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sit. it is dark tonight in honor of the 129 people who were killed and more than 3052 others who
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were injured. police use dna to identify one of the attackers and they arrested several people in france and also in bull gem. we got-- belgium. we got this video in a short time showing the horrifying scenes outside bataclan last night. that's the spot where three gunmen opened fire with a.k. 47s during a performance by an american rock band. by the time police entered they had murdered at least 89 people before blowing themselves up. the latest from paris in france they're calling it an act of war. >> translation: france was attacked in a shameful way. because of this it will not show any pity against those of d.a.e.s.h. it will act within the law and use all laws possibly in field fields together with our allies
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who are targeted by the terrorist threat. >> reporter: the worst attack on french soil since world war ii. bloody, indiscriminate, investigators now say three teams are quartering attacks at six location. the first bloody chapter glahn at paris's main football stadium, one of three suicide bombers heard over the announcer exploding his vest. one had a syrian passport and may have passed through greece as a refugee. then at the pattani music hall where the most horrific attack took place, a journalist captured this video from his balcony. suicide bombers first took hostages and tyre fire on a crowd watching a band. >> translation: three people burst into the room and shot in
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the air in the concert and took hostages in front of the band. that is where we saw most of the victims. >> reporter: investigators say one of the men, a 29-year-old french man was known to them and had a report. a man told me he watched panic stricken and blood soaked sir wires stream into his restaurant seeking refuge. he spoke to one woman who had escaped the massacre. >> i asked her if she was hurt or something else. everyone was shoot, was killed. many dead. i can - i could do nothing for her. >> reporter: to make france's general prosecution said the suicide bottomers spoke in perfect french to their victims. >> translation: the terrorist talked about syria and iraq.
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during the assault three terrorists were killed, the first by police. two others each had an explosive belt which they activated at the time of the assault. >> reporter: the city remained locked down. evenment iconic tower closed. in the afternoon lights were lit in memory of the victims. fear more attacks though police told them not to gather in large numbers. >> frightening. >> frightening, of course. we on were so scared that we have to fight again for freedom and liberty. >> reporter: what do you think has happened? >> extremists is the problem. in europe we very tolerant and not too much, we have to close the borders that was reporting from paris. one of the victims of the paris attacks has been identified as
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an american college student. 23-year-old was a junior at california state university long beach. he, a california native and junior studying design in paris on a semestera broad program. the university in california will be holding a vigil at 4 p.m. tomorrow to mourn her passing. the president of california state university spoke just a short time ago. >> this morning we confirmed that our student was killed in the paris attacks yesterday. she was in paris participating in a studia broad program. she was at a restaurant with other students, including long beach state students when she was wounded. we have been in close contact throughout the night with students and families and have confirmed that 16 other long beach state students studying in paris are safe. we have also reached out to our ad french students currently on campus in international exchange
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programs. today we mourn the loss of our student and all the other victims of the tragic attacks a retired f.b.i. profiler and a forensic behaviour consultant. she joins us from washington dc tonight and we certainly appreciate your time. certainly there are some commonalitys. there has to be across the board when people commit acts like this. myb everyone's reasons are different but there has to shall common things to motivate people that choose to do things like this. what are some of those motivations? >> well, surprisingly they can be very different and you have to look at the individuals, but in that age range, which is late teens to late 20s, you have young males for who their peers are far more important than their family, they may feel disenfranchised, they may feel
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bored, they may want to have some place or some reason to satisfy their grievances. they blame the world for what's happening to them. so all of those could be motivations just in terms of why they would join up with a group like i.s.i.s., but it is really important to distinguish between the leadership in a group like i.s.i.s. and the followers. i think that's what should be really looked at at this point in terms of where the danger is coming from so tell us more about the difference between the leaders and how they indoctrineate people. >> even yesterday there would have been a very dominant leader in this group. the violence that you saw yesterday is a very specific kind of violence. it is cold blooded, it is predatory, it is well planned and it had a very sadistic nature to it. that's instrumental violence as
