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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.

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