>> good impact good impact. >> reassessing strategy. the u.s. considers the best way to pinpoint air strikes against i.s.i.l. as i.s.i.l. makes gains if another syrian city. collection explosion. whotwo people are killed in turkey and more than 100 people injured. escalating tension. intense fighting in eastern ukraine. the u.n. calls on both kiev and
moscow to honor the crumbling ceasefire. and football folly. >> the time couldn't be better to laugh at this movie. >> and fifa's corruption scandal. >> good evening i'm antonio mora. this is al jazeera america. i.s.i.l. is on the march battling through u.s. led air strikes and seizing new territory. the syrian observatory for human rights said i.s.i.l. captured a power station south of hasake, a predominantly kurdish region, 71 government troops and 48 i.s.i.l. fighters have been killed so far. meanwhile in libya i.s.i.l. seized new territory in harwa expanding the group's strong
hold on the mediterranean coast. i.s.i.l. has claimed responsible responsibility for a series of strike in libya. the top commander in the middle east say the air strikes are working. still the u.s. is reviewing its strategy odefeat i.s.i.l. one idea gaining steam sending in spotters who can pinpoint where air strikes are needed. al jazeera's u.n. correspondent jamie mcintire reports on why the pentagon is so far unwilling to put them on the front lines. >> reporter: the debate is over what the military calls j taks joint tactical air controllers. on the ground with combat troops in the thick of the fighting and
can use laser designators and gps to call in strikes with pinpoint accuracy. even in the most chaotic battlefield conditions. >> continue to engage continue to engage. >> the three star general running the situation in iraq says he doesn't need so. >> is it necessary? not so far. >> john hesterman says this is too feeble. >> make no mistake our coalition air strikes are having a profound impact on the enemy. >> among its sharpest critics former naval aviator john mccain. >> 75% of the force he return to base without having fired a
weapon. >> that is right for dynamic targeting and putting planes up and waiting for targets of opportunity to appear. air force commanders cite two situations, the need to avoid killing incidents and the difficulty telling enemy fighters from nents. >> as david petraeus told news this week. >> division letter perhaps even to battalion levels. should the there be teams of joint tactical controllers on the ground. >> should there be? >> i think there should be. there is risk of not winning this fight. somewhere. >> reporter: that risk of more american casualties is what has stopped joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey of
recommending fighters, from advising and assisting into a ground combat role. pentagon says it's not against more deaths that argues against putting spotters on the ground it's also the aversion to doing more of the fighting that the iraqis need to do themselves. as one pentagon official puts it the iraqis need to own this. to call from above on a moment's notice. antonio. >> thank you,ist e-mail al sadahi joins us from detroit. good to have you with us general. first i'd like to get your evaluation of how the fight against i.s.i.l. is going because in recent weeks as you know it seems that most of the news has been negative. >> well, thank you for having me. i think that the fight against i.s.i.s. is, we are sending is
is a very negative message to i.s.i.s, that we are not serious enough to intense our fight to intense our operation. in order to drive them out of iraqi territories as well as from syria and the other territories in the region like yemen. >> who is not serious the iraqi government, the coalition or boat? >> well,both? >> well i think both. the operation is international strategy against i.s.i.s. to drive them out. so i believe is that one of the objectives of the international strategy is to push them out. and i believe that none of them, that iraqi government or the international coalition is working together in a close coordination to coordinate the operations. i think that if the
international coalition would intense the extra strikes and provide logistic intelligence strikes to the iraqi security forces alongside with the popular mobilization units we could make success against i.s.i.s, in ramadi and some other places in the future. >> now, you know a number of the sunni tribes reportedly pledged their allegiance to i.s.i.l. this week in getting sunni tribes to join the fight against i.s.i.l. was thought to be crucial just as it were to fight i.s.i.l.'s predecessor al qaeda in iraq. is this a big blow? >> this is a big blow i believe but at the same time, i think this is one of the game that i.s.i.s. is playing in the region. they would like to show some kind of support local support to their presence in iraq.
