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Massive Manhunt For Paris Suspect on the Run; Lawyer: Father of Mastermind "Relieved" Son is Dead; French Prime Minister Warns of Biological or Chemical Attack. Aired 7-8:00p ET
Aired November 19, 2015 - 19:00 ET
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[19:00:11] ERIN BURNETT, CNN ANCHOR: Good evening, welcome to our viewers in the United States and around the world. I'm Erin Burnett. We begin OUTFRONT tonight with breaking news, a massive international manhunt for a suspected terrorist on the run. Sources telling CNN the search for Salah Abdeslam is now moving to the Netherlands where he spent time in the past. Abdeslam whose brother blew himself up outside a cafe in a Paris attacks first fled to Belgium where police stopped him on the French side of the border. They released him on the night of the attacks. Later intelligence indicated he could be in Spain. This as ISIS and yet another new video issues a new threat tonight specifically targeting Rome, Paris and the White House.
Boasting that they will burn the White House black. And the State Department also issuing a warning to all Americans in Italy, a potential terror attacks on St. Peters Basilica and more generally on restaurants, churches, synagogues and hotels throughout that country. The same morning says, terrorists maybe launching an attacks similar those that devastated Paris. Now this on the same day that French officials confirmed they killed the reported mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, his bullet riddle body identified by prints from his hands and feet. Late tonight, officials identifying the woman believed to be Abaaoud's cousin who blew herself up during yesterday's raid, her name Hasna Aitboulahcen.
With so many fast-moving developments in the story tonight, we want to begin with Jim Sciutto in Paris. And Jim, the manhunt, the search for Salah Abdeslam is expanding tonight. They have been looking now down in Spain. Now, they are talking about the Netherlands. Why?
JIM SCIUTTO, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: The fact is, they don't know where he is. The reason they are looking at the Netherlands is he has past associations there. That's what they are doing now to try to find him. Where could he go? Where might he find a safe house? Where would he have old contacts looking to protect him? He knows that he is being looked for right now. His face is out there on this international arrest warrant. The question is where he is now. And just keep in mind, you know this well, moving from country-to-country in Europe, the distances are short. The borders are largely open. It's more like going state to state in the U.S. than it is from country to country. Very easy to move around. And remember as well, they consider him very dangerous. He's willing to kill and die on Friday. They think that's still true today. BURNETT: Jim Sciutto, thank you. We are also learning more
about another attack Abaaoud may have tried to carry out.
SCIUTTO: That's right. This was an attack that Abaaoud was connected to in an attempt to attack a concert hall here in Paris in August of 2015. Of course sounds familiar because that's exactly what happened on Friday night at the Bataclan. Another man arrested for this. So, why is that important? It looks like another missed warning sign here. Someone arrested three months before that attack at the Bataclan, speaking of exactly the same kind of plot with exactly the same plotter. The trouble is, so many potential plotters around the country, so many potential terrorists.
SCIUTTO: It's proven and we saw this on Friday, difficult for them to track this plots.
BURNETT: Jim, thank you. And as Jim just mentioned, Abdelhamid Abaaoud appears to have been, appears that they are saying at this time, involved in four of six foiled terror plots since the spring. Four of six. Nic Robertson is OUTFRONT.
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNALTIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR (voice-over): Shocking new video. A vicious assault on a cafe during the Paris attacks. Patrons scrambling under flying glass. Automatic weapons fire everywhere. In this video on DailyMail.com, a gunman appears just outside targeting a woman on the ground. But his rifle appears to jam. Miraculously her life is spared. Today, French officials with a stunning announcement about the reported mastermind of the Paris attacks. Twenty seven-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through a translator): The public has just announced Abaaoud was indeed the terrorist killed yesterday morning.
ROBERTSON: Out front, this exclusive video of the raid. The police unloaded 5,000 rounds and explosives on their targets. In the rubble, a bullet riddled body. Investigators using fingerprints from the fingers, palms and soles of the feet identify it as Abaaoud. Abaaoud was known to French intelligence as a hardened militant. In one video, he says he enjoys spilling the blood of infidels. In this photo, he is seen driving a truck, trailing behind it a string of dead bodies. Also killed in the assault, his female cousin now identified as Hasna Aitboulahcen. She blew herself up seconds after this exchange with police.
