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tonight, breaking news, now three separate threats to america from isis. washington, d.c., the white house, even new york's times square pictured in the background. and tonight here, the rare move late today. the fbi, the attorney general, the nypd all responding. and the three people with suspected terrorists ties who flew into the u.s. where did they land and are u.s. authorities tracking them? also tonight, our interview. inside the moment of terror. the gunman opening fire on a cafe, people diving for cover. some running to the basement, others frozen on the floor. tonight, you will hear what it's like to have to decide what to do in that moment. tonight, authorities say the ringleader of the paris attacks was, in fact, killed by s.w.a.t. teams. and now, the woman who blew herself up. we know who she was and what she said right before she detonated the vest.
and the refugee backlash back home. the new war of words tonight, and the presidential candidate who compared some refugees to rabid dogs. good evening from paris tonight. and we begin with the new threat. the new message from isis aimed at the united states. three messages now in a matter of days. the newest one, promising an attack on the white house. isis fighters saying, quote, the white house will turn black with our fire. it comes after the threat against new york, the video showing images of times square in the background. and the third message, right after the paris attacks, praising the attacks here and threatening washington, d.c. would be next. and late today, a meeting, the fbi, the attorney general and our reporter was in the room. the nypd also responding tonight. so, how prepared is the u.s. to
protect against any potential plots back home? abc's tom llamas, leading us off tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the isis threat here at home taking an alarming turn. three separate terrorists videos threatening the u.s. in as many days. the newest promising to turn the white house black with fire. the fbi and attorney general speaking out today in a rare joint appearance. >> we are operating around the clock to uncover and disrupt any plot. >> reporter: the concern? a paris copy-cat attack here in the u.s. the feds now monitoring dozens of high risk radicals consuming isis propaganda. isis also warning of an impending attack in new york city in this video, showing a suicide bomber gearing up for jihad, as shots of times square and herald square flash onscreen. the nypd claiming the video of landmarks is old and there's no specific plot. >> no city in america that is better prepared to defend and protect against a terrorist attack. >> reporter: patrols already stepped up in the wake of the paris attacks. the nypd says they have 1,500
counterterrorism officers. mayor, what would you tell americans who heard about this isis video showing times square and are now scared to come to new york city? >> don't let the terrorists win. don't be intimidated by terrorists who are trying to change our way of life. >> reporter: right now, there are terror investigations in all 50 states. more than 900 total. it's a daunting task for law enforcement. when they do find a borderline suspect, federal officials tell abc news, round the clock surveillance on that suspect takes at least 30 agents. all of this while isis pumps out 90,000 social media messages a day. the fbi saying now is not a time to fear, but to be vigilant. and david, to reiterate the point that there's no specific plot against new york city, sources tell abc news that as of yet, the nypd has not changed their security plans for the thanksgiving day parade or the new year's eve celebration here in times square. david? >> tom llamas leading us off from new york tonight. tom, thank you. i want to bring in abc senior justice correspondent
pierre thomas now, who spoke with the fbi director late this aft afternoon. and as we just heard, pierre, dozens of people with suspected terror ties believed to be in the u.s. right now. what did the fbi director tell you? do u.s. authorities know where they are? >> reporter: yes, david, they know who they are and where they are. the fbi director told me the bureau has identified suspected isis supporters here in the u.s. who are thought to be high risk for copy-cat attacks, mimicking what took place in france. he said the suspects radicalized by social media are being covered like a blanket right now. david? >> pierre thomas in the room with the fbi director today. pierre, thank you. meanwhile tonight, right here in paris, we have two major developments for you. new images of that massive raid. s.w.a.t. teams moving in, screaming to residents, "go back inside." we have now learned the mastermind was, in fact, killed in that raid, and tonight, the identity, as well, of the female suicide bomber. and what she yelled to s.w.a.t. teams before she set off that vest. also here, our first interview
with someone inside this cafe, that video from the daily mail. 40 seconds of terror. how do you decide whether to run or stay frozen on the floor? and when you see this tonight, it is extraordinary to think everyone survived in this one cafe. tonight, a closer look at the most revealing images yet of the horrifying moments as the terror attacks are about to be unleashed. diners at the tables. waiters behind the bar. just after 9:30 p.m., suddenly, bullets from an attacker's assault rifle spray the casa nostra cafe. this video obtained by the daily mail. one waiter racing downstairs to the basement. in that split-second moment, when they have to decide what to do, stay, run, where to go. another person running up the stairs. this woman in the coat running into the restaurant. another man right behind her. the woman runs behind the bar, cradling her wrist. she'd been hit outside. a waitress protectively covering the woman's head. that waitress peeking out, then coming back, seeing the gunman
