tv Weekend News Al Jazeera November 15, 2015 3:00am-3:31am EST
and u.s. presidential hopeful, i.s.i.l. and foreign policy dominate the debate. >> we begin in france where prosecutors have been revealing details about the gunmen who carried out the attacks. prosecutors say the highly coordinated operation which has been claimed by i.s.i.l, involved the multinational team with links to the middle east, belgium and possibly germany. in belgium, police have already arrested several suspects with links to the attacks. one or two of the attackers passed through greece, from turkey. some had french routes, one of them was a 29-year-old paris
native. his brother and father have been taken into custody. david chater has more from paris. >> the memories of the brutal attack all too raw. parisians lit candles in the place tha de la republic. the message: we are not afraid. >> translator: there's a lot of emotion for parisians like us. sadness and hatred. for those attacking us when we're quietly getting on with our lives. >> two week ago, a friend of mine said don't go to tunisia, it's the a risky. but i say it's the same here. if you let them rule you they've won.
>> these men were cold hearted, professional killers, they were all armed with automatic weapo weapons, kalashnikov. they all had ball bearings f to maximize the carnage to extend the killing and maiming of those suicide vests. >> we can at this stage say it's very likely that there were three coordinated teams of terrorists who were responsible for this ba bar ba barbarity. >> the police say there were seven known attackers all dead they have positively identified one a french citizen who attacked the concert hall. he was on their extremist watch list but only been involved in petty crimes. his father and brother are now in custody. several men have also been arrested in belgium and police
say they are connected to a car found near the concert hall. another possible piece of evidence was discovered at the stad de france. a syria passport was found, used by someone claiming refuge on the greek island of leros in september. emotions are running high, i.s.i.l. has released such carnage in beirut and baghdad but now it is a war that last reached into france. david chater al jazeera, paris. >> amateur video has been released of the moment when the incident was unleashed at the bataclan concert hall. bataclan concert hall was the worst of the six attacks. 80 people were killed when armed men burst in. the u.s. rock group eagles of death metal were playing at the
venue. let's bring in navy barker. who is at the area. i wouldn't imagine this was easier digesting the horror. >> no it's not and as video footage of the attacks emerge of course it is a bitter reminder of what the city has been through. the city is essentially traumatized by what it experienced the last 48 hours. this is a second day of mourning in france, the tributes at the place de la proouk republic, mad it difficult to stop people from wanting to come here to exchange stories, to share their emotions and to desperately try to make sense of what happened here in paris. certain key spots within the city are still sealed off. the bataclan night club is still an active crime scene, forensic investigators have been
gathering evidence there. other key locations, famous museums like the louvre remain closed, famous monuments, like the eiffel tower, are closed. this is not paris the way it should be, one person told me an saturday. but of course the investigation itself is gathering pace, gathering speed, and some new clues begin to emerge as to what happened here. >> what are they navy? >> they neave? some of the details already pretty much known. we knew there were seven attackers, highly organized. according to investigators the seven attackers operated in three well coordinated groups, it's been described as a complex cross-border operation. we know from those forensic operators, forensic teams that have been operating within the bataclan theater, that they came
across a crucial fingerprint, that fingerprint has allowed them to identify one of the seven killers. they've named him as 29-year-old omar ishmael mustafai. he's from a rough and tumble suburb of paris, somebody on the fringes of french society, somebody who had been arrested in the past but not spent any time in prison, was known to the authorities as being a potential person for radicalization, but not seen as in any way posing any significant threat to warrant any major operation when it came to following that person or tracking that person very closely. according to investigators, they've also found a syrian passport at the stad de france, whoever was using that passport traveled through greece heading to france. although some reports on the french media this morning
suggest that that passport could well be a fake, could well be a counterfeit passport. of course we will have to wait for more informational as to what the authorities feeinforma. if this was a syrian national what does this mean in terms of france's policy when it comes to allowing refugees into the country, en masse? of course this very much plays into the front of france, front national, who believe that the borders should be closed, gaining popularity over months. and the french national, if this was indeed a home grown attack what does this mean in terms of france's own domestic policy to make sure certain copy cat killings don't happen in the future. >> thank you for that neave.
the french president francois hollande promised to lead the response to i.s.i.l. >> paris under attack again, with more sophisticated and deadly attack. the president has called it an act of war. >> faced with war the country has taken appropriate steps. it is an active war, conducted by a terrorist army, daesh, an islamist army, against the values we hold throughout the world, against who we are, a free country which speaks to the whole planet. >> this was the response of right wing leader marine la pen. >> islamic fundamentalism.
