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is about bringing some peace and comfort to those affected by the horrible tragedy, that horrible mass shooting at umpqua community college. be sure to follow me on facebook and twitter. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper turning you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." have a good weekend. happening now, mission failure amid russia's aggressive offensive in syria, the u.s. suspends program to train and equip moderate syrian rebels fighting isis. the pentagon admitting the program has failed. can the obama administration come up with a new strategy to fight isis? nuclear tests, a massive celebration about to get underway in north korea. and u.s. officials now say kim jong-un may take the opportunity to test a nuclear missile capable of striking u.s. soil. is it more saber rattling or is kim setting the stage for a military confrontation? violence in israel. deadly new clashes between israelis and palestinians. the latest in a surge of
violence that's included stabbing attacks on civilians. is this the beginning of another crisis in the middle east? i'll ask the former presidential envoy expert on the region dennis ross. capitol drama. house republicans bitterly divided as they try to find a new speaker. a favorite ruled out a bid now reconsidering under enormous pressure as conservative and establishment republicans battle it out. how it all will impact everything from your paycheck to your health care. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." critics called it too little too late. now the pentagon is admitting its program to train and equip moderate syrian rebels to fight isis is simply not working with millions of dollars already spent and only a handful of rebels battle ready, the u.s. military has now decided to suspend the program in a significant setback to u.s. efforts to fight isis.
we're also following a huge setback for iran's fight against isis and its effort to support the syrian president bashar al assad. we're now learning that a top iranian general has been killed by isis forces. and we're also monitoring the deteriorating situation in israel of gaza and the west bank and disturbing new video highlighting the surge of violence between israelis and palestinians. it shows israeli border police shooting what they say was a knife wielding israeli arab woman and describe her as a terrorist. we're covering all of this, a whole lot more this hour with our correspondents and guests including the middle east expert and former peace envoy ambassador dennis ross. but first, let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. she has more on this sudden suspension of the u.s. program to train and equip moderate syrian rebels. barbara, explain how the pentagon plans to move forward. >> wolf, good evening. tonight a major overhaul in one of the pillars of the u.s. effort to fight isis. the train and equip program to
train moderate syrian rebels gone as we have known it. now what they are going to do is look to support a group of about 5,000 rebels in northern syria right up against the turkish border. this is a group they believe has a proven track record. they are already in the field. they are already fighting isis. they have been running out of ammunition. u.s. special operations had pressed the white house and the pentagon for weeks to try and support these people. now the decision finally to go ahead and do it. they will get u.s. ammunition. they will get some communications gear. they will have to show a proven track record, continue to fight isis and don't turn and start fighting bashar al assad. the more success they have we are told the more the u.s. will reward them. and one of the key changes there will be u.s. air strikes to support their positions on the ground. the big worry, will it all work, will they turn and fight assad,
will those weapons stay in their hands, wolf. >> barbara, there's also news coming out of north korea. tell us what you're hearing about a possible weapons test. >> well, as we speak this is the 70th anniversary of the ruling workers party in north korea. a cause for huge celebration by that regime. the u.s. is extremely concerned at this hour that north korea that their leader kim jong-un who is so unpredictable may be planning a weapons test even in the coming hours or some time this weekend. nobody knows for sure. we have to say that. no one knows. but the u.s. intelligence community, the u.s. military all eyes on the peninsula this weekend. they are looking at the possibility of everything from an underground nuclear test to the test of a missile at sea, wolf. >> barbara, thanks very much. and later this hour we'll go live to pyongyang, north korea. our own will ripley is on the scene. we'll check in with him on the very latest on this possible
missile test the north koreans could be taking. president obama has just paid a controversial visit to families of the victims of the oregon community college shooting. large crowds protested the president's presence angry at his renewed call for greater gun control. the president spoke moments ago. we're getting those remarks in. i want to go to our white house correspondent jim acosta. he's joining us right now. jim, this is something the president personally wanted to do go out there and try to comfort the families. >> that's right, wolf. we should point out this is unexpected the president came out and made some remarks of following his meeting with those family members. we're told by white house officials that this meeting lasted for about an hour at roseburg high school. and after that meeting with those families he made some brief remarks. i can just relay a couple of them for you. he said at one point i've got very strong feelings about this because when you talk to the families you're reminded this could be your child. the reason why this was unexpected, wolf, is that
earlier this week white house officials were saying that they were not expecting the president to make any kind of remarks during this visit. they said despite what he said last week about how he wants to politicize this issue of gun control in the aftermath of these mass shootings that he was just going to be meeting with these families and that we should not expect him to make any sort of public remarks. now, i understand from talking to people here, wolf, that they had sort of a tug of war a little bit over what to do once the president was out there whether or not he should make some kind of remarks and that they made the decision essentially earlier today for the president to come out and make these remarks. but obviously, wolf, the president feels very strongly about this issue of gun control. we know that white house officials have been for the last several weeks looking at whether or not the president can do more through executive actions. the question, wolf, becomes can the president expand background checks on his own universally. i would imagine that there would be quite a few lawmakers on capitol hill who would disagree
with that. but it is something the white house is looking at. but quite unexpected the president made these remarks, wolf. but he did it just a few short moments ago. >> once we get that tape we'll share it with our viewers, jim acosta, thanks very much. we're also following a huge setback for iran's efforts in syria right now where it's supporting the syrian president bashar al assad and fighting isis. a top iranian general has now been killed by isis terrorist forces and his death has major implications. cnn's brian todd is working this story. how big o a setback for iran, brian, is this? >> it's very significant, wolf. we're told this general knew iran's operations in syria from top to bottom. he was killed near the syrian city of aleppo in the northwest, a place that the syrian regime is desperately trying to hold onto. tonight, iranian forces in this region now have to regroup at a crucial time in the fight against isis. a momentous loss for iran on the battlefields of syria. a top commander of iran's
