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of people... >> techknow only on al jazeera america >> part of al jazeera america's >> special month long evironmental focus fragile planet ♪ on the front line in yemen we talked to the tribal fighters who are vowing to defeat the houthi rebels. ♪ hello from al jazeera's headquarters in doha, also ahead, not forgotten, nigeria marks one year since 200 school girls were kidnapped by boko haram and plus we talk to the man in charge of the global campaign against i.s.i.l. and how he aims to take on the group, the cat you really don't want to cuddle, we report on the
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mission of felines. ♪ first yemen and saudi arabia's boasting security along the border moving in tanks, artillery units and they have been pounding houthi targets across the country and coalition continued bombardment of aiden and the port city is a major battleground against houthis and military planes hit targets in id providence and a sports stadium was hit there causing major damage in a densely populated area. in sanaa absolute defiance as spokesmen for forces with the houthis says response to saudi arabia's actions will be decisive and we have the latest from the yemen/saudi border. >> it's very clear that saudi arabia is not willing to take
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any chances in this war. they want to protect their border because to them one of the main objectives of the campaign in yemen is to make sure saudi arabia is not effected by the conflict in yemen, of course from helping the president haidi returning to power and expelling houthis. and they showed us artillery units and heavy machinery but they are still going across the border. remember this is 1800 kilometer border with yemen, it's a tough task and big challenge for them to protect the border and have seen incidents and more than two weeks after the beginning of the air strikes and houthis and the strikes are supposed to have destroyed their infrastructure and capability of attack and have seen incidents across the border which soldiers were killed. the u.n. security council is set to discuss the crisis in
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yemen and expected to vote on tuesday on a resolution put forward by jordan and demand the houthis stop fighting and withdraw from their positions and resolution calls for an arms embargo and new sanctions against the rebels but russia's demands for immediate ceasefire and arms embargo on all sides have been rejected. the fighting in yemen has hit the country's oil and gas industry, a key exporter in the south said it had to stop production and will evacuate its staff and further north local tribes trying to stop advance of houthi rebels and have inferior weapons but vowing to protect territory no matter what and alexia ryan reports. >> reporter: fighters 500 meters from the houthi front lines, thousands of local men have been on high alert since the rebels captured sanaa in september, there have been almost daily skirmishes for
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months. >> translator: we will win and on the front lines and we are solid and locations strong because we have support of god and the will of the brave men here. >> reporter: they call themselves popular resistance committees and they support president haidi, so far the houthis have not been able to take control and the fighters want it to stay that way. it's home to the yemen oil and gas resources and control of the region would be a significant victory for the houthis and their allies. >> translator: defending land and families and did not exercise aggression against anyone but our enemies bid against us and they will be defeated. >> reporter: the tribes are backed by the yemen army and saudi-led coalition and they are
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in the army camps. >> translator: we need to increase the houthis in the south and every point and volunteers like us in other places. >> reporter: the fighters move on to protect another section of their front line but there are fears escalation of this may damage supply lines and pushing yemen even closer to economic collapse, alexia ryan al jazeera. security forces trying to take back territory from i.s.i.l. fighters in the country's largest providence anbar and said they have made developments in the area and we are live and tell us about the latest from anbar, who is in control, who has the upper hand there? >> reporter: well the gains that the iraqi government say
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they have achieved is in an area called north of the provincial capitol and it's a small village and iraqi government forces say they are now on the outskirts. however, the city, center of the village remains under i.s.i.l. control and are putting up a tough fight. speaking of anbar, the biggest providence 70% of the province remains under i.s.i.l.'s control. this is the very early stages of government plans t lnch a big offensive against anbar and depes on the prime minister's visit because the americans are asking the iraqi government to push on with their plans because anbar is different terrain than tikrit and other areas so it's in the very early stages and i think the iraqi government will
