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original documentaries al jazeera america presents only on al jazeera america this is the al jazeera news hour. warm welcome from me, david foster, to the next 60 minutes. these are some of the stories we'll be studying in detail. as russian air strikes continue in syria, moscow denies that civilians have been caught in the cross fire. >> i am prepared to immediately, immediately resume direct peace negotiations with the palestinian authority without any preconditions whatsoever.
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>> israel's prime minister's response to the palestinian leader's claim that israel broke a key peace agreement dozens of civilians lose their lives as the afghan army battles to take back control of kundus from the taliban and a major win for government forces in yemen. >> and i'm robin adams with all your sports from doha. russia is flatly denying that any of its air strikes in syria against the islamic state of iraq and the levant have left civilians dead.
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russia is denying that and claiming to have destroyed 12 isil targets in syria, among them a command center. saudi arabia maintains the strikes have caused civilian deaths and have failed to hit isil targets. all of this is causing concern in the u.s. as it is also carrying out air strikes as part of the coalition against isil strong holds in syria. moscow insists that it's also targeting the same terrorist groups and isn't working against the americans. with so much military action, the fear is that the war in syria could escalate forcing more people to leave the country to seek refuge. these are the latest pictures showing it is said the aftermath of what it's claimed to be a russian air strike. pictures are from a social media site and is sodium to have been -- said to have been shot near damascus province. see the demolished buildings.
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rescuers trying to pull people from the rubble. no independent verification from those who took this. our diplomatic ed iter joins you are from the united nations. it's actually helping president assad to stay in power because these are the very groups trying to get rid of him. >>reporter: not really answering that question, david. they are saying that everything they're doing is entirely legal under the u.n. charter because they're invited in by the government of syria. we had the russian foreign minister briefing the press here saying that theirs was a positive contribution to what was going on and they were there
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to stop the terrorist groups in syria. but of course the u.s. coalition is targeting isil. who exactly do the russians consider to be the terrorist groups inside syria? that's one of the big questions. and are they targeting some groups that actually are supported by the united states and by the cia and groups not part of isil that are actually trying to overthrow al assad. that's the question i put to the russian foreign minister. >> the u.s. coalition says it's fighting isil. you now say your military is targeting terrorists. can you be specific and tell us which specific groups in syria do you believe to be terrorists? >> well, if it looks like a terrorist, if it acts like a terrorist, walks like a terrorist, fights like a terrorist, it's a terrorist; right? i would recall that we always were saying that we are going to
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fight isil and other terrorist groups. this is the same position which the americans are taking. the representatives of the coalition command have always been saying that their targets are isil, al nusra, and other terrorist groups. this is basically our position as well. we see eye to eye on this one. >> i don't imagine that's the way the americans and other western diplomats part of this coalition see it at all. >>reporter: no, they don't. leaders from all around the world have been in new york for over a week now and all of them say that solving the war in syria is top of their agenda. are we any closer? it's a very difficult question. depends who you ask. the russians whose air strikes
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it seems happened exactly the same time as this general assembly and many are asking if that was a coincidence especially since russia says they're helping the situation. i have to tell you most other people that you speak to here other groups particularly the u.s. say they don't think that, that is the case. the russian foreign minister when he was asked further exactly why he was supporting president assad gave the examples of iraq and libya and mentioned the western policy of removing saddam hussein. are we any closer to any sort of peace agreement on syria? no, i don't think we are. i think there are two things now that have come out of this and i'm afraid they're not things that are going to stop the killing in syria. one of them is going to be
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debated here by diplomats in had the coming weeks which is a russian draft resolution on fighting isil. i think that is not going to be that contentious but it will need some debate but certainly doesn't push forward the political process. the other idea floating around certainly from the russians and the united nations is let's have a contact group of all the key international and regional players to push this forward. there was a meeting earlier on of the u.s.'s key allies, the gulf states, jordan, the u.k., and france. i can tell you one participant at that meeting said you can't really have a contact group yet. the contact group is supposed to be to guide international strategy because of the disagreement between the u.s. and russia now with rival air campaigns underway, there is no international strategy. >> james, thank you. partly because of those disagreements outlined there by our diplomatic editor, representatives of the u.s. and
