The news is still a bit confusing but there seem to have been multiple coordinated attacks across the city with over a hundred people dead.
- People on twitter are sternly warning everyone not to jump to conclusions but I feel safe predicting that an Islamic group carried out the attacks
- Anything this big usually has a policy target. The most likely outcome of this attack is that European nations close their borders to refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria and Iraq. So my wild uneducated guess is that these attacks were carried out by ISIS to discourage people who they consider the subjects of their Caliphate from trying to flee to Europe.
- ISIS carried out a similar attack in Beirut yesterday. Lebanon is home to over a million refugees
- It is less than a year since the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. The fact that an even larger attack on the French capital could be organised and carried out doesn’t say much for the competence of France’s intelligence services.