France Searches For Second Fugitive Suspect In Paris Attacks – Huffington Post

A cease-fire between Syria’s government and the opposition — which would allow nations supporting Syria’s various factions to focus more on IS — could be just weeks away, Kerry said, describing it as potentially a “gigantic step” toward deeper international cooperation.

Standing next to Hollande at the Elysee Palace, Kerry said the carnage in the French capital, along with recent attacks in Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey, made it clear that more pressure must be brought to bear on Islamic State extremists.

A French security official said anti-terror intelligence officials had identified Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian of Moroccan descent, as the chief architect of the Paris attacks.

The official cited chatter from IS figures that Abaaoud had recommended a concert as an ideal target for inflicting maximum casualties, as well as electronic communications between Abaaoud and one of the Paris attackers who blew himself up. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive investigation.

It was not exactly clear where Abaaoud is.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve conceded that “the majority of those who were involved in this attack (in Paris) were unknown to our services.”

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower shut down again Tuesday, after opening for just a day, and heavily armed troops patrolled the courtyard of the Louvre Museum.

In a show of solidarity, British Prime Minister David Cameron was to join Prince William at a friendly soccer match Tuesday night between England and France in London’s Wembley Stadium. Armed police were patrolling the site and British fans, in a show of solidarity, were being encouraged to sing the French national anthem as well.

Associated Press writers Matthew Lee and Jill Lawless in Paris, and Raf Casert and Lorne Cook in Brussels contributed to this report.

This post has been updated to note the cancellation of a soccer game Tuesday.


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