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i'm don lemon. thank you so much for joining us over the past two hours that is it for us tonight. i'll see you back here next week. now natalie allen and hello, everyone. thank you for joining us for cnn's special coverage. i'm natalie allen. >> good to be with you, natalie, tonight. i'm errol barnett. a big welcome to those of you watching in the u.s. and all around the world. coming up for you this hour, the u.s. president admits there is no clear strategy yet to defeat isis in iraq and syria. this as the militant group releases shocking new videos of their campaign of terror. plus, cnn is on the ground as intense fighting continues between ukrainian forces and pro-russian separatists. and now the ukrainian government and nato say they have proof russia's military is operating inside ukraine. a lot we're going to get to this hour. people very shocked as well, the u.s. president just basically admitted no clear strategy yet in how to combat isis.
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but we'll address all those issues coming up this hour. isis is claiming the mass execution of at least 250 syrian soldiers, and a have iio povide online appears to prove it. we'll bring you that this hour. >> the sunni militants have torched an oil field in neighboring iraq. that's on the main road connecting mosul with syria. look at that cloud there. kurdish officials say the fire is an apparent attempt to disrupt their advance on isis positions. >> we want to bring you more now on that slaughter of syrian soldiers and the militants' capture of peshmerga forces in northern iraq. our anna coren has details for you now. but we have to give you a warning here. the images you're about to see are graphic. >> reporter: walking hopelessly through the desert, stripped down to their underwear, most with hands firmly behind their head, these syrian soldiers know the horror that's about to
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unfold. this grainy isis video then shows a pile of bloody bodies. before the camera swings around to reveal this. an endless line of dead soldiers lying face down in the dirt. the sunni extremists claim these are the 250 syrian soldiers they captured during their week-long bloody battle to take al tabka military base. the last stronghold for bashar al assad's regime in raqa province. a large swath of eastern syria now controlled by isis. militants gloating on social media of the weaponry seized in its latest conquest. this barbaric treatment of what are fundamentally prisoners of war indicates that there is no code of conduct within this terrorist organization. isis has repeatedly shown cruelty, utter brutality, and no mercy to anyone who stands in its way. in another display of its ruthless behavior clearly designed to instill fear amongst the kurds in northern iraq,
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video also released by isis of what they claim are captured peshmerga soldiers. dressed in orange jumpsuits, the same worn by american journalist james foley, brutally executed last week, the kurdish prisoners were forced to appeal to their president to stop support for american air strikes in iraq. "a message to massoud barzan sxichlt to all of the kurds," says this soldier. "i beg you to end your alliance with the americans. don't let america intervene in the region." one of the prisoners later shown to be kneeling in front of a mosque in mosul before he was beheaded. an abhorrent and medieval act that has come to define isis. anna coren, cnn, erbil, iraq. >> it just gets more and more horrendous, it seems. isis says it has established a new caliphate, an islamic state governed by its own radical interpretation of sharia law. of course that's what it wants. >> that's what it claims. and to ensure that state's
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future isis is training the children within its grip in its own brutal ways. our nick paton walsh spoke with a young boy who managed to escape. >> reporter: isis want their caliphate to span generations. so ideas are crammed into minds that are often too young to understa understand. like these weapons, absurdly held and manipulated by limbs that cannot control them. yet still isis films and boasts of their youngest. mohammed has now fled to safety in turkey but was aged 13 when isis said he should attend their children's camp in the syrian city of raqah. his father didn't agree. "they didn't threaten me," he says. "but they threatened my father when he prevented me from going to jihad and the camp. they said they'd cut off his head. we stayed in the camp for a month," he says.
