Belgian jihadist, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind behind the Paris bombings is dead. Paris authorities confirm 20-year-old terrorist was killed during a raid at a family friend's apartment outside of Belgium Wednesday morning. Abaaoud who was seized in a take down by the special force division of French Police was identified by a saliva swab. A second person, a woman believed to be an assistant to the Isis ringleader, was also found dead in the rubble wearing a suicide vest, reports the UK's "Telegraph." Parisian police are considering the killing a victory, the Islamic state globally is far from being defeated. Terrorist strikes believed to be relate have cascaded in Beirut, French Interior Bombs exploded at near the stadium as France and Germany played a friendly game of soccer on 11/13. Soon realizing the country had been struck by terrorists, French president said it is an act of war.
Readout of the President’s Call with President Francois Hollande of France:
President Obama spoke by phone with President Hollande of France this evening from the Philippines to discuss the latest developments in the investigation into last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris. President Obama once again expressed condolences on behalf of the American people to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in these horrific attacks, to the wounded, and to the French nation. Both leaders reiterated their unwavering commitment to degrade and destroy ISIL. President Obama noted that he looks forward to welcoming President Hollande to the White House next week, when the two leaders will engage in discussions on the way forward to defeat ISIL, help to bring to an end the conflict in Syria, and to ensure we are doing all we can to safeguard our citizens from the threat of terrorism.