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opposed to reactive violence. it's the preferred violence of someone with a psycho- pathic personality disorder. in a group like i.s.i.s., not everyone is a psycho- path. in fact, current research does suggest that many if not most of the members of an extreme radical group can actually have normal psychology, but then you have leaders who would be assessed as psycho- paths who are cold blooded, calous, without remorse and don't have a conscience. those are the people that need to be assessed in order to put resources to that person who is more than likely going to be a leader even of a small group like you saw yesterday it is important for law enforcement to piece together exactly the type of crime it was in order to figure out the specific person that did it and the specific type of people that were behind it. >> it is, but most of the
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violence that we've seen with i.s.i.s. is this cold blooded without remorse predatory sadistic violence and we do have ways to assess individuals as to whether or not they are psycho- pathic individuals, and if you have so many people coming back into a country, too many people to be equally followed or assessed or monitored, being able to focus on the individual who has those psycho- pathic traits would be the most important thing that law enforcement and the military could do because it's going to be more than likely that that's the individual who will be the leader that will have the overall influence over a small group of individuals to continue to be eau messrsd in that-- immersed to be in that need to be violent what you're speaking to is being focused with the
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enforcements because it's very difficult to watch everyone. you obviously can't. it seems that at least one of these people was on law enforcement's radar and having said that you can't really watch everybody. >> you can't watch everybody. they're not enough resources to be able to do that. that's why i'm saying this, as if we're able to assess and prioritise who in that group - who in that small group of people that are coming in are that we feel we need to monitor, which one of those individuals would meet the requirements of being psycho- pathic. we do have a measure to be able to do that because the others would more than likely be followers and that's why being able to have that training and that ability to do that assessment, i think, is really important thank you so much for your expertise tonight. we really appreciate it the attacks in paris have put cities here in the u skchlt
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on heightened alert. because some of the attacks happened outside the french stadium, many sporting events venues are being beefed up. john, this time law enforcement is not looking at the usual potential target. tell us more about that. >> well, good evening to you. for the longest time the greatest fear of the authorities has been the alone wolf attack, the-- loan wolf attack, that which we saw in mumbai and again yesterday in paris, and the possibility that it could all come here. tonight law enforcement are taking all three extremely seriously. >> reporter: officers are reassuring presence for visitors just hours of a night of terror in paris. the counter terrorism response command and other special units also deployed at other sites.
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the nearly simultaneous gun and bomb attacks in paris took place at a high profile national stadium and soft target in the city district. sporting venues are on heightened alert. in l.a. the rose bowl is boosting security. the nba and nhl have put teams on high alert. originally there were no plans to change protocols, late saturday they said extra police will be on tute. here in the nation's capital where a book of condolences has been opened for people who wish to pay respects to the victims of paris, there is increased security too, not just at iconic sites like the washington monument, but also at restaurants and concert halls too. before heading to turkey before the g 20 summit, president obama convened his security team to discuss issues.
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this could be the new normal and such violence could spread here to the united states. >> you can't view it as a nuisance. this is where we live. if you have to take precautions and go through screening, that's part of the process. >> reporter: he is right, of course. we're used to it at airports, but do we have to get used to it just to enter a restaurant or a concert venue. >> reporter: of course, it is saturday night and you know as well as i do that millions of americans are out and about all over this country. you've got to believe that they are feeling just a little bit more weary night than they might have been paris last night i'm certain that's the case. thank you so up. in vienna secretary of state and diplomats have agreed on a time line in ending syria's war. the transition began on january 1 with talks about the syrian government and the opposition, but their success was over
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shadowed by the attacks in paris which the diplomats ewe are unanimously condemned. >> i want to make sure that it is absolutely crystal clear that the united states stands with france and the rest of the world. we now resolve to eliminate the scourge of radical groups on the earth. today there was a broad based sense of revulsion, of horror and a deep commitment to do more to bring an end of violence to the region and the world the leaders say within six months after peace talks began both sides must set up a transitional government for drafting a constitution and within 18 months a u.n. supervised election would be held. further evidence of i.s.i.l.'s brutals, brew at all times, a mass grave in iraq believed to hold dozenss of bodies. the paris attacks have prompted
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a big shift for the democratic presidential debate. what to expect as the candidates discuss security and foreign policy next. coming up at 8 p.m. special coverage of the paris attacks. john seigenthaler is live from paris. coming up.