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"every morning we exercised, jogging and such and had breakfast. then we studied religion, the koran, and the life of the prophet. then we took a course on weapons, the kalashnikov and other light military stuff." >> [ speaking foreign language ]. >> reporter: it's rare testimony from schools where boys learn koranic verse by rote. as you hear in this isis video and from which few escape and about which fewer talk. i understood some things such as praying and worship, he says. "but many words i didn't understand like infidels and apostates and why i should fight them. everybody pledged allegiance. everybody who went to the camp pledged allegiance to caliph abu bakr al baghdadi." they take an oath, yes, seen here-p but are also indoctrinated into isis's barbaric system of justice. "they ordered us to come at a
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specific time," he says, "and a specific place to watch heads being cut off. lashing or stoning. we saw some of these scenes. we saw a young man who didn't fast during the holy month of ramadan. so they crucified him for three days. and we saw a woman being stoned to death because she committed adulte adultery." this boy has learned his lines. but they too know death too young. "there was one of my friends," he says, "who went them for a battle and he was martyred in der asul when he fought the free syrian army rebels with isis. he was my age. 13 or 14 years old." merely a year into its creation so much isis has already damaged that cannot be undone. nick paton walsh cnn, london. >> well, despite that sickening scene of children being brought
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in to isis tactics, of course, certainly they can't help. the exploits of isis in iraq and syria are attracting willing recruits. and one of them is nidal hasan, the u.s. army major convicted of murder, you may recall, in the 2009 shooting death of 13 people at fort hood, texas. an attorney for hasan says his client wrote a letter in the last few weeks to the leader of isis asking to become a "citizen" of the group's self-proclaimed islamic state. what's happening in ukraine right now? well, that depends on who you ask. a ukrainian commander says a full-scale russian invasion is under way. the u.s. president, meantime, stopped short of that, instead calling it an incursion. >> but nato says there is no question russian forces are now assisting separatist fighters in
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eastern ukraine and the alliance says it has proof. it says these satellite images show a convoy of russian artillery units setting up positions between donetsk and luhansk. a u.s. official tells cnn up to 1,000 russian troops have moved in. nato has called an emergency meeting later friday in brussels. here's what the u.s. president had to say. >> is responsible for the violence in eastern ukraine. the violence is encouraged by russia. the separatists are trained by russia. they are armed by russia. they are funded by russia. russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of ukraine. and the new images of russian forces inside ukraine make that plain for the world to see. we are not taking military action to solve the ukrainian problem. what we're doing is to mobilize the international community to apply pressure on russia.
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>> now, take a look at this map. it highlights the area controlled by pro-russian rebels. if you look closely, that's in orange around the center of your screen. and that's a zone which has really shrunk in size in recent weeks. possibly prompting russia's current response. although moscow officially denies it. ukrainian government officials say the area includes donetsk and the site of the malaysian airlines jet crash. we've got it all highlighted for you there. ukrainian forces claim to have recaptured the key city of luhansk, but fierce fighting continues. and pro-russian forces reportedly have opened a new front along the country's southern coast. our diana magnay is on the ground with a ukrainian battalion. >> reporter: a sorry-looking convoy, one of ukraine's volunteer battalions, beating a hasty retreat, it seems, from the country's embattled southeast. anti-putin scrawl on the back of this car not much good as it rattles its way out of the conflict zone. past mariupol we meet members of
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the volunteer dnepro battalion huddled beneath a tree. on wednesday they say they were routed close to the russian border by russian forces backed up by cross-border artillery shelling. "they're regular russian troops," the commander tells me, "and i have information which i can prove 100% that the tank drivers are local but that they got special training in russia." cnn can't verify his claims, but he's convinced the separatists' plan is to move north from the sea of azov to create a corridor right up to donetsk. earlier we'd driven up that road as far north as we could go. you can hear the crump of artillery fire in the distance. this is the main highway from mariupol up to donetsk, which is about 15 k in that direction. as you can see, it is absolutely deserted. we stopped because of that shelling, which the locals say has been going on for days.
