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many thanks for tuning in. good morning, america. breaking news, paris under attack. a night of terror and carnage, armed gunmen and suicide bombers launch a synchronized attack the city. >> we immediately heard really loud gunshots. everybody dropped to the floor. >> at least 120 killed. most of them hostages slaughtered at a concert hall where an american band was playing. >> it was a mass execution. >> people run for their lives. a bomb blast rocks a soccer stadium where the french president was watching the game, isis claims responsibility. france in a state of emergency. the military mobilized.
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borders closed. the city of lights under siege. >> this is an attack on all of humanity. >> president obama offering our support standing with the french as security is stepped up in cities all across america on alert at stadiums across the country. a special edition of "good morning america" starts now. and good morning, america. our hearts and minds with paris this morning, a city under siege. after a night of unimaginable terror and there you see the scenes. people running out of that concert hall after it was besieged by attackers with suicide vests and kalashnikov machine guns. police in the street ss. so many terrorized by those attackers yesterday. >> and you are looking at the streets of paris this morning, all of france is in a state of emergency right now. the second major terror attack there this year and yesterday it was the deadliest day in france since world war ii. now, isis is claiming responsibility.
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this morning, the french president, francois hollande, calling it an act of war by a terrorist army saying france will defeat isis and will triumph from this savagery. >> the terrorists hit six separate locations, you see them there, including that stadium where the explosions were heart, the bataclan theatre where the hostages were held and four restaurants and 127 people dead. that number likely to climb. many more injured. eight terrorists killed. seven of them by suicide vests, and we learned a syrian passport was found on the body of one of the attackers. >> matt gutman is on the scene for us and starts us off. good morning, matt. >> reporter: hey, good morning, paul l.a. want to give you a sense of the chaos on this street. right off the site of that most heinous of those six attacks you can probably see that tour bus right there, the black tour bus, that belonged to the eagles of death metal, now, that was where the theater was and after the siege went in and our team heard about 12 explosions, gunfire and then people started to be lowered by rescuers, the dead,
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the wounded from the second floor to the ground floor. a makeshift hospital was set up at a cafe nearby and as that was happening people were running down this very street blood smearing their clothes panicked looking for some sort of help. terrified fans fleeing the bataclan concert hall. bystanders rushing to help the badly injured, carrying some by their airports and legs. others dropping from balconies. the most devastating of the night's sixth nearly simultaneous attacks a small venue one of the most popular parts of the city. inside a reportedly sold out crowd who came to see the american rock band eagles of death metal. the drummer's brother saying the band was only six songs into their set when gunfire erupted. >> it was so loud, it was louder than the band and they all hit
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the stage floor and as we got up to try to evacuate, they saw men with machine guns just shooting anything and everything. >> reporter: shortly before 9:00 p.m., four heavily armed gunmen opened fire outside the venue shooting at random. >> i saw people starting to panic. people were running away. >> reporter: minutes later at the assailants stormed the theater. according to survivors, firing their ak-47s nonstop for a period of 10 to 15 minutes stopping only to reload their weapons. inside, others finding places to hide. witnesses report hearing the gunmen shout allahu akbar. police say more than 100 trapped as hostages for three hours. shortly after midnight armed officers storming the concert hall. amid the incredible loss of life, rescuers helping 40 people to safety before attackers among the dead inside the theater. three of them killed by their own suicide belts.
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three explosions ringing out match. >> the crowd started moving. everyone started panicking. it was impossible to leave. the trains were blocked. people everywhere. it's very stressful. >> reporter: like the other targets across the city, not a state building or pop hour tourist destination but bars and restaurants. this one a cambodian restaurant, next door, le carillon. >> i see police with guns huddled behind vans and then dozens of firefighters swarmg the scene blocking off the roads. >> reporter: casual friday evenings, people enjoying nights with family and friends turning to what would become a horrific scene. >> i realize she wasn't breathing. it was really awful, really awful. >> reporter: in a city known for its low-key security response, this area was crawling with actual military troops and the medical response to this disaster last night was unprecedented. paul and george.