illegal immigrants who have flog to do here. >> friday's killings were claimed by i.s.i.l. or daesh. >> regarding to foreign policy we decided to hit i.s.i.s. in iraq and not very long time ago we decided that was self defense to go into syria but yes, it's kind of the issue we are in now. >> does it surprise you that france has been singled out for these kinds of attacks? >> not much, not much. >> the government has put the army onto the street but questions will be asked about its preparedness before these attacks. >> things are involved in a much more disturbing manner than i think anybody imagined. the french were expecting fairly something big. the background noise was sort of evil, over the last few weeks. but it is the sheer sophistication of this attack, of these series of attacks which really does strike one. >> the streets of paris have been stunned into an ea eerie
silence. in the immediate aftermath of those january attacks people filled the play de la republic. france stood united with its allies. now such gatherings are banned. this feels like a more fractured france. a president promising to defeat the enemy outside. looking for an enemy within, a nation of deep disquiet. jonah hull, al jazeera, paris. >> foreign policy chief says finding the answer to the crisis in syria, progress has been made on the talks in vienna. one of the mean syrian
opposition leaders says the time frame for a planned election is too ambitious. are. >> translator: the crisis thas one that the international community is trying to crisis-manage instead of resolve. i.t. would be difficult to reach a solution within a year and a half. i think we need more time than that. if there is seriousness and mutual trust, we will need two to three years. >> world powers are optimistic that elections can be held in 18 months. and mohammed jamjoom reports, the push for a resolution is more important than ever. >> they underscored a renewed diplomatic commitment to end that country's war. >> make no mistake, that resolve last only grown stronger in the wake of this unspeakable
brutality. i think sergey lavrov and stefan would agree with me that in today's meeting there was a broad based sense of revulsion and horror and a deep commitment to try the bring an end to the violence in the region and in the world. >> this time several concrete steps were agreed to and a time line was established. first, the establishment of formal negotiations between the opponents of the syrian regime and the regime. to begin no later than january 1st. >> translator: the syrian government has already informed stefan de mastura of the composition of their delegation. should be representative and reflect the whole spectrum of
political forces. >> reporter: the next goal, the establishment within six months from now of a nonsectarian unity government that would among its other duties oversee the establishment of a new constitution. and finally, an imiz on emphasif transparency and accountability. it was clear the delegations assembled felt there was no time to waste. >> europeans, middle east, west, are all united on those who try odivide it and spread panic. the best response is actually coming together. coming together, overcoming our differences. and trying together to lead the way towards peace in syria.
>> reporter: one worry expressed by everyone involved was how a continuation of the war in syria would continue to create even more of a haven for i.s.i.l. and other extremist groups. while substantial agreements were reached many outstanding questions still ling erd such as which groups involved in syria's civil war would be considered terrorists going forward. the other outstanding issue, as big a question as it had pen in all other talks, what is finally to become of syrian president bashar al-assad. mohammed jamjoom, al jazeera, vienna. >> lots more to come. pushing i.s.i.l. out of the iraqi town of sinjar, a grizzly discovery. >> and pushing off gas fields on the mediterranean coast.
>> hello again, the top stories on al jazeera. prosecutors in france said a multinational team carried out a series of attacks in paris friday night. several suspects have been arrested in belgium. new video has emerged of the moment gunmen opened fire at crowds at the bataclan concert hall where most of the victims were killed. hundreds have held a candle lit vigil in honor of the victims. 129 were killed and more than 350 others injured.
