President Obama said Friday that he was “hopeful the immediate threat” posed by terrorists in France had been “resolved.”
Obama said he had spoken with his counterterrorism adviser, Lisa Monaco, shortly after French police raided the sites of two hostage standoffs, including one with the suspects from this week's assault on the editorial offices of a satirical newspaper in Paris. He said he had directed his administration to “provide whatever support our ally needs in confronting this challenge.”
While Obama described the situation as “fluid,” he said the U.S. would fight alongside the French people “to uphold your values, the values that we share.”
"In the streets of Paris, the world has seen once again what terrorists stand for," Obama said. "They have nothing to offer but hatred and human suffering."
"We stand for freedom, hope, and the dignity of all human beings and that’s what the city of Paris represents to the world," the president continued.
The two brothers believed to be responsible for Wednesday’s attack on the Charlie Hedbo newspaper were killed in Friday’s raid at a printing house north of Paris, according to multiple media reports. A hostage with the men was safely recovered.
A third man who was linked to the brothers was killed in a second raid on a kosher supermarket in Paris, and it appeared that while some hostages were freed, at least four were killed in the raid.