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Just days after terrorist gunmen and suicide bombers killed more than 120 people in coordinated attacks in Paris, ISIS has released a new video threatening similar attacks in countries fighting the radical Islamic militants. According to Reuters, in a video post by ISIS this morning, a disguised individual openly threatens countries engaging in air strikes in Syria, where the group is primarily headquartered. They specifically name Washington D.C. "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 center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington.” Another ISIS militant also appears in the video saying they are only interested in negotiating “in the trenches and not in the hotels.” Yesterday, France launched a series of massive airstrikes on ISIS training facilities in Syria. Discuss

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Details are still coming in, but according to early reports, at least 60 people have been killed in a series of shootings and bombings in Paris. So far, authorities say that there have been at least six separate locations where gunmen have opened fire, and three different explosions. There are also reports that several gunmen are holding up to 100 hostages at a concert venue where the American band Eagles of Death Metal were performing. France’s president Francois Hollande was evacuated from a large soccer stadium in the city, where France was playing Germany. In video taken at the game, explosions can be heard outside. In a statement addressing the terrorist attacks, President Obama said, "This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people on France, but an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share." Discuss

Large groups of demonstrators took to the streets in Kabul Afghanistan after four members of an ethnic minority—including a 9-year-old—were beheaded in a small town. As the Washington Post notes, though the Afghan government have said they are skeptical of the connection, local officials say that the abduction and murders of the members of the Hazara community were carried out by radical Islamic militants linked to ISIS. The exact motive for the murders remains unclear, though The Post notes that violence against Hazara civilians "is a long-running crisis." Locals are angry the government has been unable to stop the violence, and also chanted anti-Taliban slogans during the protests. The U.N.’s top official in the country told the media, "The deliberate murder of civilian hostages, including women and children, is particularly abhorrent. These senseless murders may amount to war crimes, and the perpetrators must be held accountable.” Discuss

Earlier today, suicide bombers killed at least 37 people and injured 181 others in Beirut, Lebanon. Shortly after the bombing, ISIS claimed responsibility on Twitter. According to the BBC, the neighborhood is a Hezbollah stronghold, and Sunni militants target the area because they oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Hezbollah supports. To make matters worse, Lebanon is hosting more than 1 million refugees from Syria, which adds pressure to the country's infrastructure and increases tensions with ISIS. Discuss