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this in their city. i mean, imagine that. like, worst things could happen, right? zblnchs thousands mourn those lost in the worst terror attack in turkey's modern history as accusations fly over who's responsible. and putin defends actions in syria. plus the five democratic hopefuls for u.s. president will soon face off in las vegas. who has leading the polls and more on their campaign strategies. >> welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. thanks for joining us. i'm rosemary church, and this is cnn news room.
>> our top story this our, anger and mourning in turkey. families are burying their loved ones j victims of saturday's bombings in the capital. two blasts ripped through a peace rally, killing at least 97 people and wounding almost 250 others. thousands of people took to the streets of istanbul sunday marching against the attack in the capital scuffs broke out after officers broke into the scene to lay flowers. police fired tear gas into the air. >> reporter: it's exactly what no one wanted to see happen here. all they wanted to do was lay flowers down at the scene of where the attack took place.
and now they're being fired on and we're also being pushed back at this stage as well. >> two turkish security sources say isis may be responsible for the attack on saturday, and we turn to phil black who joins us live from the capital. phil, this is the third attack in recent months and the government is again blaming isis, even though no responsibility has been claimed just yet. people are angry. what are they saying about the government's response to this? >> reporter: yeah. angry. here at the site of saturday's attack, you wouldn't know what happened here. the damage has been repaired, the training running again, the crowds and traffic have returned. there is a row of red flowers that have been laid out to honor those killed and a strong police
presence. largely police officers in full riot gear. we've also seen trucks with water cannon. these are not part of the investigation. it's crowd control. it's a sign of the tension that exists following this attack. those who were caught up in it believe very strongly the government must share responsibility for it because they didn't stop it from happening. they were unable to stop two suicide bombers wandering into a huge crowd of a preplanned rally. they're angry because it's not the first time. the third bombing in about four months. two killed and many more injured. there's a strong feeling that the government must share in the responsibility of this. the government's view, well, it denies having any active role.
it says this is an attack on the state as a whole, an attempt to tear down the unity and stability. >> and phil, around 14,000 or so people gathered at this rally, given that large number of protesters, what was the level of security at the rally? >> reporter: well, the people who were there say it was obviously thoroughly inadequate. a peace rally protesting the resumed violence between the pkk. they said it was no obvious sign of security. nothing given the size of the crowd. certainly not enough given the location, the state of the government, the infrastructure and the buildings that exist here. and also, and this is a point they make by point of comparison. they say other rallies,
particularly thosed organi orga other parties they see much more policing at those sort of events. for that reason, really a great deal of unhappiness and anger about what was allowed to transpire here. >> understood too. many thanks to you, phil. it has been a weekend of deadly violence between israelis and palestinians. police say they captured an arab attacker at the scene. at least ten palestinians were killed including a 13-year-old boy hit by a rubber-coated bullet during clashes near ra maul la. isra we in jerusalem with more. the details horrifying. talk to us about what exactly is
motivating this escalating violence. >> reporter: well, first, rosemary, we're getting reports of another stabbing attack according to israeli police. attack happened this morning near the lion's gate of the old city. the attacker, they say has been killed. we'll get you more information as we get it, but in terms of what's motivating this kind of violence, it very much depends on who you ask. both israelis and palestinians are blaming each other for the latest wave of violence out of his cabinet meeting yet, the israeli prime minister released a statement blaming palestinian authority, hamas as well as the islamic movement in israel for inciting violence for spreading rumors, he said about the status quote of the holy site yesterday evening the plo putting out its
own statement blaming israel for inciting the violence as a cover for exerting more control, they said, over the holy site. now, over the weekend, the u.s. secretary of state made two separate phone calls. one to the israeli prime minister, the other to the president of the palestinian authori authority. in both calls he emphasized the importance of combatting incitement and condemning violence and maintaining the status quo of the holy site. >> we are also seeing this war of words between the palestinian leadership and israel's government. what are they saying and what are both sides going to do about trying to reign in this violence in. >> at this point, it's very much unclear what more can be done to reign in this violence. yesterday out of the cabinet meeting, the israeli prime minister announcing he's
increasing security forces, some 1600 additional border police officers have been called up from reserve. it's in addition to an already-heightened security situation in cities across israel and jerusalem as well as in the west bank. but the fact of the matter is israeli authorities conede these kind of lone wolf attacks are difficult to address considering it doesn't appear that many of these attacks are being organized, and they're being carried out by individuals who seem to be self-motivated. the question is what do you do to combat it? at this point, there's no clear answers. >> erin mclaughlin bringing us to up date, reporting from jerusalem. many thanks to you. the iraqi military says an air strike hit a convoy carrying shadowing isis lead baghdadi.
