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>> the commissioner came out and said this. i got it wrong and now i will get it right. >> i got it wrong in the handling of the ray rice matter. i'm sorry for that. >> michael yves, walk me through the issues here. the ray rice matter it dominated the news conscience. they were terrific questions asked by the women. the female reporters who were in the room. you sounded disappointed. >> he admitted to getting it wrong. people wanted answers from the leader of the nfl, the man who guards the shield. did he not provide those
answers. at best he avoided the most pertinent questions. he didn't establish a protocol for these issues. he would have that done by the super bowl. well, that's february. there are five cases pending domestic violence issues. and there are no clear sets or rules or protocol in place of how these are going to be dealt with. many contend, a, that the league has not done enough and there has been a conspiracy to cover up ray rice in particular. subsequently, what have they done to put in place a way to punish these players, but also to prevent these incidents from happening in the future. >> i got it wrong. we got it wrong. we're going to move forward. >> everyone knew that. he didn't need to say that.
>> we're going to move forward with a broad coalition with all kinds of partners at the table, and more importantly we're going to have the union at the table. did you get a sense that he's absolutely looking to make this a we problem and not a me problem, not a nfl commissioner problem, not an owner as problem? >> if he does that, it takes all the pressure off of him specifically. >> that's what i'm driving at. >> if there are more people involved in this, you can't point it at me. >> and the more people involved in the quote/unquote solution. >> he mentioned local law enforcement, prosecution, players union and the league. he's saying here are all of these other people involved in the process going forward and all the blame can't be on me specifically. that's essentially what he needed to say. he need to say something. to apologize and say he got it wrong, that's fine. but where has been the
leadership. we have not gotten the leadership even many fans are demanding from the leadership. >> and the thought here in the last hour that there needs to be a new proces protocol set in place that clearly puts in place, if you get arrested this happens. if you're charged here's what is going to happen and if convicted here's what going to happen. he didn't do that today. that's one of the things we were living for. did we not here more specifics because all of this is subject to union approval? collective bargaining agreement? is that maybe we didn't hear some specifics? i'm trying to throw them a lifeline.
>> it does not mean that there couldn't be some joint decision going forward. they fixed the drug decision in the collective bargaining. they could have done this as well. ray rice, is that going to be appealed? peterson, hardy, all of these guys need guidelines, protect calls to move forward. then you can talk about the super bowl and getting it right for future years but these five cases need to be handled immediately. >> how much pressure goes out to bear on this commission about what is happening in this advertising world. >> money speaks and it speaks loud. proctor & gamble pulling out of a women's initiative program as it relates to breast cancer awareness. the biggest women's issues they have, now that sponsor pulls
out, that speaks volumes. >> michael yves, thank you. check this out. the baltimore ravens invited fans to turn in their ray rice jersey for the jersey of their choice. look at all the people. we understand thousands of people lined up to hand in their jerseys. they were allowed one exchange per person. the fans were given vouchers if the team store ran out of jerseys. that will continue tomorrow. scotland voted no, and now the united kingdom is staying whole. president obama approved and called the vote an energic exercise in democracy. an independent scotland could have been bad news for the american special relationship with the u.k. despite the outcome, independence may be in scotland's future. >> reporter: when the lights came up in scotland marked a new
dawn not just in scottish politics but the whole of britain. it ended in the resignation of the man who led the campaign for independence. >> for me my time is nearly over. but for scott lapped the campaign continues, and the dream shall never die. >> reporter: a bitter moment for campaigners who believed he still has a job to do. >> we need our first minister more now than ever before. >> backed which the strengths and security of the united kingdom. i want to congratulate the
campaign for knowing that. for showing that our nations really are better together. >> reporter: some of scotland's youngest voters are making demands of their own. >> do you think you might vote on this issue again? do you think it comes up again? >> hopefully it does. >> what was it like putting your mark in the box for the first time. >> it was a a great feeling. it's not often that 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds are trusted with something as big as that. >> reporter: scotland's referendum has sparked a national conversation in the still united kingdom. but more than that it has inspired countless people around the world and reminded them that they, too, can peacefully demand change from their own