still outside. she inches back, the two women holding one another. moments later, the waitress takes another look. they decide to make a run for it, joining others in the basement. another camera shows diners diving under tables as it all unfolds. racing to hide themselves as the gunman, circled in red there, walks slowly, just outside the windows. you see him shooting from his hip, more than 30 bullets fired. he then disappears from sight for a moment, then re-emerges, spotting a diner crouching in fear under her table outside. he moves in to shoot, pointing the assault rifle down at point-blank range. but something happens. his gun appears to jam. he races to that black car on the street. and then you can see the moment they realize that everyone in this restaurant would survive. first, one woman rises and runs. then another. all playing out in less than 40 seconds. a man comes inside and it appears he tells everyone the shooter has left, it's okay. and tonight, we hear for the
first time from the man who was seen running up those stairs, saying the gunman was just six feet away from him when he opened fire. the memory, still raw. >> it was full of bullets, full of glass and of course -- full of despair. >> reporter: in the video, you can actually see the bar here that workers were on the floor hiding behind. some of them then ran down into the basement to survive this whole thing. and if you come around to the front of the restaurant, the cafe, you can actually see that the front door, the window there, just completely riddled with bullets. a memorial is now growing out front. in front of this chair, a simple question. why? and this young father, who strolls past this restaurant almost daily with his 5-month-old baby, watching the video with us. and when you see him in that window? >> scary. i saw a woman fleeing and there was another one who just dived
at the right moment. it could have been me who just happened to go there. >> reporter: and this evening, a clearer portrait of the s.w.a.t. team takedown. the seven-hour raid. this new video emerging as they close in on that third floor apartment, out to catch the mastermind. authorities yelling to neighbors to go back into their homes. red laser scopes trained on the apartment. then, the explosion. the suicide vest detonated. authorities now say the man who coordinated and planned the multiple terror attacks in paris is dead. a french prosecutor saying abdelhamid abaaoud was identified using his fingerprints. because his body was found, quote, "riddled with impacts," gunshots and grenades used as they stormed through that reinforced door. authorities now know that abaaoud, from belgium, was able to go to syria, recruit for isis, plan with isis and come back to europe, to paris, to stage this major attack. french authorities say it was clear from the raid, they had the weaponry, the planning and the will to carry out more attacks.
cell phone conversations and witness accounts had placed abaaoud in this neighborhood. but when s.w.a.t. teams arrived, they would find someone else. the woman who would blow herself up. tonight, abc news now confirming the woman was abaaoud's cousin, hasna ait boulahcen, who shouted to the s.w.a.t. teams before detonating that suicide vest. and tonight, we're learning what she said to that s.w.a.t. team, the young woman, the cousin of the ringleader. this evening, the audio, and police asking her, where is your boyfriend? she responds, he's not my boyfriend, and moments later, a loud explosion. abc's matt gutman also here in paris tonight. >> reporter: that blast spitting flame and debris from the fourth story. french authorities say detonating that bomb, 26-year-old hasna ait boulahcen, who became europe's first female suicide bomber. she'd holed up there on the fourth floor with her cousin,
the man french authorities call the mastermind behind friday's attacks. tonight, police raiding her mother's home in this gritty suburb north of paris. that's her mother and brother bundled into a cruiser. but yesterday, moments before that blast, in this audio obtained by abc news, you can hear s.w.a.t. teams screaming at a woman to get her hands in the air. moments later, she would detonate that suicide vest. acquaintances in this gritty working class neighborhood, david, told us that before she became radicalized, she would wear tight western clothing, was not at all devout and had even earned the nickname cowboy hat for the type of hat she liked to wear. david? >> matt gutman here in paris tonight. matt, thanks. tonight, french authorities with an admission. they had no idea the mastermind was even here in europe. the same fear back in the u.s., that someone can leave, go to syria and come back with no problem with their passport.
that suspected ringleader traveling between syria and europe virtually undetected. and tonight, that concern at home. reports at least three people with suspected terror ties recently flew to america. so, where did they land, where did they go and do u.s. authorities know where they are tonight? abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross now. >> reporter: he was arrogant and cruel. in one of the many isis propaganda videos in which he is featured, a grinning 27-year-old abdelhamid abaaoud boasted of how much fun it was to drag prisoners behind his pickup truck instead of jet skis or motorcycles. his ugly bravado made abaaoud well-known to u.s. and european intelligence agencies, on terror watch list s everywhere. yet authorities now concede, they did not know that abaaoud was able to travel undetected over the last year in and out of syria, all across europe, to set in motion at least four different plots. until three days ago, they thought he was still in syria.