iraq say he was struck while traveling to a meeting with other senior isis members. baghdadi's fate is unknown at this time. but the iraqi military claiming it also hit that meeting, ki killing or wounding several leaders. the pentagon says it can't confirm the reports. there are signs the syrian army and its allies are advancing in western syria. the london-based syrian observatory for human rights says asaad's military and the militia allies have taken control of several areas including parts of hama and idlib province. the russian air force says it has hit idlib with heavy air strikes which may have cleared the way for government forces. syrian rebels hold several
positions near advances. vladimir putin was asked what were the ultimate goals of russia's military action in syria. take a listen. >> even without or active action in syria, and in case we wouldn't let them, pardon my bad manners, squirrel away to syria, all the people running there now, they would end up on our territory, and now we're at least helping asaad to fight them over there. by no means do we want to get involved in any interreligious con flilkts in syria. we have one goal. that's to support the lawful authorities. this is what we have based our actions on from the beginning. and this is what we are guided by now. >> and in recent days, russia has dramatically stepped up its bombing campaign. the defense ministry said sunday it air force carried out 64 missions in just 24 hours. targeting more than 60 isis
positions. putin met with saudi arabia's defense minister sunday to discuss political discussions in sere. it's moscow's biggest attempt to reach out to enemies of asaad. saudi arabia, one of the syrian leader's fiercest opponents, has previously expressed concerns over,'s presence in the region. both parties agreed to advance their cooperation. and for the latest on russia's campaign, we're join by ian. i want to start with this meeting. it is fairly extraordinary, isn't it? you have vladimir putin on one side and the defense minister on saudi arabia on the other. polar opposites, but somehow they've come to an agreement. explain what came out of that meeting, exactly. >> reporter: well, yeah. they came to an agreement, but it will be interesting to see how far this agreement goes.
they said they will work on common goals that fighting terrorism and pushing for national reconciliation, saying that one of their major goals going back is fighting isis. but that's about as far as this really can go. just last week you had dozens of saudi clerics while they're not affiliated with the government there, come out and condemn russia's actions strongly, calling it an orthodox crew said. they called for jihad fighters to go to syria to fight there. hezboll hezbollah, iran, and russia. it will be difficult for saudi arabia to move beyond these words as back home they have a lot of strong resistance to russia's involvement in syria,
but they do have -- they said they will continue this conversation, but saudi arabia also has questioned russia's involvement in syria, saying that a lot of these strikes aren't going after isis as russia has claimed in the past, but a lot of them going after anti-regime fighters. >> so, ian, let's talk about what exactly is happening on the ground. i mean, it is tough to confirm some of these advances and whether these targets are, in fact, isis targets, how much of them are isis targets. talk to us about what you've been able to gather on the russian campaign and how it's helping president bashar al assad. >> reporter: a lot of elements to this. first of all, it is a lot of it is a war of words between the russians and the united states. russia saying they're targeting isis. the united states saying a lot of these air strikes are
targeting other rebel fighters. some of them backed by the united states. but russia has very much stepped up their air campaign inside syria. there was recently dozens of air strikes hitting roughly 55 targets. russia saying they're ammunition depots and training facilities. one thing we have seen is hezbollah and fighters targeting to make a dent. a lot of the anti-regime fighters are threatening the regime. russia has made -- has made to disallusions that they support asaad, and they're willing to stick to it through the end. >> all right. ian lee joining us there and updating us on the situation on the ground in syria. talking to us from cairo. many thanks to you. and barack obama is speaking
out on russia's role in syria in an interview with 60 minutes he pushed back on claims that putin's military action is challenging american leadership in the region. take a listen. >> mr. putin is devoting his own troops, his own military, just to barely hold together by a thread his sole alley. >> he's challenging your leadership. >> steve, i got to tell you, if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we've got a different definition of leadership. >> obama also made clear that there would be no strategy regarding the war in syria that would result in a significantly larger american commitment. let's take a short break here. still to come on cnn news room, despite lots of controversy,
hillary clinton manages to remain the front runner in her party's bid for the white house. the latest on the u.s. presidential race coming up. plus a verdict is reached in the controversial trial of u.s. journalist jason rez yan, but his fate is still unknown. >> a few years ago, my mother said there's a man, and he's waiting to get married with you. they didn't have money, and they were forced to sell me. >> forced into major as a teenager. we will hear more from this young afghan woman who used rap to escape, and advocate for girl's rights. back in a moment.