UNIDENTIFIED POLICE: Where is your boyfriend?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's not my boyfriend.
UNIDENTIFIED POLICE: Where is he?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He's not my boyfriend.
[19:05:26] Two crucial clues led the police to zero in on the Saint Denis building. Phone intercepts indicating Abaaoud's cousin was inside and Moroccan intelligence alerting the French two days before the raid that Abaaoud was in France, not Syria, as many believed. Abaaoud grew up in Belgium, in the poor, immigrant neighborhood of Molenbeek known to have links to terror plots. After a string of petty crimes, he appears to have been radicalized in just the last few years even taking his 13-year-old brother with him to Syria. Among his friends, Brahim and Salah Abdeslam. Brahim blew himself up in the Paris attacks. Salah is still on the run. The suspect of an international manhunt.
ROBERTSON: Well, now Abaaoud is dead, the police will get some more information to go on. Perhaps, cellphones and perhaps they can begin to backtrack where he was and what he was doing in those days before the attack last Friday. The concern, of course, is, that he came back to France undetected. We heard from the French officials today saying that he is connected with other known Jihadists here. The concern how many more, like him, have snuck back, are under the radar right now but authorities here don't know about. How lucky were they to get that tip off just two days ago or three days ago now from Moroccan authorities -- Erin.
BURNETT: Thank you so much, Nic. OUTFRONT now, Nathalie Gallant, she is the attorney representing the family of Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Nathalie, you were the one that told Abaaoud's father that his son was dead. Was his father sad that his son died in this raid or was he glad?
NATHALIE GALLANT, ABAAOUD'S FAMILY ATTORNEY: He was not sad. He was not glad. I don't know the name in English, I'm sorry, my English is not perfect. But in French, I think that we could say that he was soulage.
GALLANT: He was soulage.
BURNETT: He was relieved.
GALLANT: Yes. He was relieved because he knew already in the last month that his son was linked to all the terrorism act, which happen in Europe. He was afraid to learn that his son Abdelhamid had maybe again committed something horrible.
BURNETT: It's been reported that Abaaoud was very involved with his parent's business in Brussels. He was presiding over board meetings in 2013. When did his father learn or think, notice for the first time that his son was becoming radicalized?
GALLANT: It was during 2013. His son was beginning to make a lot of critics, concerning the way the father was educating the small kids because he was educating them, you know, like European. And Abdelhamid was totally upset because of that.
BURNETT: Abdelhamid Abaaoud has said some horrible things Nathalie of course. One of the things he said, I quote him from a video he put out. It gives me pleasure from time-to-time to see blood of the disbelievers run. He put out another video. You see him in this video dragging a pile of bodies behind a truck in Syria. What did his father say to you when he saw this video, when he heard these horrible things?
GALLANT: He said -- he said exactly that this was the behavior of a psychopath. For him, it was the proof that his son became a devil.
BURNETT: Does the father think that he's responsible for that in any way? Does the family worry, look back and say, was there something they did that enabled Abdelhamid to become this devil?
GALLANT: Erin, I will tell you sincerely what I think. The father, I'm sure, is feeling guilty.
BURNETT: Nathalie, you are also representing the brother of Salah Abdeslam. Salah of course he is on the run. They say, the police say that he was a part of the attacks in Paris on Friday. Has Salah tried to contact his brother, Mohamed tried to reach out to him for help in any way?
[19:10:17] GALLANT: No. No. And I had to contact this evening with Mohamed Abdeslam. He wants first to know if maybe Salah is among the people who have not identified right now in Paris. He's waiting to know if Salah is alive or still on the run. So, he asked me today, to tell Salah that if he was still alive that Abaaoud was dead. He doesn't need any more to be afraid of Abaaoud and that he must go to the Belgium authorities. And it's maybe also the only way to avoid that he could be arrested and shot down by the police during this arrest.
