she crossed from syria with a group of others. incredible story. lots more on the refugee crisis on our website. the address on your screen right now, aljazeera.com. lots more as well on our top story, that is that earthquake between afghanistan and pakistan. >> today i will first outline the changes in the execution of our strategy that we have considered and are now pursuing militarily. >> defense secretary ash carter testifying on capitol hill the new strategy of taking down isil. a new word in the south china sea. the outrage over this video showing a police officer in south carolina throwing a teenage girl to the ground.
>> this is al jazeera america live in new york city, i'm del walters. tough questions on capitol hill for defense secretary ash carter. he answered questions of the fighting and training and equipping syrian rebels. jamie mcintyre. tell us more. >> another senate testimony for secretary carter and the new joint chief and the grilling about the sputtering policy in iraq and syria. the training and equip program
for moderate opposition is a complete failure, and he outlined his new strategy, which no longer involves training entire units outside of the country. >> the new approach was to train troops outside of syria before sending them into the fight. the new approach is to work with vetted leaders and groups who are already fighting isil, and provide equipment and training to them and support their operations with their power. >> the secretary outlined the three rs of the strategy, raqqa, the de facto capital of syria, they would continue to put raqqa. ramadi, the capital of anbar where the u.s. is hoping iraqi force also retake the city, and the last one, raids. the u.s. is going to be taking
advantage of more opportunities to embed u.s. troops along with local forces on the ground in both iraq and syria to carry out raids like the one earlier this week where 70 captives were freed. that's a big change in policy. that puts u.s. troops much closer to the front lines in actual combat even though the president insists that the combat operations have ended in iraq. >> jamie there was push back from the committee as well. tell us what they had to say in the way of criticism. >> well, push back would be an understatement. there is a lot of frustration about the iraqi and syria policy, particularly the lack of any real response to russia's coming in and conducting airstrikes to prop up the regime of bashar al-assad, and how little if anything was being done to protect the forces on the ground that the u.s. supports, even the moderate opposition or even some of the forces that the u.s. have been
providing equipment and ammunition for. probably of all the critics the most passionate and angry was south carolina lindsey graham. who is also a presidential candidate. >> as you turn syria over to russia and iran, you told the people in syria who died by the hundreds of thousands we're more worried about a political settlement than we are about what follows. all i can say is that this is a sad day for america, and the region will pay for this. the people of syria are not going to accept this. this is a half-assed strategy at best. >> the law particularly from the chairman senator john mccain is why the u.s. can't do something that was recommended by many military experts such as establish a no-fly zone over parts of syria. secretary carter did not have a good answer. he said it would be expensive,
complicated, and might involve having to neutralize syria's air defenses. it's been analyzed but it's not something that was recommended to the president. >> thank you very much. also this morning condemning several boko haram attacks in nigeria. a string of bombings carried out by young female suicide-bombers. more than 50 people were killed. more than 100 people were injured. all of this happening in the country's northeast. which is the stronghold. tough talk from china today as u.s. pass ships around the spratley islands, china's story saying that the u.s. threatened its territory. the u.s. considers that international waters. >> the chinese have condemned this provocative act, the minister urging americans not to undertake what he calls any
reckless actions. they see these islands as being very much chinese sovereign territory. they say they lay claims to them even though they're hundreds of kilometers south of the chinese coast. going back hundreds of years to profess chinese dynasties. the u.s. saying they're international waters, and they will sail through these territories. we expect more reaction from the chinese and find out what the chinese military has been doing in response whether or not they have been shadowing this parole with their own vessels or their own aircraft and that becomes the new normal in the south china sea an almost cold war style encounters between military forces from the two sides. >> that is rob mcbride for us in beijing. the death toll from that massive earthquake in afghanistan and pakistan is rising.