and the showing the tribes giving the impression that they are supported by the sunni locals. again this is some techniques has been used in mosul as well as anbar and i think the former regime has already used this kind of technique to gain the support of the locals in order to show that the people that they have some legitimacy in the presence. again i just want to say that not only the options in front of us in front of the international community international coalition will enforce us to the only option that ultimately that we have to follow which is put foot on the ground. and that would be not acceptable but as by everyone
by the u.s. administration -- >> it sounds like neither the west wants to put combat troops there nor does the iraqi government want them to come. one final question for you. some of i.s.i.l.'s success has been attributed to the fact that they managed to recruit some of the baathists saddam hussein allies which were disenfranchised by al maliki when he gave most of the divisions to the shia, is it possible for those divisions to be healed? >> i think that is totally not correct. because when they have been disenfranchised, that is 2003 when the iraqi armed forces has been disbanded by the cpa headed by ambassador bremer if you remember. >> paul bremer. >> some of them have felt
dishonored to rejoin the iraqi army because of working with the occupation forces. and that's really unfortunately iraqi government did not work hard in order to reconciliate with them. >> general ismael al sadani, pleasure to have you with us tonight. one of saddam hussein's deputies has died, tariq aziz has died, sentenced to debt in 2010 for his role in persecuting shias, he had been one of saddam hussein's right hand men and as an english speaker a frequent spokesperson. worst fighting in four months in ukraine that has sparked a war of words between western nations and russia, each
accusing the other of increasing violence. nadim baba reports. >> 30 people are dead in some of the worst violence since the ceasefire deal known as the minsk agreement that ukraine and russia signed in march. 50,000 ukrainian troops have been deployed in the ceasefire zone. >> the russian congregation possible oraggressionpossible or not? since august of last year there's never been this amount of troops deployed near our borders. >> reporter: that theme was taken up by ukraine's united nations envoy at a special
session of the security council in morning. >> the recent provocative steps clearly indicates russia's intentions to escalate the confrontation and disrupt the minsk process. the recent missiles are an attempt by the russian site, on the eve of important international events. >> for his part, areas held by proition separatists. by pro-russian separatists. >> i won't go into discussion with my ukrainian colleague on international law international humanitarian law either, too many provisions of which have been violated by the kiev authorities and the so-called antiterrorists but in fact a punitive operation in eastern ukraine. >> but addressing the session via video link, the gut head of an international monitoring
mission in ukraine urged both sides to take steps to follow the ceasefire. >> suggesting a military track has not been abandoned in favor of a diplomatic type one. >> the leader of the self styled donetsk people's republic says the latest violence has killed about 400 fighters, low level war is clearly far from over. nadim baba, al jazeera. >> james you burns currently professor at harvard school of government. military deployed 50,000 troops to the conflict zone, he accused
russia of preparing for the invasion with an unpress defended military escalation along the border. are both sides deploying forces? >> i think the ukrainian military has the right to deploy forces in its own territory. crimea which of course has been invaded and annexed by the russians. if you look at the rights and responsibilities of any government in the world protecting your borders protecting your country making sure that you have control of your country there's no more urgent or basic responsibility of any government. so if there's anyone who's flamg thefanning the flames here it's president putin and the russian government. >> granting the eastern provinces more autonomy, what do
they want out of this? >> they have neutralized georgia through invasion, they have intimidateed crimea, and now with the russian invasion of crimea, inside eastern ukraine over the last year they clearly want to neutralize ukraine and they want strategic depth it's what the czars wanted, that's what putin want strategically that's what they want. in ukraine of course the speculation is that the russians want to link up crimea, with the rest of the russian federation. >> you recently wrote that president obama and german chancellor angela merkel have been two steps behind putin all along. what should the westing doing now? >> i said that not to be too
critical of chancellor merkel and president obama just in the nature of things, president putin is an authoritarian dictator. he has no opposition in the country so he makes a decision and they go forward. of course we wouldn't have it any other way in our country that president obama or chancellor merkel, they have to deal with checks open their power. so i think -- on their power. so i think there's an almost built in advantage to an autocratic leader. i will say this, president obama wants tough sanctions on russia and there's a ski moment coming up antonio. the european union is going to have to decide, vote and decide by consensus meaning every country has to agree to continue the sanctions it's terribly important that they continue these sanction he. if the eu would vote to lift the sanctions that would be a
victory for president putin. as you know, there's widespread speculation that the russian federation will make a push this summer or this autumn to make a push on the ground. they may wait until the european union votes to present a more civilized view of the russian federation to the european union but i don't think the european community will be taken in by that, it would be a reduce. >> ambassador burns always good to have you with us, thank you. >> thank you antonio. >> for the second time in six months opec has decided not to cut oil production. that means crude output will remain stable at 30 million barrels a day. opec used to make up 60% of the global oil market, however that
has lowered to 40% because of u.s. production reached. >> be today china's foreign minister said the allegations of a hack are irresponsible and unscientific. >> voters go to the polls in turkey and the lead up proved deadly. plus this: >> fifa. >> a film about fifa opens in u.s. theaters on the heels of an embarrassing scandal and the arrest of many top executives. >> elected fifa president. ed fifa president.
