prepared to ramp up air strikes in syria, and says it will invite iran to talks on syria's future i am lauren taylor, this is al jazeera live from london also coming up. >> two palestinians are shot by forces on what has been described as a day of rage in the occupied territories. the fbi opens investigation after video services show a police officer throwing a high school student to the ground. and china demands to know why
u.s. warship got so close to a group of disputed islands. the u.s. is preparing to intensify it's military campaign including more air strikes in syria. and defense secretary has told a senate committee that washington won't be deterred by the military action in syria. in the last hour, there was confirmation that the u.s. has invited iran for talks in the situation, and that could happen as early as friday. in other developments the top u.s. general also added that troops could be embedded with iraqi soldiers. al jazeera has been monitoring events in washington, d.c., and sent us this update on the situation. >> about the way forward in iraq and syria. but, the defense secretary and the chairman of the joint
chiefs of staff have indicated that they believe a more robust u.s. military involvement, is required in order to turn back isil's effects in both countries. both men indicated that they have been taking a very close look at the capacity, and the abilities of both the moderate syrian rebels and the iraqi military, and they have indicated they found their skills wanting. and so they are suggestions that as these groups take on more raids against these tarts inside iraq, that you might see u.s. troops standing should tore shoulder with them. that sounds like mission to some on capitol hill, and that also raising the question as to whether the public will be able to support this, given that there's some skepticism, about whether isil in fact
does pose a national security threat to this country. >> at least 120,000 people have been displaced in the last month, since russia starts air strikes. now she says this is where we live the mother of seven prepares what she can for her kids. today, inside this dark dingey structure, it is potatoes. our livelihood is upon. >> our livelihood is gone. our land is gone our homes are destroyed. >> the family is just one of the thousands of newly displaced in syria, since the beginning of the air campaign in late september according
to the u.n., an increase in fighting has resulted in at p.est 35,000 new i.d.p.es from the southwestern outskirts of aleppo. >> this is a heldish life, we were sleeping under things as they attacked and now there is suffering all around. >> in southern aleppo, it is nbasy mr. the war reigning misery upon the newly displaced. as winter approaches conditions will only worsen. >> already, keeping warm is a struggle aid workers are doing what they can, but in this camp, there are only so many tents to go around. tens of thousands are now displaceplaced and more are arriving every day. >> somebody sick from natural
causes can't go to the hospital, someone may be injured from an air strike, there aren't even ambulances to help the wounded the children still play even during these tough times. but it is the parent whose can barely keep thing any at bay. we left our home because of all the death, there was nothing but death that's why we are here now. hopefully we won't have air strikes happening here, we have nothing now. >> nothing but a reality that is harsh and cold the united nations is the war in syria has left 13.5 million people in need of aid and protection.
they told the security council that at least 120,000 syrians have been displaced in last month. around the cities of aleppo, and id lid, he called it one of the displacement creecys of modern times. >> we all need to guard against becoming numb, given the vast numbers and the political impasse. yet recent developments are a telling reminder that it is ordinary, women, men, and children who continue to bear the brunt of this. >> p entire neighborhoods and communities at risk from exposed weapons over 11 million needed in help and assistance. nearly 9 million people are unable to meet their basic food needs.
