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to you, and all of the people of france, for the heinous aacks that took place in paris. we're here today to declare thatt the united states and france stand united. in total solidarity. to deliver justice to the terrorists and those who sent them. and to defend our nations. in that spirit, with heavy but strong hearts, i welcome you here today. francoisis, with your understanding, my statement today will be a little longer today than usual. i've been traveling. and, this is a importantoment for hour nations and the world. this barbaric terrorist group, isil or dash, in its murderous eology pose a serious threat to all of us.
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it must be destroyed. we must do it together. this is the unity of purpose that brings us here today. on your visit here last year, you said that the french love america. now we love the french. sometimes, we americans are too shy to say so. but we're not feeling shy today. the americans love france because we dedicate ourselves to the same ideals. that all people desesee life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. france is our oldest ally. you helped us win our independence. we heleld liberate france from fascism. we oh our freedom to each other. we love france for your spirit. and your culture. your joi devivre. americans have recommended our
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own visits to paris. we know these places. they're part of our memories. woven into the fabric of our lives and our culture. i'm vergrateful for the french people tapped hop tallty they have always shown me and when they welcomed michelle and our daughters on their first visit to the city of lights. by my bed, inhe r ridence is a picture of me and michellen luxembourg gardens, kissing. those are the memories we have of paris. as early on, i have no gray hair. so when tragedy struck that evening, our hearts broke, too. that stadium and concert hall, those restaurants and cafes, we see our own. in the faces of the french people, wewe see ourselves. that's w w so many americans
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and red. why americans at candle light vigils have joined together to sing the marseilles. we have never forgotten how the french people stood with us after 9/11. and today, we stand with you. [ speaking french ] it's been noted that the terrorists did not direct their attacks against the french government or military. rather they focused their violence on the very spirit of france. by extension, on all liberal democracies. this was an attack on our free and open societies. where people come together to celebrate. and sing. and compete. and targeting venues where people come together from around the world, killing citizizs of nearly 20 countries, including america. this was an take on the very idea that people of different
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races and religions and backgrounds can lili together in peace. in short, this was not only a strike against one of the world's great cities. it was an take against the world itselflf itit the same madness that has slaughtered the intercept from nigeria to the sighnai from lebanon to iraqaq it's a scocoge that threatens all of us. that's why, for more than a year, the united states, france, and our coalition of some 65 nations have been united in one mission. to destroy these isil terrorists and defeat their vile ideology. today, president hollande and i reviewed our coalition's progress. more than 8,000 air strikes combined with local partners on the ground, have pushed isil back from territory in both iraq
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today, president hollande and i agreed our nations must do even more together. u.s. assistance that has supported recent french strikes in syria. and we're going to keep stepping up that coordination. and as we saw, with the attack in mali, the terrorist threat goes beyond isil. this week, i'll sign legislation to sustain our support, including air sport and intelligence to countries like france. as rewoot out terrorist networks. we'll do more to prevent attacks at home. ilding on our recent intelligence agreement, we'll share information with france and in the wake of paris and with the threats in belgium, there's a fwroeing recognition among e eopeanations that they need to ramp up efforts to proe vent the flow of foreign fighters. as part of that, i'm calling on
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the european union to finally implement the agreement long in the works that would require airlines to share passenger information, so we can do more to stop foreign terrorist fighters from entering our countries undedected. i'm prepared to send team of experts to work on this with our european partners to make sure we're redoubling our efforts together. regarding the broader crisis in syria. president hollande and i agree that russia's strikes against the moderate o oosition only bolster the assad regime. we agree russia could play a more constructive role if it were to shift the focus of its strike to defeating isil. and like wise, president hollande and i free the best way to bring peace is through the principles reafrmed in vie yeen
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they require an active support of peace from russia. finally, francois and i understand that one of our greatest weapons in the fight against isil is the strength and resilience of our people. and here i want to speak correctlycorrect ly -- directly to the american people. what happened in paris is truly horrific.. i understand that people worried that something similar could happen here. i want you to know that we will continue to do power to defend our nation. since 9/11, we have taken extraordinary measures to strengthen security. our professionalal federal, state, and local, they are tireless. they have prevented attacks and have saved lives.