politicians. al jazeera, edinburgh. >> prime minister david cameron gave the scots more powers in government spending and welfare if they chose in the u.k. but the deal is putting strain on cameron support from within his own party. we go to london, paul, good to see you. what kind of uphill battle is david cameron facing now? >> reporter: two things now, the accelerated pace required to fulfill the promise. perhaps as early as january, january 25th. the other thing that he's facing is the possibility of some kind of disagreement because it's not just david cameron who is in charge here. we're talking about a coalition government here in the united kingdom, and each of the main political parties, plus the
labour party and democrats each made slightly different promis promises. so the scottish would like devo max and the english may not be prepared to give it to them. >> yes, i've heard that term, de-evolution. how important was it for the u.k. to stay whole. >> reporter: well, it all depends on who you speak to. the scottish who would have liked to see a yes vote would like to see independence. but in europe there are voices who had been silent is for so-so long are saying that it's nice that the united kingdom will remain together. we've heard from belgium which has a fledgling independence
movement and from spain as well who is facing independence calls from the catalan and basque regions. it basically stops the nation's independence movements in those countries from getting too strong. >> and paul, clearly the pro independence movement has leg. there were over a million yes votes. are british lawmakers concerned about its future? >> reporter: yes, 1.6 million yes votes, so it's no small thing. it has sparked certainly dischord in some london. boris johnson, who many believe would like to have david cameron's job as prime minister. he believes that london should be more in control of its tax revenue and more control of the spending it has in the capitol because it generates so much wealth here. and in wales, scotland having
made such a deal of having got this independence vote is getting a very good deal from the parliament building behind me, and the welsh now feel shortchanged by that. the votes may have been for no, but certainly the questions will continue. >> paul brennan for us live near the british parliament building right behind him there in london. good to see you. thank you. secretary state john kerry is heading up a special meeting in iraq. the meeting comes as another nation joins in launching attract with fighters of isil. what was secretary kerry's message before the u.n. security council today? >> reporter: tony, this is all about coalition building. secretary kerry took his case to the united nations this month. this is part of a case.
president obama will be sitting as head of that chair. they'll be talking about the coalition, and all the countries who are now signing on, and he states the reason why this was so important. >> it must be comprehensive and include close collaboration across multiple lines of effort. it's about taking out entire networks, and discrediting a militant cult masquerading as a religious movement. the fact is there is a role nearly every country in the world plays, including iran. >> reporter: secretary kerry listed as many as 50 nations. he gave the number, 50 nations volunteering to be part of the coalition. what about those arab nations,
those sunni-led nations the united states continues to stress the importance of having them there as a perception issue as much as everything else. they don't want to see this as a western-led operation. we learned from the white house that one of the reasons they're not giving the details of exactly which nations are contributing what to the coalition in terms of military or other logistical support they're matching the offers and abilities of those nations to the needs. >> although congress approved money for part of the president's plan, as you know a number of lawmakers have raised concerns about whether the plan will work, what has the white house done to address those concerns. >> reporter: they'll continue to make the case, stressing as you report the international nature of this. france, after making some gestures or leaving the impression that they would not be part of airstrikes are now conducting airstrikes over iraq,
although they have not extend into syria. we also heard today on camera from the national security adviser susan rice, and she talked about the structure of the military aspect of what's going to be going on in the skies over iraq, and then possibly syria. >> it will be unified. it will be cohesive, and it will be under one single command authority. and so i'm quite encouraged that we will have a number of countries participating in various different ways. >> one of the outstanding questions here tony, you and i have talked about it over the last several days, the operations in the skies have begun. what about syria. a wall street article yesterday outlined a plan that president obama would sign off on each and every airstrike that would happen in syria. yet, they're not tipping their
hand when those airstrikes are going to be expended against isil in syrian territory. >> the messaging from the white house is iraq first. iraq first. mike viqueira at the white house for us. thank you. in confronting isil one of the biggest challenges facing iraq's new government. government forces say they're encouraged by what they have seen in one central iraqi village. isil fighters took it over only to be pushed out by local sunni tribesmen. john hedron has more from baghdad. >> reporter: this is the iraqi forces model for battles to come. fighters for the islamic state in iraq and the levant who are sunni muslims took over this sunni town and recruited local tribesmen until the rest of the villages rose up and pushed them out. >> we've been repelling them for more than three months now. we need support from our people in the south. we need support from the government. we have led for three months now. >> reporter: the city streets are empty.
