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01/09/2015 02:09 pm ET Updated Jan 09, 2015

Obama On Situation In Paris: Terrorists 'Have Nothing To Offer But Hatred And Human Suffering'

President Barack Obama spoke Friday on the terrorist incidents in Paris this week, saying "we're hopeful the immediate threat is now resolved."

"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," Obama added.

Obama said the U.S. has been in close touch with the French government throughout this week, and he has directed law enforcement and counterintelligence officials to "provide whatever support our ally needs in confronting this challenge."

Obama spoke Friday from Pellisippi State Community College in Tennessee, where he was giving a speech about his college initiative plan, which would make community college "free for everybody who is willing to work for it," according to the White House.

Obama was briefed on the situation in France by assistant to the president and counterterrorism and homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco, according to the White House.

"The president will continue to receive updates as warranted," said White House spokesman Eric Schultz.

HuffPost's Eline Gordts reports on the situation in France:

Two brothers believed to be behind Wednesday's attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were killed on Friday, Agence France Presse reported, the culmination of a dramatic day in which France was shaken by two simultaneous hostage crises.

Police also cornered brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi on Friday inside a printing house in the town of Dammartin-en-Goele near Charles de Gaulle International Airport, where the suspects were holed up since Friday morning.

Police conducted a second raid on a kosher supermarket in Paris where a gunman opened fire and took at least five people hostage. Reuters reported that the gunman was killed in the police assault. Images taken at the scene appeared to show a number of hostages being rescued, but several outlets reported that there were also casualties.

See more updates on the situation in France below:

01/09/2015 11:02 PM EST

Pro-Israel Rally In Amsterdam Scrapped

A pro-Israel rally set for January 11 in Amsterdam was "postponed because of the current situation in Paris," the organizers Holland4Israel announced. A new date for the event was not given.

01/09/2015 9:24 PM EST

Prosecutor Reveals Details From Sieges

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins revealed more details of the siege that killed the Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly, the Telegraph reports.

- The brothers had a loaded M82 rocket launcher, two Kalashnikov machine guns and two automatic pistols.

- Coulibaly had a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Skorpion military pistol.

"On the body of one of the terrorists, the demining teams also found a grenade that had been positioned as a trap," Molins said.

01/09/2015 9:16 PM EST

Police Continue Search For Possible Accomplice

French police continued to search for Hayat Boumeddiene, a 26-year-old woman who is suspected of being an accomplice in the Paris attacks, ITV reports.

As of early Saturday morning, Boumeddiene is believed to still be on the run. She is a suspect in the killing of female police officer in Paris on Thursday, and is thought to have been the girlfriend of Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed by police on Friday.

01/09/2015 9:09 PM EST

'Paris is Charlie' Projected On Paris' Arc De Triomphe

01/09/2015 8:23 PM EST

Hacktivist Group Anonymous Vows Revenge For Charlie Hebdo Attack

Hacktivist group Anonymous released a video in which it states that it will shut down jihadist websites to avenge the Charlie Hebdo attack.

01/09/2015 8:20 PM EST

Prosecutor: Brothers Extensively Coordinated With Other Suspects

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said that the Kouachi brothers had spoken on the phone more than 500 times with Amedy Coulibaly and his girlfriend Hayat Boumedienne, prior to the Paris attacks, the Guardian reports.

Both the Kouach brothers and Coulibaly were killed in dual sieges on Friday.

01/09/2015 8:15 PM EST

Memorial Outside Charlie Hebdo Offices In Paris

01/09/2015 6:14 PM EST

Footage Of French Raid On Terror Suspects In Dammartin

France's National Gendarmerie released footage of its special forces raiding the printing house in Dammartin-en-Goele where the two Charlie Hebdo attack suspects were holding a person hostage.

The National Gendarmerie also released a picture of the hostage, with their face blurred, being led to safety after the raid. Both of the suspects were killed.

01/09/2015 5:44 PM EST

Yemen Launches Investigation Into Al Qaeda Link To France Attacks

‏‏Yemen's Spokesperson in Washington Mohammed Albasha writes on Twitter that Yemen has launched an investigation into possible connections between Al Qaeda's branch in the country, and the attacks in France.

01/09/2015 5:37 PM EST

Al Qaeda In Yemen's Statement On The Attacks

Al Qaeda's Yemen branch released an audio statement on the attacks in France, after a member of the group told the Associated Press they had "directed" the assault on Charlie Hebdo.

More from the Associated Press:

Soon after, the branch's senior cleric Sheikh Harith al-Nadhari issued a recording on the group's Twitter feed commenting on the "blessed raid on Paris." He denounced the "filthy" French and called them "the heads of infidelity who insult the prophets." He praised the "hero mujahedeen" who he said "taught them a lesson and the limits of freedom of speech."

Al-Nadhari stopped short of directly claiming responsibility for the attack, but added, "How can we not fight those who hurt our prophet, slandered our religion and fought the faithful."

Addressing the French, he said, "It better for you to stop striking Muslims so you can live in peace. But if you only wish for war, then rejoice, you will not enjoy peace as long as you wage war on God and his prophets and fight Muslims."

It was not immediately clear why al-Nadhari did not outright said al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula was behind the attack. The member told the AP that the group as delaying its official declaration of responsibility for "security reasons."

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