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Kerry calls Paris attackers "psychopathic monsters"

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 01:43

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in Paris calls attackers ''psychopathic monsters,'' whose work should not be referred to as a ''clash of civilizations.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Paris on Monday to pay respects to those killed in last week's attacks in the French capital and to stress Washington's support for a key ally in the war against Islamic State militants. Kerry's visit comes three days after gunmen killed more than 130 people in attacks on bars, a concert hall and a soccer stadium in Paris. He is due to meet President Francois Hollande on Tuesday morning. Kerry said that France is, "America's oldest friend, our first ally, and during our darkest hours, that fact rings truer than ever." "Don't mistake what these attacks represent, this is not a clash of civilizations, these terrorists have declared war against all civilizations," he said. "They rape, and torture and pillage and call it the will of God, they are in fact psychopathic monsters and there is nothing nothing civilized about them." President Barack Obama pledged support to France after the attacks, which he called "an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians". Among those killed in Friday's attacks was a 23-year-old U.S. exchange student, Nohemi Gonzalez, who was dining at a restaurant fired upon by gunmen. France has been bombing Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria as part of a U.S.-led operation. On Sunday its jets launched their biggest raids in Syria to date, hitting the militant group's stronghold of Raqqa.

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Kerry calls Paris attackers "psychopathic monsters"

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 01:43