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welcome back. there's a live picture right there of people gathering there in paris. they're gathering to remember the victims of the attacks. new information continues to come in about those attacks. a person of interest was stopped at the belgium border according to the state prosecutor. a lot more information. sheila, this is not the first time that belgium has come up in relation to attacks in europe. what more can you tell us about that? >> reporter: exactly right. you may recall that there was an attempted attack on a train bound from belgium to paris earlier in summer. it was an attack stopped by u.s. service men who were off duty and on vacation. that came from the same suburb that is the source of so of
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interest tonight where police have been going through there, reports that they have arrested at least three people there. one of the reasons why they are so persuaded that this attack has its roots in belgium is because at least two of the cars that were driven last night had belgium plates. it is believed that police interrupted or intercepted one of those vehicles or people associated with those vehicles on their way back to belgium this evening we're also learning that the suicide vests that the attackers were wore, they were all identical. what are investigators saying about the source of those vests? >> reporter: this is very important. these vests were made by a single bomb maker and they were made using an explosive tatp. it's a home brew made out of
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hydrogen per oxide, acetone, and ping pong balls. it was used in london. great devastating effect. it is very unstable. it requires someone who is quite well versed to be able to manipulate it and make it without blooming themselves-- blowing themselves up. there is concern, of course, that if there is a single bomber that has made the seven vests that were worn by the seven attackers last night, that that bomber is still on the loose and, obviously, has the potential to make more vests. that is of grave concern. what is especially important to police here why europe is that this is not a new explosive. police have known for years to be on the lookout for people who were purchasing the chemicals that go into making that explosive, to be aware of who is buying this. it would suggest that whoever has done this, whoever the bomb
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maker is, has been able to purchase the chemicals and bring the materials together in a way that did not attract the attention of the intelligence services or the police. that is a very grave worry absolutely it is. we've all seen the video of the soccer match happening and you can hear the explosion in the background. let's talk more about that stadium attack. apparently it could have been so much worse. how so? >> reporter: well, you have the attackers went forward towards security wearing a suicide vest and it appears that security at the stadium frisked the first would be bomber and detected a vest. as he backed away from the check point and backed away from the entry into the crowded stadium, he then debt oneightd-- detonated the vest kipling
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himself and a passer by. another suicide bomber's fifty was also detected. you can imagine if either of these individuals had been able to get inside the crowded stadium and detonate those inside the stadium. there would have been panic, probably a great many more deaths, and you have to assume that the desire of the attempt, the wishes of the suicide bombers was not simply to kill themselves or one or two others. they were looking at something much more spectacular. so i think tonight we are learning a lot more about what happened at the stade de france and what a very close call people had absolutely. live for us in paris doing expensive reporting on the ongoings investigation and she will have next more in the next hour as well, so continue to keep it here. in the meantime, the top
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presidential candidates are set to take the stage in iowa for their second debate, but after last night's terrorist attacks in paris, national security is taken as a topic in the race. in des moines for tonight's debate, michael, how can we expect the events in paris to impact the conversation in des moines tonight because certainly they have to. >> reporter: good evening yes. it will happen. it will happen both in terms of structure and in terms of content. of course, even a mid the tragedy the debate goes on here. cbs is aware of that. some people from within cbas and if it will go ahead with the debate this evening. they decided to do that. this morning cps said they were going to change the way this debate go. the washington vice president
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says it is an example of the tragedy that they will face this. we will ask how they involve the threat. is an der's campaign took umbrage with that change. they didn't want to have this kind of a change, we need to have an opening statement that is exactly how it was told to us. the clinton and o'malley campaigns were fine. how will it deigning the content. you have hillary clinton who was secretary of state. she was a u.s. senator, and she has sort of a real history with foreign policy. bernie sanders haven't that and neither did martin o'malley. bernie sanders wanted to go ahead with the debate. he has the nurses union out here talking about how they want to him to be press, he want to talk about domestic issues. he doesn't want to talk about harris but he wants to fork ahead with the issues that have
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gotten him here on the debate tonight, what happened in paris is going to be a topic of national, international discussion going forward for quite some time. how do you expect what happened in paris to affect the race going forward? >> reporter: people who look at this and i will include myself, with prognostications. will this be a big story? absolutely, probe ebb for the next few months. there are other issues. also you see people trying to take over the conversation through twitter, campaign appearances, donald trump of course to the politics he is practicing. when you're closing the borders and you have an anti immigrant theme, it is a big part of the conversation. hillary clinton, you can be sure will make this a big part of the conversation for democrats. martin o'malley already talking earlier today about how he was the mayor of baltimore when
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something like this happened, like the mayor of paris that he knows how to control these situations. it's going to be a big part of the debate a reporter say the streets of paris are have quiet all day, but at the scenes where victims died hundreds of people have been gathering to mourn. we will take a look at the mood there and we will talk about how attacks like this affect muslims living in the western world. also from egypt to paris to beirut i.s.i.l. claims responsibility of killing hundreds of civilians in the last few months.