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they are working every hour, every day for our security. they did so before paris. they do so now. and they will not stop. they're the bestn the world. but it's not just our security professionals who will defeat isil and other terrorist groups. as americans, we all have a role to play manyin how we respond to threats. groups lik isil cannot defeat us on the battlefield. home. against soft targets, intercept people. even as we're vigint, we cannot and we will not succumb to fearar nor can we allow fear to divide us. that's how terrorists win.$% we cannot give them the victory
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living o o lives. the good news is, americans are resilient. we mourned the lives lost at ft.t. hood. the boston marathon. chattanooga. but we did not waver. our communities have come together. we have gone to ball games and we have gone to concerts and shopping and men and women who want to serve our country continue to go to military recruiting offices. we're vigilant. we take precautions. we go about our business. to those who want to harm us, our actctns have shown that we have too much resolve and too much character. americans will not be terrorized. i say all this because another
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part of defeating terrorists like isil is uplding the the rights and freedoms that define ouou two great republics. that includes freedom of re religion religion. equality before the law. there have b bn timesesn our history in moments of fear when we have failed to uphold our highest ideals. and it has been to our lasting regret. we must uphold our ideals now. each of us. all of us. must shoho that america is strengthened by people of every faith and every back ground. related to this, i want to note that under preredent hollande france plans to welcome another 30,000 syrian refugees over the next two years.
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refugees in america go thrhrgh to two years of intense security check, including biometric screening. nobody who sets foot in america goes through more screening than refugees. we're prepared to share the tools with france and our european partners. as francois has said, our humanitarian duty to help refugees and our duty to security, they go hand this hand. on the statue of liberty, a gift from the people of france, there are words we know so well. give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free. that's the spirit that makes us america. that's the spirit that binds us to france.
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that's the spirit we need today. in closing, i want to salute the people of paris for showing the world how to stay strong in the face of terrorism. even as day grieve, parisians have continued to g g to places. cafes, to work. riding the subways. including a mother who brought her children to the plaza de republique. as one said, paris will always be paris. next week, i will be joining president hollande and world leaders in paris for the global climate conference. what a powerful rebuke to the terroriststst will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred
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for our children. soso president hollande, my fellow americans, let's remember we face greater threats to our wayf life before. fascism fascism, communism. the first world war. the second. a cold war. even and each and every time, we prevailed. we have prevailed because our way of life is stronger. because we stay united. because even as we are relentless in the face of evil, we draw onnwhat's best in ourselves. and in the character of our countries. it will be no different this time. makekeo mistake, we will win. and groups like isil will lose. and standing with allies like francece we'll continue t t show the world the best of american
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leadership. vive la france. god bless the united states of america. mr. president. >> translator: ladies and gentlemen, please allow me fifit and foremost to thank the president of the united states, barack obama, for the solidarity he's shown. immediately as we found out about the terror attacks. he was the first one to call me. it was very late. in france. 2:00 a.m. when barack called. the presisint of the united states. how he expressed his solidarity toward france, his emotion, his compassion against the horror. and -- on that night, he meant to tell me that the united
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states stood by @rance. that the help that could be provided to france would have no limits and that we had a duty, a joint duty, to pull our forces together and fight terrorism. i do not forget either all of the messages that the american people s st to the french peopop over the past few days. the french colors, the french flags, all abound in many gatherings. these candles in places that represent france here in the united states. the marseilles, our national anthemung in official ceremonies. it is true that 9/11 we all felt americans. bubu after the 13th of november,
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americans felt french. our two peoples, together, merged as one. sharing the same emotion. and also the same willingness to fight for freedom, to stand for our values. we are not two similar peoples. we each have our own history. we have our own culture, background. but, we share the s se trusus the same faiai in freedom. it is france that came under attack on the 13th of november. france, f f whaha it is, a country which we consider unique in the world because france speaks to the world. france came under attack for what it represests, for whaha it stands for. for its culture.
