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tonight, a special edition of "world news tonight" from paris. the international manhunt right now. the race to catch the suspected eighth attacker. the explosions heard as teams converge on this neighborhood. terry moran is there. an act of war tonight. hundreds of raids and arrests across france and belgium. the president of france declaring, we're at war with isis, sending in aircraft carriers, just as new images emerge from inside the concert hall before the attack, and then after. the threat to america. the new isis video tonight, praising the attacks here in paris. and now threatening a major american city. the head of the cia saying, it should be a wakeup call. pierre thomas tonight with the video. and coming to america, or not. the refugee backlash in the u.s. did one of them pass through?
now, a list of governors back home in the u.s. saying, refugees should not be allowed in america. good evening tonight, from paris, where this country has declared war against isis. this evening, the air strikes, the aircraft carriers on the move. and the dramatic scene playing out as authorities thought they were zeroing in on that eighth attacker. it is plbelieved he is armed an dangerous, authorities warning the public not to intervene. s.w.a.t. teams today converging on a neighborhood in brussels, surrounding a town some authorities have said has virtually been turned over to the islamic state. also, a major development involving the threat to america. a new isis video praising the paris attacks, and promising an attack on washington, d.c. is coming. our team analyzing that video for you tonight, but first,
abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran in belgium, as he heard what sounded like explosions, with investigator investigators chasing after one of the attackers on the run. >> reporter: police surrounding an apartment building, scaling rooftops. they warn neighbors to stay inside, away from windows. then -- they moved in. but their target was gone, and tonight, the manhunt continues for the gunman who got away. 26-year-old salah abodeslamabde. they found the cars he'd represented, one left outside the theater. the other abandoned in this suburb. then, driving a third car with two other passengers, he headed toward belgium, stopped by police at a road block on saturday morning, but not detained. and they made it across the border. the two other people in that getaway car, picked up by police later, now charged with participation in terrorism.
and the fugitive's brother, also detained, but later released, saying today, he had no idea that both his brothers, one died during the attacks, were terrorists. "they were normal brothers," he said. this gritty neighborhood, a breeding ground of terrorism. while we were on the streets here tonight, we spoke to one man, he didn't want his face shown, who told us, many of the young here are radicalized. three of your neighbors went to syria? >> yeah. >> reporter: today, a french police union is even saying that isis has taken over here. and that the belgian government has lost control of this neighborhood. david? >> terry moran in belgium tonight. terry, thank you. we're going to turn now to the fast-moving investigation under way right here in paris. french president hollande today saying france is at war, vowing to destroy isis. he wants the state of emergency in france extended for months now. french war planes conducts air strikes on isis targets. and an aircraft carrier on the
move next. tonight, what they're planning, as new video now emerges of the attacks here. the joy, just before it all turned dark. for the first time, the moments before paris was forever changed. these photographs now emerging from inside that concert hall. taken from the stage before the attack. so many smiling faces, their hands in the air. and now we know what would come next. the gunfire breaking through the music. we're also getting our first look at this video of the immediate aftermath. sirens blaring, voices crying out. two officers peering through those doors. president obama saying today the u.s. had no intelligence this attack was coming. >> there were no specific mentions of this particular attack that would give us a sense of something that we need -- that we could provide french authorities, for example,
or act on ourselves. >> reporter: while here in france, president hollande stood side by side with students in a moment of silence across the country. a short time later, in front of a joint session of particularth, he declared, france is at war with isis, calling for an extension, he wants a three-month state of emergency here in france. saying today, the attacks were, quote, planned in syria, organized in belgium and perpetrated in france. tonight, this country continuing its military response, from those air strikes overnight, thanking america for providing assistance, to sending a warship, an aircraft carrier to the eastern mediterranean on thursday, right off the coast of syria. the world now watching as that international manhunt plays out. the alleged eighth attacker on the front pages of newspapers across the globe. a massive anti-terrorism crackdown across france. these images of officers entering a building, detaining a