revolutionary guard killed by isis according to an iranian news agency. >> it's significant in that it shows once again the commitment of the guard corps to these operations. it's significant because members of the guard corps are in harm's way. so that has possible political repercussions back home. >> a u.s. intelligence official tells cnnhamdani's death is a psychological blow to forces in syria fighting for bashar al assad. for nearly four years iranian commanders have been deep inside syrian military operations. iran admits having advisors on the ground but denies having any troops in syria as some media outlets report. analysts say hamdani knew strategy in syria from a to z. he was a right hand man to the shadowy leader of the revolutionary guard's elite quds
force. said to have made a trip in july. >> i suspect he went to confirm all the details of russia's entrance into the syrian war. >> in addition to helping pull the russians in, he and iranians have mobilized fighters from hezbollah considered a terrorist group by the u.s. to fight isis and have given new life to assad's decimated army. >> this mosaic of forces backed by iran, russia and the assad regime and hezbollah now they are all so much more involved than the united states. this tells us that the iranians and russians will back up bashar assad to the bitter end. any notion that they're going to cut assad loose somehow as part of a diplomatic agreement i think is a pipe dream. >> but for iran it's starting to come with a heavy price tag. >> we see the funeral announcements all the time of guard members who are perishing in syria. so the losses for the guard corps are increasing. >> and with the death at least three top iranian generals have
been killed in the fight against isis. a u.s. intelligence official tells us iran's expanding role in this conflict is going to put more iranian lives at risk to support a failed dictator, something this intelligence official says russia should keep in mind as well, wolf. >> brian, this whole notion of humdani underscores a big loss obviously for iran. but he's been sort of a legendary figure within the revolutionary guard. >> that's right, wolf. he was a real hero of the iran-iraq war in the 1980s. he was said to have had a crucial role in iran crushing kurdish rebellion also in the '80s. more recently he was also said to have been a leading figure in crushing the green revolution in tehran in 2009. this man has a long history. he goes back with this top general back with him quite a long way. a big setback to this top general in iran, wolf. >> brian, thanks very much. let's talk about all of this and more with dennis ross, former special assistant to president obama, a peace envoy. he was a peace envoy for both
president clinton and president bush former state department policy planning director as well. lots of titles, dennis. thanks very much. i guess the most important title right now you're the author of a brand new book entitled "doomed to succeed." the u.s. israel relationship from truman to obama. first of all, the death of this iraqi general big deal, little deal, what do you think? >> yes, big deal. first, it's harder for the iranians to hide when it's someone like that who has real visibility. secondly, he has a real rich history as an operator. and he knows their strategy, he's helped to organize their strategy. bear in mind that basically the revolutionary guard, the quds forces have been the ones with hezbollah who have organized most of the assault. hezbollah has been the shock troop for in a sense for the syrian army because in a sense the syrian army likes to operate from a distance, operate with artillery, armor and use air power and don't like to really confront on the groujd the same way. >> dramatic word today for the
pentagon that the u.s. training mission of moderate syrian rebels opposed to the bashar al assad regime, opposed to isis, that whole training mission has now been suspended. it's simply not worth working even though the u.s. proposed about $500 million, half a billion dollars, they wound up training four or five rebels. this has been a real disaster. >> well, it has been because in a sense when we finally said we're going to cross a threshold and support those on the ground there, the problem we had always was not just vetting. we wanted to in a sense have them fight only isis. but what has produced the opposition as far as isis and much more assad, assad declared war on his people. and in a sense if you look at the range of rebel forces and they're highly fragmented, their main preoccupation is fighting assad. we have had a different priority so trying to mobilize those who would fulfill our priority was a difficult thing to do. and frequently we found it was very hard to vet any numbers
that would be significant. and then when they went into combat frequently they either lost their weapons or in a sense they were swamped by if not isis the al nusra front. >> the obama administration seems to have very limited if any influence over putin right now. what the russians are doing in syria. and there's a lot of concern that president obama has lost his influence in that entire region right now. do you agree with that? >> well, i think we have the potential to have influence and leverage, but i think there's a perception of us right now that we are fairly passive. sdp putin is the one redefining the rules of the game in the region, which is what he wants to do. i very much agree with what we just heard in the report. putin probably planned this even while the nuclear deal with iran was being negotiated. the head of the quds force went to moscow after the deal was negotiated. and that's clearly when all of this was coordinated. they made a common decision they were going to coordinate a military intervention not just to shore up assad, i think to
ensure you have at least a ministate, but also to be in a position where if at some point there's a political process there, the ones who define what the outcome is going to be their interests have to be taken into account. >> during the first two years of the obama administration you were a senior adviser at the white house to president obama, you're also a senior adviser to then-secretary of state hillary clinton. if somebody would have said to you then that iran's influence in iraq and syria, in lebanon through hezbollah and russian intervention in syria, all the stuff we see happening right now the reduced u.s. ability to do much in afghanistan right now would have happened, you would have said what? >> i would have said no way. at that time. >> so what happened? why did things deteriorate over these past few years as badly as they have? >> well, it's a combination of factors. one is you've seen a fundamental deterioration in the region. you've seen an assault on the state system. you've seen a syrian civil war transform itself. it was more limited then. it's become transformative and helped to give rise to isil, which then had an effect with
iraq. so in a sense you've seen a breakdown of the state structure. you've seen more proxy wars emerging both in syria and yemen. some of that effects obviously our choices, but one has to be honest as well and say we adopted a fairly passive posture believing somehow these were other civil war believing somehow it wouldn't effect our strategic interests. and i think one of the things we're seeing is not only did this produce a humanitarian disaster in syria, but it is having an effect on the balance of power in the region. and i would say when we say global norm should define the way everybody operates internationally, that's fine if the other powers in the world are prepared to respect that. we see with putin that's not the case. >> dennis ross, standby. we have more to discuss including this latest disturbing upsurge of violence in israel right now. much more with ambassador dennis ross right after this.