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our principles. but by targeting france, the terrorists, the cowardly murders who are were targeting the world. in these restaurants, cafes, as well as the bataclan. they were men and women, mt of them young. who came from 020 countries at least, who shared the same passion for life. and that's the reason they were murdered. my thoughts are with the friends and family of a young american student, nohemi gonzalez, who came as well to share a moment of culture and joy. i -- pi thoughts go to the
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at the bataclan. our cultures on that occasion were together. to bring the same enthusiasm and they were hit by terrorists. we are facing a terror group which organized its on a territory. they have substantial resources. they are striving on smuggling of oil, drug, human beings. and since the beginning of the year, they hit many countries. denmark, tunisia, lebanon, kuwait. turkey turkey.. egypt. asasell as russia.
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we had the meeting. first of all to share -- share our determination, relentless determination to fight terrorism everywhere and any where. we also manag to tell the world that we will not allow those who want to destroy what we've built, we will not allow th to do it. to destroy what we've built generation aftergeneration. they will not be able to damage the world. and against that, we need a joint response. an impeccable joint response. france and the united states stand together. militarily, it's about destroying them. it's about taking o o their financing.
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dismantling their networks. and taking back the land they currently controlled. we decided, president obama and myself, to brond the scope in iraq andnd syria. to strengthen our intelligence sharing regarding the targets we must tas. the priority is to take back kilo occasions in the hands of daesh this syria. it is also a matter of urgency to close the border between turkey and syria. and prevent terrorists from crossing the border and coming to europe or other places and undertake such terrible attacks. we plan to work with our partners and support all of those who are fighting daesh on
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the aim is to make sure these forces can be supported, helped, by all countries that are lling to act militarily to destroy daesh. the resolution of the security council voted unaniniusly friday after being introduced by france and supported by the united states, this resolution provides us with the clear basis to act. this is what france is currently doing. our aircraft carrier, charles de gaulle, is in the east of the mediterranean and allows us to enjoy more capability. sterday, forhe sixth time after the terror attacks in paris, we struck. in addition we have been providing in some assistance into iraqi fighters in the region of ramadi and in mosul, within the framework of the coalition.
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obama and myself have strengthened our cooperation as well as the night after the attacks and i would like to commend everything that is being done so that intelligence and information available can be used to tackle terrorists and to follow their movements so that we prevent from doing what they want to do because, beyond syria, what they want is somehow to spread fear everywhere. so that we doubt, so that we make decisions which are exactly contrary to what we want in terms of freedom andririts. but we will not give in. that said, we have to defend ourselves and use intelligence. diplomat you cannily, we're
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transition noo serein syria. i commend the work done by the ministers to work on the timeline that will lead to a cease-fire as quickly as possible. and to lead to bashar al assad's departure. we cannot imagine the syrians getting together, gathering round the leader who is responsible for some of the most of 300,000 deaths in a few years. so, a government ofunity is required. that would lead to assad's departure. the crisis is relevant to europe. given the terrorist threat. but also because there are
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regimeme bombs and atrocities. if we were to abandon them,m, it would betray who we are. i reject identifying migration and terrorism. at the same time, we must conformmhe borders. today, people are risking their lives to flee. when they travel between turkey and greece. turkey, therefore, plays an important role. it is together, with turkey, that wee must findd solutions. so other refugees can stay close to their country of origin. and we need to make surehat the r ruiredcontrols, the
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checks are implemented at the border. on thursday,ly travel to moscow to meet with vladimir putin. i will tell himim france can work together with russia, if russia concentrates its military action on daesh. against isil, and if russia fullyommits to political solution in syria. this is what we want to do. we want to gather all countries,, all those twooho are willing to find and inch plemt a political solution in syria. we don't want to exclude anyone. but, we want to make sure that thisolitical solutioiocan eradicate frichl. terrorism. lastly, next week, that is on monday, we will be hosting in n paris the climate conference. i certainly could not imagine
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taming place against such a backgrgrnd. at the same time, i think there cannot be any better symbol or response but to hold the conference in paris, where the attacks took place, where we took the right measures in terms of security, protections, as well as in defending our values. there is noo greater symbol than holding this conference on climate in paris, with some 150 heads of state and government. never before did france host so many leaders of the international community. they'ree coming to work on climate challenge. again, to work and to find the right agreements so that we can
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and make sure that our children and grandchildren live better or simply can live. but they are also coming to express their support to freedom, to the fight against tremism. that radical islam which is becoming dangerous. yes, all of them are coming no matter their background. in matterer their religion, their convictions, to express the same principles, values, with the same word. life. yes, simply life. and this is the reason why i'm very pleased that president obama will allow us to succeed.