the roads cut off. the only route in and out of the tigress river. this video pitting family against family. >> those of us who call themselves rebels, shame on you for bringing in mercenaries to fight your own people in the name of the revolution. don't send us thieves and degenerates to kill people in this city. >> it's a template for other sunni towns. many fight side by side with the shia troops fighting militarily and ideologically. anti-isis fighters after they have been exposed to chlorine bombs. >> there was an explosion of one of our support points. 50 minutes later i started suffocating very badly. i don't know what it is, but the word going around is that it was chlorine. >> reporter: the fighting here
is nearly one stop in what could be a lengthy conflict against isil. >> on the specific issue of how long will it take? i think it could--i think we'll be surprised at how quickly they can retake some of the lost territory. three weeks ago i would have said it would take years. this week i think it's closer to a year. >> reporter: a long time but iraqi forces say an example that offers hope for the conflict across iraq. john hedron, al jazeera, baghd baghdad. >> we have criticism of the president's approach. and u.s. efforts to form a coalition to fight the group "fighting isil." the chief of the world health
organization says the ebola outbreak is the biggest challenge the u.n. has ever faced. people in sierra leone has been ordered to stay inside their homes to try to contain the virus there. morgan radford has more. >> i want to emphasize this is not a lockdown. it is not a shutdown. >> reporter: officials have been trying to ease minds in sierra leone since announcing the curfew. while many understand the need for it, others are frustrated, blaming the government for slowing down the delivery of aid and supply. the streets of free town were bustling thursday as everyone got ready for the weekend. >> get out and do your shopping. >> it is better to stay home for three days than to lose thousands of people in a single day. >> reporter: some critics have blasted the curfew worrying that it will be seen as a witch-hunt
sending sick people even further into hiding instead of seeking treatment. meanwhile in neighboring guinea a group of aid workers were attacks. a mob thought they were bringing in the virus rather than trying to preventive. eight people were killed. this all comes as the united nations calls the ebola outbreak a potential threat to international peace. >> none of us experience in containing outbreaks has ever seen in our life times an emergency on this scale with this degree of suffering, and with this magnitude of cascading consequences. >> reporter: world leaders unanimously adopting a resolution to help stop the re spread of ebola. it is a fight that the world is currently losing. >> outbreak is the largest that the world has ever seen. the number of cases is doubling every three weeks. there will soon be more cases in liberia alone than in the four
decade history of the disease. >> reporter: morgan radford, al jazeera new york. >> alib aba beating expectations from the start, and raising more than 30% already. yes, we'll have more. can it keep that momentum going? plus we'll look at the progress in finding thousands of abducted school girls in nigeria and the efforts to bring them home.
and it immediately, boy, shot out to $92 and has hovered there ever since. kristin saloomey has the story. >> reporter: two and a half hours after the opening bell for the stock to finally begin trading. when they did they shot up to $92 a share. well above the initial asking price of $68 a share. clearly investors are excited to get in on china's technology boom and willing to overlook some of the risks of doing business with an unconventional company like alibaba. it has an unconventional leadership structure. the ceo and founder, some of his closest, long-term employees have an unique control structure for this company, incredible control where they don't have to listen to the investors. nevertheless, the investors seem happy to overlook that risk to have access to the chinese growing middle class. 80% of all online transactions
in china are handled by alibaba, this is the world's second largest economy that we're talking about. >> wow, kristin saloomey reporting for us. author of your options, jared, who made money today? we know alibaba and the main guy made a bunch of money. but among these institutional investors who made money? i don't think i was able to buy in on this thing today. >> you probably weren't as for most of the american public. unfortunately, we're not able to buy in at $68 a share. the big money maker was yahoo, a big stakeholder. one of the largest stake holders. if you look at their stock, in fact, over the past year, it has been rising as a proxy for alibaba. it will have a $5.7 billion windfall after taxes on the shares they sold today. very interesting. moving forward, tony, this is
something that a lot of investors are looking at, a lot of folks are buzzing about it. and i had my reservation abouts the company. >> tell me, tell me, tell me. what are your reservations? >> i love the idea of it, and 80% of china's e-commerce goes to alibaba. that's great. they don't have much room to grow there. the next move is here in the u.s. they've got plenty of money to do it. they're not going to buy an american company, but i suspect they'll be targeting technology companies and social media companies to make their name more pallettible to the average american and perhaps utilize their site. which by the way is not just e-commerce. they're a conglomerate. >> you have got to take this apart. you're right, it is an absolute conglomerate. what else do you see is part of alibaba's plan for global
domination? >> well, a couple of things. they have a payment system similar to pay pal. i think we'll see more ali pay, which is their payment system. they have a banking structure, internet service company, merchandising. the most interesting aspect is the fact that they bring goods direct from manufacturers to consumers. someone like amazon, by the way alibaba is worth more than amazon in the new york stock exchange. but amazon sells from product to customers. but alibaba sells directly to the end user skipping out the middle man and capture not only business-- >> before i lose the window here, if you are an investor right on the side line and couldn't get in, hasn't made a decision yet, what do you do, do you wait, buy.