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vermont senator, bernie sanders. biden is in third place even though he hasn't entered the race. there has been no word from the vice president who has been meeting all weekend with friends and family to discuss a potential run. on tuesday all the democratic accounts running for the white house will face off against each other. they'll take part in the campaign season's first democratic debate and it's hosted by cnn. senior white house respondent jim acosta has a preview. >> reporter: here we are inside the hotel on the las vegas strip two day and counting before the debate on cnn. the first democratic debate. you can see the podiums behind me. the podium in the middle is where hillary clinton will stand. on either of her, the democratic opponents. one of them is obviously the independent senator from vermont, sanders. he's been the big story of this race so far. he's been filling auditoriums and arenas y. sometimes 10,000,
20,000 people, showing up to support sanders. he's giving hillary clinton a run for her money. and some potential flash points for this debate will be the iraq car. sanders has been saying he opposed the iraq war. hillary clinton voted in favor of the war. also the transpacific partnership, the big trade deal, bernie sanders is opposed to it. hillary clinton used to be for it. now she's against it. and then the other candidates on the stage are martin o'malley, chafee, and webb, the former senator from virginia. there is enough space on this stage if biden wants to join in, he can come in almost at the last minute if he wants to join in debate. he's in delaware this weekend, trying to decide whether or not he wants to run for president. but clearly, there's enough space on this stage if vice
president biden wants to play a last minute audible, he would shake up the debate. at this point we don't have the final word if he will do it. but a lot of political drama building up for tuesday night, the first democratic debate here on cnn. >> and tuesday's debate is the first real opportunity for the candidates challenging hillary clinton to present themselves on a national stage. and political observers are excited to see clinton and bernie sanders face off. martin savage has a profile on the senator from vermont. >> this campaign is sending a message to the billionaire class. yes, we have the guts to take you on. [ cheers ] . >> reporter: on the surface the 73-year-old may not look like a political fire path, but he has a history of standing out and
standing up for what he believes in. he calls himself a democratic socialist and is the longest-serving independent member of congress in u.s. history. >> he's one of the most interesting characters in the senate. he's one of only two independents. and he's been able to work across the aisle in recent years with republicans to solve some major problems. >> born in brooklyn, he went to james madison high school. in vermont, he lost his first run as a political office and was elected mayor of burlington by ten votes. next came the u.s. congress but it was in the senate where he became nationally known, especially for his filibuster against extending bush era tax cuts. in april, he decided what's good for vermont would be good for the nation. >> i'm proud to announce my candidacy for president of the
united states of america. >> reporter: the gap between rich and poor, immigration and racial inequality in the justice system. >> the agenda has caught up with bernie sanders. >> reporter: the senator from vermont may be a long shot to win it all, but fans say he brings something to the democratic ticket hillary clinton so far has not. excitement. martin savage, cnn. and don't miss the debate happening right here on cnn. anderson cooper will moderate with don lemon submitting questions from facebook. our coverage is live this wednesday in hong kong. there's also a later showing of the debate in its entirety 7:00 p.m. in hong kong, 8:00 p.m. in tokyo.
only here on cnn. as clinton continues her quest for the white house, there are explosive new allegations about the house select committee investigating the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. a former investigator is accusing the panel of targeting clinton. here's what he said in an exclusive interview with jake tapper. >> what do you say to viewers who think you're only talking because you were fired? >> as i said, i have a conscious. there's wrong doing here, and i think it needs to stop. and i do not want the investigation to end. i want the investigation to be ro focussed back to the victim's families who are owed the truth. hillary clinton has a lot of explaining to do, but we didn't need to shift resources to hyper focus on her and de-emphasize and in some cases drop the investigation on other agencies
and individuals and republican reaction came fast and furious. one of the house's most conservative members came out swinging. >> the only reason there's any politics or we have an investigation is because the obama administration and hillary clinton decided a few months before an election that they were going to lie about what happened at benghazi. if they hadn't told different stories about what happened in bengha benghazi, we wouldn't have an investigation. >> clinton's camp released this statement, and i'm quoting directly. these are explosive allegations. this republican whistle blower's account from inside the ben zbauz zi committee may provide the most definitive proof that this has been a partisan scam from the start. we'll take another short break. still to come, an iranian court
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a warm welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. i want to update you on the main stories we're following the hour. families a r mourning in turkey as they bury the victims of saturday's bombings at a peace rally in the capital. at least 97 people were killed and almost 250 others wounded. thousands of demonstrators marching, some saying the
government should have done more to prevent the attack. easteiran says it successfu tested a long range missile that can be precision guided to the target, and iran says it can carry a 7 kilogram payload. means the it would be capable of reaching tel aviv. a fifth term as president of belarus. he won and the west happen critical of lukasheno. there are reports that a verdict has been reached in the case of jason rezaian. the case has generated