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face a tough battle to regain and control anbar providence. >> i.s.i.l. has reached a video to retake back the oil field, what is the situation there? >> reporter: well that claim was in the form of a video posted by the group on social media websites. i think they published it on sunday. in the video they say they control around 30-40% of that refinery. however, the iraqi government disputes that claim, although they did acknowledge the fact that i.s.i.l. did manage to infiltrate their refinery so it's a very conflicting picture, if you will but the refinery itself has been in the battle front between the government and the i.s.i.l. fighters since last
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year and every week or two you have claims and counterclaims with regards to who controls the refinery. >> meanwhile we are going to the u.s. omar to request that they provide more weapons in the fight against i.s.i.l. what can he expect and what are these weapons needed for? >> well the weapons we are told first start with the speedy delivery of f-16 fighter jets purchased by iraq under the former prime minister maliki and want the jets delivered quickly and wants drones as well as helicopters and it will be tough for the prime minister because the americans are very keen on a number of issues. the first is the progress that iraqi government has made in its efforts to reach out to the
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sunnis as well as the kurds because remember the differences between these communities which led to the i.s.i.l. advance and take over of tikrit and mosul last year. iraqi government now facing a big financial crisis it has a huge deficit. it is estimated to be around $20 billion and iraqi government is not only going to ask for weapons but they will ask for a delay in payment as well. >> omar thank you very much indeed for that reporting there live from baghdad. in the past year 800,000 children in nigeria have been forced to flee their homes because of boko haram, the findings come from the u.n. children agency unicef and has a report marking one year since abduction of over 200 school girls in nigeria and says at least 2000 women and girls have been abducted by boko haram
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since the start of 2014. and children are being forced into marriage and sexual slavery and are being trained to fight. the report claims 5500 civilians were killed as boko haram swept through villages and towns in nigeria last year and despite this unicef received 15% of $26 and half million for operations in nigeria this year. well n the capitol of nigeria abuja campaigners demanding return of the girls kidnapped and put tape on their mouths during a silent march to symbolize the silence of the abducted school girls. more than 200 girls taken by boko haram 57 of them managed to escape al jazeera's harry went to meet some of them. >> reporter: they don't want to talk about the night they were kidnapped from their school instead they want people to know how they are doing now one year
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later. but first a message to more than 200 of their school mates who couldn't get away from boko haram that night. >> i would just pray for them that there is hope that one day god will set them free from the hands of the boko haram. >> reporter: these girls escaped from boko haram fighters by jumping off moving trucks in northeast nigeria and raided a school and abducted them. the reason why they don't want their faces shown on t.v. is to protect their families and other girls still in school there. but they say they need everyone to know that they don't see themselves as victims, not anymore, they plan to go back stronger than ever. mary wants to heal people. >> my favorite subject is biology and i want to become a medical doctor and i will have
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educated. >> reporter: new school the american university of nigeria is still in the northeast but they are safe here and they have access to some of the best facilities all paid for by well wishers. >> everything here is different from there because we don't have anything like e-learning or internet. >> reporter: teachers say watching the girls grow confident has been an amazing experience. >> i started seeing a determination in them to succeed, a determination in them to they are going to make the best out of this tragic situation that occurred to them and turn it into something positive. >> reporter: the girls say they are doing well and have not forgotten their friends but say they are not going to let what happened that night one year ago define the rest of their lives. >> the message is the brave and
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courageous that you are great and you are literally made to be a great person. >> reporter: they say the next time you see them they will be graduating harry with al jazeera. still ahead here on al jazeera, we report on the diplomatic divisions between the u.s. and russia as moscow agrees to deliver missile defense systems to iran and a sleepily stow away and what happened to an airport worker who took a nap in the cargo hold. ♪
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>> part of al jazeera america's >> special month long evironmental focus fragile planet
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welcome back, you are watching al jazeera live from doha reminder of top stories now saudi arabia is boosting security along the border with yemen as it continues to hit targets across yemen and planes bombarding the province in the south. iraq security forces to take back territory from i.s.i.l. fighters in the western providence of anbar and both sides claiming they made gains in a strategic area in jordan and saudi arabia and in nigeria campaigners demanding return of 200 school girls kidnapped a year ago and put tape on their mouths during a silent march to symbolize the abducted school girls. rival groups in the central african republic are planning to sign a peace deal in the kenya capitol nairobi and the man who