the paris attacks have provoked reactions from democratic candidates who are hoping to replace u.s. president barack obama. the party's final three quoandercontenders met, kimberlt reports. >> i do want our presidential candidates talk about what are we going to do to protect our country. >> inside the debate hall the plod rarity asked the same question. vermont senator bernie sanders saying, rival hillary clinton contributed as regional instability as a former u.s. senator, voting for invasion of iraq in 2003. >> i would argue that the
disastrous invasion of iraq something that i strongly opposed had unraveled the region completely. >> i have said the invasion of iraq was a mistake. i think if we are ever going to tackle the problems posed by jihadi extremism we need to understand it. >> clinton's team struggling to spin. she said her vote on iraq was a mistake. and the lack of leadership of the bush administration. >> but it wasn't just to acknowledge a mistake, does that go far fluff? certainly we can all acknowledge it contributed to the instability in the region. >> ultimately that's the kind of things that voters decide. >> in february iowans will get their chance when the nation's first nominating contest
happens. one day after the paris attacks the candidates' positions to combat i.s.i.l. are what are making headlines. kimberly halkett, al jazeera, des moines, iowa. >> economic issues due to dominate discussions, obviously security matters are now expected to top the agenda. french president francois hollande will not be attending the summit. bernard smith, attending the conference. barack obama and erdogan and other leaders throughout the day, what is it that they're going to be focusing on throughout the talks. >> jane, the g-20 is all about the economic issues, all about that. but even before the attacks of
paris, the overshadowing of other issues, the downing of the russian airliner, the bombing in beirut and baghdad, the world leadership now prioritize the fight against terrorism. he says the paris attack says the time for words are now over. he's having biologica bilateral. in those meetings erdogan will push for a more coordinated response to i.s.i.l. jane. >> turkey's response to the i.s.i.l. threat has been criticized as being too late. how does he balance that? >> reporter: it was only in june that turkey opened up its air bases after intense pressure from the united states particularly to allow them to
use those bases to launch attacks on i.s.i.l. targets. so because of that pressure on turkey, until turkey joined that coalition, fighting i.s.i.l. targets in syria, in fact most of turkey's attacks have been targets against the pkk, the kurdistan workers party. a raid in ankara only this morning where seven i.s.i.l. members were supposedly detained. in an incident the man they were trying to catch blew himself up. turkey determines the attack of pkk and i.s.i.l. to be the same jane. >> the bodies in a mass grave of
yazidi, imran khan says it could be one of many. >> evidence of i.s.i.l.'s brutality comes to light. a peshmerga soldier places items that investigators say were found on this site. they include bones, hair and personal items. this is naevja sim. he's angry what happened. >> we understand this is war. we know people will die. but this is more. we will never forget what they did here. we will have our revenge. >> according to the u.n, i.s.i.l. killed at least 3,000 yazidi men and woma women when y took this territory. they have also enslaved young
women. that sparked international condemn thaition and spurred the u.s. to launch air strikes against i.s.i.l. according to authorities there could be hundreds of sites like this against the sinjar region. it is very likely that they will find more mass graves. the head of the local intelligence department says it's further evidence of i.s.i.l.'s violence. >> translator: we keep finding evidence of their action he and this needs to be documented and recorded. >> reporter: it's up to this man to record that. he must advice the u.n. on war ciems and genocide. this grave contains 76 bodies including young women and that it might qualify as genocide. >> these young girls they told us they managed to escape from i.s.i.s, and they came to our
center for interrogation and gathering evidence. i am leading that project. they told us about this -- they have been there and they told us they mentioned all the details. so this is evidence. >> given the ferocity of the u.s. led coalition air strikes and the peshmerga response, it is likely that vital evidence of i.s.i.l.'s killings in this town will have been lost but for the yazidi, some relief that some evidence is at least being discovered. imran khan, al jazeera, iraq. >> 43 people in the southern suburb of beirut, one hit a community, the other a niche bakery, hezbollah has seant hundreds of troops into syria. i.s.i.l. has claimed responsibility for the blast.
the pentagon says i.s.i.l.'s leader in libya has possibly been killed in an air strike. anu naja, a long time al qaeda operative before he joined i.s.i.l. commitment to a peaceful transition of peace, t ien sen said it was opposition to reforms. the opposition party first in poll for 25 years. supposed to put israel on a track to energy independence but a larger find in egypt and within the israeli parliament has put that dream in doubt. have scott heidler reports from
west jerusalem. >> five years ago, a discovery of gas deposits, just 150 miles off israel's coast. it's estimated that the untapped leviathan gas drill, enough to supply a country as big as turkey for more than a decade. political infighting and delays in israel have tempered the excitement. >> if there continues to be a deadlock in local politics and regulation, regarding the development of this field, israel play not have the opportunity to develop this huge field. >> the discovery of another field off the coast of egypt. the largest yet found in the
mediterranean. it was hoped that egypt would be a key market for the development of this gas. have been arguments about about pricing national security implication. for right now, 60% of the electricity generated in israel and the palestinian territories comes from one much smaller field of natural gas. >> i would say a heat on all those fields and the launching missiles over the existing platform of one field. so the israelis and the palestinians are sitting ducks. >> nonbinding vote in the knesset. would benefit from a monopoly
depriving the government of revenue. the full potential of israel's, five kilometers below the surface of the mediterranean sea. scott heidler, al jazeera. >> you can always steer yourself to our website, aljazeera.com. >> adults can buy recreational marijuana legally in colorado today, and reformers hope it's the beginning of a wave that will sweep across america. but in places like louisiana in the southern united states, legalization is off the agenda. the state has the country's highest incarceration rate.