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we're back with middle east expert dennis ross. and we're going to talk with him in just a few moments ago the surge of violence between israelis and palestinians. here's one example being widely circulated on social media and some viewers may find the video disturbing. it shows israeli border police shooting what they say was a knife wielding israeli arab woman and describe her as a terrorist. you can see police aiming their weapons at the woman as she refuses repeated instructions to put down the knife. seconds later police fire
hitting her in her lower body. she's now hospitalized in moderate condition. we're unable to determine what she's holding in the video. wlets go to jerusalem and get the very latest. ben wedeman is there. ben, how concerned are israeli officials right now that all of this could lead to even more violence because it's been very dramatic these past few days? >> yes, indeed, wolf. this is really just one incident that is added to a mounting pile of similar incidents that's really fueling tensions. not only attacks by palestinians on israelis but today for instance in demona, you had an incident where an israeli-jewish teenager stabbed four arabs, two israeli bedwen and two israeli civilians. so you have this pattern of incidents in which people are hurt on both sides which really only fuels the rising tensions.
and this really goes back quite some time. you'll remember for instance in the beginning of august there was a palestinian family of three including an 18-month-old baby who were burned to death. just last week you had two israelis killed stabbed to death in the old city. so incidents like this perpetrated by extremists on both sides is really just creating an atmosphere of tension i haven't seen in this country for years. wolf. >> all right. ben wedeman, very serious situation indeed. thanks for that report. we're back with dennis ross, former u.s. special middle east envoy author of the new book doomed to succeed. in your book and this is directly related i suspect to what's going on between the israelis and palestinians because of the collapse of the peace process right now. you seem to blame susan rice, the president's national security adviser, for a lot of the tensions that have developed between president obama and the israeli prime minister benjamin
netanyahu. you say in your book in her view the israeli leader did everything but use the n word in describing the president. you were there, you were in the insight during those first two years. what did you see? >> well, look, i think what susan represents is a point of view. it's not something i'm singling her out. i'm reflecting what is a point of view and a part of the national security apparatus which has been in every administration from truman to obama. and it's a view that basically looks at israel through a competitive lens, less collaborative one, less looking at israel as a partner and seeing israel more of a problem. now, there's a counterveiling constituency that has existed in every administration since reagan and certainly existed within the obama administration that looks as israel through more of a partnership perspective and feels we are more likely to get things done both in the region and with the israelis if we're working with them rather than if we're in a competitive way. >> when she was the u.s. ambassador of the u.n. though during the first term, she was always seen as one of israel's
strongest protectors and defenders at the united nations. >> no, look, i say in the book as well to be fair that she did that and she -- whenever i would call her, she would clearly go out and play this role as well. but in terms of the role she's played as national security adviser, if you compare her approach to the approach of her predecessor, it has been a more competitive, more combative mindset towards the israelis where if you're really going to try to ensure that the israelis are adopting positions on issues that matter to us where there could be some difference between us if we want them to take our concerns more into account, they really have to see we're in their corner. >> but president obama's a very smart guy. he knows the subject very well, the middle east, he studied it for years. he's very involved. why blame some of his aides for some of these policies? why not say the president of the united states if you do agree if you believe this the president is responsible for this deteriorating relationship with netanyahu? >> in a sense i wasn't singling her out as being the sole -- >> it comes across as you're
singling her out for inspiring the president to get into this fight with netanyahu. >> the essence of what i was trying to do was show a contrast between the first term and how we were approaching the israelis on the iranian issue and in the second term how we were approaching on the iranian issue. there were going to be differences. there clearly are differences. the question was, could you maintain the kind of collaborative approach and avoid misunderstandings that exacerbate some of these problems. i feel some of this is due to allowing misunderstandings to fester. that's what i was talking about. >> my sense is there's plenty of blame to go to israelis, netanyahu has a responsibility, the president relationship has really deteriorated, the personal relationship between the president of the united states, prim minister of israel. the president has invited the prime minister to come to the white house early next month. >> right. >> they're going to have a meeting. they're going to try to clear the air, i assume, can they do that? >> i think so. look, i'd also note this is not the first time we've seen tensions between an american
president -- >> it's pretty bad right now. >> it is. but you can go back to the reagan administration. during the reagan administration the low point of the relationship was during the siege of beirut in 1982. you can see the relationship between george h.w. bush and shamir. even bill clinton and b.b. netanyahu at certain points but what you see after each of these periods when we've had tension we've also seen a reemergence of relationship becoming even stronger. at the end of the day we are countries with shared values, shared interests, we face shared threats. if we look at the region one of the things we were talking about over the break, look what's happening in this region. the character and conflict there it's uncertain, it's unpredictable, the state system is under threat. the one country that has institutions of separation of power, independent judiciary, the one country that has shared democracy and has institutions to cope with problems is israel. it's one of the reasons during a time of turmoil and uncertainty we will in fact draw closer to the israelis because it's a pillar in the relationship.
>> we'll see what happens next month when the prime minister comes to the white house. the book entitled doomed to succeed. the author dennis ross. ambassador, thanks very much for coming on. >> my pleasure. coming up, members of vice president joe biden's team as speculation whether he'll run for president. we're learning new information about that meeting. standby. and he may be trailing among latino voters, but donald trump has at least one hispanic super fan. >> i'm hispanic and i vote for mr. trump. we vote for mr. trump! yes, mr. trump! we love you! we love you! on the way to the white house!
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we're following dramatic developments in what's turned out to be a republican civil war over who will be the next speaker of the house of representatives. it's a civil war that could end up effecting your paychecks and your health care. our chief political correspondent dana bash is keeping track of all the secret meetings, the leaks, what's going up on capitol hill, what are you finding out? >> well, the meetings and informal huddles that were going on all day on capitol hill today were mostly about how to cope with the fact that they currently have no one who wants to be speaker and can get enough votes for the job and the one person who can get the votes doesn't want it. will he run for speaker? paul ryan won't say. >> right now i'm just going to catch my flight so i can make it home for dinner. >> pressure on resistant ryan to
run is growing and intense. >> i did everything except carry his gym bag this morning trying to get him to do it. >> just yesterday ryan's office was saying no way to the job. not anymore. >> i think he's gone from a hard no to he knows he has to consider it. and i know he's going home to have the kind of real meeting with his family that would allow him to weigh that. >> gop lawmakers from all sides say he's the one republican who can get not just the 218 votes needed to become speaker, but support from most of the 247 house republicans in the fractured gop caucus. >> we have very good conference working together. >> even kevin mccarthy who abruptly ended his own ambitions for speaker and left house republicans scrambling for a replacement. >> paul is looking at it, but it's his decision. if he decides to do it he'd be an amazing speaker, but he's got to decide on his own. thanks guys. >> cnn is told that mitt romney,
the 2012 gop nominee who picked ryan as his running mate called ryan pushing him to run. but the policy wonk enjoys his current job. >> what an absolute privilege and honor it is to chair this committee. >> chairing the tax writing committee which ryan talked to us about this summer. >> i'm chairman of the ways and means committee, it's an incredibly important job. >> fair to say this is a dream job for you. >> this is why i chose not to run for other things like senate race in wisconsin becau. >> plus being speaker means a slew of fund raising and travel, a lot of time away from his three young children in wisconsin. but ryan's resistance is also politically pragmatic. being speaker these days trying to corral an unwielding gop caucus is a nightmare and possibly a roadblock for higher ambitions some day, the white house. >> absolutely he could easily get 218 republican votes on the floor, maybe the whole conference. but that's not the issue. the issue is how do we change the political dynamic.