BURNETT: Nathalie, I don't know if you have seen video, CCTV video from inside one of the restaurants. It's horrible to watch, but it's video of the actual shooting. You see a shooter shooting into the restaurant, killing people. The Daily Mail newspaper identifies the shooter in that video as Salah. Has Mohamed seen that? Or what does he think about the possibility that Salah murdered people?
GALLANT: I don't know about that video. And Mohamed was not telling me about that video. Today when I spoke with him and I don't think that that video was already shown by the Belgium authorities on TV.
BURNETT: What do you think his reaction will be, if he can identify that it's his brother?
GALLANT: He will be horrified. He will be horrified. He's still expecting that maybe his brother was only playing a small role in this story.
BURNETT: Nathalie, I thank you very for your time. GALLANT: Thank you, Erin.
BURNETT: And OUTFRONT live from Paris now, our terrorism analyst, Paul Cruikshank. And Paul, you just heard Nathalie, the attorney for Salah's brother Mohamed say he had a message. You know, I spoke to Mohamed earlier this week, he wanted to pass this message along to me to share. He wanted Salah to know Abaaoud is dead. Don't be afraid of him, turn yourself in. Do you think Abaaoud's death is enough for Salah to surrender?
PAUL CRUIKSHANK, CNN TERRORISM ANALYST: No. I mean, he's a religious fanatic who allegedly killed a lot of people in Paris as part of that attack in a major way. I understand that CCTV footage here in Paris showed him here on the day of the attack. Investigators believe that he was involved. For some reason, he didn't detonate his suicide vest. Some people think maybe he had, perhaps, second thoughts after killing people if he wanted to kill himself as well or maybe it just malfunctioned or maybe there's some other explanation.
CRUIKSHANK: But there's a missing suicide vest. And he is now on the run. The last time they had track of him is when they stopped at 9:00 in the morning on this Saturday as he was driving towards Belgium with the typical attempts to pick him up. And they let him go because they didn't know he was involved at that point. And since then, absolutely nothing, they really don't know where he is at this point -- Erin.
BURNETT: Which is pretty incredible and pretty terrifying in terms of it just shows the difficulty of the intelligence here. When I spoke to Nathalie, Paul, she also spoke about Abaaoud's brother Younes, he's very young. His father says he hasn't heard from Younes who is now 15 since Abdelhamid took him to Syria last year. He took his 13-year-old little brother to Syria, he is now 15. The family hasn't heard from him since. Is Younes a risk? Because there's a possibility he wanted to avenge or emulate his older brother.
CRUIKSHANK: We don't know, really, about Younes. What we do know is that he was abducted, essentially by his older brother, who presumably trying to brainwash him, abduct him from the family taken him all the way to join ISIS in Syria, just 130years-old when he took him all the way into Syria. Presumably made him join ISIS ranks, exposed him to all that brutality over there. We have seen older brothers, fathers exposing young children to absolute brutality, getting them involved in execution of prisoners. Some of the things that Abaaoud, the older brother was doing, too grizzly even to describe on television. Presumably, this is some youngster that's become brutalized. Whether he's still with ISIS now, we don't know. But I think that's still working the assumption of European security officials.
[19:20:20] BURNETT: Paul, thank you.
And next, the French prime minister warning of chemical and biological attacks from ISIS is that the next step, and ISIS directing American fighters to stay in the United States and carry out attacks in the homeland. The head of the FBI responds today. And much more of the spanning video of the Paris cafe attack. What this image from the DailyMail.com tells us about ISIS fighter capabilities. We are going to break it down.
[19:19:01] BURNETT: A warning from French's Prime Minster tonight warning a possible ISIS chemical and biological weapons attacks. This as the Associated Press reports ISIS is aggressively pursuing the developments of chemical weapons.
Clarissa Ward is in Paris tonight. And Clarissa, what can you tell us about why the prime minister issued this morning today. It took a lot of people by surprise.
