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Obama meets with Paris train heroes

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 01:59

President Obama welcomed to the White House the three Americans who disarmed a suspected Islamist militant on a train in France last month. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Three men who foiled an attack by a suspected Islamist militant on a high-speed train headed to Paris met with President Obama at the White House on Thursday. "Because of their courage, because of their quick thinking, because of their teamwork, it's fair to say that a lot of people were saved... they represent the very best of America," said Obama. Anthony Sadler, 22; Spencer Stone, a 23-year-old U.S. airman; and National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, 22, were touring Europe last month, partly to celebrate Skarlatos' return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, when they took down the man armed with a box-cutter, a pistol and an AK-47 assault rifle. Stone's left thumb was almost severed in the struggle with the gunman. He has also been credited with saving the life of another train passenger who had been shot and was bleeding profusely. French President Francois Hollande bestowed France's highest honor on the three men, awarding them the Legion d'honneur.

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Obama meets with Paris train heroes

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 01:59