The FAA confirmed on Tuesday night that an Air France flight en route to Paris was diverted to Salt Lake City due to security incident. A second Air France flight to Paris was diverted to Halifax over a security related issue as well.
Air France Flight 65, en route to Paris from Los Angeles was diverted to Salt Lake City, Utah, after a bomb threat was called into the airline, officials confirmed. The FBI and Salt Lake City Airport police are investigating the incident. Another Air France flight headed from Washington, D.C., to Paris was diverted to Halifax, Nova Scotia. A spokesperson for Halifax Stanfield International Airport says the plane landed safely and passengers are exiting the plane.
The Islamic State or ISIS released a video on Monday warning that any country retaliating against the terrorist group would suffer the same fate as Paris, and threatened specifically to target Washington. The new ISIS video was released just hours after U.S. warplanes bombed 116 oil trucks in eastern Syria, in a new effort to cut off the group’s ability to transport crude oil that it has been producing in the country. French warplanes bombed Islamic State training camps and a suspected arms depot in its Syrian stronghold Raqqa late on Sunday — the largest French military strike since it started assaults as part of a U.S. led mission launched in 2014. French President, Francois Hollande denounced the terror attacks on Friday night, calling it an “act of war.”
ISIS claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks on six locations across Paris that killed 129 people and injured over three hundred others, a hundred were critically injured. One American, a 23-year-old college student from California was killed in the attacks. In an online statement distributed by Islamic State supporters on Saturday, ISIS said eight militants wearing explosive belts and armed with machine guns attacked the selected locations.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin confirmed on Tuesday that a bomb was responsible for taking down Metro Jet Flight 9268 en route from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula killing all 224 onboard. An Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for the deadly plane crash the next day. Rep. Michael McCaul, a U.S. security expert, warned on Sunday that the success of their Russian mission could embolden ISIS terrorists to begin targeting other commercial airliners using various means that may not all be detected and stopped. National security analysts say numerous FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security bulletins over the last year have have been different and more serious in tone because of ISIS.
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