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let's bring in brian ross. now you found that passport. >> an important clue, a syrian passport found on the body of one of the attackers. >> and, brian, right now, they think they've gotten all eight of thing thatters. that's what the french police say but they have a huge search going on for possible accomplices. >> there certainly were aecom polices. who provided them with the weapon s weapons, the vehicles. >> one big question, was this something inspired by isis and coordinated all inside france or was there outside direction? >> the french president alleges it was coordinated outside. s of it planned outside and these attackers were sent in. they chose the site because the game between france and germany represented their enemyies and the rock band was a party of perversity. >> this appears to the third major attack by isis in just the
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last two weeks. >> that's right. there was the bombing of the russian jet, the bombs in beirut and this, a wave of terror. isis claimed responsibility for all three attacks. >> moments ago i spoke with a witness inside that bataclan theatre. >> ginny, thanks for joining us. balcony inside that concert hall. >> yeah, i was in the venue. >> what happened? i don't know what to say. i was there. we heard shots right -- we were in the middle of the concert, you know, the band was playing. it was great, there was a good atmosphere, we were having fun mentioned before, i didn't believe it at first. i thought it was a joke. i thought, what's going on because i didn't see the shots. i just heard them and having never been under attack in my
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think it was actually real gunshots and then all of a sudden people started screaming and that's when we realized with my two friends that we had to get out and we started ducking, you know, hiding behind the seats and getting down and luckily near to where we were, there was a safety exit and we managed to get into the staircase of that safety exit. we were there for about 30 seconds to a minute before opening the doors because i think they were outside in the streets when we got out and then the doors opened and somebody said it's safe. we can get out and we all ran and it was -- >> before you got out what could you see of what was happening? >> yeah, that's the thing. because they started downstairs, obviously because, you know, they came in -- i think they came in with -- they ran a car into the entrance, i'm not sure, i think i heard that. they started shooting downstairs so i didn't see -- i didn't see the people shooting. i didn't see the, you know, the kind of fire that the kalashnikovs gives off,
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i suppose. i don't know. all i heard was a shooting but it was like continuous shooting it was like bang, bang, bang. >> how long did it go on? >> it went on for awhile. they were just shooting. they just didn't stop. obviously, you know, they just wanted to kill as many people as possible. >> it must have been so horrifying. >> it was -- yeah, it's horrible. i was very chilled last night. i mean, i had loads of alcohol. i'm a bit less chilled today. i feel -- i swoek up this morning feeling, yeah, my -- you know, i felt i was -- yeah, i feel quite horrible. i don't know. i'm trying to keep it all together because i think i won't stop so i'm trying to maintain a cool attitude but i feel very distressed because i knew people there, some of the people shot, not people i know personally but people of people who know -- i mean, just various acquaintances. it's just sad that this would happen in a place where people music, you know, it's just --
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it's depressing. >> and what's it like in paris this morning? >> i don't know. i haven't been out yet. i'm going to go out later because i want to join my family in burgundy so i should be getting a train hopefully, being. we'll see, but i haven't been out yet so i don't know what the atmosphere is like in paris. i don't think it's very rosy and happy. i think people are staying indoors. >> i imagine so. ginny watson, thanks so much for your time. >> thank you. >> so much horror to absorb right there. >> they're just faced with such a devastating reality today, george. a terrifying night for the city of paris. this morning, they're waking up in shock and people are watching all over the world. we spoke with several other survivors besides ginny who witnessed that carnage. >> we were walking and we heard a handful of gunshots. >> we heard a bunch of gunshots. then there was kind of a pause and there were a few more. >> and police crouched behind like the doorways and trees. >> i don't think anybody really
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understood what was going on. >> you could hear the gunshots again and again, and we waited for the terrorists to reload again their weapons. >> we turn around and ran for our lives. >> there was lines of ambulances and ambulances running by. >> somebody saw a body lying in the street. >> i saw a couple of people wounded. i saw this one girl with a wound in her thigh. >> so, everybody at that point lying on the floor to escape the bullets. >> and we just stood there in silence. >> i pray for the victims and for the families. most of them died meters away from me. some of them on me. so i pray for them. >> somber words there and abc's terry moran is on the streets there.
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indoor, correct? >> reporter: that is true, paula and, in fact, a word that comes to mind here in paris is a word you never associate with this city, subdued. traffic is like many people have stayed inside. it seems. those who are out are speaking in quiet tones and even it seems not running and hustling around. this is a city as you have heard in shock and here on what -- on any given is one of the brightest and liveliest of the streets of paris there are pools of blood, dried blood on this street and the memorials have already begun. in the middle of all this, parisians nevertheless have a sense this is a grim expectation that has been fulfilled. the attacks on "charlie hebdo" and elsewhere earlier this year set this city on edge waiting for the next blow to fall. it has in the most horrible fashion. and yet in the middle of all of it, they are pulling together. there was that movement last
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night online to open the doors, your own doors of your homes to people who needed to stay who couldn't get across town given the chaos here and even here on this street. a little bit earlier a man brought out a piano and started playing just to try to calm the nerves and the situation, bring a note of beauty and peace to this scene of carnage, george. >> okay, terry, thanks very much. as you said second major attack in the last ten month, want to bring in our chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz. we heard the french president this morning blame isis, declare war. >> reporter: he did. he said this was an act of war and when faced with war, the country must take appropriate decisions. it was a reminder when bush said we will have a global war on terror shortly after 9/11 so you have to wonder what the approach of the french will be. will they approach this militarily or from a law enforcement angle?