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ousted him in the coup, but there are questions about the legitimacy of the latest agreement and i'm joined now by al jazeera who has reported extensively from the african republic and questions about the legitimacy and nor the u.n. or central african republic were involved in talks. >> they basically rejected legitimacy of talks. there is a separate peace process and a ceasefire agreement process which they are taking part in which is supposed to take place in the coming year and they are organizing what they say will be the first legitimate elections probably in the history of central african republic and rejected this deal also there are splits within the seleka coalition so within the central african republic itself people who say they represent seleka are not recognized by everyone in central africa republic and anti-balaka is the
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christian group also fighting on the ground in central african republic it's a disorganized group as well and whether the person who says he is legitimate head of that group in nairobi really has power on the ground has to be questioned as well. >> what are realities on the ground in central african republic and this deal of the saudi nairobi going to change anything because when you take in account the two parties who are signatories admit they do not exercise control over fighters on the ground you wonder if there is a point in signing this deal. >> the people who are signing this deal some of them have committed serious atrocities in the central african republic suffering from violence for many, many years but particularly in the last few years so some people would say this is more about getting amnesty for these people for themselves and making themselves relevant and actually dealing with the problems on the ground in central african republic like
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poverty, like disarmament, right now in bongi it is the same price a coke can is the same price as buying a grenade and you can see how cheap arms are in the capitol and other parts of the country. most people are still armed. disarming the country has to be a priority for any kind of agreement and also bringing people to justice and some of those people are going to be signing that deal in nairobi right now. >> do we know what is going to be in this deal? >> i think part of it will be the process of reconciliation of ceasefire of disarming, but this is the process that is happening on a parallel level in central african republic through the u.n. through the transitional government through civil society, reconciliation is happening already, through relevant parties there. at the same time of course this may offer a glimmer of hope to some people but i think the
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priority has to be justice and dealing with the problems of corruption and poverty in central african republic and it's not clear if the peace agreement actually does that >> all right thank you very much indeed for that of course and we will bring you the latest from nairobi as soon as they sign the deal for the central african republic. now the man in charge of the coalition against i.s.i.l. says it could take years to defeat the group retired u.s. general john allen spoke exclusively to al jazeera jordan and talked about the challenges that lie ahead. >> reporter: retired u.s. general john allen and president barack obama's man in charge of campaign against i.s.i.l. islamic state in iraq and levante, for six months he has been working with more than 60 countries to stop the group's spread. in an exclusive interview i asked general allen what kind of enemy i.s.i.l. has become. >> i would say that in many respects dash has become a proto
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state in some respects. it points to a peace of terrain that it calls a capitol. it has attempted local governance that look like provincial governments and has attempted to have its own currency. in some respects when it transitioned to becoming a proto state it created its own vulnerabilities. >> reporter: allen says i.s.i.l. doesn't have enough people to hold the land in syria and iraq it calls its own and the pentagon released this map on monday officials say that since september i.s.i.l. has lost between $1 1.3 hectors of territory and doesn't mean there is peace and say they are targeted by shia malitia and prime minister al-abadi raised
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the flag on tikrit and the general says it will take more to restore trust among iraqis. does the coalition have a moral obligation to stay engaged as long as possible and essentially get both sunni and shia to learn how to coexist again in side iraq? >> the coalition governments are very much committed to assisting prime minister abadi in creating the environment of governance that brings to an end the sectarian strife that have characterized iraqi politics and iraqi society to this point. >> reporter: and then there is the problem of foreign fighters. allen and other leaders are trying to figure out how to keep young people from joining i.s.i.l. and helping them once they come home. >> not only do we need to be prepared to hold them accountable with the rule of law in societies and importantly in