>> if you have a five-year window and you're not a trader, i think it's an interesting stock to own a little bit of. if you're a little savvy, a lilled solder, you want to be cautious. this company is tied indirectly to the chinese government. there are guy areas. be careful if you're investing here. >> be careful. he's a risk manager. he's saying be careful. have a good weekend. thank you. >> coming up we'll talk to former defense secretary william cohen, why he says we must let arab nations lead the way in fighting isil in the middle east, and not make it a crusade with the united states.
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chaired a special meeting at the u.n. security council on the coalition in iraq. it is building a coalition to fight the islamic state in iraq and the levant. >> many meetings i've had so far leaders aren't talking about if they should support our campaign against isil. they're asking how. and already across each of the lines that we're focused on we've seen more than 50 countries come forward with critical commitments. >> earlier today i spoke with former secretary of defense william cohen, and i found it a fascinating conversation. i asked him for his reaction to the u.s. strategy to defeat isil. >> the president has indicated he's going authorize and plan for--or seek authorization, i should say, and plan for a limited footprint on the ground, so to speak, in the region. no, quote, combat boots on the
ground, which i think is a mistake in saying. we have combat boots on the ground right now. they are not assigned to combat mission, but nonetheless, they're not wearing hush puppies. they're wearing combat boots, and me may find themselves in a combat environment and may have to fight themselves out if necessary. i think it's a bit forward leaning as far as the public is saying to say that we have 1700 of our troops there in a, quote, advisory role. >> help me understand the air splitting going on here from the chairman of joint chief from what the president is saying, but 1700 troops, you're right, they're in combat boots. explain to me the hair-splitting that is going on in terms of what the president is trying to communicate to the american public. >> the president's, quote,
strategy is disengagement. disengage from iraq, and possibly disengage in afghanistan. do not engage syria, do not engage in ukraine. there has been a turning inward on the part of the american people who are suffering from war fatigue. 1trillion-dollar in iraq. 1trillion-dollar in afghanistan. they want to come home. the problem is you can't walk away from the world because the world does not walk away from you. that means that we have to remain engaged in some form. when we're not bad things happen. so the president is now caught in this dilemma. on the one hand he has been the president who has been successful in saying to the american people i'm doing what you want. i'm getting us out there. ironically or paradoxically the american people are not giving him much credit for that saying they still don't like his leadership. the reason for that is that they see that we have had a diminished role, even as they want us to have a diminished role, they don't like the consequences of what is taking
place with beheadings and other things. he's walking the line of i promised you we would be out, and now we're going back in sort of. but not in a major way, but we'll train and equip those in syria and iraq. the fly in the ointment in this particular case is the new prime minister of iraq. the question is he's there because his predecessor had a non-inclusive government. the sunnies rebelled against that. they were pushed out of the army. they had no position in government, so they joined up with isil. he now has an opportunity to bring some of those back in and pull them away from isil. so far he has not done it. so far he has not made any steps to indicate that. the question then becomes how successful can this be with the same iraqi military with the same kind of non-inclusion on the part of the government having the united states and western powers come in with their power to do what? you cannot take isil down. you can degrade them, but you
