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the chaos. after he dropped off the bombers, he ditched his car five kilometers away in the middle of a crosswalk. his brother said he believed he changed his mind at the last minute and decided not to go through with an attack. >> international manhunt is intensifying. police in brusales staged 20 anti-terror raids on sunday. they arrested 16 people. we're there in brussels, and we have more on the raids and the manhunt. >> another raid in belgium, even as it emerges that the man at the center of the international manhunt, there's no sign of him. >> he is not, not among the persons arrested during the searches. >> this comes as the belgium prime minister tells his citizens the threat level will remain raised and thehe schools and the capital city's metro system will remain suspended. belgian residents have had to deal with the reality of the raids, and here in the center of
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belgium's ongoing sweeps as the police and military fan out across the capital. the threat level, the tension here, continues to remain high. cnn, brussels. >> we want to talk now with a security expert who spent three years in israel's counterterrorism special operations unit. great to have you with us. almost two dozen raids conducted in belgium on this sunday. this has been immensely complicated undertaken for belgian authorities considering the nature of the threat. talk to me about how such operations are carried out. >> the french have two fantastic counterterror units. one is the gign. they also have a national counterterrorist unit that is a police unit. these units have been working together.
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they are very similar to america's fbi hostage rescue team. what they're doing essentially is conducting what we call terrorist warrant service. the types of tactics that are used when going after terrorists are very different than the type of response we would have seen at bataclan, and the reason why is at bataclan, what those response teams were doing is they had to work very quickly. the reason why is because that was an active shooter situation. that means somebody is actively killing innocents. for every second they waste, another innocent person is killed. those units have to work extremely rapidly in order to reduce risk to the innocents being held. for the terrorist warrants, everything slows down. wroer we're doing what is called a slow and deliberate clear. a security clear, a safety clear. essentially what it means is the building where the suspects could potentially be are treated as if those are terrorist structures, whether or not the intelligence is good, it doesn't
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matter. they're very tired, i can achur you, because any piece of information, they're on to another location. they're going to surround the structure and start to do what is called a pressure cooker tactic. what that means is instead of running into rooms like we see in films, it's very slow, methodical, deliberate. we don't have innocents, we don't have hostages. there's no point in increasing the risk to the police officers and soldiers. they can take their time. what they're doing is basically using their weapon and eye while using the door frame to protect their thoracic cavity. they're able to fire the they need to with multiple operators with minimal risk because they're covered. it's behavioral based. terrorists will shoot at you. >> considering the fact that the majority of the raids on sunday took place in molenbemolenbeek,
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is this suburb in brussels considered to be somewhat of a breeding ground for terrorists, how much is that environment, given the perception, if you will, there are facts, a large number, in fact a number of the attackers from paris came from molenbeek, but given the general perception on an area like this, how much does it complicate an operation like this? >> i don't think it complicates it because the team is ekwaped with machine guns or carcarabin. they are wear wearing body armor. there's four or five operators at each doorway. they're fully equipped and prepared. >> regardless of environment. >> yeah, and it's important to understand, just because this happens to be a muslim neighborhood, it doesn't mean anything is going to change. the fact is we had almost a dozen terrorist attacks, multi locations with relatively low sophisticated weapons. you can see they're highly
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lethal with this low level of sophistication. they're not going to treat it any differently, but here's how they are going to treat it. they're going to treat every structure that they do this room clearing or this limited penetration is what we call it or slow and deliberate room clearing, as if every structure has a potential threat in there. >> in molenbeek or anywhere else, that's the prevailing operative principle. >> correct, and that's the fundamental mindset i have been pushing into the market. i train s.w.a.t. teams in israeli style tactics. we learned unlike conventional crime, with terrorists, you have to treat everyone inside the structure, everything inside the structure as if it was suspect, and then work backwards from there because you just can't take any chances. >> speaking of not being able to take any brussels has raised the terror alert, the highest in brussels. they have the metro closed, schools, universities, even nurseries closed.