man. 168 police raids in all. 23 arrested. computers, hard drives seized. 31 weapons found, among them, clish any cov clish a clash any covers. 104 under house arrest. as you travel through paris, all of the places, where the carnage unfolded. and today, we learned, there were 19 different nationalities among the dead. a survivor today holding his blood-stained ticket from the concert. showing photos she took on her cell phone inside the concert hall, with friends standing this close to the band. she hid in the dark inside a closet for three hours. >> all we could hear at that point was a stampede of people running and screaming, gunfire and thuds, which could only be people hitting the floor, their bodies hitting the floor. >> reporter: and we metro m rom who lived near two of the restaurants targeted. he told me it was his responsibility to be there with the victims who were dying. why did you kneel down beside
them? >> ignore them? just do what you can. you're not a doctor. you can't help. you can just show feelings to people, don't let people die alone. so, you do what you can do. you just watch, you just try to ease pain, but what can you do? >> sensing it was his responsibility. meantime tonight, the french prime minister now saying he doesn't want to scare the friend of people, but he does want to warn them, saying he believes more attacks are coming, wanted to make sure everyone is aware, he said. and british prime minister david cameron saying they have foiled seven terror attacks in the uk in just the lasts sixth months alow. as they hunt now for that alleged eighth attacker, considered very dangerous, another major reveal tonight. the so-called mastermind behind this whole attack. authorities say he was behind the highly coordinated attacks across this city. tonight, the leading theory, where and how the mastermind assembled that team of attackers and delivered the deadly orders. and we have new information on
the passport discovered, as authorities grow more certain that one of the attackers used it to pose as a refugee and slip into europe. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross on what we're learning now about the alleged mastermind. >> reporter: he is only 27, but he's risen rapidly through the ranks of isis to mastermind some of their biggest terror plots in europe. in this propaganda video, abdelhamid abaaoud asks, is there anything better than jihadism than matter dom? officials believe he planned the paris attacks from syria. carrying out the direct orders of top isis leaders, who have set up a new unit to launch terror attacks in the west, with recruits separated into brigades but their nationality and language skills zwlf. >> this was pulling it off across borders. >> reporter: the isis mastermind sent one of its attackers from
syria, presented this forged passport to greek officials just five weeks ago, and then making his way across europe to paris. other attackers were hand-picked in the mastermind's hometown in that brussels neighborhood of molenbeek, where he traveled often. narrowly escapes a police raid just this past january before he returned to syria where he is believed to be tonight. >> the mastermind selects and trains and motivates the suicide bombers, but he never kills himself. >> and brian, french authorities say they had no advance warning of these attacks, but you are learning tonight, several of those killers were on the radar of french authorities? >> reporter: that's right. at least two were well known to french intelligence as possible isis recruits. one of them had actually been charged with terror-connected crimes but allowed to remain free, and the government, david, clearly lost track of both of them. david? >> brian ross with us again tonight. brian, thank you. tonight, the nation's top
security experts studying the new threat from isis. the 12-minute video, praising the attacks here in paris and now vowing to strike washington, d.c. next. america's top spy, cia chief john bren nyan warning, isis ha other operations in the pipeline. and the new york city police chief receiling what concerns him most. those matching suicide belts warn by the attackers. tonight, across the nation's capital, images of beefed up security. and what we're now learning about how the attackers may have gone undetected. did a video game help them go dark? abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas analyzing the new threat to the homeland. >> french police in a shootout exchanging gunfire with terrorists outside the bataclan concert hall. three hours of terror. isis quickly claiming credit for it all, saying paris is only the beginning. and in this video, isis issues a warning to america. an attack on the nation's capital is coming.
