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Daesh threat to attack Washington

Cairo - CIA warns of more attacks but Obama rules out ground troops to fight Daesh; France declares war on terrorism

By Agencies

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Published: Tue 17 Nov 2015, 10:16 PM

The Daesh terror group warned in a new video on Monday that countries taking part in air strikes against Syria would suffer the same fate as France, and threatened to attack in Washington.
Lending credence to the threat, CIA director John Brennan warned that the attacks in Paris were likely not a "one off event" and that he expects the Daesh group has more operations in the pipeline.
However, US President Barack Obama ruled out a shift in strategy in the fight against Daesh, saying putting US troops on the ground to combat the group "would be a mistake".
"There will be an intensification of the strategy that we put forward but the strategy that we put forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work," Obama told reporters. "But ...it is going to take time."
French President Francois Hollande called on the US and Russia to join forces to destroy Daesh. "France is at war. But we're not engaged in a war of civilisations, because these assassins do not represent any. We are in a war against terrorism which is threatening the whole world," he said in a sombre speech to both houses of parliament.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said police had arrested nearly two dozen people and seized arms, including a rocket launcher and automatic weapons, in 168 raids overnight. Another 104 people were put under house arrest, he said.
The Daesh video, which appeared on a site used by the group to post its messages, begins with news footage of the aftermath of Friday's Paris shootings in which at least 129 people were killed.
The message to countries involved in what it called the "crusader campaign" was delivered by a man dressed in fatigues and a turban, and identified in subtitles as Al Ghareeb the Algerian.
"We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France's and by God, as we struck France in the centre of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its centre in Washington," the man said.
'Al Ghareeb the Algerian' also warned Europe in the video that more attacks were coming. "I say to the European countries that we are coming, coming with booby traps and explosives, coming with explosive belts and (gun) silencers and you will be unable to stop us because today we are much stronger than before," he said.
The CIA chief said the Paris attacks by gunmen in suicide vests were carefully planned and executed. "Security and intelligence services right now are working feverishly to see what else they can do in terms of uncovering it," he said.
"This was not something done in a matter of days. This is something that was carefully and deliberately planned over the course of several months in terms of whether they had the operatives, the weapons, explosives, suicide belts. I would anticipate that this is not the only operation Daesh has in the pipeline," he said. - Agencies
France led a minute's silence observed around the world on Monday in memory of the victims of the worst-ever terror attacks on French soil. President Hollande and his cabinet, all dressed in black, bowed their heads at the Sorbonne University in Paris, surrounded by scores of students.
At the G20 summit in Turkey, the seven EU leaders present - David Cameron, Angela Merkel, Matteo Renzi, Mariano Rajoy, Laurent Fabius, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker - observed the minute of silence in front of the main entrance. - Agencies
The EU and French flags were both decorated with a black ribbon, while around 100 journalists took part in the tribute in the press centre at the European Commission building in Brussels.
In Britain, the Houses of Parliament rang a bell on the stroke of 11:00 am (1100 GMT) as members fell silent and Union Jack flags on all government buildings flew at half-mast.
The England football team, due to play France in a friendly match on Tuesday, broke off training in Enfield, north of London, to pay tribute.
In front of London's majestic St Paul's Cathedral, tourists and passers-by stopped in their tracks to honour the dead as hundreds more paid their respects in Trafalgar Square.
Some carried makeshift posters reading "Je Suis Paris" and "Stand up against Terrorism in the World", while a woman serenaded the crowd with Edith Piaf songs.
Shoppers in Britain's main cities collected in public squares to reflect on Friday's events while offices and shops across the country fell silent.
In Berlin, a crowd hundreds-strong collected outside the French embassy - next to the Brandenburg Gate - where thousands of bouquets have been left.
Hundreds also gathered in Amsterdam's historic Dam Square, while in The Hague, the Dutch flag flew at half-mast in front of parliament.
Young people paying their respects in Rome held hands and wept as a musician played "La Vie en Rose" on an accordion.
In Sweden, government officials observed the event and main squares in some cities fell silent.
Norway's parliament also observed the silence, while in Copenhagen, the bells of the City Hall did not chime at midday.
Outside of Europe, almost 500 people observed the silence at the French school in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan and a dozen government ministers marked the event at the French embassy in Abidjan
"This is a terrible tragedy," he said. "The French people are friends of Ivory Coast, and when your friends are in distress, you cannot help but feel their pain."
The French embassies in Vienna, Prague, Havana, Kabul and Mexico City all observed the silence, as did the French schools in Ouagadougou and Rio de Janeiro.
"We decided to go with our children to show our solidarity with the city of Paris and the Parisians, it is a city that we love," said Pablo Libreros, 37, in Rio de Janeiro.
"It is important to come together and show we're not afraid."

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