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the question is how do you prevent such an attack as played out in paris when at least in the case of paris, they were going after soft targets? >> excellent question. three things. one, we have to define exactly what the threat is. you have to call it islamic terrorism. >> whew do you have to do that? >> the reason why is if you look at all the number of terror attacks we have seen since 2001 leading up to now, they are all fundamentally motivated by extreme sects of islam. we have to define that specifically as a genre so we can focus. number two, which is -- >> once you go down that road, you inevitably bring in an entire religion. >> that's what isis wants. it's an incredibly tricky, sticky situation. we have to remember that not all terrorists are muslimed, but we have to be honest about the threat and the fact is that there is religious incitement
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and intaukt doctrination in cer sects of the culture without alienating and pointing our finger at the entire culture. >> which the majority are not. >> agreed. number two, we want to start to streamline the over 60 nations right now that are actively engaged on the war on terror. coming from the intelligence back dwrnd, it's a lot of egos in the intel business. all 60 countries have to start playing nice, drop the egos and start sharing information. this is an international effort. it's now paris, now new york, now mali. it's not just -- this is an entire international spectrum that we're dealing with. number three, we have to start getting very aggressive with two parts. one, the defense. we have to make sure -- we want to start doing what william bratton did in new york with the nypd. he put up 100 specially trained patrol officers and they're dedicated to patrolling highly crowded areas where a mass siege
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could happen. that insulates our defensive capabiliti capabilities. our offensive capabilities, no more lolly gagging, where isis rolled through, we have to increase the amount of operations and put boots on the ground. >> we're going to keep this conversation going. you're here with me for a couple hours. we're going to leave it here for this moment. lots and lots of things to dig deeper to. thank you so much. >> thank you. well, world powers are planning to step up the fight against isis this week. david cameron is expected to make a case for bombing isis in syria. this comes more than two years after lawmakers rejected his push for military intervention in the syrian conflict. prime minister cameron will meet with francois hollande on monday to talk about counterterrorism and the fight against isis and he will meet with the presidents of russia this week. he said the international
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community needs to create a grand and single coalition to combat isis. >> president obama has been under pressure for a tougher response to the paris attacks. over the weekend, he vowed to hunt down isis and destroy them. >> a bunch of killers. with good social media. the americans who are building things and making things and teaching and saving lives as firefighters and as police officers, they're stronger. our way of life is stronger. all of which is to say that our coalition will not relent. we will not accept the idea that terrorist assaults on restaurants and theaters and hotels are the new normal or that we're powerless to stop them. after all, that's precisely what terrorists like isil want. >> mr. obama's former defense secretary tells cnn military
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action won't fix the mess in syria. >> we needed to more clearly define our political strategy along with our military strategy because it's my opinion, it certainly was the opinion of the former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, marty dempsey, he can speak for himself, but it was our opinion there's no military solution to this. we're up against an ideology, a reality, of dynamics, a set of dynamics we had never seen before. sophistication of social media, the military prowess, the tactical strategic prowess that isis possesses, the funding. so we should -- we're clearly defining what is our political strategy? what are our priorities? who is the enemy here? is assad the enemy or is isis the enemy? >> perhaps the biggest target of the recent air strikes has been isis' self-declared capital of raqqah in syria. in a cnn exclusive, nick paton
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walsh gets close to the isis headquarters. >> air strikes can repeatedly pound raqqah, but it's here any ground offensive against isis would have to begin, and still, a sense of steal mate. their ultimate goal of raqqah visibility on a good day from a distance. and hit by isis mortars. >> don't miss nick's full exclusive report from syria monday morning on new day, starting at sick:00 a.m. eastern. >> a woman who survived the mali hotel siege talks about the moment she first heard gunfire down the hall. her emotional interview coming up. plus, members of the american rock band eagles of death metal tell us what it was like to see their fans and friends dying during the paris terror attacks. padvil pm gives you the healingu at nsleep you need, it.
