Week In The News: Paris Attacks, Syrian Refugees, ISIS Strategy

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Terror strikes France. Debate over Syrian refugees in the U.S. The 2016 candidates on ISIS. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the Versailles castle, west of Paris, Monday, Nov.16, 2015. (Eric Feferberg, Pool via AP)
French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the Versailles castle, west of Paris, Monday, Nov.16, 2015. (Eric Feferberg AP)

Paris nightmare this week, echoing on and on from last Friday’s attacks. The horror from ISIS that has hit Beirut and Turkey and a Russian jetliner out of Egypt, now in the heart of Europe. With a huge death toll and a long tail of reaction. Politicians ready to slam the door on Syrian refugees in the USA. Donald Trump talking about registering Muslims. Jeb Bush says let’s take Christians. President Obama saying let’s keep our cool. Then a Mali attack and more. We’ve got Hillary Clinton on ISIS.  Bernie Sanders on his American way. This hour On Point, our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
-- Tom Ashbrook


Laure Mandeville, chief U.S. correspondent for Le Figaro. (@lauremandeville)

Mark Mazzetti, national security correspondent for the New York Times. (@MarkMazzettiNYT)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst. (@JackBeattyNPR)

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New York Times: F.B.I. Director Repeats Call That Ability to Read Encrypted Messages Is Crucial — "Mr. Comey said in his speech that encryption technology was already in use by the Islamic State. He argued that recruiters for the extremist group used unencrypted messages to reach out to prospective members, then switched to encrypted methods once they netted a good prospect. But American and French officials have said they have no definitive evidence to back up claims that the terrorists behind Friday’s attacks used encrypted communications."

NPR News: Tennessee Lawmaker Calls For National Guard To Round Up Syrian Refugees — "While a majority of the nation's governors have asked the Obama Administration to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their state, a prominent Tennessee lawmaker has gone a step further: he's suggested the National Guard round up recently-arrived refugees and prevent the arrival of additional refugees."

Guardian US: Hillary Clinton calls for more ground troops as part of hawkish Isis strategy — "Hillary Clinton distanced herself from Barack Obama’s strategy for defeating Islamic State extremists on Thursday in a sweeping foreign policy speech that called for greater use of American ground troops and an intensified air campaign. Though ruling out deploying the tens of thousands of US troops seen in Iraq andAfghanistan, the former of secretary of state made clear she would take a notably more hawkish approach than the current administration if she is elected president."

This program aired on November 20, 2015.


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