international outrage and demands for his release. the iranian court has yet to reveal its verdict or any sentence that might come with it. >> reporter: nearly 450 days behind bar. on sunday's they confirmed a verdict has been reached in the trial of jason rezaian. but in the process, has been shrouded in secrecy, even the verdict is not clear. the judiciary says rezaian and his attorney have 20 days to appeal what's been handed down. the u.s. state department says they're monitoring the situation and continue to call for all charges against jason to be dropped. rezaian began working for the washington post in tehran in 2012. he and his wife talked with cnn's anthony bourdain about the challenges of reporting from iran. >> the difficult part is convincing people on the other
side of the world that what we're telling you we're seeing in front of our eyes is actually there. when you walk down the street, you see a different side of things. people are crowd. the culture is vibrant. people have a lot to say. >> reporter: six weeks later, he and his wife were detained, their home ransacked. his wife was released on bail but he remained in prison. he was charged with us pea naumg and put on trial facing a 20 year sentence if convicted. the last court proceeding was held in august and they appealed for his release. iran says his arrest has nothing to do with his being a journalist, saying he was linked to a faction in the u.s. senate who planned to bring about regime change in iran. recently hopes were his release were raced hen the iranian president suggested that rezaian and other americans in iranian
jails could be part of an exchange for iranians convicted in the u.s. on charges related to nuclear technology. >> if the americans take the appropriate steps and set them free, the right circumstances will be created for us to do everything within our power and our per view to bring about the swiftedest freedom for americans in iran. >> officials at "the washington post" are raeleacting with skepm about their motives surrounding rezaian. they're calling his arrest and trial a sham. take a listen. >> what we're seeing unfolding is a sham. for iran to say there's a verdict but it's not final, simply suggests this is not a matter for the courts n. it's
being decided in the political spheres in iran. we've been pleased with the efforts the u.s. government has made to raise attention to the case. on the other hand, we believe there's much more the u.s. government could be doing at the very highest levels to work with jason's family to bring him home. >> and there is speculation that his verdict might be announced sometime monday in iran. we will be watching for that. now to a deadly shooting in the united states that got attention around the world. new reports say the police shooting death of a 12-year-old in the state of ohio was, quote, reasonable. a cleveland police officer shot rice within two seconds of getting out of his squad car. the child had a pellet gun that looked like a handgun. the officer believed he posed a serious threat. we have the details.
>> reporter: the reports were among several commissioned by the county prosecutor as they prepare to bring their findings. the reports making news from saturday night, one was done by a former fbi agent, another done by a current prosecutor in the denver area. both concluded that the shooting death of 12-year-old in cleveland on the afternoon of november 22nd was a reasonable one writing in their report, said the officer that fired the fatal shot saying his belief that rice posed a threat of serious physical harm or death was reasonable as was his response to the perceived threat. let's take you back to the afternoon when police received a call of a guy in a reck ration sen tear saying they believed it was probably a juvenile and that the gun was probably fake. when officers arrived, they
opened fire on rice killing him. now, it has been reported the officers did not know that second part of the call that the individual who called the police said that he was probably a juvenile and that the gun was probably fake. as he reached toward the right waistband, he was shot and eventually died from his injuries. according to his reports, that was enough to justify these shootings. the fbi said the weapon in question is not relevant to a constitutional review of the actions. rice's family has responded in a statement from their attorney. they are livid. part of that statement reading to get so-called experts to assist in the whitewash when the world has the video of what happened is all the more alarming. these hired guns all pro police dodged the fact that they rushed him and shot him immediately without assessing the situation in the least. ultimately, it will be up to a grand jury to decide whether or
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but even in this setting nestled in the german country side, there is now a problem. too many refugees. people everywhere, he says, whether it's in the registration officers or during meal time, sometimes up to two hours or wh when refugees get their clothing vouchers. there's no room. it's maxed out. a festival tent has been pitched on the sports field. now home to 200 refugees. mattresses line the camp. every meter devoted to sheltering refugees. they are here for two weeks before moving on, ideally, but the recent surge of refugees and a backlog of asylum refugees has turned weeks into months. in the last two weeks new
refugees are brought to housing facilities within 24 hours. they're seeking to reduce the number by half which would be more than double our capacity. refugees now outnumber the residents three to one. the mayor says the village has gone above and beyond for refugees but can't take anymore. we do not have a problem with syrians, iraqis and afghans. they have received a big welcome and the residents want to help. that said, there is a fine line between wanting to help people and being stretched too thin. just as it was 70 years ago, they welcome those who need shelter, but it warns even the gates of liberty has its limits. cnn. >> and now to an inspiring story from a brave young woman.
