so to allow one of the great butchers in the 21st century to remain in power, i think, would be insane. and by the way we can do it. could i just say again, the president's policy which was clearly containment, which is what he may have made a mistake by articulating the truth is not working. containment doesn't work. and that's why we're going to have to take some action. and one of them is this more american ground troops. >> senator graham, your rival in the race for the republican presidential nomination, former florida governor jeb bush, suggests that the u.s. should prioritize christian refugees from syria over all others including muslims. would you do that? >> no, i would look at people's needs as human beings. we're americans here. we believe in religious freedom and diversity. but i would suspend the syrian
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refugee program for all syrians until we can find a way to make sure we vet who comes. but, no, i think most americans would help a woman who's raped regardless of her religion whether she's muslim. what i've been trying to tell the american people that the refugee problem is a failure of strategy. there are many other ways to get here rather than faking a refugee. if we don't come up with a regional approach, regional army, go on the ground in syria to destroy isil, we're going to get hit here. >> senator mccain, what do you think of the legislation that the house of representatives just passed to make more difficult the vetting process, essentially block syrian and iraqi refugees from coming to the united states? >> well, i think that we have to have a pause. and i think we have to assure the american people that
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sufficient measures are in place and some of them may be tough. we're talking about this visa program among others. so they can be assure that had a terrorist isn't coming in to this country. i think it's entirely appropriate at this time. and again, i want to emphasize what lindsey said. we're looking so hard and everybody's fired up about the refugees. why don't we address the problem that caused the refugees? you know, it's easy to stand up there and say we're going to stop the refugees. it's harder to do what lindsey graham and i are saying and that's do what's necessary to stop it. i think there's a bit of theatrics going on here in all due respect. >> if i could just suggest, jake, how about this idea, make sure they don't have to leave their country to begin with because they don't want to leave. but they're being raped and murdered in large numbers by assad and isil and other terrorist groups. so this idea of keeping assad in power or anybody who believes that's a good idea, one, agrees with the iranians and doesn't
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understand the effect it would have on the region in syria, so stop the reason they leave, send them back to their homes with a safe haven, a place they can go without being killed, and get about destroying isil, which is the right goal but we don't have the right strategy before it's too late. i have the experience to win a war we cannot afford to lose. and i hope after the last week people understand that experience does matter. >> a safe zone would relieve the pressure of the refugees. i'd like to see all of my friends who were so worried about the issue support that. >> and, jake, just finally, for three years we've been talking about a strategy that has an air component, a ground component training the free syrian army. three years ago we predicted everything you see happening on your tv screens today. and the worst is yet to come if we do not change our strategy. >> senator john mccain, senator lindsey graham, thanks to both of you. >> thanks, jake. in the u.s. airline travel on high alert as terrorists try
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to target passenger planes. what extra security could mean for you as we head into the busiest travel week of the year. and one friday night, six locations destroyed by terrorists, 130 people killed. how people in paris are trying to return to their lives as they question what happened last week.