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welcome back to al jazeera
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america. paris is mourning tonight. the center of the french capital, the tower is dark in honor of the 129 people who were killed on friday's terror attacks. 352 were injured. people are gathering in squares lighting candles and holding vigils for the victims. one of the attackers has been identified and police arrested several people in france and belgium. the french president has vowed revenge calling the attacks an act of war. france remains under a state of emergency. the first mandatory state of emergency since world war ii. french interior minister says an extra 1500 soldiers are on the streets helping police conduct patrols and secure strategic centers. adam haney live from paris with
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more. the president said this was an act of war, operations acting as if they're in a war. >> reporter: so far here in paris i have not seen that on saturday. when i came into the country earlier today i had a cursory check of my passport. walking around this neighborhood were just a few hundred yard just a few minutes walk from where some of this violence took place on friday night. you see, yes, soldiers and heavy police presence, but nothing like a country at war, despite this strong language from the president, and walking around this neighborhood he also see not, perhaps, normalcy, but we see families shopping, kids riding skateboards and riding scooters around this, of course, beautiful city as normal. what we don't see always now are
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a terrorised population. despite the fact that mralza might be fuller on any other saturday night, what we are seeing people who are upset and grieving, who are mourning, but many are resisting this idea that they're under siege. they're telling us that they want to carry on with their lives. we see people shopping, we see many people in restaurants eating out here, less than 24 hours after the end of these attacks. is this a country that feels it's at war? it doesn't look that way to me despite the strong language. of course the president is trying to send signals to this country and the rest of the world that he is taking this seriously and we will see how the french respond to it in the coming days what precautions are you seeing people taking? >> reporter: one precaution we're seeing from the government is they've calmed for no public protests because they're concerned about people gathering
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in public. despite that, what you can see in this plaza, we're seeing people politing candles, they're coming out despite the government telling them not to gather in public. we're also seeing lots of patrols by police and also the government saying that they've closed the borders, that they've reinstated passport checks, but so far, again from what me and my team have seen, this, of course, is added security, but it's unclear that these steps are going to be able to further attacks from taking place. perhaps not today, tomorrow in the coming days, but in the coming months pause many people here in paris remember so clearly the attack in january on the officers of charlie has beendo so this is the second attack in a year. despite the strong language from the government, the president, and the heavy forces on the street here, it's really not
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sure whether people believe they are much safer because of these actions being taken by the government thank you adam. muslims and their supporters are taking to social media to defendise lamb as a nonviolent fate. those who think islam thinks violent. it refers to the karan condemning the murder of innocent people. another one, terrorism knows now borders and boundaries and has no place. another said, the people blame ing : this is the director of islam in the west program at harvard university. she is also a french political analyst and she joins us via skype from united kingdom.