>> ryan isn't even in the race. he's already getting some of the kind of blowback that conservatives gave john boehner and kevin mccarthy attacks for backing legislation like the wall street bailout in 2008 not to mention a bipartisan budget. he negotiated with senate democrats a couple years ago, but wolf, those are exactly the same kind of things that people who want him to run like him for. bipartisanship and leadership. >> he's very popular. he's only 45 years old, so he's got potentially a huge future still ahead of him. >> he does. which is why kind of if he had his druthers he would stay on the ways and means committee, make some tax reform policy that he really cares about. maybe leave the house, go be a private citizen and then think about what he wants to do. but as you know you cover politics a long time, sometimes the jobs choose you. >> yep. thanks very much, dana, for that report. coming up, we'll have the latest from the presidential campaign trail, ben carson isn't backing away from his list of controversial comments even though the list keeps growing.
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to show their latest controversial comments won't chase away potential voters. cnn's athena jones is watching what's going on. they're pushing back. athena, what's the latest? >> i can tell you, wolf, far from chasing away potential voters ben carson seems to keep moving up in the polls even as some of his comments spark controversy. now, carson prides himself on not being politically correct. and his supporters say it's one of the things they like about him. as we saw in his appearance today before the national press club, it doesn't look like he's going to be changing his approach any time soon. >> i'm not politically correct. i will not be politically correct. >> ben carson facing questions today about a series of controversial statements. the former brain surgeon again tried to explain his concerns about whether a muslim's beliefs would fit with serving as president. >> we don't even want to take the slight chance that we would put someone in that position who had different loyalties. >> carson is also under fire for
his assertion that nazi germany's gun laws helped make the holocaust possible. >> just clarify. if there had been no gun control laws in europe at that time, would 6 million jews have been slaughtered? >> i think the likelihood of hitler being able to accomplish his goalsgreat ly diminished if the people had been armed. >> critics say such statements are historically inaccurate and offensive. >> the holocaust issue, that's just the left wing press again trying to stir up a controversy. >> carson also raised eyebrows this week for his remarks about the oregon school shooting. >> i would not just stand there and let them shoot me. >> he told wolf he wasn't criticizing the victims, just urging people to fight back. >> i would much rather go down fighting. >> carson's chief rival, front-runner donald trump, had a strong message for doubters today after earlier suggesting he would drop out of the race if his poll numbers plummet.
>> i get more of a political answer, i'm never getting out. >> and the real estate mogul who polls show ranks poorly with latino voters won this unexpected endorsement in nevada. >> i'm hispanic and i vote for mr. trump! we vote for mr. trump! yes mr. trump! >> meanwhile another gop contender, ted cruz, is insisting trump won't win the nomination. >> in time i don't believe donald is going to be the nominee. and i think in time the lion's share of his supporters end up with us. >> the tea party favorite raised $12 million in the third quarter, a strong haul that will likely help him stay in the fight for months to come. now, cruz has proven himself to be a prolific fundraiser even though he's been polling in the single digits. to put this into context, cruz's campaign pulled in twice as much as marco rubio in the third quarter even though rubio has been rising in recent polls
outpacing cruz after his strong performance in the cnn debate last month. wolf. >> all right, athena, thanks very much. let's bring in our senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny and ryan lizza, the new yorker magazine's washington correspondent. carson continues to go up and up and up despite a lot of these controversial statements. his poll numbers are second only in states and nationally to donald trump. >> yeah, you know, he's getting a lot of attention. he's got a lot of support among conservatives in the republican party right now. i do think though that over time we've seen in previous elections when you say things that are not accurate, when you say things that are controversial and voters start to think about electability as they get closer to election day you don't wear well on either side. i think the comments about the popeye's stickup to me are some of the oddest that he's made. he said he was held at gunpoint in a popeye's in baltimore. one of his advisers told the
daily beast later that the police came, the baltimore police said they don't have any police report of that. ben carson is also a vegetarian, so what he was doing in popeye's is an interesting question. i think these kind of things accumulate over time. and he's not going to wear well. >> you got some reporting on this as well. >> he actually said he was going for french fries, not for chicken. so it happened over 30 years ago. it was between 1980 and 1983. of course he was a resident at john hopkins university medical school at the time. one of his campaign aides said this specific popeye's on this specific corner in baltimore. but we checked with popeye's representatives today at their headquarters in atlanta they say they have no record of this. of course this is a long time ago. anyone working in a fast food restaurant at the time certainly probably is not around now. anyone who's working there right now is probably not born then. but it's just a bizarre thing to bring up. we have to remember the context of this. >> i was just going to say. >> the context of this i think is even more damning than the
specifics of the popeye's thing. he was talking about how victims in the oregon shooting didn't defend themselves properly on the heels of the holocaust. he's not going to wear well. >> he's getting hammered on this comment, right? >> right. >> so all of a sudden this story pops up. >> it's interesting. he's sort of a new figure nationally, but the reason he's doing so well among iowa evangelical voters and everything are because of the power of his books. he has a lot of books out there. they've been fans of his before all this started. i think you're right. i think any more of these comments is it presidential? i'm not sure. >> let's talk about joe biden because you both have been doing some excellent reporting. what's the latest you're hearing about the possibility he may jump into the contest? >> well, the thing that came out last night was that representatives of joe biden met with officials at the dnc to get a briefing. this is a briefing that the dnc has offered biden's camp for months now. it was apparently supposed to happen in june and that meeting was canceled. but this week biden's people finally took the meeting. and so for folks at the dnc this
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launch test. that is in line with what we're hearing on the ground here in that north korea wants to have a very, very strong show of force today. this is a major anniversary for them, the anniversary of workers party foundation 70 years ago so this under water launch would be similar to propaganda photos in may shows kim jong un showing a missile coming from under water. there was no data from an actual launch from the photos scene. it was believed that was just a test of the ejection system. this launch may be a more legitimate launch and this is one of their dangerous weapons. they have 70 soviet air marines but under water launching capability will allow them to sneak up to enemy shores and fire on them and they made the war heads small enough to go. this is concerning to the global community. in addition, north korea is
talking and we interviewed spice scientists saying they are planning a satellite launch soon. the rocket carrying a satellite could carry a war head across much of the world and there is also rumblings of a potential nuclear test in the works. north korea could prepare to do actions much of the world would consider provocative. >> indeed. there is stunning new images showing the size of the proposal military parade about to take place. walk us through it. >> yeah, these are from 38 north and they have been surveilling a military base where since may they say some military hardware and personnel have been gathering. you're talking about massive numbers. 800 tents have been set up on the property and 700 trucks, 200 armored military vehicles and they also have formations they are practicing at a horse riding club and it's believed there are tents, a closer look on the property, tents concealing
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viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're "the situation room." >> tonight, the united states military in retreat from a troubled program that was supposed to be an effective weapon against isis. it's being called an operational pause. the set back comes as russia flexes muscles in syria intensifying the bombing campaign and making the u.s. strategy against isis more complicated. as tonight, threatening military moves by north korea. we're learning kim jong un's regime may be hours away from a provocative new weapons test. i'll ask the senator about that and more. he's the leading member of the foreign and intelligence committee. our core sprespondents and anal are standing by. up first, barbara starr, u.s.