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and most of them spend most of their time underground. it's too dangerous, they say, to -- to be out. in donetsk itself shelling killed at least 15 civilians on thursday. the casualty count growing each day. those who can flee across the front lines, hoping signs marking their precious load, children, will save them from the cruelty of random mortar rounds. "it was scary," this little boy says. "we were scared they would hit us, the shells would hit us. and there were airplanes overhead." the troops that stay now facing an altogether tougher foe as russia apparently bares its teeth on ukrainian soil. diana magnay, cnn, mariupol, ukraine. we're going to move from ukraine to iceland because we've been talking about it for a few days and it's finally happening. some sort of eruption. airspace over iceland now closed with a volcanic eruption under
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way. >> if you've got travel plans over the atlantic ocean, listen up. meteorologist ivan cabrera joining us now with an update on iceland's volcano. is it blowing, ivan? >> well, it is. but. okay? so that's huge here because we've been talking about that. a couple of eruptions that have been possible with this volcano. we'll get to that in a second. but indeed, the iceland meteorological agency has just ticked this up to imminent. we're beyond that at this point. the thing is erupting. but they're calling it a fissure eruption, not a main chamber eruption here. so alert level is now back to a red. airspace is closed. the difference would be this is what we don't want. this is the main eruption here. and that would spew ash miles into the atmosphere. that would get into the jet stream, and it would bring the ash toward european air space. that is not happening at the moment. what we have is this. see this fissure that has developed over the last several weeks? well, now we have an eruption along that fissure, and what
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that means is for the local residents there we could be talking about some significant flooding depending on how much magma is involved and how much ice is involved. so this is remaining a local issue for now. i've been taking a look at the live web cams. they're black and white, terrible to show you on tv, but it looks pretty impressive here. so we'll just have to see whether this does become a main chamber eruption or not. i think it would be less likely because you have some of that energy now coming out of this fish yur as opposed to everything kind of building up and waiting for it to go here. so that is certainly some good news but not for the good folks there in iceland. this very colorful chart is showing us some of the essentially earthquakes that we've had. and there have been just numerous earthquakes. and we've had some significant ones, ones that have been well up into the 5 range, which as you know can cause damage, but just an indication of this thing rumbling and getting ready to go. we'll let you know. we'll be poring through the data. and as soon as we get any information from the iceland main office, we'll let you know
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if this is indeed causing significant issues there. we already know that it is spewing ash into a local area there. guys. >> so the key thing at this moment is it's a fissure eruption, not a main chamber. >> that's right. >> we'll check in with you, ivan. thanks a lot. officials calling on healthy human volunteers as they rush to create a safe ebola vaccine. save you fifteen percent or huh, more on car insurance. everybody knows that. well, did you know the great wall of china wasn't always so great? hmmm...what should we do? geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance.
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welcome back. the threat of deadly ebola virus is being put into numbers. the world health organization warns the total number of cases could exceed 20,000 over the course of this crisis. >> yeah, it's certainly -- it's been serious. and the w.h.o. saying they may have underestimated the numbers. it's now issued what it calls a road map for handling the escalation of numbers now. this is the number of infected people. it also aims to stop the spraefd ebola in west africa within the next six to nine months. the united nations health agency says the campaign could cost nearly half a billion dollars. >> meantime, a mobile lab has been set up in freetown, sierra leone to help speed up ebola test results. previously they would need to be
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sent overseas. now a patient can find out if they're positive for the virus within three to five hours. so that's got to be one positive step. and a new experimental ebola vaccine is also being fast-tracked in the u.s. and the uk. trials begin next week. >> would you sign up for these trials? the drug's being developed by glaxosmithkline and the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases. and the university of oxford is also conducting trials. as our jim boulden is about to show you, though, they're looking right now for healthy human volunteers to test it out. >> reporter: an unprecedented response to an unprecedented outbreak. with more than 1,500 dead and no end in sight to the ebola outbreak, experts are now looking for healthy volunteers in the uk, gambia, and mali to test a potential vaccine. >> previously, in studies of vaccines for the developing world, people have been incredibly generous with their time to come forward and