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not just the one in nepal. we average about 50 to 70 earthquakes daily. nearly there are about 20,000 a year. the usgs, when they get the notification it's happening, they'll send out the alerts for rescue crews. folks are alerted to how strong or deeps the in fact along the coast, you have time to decide whether you need to issue tsunami minutes. it can take up to 20 minutes to confirm the earthquakes, especially those in remote and rural areas. this is an earthquake that happened in august of 2014 in napa. by this point, it only took them 29 seconds to be able to get the issue out alert. what they've done is they're working with twitter to try to use filter words. they're picking up different tweets. they'll use specific wording.
for example, a word that means major earthquake in spanish. if they can filter them, they can find out when they're happening faster and a little bit quicker and get more accurate readings on a lot of the sensors as well. >> that's fascinating. we'll keep a close eye on this. alis alison, many thanks to you. >> thanks for watching. we'll have another hour of "cnn newsroom" coming up. don't go anywhere. ♪ [engine revving] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ when your cold makes you wish...
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>> and we begin in turkey where dozens of families are gripped by grief after their loved ones were killed in bombings that rocked the capital over the weekend. two blasts tore through a peace rally saturday, killing at least 97 people and wounding almost 250 others. anger is rising as people demand answers. senior international correspondent arwa damon has more. >> reporter: why didn't you protect him? you should have protected my baby. the woman softly whales, finding little comfort. she, too distraught the speak. the pain of a mother who will never see her son again. he was just 23 years old. he came for peace, his cousin says. twin bombings on saturday ripped
through a peace rally organized by labor unions and others wanting to see an end to the renewed fighting between the government and the kurdistan worker's party, the separatists, pkk. now turkey is trying to come to terms with the single deadliest attack in its modern history, but already the tragedy is playing out in the country's political arena. the president's government says it was an attack on the state. the prokurdish opposition party says the state is responsible and angry crowds demanded accountability. the preexisting tensions evident as opposition members try to reach the scene of the attack, to lay red flowers and were stopped by riot police. it's exactly what no one wanted to see happen here. all they wanted to do was lay
flowers down at the scene of where the attack took place. and now they're being fired on and we're also being pushed back at this stage as well. this is all unfolding just weeks before the november 1st parliament elections. the outcome this summer failed to result in seeding a government. rule unity is the only thing that will save it, many say. one woman witnessed the carnage. >> i realized one more time how important peace is, how important is in the world to be together. not be against each other, just hold hands and just work for democracy. >> reporter: many here still in shock, unable to speak of the depths of their pain.
for one, expressed in a sorrowful song that drifts over those waiting for bodies oh of their loved ones, amid fears that it might not be the last time the country sees suffering like this. >> and the turkish military says 49 members of the worker's party were killed in air strikes over the weekend. cnn phil black is covering all of this for us. from ankara, he joins us. we want to start with the investigation and who is the turkish government blaming for this attack given there has been no claim of responsibility so far. >> reporter: they haven't named a specific group or suspect just yet, rosemary, although they say there are a number of groups
that have the capability to have struck here. one, the obviously, perhaps, isis, that group just across the border in syria. and turkey really officially entered the conflict with them only recently joining the coalition against isis and said it long-feared tisis here. the other organization is the pkk which i think you may have mentioned this. the air strikes are still continuing against. you have to think that's unlikely. kurdish separatists attacking curds. i want to mention we're about four minutes past ten, almost exact moment the first of the bombs detonated behind me on saturday, and there are people across ankara, some of them just gathering now at the station, wearing black and images of black ribbons who have come here to remember this moment. where you're seeing a crowd
gather he here to mark this exact time. we're being told there are marchs planned all on the same day that funerals are taking place to bury the dead, other bodies are being transparted to other parts of trurkey. the crowd that came here wasn't just from ankara. an expression of mourning. all of this as we stand here outside ankara's main train station where there is a police presence not to protect crowds but to control them. these are riot police. trucks with water cannon. all of it, a sign of the tension that's existing here because of the very strong belief held by those caught up in this attack on saturday that the government shares responsibility for what
happened because it wasn't able to prevent it or stop it. in their view, did not deploy the necessary policing measures that would have stopped these two suicide bombers attacking such a large crowd, around 14,000 people at an organized political rally. >> all of this three weeks before a national election. we mentioned the air strikes. i want to go back to that, because it is a little confusing that while all of this is playing out in turkey, we're learning of these air strikes killing 49 members of the pkk. what are we supposed to make of that? >> reporter: so, it's one of the reasons why the political tension, the atmosphere is so polarized here at the moment. around the end of july, effectively what had been a cease fire, considered to be terrorists by many person countries who are largely based
in iraq. hostilities resumed. the turkish government resumed air strikes. . there have been a large number of deaths in that time. some thousands of separatists killed in the air strikes, 250 or so turkish security officers killed. just after the bombing took place here on saturday, the separatists declared a cease fire, at least up until an election, the coming general election is held at the start of november. they said they would not launch any further military action so as to not influence that event, if you like. that has been rejected by the turkish government. they've continued the air strikes with the results you've been discussing but because turkey is effectively at war with kurds again, they believe they're suring. if you like, it's a wave of
turkish nationalism, they believe they're being cast as -- they believe it's one reason they were targeting at this bombing that took place over the weekend. >> phil black covering the many angles to this story from ankara in turkey. many thanks to you. >> well, the russian president says his country's main goal in syria is to support the asaad government, period. his comments came during an interview aired on russian state tv. russia's defense ministry said understood its air force carried out 64 missions in just 24 hours, targeting more than 60 isis positions. putin was also asked if russian intervention could cause problems back home. listen. >> of course such dangerous exist, but it has existed. i want to stress it.