CLARISSA WARD, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It certainly did, Erin. I think what the Prime Minister Manuel Valls was trying to say in effect where he did say is that this is a constantly evolving threat that ISIS is constantly evolving, changing its tactics, developing. And it's important for viewers to remember, Erin that even a month ago, it would have been almost inconceivable to imagine that there could have been a complex and sophisticated attack like the one we saw on Friday, multiple suicide bombings inside Paris and that is even after "Charlie Hebdo."
At the same time, we do know that ISIS has experimented with chemical compounds inside Iraq. We know they have used traces of mustard gas and shells previously that they had fired at Kurdish Forces. So far, that has not been with very much success. But certainly it is fair to say that it is the job of French authorities and indeed authorities across the west to be sure that they are adequately prepared and that people are mentally prepared for all the possibilities. Because this is such a quickly evolving threat -- Erin.
BURNETT: Clarissa, thank you. And OUTFRONT now, I want to go to the deputy mayor of Paris Patrick Klugman who also joins me from the Place de la Republique where we meet just the other night.
Deputy Mayor, thank you so much. This warning about chemical and biological attacks, did it take you by surprise to hear this also from the Prime Minister?
PATRICK KLUGMAN, DEPUTY MAYOR OF PARIS: Well, of course I was kind of surprised. But I think the message is not the risk of chemical attack. It's that we just know I have to be ready for anything, any kind of attack. Of course, the biggest threat we can imagine would be a chemical attack. But, I'm less surprised with the -- of chemical attack than what happened at the Bataclan last Friday.
BURNETT: So, let me ask you though about this. Are you prepared? You say you have to be ready for anything. Certainly, it's almost impossible to be ready for something like another attack at the Bataclan and is Paris ready for some sort of a chemical attack if ISIS were able to pull that off? KLUGMAN: Well, first, global message of the prime minister is,
again, we have to be ready for anything that would happen and the level of threat is, of course, very high. Although, we know that the mastermind of the attacks in Paris has been killed. But the risk is still very high. Secondly, we have plans in Paris to face this kind of attacks and cannot tell you that everything is ready for that. We are planned for it. But, of course, we have security plans for this kind of threats. I don't know if they have been upgraded so far or lately. But of course we have this kind of plans. But, we are not in an imminent emergency.
KLUGMAN: I think that again, threat is high and we have to be ready for anything.
BURNETT: Obviously, the ringleader here was killed, as you mentioned, just outside Paris in Saint Denis. You know, I was in that neighborhood just yesterday deputy mayor and people who live in that neighborhood, they knew that Abaaoud was there. They knew a lot of things about him. They didn't call authorities and say that he was there. Are you concerned that Salah Abdeslam for whom there is a manhunt ongoing tonight could also be hiding in plain sight?
KLUGMAN: Well, of course, there's a possibility that he could be hidden anywhere in France. But, I don't think that the people who knew that some people were hiding there knew who was this Abaaoud guy and what he did. So, of course there can be local accomplices but not really aware of who these people and what are their ideology. And pretty confident, you know, intelligence in the great coordination between services all over Europe and the world, also with the United States to find this guy. It's not by local information that will get them. It's mostly by intelligence and by police inquiries.
BURNETT: All right. Deputy Mayor, thank you very much. It's good to talk to you again, sir. I appreciate you being up so late tonight in Paris. I want to go now to our counterterrorism analyst and the former CIA counterterrorism special Phil Mudd. Phil, you know, you hear the deputy mayor saying that they need to be prepared for anything when he's referring to a possible chemical weapons, aspiration of ISIS. How big of a concern is this?
[19:24:12] PHIL MUDD, FORMER CIA COUNTERTERRORISM ANALYST: The concern isn't high if you are looking at conventional judgments about terror groups. There are very, very few terror groups that get into the chemical biological game. The problem here Erin though is what we call the one percent solution or the one percent problem in the intelligence business. If you chase conventional plots and 1 out of 100 turns out to be true, that's a really inefficient business. If you chase one out of 100 on the chemical bio side, that would be a high hit rate in the intelligence business. So, you have to focus on these. Because the potential downside of a successful chemical or biological attack is so significant. So, I think the likelihood is low.