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right now the french had been conducting air strikes in syria, them. will they do more? will the u.s. do more? the response is what we are truly watching today. >> the french president seemed to reach a conclusion this was directed and prepared overseas. >> yeah, he made that 125i789 too as well, planned from outside with outside complicity establish. so, who planned this? are they in syria? are they in iraq? we have al baghdadi in iraq in mosul that city he has held well over a year and fallujah there, as well, so there are definitely heads of isis but whether they were involved in this, we just don't know. we have eight individuals, sort of a pack of lone wolves perhaps or there was some sort of command and control. someone from outside and the french clearly think that at this point or i don't think the president would have said this. that it's somehow outside is somehow coordinating and telling
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>> what we do know, martha, isis has been gaining strength, strongholds in syria, strongholds in iraq. you were recently in afghanistan. isis gaping strength there, as well. >> huge escalation across the region and beyond in afghanistan, the commander there told me isis has become a real problem there. they've seen them pop up around the country, whether they're just inspired, whether they want to be part of that hideous team of isis and think they're winners, that's a question they're asking themself, as well. but iraq, as well. i mean, i was over there in january of 2014 and the ambassador there then was so concerned about isis and six months later they moved in and they took the city of mosul and still hold that today. >> thanks very much. let's go to the white house, jon karl is there and, jon karl, we saw the president come out shortly after the attacks and say we would do whatever it takes to help our oldest ally. >> reporter: absolutely and all
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of the-- although the president wouldn't say who was responsible, even today the united states, white house not ready to say they believe it was isis but clearly believe it was a terrorist attack and you heard from the president, a strong statement of solidarity with the french people. >> this is an attack not just on terrorists, it's an attack not just on the people of france, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share. those who think that they can terrorize the people of france or the values that they stand for are wrong. >> and after that statement, jon, the president was able to seek with the president president hollande and now the president heading overseas to deal with this issue of isis. >> reporter: that's right. first stop on that trip will be turkey where he is meeting at the g-20 with other european leaders. president hollande was supposed to be there. that meeting will go on without president hollande but the topic, number one topic was how to deal with the battle against
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isis and in the statement from the president and in what we are hearing from administration officials since that statement, you hear resolve to help the french not just with the investigation and the aftermath of this attack but clearly the implication here is that the united states will help in going after whoever was responsible for this attack. >> okay, jon karl, thanks very much. so many folks here at home on egg, security is being ramped up especially at sports arenas and stadiums. lots of college football games will be played across the country today and nfl stadiums will be filled and dan is in times square with that part of the story. hi, dan. >> reporter: paula and george, good morning to both of you. cities across the country are boosting security in the wake of that horror over in paris including this city, america's largest metropolis. a place that knows terrorism all too well, new york city. here in new york, the nypd deploying extra personnel and its counterterrorism unit. critical response teams ready in
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>> not only will you see an increased uniformed presence with police officers with heavy weapons, there's also we work with our federal partners, the fbi and the joint terrorism task force. >> reporter: with one of the targets in paris being a packed stadium, sporting venues across america will be enhancing security today. in los angeles, the famous rose bowl increasing its staffing and asking fans to leave their bags at home. the nba and nhl putting its teams on high alert. but the nfl saying it actually won't be changing protocols as sunday's games approach. the league spokesman saying, "security at our games is always at a heightened state of alert" adding "all nfl stadiums are detectors." nuisance. this is the world we live in now and if you have to take precautions, if you have to go through screening, that's just >> reporter: with the attackers in paris hitting so many so-called soft targets like a restaurant and concert hall, the nypd and fbi will be working to
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keep popular areas around this city safe. you can expect heightened security at tourist attractions and on public transit. >> the tragic events in paris we established a counterterrorism overlay. what that is, it's heavy weapons service officers. they go to high-profile and sensitive locations throughout the city. >> reporter: it is important to note, very important to note that the department of homeland security is urging americans not to panic. issuing a statement in which they say, "we know of no specific or credible threats of an attack on the u.s. homeland of the type that occurred in paris." paula, over to you. >> very important note, dan, thank you. authorities in the u.s. are closely monitoring the situation in paris. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas is in washington. and, pierre, here in the u.s., we've been just as active in tracking down potential terror attack, haven't we? >> reporter: yes, paula, the fbi has dozens of investigations
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many surround suspected isis sympathizers and found a specific pool they've reached through social media. in the last year alone more than 70 americans have been arrested for somehow trying to support isis, some accused of trying to join isis, others arrested for plotting attacks here at home. most are young. most are men. but there have been some women and even teenagers have been arrested too, paula. >> in terms of different shakeniateing style is there a between here and in paris? >> they've been aggressive in monitoring radical websites and social media. one tactic not often utilized in europe stings where fbi agents pose as terrorists and officials have been extremely aggressive by stopping americans from going to syria in the first place. >> pierre has been reporting for months they are accepting out trying to recruit 90,000 messages on social media every single day. >> pore from paris ahead but a quick check of the weather from ron.