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volunteer. obviously, we'll only know when we've tried. >> reporter: researchers are targeting the zaire strain of ebola now wreaking havoc in liberia, sierra leone, and guinea. the university of oxford is launching simultaneous human trials in the uk and africa. >> you can't make the actual trial quicker. you still have to follow somebody for a month to see if there's an immune response. what we're doing much faster is all the levels of regulatory review and approvals and people are really pulling out all the stops. >> reporter: which could mean a vaccine in africa by the end of the year, though it's likely to be early next year. >> nobody has ever taken a vaccine from first time in a human being to thinking of actually using it to save lives three months later. >> reporter: the british government and the welcome trust, a charitable foundation, are funding oxford with $4.6 million to conduct the study. some of that money will also go to immediately manufacture and stockpile up to 10,000 doses of the experimental vaccine by
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pharmaceutical giant gsk before it's even approved. >> we would normally not do that at this early stage of development. but working with our partners and the funding that they bring enabled us to do this much earlier in the process than we would normally do. >> reporter: if these trials prove successful, the world health organization will be given the doses to start a mass immunization program in high-risk communities. the united states is conducting a similar trial with the same vaccines starting next week. the experts say having multiple trials on various continents will help speed up the time needed to discover which dose and which method of delivery is most effective and insist those who do volunteer are in no danger of catching ebola. jim boulden, cnn, london. all right. coming up for you after the break, an interview with the sister of an imprisoned scientist that isis wants the
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welcome back, everyone. we want to return now to the fight to stop isis. a week and a half ago the extremist group released gruesome video of the beheading of an american journalist. >> isis said it had been open to a prisoner exchange because the u.s. has someone it wants. pakistani neuroscientist af afre sadiqi. she had been on the fbi's most wanted list and has been
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referred to as lady al qaeda. but her sister insists she's not a terrorist. she spoke exclusively with our simon mosur. >> i condemn any kind of violence. i don't care who does it. i condemn it. >> reporter: afie siddiqui's sister fazia made the decision to speak to cnn from her family home in pakistan because the family doesn't want terrorists carrying out attacks in afie's name. after the brutal beheading of journalist james foley a letter sent to his family reveals how isis claims to have requested aafia saddiqui's release. it read we have also 06rd prisoner exchanges to free the muslims currently in your detention like our sister dr. aafie saddiqui. not in our name, says her family. >> any kind of kidnappers, isis, the brigade or whoever wants to claim afia. i'm afia's sister. we're afia's family. and we speak on her behalf as
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well. we want no violence no afia's name. our whole struggle has been one that is dignified, that is peaceful, and that is legal. >> reporter: a pakistani neuroscientist based in the u.s., afia went missing in 2003. a year later she was named on the fbi alerts list as a sought-after al qaeda member. in 2008 she reappeared, stopped by afghan national police for acting suspiciously outside a government building. she was accused of shooting at two fbi agents and several military personnel while being held at an afghan facility and sentenced by a u.s. federal judge to 86 years in prison for attempted murder and other charges. >> she is an icon. she is the poster girl for jihad. and in that way she serves as a sort of rallying point.
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>> she is the premier symbol of the muslim woman in distress. >> it's my challenge to them as well. >> afia should be released. not for ransom. not in exchange. not for other people that are kidnapped by extremists. no. and if i were to make an appeal to the kidnappers of hostages i would say the same thing to them. we don't get anything -- achieve anything by kidnapping innocent people. unjust incarceration is wrong. >> reporter: the only solution, says the family, is to remove the extremist cause celebre and release afia siddiqi. sima mosen, cnn. >> such an interesting story there. >> an interesting side story to everything else. >> yes. that's going on. still to come here on cnn, we've got new details on a second american reportedly killed last weekend in syria. we'll take a closer look at whether he really was a
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jihadist. also ahead here, mounting video and photographic evidence that russian troops are indeed fighting in eastern ukraine despite moscow's continued denials.