more than 340 people confirmed dead. the impact of that quake is still not clear even as we speak. most of afghanistan, pakistan, india all offering help. jennifer glasse said so far local authorities have not accepted that assistance. >> massive challenges 24 hours after the earthquake. the problem is it it's effected such a large area of the country. people in 11 provinces of afghanistan's 34 provinces have been affected by this massive earthquake. that's a third of the country spread over some very difficult terrain. some of these villages are very remote. you can't get there by road. you have to walk or go by donkey. people are trying to get through to assess the damage. some of the villages very close to the epicenter of the
earthquake. 150 miles north of kabul where i am. some of the areas most affected they're controlled by the taliban so government officials are not able to get in there. we're hearing stories about what happened when the earthquake occurred i, about 23 children injured during a wedding that was going on when a wall collapsed on them. and the worst province affected 11 people died in one incident when a giant rock fell on a building they were in. we do know that rock slides have been a problem blocking some of the roads and hampering some of the relief efforts. this is going to be a slow, difficult determined effort. there they have been offered from the united states, from iran, they say they're helping the afghan government plan
casualty evacuations and distribution of aid and they're already providing reconnaissance and intelligence to the afghan government, but this will be a complicated effort spread out along a long area. the afghan government trying to organize it's relief effort. the taliban itself issued a statement calling on its fighters to help aid workers and calling on afghans and relief workers to help those in need, medical care, food, and shelter. the biggest needs here right now. >> that is jennifer glasse in kabul. the taliban saying it will accept any outside help from governments as well. the general assembly expected to vote to call for the end of the embargo against cuba. the vote would be largely symbolic. asking the fbi to open an investigation into an incident at a local high school. the sheriff is on administrative
leave following a violent run in with a student all caught on cell phone video. >> witnesses say deputy benefields went to the classroom at spring valley high school in south carolina when a teacher complained that a student would not get off her cell phone. >> the student was asked to leave the class several times by the instructor at the school. the assistant principal was there as well. then the officer was called on scene to have the student removed from that location. the student refused. and the officer acted as you see on the video. >> on one version of the video fields is heard ordering the girl to stand. when she refuses. he grabs her. flipping the girl over and throwing her to the ground. now the county sheriff said that deputy should never be assigned to work as a school resource officer again. and the sheriff was quote very disturbed by what he saw. >> of course we're going to look
at what happened that led up to that incident, and what happened afterwards. all that is going to take part in what the sheriff decides. >> in a statement, the district is deeply concerned about an incident that occurred as spring valley high school today and goes on to say that the district will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students. deputy benefield is an 11-year veteran at the sheriff office. he has been the subject of allegations before. he was sued for false arrest and excessive force, but the jury found in his favor. the girl in the video and a friend who protested her treatment were charged with disturbing schools. >> that video in south carolina is just the latest that has police around the country saying they're now under the microscope. that could be an issue when president obama addresses police chiefs this afternoon. speaafternoon.
james comey speaking to the same group on monday. >> james comey said the recent increase in crime nationwide may be in part because police officers are under increased scrutiny. he also points a finger over the national debate over the black lives matter movement. >> every time someone uses black lives matter as anti-law enforcement one line moves away. every time someone interprets blac police life matters another line moves away. we have crime in our major cities. >> he spoke to top law enforcement and the ferguson effect in response to the
shooting of michael brown i in 2014. comey coo couldn't be sure that was happening but it was common sense. and the usa executive director reacted saying the assertions by director comey are outrageous. these statements are not backed up by data, and there are mixed reports about levels of crime since the heightened ju scrutiny. white house spokesman josh earnest dismissed the theory. >> the available evidence at this point does not support the notion that law enforcement officers around the country are shying away from fulfilling their responsibilities. >> this was the second time in a week that comey spoke about the concern that police officers are under the microscope. >> violence is the same as last year and in some places thank goodness even lower. but in many others we're seeing an explosion of senseless violence. we must stare at this problem.
to figure out why it's happening and what we can do about it. >> mike viqueira, al jazeera, washington. >> a programming note we will carry the president's speech to the police chief's association. he will be speaking at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. surging in the polls. straight ahead we'll learn more about the republican who is now leading the pack. the white house pushing to limit testing in schools is being praised and criticized. we'll talk about decisive issues in the country's classrooms.
>> on the eve of the next republican presidential debate dr. ben carson leaping past donald trump. none of the other g.o.p. contenders have 8%. david shuster takes a closer look at ben carson and his new role as frontrunner. >> we're a long cry away from what we're supposed to be. >> he's soft-spoken and seems low energy but growing up in detroit ben carson was not always so calm. >> as a teenager i would go after people with rocks and bricks and baseball bats and hammers, and of course many people know the story when i was 14, and i tried to stab someone.
you know, fortunately, you know, my life has been changed, and i'm a very different person now. >> that young man who discovered the bible went to yale and became a gifted neurosurgeon and now is a leading republican presidential candidate. he leads donald trump 28% to 19. a ten-point jump for carson in two months. a poll indicates carson is ahead 28-20. in that survey, they have a favorable opinion of carson with 10% unfavorable. >> it really shows the power of social media and of word of mouth. because as you know, you know, a lot of media has it in for me, but you know, if people listen to them, i would be polling less than zero. >> carson is known for a blunt style and strong anti-government conservatism. >> i have a strong desire to get rid of programs that create
dependency in able-bodied people. >> and he's a master of attack lines. carson began two years ago by hammering president obama health reform law as the president sat a few feet away. since then carson has added this. >> obamacare is really i think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. >> this weekend carson compared abortion rights to slavery. and said he would outlaw the procedure even in cases of rape and insist. >> slavery. a lot of slave owners thought they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave. anything that they chose to do. and what if the abolitionist said, i don't believe in slavery. i think its wrong? but you guys do whatever you want to do.
