. >> and richard, it is not lost on anyone this happens 24 hours after the u.s. killed this jihadi john, the famous infamous isis executioner. you put a report on that. we'll get to it in a few minutes. that is worth discussing in connection with this. we want to go to the white house. president obama being briefed on the situation. the president came to the briefing room and spoke about the attacks just a short time ago. ron allen is there for us. ron, what is the latest from there? >> reporter: good evening, lester. the president is deeply concerned about paris. briefed by the counter-terrorism team as the attacks were unfolding. he called it heartbreaking and outrageous. sending his deepest condolences and prayers and thoughts to the french people and promising america is ready to help. >> this is an attack not just on paris, it is 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. we stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of france need to respond. >> reporter: ju
u.s. which has been bombing for a year. last week to kill isis executioner jihadi john. but will these combined air-strikes bring isis down? >> everybody in the world now is bombing one side or another. but the bottom line is, you can't use air power with restrictive rules of engagement and nobody on the ground to great effect. >> reporter: so it is air-strikes alone won't work, how can isis be defeated. some say send in american troops. but that would be a new iraq-style war, something the public is unlikely to accept. other says say leave it to the arab states, but despite some promises and a wave of air-strikes early in the fight, arab participation has dropped off. so the white house is sticking to its strategy, trying to develop what it calls reliable allies on the ground. but so far those allies have been in short supply and divided. the white house says its current strategy of air-strikes combined with a few allies on the ground is the only feasible option. but it is leaving isis with a base and a growing list of terrorist attacks to its credit. lester. >> richard engel, thanks.
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