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thanks for staying with us here on cnn. i'm errol barnett. >> and i'm natalie allen. the headlines this hour, isis fighters have torched a strategically important oil field near mosul. that's in northern iraq. kurdish officials say it is an attempt to prevent their advance on isis positions. and in a moment we'll tell you about the militants' mass execution of soldiers in syria. nato will hold an emergency meeting in the coming hours on the crisis in eastern ukraine. on thursday nato released these satellite images that it says show russian troops taking positions inside ukraine. a u.s. official tells cnn up to 1,000 russian troops have already moved in. health officials are looking for human volunteers to
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participate in ebola vaccine trials. volunteers must be healthy. doctors and aid groups are rushing to stop the spread of ebola. the world health organization says it could take nine months. it also warns the number of ebola cases could reach 20,000 within that period. just a few hours from now malaysia airlines is expected to hold a news conference on a major restructuring program. the national carrier is reeling after the mh370 and mh17 disasters this year. the company announced the loss of more than $97 million just over the past nine months. well, isis says it has executed at least 250 syrian soldiers and released video to prove it, as it likes to do. we warn you, what you're about to see is certainly disturbing. >> yeah. isis says this video, posted online, shows the soldiers being marched near the raqah air base. the militants say they were captured during their takeover of the base, which was
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considered to be the military's last holdout in eastern syria. >> syrian activists posted this video, apparently shot after the isis militants left. meantime, u.s. president barack obama says battling isis, also known as isil, must be a regional effort. >> as i've said, rooting out a cancer like isil will not be quick or easy. but i'm confident that we can and we will, working closely with our allies and our partners. i do think it will be important for congress to weigh in, or that our consultations with congress continue to develop so that the american people are part of the debate. but i don't want to put the cart before the horse. we don't have a strategy yet. >> and that really the key takeaway. we don't have a strategy yet. many people noticing that. meantime, a u.s. official has identified the second american believed to have been killed while fighting for isis in syria last weekend. >> but the government is still trying to verify he was indeed
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an isis jihadist. brian todd reports from washington. >> reporter: a somali community leader in minneapolis says a man named ab der rahman mohammed is the second american killed while fighting with isis in syria. omar jamal says he's close with mohammed's family. >> he's married. he's got a lot of kids. he's got nine kids and a wife. he was a family person. >> reporter: a u.s. official says abder rahman mohammed is a name they're checking to determine if he was killed in the fighting last weekend along with american douglas mccain. a 29-year-old man with the same name was profiled on minnesota public radio in june. that man told the radio station in facebook messages that he was fighting with isis in syria. the report described him as having nine children and more than one wife. a law enforcement official says a handful of young somali americans from the minneapolis area, less than a dozen, have gone to syria to fight with jihadists there.
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sources tell cnn there's been a recent increase in recruiting for isis which easily lures new jihadists with promises of cash. >> i would expect that when we get the contours of this network people will have had their travel paid for as they go to turkey and then transit from turkey into syria. >> reporter: davee dachlt gartenstein-ross who monitors radicalization of young people believes they get money to travel from the united states through europe into turkey. then he's observed some travel over land to the turkish city of gazean-tep, then into syria. in recent years somali americans from minneapolis have been recruited to fight in somalia with the brutal al qaeda-linked group al shabaab. this recruiting video from al shabaab features troy castigar a young man from minneapolis killed in 2009. >> if you guys only knew how much fun we have over here. this is the real disneyland. >> troy castigar's mother has told cnn her son was a good friend of douglas mccain, the young american just killed in
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syria fighting with isis. she says they both went to the same high school in new hope, minnesota. castigar's mother describes her son and mccain as young men who were "searching, wanting to have a purpose and to be valuable human beings." brian todd, cnn, washington. >> well, the main concern with these western isis fighters is that they could easily slip back into their home countries and carry out attacks. paul cruickshank is a cnn military analyst who has written extensively about al qaeda and other islamist groups. i asked him earlier if he thought western attacks were at the top of the isis agenda. >> up till now their priority has almost exclusively been in syria and iraq. building up a caliphate there. this organization which used to be called al qaeda in iraq has not been directly involved in a single terrorist plot against the west. that includes the period where the united states was going after it in iraq during the insurgency against the united
