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WN Politics-Paris attacks aftermath

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Added On November 20, 2015

According to French police, one of the terrorists involved in Paris attacks that killed 129 people and wounded 352 more was found to have a Syrian passport, and likely entered the country under the cover of refugees.
 
The message sent shock waves across the world as many countries beefed up security and tightened checks on refugees. 
 
Many say Paris attacks may have wide repercussions on refugee situation and Syrian policies.
 
World News finds out more.
 
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The United States, widely accused of having a role in the turmoil in Syria, on Monday subjected Syrian refugees to the most intensive security checks of migrants.
 
Also on Monday, several U.S. governors threatened to stop accepting Syrian refugees as the attacks in Paris raised security worries over Syrian migrants amid concerns that terrorists might use the refugees as cover to sneak across borders. 
 
Meanwhile, many European countries immediately announced tighter border controls after Friday's attacks in Paris. 
 
Spanish security forces also said Wednesday they were investigating more than 300 people in 160 different judicial operations for their possible links to extremism.
 
Police say Spain is currently on a level 4 terrorist alert out of a possible 5 levels.
 
The moves sent another negative signal over the deteriorating refugee crisis. 
 
However, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday refugees should not be blamed for terror attacks.
 
SOUNDBITE (English): Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees 
"We are witnessing a dramatic succession of terrorist attacks in different parts of the world that are causing tremendous pain and tremendous suffering to innocent people, and must be condemned with all, all our commitment. But it is also important to say that it was not the refugee movement that created terrorism. It is terrorism together with tyranny, together with war that have created refugee movements."
 
He also urged EU countries not to make any unilateral moves in the aftermath of the recent attacks.
 
Nevertheless, rampant attacks by the Islamic State militant group also highlighted the urgency to seek a political settlement of the Syrian crisis. 
 
Russia, the United States and powers from Europe and the Middle East agreed in Vienna during the weekend on a timetable regarding the establishment of a transitional Syrian government and holding an election within 18 months. 
 
They also agreed that fighting the IS is a priority in the course of achieving a political settlement in Syria.
 
The deadly attacks in Paris were deemed by experts as one of the reasons that pushed the international powers to reach a consensus on the need to prioritize the fight against terrorism.
 
Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande announced that his country would intensify its operations in Syria following the French military's air strikes on Raqqa, Syria on Sunday night. 
 
In a similar move, Washington has deployed Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier in the latest deployment to assist the counter-terror campaign in the region.