BURNETT: Yes. MUDD: But that doesn't mean you can't take this seriously.
BURNETT: And what about Salah Abdeslam. Could he be hiding in plain sight, in Paris? I mean, you know, the community the other day I think it's fair, the people who are telling me they knew he was there, they knew who he was, they knew he was there. They weren't saying they endorsed what he did but the fact that they didn't call is an endorsement in some way.
MUDD: It is. I think there's a chance he's hiding in plain sight. The prospects that was there in my mind declines overtime. Because they have to have some way, not only with high end players like this, but just for common everyday recruits from Western Europe to smuggle them from Europe to Turkey into Syria.
MUDD: I will say one thing about the continuation of the fight against them. And that is, if they do locate him, especially given the fact that he's already participated in murder, the chance he goes down without a fight and the chance he goes down alive tome is still very low.
BURNETT: Thank you very much, Phil. And that's something his brother has told me, he's worried that there could be some sort of a shootout with police. That he could go out in what he would believe would be some sort of blaze.
OUTFRONT next, the head of the FBI, warning agencies as following dozens of people dogged to high risk of launching a Paris style attack inside the United States. A report on that. And rare and exclusive reporting from inside Syria. Our Nick Paton Walsh is on the ground, that's next.
[19:30:05] BURNETT: Welcome back to our viewers in the United States and around the world tonight.
Breaking news: the FBI director says dozens in the United States are being monitored for fear of copycat attacks of the Paris massacre. He's also slamming a new and controversial House bill that requires him and other top officials to personally vet and vouch for refugees coming into the United States.
Evan Perez is OUTFRONT.
I mean, Evan, this is a pretty stunning thing they are being required -- you putting your own personal name on the line to vouch for these individual refugees. What did the FBI director say about that?
EVAN PEREZ, CNN JUSTICE REPORTER: Well, that's right, Erin. The Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director Comey both said really, it's impossible to verify and to sign something that says 100 percent, that there's going to be no risk from every single one of these refugees that will be coming from Iraq and Syria. It's not possible for them to do.
They do say there's a process they have worked with, intelligence agencies, Homeland Security, State Department as a way to vet the refugees. It's a process that takes up to two years. They say that that's a process they are working on.
But as for trying to sign something that says 100 percent, we guarantee you this person is not going to cause problems, is impossible.
BURNETT: Evan, the FBI director also said something that, at first blush, seems like a good thing. He says fewer Americans going to Syria to join ISIS. But that's a bad thing, it might be, right?
PEREZ: Right, exactly. It's a complicated picture, because the problem is, they don't know why that is. It may be that people are listening to law enforcement. But, he also said people are maybe heeding the word from ISIS, which is that maybe you should stay here and kill here.
That's the concern the FBI director raised. That's the reason why he has dozens of people under monitoring and 900 investigations open across 50 states, because they want to make sure what happened in Paris doesn't happen here.
BURNETT: Evan, thank you very much.
And OUTFRONT now, the New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik, and "Newsday" columnist Ellis Henican.
Good to have both of you with us.
Bernie, you're with me. Let me start with you.
This is a pretty stunning development. They're going to say a top U.S. official, the head of the FBI would have to vet and certify every refugee coming into the United States. I mean, frankly, it's absurd.
BERNIE KERIK, FORMER NYPD COMMISSIONER: You know what? He's put between a rock and a hard place. You know, last month, before a House Oversight Committee, he admitted there was no real way we could guarantee the safety and security of the people coming into this country, of the refugees. If they haven't been picked up on one of our intelligence sites somewhere while they were over there, then when they get here and come to the borders, we don't know who they are.
BURNETT: You think it's the right thing not to let them in? Rather safe and sorry, is that --
KERIK: I would rather be safe than sorry. What we have been given past and dealt with in the past, you know, I don't want to put anybody in this country at risk.