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i commend his recent statements in the past few weeks and months. i commend the commitment he's maden thehe name of thth united states as well as in the name of the world. it was very important that one of the most powerful countries in the world, if not the most powerful and therefore, with the highest level of a mission, could also be there. to face the future like we have been facing history. what we will be doing early next week in paris means that we can continue to live as well as protect our lives and prepare that of all for children. france and the united states, given their history, and the values, the founding values of both our nations, given our
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to act as a matter of urgency. urge urgeently against terrorism and daesh and at the same time, prepare for the future. against that background, everyone though it is a very dire one, i'm pleased to be with barack obama to send across that message to the entire world. thank you. [ applauau ] >> thank you. we have time for a few questions. i'm going to start with roberta. >> thank you. this is auestion for both of u. first, what is your reaction to turkey shooting down a russian plane today? and does this straw nato into a confrontation with russia? how do you keep this from sprirling out of control? and president obama, what does this incident mean for future prpects of military coordination with russia? and, president hollande, ahead
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thursday, what are the prospects for closer military coordination with russia, given what happened today? >> first of all, we're still getting the details of what happened. and i expect to be in communications potentially directly with the president sometime over the next several days. turkey, like every country, has a right to defend its territory and its air space. i think it's very important right now for us to make sure that both the russians and the turks are t tking to eac other. find out exactly what happened. and, take measures to discourage any kind of escalation. i do think that this points to an ongoing problem. with the russian operations.
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in the sense that they are operating very close to a turkish border and they're going after moderate opposition that are supported by not only turkey but a wide range of countries. and, if russia is directing its energies towards daesh and isil, some of those conflicts or potentials f f mistes or escalation are less likely to occur. i also think this underscores the importance of us making sure that we move this political tract forward as quickly as possible. our view has been r rsia is welcome to be part of this broad-based coalition we have set up. there's never been a point in time where we said we don't want russiaiar other countries that may have dipss with us on a
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whole host of other things to avoid working with us against isil. thth challenge has been, russia's focus on propping up assad rather than focusing on isil. i had a conversation with president putin in turkey. i indicated to him at the time that to the extent that they make that strategic shift, focus on the vienna process. try to execute a political transition, that, all parties would agree to. and, refocus attentionon on going after isil, then there's enormous capacity for us to cooperate. until that happens, it's verer difficult. it's difficult because if their priority is attacking the
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be future membersf an inclusive syrian government, russia won't get the support of us or a range of other members ofhe coalition. but i do think that there's the possibility of cooperation. the sooner we agree to this political process, the less likely that you have the kinds of -- kinds of events that took place apparently today. >> translator: the event that took place is a serious one and we can only regret it. turkey is currently providing all of the information to nato
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and whether turkey's air space, indeed, was entered into. but, we must prevent an escalation. that is extremely damageable. the only purpose is to fight against terrorism and daesh. this is what we must do. all of us. we, turkey, russia, and what just tookkplace, like barack said, means we mousse find a solution to the syrian crisis. we can see the richlhlsks. the risks of escalation. i'll be traveling to russia this week because we have this resotion of the security council and it does show that we must take action against daesh, against terrorism. that was lugs has been voted
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unanimously. in way that was the broadest possible coalition. then, i will ask president putin as i've done before when i told the russians a number of times already that the strikes must be against daesh. against terrorism. and those who are threatening us. they're threatening the russians, like ourselves, in europe. like france. that was tartgetete overhe past few days. we must coordinate ourselves. cooperate. on that basis, and make sure we're all acting against daesh and we're part of the political process. one that must lead to the solution.