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thank you. how damaging might some of the back lash be against muslims in the wake of this particular attack, and attacks like these that have happened before? >> although the circumstances are different, if we look at what happened after the attack in january, there was not direct back lash against muslims in france. it was a time to union phi the french cities against intolerance. so i don't know if we're going to see the same reaction after this attack, again because the circumstances are different because in this case it's not about attacking islam. charlie hab dposhgs was about acting against intolerance and really just intolerance. in this case i'm not sure what it would be, what was the reaction would be, but what i
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can say is that i don't expect a huge back lash. maybe i am a little adventurous here of the frumpily cities and against-- against the french citizens, muslim citizens, back-up i think there will be some rise of extreme right groups in popularity, like appear the attack in january. that's the main concern we can have what can and what should be done to combatise lamb - islam phobia and misconceptions about muslims? >> a lot of things could be done, but i think the most important one would be to change the mindset of most of the french and europeans, thattise lamb - islam is outside specific parts of their country, that
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isl islam isn't a danger religion, but muslims are seen as danger and i think this is part of the issues of the whole perception of islam as a religion, as not french, german and so on. the responsibility is really political. how do we reshape the national narrative to make room for islam in a way that makes people more familiar, not only with the tenets of faith, because this has been done, but more importantly with the history of the country and to insist on the positive impact of this relative religion should the french government be doing more to integrate muslims into french society? >> i mean, the french
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government has done a lot in economic terms. what i'm talking about is more sort of integration in the sim bottomic stance, for - symbolic stance, muslims to feel part of the nation, but only because they're there, but what makes them who they are, including islam is not seen as something alien, external or threatening to the civic parts and this can be done in multiple ways, changing the textbooks, educating the new generation to live side-by-side without fearing each other. there's a lot of things that could be done and are not. i think it does require political courage that nobody has really in - not only in france, but i would say all over europe today political courage on whose part? >> on the part of rulers,
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people who govern, people who are also in charge of public institutions. you know, changing the narrative means also taking position. it means also looking at islam beyond the radical or van't incidents and turning to muslims for other issues whether you've never solicited. it's like bringing someone at the table and not putting it as a forced will at the end of the table, but giving him or her part of the common conversation at a dinner. that's what i'm talking about i absolutely understand your point. thank you so much for the conversation for your insight. thank you. >> you are welcome. bye i.s.i.l. has officially taken possibility for yesterday's attacks in paris. in a statement they call them the first of the storm and vows
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that france will remain a key target. that's a quote there. this is the latest coordinated efforts of i.s.i.l. they are taking credit for suicide bombings beirut and the downing of that passenger plane in egypt. they have really been making that are mark in the most tragic way over the last few weeks. >> reporter: right. investigations are ongoing, but i.s.i.l. may have just carried out four deadly attacks in four separate countries. it's unclear if they've been ordered by i.s.i.l. leadership and carried out by the help of fighters returning from iraq and syria. >> we must recognise that however strong we are, however much we prepare, we in the u.k. face the same threat. >> reporter: reacting to the vines in paris. >> it is clear from the threat from i.s.i.l. is evolving. a new degree of plan and
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coordination is shown for mass attacks. >> reporter: i.s.i.l. has called for supporters to launch attacks world wide isn't new. until recently it was confined to specific areas of the middle east. in the last month that has change dramatically. >> reporter: before friday investigations were already underway in turkey, egypt's sinai peninsula and lebanon. despite not taking responsibility i.s.i.l. is still blamed by turkish officials for a double suicide bombing at a pro kurdish peace really on 10 october that killed more than 100 people. it is considered the worst attack in modern turkish history. the group has taken responsibility for the downing of a russian jet over sharm el-sheikh. it was likely destroyed by a bomb smug elide onto the aircraft-- smuggled. all people board the flight were killed. just one night before the attacks in paris, the group