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russia have discussed what's going on in syria. video conferencing between the two hoping that the governments can unify some kind of approach. both they say are trying to target isil strong holds in the country. the nightmare scenario, if it could get any worse in syria, is now that we have on the one side a u.s.-led coalition and u.s. war planes on the one side coming in and the russians coming in on the other, these kind of mistakes can happen and you could see a u.s. plane shooting down a russian one or vice versa and it's suddenly not just about syria. >>reporter: and it certainly would not be just about syria. i think the art of phrases, the fog of war, where these sorts of incidents could possibly happen. the u.s. is very keen to not have that happen. we are waiting for the pentagon
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spokesperson, peter cook, to brief reporters at any moment now about that video conference in which u.s. and russian military officials started the process of what they're calling deconfliction, making certain that one side doesn't inadvertently hit the other and lead to some sort of conflagration. certainly there is this concern about dealing with isil but the u.s. has also very openly questioned whether the russians are in fact inside syria to help prop up the government of president bashar al assad who's been in the middle of a vicious civil war for more than four and a half years. the u.s. is very much opposed to any country, especially russia, trying to do so because it blames bashar al assad in essence for the rise of isil. but we're waiting to find out what the mechanism is going to be so that these two operations
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don't interfere with each other and don't turn to something incredibly disasterous. >> there's fury in the united states that the two sides were not able to sit down and talk about this beforehand but unilaterally, russia said we're going in and you have one hour to get your planes out. i think the possibility for something terrible happening was already there. >> it was already there and of course what really sticks in the craw of u.s. officials is that on tuesday the u.s. announced that it was going to be having these so-called deconfliction talks with the russians and then suddenly the russians had gone ahead and decided to launch their air war. so this really is raising even more questions about whether the russians can be trusted. we've heard officials say that they are trying to take the
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russians at their word but really it comes down to the actions. and so the urgency is certainly there and also the big question, david, is whether or not the u.s. is planning to change in any way its own air war against isil. so far, officials are reiterating that they're not going to do that, that this is an ongoing military campaign and that they don't see any reason why they should dial back. >> thank you. rosalyn jordan. we're expected to hear shortly from u.s. military chiefs about that conference call that they have had with members of the russian defense ministry and perhaps other participants from russia. we'll bring that to you live here on the al jazeera news hour.
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coming up, people behind power. we'll bring you a special report on -- as it tries to regain full control in turkey. former nigerian soldiers accuse the government of failing to properly equip them in their fight against boko haram. also. >> i'm jennifer glass. afghanistan's top futbol league and even the top players in the country can't earn enough in the sport to live on. benjamin netanyahu says he's prepared to move forward with negotiations with the palestinians about 24 hours after the palestinian president, mahmoud abbas outlined what he says is a breach of the oslow accords. >> i'm prepared to immediately
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resume direct peace negotiations with the palestinian authority without any preconditions whatsoever. unfortunately, president abbas said yesterday that he is not prepared to do this. well, i hope he changes his mind because i remain committed to a vision of two states for two peoples in which a demilitarized palestinian state recognizes the jewish state. >> our senior political analyst in new york listened to that speech. we may talk in a moment about what netanyahu had to say about iran but let's go back to what he said then. no preconditions. imagine if mahmoud abbas picked up the phone and said benjamin, netanyahu, let's sit down tomorrow no preconditions and talk about peace. what would happen then?
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>> nothing. nothing would happen then because we've been through it for the last 22 years, david. the whole point of the oslow process that started with that condition between two parties sponsored by the united states. and what happened after 22 years, there was supposed to be a five-year, you know, friend. that did not happen. and then 17 years after that, still nothing happens. the problem for everyone about this unconditional negotiation between an occupier and an occupied is that it's like talking about sharing a pizza while one of them is eating away at the pizza. at the end of the negotiations, there will be nothing left to eat and that's what the palestinians complain about that israel continues to eat away through settlements in had the west bank. >> i may be able to come back to you in a little while. you may have been listening when we talked about the pentagon briefing. this is where u.s. military officials are explaining their video conference and their
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position on the russian action in syria. >> we conducted a number of strikes against isil targets in syria over the past 24 hours and these strikes will continue. and with that, we'll take your questions. >> peter, two questions just to follow up on that. what was the russian reaction to comments to them about who they're striking. can you give at least some context about what they may have said in response? and secondly, this morning it was suggested that the u.s. was obviously not likely to share intelligence with the russians, that it would mostly be focused on making sure planes don't run into each other. is that an accurate assessment? >> on your first question, i'm not going to get into the details of the call itself. i'll let the russians speak for themselves.