can't defeat them by here air power alone. it requires on the ground. you can't be successful on the ground unless you have an inclusive government. those are the kinds of issues that the president is faced with. >> so what is america's core interest in launching this strategy? the core interest in iraq? >> right now isis does not pose an immediate threat to us. left unchecked and continue to grow and stir the revolution, as such, in that region it could very well become a safe haven for the types of attacks launched in 9/11 and prior to 9/11. there is a long-term threat to the united states. if you have an ingrained isil establishment, an isis state as up where you can grow all of this activity, and potentially launch attacks against the west either in europe or the united states. so the american people have to be persuaded. we have a real interest at
stake. assuming that to be the case. what is the role of our allies? the role of our western allies to be sure, but i have a problem. it can't be just western countries. it can't be just the white man's burden syndrome where we in the west, we christians in the west so to speak would launch a crusade against another muslim country. this is--this is something that we have to address. that's why it's very important that arab countries be involved in a visible way. we need to know and show the american people that this is not our fight principally. it is the fight of the arab countries that are most at risk. we need to make this something that is not sectarian. it is not religious. it is based on the security needs of the countries in the region and the global nick system. >> former defense secretary william cohen. in today's power politics. 16 months since the verse voting.
wow, 16 months in the first voting. and the political world is buzzing over how a few senators just handled a big vote on fighting isis. david shuster is here with that. >> tony, we now have cleared divisions within the political party as the 2016 race takes place. marco rubio, who has been advocating the hawk issues of america's military has voted for the funding and training of syrian groups. and another republican was in that group voting no. now paul has a representation as an isolationist. he said helping the unpredictable syrian rebels is wrong. >> when both sides are evil is a mistake.
intervention that destabilizes the middle east is a mistake. yet here we are again wading into a civil war. >> reporter: paul who represents those republican who is want the united states to pledge, and he also pledged he would never send any more troops to the middle east. that's a promise that could come back to hurt him in 2016. manchester united senator elizabeth warren voted against the measure. she issued a written statement saying, quote, i do not want america dragged into another war in the middle east. and it's time for those nations in the region that are most immediately affected by isis should step up and play a leading role in this fight. a very stark contract with hillary clinton. she said he would help arm and train the syrian rebels even sooner. >> now 46 days until the november midterm elections and democrats just got a boost in
their effort to maintain control of the u.s. senate thanks to a supreme court ruling in kansas. the state supreme court found that democrat chad tailo taylor did what was necessary to remove his name from the ballot. it moves the race to a two-way match between independent and republican. across the country some of the newest senate campaign ads involve unusual props. in alaska where mark begich is trying to fight off dan sulliv sullivan. sullivan's latest slot task begich has a snowmobiler. >> i know something about a sn snowmobile. that's why i laughed when he pretended to ride one.
>> he votes with with obama and his d.c. friends. not alaska. >> snow machine. >> and kentucky where incumbent mitch mcconnell is trying to hold off allison grimes. there is mcconnell in the purple tie. grimes latest ad against him features grimes' grandmother talking about the grandfather's costly illness. >> no vacations. no retirement. just existing. >> this is why we have to strengthen medicare. >> it's grim but thoughtful, and that does not always work. the more traditional attack ad is direct and scary. take georgia's senate race between michelle nunn and david
purdue, who is fussing on immigration. >> michelle nunn's only plans as she funded organizations linked to terrorists. she's for amnesty while terrorism experts say our border break down could bring in groups likecy citizen like isis. >> the problem with that scary add is it's a little over the top. stewart mills with the long hair caught on camera being vain. >> it costs a lot to get this look. lucky for stewart mills iii, he inherited millions. but that's not enough. he wants to give millions narrow like himself another tax break. >> can't we all just agree that hair issues should be off limits? >> i'm all in favor of that.
