From the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, one of the first quoted attackers was overheard saying, “I am from ISIS” and IS on Twitter is saying that this is France’s September 11th. If this is Daesh, or simply another reckless claim from them, it is unclear and will be for some time. Daesh, or IS and Al Qaeda are historically well noted for accepting responsibility for attacks and incidents of which they played no part.  Terrorist organizations act as drunken public relations agents, assigning their brand to anything which may further perpetrate their message as they use the media as free advertisement.

Claims aside, eight fanatics armed with assault weapons and wearing suicide vests targeted innocent civilians in Paris. They launched a synchronized attack on six locations throughout the city of Paris on the 13th of November, 2015; where they murdered 133 people, and wounded another 352, of those, 99 are in critical condition. At 21:30 local, terrorists entered the Bataclan Theater and opened fire, after a hostage stand-off with French authorities, one hundred were dead. On the corner of Rue de Charone and Rue Faidherbe, eighteen were murdered by a gunman at a restaurant. A Le Caillon, a gunman at another restaurant murdered fourteen. Two explosions at the Stadium, Stade de France, where the French President was enjoying a soccer match. Three suicide bombers with vests loaded with explosives and nails detonated themselves while attempting entry into the stadium; two at the gates after being discovered and another at a nearby McDonalds; one was killed.

The root of the attack was not an immediate issue as emergency responders and government officials scrambled to control the damage on the ground. The Agence France-Presse struggled to keep up with the rising dead from the attack on the theater alone. A total of six attacks have rocked Paris and the death toll continues to rise as attacks which included three suicide bombers and several shootouts. Across Paris, shootings near Petit Cambodge in the 10th Arrondisement [Paris administrative district], three explosions near a Paris stadium where France and Germany were engaged in a soccer match, and at a concert hall where the American rock band, Eagles of Death Metal was playing.

French President François Hollande, cancelled his trip to the G20 meeting in Turkey and held a 14 09:00 November 2015, defense council, at the presidential palace to discuss action and options from this attack. Immediate reactions were to declare a state of national emergency, mobilize the military, close the Paris Metro System, the Paris Orly Airport; only outbound travel was restricted, and the first city-wide curfew since 1944 was enacted. The French interior ministry deployed 1,500 soldiers into Paris for increased security, according to France 24. Analysts are now speculating on the possible invocation of Article Five of the NATO treaty, essentially meaning; an attack on one is an attack on all. The United States invoked this article following the 9/11 attacks.