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6:30 pm >> pelley: the f.b.i. says it's following dozens of people capable of carrying out a paris-style assault in the u.s. also tonight, the suspected mastermind of the paris attacks is a threat no more. he's dead. americans who helped liberate iraq are returning to fight isis. >> we didn't fight and die for nothing. >> pelley: and some reflections on the beaut of a city. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the terror attacks in paris and the isis video threat of an attack in new york city have a lot of americans worrying could we be next? well, today, the nation's top law enforcement officers gave us their answer, and here's homeland security correspondent
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jeff pegues. >> we are not aware of any credible threat here of a paris-type attack. and we have seen no connection at all between the paris attackers and the united states. >> reporter: f.b.i. director james comey tried to tamp down fear today. he said terrific task forces across the country have been ordered to step up their surveillance of potential suspects. comey says the f.b.i. is investigating dozens of people deemed high risks for carrying out a copycat paris attack. he vowed to cover them luke a blanket. u.s. attorney general loretta lynch: >> we take all threats seriously. we're acting aggressively to defuse threats as they emerge, and we are vigorously investigating and prosecuting those who seek to harm the american people. >> reporter: u.s. officials remain concerned about lone wolf attacks inspired by those isis videos. comey says the propaganda influences what he calls troubled souls. when two isis-inspired
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extremists tried to attack a mohammed cartoon contest in garland, texas back in may, it led to a flurry of terrorism arrests. just weeks later, police confronted a terrorism suspect in boston. he charged the officers with a knife and was shot and killed. according to the department of justice, since 2013, more than 70 people have been charged with attempting to join isis or other terrorism-related offenses. but comey says, to stay on top of the threat, he needs the public's health. >> counter-terrorism is what you pay us to do. tell us what you saw and then go on living your lives, living your life while we do our work. that is channeling fear into something healthy which is awareness of your surroundings and not something disabling. that's what we hope you will do. >> reporter: law enforcement is more concerned about those troubles souls comey mentioned than americans who have gone to fight with isis in syria. scott, around 250 people have tried to travel to join isis or other groups, and comey says the
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number of new cases is going down. >> pelley: jeff pegues in the washington newsroom. jeff, thank you. in paris today, the memorials to the 129 who died continue to grow. and officials confirm that the man they believe planned the attacks was killed yesterday. abdelhamid abaaoud. elizabeth palmer is in paris. >> reporter: abaaoud, a convicted isis recruiter and presumed terrorist mastermind was killed here in a suburban apartment. ( gunfire ) as he and his accomplices made their last stand in a ferocious gun battle with police wednesday morning. the police aren't sure if the 28-year-old was shot or if he blew himself up, but forensic officers had to rely on skin samples and fingerprints to identify his dismembered body. french media say the woman who is thought to have detonated a
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suicide vest in the shoot-out is abiewld's cousin, hasna aitboulahcen. authorities believe abaaoud not only directed the paris attacks last friday but is connected to four out of six other failed attacks in france this year, including one on a train in august when a gunman was overpowered by three american passengers. french intelligence thought abaaoud was in syria and had no idea he was in france until a tip-off three days ago that he was back. "we received though information" said the interior minister, "from any of the european countries he must have traveled through." with hundreds of young european men like abaaoud traveling back from isis battlefields in syria, that points to serious holes in european border controls, and a dangerous failure of some countries to share their data. france's government is pushing
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for three more months here, which, among other things, gives police the right to search properties without a warrant and order house arrests. and, scott, today, france's prime minister manuel valls, announced since friday 600 searches have been carried out and more than 150 people with links to islamist extremists have been put under house arrest. >> pelley: elizabeth elizabeth palmer, elizabeth, thanks. abaaoud is from belgium, and today police there carried out six raids in search of suspects. allen pizzey is in brussels. >> reporter: reporters and camera crews rushed to scene of one of the raids but the suspect from this house had already been whisked away. the sullen atmosphere left behind show why the jihadi recruiting grounds are so hard to penetrate. several men say they knew one of the paris attackers. one told us he smoked marijuana with terror suspect salah
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days before the attacks but no one would talk on samara. "we've got families," he said "and we don't want trouble from the police." residents here say being treated as second-class citizens because they come from immigrant backgrounds makes young men susceptible to the call of the jihadis. recruiters allegedly troll the central train station. deputy mayor ahmed el khannouss says he is fighting a losing battle. no one, he says, knew isis had developed what i call the frankenstein of terror, the power of convincing, of conditioning youthing. no one was ready, nobody except the potential recruits. this woman from molenbeek who does not want to be identified without warning. he was killed fighting for isis. "there is somebody manipulating and brainwashing them" she said. "my son didn't just leave like that on his own." belgian police have put out an appeal on their web site for
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leads in the hunt for salah abdeslam who rented a car used in the paris attacks. he is extremely dangerous, it warned, and likely armed. in a statement released through his lawyer tonight, the father of abdelhamid abaaoud, the believed mastermind said he was relieved his son is dead. >> pelley: for some, the step from feeling marginalized to taking up arms can be a short one, and holly williams has been story. >> reporter: at least five of the terrorists were french citizens, some of them born and raised here. the french president says his country is now at war, but the uncomfortable truth is that the enemy comes from within. they're a tiny fraction of france's more than five million muslims. but around 1,000 french citizens are thought to have joined extremist groups in iraq and
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to have returned home. christian prouteau used to lead the anti-terror squad in france's paramilitary police. and he has studied how young men are radicalized. >> reporter: dying? >> dying. >> reporter: in the name of god. >> in the name of god. >> reporter: after the bloodshed, the french have shown unity in their grief. muslim leaders have condemned the attacks. are are yet, many muslims in france say they feel excluded, ghettoized in poor suburbs, and discriminated against because of their religion. kamal masaudi told us he immigrated to france four years ago from algeria. only in a small minority of cases do those feelings turn to
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prouteau told us fixing social problems is the only solution. >> reporter: there was a sharp spike in anti-muslim incidents in france following the "charlie hebdo" shooting in january. the fear now, scott, is that in the aftermath of these attacks, french muslims will become even >> pelley: holly williams in paris for us tonight. hole, thanks. president obama's plan to admit 10,000 syrian and iraqi refugees in the next year was dealt a serious blow today. the house voted 289 to 137 for tougher screening procedures, requiring the f.b.i. director to sign off on each and every refugee from those two nations. every republican and nearly 50 democrats voted yes. the senate will consider this after thanksgiving.
