Local expert, politician give insight on the attacks in Paris

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DENVER -- DENVER – A day after several terrorist attacks in Paris, the world is still trying to make sense of what happened.

At least 129 people are dead, including one American exchange student. The terror group ISIS is claiming responsibility.

“This is not a story we have been following and when we do pick up on it we get it wrong,” says William Moloney.

Molony is a fellow at Colorado Christian University Centennial Institute. He researches the growing tensions in Europe.

“Europe is undergoing migration of peoples,” Moloney explained. “Hundreds of thousands of military age males, an unknown percentage of whom are already radicalized.”

In France, he says, they are upset over recent attacks against ISIS.

“They have intervened in Mali, which is in central Africa, which is a hotbed of terrorism. More recently they have joined the United States in launching air strikes against ISIS,” Molony said.

“There could be another attack on the US just as the French have experience,” said US Rep. Mike Coffman, (R)-Colorado.

US officials are taking Friday’s attacks in France very seriously. Coffman says the best way to keep Americans safe is to stay strong in the Middle East.

“I think we need to continue our momentum in Iraq and Syria,” Coffman said, “and the minute that momentum is blunted obviously they’re concerned and I believe it will occur that the fundraising dries up and those recruits stop coming.”