where would we be? >> carson's rhetoric has caught fire with christian evangelicals. in the iowa caucuses it's a group that accounts for 60% the vote. and like donald trump carson is a political outsider. he's never held elected office. >> neither one of us probably is going to be somebody who is going to be managed by handlers because that's not who we are. >> to bolster his message carson is now filling the airwaves in iowa and new hampshire with television as. >> washington is broken. the political class broken. together we can drain the swamp and protect our children's future. >> and it all adds up to momentum. while iowa is different from the contest that follow, a win in the hawk iowa state can catapult a newcomer to contention for the nomination. >> we're getting a closer look at that tentative budget deal between republican leaders and the white house, the agreement
reached late last night aimed at avoiding a government shut down and holding off a debt crisis. it with raise federal spending he by $80 billion evenly splitting that between defense and programs. there would be medicare cuts and speaker boehner wants a vote from the full house tomorrow. the white house wants to cut down on the number of tests that kids take. al jazeera'al jazeera has the story. >> i've got a pop quiz for parents and teachers across the country. >> president obama and the department of education has launched a new initiative to put an end to over testing. >> i hear from parents who rightly worry about too much testing. and from teachers who feel so much pressure to teach to a test that it takes the joy out of
teaching and learning. >> on average opportunities take abt 112 tests between pre-k and 12th grade. that's 20 to 25 hours of standardized testing a year. the new plan includes limiting testing and taking into account classroom work. >> we're going to work with states, teachers and parents to make sure that we're not obses obsessing about testing. >> teachers groups and union groups have spent years against tests like this. >> this is one of the weakest ways to assess student learning and student knowledge. earlier this year 95% of students at a seattle high school refused to take an exam to measure progress. >> when we set up the test here at garfield high school, we didn't plan it, but we had amazing support from our parents and students. >> some educators say that the tests work.
>> i'm for standardized testing mostly because it gives us a common understanding of the skill level that students need to meet or exceed per grade level. >> this pass for new state examples were rolled out in math and reading, about 12 million students and half the states took those tests. al jazeera. >> when we come back, a rock-n-roll band in the middle of a war over words. [ music ] >> speaking out over racism the federal government says the band's name is part of the problem.
>> a high school football coach in washington state threatening to sue all over his decision to pray with his team. highways been leading post-game prayers for nine years, but the school asked him to stop. he said he's going to file a lawsuit against the school to keep his job. a rock band wants there to be a conversation about race and racism. first there is their name, "the slants." the band's leaders is trying to change opinions.
>> a museum dedicated to japanese-american history and the interment camps of world war ii. an unusual place for rock-n-roll. >> are we going to roll again, guys? camera, action. >> but the music video being shot here is about keeping this history alive. it's about being asian in america. the band, the self proclaimed all asian rock dance band who call themselves the slants. >> the slants, yeah. >> the slants playing what they call chinatown rock and embracing what could be seen as a racial slur. >> we can choose to perpetuate the negative connotations of a word or reappropriate, reclaim it and develop a positive associationers instead. >> cast and crew working on the video shoot shrug it off. >> they came up with it. they love it.
it's them. >> maybe. but the name has landed the band in court where they're fighting the federal government for the right to trademark "the slants." the patent trademark office has turned them down saying that the name is disparaging to asians especially when backed by asian imagery. >> if people see our website that says the slants and then sees a picture of asians in it because we're a band, people will see the racial slur. in the name of fighting against racism they're denying a right based on our race. >> appearing in colleges, high schools, even lawsuit. 40 to 50 speaking engagements a year. at thomas jefferson high in virginia, he connects by talking about bullying, about his music
and his mission to change one of the meanings of one word. >> we're asian. even though sometimes we don't have slant eyes, we accept it as a part of us. >> whatever the trademark points out, it's a trademark of victo victory. >> the slants, the top hits on google for all the white supremacist webs, an websites and now it's to a band that shares its heritage, and i think that's super cool. >> they'll be out on the road. they can't legally own it but they'll still use the name and continue to be the slants. al jazeera, portland, oregon. >> thanks for joining us. i'm del walters in new york. the news continues live in london. check us out 24 hours a day by going to our website at
www.aljazeera.com. >> ramping the offensive. the u.s. announces more airstrikes against isil, iraq and syria. hello, you're watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up on the program reports of two palestinians shot by israeli forces on a day described as a day of rage in the occupied territories. an investigator is of