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President Obama Congratulates Belgium+France Over Paris Suspect Arrest

[Washington DC]President Obama Congratulates Belgium+France Over Paris Suspect Arrest&Commends Security Services
President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Belgian PM Charles Michel and French President Francois Hollande to congratulate them on the arrest in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the November 13, 2015 ISIL terrorist attacks in Paris, France.
The President commended the work of Belgian security services and noted that this significant arrest was the result of hard work and close cooperation between Belgian and French law enforcement authorities.
The President reiterated that the United States stands together with Belgium and France in our shared struggle against the scourge of terrorism and once again pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States in these efforts, reaffirming our shared commitment to degrading and destroying ISIL.
Minutes after the Paris attack, US officials were in close touch with national security and law enforcement officials in France and Belgium as they take steps to try to protect their country,
Abdeslam, 26, one of the most wanted men in Europe, was captured in Brussels yesterday during a raid by armed police, according to French police.
Abdeslam is believed to have played a key role in the November 13 attacks claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group that left 130 people dead.

German Airliner with148 on Board Crashed In French Alps

[ Paris]German airliner with 148 on board crashed In French Alps
A German airliner crashed near a ski resort in the French Alps today with all 148 people on board feared dead,
French Media said that a jetliner operated by the German Air Wing has crashed in the south of France
French President Francois Hollande said it was likely all passengers and crew on the Airbus A320 had perished in the crash. There are not thought to be any survivors,” the president told reporters after the disaster. The plane was travelling from the Spanish coastal city of Barcelona to the German city of Duesseldorf when it went down in the Barcelonnette area, in southeeastern France.