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>> a lot of rivers outside seattle are flooding with a storm system impact there. there's the atmospheric river bringing more rain into the area and snow levels dropping as this thanks, rob, amy frieze here with the accuweather forecast. just shy of 50 degrees as temperatures meet up with the winds, it will feel colder. by tomorrow, we have a more mild air mass and that's going to make for a more pleasant situation heading into the second half of the weekend. we'll go from a high of 49 today to temperatures in the upper 50s for tomorrow. less of a chill as well for the second half of the weekend and we're back to mild on monday with 64 degrees. seasonal sunshine, 60 on tuesday. have a great weekend. >> that is the latest on weather. back to you. >> rob, thanks very much. more from paris coming up. as we look at images from paris and around the world last night. this morning, people standing
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this is breaking news from channel 7 eyewitness news. good morning, it's 8:27 on this saturday, november 14. topping headlines at this hour, we now know isis claimed responsibility for attacks in people. the claim was made in a
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and circulated by supporters of the group. french president, francois hollande blamed the attacks on the isis group calling it quote, an act of war. this morning he vowed to strike back. it was an emotional night for travelers at jfk arriving from paris who learned of the massacre only after they stepped off their planes. no announcements were made during their flights. american airlines held departures before allowing them to take off.
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and welcome back to "good morning america." there you see some chilling new video out this morning from paris. people coming out of that theater, the bataclan theatre where there had been a hostage situation. one of six sites attacked in the heart of the french capital. >> and this is that explosion at the soccer stadium. you can hear it. at least 127 people killed. we're hearing that hundreds more wounded in the second major tv attack inside paris this year. isis has claimed responsibility. this morning we're learning that a syrian passport was found on one of the eight terrorists and, george, this is the third major attack isis has claimed responsibility for in just the last couple of weeks. >> and the french president hollande this morning declaring war on isis as paula said, i'm george stephanopoulos here with paula faris for a special
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paris under attack and, paula, this is an entire country right now in a state of emergency. >> terrifying images all across and abc's matt gutman is on the scene of one of those attacks in paris. good morning, matt. >> reporter: hey, good morning, paula. we have breaking news right now. we are learning americans were in fact injured and at least one of these attack we're not sure where, it could possibly be in that theater behind me that was packed with up to 1500 people when the terrorists stormed it, that was part of a group of eight suicide attackers essentially wearing suicide vets, armed with ak-47s and grenades attacking six separate locations in a perfectly coordinated attack. one was near the stadium of france, the other was in a very, very busy restaurant district attacking people just having dinner and, of course, the other was right here at that theater where the band eagles of death metal was having a concert. people taken hostage there. at least 80 dead in that site
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right behind me and what a horrific thing it must have been, there are still dried blood in the streets around memorials here, a makeshift hospital was set up right behind me and hundreds and dozens of people were lowered down from the second floor. now, french authorities are still trying to find those responsible saying that there are likely accomplices out there. somehow they have mobilized 1500 additional troops fanning out across this city and the country and for the first time in years here in france, we are told that curfews might actually be happening. french people are told to stay off the streets as much as possible right now. george. >> okay, matt, thanks very much. let's bring in brian ross and, brian, we just heard matt say the search for accomplices right now, the french police believe they got all eht attackers but it could have been a huge network. >> absolutely and they believe it was planned from the outside that was carried inside france with people who are likely french. >> that's some conclusion already reached by president hollande.
