Many experts weren’t surprised when Islamic terrorists targeted France in attacks that killed at least 130 people and injured hundreds more in Paris in November. John Schindler, the national-security columnist for The New York Observer, tweeted after the attacks: “Jihadists with Balkan small arms were shooting up France in 1995 … got no idea why anybody is surprised.”
Attackers used guns and bombs at several sites across Paris in November, including the Stade de France and the Bataclan concert hall, where a shooting rampage and hostage situation left about 89 people dead.
Salah Abdeslam, the most wanted man in Europe for his suspected role in the attacks, was wounded and captured in a police raid in the Molenbeek district of Brussels on Friday afternoon, ending a months-long manhunt.
ISIS — aka the Islamic State or ISIL — called Paris “the capital of prostitution and vice” in a statement claiming responsibility for the attacks last year. The terrorist group also stated that France and “all nations following in its path” are “at the top of the target list for the Islamic State.”
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