BURNETT: Ellis, you know, I mean, there is real fear here. In Paris, Syrian refugees were showing their passports to me, saying, look, for 750 euro, I'll get you a fake Syrian passport, I can get a fake United Kingdom passport that you don't have to pay for until you actually prove that you can enter the United Kingdom. That, of course, easily gets you into the United States.
When you hear things like that, you can see why people are afraid of letting in the refugees, can't you?
ELLIS HENICAN, NEWSDAY: The fear is understandable. Something bad happened. There may be more bad things.
But this is -- in the end, scapegoating of people who really aren't the danger. Let's focus on those folks who are joining up with ISIS. Let's deal with the training camps. Let's talk to the things we know are a danger.
Since 9/11, and Bernie knows this, since 9/11, 750,000 people have come from the program from the worst places in the world. There's not a single case of one of these people actually committing a terrorist act here. The more time we pander on this, the less time we have to focus on the real dangers.
BURNETT: What do you say to that, Bernie? When you also have former ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, saying today that Obama -- President Obama is failing by only suggesting the United States should take 10,000 refugees. He says the United States should take 100,000 refugees next year from Syria.
KERIK: Listen, I say take them all, if you can guarantee in some way that you're taking the right ones, take as many as you can take. My fear is that we don't get the right ones. And not getting the right ones -- look, they are coming from Syria where ISIS is decapitating people, mass murdering, doing all the barbaric stuff you have seen over the last several weeks or talked about in the last year. We don't need one of those people in this country. That's my fear.
You know, I know Jordanians, Egyptians, Syrians, friends.
[19:35:00] Muslims and Christians that have come out of the Middle East but live here. I'm good friends. But I don't want religious fanatics to come into this country and do what they are doing.
BURNETT: Go ahead, Ellis.
HENICAN: Bernie, of course not. I mean, of course not. We don't people here to do us harm. So, let's go look where the dangerous people are.
Let's forget about the orphans and little children and old ladies who are most of those refugees. I mean, frankly, it's a waste of time for cheap, political stunting, right? I mean, there's an audience for this stuff.
KERIK: Well, I agree with the political stunting.
HENICAN: You can scare people. But professionals ought to say, no, no, let's focus where the real problem is.
BURNETT: All right. Ellis, let me ask you. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson today weighed into this, comparing Syrian refugees to rabid dogs. Let me play it for you.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BEN CARSON (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We must balance safety against being a humanitarian. For instance, you know, if there's a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you probably not going to assume something good about that dog. And you are probably going to get your children out of the way. Doesn't mean you hate all dogs. By the same token, we have to have in place screening mechanisms that allow us to determine who the mad dogs are, quite frankly.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BURNETT: I guess the analogy he's making is the refugees are the dogs and the bad refugees among them are the rabid dogs.
HENICAN: Do you think maybe Donald Trump was doing the ghost writing there? We have that rhetoric that's mostly come from Trump so far.
Listen, we learned lessons after 9/11, right? We were all very scared. We all wanted to do anything we could do. And, in fact, we spent a lot of resources, money and time and limited law enforcement attention on stuff that was just dumb to be focused on. Let's do the things we know we need and leave the pandering to the politicians and shake our heads when they try to pull that on us.
BURNETT: Bernie, Donald Trump weighed into this. He said he'd consider monitoring mosques across the country. He also considered a registry, just for Muslims, so the Muslims in the United States would have to register. Is that the American way?
KERIK: I don't agree with that. Look, I know a lot of law- abiding Muslims, religious Muslims that believe in the Koran. They are moderate people.
At the end of the day, that's not the people we are worried about. We have to worry about the ones that are bad people. For us, to monitor -- are you going to monitor Christians, too? Radical, you know, crazy Christians or whatever?
Stop. I mean, it's getting too political. Focus on the enemy -- the real enemy, radical Islam and the people that want demise in this country, that's what we need to focus on.
BURNETT: All right. Thanks very much to both of you on that note of agreement between the two.
OUTFRONT next, new round of airstrikes pounding ISIS targets in Syria. Nick Paton Walsh is one of the few Western journalists inside that country with some exclusive, very dangerous reporting. That is next, from inside Syria.