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or are not. we know that there is a deadlock today. lastly, i mtioned in the "charles de gaulle" aircraft carrier. it's in the east of the mediterranean. there are russian forces and therefore agreed with president putin thaha we must share our intelligence so that we can act in coordination. we must not control it ourself. and it's already the case and we'll continue to do so. [ speaking french ] >> translator: mr. president, the americans have some special rces in syria. beyond words and what is happening, are you going send some special forces as well to syria? are you considering some ground intervention there? mr. president, b bond the ememion that we can feel here,
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beyond this beautiful statements, for more than a year, we have heard all of you saying that assad must go. a political transition is necessary. mr. president, can you today, here, in front of us, tell us a specific date, a deadline for assad to go? >> both of you. >> we're both presidents. >> i can communicate in english in needed. >> i upsnderstand. you said president. we got two presidents here. okay. >> translator: i will not provide you witita date. because it must be as soon as possible. that is one of the requirements for a solution.
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underline something. there is a new mind set now. the crisis in syria has been going on for four years. four years. there are probably more than 300,000 deaths. and this is not just relevant to the countries of the region, which are hosting the refugees. it's relevant to europe and the entire world now. with that issue of refugees. and those who believe that we could wait some more and that in any se, it w w far away. we now realize that we have an influx of refugees. but the terrorists, t tisk is everywhere, due to daesh. we therefore, must act.
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going to do, what more? we will intensify the strikes. taets. to make sure that daesh resources, their means, are cut off. including t t command centers. the trucks carrying oil. the training centers. where they prepare terror attacks. we will continue and will intensify our strikes. at the heart of the cities where are currently in the hands of daesh. france will not intervene militarily on the ground. itit is for the local sources and forces to do so. we've been supporting them for a number of months. we will continue to do so and they will do the jobn the ground. after we -- after our strikes,
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but france will -- take its responsibilities regarding that support, which is absolutely necessary. >> let me just make a couple of broader comments about the operations against isil. as was already indicated, we have taken thousands of strikes. taken thousands of isil fighters, including top commanders and leaders, o o the battlefield. we have squeezed their supply lines. we havempowered and armed local groups that are pushing against them, including most recently in sinjar. 're providing training and assistance to the iraqi government. as they prepare to retake places lycraike like ramadi, that have been overrun.
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how can we accelerate the success? before the tragedy in paris, i had gathered together my national security forces. it had been a year. to review where we made progress. what worked. what did not. and had put together a plan to accelerate and advance the pressure that we can place on isil. and, we intend to execute on those plans. we think there may be new openness on the party of other coalition members to help resource and provide additional sistance. both to the coalition as a whole and to local forces on the ground. with respect to mr. assad, i think we have to let the vienna ocess place itself f t. it's our besesopportunity. and so, the notion that there
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would be an immediate date inned a vaps-- in advance of us getting a broader political process. the details doesn't make sense. as soon we have a framework for political transition, potentially a new constitution, elections. i think it's in that context we can start looking at mr. assad choosing not to run and potentially seeing a new syria emerge. but it's going to be hard. and we should not be under any illusions. syria has broken down. it began to break down the moment that mr. assad started killing, deskrim gnatcriminately, his own people.