officials say the rebel training program in syria isn't being halted, it's being in their words adopted. what is going on? >> wolf, there is no way around it. this is a massive overhaul of one of the pillars of the u.s. fight against isis. syrian forces backed up by russia continuing to escalate attacks in western syria. as the u.s. announces a massive overhaul of its effort to train syrian rebels to fight isis. >> i wasn't satisfied with the early efforts in that regard. >> reporter: few were. instead of recruiting fighters from the battle field for training, the u.s. will provide air strikes and air drop ammunition and communications gear in northern syria to members of the so-called syrian arab coalition. some 5,000 fighters from various tribes and militias that have
been fighting isis for months. u.s. special operations forces have worked already with the coalition and pressed the pentagon for months to back them up. the original effort to train thousands in turkey and jordan and send them back into syria fell apart. an update on the number of those trained included this shocking admission by the u.s. general running the war against isis. >> it's a small number, and the ones that are in the fight is we're talking four or five. >> reporter: about 100 of those fighters remain in training but the program is over. one problem, many of the rebels oppose the u.s. rule that they must promise to fight isis, not assad. >> the challenge in syria is that the entire train and
equipped program is hand strung. it's like the u.s. was trying to train syrian rebels with one hand tied behind its back. >> reporter: and they've had little support. >> not allowing u.s. special operations forces to accompany rebels in syria undermine the entire program. >> reporter: in the new program, rebels will have to promise to focus on isis but this time the u.s. thinks it will work because fighters are already in place doing just that and the more they fight, the more air support and weapons the u.s. will give them. and this is just the beginning. now the russians, of course, are still there. they claim they have killed some 20 oc0 militants. they continue, also, to build up their forces. wolf? >> you also, barbara, have new reporting on north korea, the possibility some types of weapons test could be taking place within hours, perhaps.
what are you learning? >> well, i think it's very fair to say all u.s. military intelligence eyes, the entire u.s. intelligence community at this hour this evening has all eyes on the korean peninsula. with that big celebration coming in north korea, the concern they have is that kim jong un, the leader, will order a weapons test to even further enhance in his mind his image on the world stage beyond this celebration. the u.s. is looking at everything from the possibility of an under ground nuclear test to the possibility of a submari submarine-launched missile off the eastern coast of north korea. some in the aviation community already being warned to be on the lookout for that possibility. wolf? >> thank you. a danger power player in the middle east is paying a price for the military intervention in syria. iran says one of the top commanders has now been killed
by isis. brian todd is digging into the story. i take it this is a very significant development. >> this is a huge loss for iran. a u.s. intelligence official telling us tonight this is a psychological blow to forces in syria fighting for bashar al-assad. this man, general hussain was killed near a key city the syrian regime is desperately trying to hold on to. he knew about iran's operations in syria from a to z. he was also involved in protecting key areas in damascus according to an iranian news agency and he was a right-hand man to the shadowing secret leads of the cuds force. it's a key player in syria and iraq and he is considered the quote over lord of iran's involvement in the fight against isis. he answers only to the iran
supreme leader. >> he was a key player in getting russia into this war, isn't that right? >> he was. various reports have him going to moscow in july. analysts say when he was there, he likely closed the deal for russia to deploy forces. the influence on this war simply cannot be under estimated. he commanded iranian forces often leading from the front lines and a closed a visor and brought the russians and hasballah into this fight. many talking about vladimir putin right now but this man may well be the single most important figure in this war at the moment, wolf. >> the general who was killed, hussain, he was a legendary figure in iran, as well. >> certainly was. he was a hero of the iran, iraq war in the 1980s and helped iran crush a kurdish rebellion and believed to be a leading figure in the crushing of the green revolution in iran in 2009.
this is indeed a major loss for iran tonight. a u.s. intelligence official telling us, iran's expanding role in the war is going to put more iranian lives at risk. this is a top general being lost on the battle field. a crushing blow to iran tonight, wolf. >> brian todd, thanks very much. let's bring in the senator republican of idaho. senator, thanks for joining us. does the u.s. know right now how large iran's actual military presence is in syria? >> we do, wolf, and certainly not specific terms to the exact number but we definitely know what it is. this latest development with the general being killed, i think under scores and the take away from this is how committed iran is to the battle in syria. the pedigree that you just went through, this man had been around for a long, long time, was incredibly pivotal in just
about every operation they have been involved in for decades and for him to be in the middle of this to the point he was in harm's way tells you how committed iran is to this battle. >> to bolstering the regime to fighting isis at the same time. when you say the u.s. knows, are we talking about thousands of iranian troops in syria now, hundreds? >> you know, wolf, i'm going to pass on that. obviously, those things are classified but we have good sources being able to obtain those kind of numbers and let me just say it's very, very significant in the fact this person was killed tells you just how significant it is. i think that's probably an indicator of what iran has committed to this. when they get the money that the president is going to release to them three the agreement just entered into, they are going to be able to up the andy even
substantially more in syria. >> when the sanctions are lifted, does iran's increased military presence in syria benefit the u.s. that it's allies because it's also among other things fighting isis. >> well, certainly to some degree but i would say it's minute m small when you consider the groups have banned together to crush the opposition that's trying to unseat bashar assad. that is the bigger component. that is the bigger objective of not only iran but the lebanese, hasballah and the russians and syrians. they want to protect assad and keep him in power. that is their primary goal. isis certainly is there but that isn't, that isn't the goal.