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they have been attacked by a terrorist group boko haram. the deaths from the mali attack has risen to fwoo. the country's president has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the brutal siege in the capital. david mckenzie sat down with one american survivor who described her harrowing ordeal. >> in the wake of mali's horrifying terror attack, new stories of survival are emerging. i spoke to an american specialist of the center for disease control. she was about to check out when the shooting began. >> i e-mailed my husband and i just said something like there is something going on. i want you to know that i love you. and then when a few hours later when the fire down the hallway, i wrote another e-mail and i said i do believe there are shooters here. if i don't make it, i want you to know i love you. and my family, but i am coming home.
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i do this because i love doing this work. and where we are in the world that we need to continue on. >> you committed to the work no matter what. >> no matter what. this wasn't about mali. this was about what i call idiots. i'll be back. >> was there any point really any moment where you thought, okay, this is it? this is the end of the road. >> when the shooting came down the hallway. i was more nervous. i wasn't sure. but it wasn't going to end. i was going home. i knew i was going home. that's the end of it. >> so when the signal came, what went through your head? >> oh, gosh. i'm so glad to see you guys. i don't know much french, but i could say thank you. i said it all the way down the hall. i'll say it again. these guys, every one of them that i mentioned, put their lives on the line for me that day. and i so appreciate that.
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and there's a group of people who didn't make it out. and my heart goes out to their families. but i believe they were here doing what theyove and what they're committed to. if that day were to come for me, someone would be saying that about me as well. >> the presidents of mali and senegal toured the radisson hotel on sunday and vowed they would be unbowed by the terror threat. david mckenzie, cnn. >> we're joined now by juliet. great to have you on the show. a week after the paris terror attacks, we saw an attack on the radisson blu hotel. was it tied to local politics on an attempt to capitalize on the recent terror that played out in paris? >> it was actually a combination of both. i mean, anyone who had been following what was going on in mali knew of the terrorism that they were facing, the rise of islamic terrorist organizations,
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france had clearly come in to clean them out in the last couple of years. but also, an attack like that was timed to sort of correspond or follow up on what happened in paris. and the reason why that is true is because it was a relatively simple attack in the hotel. i mean, very few people were involved. they just walk into a room, kill as many people as possible, and so in some ways, its simplicity suggests they put it together rather quickly to feed off everyone's fear. >> this wasn't an attack that was carried out by isis. they claim responsibility for what happened in france. this was, in fact, carried out by an al qaeda affiliate, which has claimed responsibility. what can you tell us about this african jihadi group? >> well, this is -- let me tell you about al qaeda sort of more generally and its affiliations now. for some time, anyone studying
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al qaeda knows they have been waiting for moments to assert their relevance, because they are not the same as isis. but are vying for the same people, for recruitment, access to money, and in some wass, access to geography or relevance in various countries. so their sort of rise in africa is linked to the fall of libya, and we see them acting now consistently with what they have told us in the past, which is al qaeda is still relevance. they're not dead yet, so to speak, and aligning with local sort of islamic terrorist organizations to launch an attack. you are seeing this split amongst organizations to the outside person, they may all look the same, but really what this is is a strategic fight among various groups. >> how much direct involvement would there be with al qaeda in pulling off this attack in mali? >> well, because they took
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credit for it in this sort of joint credit, right, with sort of saying we were here and that we actually launched this attack, really does mean that they were sort of strong enough to launch it and to organize it. so in some was ways, may they pulled the trigger, but no matter what in terms of access to arms and training, al qaeda is very much involved. and tee bun hast, it's bib waiting for this opportunity for a while. >> great insight. appreciate it. thank you so much. >> thank you. well, u.s. president barack obama is talking tougher on isis as he gets ready to meet with french president francois hollande. we'll look at the strategy just ahead. plus, the moments before the terror attack at the bataclan captured in a single photograph.
