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France seeks EU security aid, launches new airstrikes on IS

France made an unprecedented demand for its European Union allies to support its military action against the Islamic State group as it launched new airstrikes on the militants' Syrian stronghold, days after attacks in Paris linked to the group killed at least 129 people.

France invoked a never-before-used article of the EU's Lisbon Treaty obliging members of the 28-nation bloc to give "aid and assistance by all the means in their power" to a member country that is "the victim of armed aggression on its territory."

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said EU partners could help "either by taking part in France's operations in Syria or Iraq, or by easing the load or providing support for France in other operations."

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during an exceptional joint gathering of both of the French houses of parliament on November 16, 2015 in Versailles, France. During his speech, the French President expressed his commitment to 'destroying' Islamic State (IS), following Friday's terrorist attacks which left at least 129 people dead and hundreds more injured.
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French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during an exceptional joint gathering of both of the French houses of parliament on November 16, 2015 in Versailles, France. During his speech, the French President expressed his commitment to 'destroying' Islamic State (IS), following Friday's terrorist attacks which left at least 129 people dead and hundreds more injured.

French military spokesman Col. Gilles Jaron said the latest airstrikes in the Islamic State group's de-facto capital of Raqqa destroyed a command post and training camp. On Monday, President Francois Hollande vowed to forge a united coalition capable of defeating the jihadists at home and abroad.

The Paris attacks on Friday, claimed by IS, have galvanized international determination to confront the militants.

"This has been a shock to the French political system, and hopefully it will lead to much tighter internal security in Europe," Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, told CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on Tuesday. "That means a greater invasion of privacy. You've got to get the balance between public security and the individual's right to privacy, and clearly it's been imbalanced."

Don Borelli, a former FBI agent, told CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Tuesday that, in order to thwart the plans of terrorists, the U.S. and France and their allies need human intelligence. "You need sources inside the organization to try to tip you off to who the real bad actors are," he said.

The situation has also sparked controversy in the U.S. as to whether or not refugees should be allowed to receive assistance there. Several state governors have expressed discontent over accepting refugees.

The White House said it would hold a conference call with U.S. governors over the situation.

Hollande has said the victims came from at least 19 nations, and the international community, led by the U.S. and Russia, must overcome their deep-seated divisions over Syria to destroy IS on its home turf.

Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to United Nations, Iraq and Afghanistan, told CNBC he also thinks U.S.-Russian cooperation is critical to stopping ISIS.

"The regional players who are involved — the Saudis, the Turks and the Iranians — and the internal players in these countries, particularly Syria, are so far apart that by comparison, the Russians and Americans are closer. I think the place to start is to reach an understanding with Russia and then the two bringing the regional players on board," he said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to France as a gesture of solidarity and met Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday.

Standing with Hollande at the Elysee Palace, Kerry said the carnage in the French capital on Friday, along with recent attacks in Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey, made it clear that more pressure must be brought to bear on the Islamic extremists.

Kerry said, "we have to step up our efforts to hit them at the core where they're planning these things and also obviously to do more on borders in terms the movement of people."

Earlier, he told U.S. Embassy staff Friday's attacks were an assault on civilization and common decency.

"This is just raw terror," he said, vowing that the campaign against IS will succeed. "We will end the scourge of Daesh," he said, referring to the group by its Arabic acronym.

Addressing lawmakers Monday after France observed a minute's silence to honor the dead and the 350 wounded, Hollande said "Friday's acts of war were decided and planned in Syria."

"They were organized in Belgium and perpetrated on our soil with French complicity with one specific goal: to sow fear and to divide us," Hollande told parliament in a rare joint session convened at the Palace of Versailles.

Hollande said Syria has become "the biggest factory of terrorism the world has ever known and the international community is still too divided and too incoherent."

French and other Western intelligence agencies face an urgent challenge to track down the surviving members of the three Islamic State units who inflicted the unprecedented bloodshed in France and, perhaps more importantly, to target their distant commanders in IS-controlled parts of Syria.

A French security official said anti-terror intelligence officials had identified Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian of Moroccan descent, as chiefarchitect of the attacks on a rock concert, a soccer game and popular nightspots in one of Paris' trendiest districts.

The official cited chatter from IS figures that Abaaoud had recommended a concert as an ideal target for inflicting maximum casualties, as well as electronic communications between Abaaoud and one of the Paris attackers who blew himself up.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive investigation.

Abaaoud came to public attention last year by boasting in an IS propaganda video about his pride in piling the dead bodies of "infidel" enemies into a trailer. Anti-terror agencies previously linked him to a series of abortive shooting plots this year in Belgium and France, including a planned attack on a passenger train that was thwarted by American passengers who overpowered the lone gunman.

French police have used emergency powers to conduct almost 300 searches since Sunday night that netted 127 arrests and 31 weapons.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday that police carried out 128 police raids overnight, as he conceded that "the majority of those who were involved in this attack were unknown to our services."

Police have seized a Kalashnikov assault rifle, three automatic pistols and a bulletproof vest from a suspected arms dealer with jihadist sympathies, and a rocket launcher and other military-grade gear from his parents' home.

But police have yet to announce the capture of anyone suspected of direct involvement in Friday's slaughter. Seven attackers died - six after detonating suicide belts and a seventh from police gunfire - but Iraqi intelligence officials told The Associated Press that its sources indicated 19 participated in the attack and five others provided hands-on logistical support.

Later Tuesday, three people were arrested in Aachen, Germany in connection with the Paris attacks, German police said.

— CNBC contributed to this report.