>> the pentagon announced today it's abandoning its training program for so-called moderate syrian rebels. this is a failure, the whole program has been a failure until now. today they acre knowledge it. what do you do going forward? >> first of all, i'd say it's about time. when they tried to do this in the first place, those of us that voted against it said this simply was not going to work. those -- you don't need troops with training nearly as much as you need troops with commitment, trooping willing to fight. troops that have a real honest to goodness commitment to what they are doing. we were told from the beginning that the people at the administration it chose to side with and to press this fight supposedly against isis really didn't want to do that. they wanted to fight assad and whatever else happened when they were done training and done being given weapons, their focus was going to turn to assad and indeed that happened in many,
many cases. we wound up with one of the -- well, we had an incredible report that said half a billion dollars resulted in four or five individuals on the battle field. i mean, piddling around the ages like they are doing is not going to work. >> they wanted to fight bashar al-assad and didn't want to fight isis. senator, stand by. we have more to discuss including u.s. weapons, armored vehicles, other equipment provipr provid provided. what happens to those weapons? there is a disturbing new development. when i was sidelined with blood clots in my lung,h. it was serious. fortunately, my doctor had a game plan.
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we're back with senator james rish. they are suspending the mission to train and equip syrian rebels to fight isis and promising the program will be overhauled. will this new approach by the pentagon work? >> you know what, wolf? i can't say. we're having real difficulty with the administration. as you know, they have a real disdain for the branch of government.
we can't get any from the state department to come into the intelligence committee or foreign relations committee and explain where they are going, what is the strategy? we can't get answers to that. if you can't get answers to that, you can't make judgments whether it will work or not. it's a lot of disgusted people, not just republicans but where administration absolutely refuses to come in, explain where they are going, how they are going to do it, what they need, we're just getting nothing. >> well, is the pentagon, the military briefing the armed services committee? >> they are, but when you ask them about strategy what they are do is say well that's policy. you're going to need to go higher up as far as policy is concerned. we don't know what they are doing. this thing that started with the training and arming the so-called moderate opposition was met with a tremendous amount
of skepticism and that it didn't work that really doesn't surprise anybody, but where are they going to go from here? you can't fight a war by piddling at it. you either do or don't. now either one of those decisions takes a tremendous amount of courage but someone is going to have to stand up and articulate what is the policy, what is the position of the united states of america because the people that the administration has chosen to back are getting run right over the top of right now but some tremendous war machines there in syria and to give them small arms to fight this with, this isn't going anymo in ing anywhe. this is not going to last. >> if you give them big arms, tanks, stuff like that, given the past history there is no doubt a lot of those weapons will windup in the hands of isis
or some other terrorist group. these guys simply run away. we saw it in iraq, afghanistan and syria. >> no question, wolf. you're absolutely right. the people of the administration need more than anything is air cover. i don't know what happened in that meeting between the president and putin and ash carter and his counter part or john kerry and his courter part. the russians said look, we're coming in and we're bringing air power in and we're going to do things in syria and all i know is our people apparently have been told to stay 20 miles away from it. if you've got people on the ground that you want supported, you can't cut and run with your air power and assume that they are going to prevail. it's not going to work. somebody has got to come up with a strategy that we can all get behind and look like we are the power that we are.
>> all of this, russia continuing to carry out lots of air strikes, cruise missile strikes but cruise mills arenss aren't araccurate apparently, what happens if they go into syria or jordan? >> that would be a transaction l decision that has to be made. our military might is second to none not world and not by a little bit but by a tremendous amount but it doesn't do you any good if the other side is convinced that you won't use it, and that's where we are right now. >> barbara starr from the pentagon reporting that the united states is now seeing new indications north korea is preparing for a weapons test around the 70th anniversary of the founding of the workers party in north korea. it happens tomorrow. you're a member of the senate intelligence committecommittee. have you been briefed on this? are the indicators?
>> of course, i can't talk about what the indicators are. we have been briefed and what i can say in a general sense is that when these type of anniversaries happen, you can expect as everyone has said that there is going to be some type, probably show of force by north korea and so it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone when they actually do something. it's being watched very closely. >> is it just symbolic or show an increasingly aggressive kim jong un? >> what happened in the past with north korea is they will push the envelope and do something that can be provocative and back away for some period of time and what they do is come back out and push the envelope again. the dangerousness of this is you
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washington correspondent jeff. they are pressing hillary clinton for action. >> they sure are, wolf. she met with black lives movement leaders for about nine minutes to have what organizers call a candid conversation about racism and justice reform in the wake of police shootings across the country. this group is trying to influence the discussion in the democratic presidential campaign, which is growing increasingly more competitive heading into the first debate on thursday. hillary clinton in washington today as she prepares for tuesday's presidential debate. meeting with leaders of the black lives matter movement at the national counsel of negro women. these days, she's taking no consit wco consit web see for granted. secretary clinton, he was the meeting? inside a quick view of clinton captured by participants on social media.