>> two palestinians have been shot dead after they attacks ab israeli soldier in occupied west bank on tuesday. tense scenes earlier when they fired tear gas at a protest rally. hebron and home to settler sets dozened hit by live rounds since the start of october, 62 person and nine israelis have been killed in the violence, this update in the occupies west bank. >> so the death toll on either side rising on tuesday an israeli man died in hospital from injuries he sustained in an attack on a bus two weeks ago. and on the palestinian side fatalities coming at the
junction. the day of rage the political parties here, the street protests in various cities but hebron was really the center of the main confrontations between palestinians and the israeli army, dozens of people have been wounded by live ammunition. from the north of the west bank, to the south, many people are also angry that bodies of palestinians killed in the last few weeks have not been returned to their families. one was, and in fact, the funeral was held on tuesday, a 19-year-old palestinian man killed on monday, that saw thousands of people rally. i think that these incidents though of attacks against israelis they are often disputed by palestinian sources or by palestinian witnesses and many of the
narratives that are coming out of israel saying that palestinians have attempted to stab a soldier for example. have been disputing and that's something, whether or not that was the case that's something that is feeding popular anger here among the palestinians. and they are searching even if there are moves to call for international protection, that's not of interest to them, they will maintain their direction act. >> hundreds of academics have pledged to boycott universities in israel, because of the way the country's government is treating palestinians. the academics say they are deeply dispursed by the el legal option, and intolerable human rights violations. they have pledged not to participate in their conferences. >> a helicopter carrying
soldiers anywhere tear leaders has crashed in libya, there were 20 people onboard when it crashes. the government resources say one of them was the commander of the western military region. the saudi led coalition is denied bombing a hospital in northern yes pen. and the building is all the that destroyed after being hit by two explosions. there were no casualties doctors without borders said provided coordinates to the coalition two weeks ago. >> we had one inside the emergency room, the first destroyed it, so the team had time to evacuate the emergency room. the second hit had targeted the maternity ward. just facing the -- just in front of the e.r., and destroyed the hospital. fortunately the two had five minutes to run away, so there
is some -- some homes that might not want -- and some things like this, but we are in a critical state, so yes, from the coalition, air strike the city, for sure, but the thing is that we had absolutely no warning from anyone, and just for your information, we give the gpa pox, all of the positions to our hospitals ahead, and we renew them every month, and the latest update was like two weeks ago. so the they know it is a hospital. there is no ever any reason to commit a war crime, to target a hospital there cannot be any good running back. at least two direct hits maybe three. on the hospital, so one can make a mistake, but it is too much for us.
we have just been very close to it, too often, in yemen and that was just unacceptable. we have all position, and we are not talking about a coalition, of absolutely equipment, and to have a state of the art planes, they can localize, so i cannot see how it cannot be deliberate. >> coming up on the program, regional response force, why african union troops are staging a major exercise in south africa. and the afghan woman said to be 105, is among hundreds of thousands of refugees arriving in europe.
here on al jazeera.op stories u.s. defense secretary says washington lanes to boost the intensity of the air campaign against isil in syria. israeli police say they have shot two palestinians who attacked a soldier during a day of rage protests sparked by the killing of three palestinians on monday. and the saudi led coalition, has denied carrying out air strikes that all but destroyed a hospital. emergency teams in afghanistan and pakistan are scrambling to help those effected by monday's earthquake, even the taliban is getting involved. al jazeera reports from the
valley. rescue and recovery teams are also in the area to assess the damage. it was a narrow escape as they saw their homes come down. welcome to am al jazeera america, as you can see, that is president obama. he is in his hometown chicago, he is addressing the international association of chiefs of police, let's listen to the president. thank you for that introduction, because it was brf, and that's what i like. at this point, 1 way or another people know who i am. and let me also thank our outstanding mayor. for hosting us.
i know that thousands of you from federal, state, county, local, and tribal agencies have been working hard to share strategies and solutions to better serve and protect all of us, and we are profoundly grateful for your work i do hope thaw yo have gotten a little time to enjoy my hometown as well. because there's fun to be had here. somebody clapped. now even as we meet her today, another gathering of police is taking place in new york. randolf holder was born to a family of police officers. his call was a mid. his grandfather was a police officer. and after his family came to america, he followed in their footsteps and joined new
york's finest. a week ago today shots fired call came over the radio. and as officer holder chased down a suspect, he was shot and killed? the line of duty. officer holder didn't run toward danger, because he thought of himself as a hero, he ran towards danger because he was a cop. part of his job description, part of his calling. it is why so many of you wear the paneling. every day, you risk your lives so that the rest of us don't have to. you serving, and protect, so provide the security so many americans take for granted.
by the way the families serve alongside you. and as you serve, america places very high expectations on you. expectations that cops across america work every day to meet. so i want to start by saying on behalf of the american people, thank you. [applause] >> thank you. >> thank you. [applause] this country is safer because of your efforts. look at the statistics. over the last 20 years police have helped cut the violence rate and the homicide rim by almost half.
