We have terrible breaking news out of France this morning — a terror attack has just occurred in Paris in the offices of a French satirical magazine that had just published a cartoon mocking the leader of the terrorist group known as “ISIS” or the “Islamic State.”
At this hour, news reports indicate that 11 people are dead in the offices of the French satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo. Two masked, armed men stormed the offices and fired AK-47 Kalishnikov rifles.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Charlie Hebdo’s offices were firebombed in 2011 after the magazine published a satire on Prophet Muhammad, Islam’s founder.
Were ISIS terrorists responsible? French officials say the magazine has received numerous threats recently.
If so, is ISIS now planning terror attacks outside of Syria and Iraq? Could ISIS soon launch terrorist attacks inside the U.S., Europe, Israel, and/or other Arab countries, such as Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt?
I am horrified by what has just happened. I ask people to pray for the families of those killed in Paris, for those who are wounded, and for French authorities as they deal with the unfolding situation.
I also urge U.S. officials to be on full alert for new terror attacks. This is the face of evil — a brazen attack on an American ally, on innocent civilians, and on free speech.
Unless ISIS and other Radical Islamic terrorist groups are decisively confronted and thoroughly defeated and discredited, there will be more attacks.
The news comes as I launch a new novel — The Third Target — about ISIS broadening its attacks outside of Syria and Iraq. I am deeply committed to warning that the ISIS threat is real and serious and growing. Today’s attack in France is likely not the end.
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