thank you for the meeting. you're on periscope, can you say hi? >> hi, everybody. [ laughter ] >> you are the social media emperor. >> the democratic presidential race could be on the cusp of becoming even more competitive. vice president joe biden's team reached out to the democratic national committee officials told cnn and asked about ballot deadlines and other details only a 2016 candidate would need. time is running short to qualify for the ballot. the first deadline is october 29th in georgia. followed by november 9th in arkansas and november 10th in texas. several people close to biden tell cnn they expect him to make the decision known as soon as next week. >> six weeks after my election, my whole world was altered forever. >> the vice president was said to be furious at this emotional add from the draft biden movement telling friends it treads on sacred ground. the group agreed to pull it saying nobody has more respect
for the vice president and his family than we do. obviously, we will honor his wishes. all eyes in the democratic party are also on bernie sanders who is gearing up for tuesday's debate with more giant rallies. tonight in arizona, tomorrow in colorado. those soaring crowds have been greeting sanders since the summer when we kacaught up with him in phoenix. >> people under estimated me. i'm in the race and i'm here to win. >> reporter: he's a candidate to reckon with this fall. >> it will be hillary clinton standing next to bernie sanders and the other democratic candidates on tuesday. she did face criticism today. some said they wish she would talk about racism openly in public so she sent out a short tweet saying racism is america's
original sin. to those i met with today, thank you for sharing your ideas. wolf? >> let's bring in don lemon and federal prosecutor, sunny hostin and a black lives matter activist there inside the meeting with hillary clinton today. you were there today. happy, sad, how did it go? >> we had a tough, frank candidate conversation with secretary clinton. she engaged deeply and i'm looking forward to see if it will be represented in the platform she releases soon. >> there has been criticism she's been slow in releasing this platform that she's been preparing this for a long time and says it's going to take a few more weeks before she decides the platform on the sensitive issues. >> that's what the team said, a few more weeks. i left that meeting with even higher expectations about the content of that. we talked about things ranging from private prisons to mental health to demilitarizing the police and talked about a new
deal for black people in this context. it was a good meeting. [ overlapping speakers ] >> did you ask why she didn't raise this platform. >> sorry about that. >> we pushed on why it's been so long and they want to make sure it's the most comprehensive as possible. we'll hold them to that and look forward to the release. >> don, i'm glad you're weighing in. her previous meeting with black lives matter activist was at times awkward, tense at one point, some activists pressed her on her husband's role on supporting white supremacist. >> it was important for both sides and i have to applaud him for what he said. it's a young movement but it's a very important movement and it's growing. this is part of it. this is what happens. the evolution of any process, any movement. so you make noise and then you sit at the table and that's exactly what they did. they didn't -- by my estimation,
this is my estimation, they didn't do everything right at first. she didn't do everything right at first. but now they are at this point where they are actually sitting at the table and listening to each other and i think it's important so i have to applaud both sides here and i'm looking forward to a more robust and intelligent and mature discussion about issues that face people of color and also especially trans people now. today was very important and again, i applaud both sides. >> sunny, bernie sanders met with black lives matters activists a month ago and the acquisition against hillary clinton is that she was slow to the process, if you will. >> and i have to agree with that. i think that's a significant criticism. i think it's an appropriate critici criticism. the bottom line is after your meeting today, which i applaud you for, i disagree with don in saying they didn't do things right. we're talking about a grass roots movement -- >> sunny, no, no, no i said they
didn't do everything right. i'm not perfect. we're not perfect. >> you've done such an incredible job duray and she seems to be leading from behind and always be late to the party. i don't understand why she doesn't there this sort of comprehensive criminal justice and race platform already ready to go. we're talking about people on her committee that are seasoned professionals. bernie sanders released his very kom comprehensive plan in august. where is secretary clinton at this point? >> were you there at the meeting with bernie sanders? >> we did have a strong meeting. >> how did that meeting go? >> it was different in a sense we sat down and talked about the platform and after the meeting it was clear there was impact in the meeting and he came out and talked about ending civil asset f forfeiture. >> what would you like to hear from the democratic candidates tuesday night on the first
presidential debate here on cnn. >> hillary clinton needs stronger language about race, not coded language and people and community. so that's really important and then she also needs to help us understand where her priorities are in terms of race. what does the first 100 days look like? i'm interested in that for both candidates. >> you want to weigh in, don? you're going to be asking questions. >> that is an intelligent conversation and question. what will your first 100 days look like? will blake lives matter? will race be part of the first 100 days? that is important. it's important as the panel said, bernie sanders already has a platform out there and hillary clinton should have a platform out there. so again, interested to see what that platform will be and if you have your questions, you can go to the c nrks nrknn facebook pa post them. >> have you met with other
democratic candidates? i assume you haven't met with republican candidates. >> hopefully we'll get a meeting with o'malley and marco rubio and hopefully ben carson. we'd love to meet with them and anybody running for the president of the united states of america. >> people said when this black lives matter movement started, that there were no leaders, no leadership and multi factor l approach and that is really, really impressive and the candidates need to take the meeting and if they get the vote, these are the folks that have the keys. >> dr. ben carson was a neurosurgeon. >> i grew up in awe and i've concerned about recent statements and looking forward to sitting down if he's game for
it. >> have you studied this platform? >> studied his public statements, which i think some of them, it's exceptionalism of his career and racism and that's really problematic. looking forward to conversation. they both heard somebody in the conversation very different point than the beginning. >> as you know, don, dr. ben carson is the only african american running this time around for president of the united states. he said some pretty controversial things but he's right behind donald trump and almost all of the state and national polls right now doing remarkably well. >> yeah, he is and he said some things that have shocked many people by calling the democratic party, you know, a plantation for african americans and, you know, i think in many ways with, sort of what many african a americans see as chastising.