it's an astonishing statistic. today americans are nearly half as likely to be the victim of an aggravated assault, and less than half as likely, to be the victim of a robbery and evenlessesser known are the countless acts of kindness, and support, helpfulness, that your officers perform in the your respective communities each and every day. so i want to be as clear as i can be. i reject any narrative that seeks to divide police and the communities that they serve. i reject a story line that says, when it comes to public
safety there's an, and anthem. a narrative that too often gets served up to us by news stations seeking ratings or tweets seeking retweets, or political candidates seeking some attention, i know that's shocking that candidates do that. because your work, is your service, really has helped make america safer than it has been in decades. and that's something for which every american should be proud. now that doesn't mean that things are perfect. it doesn't mean that we should haven't a serious and robust debate over fairness in law enforcement over our broader criminal justice system, when it comes burglary to communities of color. i was just talking to the chief before i came out, and
i now there was a outstanding discussion with the naacp, i have talked with enough chiefs to know that you care about these issue uhs. you uh want to do the right thing. and i know there are few people that are more invested in declining crime rates that so often have historically been underpoliced. they want more police presence in many of these communities not resident. less. and that's why that i am confident in this debate, people of goodwill can and should find common ground. and many of you have shown that there are actions specific actions we can take, that will make a difference in moving us in that direction.
now first we do need to get some facts establishes. so far, the data shows that overall violent crime rates across the nation appear to be nearly as low as they were last year and significantly lower than they were in previous decades. ands true that in some cities including here in my hometown of chicago, gun violence and homicides have spiked. and in some cases they have spiked significantly. but the fact is that so far at least across the nation, the day da shows that we are still enjoying historjoying hiy low rates of violence crime.
more over, the number of police officers shot and killed in the line of duty, has fallen to their lowest levels in decades. in fact, 2013 saw the fewest cops shot and killed in the line of duty since 1887. of course, each victim of crime is one too many. each fallen police is one too many. i have spoken to too many families of the fallen, including right before i came out here. to not fully appreciate the pain, and the hardship, and the fear that so many
families go through because police officers are put themselves in the line of fire. more over, because the spike in violent crime in a number of protestimony innocently urban minority communities is real and deeply troubling, and i want to make it very clear this is not something that i just think of as being academic. i liver on the south side of chicago, so my house is pretty close to some places where shootings take place. because that's realty, we have to get on top of it before it becomes an accelerating trend. that's why i have asked my outstanding attorney general, former prosecutor to work aggressively with law enforcement, and prosecutors and leaders in these communities to find out exactly why is this happening minute and then target
resources where they will have an impact. so for the remainder of the time that i am in this office, and then as a private citizen i will do everything i can to encouraging corporation and work hard to make sure that the work that is being done by law enforcement is appreciated and supported, and that we maintain this incredible progress that we have made in terms of reducing crime. but in order to do that we do have to stick with the facts. we can't cherry pick data, or use anecdotal evidence to drive policy, or to feed political agendas. if we stick with and facts and we maintain effective coordination across federal, state, and local agencies, then we will continue the hard progress that you and so many law enforcement officers
have made over the past two decades. that saves lives. and keeps families intact. now so maintain this progress, i spent a lot of time this year with people of all backgrounds working to reform our criminal justice system, to think about how we can make it work better. i visit add prison in oklahoma. met with inmates and correction officers. i just last week visit add community in west virginia, and met with recovery substance abusers and those working on new solutions for rehabilitation. i met with rank and file officers in the oval office. met with police chiefs met with chiefs and rank and file officers in camden new jersey. paid tribute to those who
have fallen in the line of duty. and listened to families talk about what they are looking for. in terms of support. i am convinced that progress comes together when we work together. and we work together best when we are willing to understand one another. when instead of having debates over talk radio, we stop and listen to each other. so that we can empathize with the father who fears his son can't walk home without being mistaken for a criminal. and when we sympathize with the wife who can't rest until her husband walk through the front door at the end of his shift. those of us in positions of power have been obligation to give you what you need to do your jobs even better and to facilitate the conversations and reforms required to move
us all forward. so today,. [applause] today i would like to focus on three things. obviously i don't have time to touch on every aspect of these issues. i am sure you have already heard a lot of peoples today, and yesterday. but i want to focus on three things that i think are really important. first, making sure you have the resources you need to get the job done. second, criminal justice reforms that will make the system smarter and farrer. and third -- oreducerring the risks your officers face in
the field with common sense gun safety reforms we need to start by supporting you. the men and women that walk that thin line. my administration has invested more than $2 billion to retain or hire 10,000 police officers when state and city budgets were paralyzed during the economic crisis we stepped in to save the jobs of thousands of cops. right now we are helping to make sure that you have the equipment you need, and the training to use that equipment. we have opened up data to police departments can use new technology, so stop crimes and we are setting aside radio spect