thank you. oh my. so let's get you caught up with other news making headlin headlines. ines is here. >> reporter: tony, a tragic murder-suicide in a small town in florida. a man shot his daughter and all of her six children at their home yesterday. 51-year-old donachie oh shot and killed himself when the police arrived in the scene. officials say that they're off offering grief counseling to the classmates of the children who were killed. >> they were just like elementary school children. happy-go-lucky. there was a kindergarten student, a second grade, a third grade, and fifth grade. so it's devastating. >> the oldest child killed was 11. the youngest just three months old. the county sheriff said that they're investigating. the shooter served jail time ten years ago for killing his eight-year-old son in a hunting accident.
washington state has been hit by its first enverovirus. since august 153 were infected in 18 states and there is no vaccine. three people have been convicted in georgia with an outbreak that has killed nine people. owner of a peanut company was found guilty of conspiracy for shipping out peanut oil known to have salmonella. a fire in california continues to burn, and it's slowly spreading. it few covers almost 120 square miles. close to 3,000 residents have
been evacuated. 37-year-old wayne allen is accused of deliberately setting the fire. and he's due to be arraigned today. they have been having so many problems with wildfires. especially because of the drought. >> that's right. that's right. you're back later? >> reporter: i am. >> appreciate it. thank you. coming up on al jazeera america. five months after 500 school girls disappeared in nigeria what is being done to bring them home. and people accused of sexual assault now suing their colleges because they say they're not getting a fair shake. roxana saberi has that story.
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colleging are facing criticism that they're not cracking down on sexual assault. now they're under fire for sexual misconduct. those students say they're not getting a fair shake. a fair chance to defend themselves. roxana saberi has more on the story for us. >> we reported a lot on women who say their colleges have not done enough to punish the men who assaulted them. but now dozens of men are suing their colleges. they claim their universities ignore their rights to due process and punish them unfairly. >> they just threw me right off without even looking into the matter at all. >> this young man said he was a sophomore here at massachusetts amherst when he heard that the college was investigating him for sexual misconduct. he said a student invited him to the room and invited him to bring a condom. >> i asked her permission every
step of the way to take off her shirt, bra, do certain things. to everything she said yes. >> two months later he was called to a board made of faculty and students and in the end decided he was guilty and expelled him from the school. >> i felt my heart sink right into the pit of my stomach. i did not to deserve that kind of harsh con dissenting treatment. >> reporter: the student is now one of dozens of men suing their colleges from duke to northwestern to the university of michigan. the amherst student said that his college showed a bias against males that didn't allow him to have a lawyer. they lawyer he does have said that the colleges are trying to prove that they are tough on rape. >> there is a presumption of guilt that any young man faces on college campuses today.
the process is broken. >> reporter: women's rights advocates agree that the accused should have their rights observed, too, but some say with one in five women sexually assaulted on campuses many more guilty men are going unpunished than innocent men being punished unfairly. >> this is where you were kicked off of campus for raping someone are so rare and the evidence tends to be so overwhelming that i think that it is troubling that a lot of these young men are now banding together and suing. >> reporter: the university of massachusetts amherst said that due process is important to the college and they investigate the complaints. some of the men say none of those cases have gone to trial yet but he expects one, including vassar college, to go to trial next year. >> roxana saberi with us. it has been more than five
months since more than 200 girls were taken from the school in northeastern nigeria. the radical group boko haram claims to have taken the girls while some were able to escape. the group is holding the rest and so far there has been no attempt to rescue them. we have more now from nigeria. >> reporter: more than 200 school girls were kidnapped by boko haram insurgents in northeastern nigeria. the nigerian government and president good luck jonathan have promised repeatedly that the girls would be returned safely to their families. but as the months have passed those promises have begun to running hallow. the girls themselves are believed to be in an isolated part of nigeria near the border near cameroon. the government said that it knows where the girls are being held, but it does not dare to mount a commando raid or any
type of military operation to free them for fear that boko haram will kill their hostages, the girls that they're holding hostage. now the twitter campaign bring back our girls went worldwide with millions of followers, that has not done a great deal in effecting the return of girls to their families. nigerians were upset when a short number of days ago banners began appearing in cities with a play on words on the twitter slogan saying #bring back jonathan in 2015. that's a reference to the nigerian president, good luck jonathan who appears poised to run for president next year. so the people of nigeria are waiting and hoping that the girls are returned eventually home. they're hoping that the government takes decisive action against the boko haram insurgency, which has gone on to