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i will say simply that, again, it was cordial and professional. the secretary made her points clearly to the russians. there was engagement back and forth in terms of some of the ideas put on the table and a general agreement that both sides would consult with their ministries and decide on the next step forward including the possibility of another call, another secure video conference in the coming days. and the second part, we don't have any plans to share intelligence with the russians and i'll just leave it at that. >> peter, have there been any communications with russia so far including on this call that would be a warning to say we warned the syrian government to stay away from u.s. operations or risk some sort of retaliation. and would the united states have any legal authority to strike
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russia were it to go after moderate syrian rebels supported by the united states. the united states has said that it would go after assad's forces if it were to strike syrian rebels supported by the united states. has that position also been translated towards russia and has the pentagon communicated that? >> i'm not going to get into the details of the call itself other than to say this was a cordial and professional exchange between the two governments, between these two defense departments. with regard to the -- your second question, i'm not going to get into hypothetical situations as well. we have made clear the importance of the moderate syrian opposition in terms of syria's political future and that anything done to harm that moderate syrian opposition is counterproductive to the end result that we believe is necessary and that is a political transition in syria. this will not be solved militarily so we've made that point clear from the start and
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we'll continue to do so. >> prepared to defend that opposition against any commerce regardless of whether they're russian, syrian, nusra, or isil? >> we've made clear -- not getting into hypothetical questions here -- but right now our focus is the fight against isil. there are moderate opposition forces taking the fight against isil who are getting our support right now. we believe the russians should be doing everything they can to take the fight to isil as well and to push forward while there's this military action separately on a political transition to support a political diplomatic effort to try and finally bring peace to syria and we think those things moving in parallels, the secretary has talked about them, are the most important steps to be taken right now. >> the russians are saying that they're hitting the islamic state and terrorists.
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colonel warren said that does not appear to be is case. has anybody been asking the russians for proof that they're hitting islamic state targets? >> our assessment as you heard from the secretary himself yesterday is that they do not appear to be hitting targets in areas where isil is operating. we have encouraged them once again to focus their attention on isil. have asked about their intentions going forward. and i think that's part of the conversation that began today with this video conference and we'll see where it goes from here. >> thank you. have they given you any proof about the islamic state? they keep saying they're hitting the islamic state. and have you asked for it? >> i'm not going to get into the details of the call today. the minister and the secretary spoke some time ago. our conversations with them have been limited. we'll see where it
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goes from here. we did have a cordial and professional conversation between the military professionals representing both countries and we'll see what happens in the next stage of that conversation. >> senator mccaine says that the russians have hit the free syrian army location. is he right? >> i'm -- i can't from this podium tell you exactly what they've hit at this point. i've seen reports about some of their strikes. but i can't confirm exactly what they've hit or what their target was. i'd suggest you talk to the russians. >> he also issued a statement, senator mccaine, today questioning the value of these deconfliction talks essentially saying arguing that engaging in these talks with the russians is essentially legitimatizing the russian operations which are continuing to kill syrians on behalf of the government of
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bashar al assad and also syrian opposition forces that we support. what's your response to the idea that this very engagement with the russians is adding legitimacy to -- >> you're looking and listening to peter cook, the u.s. defense department spokesman at the pentagon talking about a conference call between u.s. and russian officials, particularly the undersecretary of state of the navy and u.s. concerns about what russia was doing inside syria with the recent air strikes were apparently noted in what was described as a cordial and professional conference call. but it was said that there are concerns that areas targeted by russia in syria were not islamic state strongholds. concerns is as strong as it's