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>> eight people were killed when a female suicide bomber det naded her esplosives in nigeria sunday. the victims were going through a security screening at a military checkpoint. this city has repeatedly been attacked by the terrorist group, boko haram. >> the u.n. said 22 people were killed in a popular hotel in mali. the country has declared a ten-day state of emergency and three days of national mourning. the president said mali won't shut down in the face of terror. >> finally, to myanmar. state run media are reporting at least 104 people died in a landslide at a jade mine. it happened when a huge pile of mining debris collapsed on workers' huts while they were sleeping. military troops are helping with the recovery efforts. >> u.s. president barack obama will meet with french president fran swaur hollande in less than 48 hours. they're expected to discuss the
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global response to the deadly terror attacks in paris. >> they can't beat us on the battlefield, so they try to terrorize us into being afraid. and to changing our patterns of behavior. and to panicking, and to abandoning our allies and partners, and to retreating from the world. and as president, i will not let that happen. destroying isil is not only a realistic goal. we're going to get done, and we're going to pursue it with every aspect of american power and with all the coalition partners we have assembled. it's going to get done. >> well, let's bring in lieutenant colonel rick francona to discuss this. he joins me from skype. always good to have you on the program. the president facing criticism for his handling of the isis threat. do you think this administration has a viable strategy?
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>> not right now. you know, the strategy is -- the goal is to degrade and ultimately defeat isis. what we're doing right now just isn't working. we put a lot of air assets into this campaign, yet it's not having any effect. i mean, the effect it is having is minimal to say the least. the russians and the french have come in there and in a few days have eclipsed what the united states has done over the period of a year. that's because of these restrictive rules of engagement the u.s.-led coalition pilots are operating under. if the president is serious about getting this done, he needs to take off the hindrances from the pentagon and let them do their jobs. >> do you agree with former defense secretary chuck hagel's assessment, in addition to that, to add that on to what you're recommending, that this administration should shift its focus from president assad to isis? have there been priorities
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misplaced, if you will? >> yeah, and i think it's time for people in washington to have that discussion. you know, right now, our objective is to not only defeat isis, but to remove assad. i don't think that you can do both simultaneously. we're going to have to determine what our priority is. given the russian and french involvement in there against isis, but russia's involvement supporting bashar al assad, i'm not sure that toppling assad right now is going to work for the united states. so perhaps it's time to step back, say we need to defeat isis first and then handle the political situation in syria later. everybody keeps saying there's no military solution, but there has to be a military start to get to the political solution. >> does that solution, that military solution, involve boots on the ground in your view? >> that's a good question. yeah, i think we need to have some boots on the ground. it depends on how you define boots on the ground. those are the words in washington they don't want to hear. i'm talking about inserting
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american special operations personnel, air force combat controllers. people that can guide and control the air strikes, special forces, army people who can go in and train local forces on how to conduct these operations. the army has a mission, they're very good at it. they train indigenous personnel. it works very well. air force and special ops people can control the air strikes. with those two things working in syria and northern iraq, i think we could turn this around, but we have to commit the resources to do that. right now, there's a hesitation in the pentagon to do that. >> doesn't this play into isis propaganda? no matter how you slice it, whatever the boots on the ground end up being, the fact of the matter, if you have that image of returning u.s. military to the middle east, actively on the ground, doesn't that play into isis propaganda which ultimately comes back and hurts the u.s.? >> you could see it that way.