as we struck in france in the center of its abode in paris, then we swear that we will strike america at its center, in washington. >> we are always at a heightened level of security because of our local locale. >> reporter: the cia director says the attacks should serve as a wakeup call to americans. >> their agenda is to kill. >> reporter: across the country, security is being ramped up. there's a heavy police presence in times square. and the new york city police commissioner said today the tactics deeply concern him. >> the idea that all of them, all of them were equipped with suicide vests. >> reporter: u.s. officials are also worried that the killers in france may have used their computer and cell phone communications. so-called going dark. and belgian officials suspect the killers in france used gaming systems like playstation to communicate offgrid. even though there's no specific credible isis threat to the homeland, the fbi is intensi
intensifying in all 50 states. more than 70 prospective supporters of isis arrested in the last two years alone. some with deadly intentions. security stepped up across this city, and there are more than 900 terror investigations across the country, as we speak. david? >> pierre thomas with us tonight. pierre, thank you. and tonight, france dramatically intensifying its air strikes against isis. retaliation, of course, for the deadly attacks here. bombing targets in syria, the isis stronghold of raqqah. but tonight, many are now asking, why weren't those targets being hit far sooner? abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz now. >> reporter: the response from the french air force has been strong and swift. french fighter jets pounding targets in the isis stronghold of raqqah, bombing an isis command post, training camp, recruiting center. but this is not a real increase in bombing. these are isis targets that may
already been on a list or strike package for weeks. so why not strike when they were first on the list? >> they would wait for them to be populated, to have a class there in training, to have a group there being recruited. >> reporter: but when paris was attacked, the u.s. stepped aside, and let the french go after the targets as retaliatory strikes. it's not known whether there were isis fighters inside. as for the overall military strategy, nothing is changing. the president adamant about not adding combat ground troops. >> we have the right strategy and we're going to see it through. >> reporter: isis is believed to have between 20,000 to 30,000 fighters and oil fields that generate about $40 million per month. >> and martha is with us now live. martha, the u.s. aircraft is now attacking new targets? >> reporter: well, for the first time, the u.s. targeted isis fuel trucks, david. more than 100 of them, used to smuggle oil to finance military and terrorists operations. but those, too, have been on the target list for awhile, as well. david?
>> martha raddatz with us again tonight. martha, thank you. we're going to turn now to that moment on the football field, and concern over muslim backlash in america. nfl teams paying tribute to victims in paris on sunday. the moment of silence before the lions/packers game ruinedshouti remark. star quarterback aaron rodgers upset by the comment, speaking out after the game. >> that kind of prejudicial ideology puts us in the position that we're in today. >> rodgers saying he was disappointed with the fan, calling the quote very inappropriate. there is still much more ahead frad on "world news tonig from paris. the growing debate over syrian ref ewe fwees in the united states. should they be allowed to come to america? we want you to weigh in on the debate. also tonight, the tornado in the last 24 hours, and now a major system hitting 30 million
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values. >> reporter: but tonight, republican presidential candidates are attacking the president's plan to allow up to 10,000 syrian refugees into the u.s. >> president obama and hillary clinton's proposal to bring to america tens of thousands of syrian muslims is nothing short of lunacy. >> reporter: the president's plan says nothing about the religion of the refugees, but senator cruz says, quote, there is no meaningful risk of christians committing acts of terror. he and jeb bush insist the emphasis should be on allowing syrian christians into the u.s. >> they're being beheaded, they're being executed by both sides. and i think we have a responsibility to help. >> reporter: the president called that un-american. >> when i hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who's fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted -- that's shameful. that's not american. it's not who we are.
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finally tonight here, the eiffel tower has now been lit up to honor, to remember the victims here in paris. and paying tribute, right there at the eiffel tower tonight, where so many americans wanting them to know we care. on our way to the eiffel tower, driving through paris, we noticed the famed ferris wheel lit in the blue, white and red of the french flag. as we get closer to the tower, a reminder of how tense this city is, the officers on patrol. but when we arrive, the tower lit up in the colors of this country, and right in the shadow of the eiffel tower, the americans paying tribute. michelle selene moved her family here two months ago. she remembers 9/11 in the u.s., and now the terror attacks here. >> back then, we were on our way to work, over here, we're on our way to sleep. and two days, just turns you inside out.
we have to continue on with life. we can't hide. we can't stop our lives. >> reporter: and andy and julia hawthorne from austin, texas. they were here to celebrate her 40th birthday. they were at the top of the eiffel tower friday night when they learned of the terror attacks. >> we were at the top when we heard about it. >> reporter: the top of the tower? >> top of the tower. and all or family members began to sends text messages, are you safe, are you safe? and we didn't know why. >> reporter: tonight, as they prepare to go back home to texas, they wanted to return to the eiffel tower, lit up. it was a beautiful sight there tonight. and thank you for watching here on a monday evening. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. from all of us here at abc news, good night. it's the holidays. and of course, everyone wants to get online at once. to watch things. buy things. but slow internet makes it hard.
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