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isil was able to move in because of the rejection of syrians of the assad regime. and a power vacuum emerged. it will be a difficult, long, method call process to bring back together various factions within syria. to maintain a syrian state a a institutions. and, to create the kind of stability that allows people to start coming back in and rebuilding their lives. but it's possible. and -- the urgency that we have seen even before paris out of countries like russia, indicate that they recognize they can't be there too long. and ultimately win a military battle successfully. olivier knox. >> thank you.
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russia plane did, in fact, breach turkish air space. and given the fury of the russian response, how concerned are you that there might be a military component if not in turkey but with expanded action against interests in syria? >> translator: regarding the the measures you announced today when it comes to strengthening the cooperation on military intelligigce, had they been taken months or weeks ago, on do you think they would have prevented terror attacks i paris? >> we don't have all the information yet. so i don't wt to comment on the specifics. we will be gaeterring that information. we expect the turks to provide information. i'm sure the russians will have information. we'll be able to confirm what happened in part through our own intelligence and tracking of that border area.
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priority is g gng to be to ensure that this does not escalate. and, pefully, this is a moment in which all parties can step back and make a determination as to how their interests are best served. the russians had several hundred people off their own killed by isil. and -- the flowf foreign fighters out of russian areas into syria poses an enormous long-term threat to russia territory. so, there is a potential convergence of intereststs between the various parties. it requires us -- working with them to makehe kind of strategic shift that i i necessary. and frankly, that i've talked to
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it requires a recognition that the existing structure cannot gain the legitimacac to stop the war. until you stop the war, you're going to have a vacuum in which these types of organizations can operate. let me say one last thing because i tracked the question you posed to president hollande about what could or could not have been prented. all of our intelligence personnel, here in the united states, across the atlantic, work tirelessly, as i said earlier. to disrupt plots and prevent terrorist attacks. the vast majority of their successes in disrupting plots are not advertised. you never hear about them. but, were it not for the
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and law enforcementnd m mitary professionals, this would be a much more dangerous world. so -- you he to be careful about speculating about what if and couldand woulda in a situation like this. because it's hard. you have eight individuals with light weapons. thth's a hard thing to track. what is true, though, is that we can do a better job i think kroord coordinating between countries. i have been talking to our european partners for some time now about the need for better intelligence sharing. passenger name recocos. working to ensure that when people enter into europe, particularly now, that the
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borders is shared on a timely basis. and you have biometric information and other technologies that can make itt more accurate. it doesn't mean it's always going to be 100% full proof. but we can do better on those fronts. and, one of th the challenens has been frankly, in the past several years, that you have different legal traditions. concerns about privacy and civil libertrts, all of which are entirely legitimate. i don't think those can be ignored now. because that's part of the -- those are part of the values that we -- that make us who we are and that we have to adhere to. but i do think that this is a reminder that this is a dangerous world.
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of terrorist groups, who maintain good operational security and are using modern technologies in ways that are hard to track, that's a tough job. and we're all going to have to pool our resources much more effectively together than we have in the past. and i think when francois goes back to europe, his leadership, the leadership o o other presidents and prime ministers around this issue is going to be as important as anything that we do. >> translator: allow me to go back to what dae truly is. it is somehow an organization, a terrorist group, occupying a
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killing and they want to install rulele that dishonor humanity. this is what daesh is doing there. this is what they're trying to do in other countries. everywhere everywhere. and then we have to deal with the number of networks. more or less organized in a number of countries that are being used to lead terror attacks, like was the case pre precisely in paris. we know that this -- direct plan was prepared in syria. and then organized in a number of countries.
