Newspaper headlines: The fightback against IS, Paris one week on, Mali attacks and EU borders

A week on from the Paris attacks and the spotlight in the papers falls on the proposed action by world powers against the terrorist group behind them.

On Friday evening, the United Nations Security Council gave its backing to a French resolution urging countries to take all necessary measures against Islamic State.

The Sun describes it as a "major breakthrough" for a pledge to "wipe IS off the planet".

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World leaders, reports the Times, were ready to put aside four years of division.

In its leader column, the Times says a "silver lining is emerging to the thundercloud that has hung over Paris in the form of a rare consensus at the UN". It says some people have criticised the use of the word "war", yet it aptly reflects the scale of the challenge that lies ahead.

The Daily Mail says the resolution brought the chances of the Commons endorsing British air strikes over Syria a step closer.

The Daily Telegraph says Britain is poised to join air strikes against IS in Syria after senior Labour MPs publicly defied Jeremy Corbyn and pledged cross-party support for international action in the wake of the Paris attacks.

The UN resolution will not affect the legality of British airstrikes but Prime Minister David Cameron can still take "moral courage" from France's diplomatic efforts, says the Telegraph in a leading article..

However, Patrick Cockburn in the Independent suggests Britain is moving towards taking part in action in Syria "without much idea of what is happening". The UK could risk repeating mistakes of its recent involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, he adds.

The Independent says the French UN resolution "narrowly focused on the single issue" of flushing out IS. If IS were eradicated, it adds, "organising another attack like the one inflicted on the French capital would be vastly more difficult".

The Financial Times cautions against co-operation between Western countries and Russia on Syria involving "unsavoury compromises over Moscow's meddling in Ukraine".

The Daily Mirror, meanwhile, says British military chiefs have stepped up preparations, amid fears IS could try to hijack a UK-bound ferry or a tanker. Its front page carries striking photographs of special forces storming a passenger ferry in a training exercise off the coast of Scotland.


Room-by-room battle

There are further dramatic images in Saturday's press of security forces rescuing hostages from the Radisson Blue Hotel in the Malian capital Bamako following an attack by suspected Islamist militants.

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The Guardian says it was the latest bloody episode to highlight the world's growing vulnerability to extremist violence, while the Financial Times cites concerns that the West African jihadi threat remains potent and foreign nationals may be targets.

Within a week of the Paris attacks, Jihadi gunman struck yet again, says the Independent, at a hotel used by business people, diplomats and airline crew. It was the latest in a "growing list of soft civilian targets around the world that lack the security to withstand determined terrorists prepared to die".

The Independent also points out the man thought to be behind the attack in Mali - Mokhtar Belmokhtar - the leader of an an al-Qaeda affiliate in the region - has criticised IS for its tactics.

Even so, says the Daily Telegraph, France, the former colonial power in Mali and which still has 1,450 troops in the country following action against al-Qaeda two years ago, "appeared to have been the primary target".

More than 20 people died in the hotel attack, including two gunmen.

The Sun describes the events in the "hotel of horror" and the "blazing room-by-room battle" waged by Malian special forces troops and UN peacekeepers against the gang.

In the opinion of the Daily Mirror, events in Mali are "another jolt" and underline the "dangerous stupidity" of the British government's proposed cuts to police funding.


Paris attacks one week on


'Changed the world'

The decision by European Union ministers to bring in tighter checks on passengers entering its external borders in the wake of the Paris attacks attracts much comment.

The Daily Telegraph says the future of Europe's Schengen free travel zone was cast into doubt because France also declared it would impose border controls indefinitely.

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In the view of the Daily Express, it is "shameful" that measures to secure borders were not taken months ago. Terrorists have been allowed to "waltz into Europe", it says.

The Sun says the Paris attacks "changed the world" and prompted Europe to "wake up to the frightening reality". "Only now... are the floundering EU politicians reinstating the border checks they scrapped in pursuit of their vain dreams of a European superstate."

The Guardian says the EU ministers' "tough-minded and principled response... was the right approach", even if it does not agree that the revelations of the past week can wholly be blamed on the Schengen common travel area. The Guardian says it is now a priority for EU member states to "raise their cooperative game" on intelligence.


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