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claimed responsibility for twin bombings in southern beirut that killed at least 43 people. thousands of arab and foreign fighters make up i.s.i.l.'s ranks inside iraq and syria and knell recently attacks were mainly carried out there. the key question that remains unanswered is how much is directed by the leaders in the city of raqqaa and how much is carried out by people inspired by the group but taking little or no direction from it. >> clearly some of this is affiliates. we know if the russian plane was down in egypt, that was an affiliate. >> reporter: while i.s.i.l. may have expanded its reach, it has been bombarded in areas of syria and iraq. it's also under threat from russian air strikes in syria. to the extent that the attacks are not centrally directed, air strikes in the middle east may do little to stop them the president is vogue that his country will be merciless in
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its fight. last year, air strikes were started in irqua i can't. i.s.i.l. ates claim of responsibility for the paris attacks on line, it said as long as france continues to launch air strikes against them in syria, the stench of death will not leave their noses the paris attacks that changed the world leaders in turkey. the agenda has turned from economic growth to one of mostly about terror, syria and the fight against i.s.i.l. our correspondent is in turkey. mike. >> reporter: members of the g 20 take turns hosting this annual summit. it's supposed to be about the world economy and it just happened to be turkey's turn this year. this g 20 was always going to be dominated by the war in syria and the rise of i.s.i.l. that war raging just a day's drive from this city. if you think you're safe from the syrian water fallout, warns
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turkish president, think again. >> translation: those countries who think themselves today as secure and protected within their borders must know that if they do nothing, then tomorrow they will no longer be able to act and they will be hit in the bowels by the fire of terror. >> reporter: the war has bled through turkey's 500 mile border with syria. two million refugees live in turkey. a total twice of that of any other nation. the turkish government blames i.s.i.l. for a series of high profile domestic bombings and turkey is now flying its war planes as part u.s. led air campaign. allowing the use of its air base to launch strikes. secretary of state john kerry sees progress in the fight against i.s.i.l. which he called d.a.e.s.h. >> there is increasing evidence in both iraq and syria that d.a.e.s.h. can be defeated, even routed. >> reporter: but others including top u.s. financials see a stale mate.
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with no end to the war in sight, e rbis dowan has renude call for no fly zone to act as both a sanctuary for refugees and a buffer to protect turkish territory. but the u.s. has balked citing cost and complexity. this is the situation on the ground in syria grows even more chaotic with the forces of its president bashar al-assad on the march backed by russian air strikes and an expected rebel offence backed by u.s. strike of raqqa. >> the worst case is that the bashar al-assad russian offensive pushes towards aleppo at the same time the kurds push west and this will display anywhere up to two million people. there is nowhere for them to go but north into turkey. >> reporter: all sides are preparing for the coming
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escalation. turkey says it will put more than ten thousand soldiers along its border. this is the u.s. weaponry to turkey, can including moor teams this week. despite the cooperation, turks are uneasy with military coordination with the kurds. their long time rivals. >> turk can be wary of that being one of the potentially outcomes of the conflict. anything that strengthens kurdish hold on territory or their military effectiveness, erdowan will have concerns about the prouder longer leicester political implications of that >> reporter: would so much unresolved and little sign of progress, officials are playing down the g 20. >> i don't think anybody expects a single outcome that all of a sudden readily resolve all these issues. >> reporter: president obama
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says he thought i.s.i.l. was in iraq and syria. that is not the case any more as it seems. the eyes of i.s.i.l. is going to be top of the agenda. meanwhile francois hollande will be a no shows. he will stay in france and not come to the g 20. heap has obviously got urgent matters to attend to 24 hours after the kurdish peshmerga took control of the town of sinjar in northern iraq, a discovery. a mass grave believed to contain the remains of over 70 men and women killed by i.s.i.l. witnesses say they saw clumps of hair and bones belonging to victims. the united nations this may constitute genocide. sinjar was over run by i.s.i.l. in august of last year. the fastest growing religion in america shrinks a little bit today. mormans have bankrupting left
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the-- abruptly left the church.