explosion at an election rally in turkey, happening at a election rally at diyarbakir. is the group last been the target of other attacks if recent weeks. and we put turkey's elections in context tonight. for the past 13 years the justice and development party or akp has held the majority rule in parliament. there are major concerns though that and outright akp win would mean further antiwestern rhetoric and more political pressure on dissent and freedom of expression in turkey. patricia sabga has the story. >> radically transform turkey's ruling party.
>> primarily erdogan's. >> needs to win a big enough majority in parliament to constitutionally change the role of president from figure head to most powerful figure in the nation. but some are concerned about turkey's drift towards authoritarianism. since antigovernment protests swept the country two years ago ago, internet restrictions, crack down on the media expanding of the powers and favoring the ruling party have all happened on erdogan's watch paving the way to a system that could bear little resemblance to the american model. erdogan has significant
political backing but so does the opposition. >> turkey is quite polarized and there is some concern in washington whatever the outcome is there is likely to increase the political tension in turkey. >> which has ramifications for u.s. policy in the region. turkey is the only nato member that shares a border with iran. turkey is also a key ally in the fight against i.s.i.l. the washington and ankara have serious differences. antiassad coalition that include armed groups washington considers extremist. but the u.s. has little alternative than to work with erdogan and his party. >> i think washington has been hampered by the fact that no one can point to any viable alternative to the justice and development party or president erdogan and prime minister
divatolo. >> if the prooccurreddish people's party wins majority, erdogan's party will fall short to consolidated power within his party. >> james jeffrey is a form he deputy advisor currently a fellow at the washington institute for near east policy, he joins us from d.c. always good to see you ambassador. erdogan already had a lot of power under the current constitution and he's been dismantling what checks existed on his power by restructuring the judiciary strengthening the police. why is he pushing for a more imperial presidency? >> partially because he could no longer run as the prime minister. that's been his power base since he was first elected in 2002. but he gave a commitment to his
own supporters that he wouldn't run for another term so he became president back about a year ago. the problem is under the current turkish constitution the president is more of a figure head personality rather like the situation in italy rather than here in the united states or in france. so at a minimum he wants to give the president real power to govern not simply to reign but it play be more along the lines you just described. >> what happens to turkey matters to the u.s. and to the west because turkey is a nato ally. turkey has gone from an ally of israel to a harsh critic. turkey is not letting the u.s. use the base at incirlik to bomb i.s.i.l. that doesn't sound like much of an ally but can the u.s. afford to isolate turkey? >> it is a very large country
population of 80 million 17th largest economy in the world that's thanks oerdogan, he has basically made peace with the kurdish, pkk, that is also to his plus. but given the turbulence to the south and to the north in iran, it is highly highly educated, are important to the region and to all of us. so we basically shut our eyes to some of the things that happen and try to work out solutions. >> there hasn't been much history of electoral fraud. if it's a close election as you're describing for the kurds as to what percentage they get is there concern erdogan could tilt the scales in his favor fraudulently? >> to the extent that there have been accusations of irregularities and fraud and if you will security force actions
that dampen participations at the ballot urns, if the results fall below 50% there will be a huge outcry and that will have an impact on turkish stability and that will be a concern to all of us. >> is there a chance that greater power if he does get the seats he needs might allow him to behave in a way to be more favorable to the u.s? >> some of it is, he's a strong leader but his value system is very different than that of those of us here in the united states. he has made turkey very successful under the current constitution which does limit the powers of the government.