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but if you're able to go in there and start rolling these people back, start taking territory from them, take raqqah from them, reclaiming mosul, that cuts their narrative and hurts their recruiting effort. we can turn this around, but we can't not do things because it might play into isis' social media network. >> is there a question of time? is time running out? we heard one top democrat say on sunday that she feels that the u.s. is running out of time in this fight against isis. is the window closing? >> well, i don't know if it's closing, but it's certainly becoming more difficult. what we're seeing is isis is hemorrhaging. it's spreading out all over the region and all over the world. we see isis people swearing aliege nls to isis in afghanistan, we see them in sinai, in libya, nigeria, and then conducting operations in paris. and their recent string of successes from their point of view, you have ankora, beirut,
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the downing of the russian airliner, what i kaucology the standard of terrorism, and a probable attack in brussels if they could pull it off. they're really on a roll right now, so no longer contained to syria and iraq. so we've got to address them. but i think the key is going after them in syria and iraq. >> rick francona, always great to get your perspective. thank you for your time. thank you. >> good to be with you. now, a photograph shows the moments right before gunmen stormed the bataclan concert hall in paris killing 89 people. take a look. in the photo, a smiling crowd. some fans there raising their hands and glasses. others enjoying the music, unaware of the carnage yet to come. performing that night, american rock band eagles of death metal. in a new interview with vice music, two of the band's members
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recall the tragic events. here's fredricka whitfield. >> several people hid in our dressing room. >> eagles of death metal lead singer speaking out for the first time, remembering that terrible night. >> killers were able to get in and killed every one of them except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket. >> the band at the bataclan theater, the deadliest site of the paris attacks. the photo a snapshot in time, moments before the first shots rang out, cutting short the live said of 89 people. >> killers got in your dressing room? >> yeah, people were playing dead, and they were so scared. a great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn't leave their friends. and so many people put themselves in front of people. >> the band clearly traumatized and frozen with disbelief, putting out this statement. while the band is now home safe,
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we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in france. among the 89 killed in the attack, the band's merchandise manager nick alexander and three people from their record label. fredricka witfield, cnn. security went a step further in one french town, and the people living there are wondering why. coming up, a visit there. it takes a lot of work... to run this business. i'm on the move all day long... and sometimes, i just don't eat the way i should. so i drink boost to get the nutrition that i'm missing. boost complete nutritional drink has 26 essential vitamins and minerals,
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after the paris attacks, a nighttime curfew was put in place in one town in france. the curfew ends monday, but as nic robertson reports, some residents don't understand why their town was singled out. >> southeast of paris, the sunday market in sens is busy. a few hours earlier, it would have been illegal to be here. there was a curfew, and that
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upset some residents. they are making this all too dramatic, this trader tells me. there are no problems here. the curfew between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. is the first of it kind in france since emergency powers were imposed last week. and applies only to this, the pleasantfields neighbor of sens. it includes low cost housing, has a reputation, unfairly, residents say, for crime. the new powers are prompting debate. >> strict compared to the rest of the towns. >> and that's not good? >> no, i find it's not good. that's exactly the contrary of what we should do. >> the curfew was imposed here after police raids turned up some weapons and some false documents. several people were taken into custody, but most of those have been released now.
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in the city center, catholics celebrate in one of the world's oldest gothic cathedrals, although several hours from paris, all in this tiny tourist city fear another isis attack. the curfew was intended to make police raids easier. when i meet the mayor, however, she seems unsure if the curfew that ends monday is worth the division it's causing. i want to guarantee the tranquility of the entire population. even if it means limiting the liberties of some, she says, but the curfew was not my decision. it was a decision of the state. back in pleasantfields, this person who runs a cafe and helped underprivileged kids was shocked how fast the curfew was imposed but worked to support it. we respect the curfew, he says.
