1. The NYT's Monday briefing:
The day before the Paris attacks.
A global outpouring of grief belatedly followed assaults that killed 43 civilians in Beirut, Lebanon, in a double suicide bombing on Thursday attributed to Islamic State militants.
No such solidarity was expressed at the time of the attack.
2. France Strikes ISIS Targets in Syria in Retaliation for Attacks is a headline that assumes much:
Initial reports from activists on the ground in Raqqa, which could not be verified independently, said that hospitals had not reported any civilian casualties. Yet they also said the targeted sites included clinics, a museum and other buildings in an urban area, leaving the full extent of the damage unknown.
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Residents have seen the city bombed by Syrian, American and Russian warplanes. They have been terrorized by public executions by the Islamic State. Now they are wary of yet another power arriving to pummel the city.
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Reports on the strikes began flowing from the Raqqa area about 9:30 p.m. local time, with activists on the ground counting six at first, the numbers mounting minute by minute. It was a heavier barrage than had typically hit the city and its environs, and it knocked out electricity and water service, spreading more fear than usual among civilians.
In 140 characters or less:
Either France managed to locate significant targets in Raqaa not already hit by US-led coalition or it's bombing randomly and symbolically.— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) November 15, 2015