why either he or we are or the turkish people would want far more absolutist system is beyond me. it is not a recipe for more progress. it is a recipe for more oppression. >> so real concerns about the turkish be democracy. james jeffrey always good to have you with us. thank you. >> thank you. >> teenage pakistani malala yousefsai and the men accused of assaulting her. her.
america. i'm antonio mora. coming up in this half hour of international news. they were report edly beedly imprisoned for attacking malala malala yousafzai that turned out to not to be true. dmat tazhayakov will get five years and the other three years. one for throwing away tsarnaev's backpack. new department of labor numbers show 280,000 new jobs were created in the month of may. that is more than economists predicted. the construction industry and leisure and hospitality industry also showed major gain. asanother positive sign, average
wages raised to almost $25. and labor participation went up. american pharaoh will take a run at the belmont stakes. the last and longest of the three classic u.s. races. there has not been a triple crown winner since affirmed in 1988. former new york prosecutor was hired to remit senior officials who face bribery and corruption charges. meanwhile more charges emerged of corruption. german official supplied arms to saudi arabia for supporting its 2006 world cup bid solicited bribes during the 2010 world cup bid, paid fifa 7 million so it
wouldn't protest a blatant hand ball. and em embattled jack warner denied. jonathan betz has the story. >> jack warner avoiding questions now but not the controversy. fifa's disgraced executive one of trinidad and tobago answer disgraced. still a member of parliament but avoiding us. >> mr. warner a few words? >> this is parliament. >> authorities say he showed no respect for the law exchange millions in bribes, still widely supported at home, credited for
building trinidad's soccer legacy. now he's on the defensive for himself. >> for those persons this country's image. >> and threatening to bring down more people. even alleging fifa influenced trinidad's election in 2010 am he has not offered any proof publicly. >> a lot of claims have been made by mr. warner over the years that have not been substantiated. >> saying as warner falls he is dragging down whoever he can. >> don't drag down to the place you may be going to. >> urged jack warner to cooperate with u.s. authorities they have pled guilty to corruption charges involving world cub soccer. jonathan betz, al jazeera. >> largely funded by fifa, a
film hit the movie theaters, that look at the bureaucracy that is now embroiled in scandal. >> fifa. >> it's a movie that's been around for a year but with interesting timing it gets its u.s. opening this weekend. you united passion he, tells the story of fifa, world governing body. it's gathered horrible reviews. from the u.k. the guardian called it like stalinist propaganda. tedious amateurist and hilariously ill timed. sports deals and internal politics not the usual fare of sporting movies. but after the last two weeks with corruption for those on the top of fifa and resignation of
president sepp blatter some of the lines take on additional significance. >> blatter is apparently good at finding money. >> the slightest error on that. >> i don't know where the money's gone. i mean i have my suspicious. >> united passion he only has a limited sen ma release in the united states, only on in 11 cities and only a handful of screens and the only cinema showing it in washington d.c. it's sharing a screen and the smallest one at that. those who see the movie says it fills the theater with laughter, unfortunate because it is not meant to be a comedy. >> it's ludicrous and a ridiculous amount of self aggrandizing to begin with. coming out in the theaters at the time sepp blatter played by tim roth has just retired in a
cloud of controversy and guys taken out of their hotels in switzerland in handcuffs. the time couldn't be better to laugh at this movie. >> on demand, for a small fee people will be able to watch it at home as long as the files are not corrupted. allen schauffler, al jazeera. >> more from edward snowden indicating nsa's spying is more extensive than it thought coming into the u.s. from abroad this particular surveillance reportedly began three years ago. meanwhile in an op ed today in the new york times snowden celebrate being his victory over nsa surveillance now that the u.s. government has imposed new restrictions. he writes after a white house appointed oversight board found
this program had not stopped a single terrorist attack even the president who once defended its propriety and criticized its disclosure has now ordered it terminated. this is power of the informed public. the nsa is the topic for third rail imran garda. >> the polls often come down to we don't care what nsa is doing because my life's not impacted. i'm going to go to times square and i'm not going to be subjected to a bomb going off. >> kathy do you believe the freedom act actually makes a difference? do you think there's been reform? >> i think there has but i watch "home land" right? >> everybody watches it. >> the problem is people are afraid they don't know what the
government is doing. there is a lack of trust i hope they're doing exactly what you said but is that really true? what do they do after? i think that's the question people have in their head. >> it comes down to oversight oversight by the legislative branch and by the judiciary. >> you can catch the whole thing sunday night 6:00 earn. malala yousafzai all the people who were convicted of assaulting her were quietly released. somewhere has the story. >> pakistan announces her attackers didn't get away. >> in gang comprised total of ten terrorists. >> and in april police said all ten were convicted and jailed for 25 years each. now the story is changing. a senior pakistani official say eight of the ten men were never
convicted. he says they went free because of a lack of evidence. the case is raising questions about the competence of pakistan's police and its justice system. trials are often held behind closed doors. pakistan says it's been doing what it can to find and arrest the taliban leader mola yofsala who ordered the attack on yousafzai. >> we ask the leaders to unite and make education their the top priority. >> since the shooting she's become a global symbol of defiance. campaigning for free education for both boys and girls. her organization the malala fund told al jazeera it has no plans now to comment on the latest news. roxana saberi, al jazeera. >> the outbreak of middle east respiratory syndrome, or mers in south korea has now reach a u.s.