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given that some of the terrorists are french. those who committed the acts of war. so if we want to tackle rrorism, we must act not onlnl to destroy daesh, where they are, in syria, in i raq. but w must also smantle and destroy tir networks. how can we proceed? well, first of all, militarily. by intensifying our strikes. taking back these territories. thanks to the local forces on the ground, which we can support. by finding political solution in sysya. by making sure that the territorial integrity is maintained. then, when it comes to protection measures, to protect
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our territory and our people, this is what i announced in france and this is what we videohave to do to eradicate these net works and accomplices. some of them just arrived. others have been there for a long time. and they are not necessarily identified as a threat. it is therefore necessary that we strengthen yet further our cooperation in terms of ininlligence. the paris attacks generated a lot of emotion. but that's not enough. compassion, solidarity, and i take note of it. but we must act. and -- for a number of days now, i have been trying to convince convincing othth countries that can act to do so.
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he announced that he would take a number of measures to his parliament that is important. today, i'm here with barack so that we can act with greater intensity and coherence as well. tomorrow, i will be hosting german chancellor angela merkel. so that european countries cluding germany can face up to their responsibilities, including in terms of military -- intelligence and police cooperation and maybe more.. i will travel to moscow so that russia can take action against daesh and then -- i will receive the head of the italian government.
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to talk to all of the european leaders, given that the european council with turkey will be held on sunday. so, it is all of at the that must get together. and enable us to implement coordination. cooperation in our action so that we can act on the sosoce, daesh, a a the n nworks t tt day can use. it is that strength that will enable us to succeed. a question.. bothf you today havav talked about coordination, cooperation against daesh. does it mean that the single co-likes which you mentioned last week, president hollande is gone? that sit inconceivable to have the russians and americans to work together under a single command? and then, bah sha al assad, you said youould not put a
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date on his departure. does that mean his departure is not a reprerequisite? >> translator: i believe that the resolution approved by all of the security council enables us to say that now, the entire world is committed to fighting against daesh. then, and this is what i will check when i travel to moscow, we need one single goal. that is to tackle terrorism. and fight against daesh. militarily. and i believe that we can have some further cooperation and coordination militarily to do more. at the same time, we have to be clear when it comes to the politicallsolution. the one that will enable us to
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find -- and we suspect, like we have said, we can repeatit, bashar al assad cannot be the future of syria. in vienna, we are working with all of the cotries. etch though they do not necessarily have the same -- turkey, iran, the united states, france. and of course, all of those who aree meanto find a solution. we must work on that transition. a transition whereashar al assad plays no role. because he's been the problem. so he cannot be the solution. >> just to comment very quickly. we've got a coalition. of 65 countries. who have been active. in pushing back against isil for quite some time. perhaps the
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france has been a central part of that coalition. as have european countries. arab countries. countries as far flung as australia and countries in southeast asia are part of that coalition. russia right now is a coalition of two. iran and russia. supporting assad. given russia's military capabilities and given the influence they have on theassad regime regime, them koorpcooperating would be enormously helpful in bringing about the resolution of the war in syria and allow us all to refocus our attention on isil.
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remember that you've got a global coalition organized. russia is the outlier. we hope that they refocus their attention on what is the most substantial threat. and thaha they serve as a constructive partner. and if and when they do, it will make it eier for us to go after isil and daesh. though i thinknk it is important to recognize that -- the kinds of air strikes that they're carrying out, like the ones we're carrying out, in and of themselves are not sufficient. the work we do to bolster local fighting forces, the cutting off of supply lines, financing, oil, reducing the flow of foreign fighters. the intelligence work thateeds to be done, all that is
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something that we're doing now and that they can supplement. but, that's going to be a procs that involves hard, methodical work. it's not going to be something that happens just because suddenly we take a few more air strikes. and that's the kind of hard work that france is prepared to do. the united states is prepared to do. and, perhaps in the future, russia will bebes well. okay? thank you very much, everybody. >> president obama and the french president w wpping up their press conference in the east room of the white house. saying they stand together, the united states and france stand together in this war against isil orr daesh. the words both presidents used. some of the toughest rhetoric yet.
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