NBC Terror Expert on Paris: This Seems To Be Ratcheting It Down, Not Ratcheting It Up

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On MSNBC this afternoon, NBC terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann said the terror attack in Paris today seems to signal terror organizations are "ratcheting it down" and not "ratcheting it up."

Kohlmann was very doubtful that these terrorists who had an elaborate escape plan are connected to any major terror group like al Qaeda and ISIS.

"It is not clear these individuals are operating under orders or guidance or instructions from anyone, other than what's in their own heads," Kohlmann surmised.

Later in the segment, Coleman lamented France has a "historical problem with Islamophobia."

EVAN KOHLMANN, NBC: It is important to understand the head of ISIS also put a bounty of millions of dollars on the head of the cartoonist who was responsible for creating these cartoons. So, yes, both al Qaeda and ISIS have expressed an intent to try and go after these folks, have tried inciting others to go after these folks. I think the question is if this is ISIS or al Qaeda, why on such a small scale? I mean al Qaeda has been talking about knocking down airliners with secret bombs that we can't detect. Why would they do this? This seems to be ratcheting it down, not ratcheting it up.

The same thing with ISIS. You would think that ISIS wants to show they are bigger and badder than al Qaeda. This doesn't really quite do that. This seems to fit more in the kind of pattern we are seeing right now across Europe, but particularly in France, of individuals who have been trained in Syria by ISIS, by al Qaeda, by some other jihadist group who come home, who come back to the country of origin and decided their mission is not over. And they start trying to continue their mission on their own home soil. And it is not clear these individuals are operating under orders or guidance or instructions from anyone, other than what's in their own heads.

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