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the president threatened to veto but today's vote would be enough to override it. a new report by congress says more than 250 americans have attempted to join isis. one in four is from minnesota, many of them former refugees. jamie yuccas examines why this state has become a fertile ground for terror groups. >> reporter: 18-year-old dahir ali is exactly who groups like isis are looking to recruit. he's young, muslim, and often fields like an outsider. >> people come up to me and say you're this, you're that, you're a terrorist. >> reporter: he grew up in the cedar riverside community in minneapolis which has the country. many came as refugees in the the unemployment rate here is average. and an alarming number of young somali men from this neighborhood have left to join extremist groups.
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since 2007, two dozen have joined al shabaab in somalia. imam adbisalam adam is part of a community task force created this summer to stop the radicalization. >> it's really time for muslims to really, you know, stand up and really fight these groups and defeat them through both faith and militarily, too. >> reporter: what is so appealing to young people? they are appealing to the sense of accomplishment, of being the other, more, you know, bigger than yourself kind of sentiment. there's no contradiction between being a muslim, being an american, and being a somali. all three are good. >> reporter: this city has also deployed somali police officers, like mukhtar abdulkadir and abdiwahab ali to develop trust in a neighborhood suspicious of authorities. they walk the beat meeting elders, interathing with the young, and men in the neighborhood now know them.
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call you before they call 911. >> reporter: but they feel the frustration when one of those calls comes too late. >> they say, "mom, i called-- i join the terrorist group. i will see you in heaven." >> reporter: currently five somali men from minnesota are awaiting trial accused of trying to join the terror group isis. scott, there are at least 15 other cases being investigated. >> pelley: jamie yuccas reporting for us tonight. jamie, thank you. some american veterans of iraq can't bear watching the country they fought to secure lost to the forces of isis, and incredibly, some of them are returning to iraq as volunteer soldiers. we have an extraordinary report tonight from charlie d'agata. >> reporter: the explosion caught the americans off guard. for these former u.s. soldiers,
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it's a return to a deadly war zone, but this time they're fighting alongside kurdish peshmerga forces. >> it's just one wound. we have another guy down there, too. he's kind of bleed. he was back that way. >> reporter: they're volunteers in the battle against isis, also known as daesh, who have dug in around the oil-rich region of kirkuk. >> we've got daesh to the left in the village when you get all the way up here. kidd, you all stid good back there? >> this is an isis flag i captured on my first offensive. >> reporter: your first offensive. ohio native chris kidd was a marine insurgent in 2004 and fought in some of the fiercest battles in the iraq war. >> to watch isis take over iraq i felt like it was destroying what we worked so hard to get. >> reporter: so kidd sold his house and quit his job to join the new war against isis.
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he's teamed up with with about 10 u.s. vets, including this former army lieutenant from arkansas. we awares a body camera on each raid to protect his family, we agreed not to use his name. >> they thought i was crazy at first for coming out here. but they're supportive now. >> reporter: the peshmerga are often out-gunned, and isis has proven to be resilient. the u.s. vets go house by house, but on this day, the enemy has vanished. back on base, kidd repairs the u.s. army vehicles they've recaptured from the extremist group. but the biggest difference has been the increased u.s. airstrikes. >> after the air support and when we push into towns, daesh run. >> reporter: how much of a difference does that make? >> a big difference. >> reporter: with the fighting growing more intense, these u.s. vets are counting on that support from their former
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charlie d'agata, cbs news, kirkuk, iraq. >> pelley: there's a good deal more news tonight. from tv pitch man to convicted pedophile, jared fogel was sentenced today. and record hauls in the pacific, but it's not fish when the cbs evening news continues. (dramatic music) centrum brings us the biggest news in multivitamin history. ( ) a moment when something so familiar becomes something so new. (impt on metal) introducing new centrum vitamints. a multivitamin that contains a full spectrum of essential nutrients you enjoy like a mint. new centrum vitamints.
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>> pelley: the u.s. coast guard is fighting a record tide of cocaine off the pacific coast. carter evans went on a mission and discovered what a billion dollars in drugs looks like. >> reporter: when surveillance aircraft spotted this makeshift submarine off central america, a boarding team from the coast guard cutter "bertholf" found more than $200 million of cocaine. team. exciting. seeing the sheer amount of drugs 18,000 pounds. >> reporter: 18,000 pounds? >> almost. >> reporter: this year the coast guard working with the military and u.s. customs has seized more cocaine in the pacific than last three years combined. on board the "bertholf," we found 50,000 pounds of cocaine worth almost $800 million. to give you an idea of how much cocaine we're talking about
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