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states there. but the concern is that if the united states now targets isis, particularly in syria, that could be crossing a red line and the group could use its very significant resources to try and attack the west. they have many westerners in their ranks. they're also very cash rich. they're raising millions of dollars every day. they burn through a lot of that money. but they're likely still to have tens of millions of dollars of cash reserves. and the 9/11 operation by contrast only cost $500,000, natalie. >> well, it sounds like there's really no decision as far as whether the u.s. wants to have an impact on stopping isis other than going to the source in syria. if it does that, what kind of dance or arrangement or what have you must it have with assad there in syria? >> well, that's going to be very, very interesting to see. it may well be that some western
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intelligence services have already reached out to the assad regime to find ways privately of how they can cooperate there in syria. in britain a growing section of the foreign policy establishment believes you've got to do some sort of faustian pact, a deal with the devil with assad because isis is just a greater threat when it comes to the security of western countries, natalie. >> yet something else to keep our eyes on. thank you so much. we appreciate your time. paul cruickshank, cnn terror analyst for us out of washington. thank you. you can check up on the latest developments on the fight against isis or isil militants, however you want to call them, anytime on our website,, or download the cnn app for your mobile phone. errol. u.s. president barack obama pointing the finger at russia for the violence in eastern ukraine. mr. obama refused to call it an
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outrate invasion during thursday's news conference. but u.s. officials say russian troops now are directly involved in the fighting even though moscow denies it. barbara star's tracking the growing unrest across eastern ukraine from the pentagon. amateur video shows alleged russian battle tanks moving into southern ukraine. in the last 24 hours up to 1,000 russian troops with heavy weapons moved into the area according to u.s. military intelligence. >> russia has deliberately and repeatedly violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of ukraine. and the new images of russian forces inside ukraine make that plain for the world to see. >> reporter: moving from rostov, russia the 1,000 troops crossed into southern ukraine, moving to the city of mariupol. this opens up a third front in fighting beyond the other 1,000 russian troops already in the donetsk and luhansk regions.
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the polish foreign minister calls it the most serious security crisis in europe dma s decades. has russia invaded ukraine? >> i don't think it matters what you call it. but what you're seeing is the opening of a new front. and this time i'd classify it more in the invasion category because there are regular troops that are observable. >> reporter: at nato commercial satellite imagery made public of russian forces on the move for the last several days. this a convoy of russian artillery inside eastern ukraine. russia also moving in with armored vehicles and multiple rocket launchers. an sa-22 anti-air weapons like these to keep ukraine's air force from flying. the prime minister of the self-proclaimed donetsk people's republic denies an invasion. it's all about vacations, he
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says. >> translator: current russian military are also fighting with us who prefer to spend their holiday not on the seaside but amongst us. >> reporter: the u.s. estimates russia may have up to 20,000 troops on that border with ukraine. the crisis may be far from over. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> now, meantime, ukraine is reinstating its mandatory draft. the government had it suspended last year for men between ages 18 and 25. but now new recruits won't initially be sent into conflict zones. also russian -- the families of russian soldiers captured in ukraine like the guys you see here, their families say the russian government hasn't given them any information about their sons. one couple was told earlier their son was heading out on a routine training mission. as you may expect, the families are now angry and speaking out.
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>> so there you have it. even relatives of russian soldiers saying their sons are in ukraine. they too want the government to just admit it. but the fighting in eastern ukraine shows no signs of letting up. the ukrainian government says at least 15 civilians were killed in the rebel-held city of donetsk on thursday. you're seeing some of the aftermath there. and ahead here, a parent's worst nightmare. local officials turn a blind eye as children are sexually abused for more than a decade. the first couple of days of the new israel-gaza truce have
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>> reporter: for 51 days they've eaten, slept, and even welcomed a newborn at this central gaza school turned refugee camp. it was once full, but now with the cease-fire the kishkos are one of the only families left. but officials want classes to resume. so they say it's time to pack up and get out. the patriarch ayid tells me i'm a human being, i can't have my children sleep in a damaged home. i need help, but i'm sick and old. "our home, which was built in 50 years, was destroyed in seconds," his son nabil explains. the peace brings with it the question. for the kishkos and some 30,000 people like them, where to go
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now. in some neighborhoods few buildings are left standing. even fewer unscathed. nabil and his wife journey back to their neighborhood to assess the damage. they're relatively lucky. most of their building is still standing. but the front face of the building now a pile of rubble. nabil and hada's house wasn't the target of the strike, but when you look at the crater this bomb has left you can understand why their home sustained so much damage. >> this is the living room, is very damaged, you know. >> reporter: nearly every room bears the scar of the attack. >> water work here? >> no water work here. >> reporter: one bedroom left untouched holds their valuables. >> we are afraid from thieves. you know, to take some our things, you know. >> reporter: some neighbors live in a makeshift tent outside.