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got at the moment although it's been suggested by the white house that russia's actions, this is also just coming out, russia's actions conflict with u.s. antiisil strategy and the u.s. apparently -- a statement through the white house -- has conveyed that to russia through a variety of channels. so i would say a widening rift between the two countries, the u.s. saying what you're doing is wrong by attacking groups other than isil. you may be aiding president bashar al assad. russia simply saying a terror group as it describes it is a terror group whether it be isil or indeed anybody else. the al jazeera news hour. in afghanistan the battle for the city of kunduz has intensified. u.s. special forces have exchanged fire with government. they reportedly stormed the city
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and have been taking back control from taliban fighters. >>reporter: the battle for the city has been tough. the afghan army say they've retaken the strategic northern city but the taliban claim that's not the case. that they've just withdrawn to other neighborhoods before a counterattack and say right now they don't want anything except security. >> we want the government to -- the situation wasn't good in the city and i managed to escape but still some of my family are trapped there. we don't want anything else from the government. we just want a secure city. >>reporter: the interior ministry says afghan forces will not stop fighting until the whole province is back in their control and they're being supported by nato and u.s. special forces. and those forces could be getting some unexpected help. a former commander is trying to rally support for the army and called on all afghans to join
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the fight against the taliban. >> there are security issues around the country within security threatened districts and villages in in most part. i encourage you to fight the enemy in all parts of the country. >>reporter: removing the taliban from the city while making civilian security a priority will take time. the group's strength was proven when they managed to take the city earlier this week. it was the taliban's biggest victory since its government was outed in 2001. -- ousted in 2001. al jazeera obtained these pictures of members of the taliban driving captured humvee s. >> when they border central asia, that path is where america got reconnaissance into afghanistan. without that, it would be a very
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serious impediment for them. >>reporter: the president of afghanistan, ghani. ash ralph garaf ganhani is --
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on skype now from kabul. cokundu kunduz. >> hit-and-runs or whatever. this attack on kunduz seems pretty organized. >> well, it seems organized. but i think it's rather better to say it was disorganization of the government and national army forces. i don't think that the taliban are capable to challenge the national security forces face-to-face. in the past 14 years, they've not been able to capture a city or a district but i think this is the first time that they've taken advantage of the mismanagement of the area by the
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government forces. it is said that between 500 to 1,000 probably insurgents were there attacking the kunduz city but more than 7,000 afghan forces were in that area. the interior minister of afghanistan said the main reason was disorganization between the security forces in kunduz. so i think it's better to say that it was mismanagement of the area by the government rather than the power and the support of the insurgents in the area. >> what about these so-called u.s. military advisors who happen to be with the afghan forces and just happen to have to return fire in terms of self-defense? what do you make of that statement? >> well, since the international forces withdraw from afghanistan and the mission ended at the end
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of 2014, the u.s. forces and nato forces remained in afghanistan based on the pact between afghanistan and the u.s. the u.s. forces still remain capable to -- or will interfere if there's a need by the afghan government. >> if it's kunduz today, where will it be tomorrow or the next week? >> i don't think that there will be anywhere else in the way kunduz collapsed. i don't think that the insurgents are capable to
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capture cities and i don't think that they are able to shake the stability of the afghan government or the existence of the afghan government. but i think they will be able to create insecurity in some areas and it's up to the government. if the government is able to manage the security situation in the north, it will be very good for the country and for the security of the country. but the government is failing again. then there might be lots of other consequences like the people in that area. that would place other tensions including ethnic tensions in the north. >> thank you. we are receiving here at al jazeera reports of a shooting at a community college in the town of roseburg. that is in the u.s. state of oregon, northwest state of oregon. it's said that a number of
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people have been killed and that the gunman is still at large. more information on that just as soon as we get it ourselves. still to come on this al jazeera news hour. >> china is preparing to mark a sensitive anniversary that not everyone will be celebrating. >> we have the brazilians and their futbol.