even without our active action in syria. and in case we wouldn't let them them squirrel away to syria, all the thousands people now running there, they would end up on our territory, and now we're at least helping asaad to fight them over there. >> and mr. putin met with saudi arabia's defense minister sunday in what's been moscow's biggest attempt so far to reach out to enemies of bashar al assad. saudi arabia, one of the fiercest opponents has previously expressed concerns over russia's presence in the region. the meeting ended with both parties agreeing to advance their cooperation. and barack obama is speaking out on russia's role in syria. in an interview with 60 minutes, he pushed back on claims of putin's military action as challenging american leadership in the region. take a listen. >> if you think that running
your economy into the ground and having to send troops in in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we've got a different definition of leadership. the fact that they had to do this is not an indication of strength. it's an indication that their strategy did not work. >> and there are signs the syrian government army is advancing in western syria. the london-based syrian observatory for human rights says asaad's military and its lebanese less baa law allies have taken control of several areas. the russian air force says it has hit idlib with heavy air strikes in recent weeks which may have cleared the way for government forces. syrian rebels currently hold several positions near the government advances. the iraqi military says an iraq
hit a convoy carrying shadowy isis leader. iraq says his convoy was struck while traveling but western anbar province to a meeting with other senior isis meeting. ian lee has been following this story for us from cairo. so, ian, what do we know about this attack on baghdadi? >> reporter: well, there's a little information coming out right now, rosemary, about exactly what happened. the pentagon is not commenting on this right now. but what we're hearing from the iraqi military is that al baghdadi was pulled out of the convoy, his fate right now, is unknown, and cnn cannot independently verify these accounts by the iraqi military, but what they are saying is that he was on his way to a meeting with other senior members,
leaders of isis. that meeting was also hit, and the iraqi military saying that several of the leaders were killed and wounded in that attack. this took place in anbar province as the iraqi leader was heading to that meeting. he has been, from all reports, that he's been staying in rauk ka in syria. he has had heavy security around him. his movements are planned carefully to preventing? like this. if he is killed, this would be a huge blow to isis. he is really the heart and soul of the organization. when a member joins isis, they don't pledge allegiance to the islamic state. they pledge aglallegiance to th
caliphate which is baghdadi. could the cohesiveness and that -- but it is a shadowy organization, and if he is dead, when he does die, what that means for isis is really unknown. >> of course, there's been many false reports before. we'll continue to keep a close eye on this. ian lee reporting live for us from cairo. many thanks to you. >> well, growing deadly violence in israel and gaza. up next, what the israeli prime minister is doing to try to control the clashes. iran says there is a verdict in the trial of a washington post journalist. we'll find out why his newspaper considers his case a call. and a former aid calls the congressional review of benghazi a sham targeting clinthillary clinton. back with all of that in just a moment.