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rhada hopes they won't have to. >> i know after five days the school is open. i want to transfer from this school. but i can't. >> where do you go, then? >> i don't know. i can't live in my flat. >> reporter: 51 days of war giving way to a cease-fire and uncertainty. cnn, gaza. >> all right. we move now to this. a damning report has just been released in england showing a sex abuse scandal on a massive scale. it's centered around the town of rotherham and exposes the abuse of roughly 1,400 children. >> and the worst part, police and government officials were aware of it for years and did nothing. here's cnn's attica schubert. >> reporter: in south yorkshire, for more than a decade here a new report says police social services and local government
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officials ignored a horrific crime happening on a massive scale. this independent report sponsored by the city council finds that at least 1,400 children were sexually abused and exploited. and that is a conservative estimate. the report states that children were "raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities, and abducted, beaten, and intimidated." some victims were doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight. the vast majority of the perpetrators, asian men. the victims, mostly vulnerable teenage girls. like this victim, who was only 14 when she was targeted by a convicted felon. >> they knew how old he was. they knew he had been in prison. they knew that he could be a danger to other children as well. they knew full knowledge of it. they knew so much about it. and they just never did anything. >> reporter: the report says rotherham police and social
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services simply ignored the victims and then refused to confront the perpetrators for "fear of being thought racist." now anti-muslim groups such as the english defense league have camped outside rotherham police station, and the asian muslim community here is reeling from the crisis. >> we want these individuals who haven't been prosecuted, who haven't been convicted because of the failure of the police authority or the failure of the council and the social services who were aware, we want these individuals to be convicted and prosecuted for the crimes they have committed in our community and also we want resignations for those people that were liable to protect our children. >> reporter: rotherham council leader roger stone has resigned. the council and the south yorkshire police all condemn the abuse and, quote, apologized for failing to protect the children. the police department says it, quote, fully intends to implement the recommendations made in the report. but police chief shawn wright has not resigned, prompting prime minister david cameron to
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speak out. >> the reports from rotherham are shocking and the scale of the abuse that was going on are deeply shocking. and i think the home secretary was right yesterday to say, having looked at the report and the fact the police commissioner was at the time head of children's services, that the right decision would be to resign and take full responsibility for what happened. >> reporter: now, those may seem like strong words from the prime minister, but take a look at this map of the uk. this is rotherham. but there's also rochdale, darby, peterborough. even down here in oxford. these are all places where grooming gangs had been reported and prosecuted. rotherham is simply the first place where the full extent of the problem has been revealed. it's no longer just rotherham. it's a national problem. incredibly, the report clearly states the abuse is still continuing and happening to this day. atika shubert, cnn, rotherham,
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england. coming up for you after the break, a multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been filed over the police response to the recent ferguson, missouri protests. we'll tell you what the plaintiffs are claiming.
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people are suing the ferguson, missouri police for $40 million. >> they were arrested during the unrest that followed the killing of 18-year-old michael brown. they accuse local authorities of falsely arresting innocent sfwanders and using wanton and excessive force. police tactics to calm the crowds in ferguson as you know drew sharp criticism including a rebuke from u.s. attorney general eric holder. the lawsuit alleges various civil rights violations accusing city and county officers of treating citizens as if they were war combatants. also in the u.s. monster waves from hurricane marie have been pounding california beaches. our ivan cabrera to the weather center and can --
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>> hurricane marie. >> is that where you were -- >> i haven't heard of hurricane marie. >> because it's so far off the coast. it's just the kind of waves that have been noticeable. >> it has been present. in fact, it has not touched land. and that's excellent news. in fact, marie, natalie, was at one point a monster storm out there in the eastern pacific. we're talking about a category 5 that just exploded here. of course we always knew it wasn't going to hit land. but once you get a storm of this intensi intensity, those swells that propagate from that center are significant. when they reach the coast this is what it looks like here. this is seal beach in california with those monster waves coming in. and everybody stayed away from the water. right? of course not. yeah. this guy and then the other one and the one after that. and that's the way it's been. let's show you some moving pictures, shall we, of what has been going on there in california. that was seal beach there. go ahead and roll it. yeah.
