The Height of Terrorism: Paris

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), an extremist terrorist group, has organized and carried out several attacks this year, from the suicide bombing in Beirut to the Russian jetliner crash over Egypt.

Its latest acts of violence took place in Paris, France, on Nov. 13.

At 9:20 p.m., explosions detonated by suicide bombers occurred inside and outside of the Stade de France, CNN reported. French President Francois Hollande, who was watching the France vs. Germany soccer game, was safely evacuated, but four people outside the venue were killed.

Within the hour, several more attacks were carried out.

At the restaurants Le Carillon and Le Petit Cambodge, masked gunmen killed 15 people and left 10 wounded. A third explosion occurred at the Stade de France and 19 people were killed at the restaurant La Belle Equipe.

Around 9:40 p.m., at the concert venue Bataclan, 89 people were killed by attackers with assault weapons. The gunmen fired upon people as they lay on the floor and took hostages while addressing Syria and Iraq. Two hours later, police arrived and three terrorists died during the counter assault.

More than 120 people died in total, making the attacks the “deadliest violence to strike France since World War II,” according to CBS News.

Days after the attacks, which were seen as “an act of war,” France took action. On Nov. 15, the French Air Force began to launch airstrikes against ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria.

While violence continued to erupt, the people of France took their time to heal. Music filled the streets that were attacked and people enjoyed themselves at cafes and clubs once again. Major cities around the world lit up their buildings in blue, white and red, the iconic colors of the French flag, to pay tribute to Paris. Solidarity shone brightly, from the Wembley Arch in the United Kingdom to the World Trade Center in the United States.

Despite the support, France and other nations still lack the feeling of protection. President Hollande officially closed France’s borders as the nation was put into a state of emergency and countries such as Belgium and the U.S. anxiously plan to combat ISIS.

Carina Wang, staff writer

Sophomore Carina Wang is a staff writer for the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is on the FIRST Robotics team.


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