killed over the weekend including a pregnant woman and a three-year-old child. they died in air strikes in gaza city early sunday morning. a funeral was held for the little girl later in the day. four israelis were stabbed late sunday. now, this incident followed several other stabbings over the weekend. we are in jerusalem right now joined with more. erin, we understand there has been another stabbing incident. talk to us about that and whether it's believed that these efforts are coordinated in any way. >> reporter: hi, rosemary. we are hearing more information about an attempted stabbing that happened this morning near the lion's gate entrance of the old city. israeli police say a palestinian man was walking from the direction of the cemetery when they noticed him looking suspicious. they said he had his hands in his pockets. they asked him to take his hands
out. he stopped. when he did, he had a knife. they say he lunged at a member of the border police stabbing. the police officer in his jacket. the police officer was uninjured, but they then shot and killed the palestinian man. it is the latest stabbing around the old city. there have been three stabbing incidents around in that area since saturday. on saturday, a 16-year-old palestinian stabbed two israeli men. police returning fire, stabbing and killing him. stills of the incident show the 16-year-old boy with a knife in his hand and then you see his body lying on the ground. what it really does illustrate is that these attackers going into these stabbings know that there are deadly consequences for these actions. in many cases the attackers end up shot and killed by israeli forces, and yet, these attacks
persist in the face of what is incredibly heavy security presence in and around the old city. >> and the israeli prime minister met with his cabinet over the weekend. what does he plan to try to do to reign in is violence and what will palestinian leaders tdo as well to try to stop this from continuing to happen? >> reporter: out of that cabinet meeting, the prime minister announced he's calling up 1600 additional border police reservists, that in addition to a heightened security situation in jerusalem as well as the west bank, but the issue is that in many cases these incidents are lone wolf style attacks. they're not organized and they're self-motivated. they have become very difficult to prevent, and in terms of
what's motivating these attacks, well, israeli and palestinian leadership blaming each other. israeli leaders blaming palestinian leaders. the palestinian authority, hamas, as well as the islamic movement in israel. the prime minister netanyahu releasing a statement blaming them for inciting this violence, spreading rumors about the status of the holy site known to muslims as a holy sanctuary. palestinian leaders if for their part, issuing their statement blaming the israelis theying they're trying to incite violence in order to produce a cover for more control or more influence over the holy site. now, at the weekend, the u.s. secretary of state made two separate phone calls, one to the israeli prime minister. the other to the president of
the palestinian authority. >> bringing us up to date on the many developments from this story, erin mclaughlin reporting live from jerusalem. thanks to you. >> in iran there's a new twist in the controversial case of jason rezaian. a report, there has been a verdict. the verdict in any sentence that comes with it are still a mystery. we have the latest. >> reporter: after 450 days behind bars, they confirmed a verdict has been reached in the trial of jason rezaian. but in the process that's shrouded in secrecy from the start, even the verdict is not clear. the judiciary says he has 20 days to appeal what has been handed down.
the u.s. state department says they're monitoring the situation and continue to call for all charges against jason to be dropped. rezaian began working for the washington post in 2012. in the spring of 2014, he and his iranian wife talked with cnn's anthony bourdain about the challenges of reporting from iran. >> the difficult part is convincing people on the other side of the world that what we're telling you we're seeing in front of our eyes is actually there. when you walk down the street, you see a different side of things. the culture is proud. people have a lot to say. six weeks later, they were detained. their home ransacked. the wife was released on bail, but he remained in prison. nearly five months later, he was charged with espionage and put on trial in may of this year facing a 20-year seasons in convicted the last court proceeding was held in august.
they have said his arrest has nothing to do with his being a journalist. with one iranian official saying last week that rezaian was linked to, quote, a faction in the u.s. senate who planned to bring about regime change in iran. they suggested him and other americans could be part of an exchange for iranian's convicted in the u.s. on charges for nuclear. the right circumstances, created for us to do everything within our power to bring about the swiftest freedom for the americans held in iran as well. >> reporter: for thousand the aspirations have been dashed.
>> iran says it successfully test fired a new long range missile that could be a threat to israel. the country's defense minister describes the pillar surface so surface missile as iran's first that can be precision guided to its target. iran says the missile can carry a 750 kilogram payload and has a range of 1700 kilometers, meaning it could reach tel aviv. and still to come, a former staffer is calling the congressional review of the u.s. consulate in benghazi a sham, and he says hillary clinton is its target. plus, the frustrations of one small german town as it deals
and a warm welcome back to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm rosemary church. it's time to update you on the main stories we've been watching this hour. families are mourning in turkey as they bury the victims of saturday's bombings at a peace rally in the capital. at least 97 people were killed and almost 250 wounded. thousands of demonstrators marked in ankara sunday. some say the government should have done more to prevent that attack.
and the syrian observatory for human rights says parts have been taken over. it has hit idlib with heavy air strikes which may have cleared the way for government ours. a weekend of stabbings, shootings and air strikes. there's been another stabs outside jerusalem's old city early monday. israeli police say they killed a palestinian attacker who stabbed an officer. the officer's vest prevented injury. a form former investigator reviewing the 2012 attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi is leveling strong charges against the panel. he says the republican led committee's investigation has become partisan with hillary clinton as the primary target.