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>> our fears are dancing between us. >> techknow's team of experts show you how the miracles of science... >> this is what innovation looks like. >> can affect and surprise us. >> i feel like we're making an impact. >> awesome! >> techknow - where technology meets humanity. headlines for you. russian air strikes have continued in syria. moscow deny that civilians were caught in the crossfire. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu's address to the u.n. general assembly saying he's prepared to move forward with negotiations with the palestinians. and fierce fighting continuing between afghan forces and the taliban in the northern city of
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kunduz. >> the war in yemen. government forces have regained control of the strait between the arabian peninsula and the horn of africa and they've taken back the dam, the last strategic strong hold for the houthis. >>reporter: as the war grinds on in in yemen, the terrain gets more complicated and the toll more severe. here in yemen's central province, popular resistance forces and army troops are claiming what they call a strategic victory. backed by saudi-led coalition air support and after days of heavy fighting, they retook control of the dam from houthi forces. their aim is to cut houthi supply routes. their sell bcelebratory mood is.
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the houthis are still in control. and there's anger against attacks by the saudi-led coalition. >> where is my house? i no longer have a house. i no longer have no more furniture, no more home, no more anything. >>reporter: near the red see, residents of one village are furious after a reported air strike on a yemeni wedding party that killed 130 people. while the saudis have formally denied any involvement calling the reports false, many villagers blame the arab coalition. >> what are the strategic targets that you've been hitting exactly? you hit a wedding party, women and children. you killed women and children. are these your strategic targets? >>reporter: while local residents and witnesses say
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coalition aircraft had carried out intense raids against houthi positions in recent days, a saudi official told the european parliament that his country is abiding by international law in its military campaign. with more than 2,000 civilians killed during situation months of fighting, more and more aid agencies worry about the overall impact this war is taking on a country whose population, the most im -- improof of a chain of facts rish -- impaoverish -- >> benjamin netanyahu -- let's hear from our political analyst in at ttehran.
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he says this makes war more likely and his contention was that with sanctions lifted, iran would become a richer country, would be able to buy weaponry, be able to buy influence. put its people in different places. and would become perhaps simply to israel a bigger threat than it is now. you can sort of see his logic there. >> . >> can you hear me? >> well, how can i put it? this man is out of date. i mean, his speech might as well have been written and read ten years ago. he just doesn't get it. it is actually implementing it and it is not posing any threat to its neighbors let alone
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israel. yes, we have some rhetoric inside the country which is for domestic consumption. but as far as international cooperation is concerned, iran now has joined the war on terror alongside russia, iraq, and syria. so whatever netanyahu says may be for his own country's domestic consumption. i mean, he first bashes the united states and the united nations for signing the nuclear deal. he then tells them -- i mean, this is how you should make sure that you don't -- iran complies with the deal. if you don't like the deal, why on earth are you giving instruction on how best to implement the deal with regard to iran? >> let me ask you this. >> you don't need to be there at the u.n. -- >> let me ask you this with regard to something you have just said. >> i mean, who are you to decide for the u.n. what to do when it comes to international agreement
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like iran and the p5 plus 1. he was acting confused and criticizing and disrespecting everyone and every inch. >> i want to ask you something. you can hear me. that's rather good. you said that any statements made within iran about the need to attack, destroy, continue a hateful relationship with israel were made for internal consumption. now, by that statement, are you not admitting that there is an appetite continuing in iran for some kind of action against israel?
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p5 iran will continue to support hezbollah and iraq and syria and also politically, the people of yemen, doesn't send any weapons there but will continue to send military advisors and weapons to its allies in the middle east because iran wants to help theme fight terrorism. terrorism have every right to do so under the international law, international rules and regulations. israel is trying to say i'm still relevant and i need to come back to the international community and give orders. iran has stopped that by signing a deal with the west. netanyahu is out of the picture. >> we have to leave it there i'm afraid. >> this man is out of his mind.