air base. the base is on the southern tip of the country. an airman at the time base has tested positive. he is now off the base and not showing any symptoms. 100 of his co-workers have been asked to stay home to avoid any possibility of the illness spreading. meejmeanwhile, the south korean health officials say a fourth person has died and its concerned after a dorkd doctor came up infected. harry fawcett reports. >> 30 of the cases confirmed so far were at the st. mary's hospital in a city south of seoul. the virus spread unprecedentedly quickly here. perhaps it was transmission through patients, staff or through poor air conditioning.
what's not known yet is whether the virus has mutated into a more infectious version. >> translator: this hospital has recorded a particularly large number of people infected as compare compared to other hospitals. therefore we have decided to release the name in order to trace all the people who have been in the hospital. >> reporter: until now such information has been the subject of crowd sourcing an online mers map pin poifnting pinpointing locations where mers was spotted. educational be officials say they will close another 266 schools in seoul on monday unless situation improves. >> translator: this with weekend will be critical. the infection period ends this weekend. if there is no further infection we can say we have stemmed the tide.
but if not we will have to prepare for tertiary and secondary. >> seoul's mayor says a person who had been in contact with hundreds of people. a day after developing mild symptoms but before his association says he knew he'd been exposed he went to two medical symposiums and a meeting with more than 1500 fellow owners of this apartment complex. the health ministry says the kind of contact attendees at that event would have the had with that doctor is unlikely to have permitted the transmission of mers but all of those people need to be quarn quarantined. ought of this has hit the south korean tourism industry. >> there's been a big drop in the number of tourists coming in. given the strain, this would have hit more than 50% of our business. if this goes on i might have to
consider shutting down. >> for many life goes on as normal but for some, this deadly disease is playing on the mind. mask sales have gone up seven fold in the week. after an admittedly slow start the government has caught up enough to slow and stop the spread of mers. harry fawcett, al jazeera seoul. the pilot who is suspected of crashing a germanwings plane into the alps, was seeking advice about an undisclosed ailment. andreas lubitz downed the plane in march killing all 160 on board. monday's cruise ship disaster confirmed death toll has soared to 3 friday people.
14 survivors have been found including the captain. authorities do not expect to find more. the ship was carrying 360 passengers, many of them in their 50s and 60s. one of the poorest countries in the world says yes that story coming up. plus new video of a riot inside a mexican prison, helpless guards could only watch. y watch.