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it was necessary for the police to do their work safely. most here feel the same. but worry in the rush to follow terror leads, jobs may be lost, more problems created. >> people don't have to be afraid to come here. it's a tourist city. we have a nice place in this country. >> so far, no terrorists have been found, and few here expect they will. nic robertson, sens, france. >> well, we want to bring back aaron cohen. he spent three years in israel's counterterrorism special units. thank you so much for spending time with us this evening. that piece from sens that nic robertson did, really brings home the challenge governments face between security and civil liberties. people just living their lives. >> yeah, it's always -- there's always a sacrifice that has to be made in terms of beefing up
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the militarization, if you will, of your city in the event of a terror attack like we saw in paris. israel, where i lived for many years and where i served in israel special forces, i think is a good example of how to balance the two. israelies deal with terrorism. it's a way of life there. it's unfortunate, but if you look at the actual statistics and the number of terror attacks compared to all the mass crime that haps around the world, terrorism is a relatively small problem. israelis move about their business and they continue with life as is, and it's really important to do that. the way the israelis achieve that so well is because they're sort of desanitized to it, and it's unfortunate, but we have an excellent security apparatus that regulates all of the prives security industries so we have armed security at all of those major structures and places where there's people gathering. so it's controlled by the
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israeli government. israelis feel a sense of security. we also have soldiers in the street. people often say and i have often said, i do feel safer in israel because you see the presence and feel the sense of security. >> to that point, is that the way europe is going to have to go? >> not necessarily. i think paris is going there now, and i think it's a reactive twitch muscle. that will scale down once the management and the facilitators and all of the accomplices of the terror attack are caught or killed. it's a question of time. they're putting a lot of heat right now on the internal security of belgium and in paris. so we're going to see it now. it's going to end up scaling back eventually. i think the europeans are going to demand it. >> you talk about time. how long can you keep a city on lockdown for? >> well, you can technically
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keep it as long as you want, but you don't want to, and the reason why is that the parisians and the belgians are not going to have it for that long. i think you can keep this pace up for a couple weeks and then i think in the end, by 90 days, it's got to start to tailor down. i think people are going to start to ease up also. psychologically, we're coming into the holidays. what will happen, i believe, is they'll start getting more comfortable with the presence of armed security and soldiers. what i think the europeans are going to get good at and they're going to have to, in any of these countries where they start hunting for these terrorists or are conducting operations, we're going to see a more plain clothes security apparatus. you can't spot the undercover police officer, which gives them the element of surprise if there's a terror attack because they can respond and nobody knows who they are, and two, you don't visually see the weapon, you don't see that highly trained, armed police officer.
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so i think we're looking at 90 days and things are going to start to quiet down. >> as you talk about the plain clothes element that may be a feature of life to come in the european capitals, i would imagine closed circuit tv also steps up in importance. >> a good point. surveillance is a huge part of security layering. i mean the more elements you have between your civilian population and a terrorist, it means it would take a multi-failure event in order for the terrorists to be successful. surveillance cameras are great because they allow you to see 360 degrees around your city, problem is that there is no reaction to the camera. you can't -- they can't physically respond to an attack, they can't fire back, they can't rescue hostages. what they are excellent for is investigations after the fact, being able to look and then put together patterns of where that person was, what the motes operandi was before he committed the act of terror. they're very heavily used in britain, in ireland.
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i have trained a lot of these military units in the last 15 years in the israeli methodology. they're excellent tools, but they're purely a defensive mechanism after the fact. but they're very useful. they're an important piece. >> great insight. thank you for being with us for another hour. we appreciate that you're going to stay with us and help make sense of all this. stand by. we'll come back to you in the next hour. thank you so much. >> thank you. next, we'll tell you why parisians are turning to a h hemmiingway classic to find comfort after the deadly terror attacks. ♪ ♪ the beautiful sound of customers making the most of their united flight. power, wi-fi, and streaming entertainment.
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get an insurance quote and see why 92% of our members plan to stay for life. ♪ welcome back, everyone. since the terror attacks in paris. one particular novel has been flying off the shelves in book stores across the french capital. a movable feast by earnest hemingway, the writer's ode to paris. ivan watson has more on the book's recent resurgence. >> all of the sadness of the city came suddenly. with the first cold rains of winter. that's a line from a movable feast, a memoir about life in paris in the 1920s written by earnest hemingway.
