France school
French police stand in front of the nursery school where the teacher who made the false report about Isis attacker works in Aubervilliers, near Paris, France.Reuters

Man arrested in connection to Paris attack: French police on Tuesday arrested a man near Paris reportedly as part of their investigation into the terror attacks that hit the city last month.

The 29-year-old suspect was arrested from the Val-de-Marne region near Paris on the suspicion that he helped provide weapons to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, said to be the mastermind behind the attack, reports said. 

Two people were also arrested in northern France for their role in supplying weapons to the gunmen who attacked a kosher supermarket in January. The couple were being questioned about their role in the January attack, accoriding to ABC News. 

France has carried out  2,700 raids in a month since the 13 November attack that killed 130 people. 

Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama delivers a statement after attending a National Security Council meeting on the counter-Islamic State campaign at the Pentagon in Washington, December 14, 2015.Reuters

Obama hits hard at Isis: US President Barack Obama said that America was hunting down Isis ruthlessly, killing several leaders and disrupting the financing of the terror group, while sending a warning to the remaining Daesh leaders that they were next. 

"ISIL leaders cannot hide, and our message is simple: You are next," Obama said at the Pentagon on Monday, using the acronym for the terror group. "As we squeeze its heart we'll make it harder for ISIL to pump its terror and propaganda to the rest of the world". 

The American president said that US forces had carried out about 9,000 strikes against Isis since the beginning of the operation, and named the top Islamic State leaders who had been killed. 

"Since this spring, we've removed Abu Sayyaf, one of their top leaders; Haji Mutazz, ISIL's second-in command; Junaid Hussain, a top online recruiter; Mohamed Emwazi, who brutally murdered Americans and others; and in recent weeks, finance chief Abu Saleh; senior extortionist Abu Maryam; and weapons trafficker Abu Rahman al-Tunisi," Obama said.

Saudi Arabia alliance
Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman speaks during a news conference in Riyadh December 15, 2015. Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism.Reuters

34 Muslim countries form anti-terror alliance: 34 Muslim nations, led by Saudi Arabia and comprising other countries such as Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan, announced a military coalition to fighter terrorism.

Saudi prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman said that the coalition will fight not just the Islamic State but any other terror group as well. 

The other countries in the Islamic alliance are Jordan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, Palestine, Comoros, Qatar, Cote d'Ivoire, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Yemen.

Free Syrian Army
Free Syrian Army fighters walk with their weapons in Deraa province, September 9, 2015.Reuters

Free Syrian Army denies Russian support: After Russia claimed that its warplanes were offering support to the Free Syrian Army rebels in their offensive, the rebel group denied getting any such support and instead accused Russia of continuing to bomb them, Reuters reported. 

"The Russian air task force delivers 30-40 air strikes daily for their (FSA) support alone. They are also receiving assistance in the form of armaments, ammunition and supplies," Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov was quoted as saying on Monday. 

The FSA rebels receive support and training from the United States, which has accused Russia of deliberately targeting these rebels in their airstrikes in Syria. 

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