And more of the shocking inside of Paris cafe under attack. You will see what it was like the moment the terrorists struck.
[19:42:12] BURNETT: Tonight, the president of France, vowing to fight against ISIS starting with intensifying airstrikes over Syria. Meanwhile, Russia stepping up air strikes as well after concluding an ISIS bomb took down MetroJet Flight 9268.
Our senior international correspondent Nick Paton Walsh is on the ground in Syria, a very courageous assignment with what we are seeing right now.
Nick, airstrikes from the United States, France vowing to intensify its strikes against Syria. What is it like on the ground?
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Sheerly terrifying for those trapped inside Raqqa. Remember, they have been through the brutalization of ISIS, now they've been trapped inside that city by that same group and now finding, as you mentioned, the list of air forces above them.
We have been hearing the airstrikes happening again inside that city at night, and also slightly to the west of it. And two eyewitnesses, tens of kilometers away, in the middle of the afternoon, and hearing 20 lengthy rumbling explosions, in just a 20 minute period.
Activists saying ISIS leaders fled east, some saying maybe that's not the case. They must be feeling the pressure from the skies and on the ground. Whether they lash out more towards to the U.S. or the West, or simply fade back, we simply don't know, Erin.
BURNETT: And, Nick, that is the crucial question. Do you have any sense? I mean, you have Abaaoud now killed, a crucial link between ISIS central in Raqqa and Europe. You have so many young men from Europe and Syria right now.
What is the impact on ISIS, if any and is there a sense of whether they are regrouping or planning more from where you are?
WALSH: Well, I think you have to separate those cells in Europe who have their planning, who have a degree of autonomy, who may not even need a signal from Syria. We don't know if there was one in France to actually initiate their attacks and those on the ground doing the holding of territory here.
It's clear they are having setbacks in Syria and Iraq. We saw ourselves how they lost the vital route that goes between Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, when they lost the town of Sinjar, symbolically important as well, to Peshmerga last week. Now they are getting hit in their self-declared harder than before. It may well cause some civilians to be furious and empathize with
them. But at the end of the day, ISIS have been stifling for so long, they can be doing nothing but suffering from this volume of munitions. And I think many are wondering whether the tide is turning in both Syria and Iraq for them here.
BURNETT: Thank you so much, Nick. Nick reporting, taking great personal risk to do these reports inside Syria. Nick, thanks.
And OUTFRONT next, more of the dramatic surveillance video at a Paris cafe. It's terrifying to watch. Bullets flying, a gunman targeting a woman for point-blank execution.
And a native New Yorker gets together with Air France to honor the victims of terror attacks.
[19:49:10] BURNETT: Tonight an international manhunt under way for Salah Abdeslam heading towards Belgium. Tonight, though, officials extending the search to the Netherlands and they've been looking as far south as Spain. The deputy mayor of Paris earlier on this program tonight saying they wouldn't be surprised if he was still in Paris. We now have the first video of inside the cafe that was attacked on Friday night.
The DailyMail.com posting this surveillance video that shows a gunman firing an AK-47 at diners.
Jake Tapper is OUTFRONT.
JAKE TAPPER, CNN CHIEF WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): These horrifying images from inside Casa Nostra restaurant obtained by DailyMail.com show the frightening moments when a gunman opens fire on bystanders enjoying a night out in Paris.
(on camera): The ISIS terrorists sprayed dozens of bullets throughout this area, killing five people. The closed-circuit TV cameras inside Casa Nostra restaurant capturing just how terrifying the experience was.
[19:50:01] (voice-over): Three closed-circuit cameras capture the shocking instant the terrorists began firing just after 9:30 Friday night.
Amidst the panic and shattering glass and debris are people trying to survive, finding cover any way they can, hiding under tables, taking refuge behind this bar, running to another floor, as bullets fly. Two employees of the restaurant are seen ducking down behind the bar. One slips down the stairs out of sight. The other would help pull a woman to safety, out of view of the attacker, that woman escaping the terrorists from outside, finding cover behind the bar, as this man stumbles inside, diving to the floor. He would later get to his feet and scramble up the stairs. (on camera): At one point, the footage shows, one of the ISIS
terrorists approaches right here at the outdoor seating area where at least two diners are hiding. Thankfully, however, his gun jams.