myanmar says, to find owner employment not toen invoice to avoid persecution. >> people in thailand's government realize that, the boats of most of the rohingyas floating off the coast of thailand has but the human rights issue on the world's mind more than anything before. antitrafficing people have told me that on previous years they have been no more than talking shops. the keynote address of the president suggests this issue was taken more seriously. he is keen to point out this
issue is one of his dwoft's top three priorities, and officials are handing out the amendments to are thailand's anti antitrafficking laws. and much more serious prosecution on those convicted of human trafficking. 140 people were successfully prosecuted last year, a number lower than the previous year, a suggestion that things are getting worse in thailand. unless they have a practical result they're not worth that many. not the home the three iranians and the one rohingya were hoping for. as rob mcbride reports, it is part of the controversial resettlement policy. >> reporter: they arrived with little ceremony hidden inside a van. the governments of cambodia and
australia were equally sensitive with no official comment but australians involved in aid work were more vocal. >> the ethics of is justice from a rich country with lots of space leave a lot to be desired. >> refugees refused entrance into australia given the option of being moved to cambodia. they are promised start up money a home a job and access to schools and hospitals. the only problem is: it's cambodia. one of asia's most impoverished nations and a poor record on human rights and dealing with asylum seekers from other countries. >> the way cambodia can than problem, turn you are a blind eye and
put more burden on cambodia. >> reporter: the burden on cambodia is eased by the cash that the migrants represent money australia is putting up. these are tonal first four volunteers making them look like very expensive imports. the international refugee organization iom has helped in the transfer after receiving guarantees about what the newcomers will receive here. but if the deal is so good, why so few takers? >> they made up their own minds they want to come here. we don't know how many more will be convinced to come here. the important thing is nobody is coerced. they are better off at home and better off than in naru. >> how much better they will ponder in the long balmy evening ahead of them in a place they
never thought would be their home. rob mcbride, al jazeera, phnom penh. >> in the weeks leading up to now demonstrators have protested the election process. many of them are teachers and family members of people who have disappeared. they're frustrated about the violence that have ravaged the country in recent years. eight people have been murdered since february, it's believed be they were targeted by drug cartels. a new video in mexico is shedding light on overcrowded prison system. shows inmates climbing over fences punching each other and breaking things all while guards stan by and watch helplessly. india produces more movies than
>> the vatican appointed its first auditor-general today. it is pope francis's lateliest move in ensuring transparency in the scandal racked catholic church. answering only to the pope and free to go anywhere and everywhere in the vatican to review the finances and management of any department. meanwhile, thousands are headed to bosnia. for the pope's visit. pope john paul ii was the last pontiff to visit bosnia.
global news segment a look at how news outlets are reacting to latest events. despite becoming more energy self sufficient, the u.s. has a part to play and if it stands back everyone will be worse off including americans. baltic times headline reads, why the idea of russian invasion in the baltics is absurdity. russia's interest in the ukraine may be more about the post-soviet history in the two countries and the most idiotic russian decision maker would not dare check the resolve of nato. finally, the montreal gazette now the good news from the world of soccer. it shows a soccer ball with a
female symbol. canada hosts women's world cup starting tomorrow. over the past few years the international indian awards become a popular event. divya gopalan has more from malaysia's kuala lumpur. >> this is more than a song and dance for these teenagers. it is a link to their culture. >> that links us back to india that is where everything started. very much connected outside of india, just because of bollywood movies and to watch our favorite stars on screen. >> bollywood's film locations are spawning industries around the world but nothing is more lucrative than the films. >> we sell four.8 billion
tickets, everyone wants a pie of it right? they want to attract film shootings in the country we spend over 500 million on shooting. >> that's why countries bid to host the international film academy awards. films are to cater to each country. for some it's trade for malaysia it's tourism. according to the awards organizers thousands of people will be flying into kuala lumpur. they are expected to spends about $20 million just over the three days of the ceremony. close to half a billion people will be watching. so what does bollywood get out of it? >> the achievement is to make bollywood out. >> you get not only the committed bollywood that is
watching bollywood in any case but you also get new eye balls which is what this award's function should be age to achieve. has it, is it possible to say in concrete terms whether it's increased bollywood's popularity abroad, that's impossible to say. >> she believes in bollywood's appeal. >> now i'm planning to open boutiques in malaysia but i already have boutiques in mumbai. >> illustrating that efforts to promote the film industry abroad of paying offer divya gopalan al jazeera, kuala lumpur. >> scientists say they know what caused the draining of a glacial lake in 2006. completely drained in a little more than two hours after large cracks opened in the ice below sending water into the arctic ocean, researchers blame the melting on global climate
change. that is it for this edition of al jazeera global news. i will be back in an hour, "america tonight" is up next. next. >> on "america tonight": growing up on the inside. the remarkable story of guantanamo's youngest detainee and how he would survive. >> they would tie me up to the bed. >> a canadian teenagers his disturbing time in captivity and just how did he end up in guantanamo? also inside a fight you've never seen up close