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the book is his love letter to the city of light, celebrating its cafes and cobblestone streets, immortalizing an english language book shop where you can find a first edition copy of the american writer's iconic book. thanks. hemingway's book is pretty much required reading for most visitors to paris. what's unexpected is that it has also become a source of comfort for many of the french in the wake of the deadly paris attacks. at book shops across paris, owners have seen a sudden spike in sales of french versions of hemingway's 51-year-old novel. >> what is your number one selling book right now? >> a movable feast from earnest hemingway. >> do you have any more copies? >> it's sold out now. >> sold out? >> completely. >> part of the appeal is clearly symbolic. the french title of a movable feast translates back into
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english as paris is a party. this man says he's buying the book to remind himself that the city of light is also a city that loves to party. we have to live, we have to geout, he says. and we have to stick out our tongues at the terrorists. shop owners say they have also seen a surge of interest in books about islamist radicalism, but those sales don't compare to the rediscovery of hemingway's book, no doubt boosted by the fact that it has also become a hashtag slogan of defiance on french social media. as many honor the dead, others are determined to live up to hemingway's immortable words. if you are lucky enough to have lived in paris, he writes, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for paris is a movable feast.
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from los angeles. we're following mass arrests and on going manhunt as brussels remain on the highest terror alert level. french police released this photo of the third stadium suicide bomber. but who is he and how did he get to paris on 1313th in they're asking the public for help. three days of national mourning begins after the hotel attack in mahli. you'll hear an emotional interview. hello. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm isha sesay. newsroom l.a. starts right now.
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we start in belgium. authorities there have extended their highest terror alert amid fears of more coordinated attacks like the ones in paris nine days ago. schools and subways will remain closed monday as authorities stay vigilant watching for any signs of danger. on sunday police staged 20 antiterror raids. they arrested 16 people but did not find any gun or explosives. they also did not find this man, salah abdeslam. now he's the most wanted man in europe. meanwhile, french authorities are posting this photo of a man they say was one of the paris suicide bombers. they're asking the public for any information about him. they did not mention his name. cnn's max foster is in paris, a city still reeling from the attacks nine days ago. he joins us live. max, the manhunt for the suspected eighth paris attacker is on going. what can you tell us about the status of the investigation?
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>> well, we're not being told anything. he's basically still on the run. there were reports over the weekend that he still has a suicide vest with him, which is a frightening prospect. and that he's likely in brussels. that isn't connected to this heightened terror alert in brussels itself. that was intelligence, pretty firm intelligence it must be that there's some sort of paris style attack due to take place in brussels. and they've been carrying out all sorts of searches around the city in relation to that. here's the chief federal prosecutor. he's outlining the searches have finished now. >> the federal prosecution's office and brussels investigating specialized in terrorist cases ordered a total of 19 house searches in brussels region. these searches took place in -- they were also three house
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searches carried out. in total 16 persons were arrested. the investigating judge will decide tomorrow about their further -- possible further detention. >> reporter: what's frightening, isha, is despite the fact these searches have finished, the heightened level of alert is still there. as you say, schools are shut down. the subway is shut down. so it's still feel there is an eminent threat there but they don't know where the threat might strike which is why the whole city pretty much is on lockdown. the prime minister was pespeaki yesterday describing the sort of attack they were expecting or were fearful of. and this is what he had to say. >> translator: what we fear is an attack similar to what happened in paris with several individuals. even perhaps lunching offensive weapons in several places at the same time which leads us to think the potential targets are those which have highly
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concentrated populations. >> so in brussels people are being advised not to go near any crowds. that's why major events have been closed down. that's why the bars and restaurants are closed in the evening. also, here in paris, the schools are open. there's no heightened level of alert to that extent right now but there is a three-month state of emergency. kids are being checked on their way in to schools but the concern there, again, is about concentrations of people. so parents are being asked to drop their kids off at the school and then drive away. older kids who gather outside schools to smoke, for example, are trying to be told to move away in smaller groups. they try and avoid these concentrated groups of people which become targets for terrorists. the intelligence seems to be something around that both in paris and belgium. >> max, let me ask you about one of the attackers, outside the


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