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It was Frenchmen and Belgians that committed attacks in Paris, but intelligence agencies are convinced they were organized by ISIS in Syria. Western powers are now trying to determine how to respond, what ISIS wants and how to prevent attacks in the future. 

Later on the program, did the media ignore attacks on Beirut or did their audiences miss it?

Photo: Photograph of a man described as Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed to be one of Islamic State's most active operators and suspected of being behind Friday's attacks in Paris, according to a source close to the French investigation. (Social Media Website via Reuters)

GOP Governors, House Leaders Move to Block Syrian Refugee Flow 6 MIN, 30 SEC

House Speaker Paul Ryan has joined Republican governors around the country who are warning that Syrian refugees may pose a danger to the United States. Paul Singer is political editor for USA Today.

Paul Singer, USA Today (@singernews)

Does ISIS Want a War with the West? 33 MIN, 21 SEC

Authorities now agree that Friday's assault on Paris was directed by ISIS in Syria, and it's widely expected that ISIS will strike again. It's not clear if a bold, new international offensive is under way or if ISIS is a losing movement trying to make itself relevant to the rest of the world. The danger is real either way, but there's dispute about how to respond — and how to prevent attacks in the future. The options include open warfare, invasive surveillance and diplomacy by Western powers and, more importantly, Syria's neighbors in the Middle East. 

Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
Juliette Kayyem, Kayyem Solutions (@juliettekayyem)
Jamil N. Jaffer, George Mason University (@jamil_n_jaffer)
Rosa Brooks, Georgetown University / New America / Foreign Policy (@brooks_rosa)
Hussam Ayloush, Council on American Islamic Relations / Syrian American Council (@HussamA)

Brooks on the Islamic State's possible pathway to global legitimacy

Media Coverage of Paris and Beirut 10 MIN, 1 SEC

Atrocities in Paris have dominated the news since Friday. What about the suicide bombings in Beirut the day before? That double suicide bombing killed more than 40 innocent bystanders at a market in the Lebanese capital. By the next day, it was buried by the coordinated attacks in Paris that killed 129.

Lebanese army soldiers and security forces gather as Lebanese and Hezbollah flags are erectedat the site of the two explosions that occured on Thursday in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital Beirut, November 13, 2015
(Aziz Taher/Reuters)

Anne Barnard, New York Times (@ABarnardNYT)
Erik Wemple, Washington Post (@ErikWemple)

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