seize territory and declare itself a caliphate. >> joining us now, robin saunders ambassador, good to see you again. >> good to see you as well. >> these girls were abducted. what is your take on what's been happening sense? >> first of all, i want to thank al jazeera for really keeping this issue in the news. what has happened from my source is that they do know where a large group of the girls are. whether or not it's the whole 247 is still undetermined. the point that is really important is that they don't want to do anything to put the girls lives in jeopardy like a commando raid, to try to rescue them. it makes it very difficult. they do have intel of the girls in this group to know it's 247 or less. the indications is that it's
less than 247, that some of the others have been moved, sold off or taken across the border to cameroon. the large group that they do know, they say they have a daily routine, that they believe they're going through indoctrination, some of them may be being trained, unfortunately, to participate in the negative acts that boko haram is doing in the region. it's a scary situation. i don't think over all there is optimism right now given the circumstances that they can go in and try to rescue that large group of girls without putting the lives of those girls in jeopardy. >> my goodness. has the u.s. surveillance mission that was sent there, has that been helpful at all in providing intelligence, helpful at all in trying to track the girls who may be moving across
borders? >> i think the u.s. intelligence as well as other friendly nations have done as much as they can to be helpful to the nigerian government. the nigerian government has had some successes. that has not been played out in the news. they've been able to pull some of the leaders and get intel from them to get a better sense of where things are. the girls being in a daily routine came from intelligence sources that they've been able to glean. certainly more needs to be done. this idea that they're following things that isil is doing in the syria-iraq area is worrisome. they're now trying to determine that land that they capture delongs to their caliphate. they've raised their own flag over a couple of cities in the northeast borno state, and they've been close to the capital of borno, 60 kilometers
out. they have learned from the terrorist groups that we need to pay as much attention to isil and boko haram as much as we can because we don't want boko haram to become larger than it is now five or six months down the line. >> we've heard that same concern expressed during the hearings on capitol hill this week. i'm struck by something that you said a moment ago. on a scale of one to ten, ten being confident that these girls will be rescued, a large number of them, how confident are you that there be a successful rescue of a large portion of girls that will be reunited with their families? >> when i was last on your show i was asked that about four months ago whether or not i thought they would be rescued in four months. i said no at that time. at this time, unfortunately, my answer would be the same. i think we have a long way to go.
i don't want to dampen the hopes of any parent but we all have to be realistic. this is a very delicate situation. you don't want to put the lives of those young girls in jeopardy by doing a commando raid, but we also want to do whatever we can to get them back. i think the diplomatic intelligence as well as the military approach has to be done together. i think the regional sharing of intelligence, particularly with cameroon. the fight is shifting a little bit across the border to cameroon, and we've got to pay attention to that. i think that the kind of comprehensive efforts that we're making with isil, isis, depending on how you want to say it, i think we need to be looking at those things for boko haram down the line. if they have more territory and crossing over into cameroon, it wil.
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>> nfl commissioner roger goodell held a press conference this afternoon. share some of the reaction on social media. >> the consensus we have seen was that the comments were rehearsed and sincere. darius butler said, this press conference is pointless. >> i know some people that got it wrong and don't have a job any more. does this mean that it's okay to get it wrong? you gain zero yards on an incomplete pass. and this dude is up here telling lies. it is unbelievable. >> we have a professor of sports management over nyu who had basically the same reaction that this news conference did not gain any traction, didn't go anywhere. we so you how inept the questioning was from the male sports reporters. the women in the room did a much better job, and we're not
surprised. certainly the guests weren't surprised. michael yves was not surprised at the reaction you're seeing there and the consensus that is forming. >> that's what a lot of former nfl players are saying as well. this is what was put up, a former punter for the vikings saying, now we take you live to the roger goodell p.r. team. >> "inside story" is next on al jazeera america. >> the majority of americans still think hitting kids works as discipline although the majority is not as big as it used to be. a football star is kept off the field this week because he's charged with excessive physical punishment. who decides when if ever corporal punishment is okay? that's the inside story.