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it is isis and he's declaring war. >> exactly squarely fingering isis as responsible and isis in the last few hours issued statements of responsibility in arabic, in french, in russian and in english, their social media propaganda going full team. in this case they have specifics and say we're part of the operation. they identified eight brothers and they talk about the targets they chose, the game, the soccer game because it was their enemy, france and germany and the rock concert, they called that a party of perversity and say this is only the beginning of the storm. >> it's not even the beginning as paula just said. this is now the third attack in just the last couple of week. >> that's right. the alleged bombing of the russian jetliner in egypt, the bombing in beirut and now this in each case isis has claimed responsibility. >> okay, brian ross, thanks very much. we want to go now to an eyewitness who is on the scene
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and we're now joined by paris about imene ahmed who was an eyewitness. eyemene, thank you for joining us. you were near the stadium. what exactly did you see. >> people were running everywhere, running away and they were like, okay, we need to move. we need to hide. i just take the hand of my mom in the kitchen behind the wall. just everywhere just hiding. >> did you see the shooters? >> everyone was just afraid and crying. no, i haven't seen them. i was just afraid and running away with everyone. we just heard the shooting but we were close enough to hear the shooting and the bombing. >> how long did the shooting and becoming go on? what exactly did you hear? >> we heard the bombing for the first time, it was like 30 seconds, the second time it was probably ten minutes. and we were just waiting and hearing the shooting and everyone were just screaming everywhere and crying and people were just like, okay, we're going to die, we were going to die. it was like, okay, don't worry, we are not going to die today.
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the attack is in the bataclan. we are not there. don't worry, everything is going to be okay and we were just waiting and the police came. they were knocking on the windows and saying, just stay on the floor, stay on the floor, don't move. don't move then three bops explode and this is the terrorist that killed himself like that and the walls were just shaking. we were like, okay, we're going to die with these walls seriously and we were just waiting till the end. >> this bar was right next door to the bataclan concert hall where the suicide bombers were holding the hostages, so how long were you under that table as you waited for the police to go in? >> we were in the bar -- the place came very, very quick. it was very fast so i stayed in the bar from 9:40 p.m. till 5:30 a.m. so like nine hours in the bar. >> my goodness. that must have been the most terrifying moments of your life, imene.
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>> yeah, that was very scary, very long. we were just trying to help the people, giving them our phones if they needed to call their family, whatever they want, we give it to them. we help the people, just help them and whatever happened it's okay. don't worry, we are going to be fine and they were afraid. they were injured. they were all bleeding everywhere. that was really awful, seriously. that was scary. >> we want to bring in abc news consultant matthew olson former head of the national counterterrorism center and first and foremost is this something new isis is doing? we keep hearing this is the third attack that they've claimed responsibility for in just the last couple of weeks. it seems they're going global. >> this does appear, paula, to be a significant escalation of isis' capability and reach. we haven't seen them really carry out an attack of this degree of coordination and apparent sophistication as far from their home base in syria and iraq as they have here now
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in paris, if, in fact, they were responsible for this so this is capability. >> we're trying to formulate a picture, as well, of who these shooters were. we're hearing there was a syrian passport found near one of them but what does it say that witnesses are claiming that french? >> well, there is a mix here so you have the possibility that they were directed from operatives inside syria and iraq but it appears quite likely that individuals radicalized french individuals in france, in paris were obviously carrying out the attacks themselves and this is really the scenario that we've been so concerned about for a number of years because of the number of foreign fighters, thousands from western europe going to syria, many of them fighting with isis and returning to their home countries in a position to carry out attacks just like this. >> nightmare scenario, matthew? >> absolutely and it's the one that gives u.s. counterterrorism officials the most concern, as well, the possibility that individuals could actually come
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out a similar type of attack here. >> matthew olsen, thank you for joining us. >> which is why u.s. officials have tried so hard to block people from going to syria in the first place. much more from paris coming up. right now to rob with the weather. >> that potent system i >> this weathercast brought to
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there you see the eiffel tower this morning. it has been closed indefinitely. so much concern in paris across france right now, a state of emergency, 1500 soldiers have been put on the streets to protect additional sites and moments ago i spoke with the deputy mayor of paris, patrick klugman. we are joined now by the deputy mayor of paris, patrick klugman, mayor klugman, our hearts are what can you tell us about the scene in paris right now? >> thank you. well, the situation is really very weird, i would say, very strange, very unusual. we are facing unprecedented events in paris. we have the state of emergency declared, which is the first time since the
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the early '60s, all schools are closed. all games, flea markets, concerts, all are closed. so it's like a mourning morning i would say. the city is a bit stopped and we are under shock. >> the police have said that eight attackers have been killed. are you confident all the attackers are killed, and what do we know about possible accomplices? >> we are not totally focused at the moment on the inquiry on the accomplices, on the person responsible. as you know, of course, isis claimed for the terror attacks, but we don't know more about who are the actors, who are the criminals, because we are really counting and naming the dead persons and the wounded persons in paris. i would like to add also that this morning we had emergency
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persons responsible, the deputy mayor, the district mayors, et cetera, and mike bloomberg, former mayor of new york was here with us this morning, and it was a huge sign of support for us to see physically that america is standing with us, and, of course, we know it, and we heard president obama yesterday, but it's great sign of solidarity and it's so important at the present moment. joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> the president so strong yesterday talking about standing with our oldest ally. >> but also, you know, it's so frightening because how are you supposed to fight this enemy, at least for the shooters in that concert hall they're all wearing suicide vests. they're all so willing to die for the cause. >> they were defenseless, right in the middle of a presidential campaign and we'll talk to jon karl about this.