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there it is. but we actually had some significant damage along the coast. so far no one seriously hurt. everyone putting themselves at risk out there. but that's what the surfers do. and these waves have been quite significant. destruction along crystal cove state park. the historic cove house out there just completely gone at this point here. the pilings just couldn't handle it. look at that. that's just impressive there. but only for the pros. right? and no one hurt so far. so there it is. marie is just vanishing here. so natalie, it's almost gone. we don't have to worry about it here. >> i was freaking out. >> i know. but it's vanishing. so that's good. the unfortunate thing is the swells are still going to be a little significant. so the waves will be rather high. i think we'll begin subsiding as we head through tonight, especially into tomorrow, and then we'll be done because nothing will be coming from
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marie. neither will anything be coming from cristobal, which has also been responsible for rip currents along the eastern coast. so two storms. neither make landfall. both of them hitting the beaches in side effect kind of ways. this is what can happen sometimes. you don't need the storm to go inland for some issues. thankfully, though, of course as we all know, labor day weekend for the united states is coming up. beach weekend. so by then things will have calmed down nicely. i think we're going to be in much better shape. if you've ever been caught in a rip current, not fun. dangerous stuff. >> very dangerous. >> swim parallel to shore, as we tell you, and then you can go back in. don't flail your arms and panic. >> if we were at the beach and not here we would do that. >> oh, and volcanoes, yes. we'll talk about that in the next hour. >> thanks a lot. >> okay. we haven't talked about him in a while so, it's his turn. we're talking about rob ford. the controversial toronto mayor
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faces a tough fight for re-election, but on thursday you would have had no idea of that. ♪ ♪ from the father of creation ♪ one love ♪ sing it ♪ one heart ♪ let's get together ♪ and feel all right >> yeah, this is real. this actually happened. and you know what, i'm so glad we get to do this story. we needed it this hour. at the end of the toronto city council's term the mayor decided to treat the councilors to a bit of singing and dancing there. i think you can call that dancing. they also joined in on the fun. >> the song being performed of course bob marley's "one love." ford is known to be a big fan of the late reggae star. the mayor running for re-election. oh, look at that move. that's a good one. classic. despite spending two months this year receiving treatment for substance abuse. >> you've got to give it to the guy. all he's been through. all the scandals. he's just going to be who he is. >> he's just going to have a
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good time. look at him. all right. okay. are you ready for this? it took ten years, but the couple known as brangelina finally did it. they tied the knot. brad pitt and angelina jolie were married this past saturday in a private ceremony in the french village of corent. >> a california judge presided and the couple's two oldest sons walked brad and angelina down the aisle. the other four kids were the ring bearers and flower girls. good for them pape bit of song, a bit of dance, a bit of love to wrap up our broadcast. >> why not? we needed that. thank you, brangelina. and rob ford for the fun. that is our special coverage for now. we're not going anywhere, though. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm errol barnett. please do stay with us. we'll bring you an inside look at isis's campaign of terror. there is shocking new video that seems to prove the group's claims of a mass execution of syrian soldiers. the news begins after the break. sfx: sounds of marching band and crowd cheering sfx: sounds of marching band and crowd cheering so, i'm walking down the street, sfx: sounds of marching band and crowd cheering just you know walking,
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hello and a warm welcome to those of you watching in the u.s. and all around the world. i'm errol barnett. >> and i'm natalie allen. our top stories this hour, nato says this is proof russian combat forces are inside ukraine. there's no shortage of finger pointing as the crisis escalates. >> a startling statistic. the number of syrian refugees now tops 3 million. lives shattered and uprooted. many of them children. we'll look into this this hour. >> we'll also have an interview with someone about that situation. and why this u.s. college football captain is in the spotlight. his heroic story that now has him suspended. we'll explain that one coming up