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welcome back. various cities around the globe have been showing solidarity with the people of paris of france. that is the space needle in seattle and the french flag to honor the victims in paris. a high speed train derailed killing seven people in north-east france near the german border. 11 others are were gravely wounded. the tgv train carrying 49 people were going to fast and skipped the tracks. it does not appear to be related to yesterday's attacks in paris. thousands of people have resigned from their church shocked by a ruling that same sex married couples and their
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children. the doctrine had been more opening to accepting gay members previously. >> reporter: salt lake city temple square, the spiritual heart of the mormans. it was transformed into a protest zone. angry people churched saying they want out. january and jamie were married a year ago. both women were raised morman and so were kids from a previous marriage. a ruling last week calls to communicating even excommunicating people from the church. >> my older children were married in the temple and they got a phone call from the bishop saying that if they don't renounce me, they will not be allowed to hold their spot. >> reporter: that caused the
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most out rage. the rules barred the kids from bop touchily until they're 18 and only if they move out of the house and renounce their parents' lifestyle. >> reporter: the church is reluctantly blaseing for an exodus. we don't want to see anyone leave the church, they say, especially people who have been struggling with any aspect of their life. a person wishing to remove their name from church records can write to their local congregation. the rules were published last week in a handbook to leaders. soon after a member of the church governing body explained the church decision. >> why are the children of these same-sex partners an issue here? >> it originates on a desire to protect children in their innocence and in their minority years. we don't want the child to have to deal with issues that might arise where the parents feel one way or expectations are the
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church are very different. >> reporter: the back lash was immediate. on friday the church's top three leaders known as the first presidentcy softened the issue on allowing for some children to be grandfathered into church mob switch. it was said: >> back in 1990 i was married in that temple. so today i am resigning from the church, releasing that church, that temple and everything that it has held over my life for 44 years. judge that modification was not enough to quell the owe megss here and prevent same sex couples like jan and jamie from leaving the church they once loved so much often forgotten in syria's
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civil war are the ordinary people people whose lives have been turned upside down. next a film festival that aims to tell their stories. coming up at 8 p.m. eastern special coverage of the paris attacks. john seigenthaler is live tonight in paris. that is coming up.
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hundreds of people are
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gathering tonight around the square located between 10th and 11th districts of paris where two of the shootings took place. it was also the key place of mourning in january when 12 people were attacked in the attack of charlie has been dough. people are urging people not to do that fearing they could become targets. canada has pledged to take in 25,000 syrian refugees by the end of the year. this weekend a group of exsills are putting on a film festival to help canadians understand the hardship that millions of syrians are facing as a result of many years of war. >> reporter: the theme of the film festival is a reminder that damascus is the city of jasmine and that even four years of conflict doesn't quell the desire to tell stories through art. many who will attend will have
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only experienced syria on the news. >> i think they will see the human story of the syrian refugee crisis and the real people that are behind it. one slogan is here is the story behind the numbers. you can also see the stories behind the reports. >> reporter: what stories they are. in queens of syria, 50 women in exile in jordan spent six weeks learning to act and stage the tragedy of trojan women. tragic but also funny in places too. >> i've been aware from syria for a long time. >> reporter: 50 feet from syria is about a successful syrian american surgeon who leaves comfort and safety at home to work in a turkish border hospital doing what he can for victims of war. appearing at the festival in person one well-known actors who now lives in america calling
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himself j abdo. in exile in hollywood he dreams of a devastated home lands. ichlts it's a trauma-- >> it's a trauma. nonstop trauma. you have to think of your career. you've left everything you've built for 25 years. it is lost and you have to start from scratch where no-one knows about you. >> reporter: syrian exiles in toronto dreamt up this idea. they're people who hope that one day to stage a very different kind of celebration. >> my dream is to have a festival that focuses more on how we rebilly building syria. i want to talk about normal problems like transit, political problems, relationship problems, anything other than war. judge the title of weekend's final film underlines that message, not who we are. it too looks at exile butta mid
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undying hope for return. for today, though, the main challenge for organisers, telling this city's film bufs all tickets are sold off. they will have to wait until next year in new york the news continues with john seigenthaler who is in paris. >> everyone is like, okay, what has happened. it is just a nightmare. >> reporter: darkness in the city of light. paris struggles to make sense of friday night's attacks, i.s.i.l. claims responsibility as new details emerge about the attackers. >> united stands with france and the rest of the world in our resolve to eliminate the scourge of these groups from the face of the earth. >> reporter: president francois hollande calls it an act of war. france was attacked in a violently shamefu

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