again, if he is to be serious, i think all of the candidates should meet with leaders, not only of the black lives matter movement but others that have to do with race, as well. he should have a platform. he should be asked the same question, what do you plan to do? is it part of your first 100 days, as well? where he stands on the issues and so should donald trump and the candidates. i think african american candidates should be looking at all sides, democrats, republicans, independents to see who has their best interest at heart. >> don, thanks very much. sunny, duray, thanks to you and to our viewers, be sure to join don when he anchors "cnn tonight" at 9:00 p.m. here on cnn and don will be part of the first democratic presidential debate four days from now and ask candidates questions shared through facebook. it area tuesday night 8:30 p.m. eastern only here on cnn. just ahead, the must see
correspondent dana bash and ryan, correspondent for "the new yorker." you've been reporting on this meeting some staffers, not draft biden people but actual biden staffers had with the dnc going through lagistics. >> this is what they offered all potential candidates, all fav have met with the dnc to go over things like ballot access issues, how you collect superdelegates and the state by state allocation of delegates, everything you need to know if you're running for president. the biden people have a standing invitation to take this meeting. it was actually scheduled for june and then for some reason cancelled. that's the month of beau biden died and finally, this week, biden's folks went over, talked to the dnc staff about this and the dnc when i was doing this reporting yesterday, the buzz there was they thought this was
an indication that he's running. now, it could have the opposite impact. he could have gathered this information and realized oh, no, i don't have time to get on the ballot in the states but definitely a sign he's taking it extremely seriously. >> jeff, you've been doing reporting. how much time does he have to make up his mind and get on the ballots? >> not as much as you think and the georgia deadline is staring them down, october 29th and campaigns have to write a letter to the georgia democratic party or republican parties and parties have to forward that to the secretary of state but that has to be here by the end of the month. that's why there is a deadline for the biden campaign. they could give up the georgia delegates but if this really is going to be a hard fought campaign, it would look like 2009, which we remember became a fight of delegates where every single delegate mattered and georgia a big super tuesday state voting on march 1st next year is key. he has to make that decision by then and takes awhile to get a
campaign going. you don't turn a switch on and it happens. we're coming up to have a very end point of the decision. >> went until june in 200 -- >> it did, state by state and then barack obama got enough delegates to make sure he would be the nominee. are republicans anticipating a possibility down the road, just a possibility of biden run for the white house? >> well, i think just when you talk about the raw politics of it, they are salivating over it because, you know, they have been really fighting for the most part on the republican side among, you know, whatever, 11, 12, how many now? 14 people. i know, it's my job, i'm supposed to know this. but on the democratic side, it's been less so and the more conventional wisdom but generally plays out that the more fighting there is, the more wounded whomever the nominee is. having said that, joe biden is a beloved figure even among many
republicans. i mean, there is a reason why when push came to shove, it was joe biden who called senior republicans and got deals done to keep the government open. he has very good relationships with republicans on a personal level. >> he had been vice president for seven years, a former candidate. what's the latest on the effort to find a new speaker of the house? ryan says no but now he's thinking about it? >> he's not saying no, no, no anymore or much publicly but privately, we talked to a number of his colleagues who have been pressuring him, pushing him, please, you've got to do it and so now he's leaving the door open. he left for the week, congress is out next week for columbus day week, and so he's going to be home with his family and try to make a decision. there are so many reasons he doesn't want it which one of
them is the fact he has small kids and wants to be with them and one of the selling points by colleagues is we'll take some burden off of you and do some traveling and fundraising so you don't have to be away from your kids. problem is, people want to go to fundraisers and see the house speaker. >> if he is the speaker of the house, how does that impact the race for the white house? >> congress has, what, single digits, sometimes teens in terms of an approval rating. on the republican side, i think they want a figure, a grownup that can contain the excesses of the house of representatives. if you were the republican co nominee, you occasionally want to run across congress. incentive is a establishment grown up figure to keep things bottled up. on the democratic side, probably a different incentive in the fall campaign, they will want the chaos of the house. they will want the extremists in the house to be causing trouble for republican leader. so they might not have the incentive to have a grown up
figure like paul ryan. >> jeff, donald trump had a memorable moment at an event last night in las vegas. i'll show our viewers. he was speaking and this . >> we vote for mr. trump! yes, sir! mr. trump! we love you! >> a copy of "people" magazine there. it was a very lovely moment, i guess. >> that's one way to put it. it certainly seemed very real. she was on cnn this morning and said she never had met mr. trump before. one thing i was struck by how he was treating her, he was touching her and grabbing her arms and her waist and other things and it was a very odd and interesting moment. you know, in this campaign, we thought we've seen it all. we have not seen it all. only in vegas.
>> hispanic and i vote for mr. trump. she was very excited. >> listen, i mean, donald trump, if nothing else, he gets stagecraft and that was a great example. >> probably worth noting, if you look at the polling, latinos better than most compared to his candidacy. this woman is an outlier. thank you very much. dana will be one of the questioners when cnn hosts the debate next tuesday at 8:30 p.m. live from vegas. more news after this.
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a new documentary is focusing on fbi counterterrorism operations. here's cnn's miguel marquez. >> reporter: it is an extraordinary peak behind the headlines, how fbi informants infiltrate the muslim community and build cases against would-be or actual terrorists. >> they call me -- whatever the case may me, if they want me to
do surveillance, i'm going to do it. i need the money. >> reporter: he met the subject in 2002 and later told her he was an fbi informant cht he was her neighbor. >> the first film to document on camera an fbi counterterrorism spring operation. >> reporter: we never know the real name of the film's subject, only his undercover name, saad charif tores. >> the targets are complicated, the informants are complicated. >> the film tells a story of an informant, a former black panther in prison for robbery, first becoming an fbi informant from prison. his claim of being on the security detail, omar convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 bombing of the world trade center, first started his career as an informant when he got out after the september 11th attack on the world trade center he went full on for the fbi.
>> [ bleep ] every five seconds, man, somebody is plotting about doing something to this america. >> what are you basing that on? >> me going out there and putting my [ bleep ] on the line. that's what i base that on. >> today, we have unsealed charges against two yemeni citize citizens. >> reporter: his involvement in the bust of a man is documented in the film. saad posing as a wealthy former black panther who wanted to fund al qaeda operations. >> his current status is deactivated. he's in contact with the bureau but he's not tasks with any active intelligent assignments. >> reporter: it's a counterterrorism investigation that we cannot reveal. most of the informants focused
on mosques and muslims. >> what do you make of the muslim community? >> the counterterrorism community has disrupted the fabric of the community post 9/11 and they feel uncomfortable about the impact in the community. >> reporter: the film-makers say the fbi also never answered any of their questions about its operations, tactics or informants. miguel marquez, cnn, new york. >> here in washington tonight, the white house is lit in pink. breast cancer the second leading cause of cancer-related death for women behind lung cancer. this year alone, more than 230,000 women will be diagnosed. follow us on twitter. tweet me @wolfblitzer.
be sure to join us on monday in "the situation room." thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in washington. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. >> president obama suspending his half a billion program to help in the war. is joe biden about to jump in the race. and according to the latest poll, donald trump, ben carson and everyone else eating their dust. let's go "outfront." good evening. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, mission not accomplished. in a stunning announcement, the obama administration says it is suspending its program to train syrian