and at least six others in his hand-picked paris attack team also reportedly traveled to syria and back undetected. >> when they cross at the border points, eu passport holders are not always checked very carefully. >> reporter: today, the belgian prime minister proposed ankle bracelets for all suspected terrorists. and france said it would increase security at its basically nonexistent borders. >> those are just lines in the ground that people can drive, walk or take a train across. >> reporter: u.s. officials say coming to america undetected would be much more difficult still, a confidential fbi bulletin obtained by abc news reports that three men with suspected terror ties came into the u.s. from france in just the last 90 days, landing at los angeles, atlanta and new york. tonight, the fbi says all three men are known to them and pose no current threat, david. >> brian ross with us again tonight from new york. brian, thank you. we now turn here to the massive air power.
french president hollande giving his defense council the order for, quote, intensification of air strikes on isis targets in syria and iraq. meanwhile tonight, u.s. defense secretary ash carter revealing the u.s. is prepared to change the rules of engagement, adding, quote, we have to defeat isis, we will defeat isis. so, does this mean a change in strategy for u.s. air strikes is coming? will we see more fire power? abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz in iraq tonight, taking us not far from where isis is. >> reporter: the more than 8,000 u.s.-led air strikes launched in syria and iraq have been under those strict rules of engagement. but what would possibly loosening those rules mean? tonight, in a location here in iraq we were asked not to reveal, we had a rare meeting with american military personnel coordinating those strikes. the aim is for zero collateral damage, meaning civilians or friendly forces. but in the past week, the u.s.
has stepped up attacks on isis' oil infrastructure, a vital source of revenue, with the goal of shutting it down completely. we also traveled to kirkuk today, where isis has been pushed back in some spots. just over there, that berm is the first line of defense, because just beyond that, all of those are isis-controlled villages. the kurdish forces say they need more weapons. this is one of the terrible ironies of this war. all of these bullet-riddled humvees are american humvees given to iraqi security forces when we left, then stolen by isis. kurdish forces have managed to get some of them back. and it's not just more american fire power the kurds want. the kurdish forces also said they would welcome more american troops. the defense secretary said that the pentagon is prepared for
that possibility, but he's not talking about combat troops. david? >> martha raddatz reporting in from iraq tonight. martha, thank you. up next on "world news tonight" from paris, the refugee backlash back in america. the new war of words tonight. the presidential candidate who seemed to compare some refugees to rabid dogs. and the growing list of governors tonight who say, you can't come here. we want to know what you think, right after the break. also, look at this tonight. the helicopter accident. the chopper spinning out of control on the runway. and a symbol of french resilience and pride. the celebration that has people all across france raising a glass tonight.
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and finally tonight, raising a glass in defiance. it happens once a year here. but this year, they debated whether to do it. the wine makers in those red jackets, driving proudly through paris with their beaujolais nouveau. they say this year's harvest is the best in decades. it was a hot summer, producing the perfect grape. but tonight, they say that's not what makes this vintage so special. as they drove through the paris streets today, people were cheering them on. >> it reminded me of the images on television of the french liberation, the paris liberation in 1945. french flags on the cars. we were proud. >> reporter: they were determined to continue with the tradition despite the terror attacks here. proving that terrorists cannot change the way of life here. let's hear it. now that's the sound of paris. at the bar, they consider this a triumph. >> the bar is here since 1883. >> reporter: this bar? >> yes, this bar. not me. this bar. >> reporter: they say life must go on.
>> it's our life, the restaurants, the cafes, the bars. >> reporter: and finally, a toast to the people of paris. to paris. >> to paris. >> to paris. thank you for watching here on a thursday night. and on this heavy news week. i'm david muir. we hope to finish the week with you right back here tomorrow night. good night. >>. i didn't realize how personal it would feel. >> the man helped foil the
french attacks is talking only with abc7 news about the terrorist attacks in paris and the death of the man who planned it. also, students are paying tribute to those who lost lives there. is the bay area in the clear? test results on the toxic algae bloom that stalled crab season. plus... reaction from local fisherman about the fda's approval of genetically modified salmon the worry you won't know when you're eating them. >> just says attacks on friday bring it back for me. i feel like the person with a connection to the people of france. >> the french hero reacts to the attacks in paris, and the suspected architect of those
attacked helped plan the attack he helped thwart. >> the suspected architect of the attack died yesterday. police say he is linked to other plots, including the one foiled by these three california men. they put themselves in danger to stop killers on that train in august. we're live outside sacramento now, speaking with anthony saddler today. >> reporter: he tells me he's been struck by how personally the husband has been hitting him. at 23, he says he never imagined he'd be in the place he is now, but he says it feels as if it was meant to be. anthony is spending time with his 5-year-old niece. >> it took the attacks that happened on