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>> we have to leave it there. thank you. iran state media says that the must be of iranian nationals killed in the hajj stampede has reached 464 iranian pilgrims and officials say measures are underway for bodies to be returned to iran as soon as possible. saudi arabia's health ministry says the death toll is 769 but a number of other countries have suggested casualty figures may be far higher as hundreds are still unaccounted for. a developing story at the moment. reports that two israelis have been shot dead by palestinians in the west bank. that is according to israeli security forces. more on that as it comes to us. going back to that report of a multiple shooting in the united states, it was in the town of
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roseburg in the northwestern u.s. state of oregon. police there saying ten people have been killed. 20 have been wounded. let's go to our correspondent live in washington d.c. just a little bit of information from you, tom. what can you add to that? >>reporter: we really cannot add very much. the authorities there, the oregon state police, and the county, local county sheriff's office have confirmed multiple casualties and the oregon state police said seven to ten people were deceased and 20 injured. they also said that there was an active shooter but he is either detained in custody or perhaps dead right now. roseburg is about two hours south of the city of portland, oregon. it's in a rather rural area of portland, rather the state of oregon, and this community college is a local point of
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activity, it's not really a place where we've had a lot of uncommon violence like this. roseburg itself is basically a timber town and as we said guns, however, are easily obtainable because oregon has relatively lax gun control laws so in that respect, guns are not an uncommon sight there. but as i said, we do not have any further details from the authorities other than to say that gunman is either detained or dead and at least seven to ten people killed in this incident. david. >> we'll leave it there. tom, thank you. there's been an explosion in the southern chinese town a day after a number of letter bomb attacks left seven people dead. the latest blast not as serious although a number of people were taken to hospital with minor
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injuries only. police are questioning a 33-year-old man who is the main suspect. thousands of miles away in china's far northwest, they've had their share of trouble. it is exactly 60 years since this remote region was given autonomy. in that time tensions between this traditional residents of the region have never been far from the surface. adrian brown traveled there and met residents who could be facing a very uncertain future. >>reporter: it was by chinese standards a low key official celebration held indoors. the setting, the great hall in the regional capital. a senior government official told the assembled guests that the region's stability was still being threatened by violent groups. they were the common enemy of all of their people. >> we must make a firm fist and
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strike proactively and residence lieutenantly crack down -- residence lieutenaolute ly crac >> people we met here were all ethnic muslim. some old enough to remember when the people's liberation army marched in. >> when i first saw the soldiers, i was so young. i was so scared. i cried. >>reporter: but she says her life is far better now. >> we have enough to eat and enough clothes. life was really hard before. >>reporter: talking to foreign journalists carries risks and so none wanted to give their names. this man complains of discrimination by some. >> my boss was an haan but he stopped hiring people after the attacks carried out. >>reporter: the government
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insists that they are treated equally but rules ban men under 60 from growing long beards and women from wearing veils that cover their face. 60 years on, they have little to celebrate say their exiled leaders. >> it represents occupation, colonization, repression. they will be forced to participate in festivities that celebrate china's national day. they have no choice. >>reporter: it is a difficult place for journalists to operate here. we were detained several times and warned not to talk to anyone. the police road blocks reflect the official nervousness. it follows a ceredase of attacks -- a series of attacks in the region including one a week ago. china's government appears to have a twin strategy for this region. continue the campaign against
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those groups that -- promoting this area as the bridge head for a new silk road. reviving the fabled trade routes linking china with central asia and europe. >>reporter: this region is very strategic. the size of western europe but with a population of just 11 million and bordering eight countries. the government denies repressing the culture. 60 years ago, they made up 90% of the population. today, it is less than half that. some worry that the silk road project will lead to even more haan chinese settlers altering the balance still further. the man who was behind a short-lived coup in africa is now being held by the police. he has been taken refuge in the
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vatican's compound in the capital. he fled there tuesday before the government raided barracks held by his forces ending his bid to take over the country in the u.k., a 20-meter wide sink hole has opened up on a residential street justout side london. it's ten meters deep and a number of families had to leave their home during the night. a leak in a water main is thought to have destabilized the area and led to the creation of that hole. nobody was hurt though. very lucky people coming up, it's bye bye from is he rowna to tennis. but just for now. that's coming up with robin in sports.
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breaking news, a shooting at a community college in roseburg, oregon. multiple deaths and 20 others injured at least. it's in the southwestern part of the state in douglas county. the college we're told has about 1,600 full time students and 20,000 part time students. the community has been described as a logging community for the most part. the community itself is only about 20,000 people. we have no information on the shooter. j.j. green is al jazeera's national security contributor. he's joining us by phone from washington d.c. j.j., what are
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y you hearing from your sources? >>reporter: so far we're hearing ten, perhaps seven to ten people killed in this situation. 20 plus possibly wounded. it is a scenario where one person is said to be in custody. authorities there saying it's no longer an active shooter threat. but people are still being sheltered in place. i understand the college itself is still isolated at least entry into the college campus area is blocked off to the community. >> let me just interrupt you. a couple of seconds ago so that our viewers will stay up with us, we were showing a still picture possibly of police who are checking handbags that belong to the students.