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the end we are a compassionate people and it's important to explore how rehabilitation and deradicalism will be to bear. >> reporter: it will take years but ultimately the group will be defeated, the challenge he says is not letting up the pressure on i.s.i.l. no matter how long it takes roslyn jordan al jazeera the state department. prosecutors in the u.s. state of oklahoma charged a police officer who shot and killed a black man during a botched arrest and video of the incident has been released showing what happened. >> on your stomach, now. [gunfire] i'm sorry. shot him! shot him! [beep]
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he shot me. [beep] oh god, he shot me! he shot me in the ass, oh, my god. do you hear me? >> reporter: the sheriff office says the reserve officer mistakenly pulled the handgun instead of a taser and shot eric harris and charged with second degree mans slaughter and the brother says he does not believe it is racially motivated. missile defense systems to iran and israel condemned the move and united states has voiced its concern and russia says the embargo is no longer necessary after tehran reached an agreement on the nuclear program and tim friend looks at implications of the deal. >> reporter: s-300 missile system is one of the most potent
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air defense systems in the world with a range of 200 kilometers and it can track down and strike multiple targets simultaneously and russia suspended the $800 million deal because of strong objections between u.s. and israel but the preliminary agreement with the nuclear standoff meant moscow's part of the deal was no longer necessary. >> translator: 3 00's exclusively a defensive weapon which cannot serve offensive purposes and will not jeopardize the security of any country including, of course israel. >> reporter: israel did not agree, it said it was proof that iran would use relief from sanctions for arms and the white house also objected to the missile sale. >> i'm not in a position to obviously speculate on the decision-making process that russia is engaged in right now
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but i do think it's safe to say that russia understands that the united states certainly takes very seriously the safety and security of our allies in the region. >> reporter: the nuclear program still has to be finalized particularly over how and when to lift sanctions. president obama has to deal with opponents in congress who fear iran is seeking to build weapons, tehran denies that. president putin's latest move complicates the process but in tehran the spokesman said the missile deal would improve ties between iran and russia paving the way for further cooperation. tim friend al jazeera. in australia wildlife activists calling for a call of wildcats and the numbers are out of control in tazmania and farmers are worried about damage to livestock and andrew reports
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from tazmania. trapped in a cage and angry, this wild cat is considered around here as dangerous vermin. farmers here assisting electronic traps. >> it presents to the cat and the tunnel and can see right through and see the bait swinging in the air in there and it comes from in the cup and it has a circuit and it snaps and it latches and both doors fall down. >> reporter: the first cats were brought in 1804 and the wild cat population today is in tens of millions and thought to be twice as many cats as there are people. and they are causing big problems. the farmers it's the disease they spread and makes pregnancy lose their unborn lambs. >> it's economic issue for
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farmer losing the sheep in the first year. >> reporter: barrel cats chewing their way through other species and eat lizards and inspects and traditionally what is native to australia. >> if you take one thing out of that linkage you get one or the other and australia has the worst history of mammal extinctions in the world and cats increasing them is going to push the extinction further and further. >> reporter: why so many cats? a lack of these tazmanian devils is the answer, as cats have gone up the number of devils has plummeted down and it's not because the cats are eating the devils, it's because the devils are no longer eating the cats. the most famous animals called devils because of their piercing cry are in trouble.
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over the last decade a disease wiped out three quarters of those on the island. >> it grows in a gross, ugly tumor on the face and the mouth and the head and the devil dies of starvation. >> reporter: as fewer devils do less eating there is more for cats and they are not eating kittens in the numbers they once did. and cats are pets but those say wildcats should be considered a different species and a dangerous one at that andrew thomas, al jazeera, tazmania. be careful where you take a nap, alaska airlines flight had to make an emergency landing in seattle 14 minutes after taking off. the pilot heard banging coming from beneath the plane after landing a worker was discovered trapped in the front cargo area where he had fallen asleep and taken to hospital as a
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