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper coming to you live from paris, france. this is a city obviously shaken by the isis terrorist attacks just one week ago today. the attacks here along with the metrojet bombing just last month over egypt, which isis has also claimed credit for, have led to an air travel industry on edge with a number of security scares happening in the u.s. last week. this all comes of course just as the holiday travel season is beginning. more than 2 million people expected to fly each day. i want to get right to cnn aviation correspondent rene marsh. rene, what are you hearing from airline sns. >> well, jake, airlines are
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warning passengers to arrive two hours before departure. record number of fliers coupled with heightened airport security will mean longer lines. millions of passengers will pack onto planes starting today to kick off the holiday travel season. from now until december 1st it's estimated a total 25 million people will fly on u.s. airlines. 3% more than last year. this as airports around the country remain on high alert. >> tsa has to be a lot more thorough because of all these concerns. it's pretty simple mathematics. in the end it's going to take more time to screen each person. and that is going to add up to longer lines. >> reporter: travelers should expect longer wait times as tsa spends more time inspecting passengers and luggage. expect random checks, hand swabs to test for explosive residue and additional random checks at the gate. even pre-check passengers may be
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required to remove their shoes and laptops. homeland security has also called for expanded screening of all items on aircraft leaving overseas airports with direct flights to the united states. there's no known specific threat to the u.s., but passenger planes remain a target for terrorists. this week isis claimed this is the bomb that brought down a russian passenger plane earlier this month. that crash along with the terrorist attacks in paris have led to a climate where pilots and airlines are taking no chances. >> the next aircraft is the emergency aircraft. >> two air france flights diverted this week after bomb threats were called in. >> precautionary we are declaring an emergency, this is a security issue. >> thursday night a spirit airlines flight forced to make an emergency landing in ft. lauderdale after another bomb threat. they all prove to be hoaxes. but heightened airport security paired with more holiday
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travelers will likely lead to long waits at america's airports. >> everybody understands that the first priority is to be safe. now, especially with the new security concerns you're really more than ever going to want to get to the airport early. >> and you're looking at what's projected to be the ten busiest airports this travel season. and the other factor that could impact wait times, tsa's full-time airport security staffing levels have steadily decreased due to a smaller budget, jake. >> rene marsh, thanks so much. the world watched in horror as the series of attacks erupted here in paris exactly one week ago. the city of light plunging into darkness when those eight isis terrorists senselessly murdered 130 people. the entire city is still reeling, but resilient parisians are trying to stand bright against the dark.
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still not done, with at least two terror suspects still on the loose and tragic news this afternoon that the death toll from the attacks has risen to 130. dozens of victims of the terrorist attacks remain in hospitals with many in intensive care. and there are those wounds that may never heal. >> just stay, those words saved my life because the people who ran were shot. >> the weather here in paris today matching the mood of the country as armed police, soldiers and extra security are sprinkled throughout the city. while at the same time barriers that had surrounded the sights of the horrific isis terrorist murders come down. paris is struggling to return to normal. the eiffel tower has reopened, but initial surveys suggest the terrorist attack haves had a huge economic impact on the city with some estimates showing
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tourism down almost 60%. the signs that some have indeed been terrorized are clear where usually there are throngs of tourists, today there is only open space. tour buses are empty. the french senate today unanimously voted to extend the current state of emergency to three months, lasting well until february. in some ways it's hard to imagine it's only been a week. the band eagles of death metal is still being advertised as performing at bataclan, the concert venue where 89 people were so senselessly slaughtered seven days ago this evening. but even though nobody will be performing at bataclan this night there is a push for france to return to normal, the hash tag, everyone to the bar is trending in french social media. and there are those determined to do their patriotic part. it should be noted thursday at midnight, the year's new batch released as planned. this cafe even creating a rustic
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french countryside on the sidewalk in the heart of the city. and the shops at the christmas village closed after the terrorist attacks are open now. and attracting crowds of shoppers. all of them proving these latin words which have been the motto of paris officially since 1853 and are now plastered throughout the city. on the eiffel tower and here at the city's largest makeshift memorial at the place de la republique, they translate to mean, she is tossed by the waves but does not sink. nor will she ever. this weekend on "state of the union" i'll discuss the aftermath of the paris attacks with republican presidential candidate governor chris christie, with house intelligence committee chairman devin nunez and with president obama's former defense secretary chuck hagel. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. stick around for wolf blitzer. he's in "the situation room." what makes this simple salad the best simple salad ever?
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happening now, breaking news. terrorists storm a radisson hotel killing almost two dozen people and holding u.s. citizens hostage. the captives reportedly subjected to a religious test. we're learning new details of how american military personnel helped end this latest terror nightmare. still at large, the search for at least two of the paris attackers intensifying tonight one week after the horrifying rampage through the streets of the french capital. is the global manhunt closer to finding two of the world's most wanted terrorists? victim or killer? the moment a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest during that dramatic raid. and now a twist as investigators reveal the bomber was a man, not the female relative of the mastermind. was she aer