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an official from douglas county, oregon which is where this is located says it's no longer an active shooter threat. but, again, there is still concern about what took place and if there may be others involved in the shooting possibly. >> we spoke on the phone about five or ten minutes ago to someone who answered the phone at the community college and she did confirm that there was a shooting as authorities have done. she did not provide any other details saying that college authorities and presumably law enforcement authorities are working on a statement. i asked her if she could connect me to the public relations office and she told me that they did sflot access to commute -- not have access to computers and were trying to keep their phone
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lines open because parents and relatives and spouses and siblings i'm sure of the students have been calling the college, jamming the phone lines, trying to learn as much as they could about what had happen there had, where it had happened, and, of course, as soon as it can be determined, the identities of those who were killed and/or wounded. >> that is true. it is a very fluid situation. if you go to the community college website, it cannot be displayed. that's the message you get. so i imagine it's a state of chaos there. as you mentioned, this is a very rural place and it appears resources there are maybe limited. but this is not something anyone expected to take place there. this is probably a lot of chaos and you must remember it's so early in the day there for a lot of people and authorities are still getting their arms around
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what's going on and trying to do the best job possible at protecting people and getting people accounted for and making sure that there's no other threat or vulnerability that exists in this community to date. until they can figure out what took place. >> this just across from reuters, 15 dead and 20 wounded. we would find that out conclusively once that news conference begins. we don't know when to expect it. we hope within the half hour. our affiliate has been sending us some video of scenes from the campus but so far no sounds from witnesses or authorities. we're standing by for that. the community college shooting for those who are just joining us, umpqua is located in roseburg, oregon in douglas county, the southwest corner of the state. approximately an hour or so ago we were informed via media, that
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there had been a shooting and at that point the shooting was active. but we're now told according to sources that the shooter is possibly in custody or may not be alive. but we will have to wait for confirmation from authorities to learn more about that. again, reporting, there's several reports of the number of casualties in this chaotic and fluid situation ranging from seven to 15. but there are consistent reports of at least 20 people being wounded at this community clj. we did see one picture of authorities checking book bags and other personnel items of everyone on campus. obviously a standard operating procedure when this sort of
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event, tragedy occurs anywhere in the country. ooump j.j., did you want to weigh in? >> one of the things that's important in this scenario is that there are active shooter plans for schools and universities and churches and any kind of public facility that are available from dhs. but these plans are used to -- some of these, those plans are dealing with active shooters and securing vulnerabilities within the campuses and their locations. they can be very complex. so scenarios like this often take time to figure out because you've got to get the folks that are involved in security plans together and you also have to take stock of what is taking place. this is a school with at least
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3,000 students there. i think at least half of them are part time students so it looks as though there's a lot of commuting going on. so there may be scenarios here where authorities don't have all the people and all of the information and resources at hand to figure out exactly what took place and who would know if and how certain vulnerabilities were exploited. so it may take some time for them to figure out exactly all of the questions that are being asked about what's where and how certain things took place before we get a better handle on this. but it does appear at this point there are, at a very minimum, seven people dead at this hour. but those numbers may rise or fall as you know. >> thank you, j.j. .we now have confirmation from the oregon state place that ten people are confirmed dead and the shooter is in custody. updating from the oregon state police official word from
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authorities ten confirmed dead, shooter in custody in that shooting at umpqua community college in roseburg, oregon.
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a back now on al jazeera america with breaking news. a report of a shooting at a community college in roseburg, oregon. the southwest corner of oregon at umpqua community college. there are reports of multiple deaths. possibly ten according to oregon state police and 20 others injured. the shooter is in custody. we are told that this began about an hour or hour an a half ago. that the situation is now under control. let's go to our security consultant j.j. green. he's our national security contributor joining us by phone from washington d.c. j.j. >>