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and i'm back. want to bring in jon karl from the white house, and, jon, we were at the white house on thursday. i spoke with the president about isis and he's already drawing fire from the candidates running for the white house in 2016 for these comments. >> and that's the strategy you've been following but isis is gaining strength, aren't they? >> i don't think they're gaining strength. what is true is from the start our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. what we have not yet been able to do is completely decapitate their command and control structures. we've made some progress in trying to reduce the flow of foreign fighters. >> george, republicans are already seizing on the words contained isis. this is going to be a phrase if
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isis was responsible for these attacks as the president of france has said, if that turns out to be the case, those will be words the president will likely regret having said. it's not the first time that he has said something about isis that has come back to haunt him, of course, it wasn't all that long ago he called isis the jv team, that is something clearly the president wishes he had not said. but it's not the only line of attack from the republicans. they're pointing to the president's plan to allow an additional 10,000 syrian refugees to come into the united states. a number of the republican presidential candidates are saying that should be stopped. here's what ted cruz tweeted not long ago. he said, "we need to immediately declare a halt to any plans to bring refugees that may have been infiltrated by isis." >> on the democratic side a debate is scheduled for tonight. >> reporter: the debate will go forward. the debate in iowa with the democratic candidates, and you can be sure that this will be a top
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"good morning america" is brought to you by carmax, the bright side of car buying. and we do want to mention there's been an outpouring for the people of france on social media. many powerful images are emerges, this one of the eiffel tower inside a peace symbol. other common images with the image pray for paris and this one we stand with paris, so many showcases of solidarity and george mentioned it earlier, the eiffel towers that been closed indefinitely and in paris people using the #porteouverte meaning open door, a safe haven for anyone in need. so many folks were stranded with no place to go. in the first six hours 850,000 using this hashtag to offer a helping hand and this is a still fragile community still recovering from the "charlie hebdo" attacks in january.
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but as we've heard in a state of shock. thanks for watching, everyone, coverage from paris throughout the day on abc an on our website, goodmorningamerica.com
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this is breaking news from channel 7 eyewitness news. breaking new developments overseas. we just learned americans as feared are among the injured in the paris terror attacks that have left at least 127 people dead. >> more developments, too, overnight. isis claimed responsibility for the bloodshed saying france and all of its allies will be targeted. good morning, everyone, thank you for being with us, i'm rob nelson. >> a death toll is rising across paris in the wake of those horrific coordinated terrorist attacks at six different sites in the city. right now, france is under a state of emergency. its borders remain closed. >> that nation's president calling what happened last night an act of war. now back here in our area, there are no specific threats,
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but the nypd is stepping up security at possible terror targets and here you can see the spire of the world trade center lit up in the colors of the french flag to pay tribute to the victims. >> we have live team coverage this morning. marcus sollis is covering the security situation in new york. >> we want to begin with nj in the newsroom with details, breaking details on the investigation. >> that's right, rob. details still coming in now. 127 now confirmed dead and french hospitals are overwelmed with the injured. these numbers just in now, 300 are hospitalized. 80 in critical condition. most with gun shot wounds. the state department has just confirmed americans are among the many victims. how many?
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