(voice-over): This is the chilling moment the terrorist spots a woman hiding outside under a table. He walks toward her and takes aim at point-blank range. But his gun jams. And he runs away.
Watch it again, the gunman pointing directly at her head. Miraculously, the woman gets away alive, along with another hiding just feet away.
Jake Tapper, CNN, Paris, France.
BURNETT: Pretty incredible that that woman just at point blank execution surviving.
Art Roderick is a CNN law enforcement analyst, former U.S. marshal.
Art, in this video from dailymail.com, you see people diving, bullets flying, no one died in this restaurant, no one died. How shocking is that?
ART RODERICK, CNN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: It is pretty amazing. I mean, the video takes -- it's less than a minute and in about 40 seconds in is when you see the weapon jam.
But I think when you look at this video at that particular point in time, it looks like he's going to walk into the restaurant and then sees the two women hiding under the table and decides to go ahead and take them out, and when you hear the one click, the gun jams. He decides to walk away and this all takes place in less than a minute. It's absolutely terrifying and unbelievable video.
BURNETT: I mean, it is. If you look closely, you see the AK-47 jam, right?
BURNETT: He's about to target this woman at point blank, gets ready to shoot her without a motion, without care like we've seen with every gunman right there, all right? Then he moves on because it jams. What does that tell you about the gunman? Was that a lack of competence, of training? Was that?
RODERICK: Yes, I think at this point when you look at this, this is probably a target of opportunity and they were moving onto the primary objective.
But if you're well-trained with these weapons, it's easy to clear a jam like that and probably what happens is a lot of times on these AKs because they are mass produced in several countries around the world, the most popular assault rifle made, the magazine doesn't seat correctly up into the receiver of the weapon and a lot of times that bolt will jam or you'll get a misfire and it really all it takes is 10 to 15 seconds to be able to clear that and continue on.
BURNETT: And you're not -- so he didn't -- are you surprised he didn't wait the 10 to 15 seconds and execute this woman? He ran away instead.
RODERICK: Yes, he walked away basically. He had to get in the vehicle and move onto the next target, clear the weapon inside the vehicle and get ready for the next shooting match. I think there obviously not only are the two women lucky outside but also the rest of the people inside the restaurant.
BURNETT: Certainly are miraculous. Thank you so much, Art.
And OUTFRONT next: today, I met an artist on my flight back from Paris. His work inspired by the "Charlie Hebdo" attack today debuting display at 35,000 feet. We'll be right back.
[19:58:20] BURNETT: The French flag blue white and red on display across Paris. I saw it at the Eiffel Tower, at the main train station, government buildings around Paris, they were all lit up at night. It was lighting up the darkness.
And then, as we were taking off this morning very early from Paris this morning headed back to New York, we saw it again on our plane. Our plane, the only plane in the entire Air France fleet emblazoned with a new interpretation of the French flag, you see it there. That's the new logo.
Today was the first day that plane flew with the new logo. So, it's the only plane and the first day and we happened to be on it. The artist JonOne who created it was onboard on this inaugural flight. He was born in America and now lives in Paris.
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JONONE, ARTIST: It's a flag and at the same time it's a value that everybody can identify with, you know, especially here in the States, which is, you know, when you talk about liberte and fraternite and egalite, these are things that Americans also share as values.
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BURNETT: JonOne says the plane art was inspired by the "Charlie Hebdo" terror shooting. Today, though, was long planned as the rollout and the airline stuck with that plan in spite of the horrific attacks in Paris.
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JONONE: It was very emotional because there was a lot of like concern of whether we should do this, was it the right time to do it right after the attacks in Paris and I live in that same neighborhood where everything happened.
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BURNETT: JonOne told me he's proud his art is on a plane, something he says is the physical tangible proof that French values touch countries around the world.
Thanks so much for joining us. Our coverage continues with "AC360."