>> reporter: a former staffer with the house committee investigating the attacks says the panel's probe has become a politically motivated inquiry targeting hillary clinton. it's an explosive charge as clinton runs for president. an air force reserve intelligence officer says that after news broke earlier this year that clinton used a private e-mail serve server, they set t sights almost all on her. he was fired and said he plans to file a lawsuit. a self-described conservative tells jake tapper that what was a broad probe into the attacks on the u.s. attacks in benghazi
became a partisan information. >> what do you say to viewers who think you have an ax to grind? >> i have a conscious. there's wrong doing here, and i think it needs to stop. and i do not want the investigation to end. i want the investigation to be refocussed back to the original purpose. hillary clinton has a lot of explaining to do, but we did not need to shift resources or de-emphasis and in some cases drop the investigation on different agencies and organizations and different individuals. >> a speaks person for the committee said that the claims are transparentally false. he was terminated for cause, including for trying to put together a hit piece on administration officials including clinton. the statement said contrary to his assertion, the employee actually was terminated in part because he himself manifested improper partiality in his
investigative work. >> and barack obama says hillary clinton made a mistake using a private e-mail server while he was secretary of state, but he also said it shouldn't be a big controversy during the presidential election. take a listen. >> it is important for her to answer these questions to the satisfaction of the american public, and they can make their own juchdgment. i can tell you this is not a situation in which america's national security was endangered. >> and a new cbs news poll shows clinton with a strong lead along likely democratic primary voters. bernie sanders is in second place, followed by biden who hasn't even announced if he'll run for 2016 yet. donald trump remains on top of the republican presidential field. ben carson is trailing 6 percentage points behind him
while the other candidates are in the single digits. we spend a lot of time on the candidates at the top of the polls. but poppy harlow has more now on the other candidates in the democratic race. >> reporter: chances are you know her. >> bernie sanders. >> reporter: and you know him. but do you know them. martin oh m'mallo'malley, chafe webb. they'll share the stage. >> weathervanes lift in the wind. >> translator: o'malley, the married father of four born in washington d.c. was made for a career in politics. he left college to work on the presidential campaign of gary heart. by 28 he was ready for office himself winning a seat on the
baltimore city counsel. from there his political aspirations grew to governor of maryland. but here's something you probably didn't know about martin o'malley. he's front of a rock brand and even used his guitar skills to tease his presidential bid. on the issues, gun control, o'malley wants stronger expanded background checks and a limit on the size of gun magazines. he supports a path to citizen ship, and on climate change, he says it's a real threat. he wants stronger regulation. >> the one time republican u.s. senator of rid rid has just announced he's running. >> reporter: next, chafee. he was a republican but became an independent in 2007 as
governor. now he wants to be the next president as a democratic. health care, chafee not only likes obama care, but if president says he would take it a step further pushing for more americans to be fully covered. on defeating isis, chafee opposes american boots on the ground in syria but insists america must forge stronger alliances in the middle east. he was the only senate republican to vote against war in iraq. on social issues, he supports a woman's right to choose to have an abortion and supports same sex marriage. and then there's webb, a highly decorated marine veteran. former u.s. from virginia. author, teacher, husband, and father of six. on the issue, climate change, wants to limit the environmental protection agency's power to regulate emissions 'supports the keystone pipe lean and energy
expansion. immigration retomorrow, says the border must be secured. on prison reform, he wants more focus on treating mental illness and drug addiction and would push for dialogue in how to reduce the high amount of incarceration among minorities. >> and make sure to join us for the democratic debate here on cnn. our live coverage from las vegas starts at 1:30 wednesday morning if you're watching in london. if that time doesn't work for you, we will replay the entire debate at 8 wednesday night in london, 9:00 central european time only here on cnn. just ahead, one small german town declares a state of emergency after it's unable to handle the massive number of migrants. plus a teenager escaped an arranged marriage and the
>> welcome back. refugees continue to stream out of syria and into europe, but now many towns are struggling with the massive influx. atika schubert visited one village. the mayor says it can't take in my more refugees. >> reporter: 70 years ago this village opened its doors to thousands without homes. it had more than 100 emergency barracks to help those. it was known as the gates of liberty. today they are still welcoming refugees, nearly 4,000 at its peak. about four times the capacity
the camp was designed to hold at one time. most are from syria and iraq, but also afghanistan, pakistan. a camp manager has worked here for nearly a quarter of a century, long enough to sea waves of refugees come and go. more than 4 million have passed through from the 70s to today. it's open 24 hours, 365 days a year, rain or shine. but even in this setting nestled in the german country side, there is now a problem. too many refugees. people are everywhere, whether t in the registration offices or during meal time. it's a problem. privacy is almost nonexistent. there are no private places and the infrastructure of the camp is maxed out, he says.
a festival tent has been pitched on the sports field now home to 200 refugees who hang their laundry on the goal posts. mattresses line the office hallways of the camp. every spare meter devoted to sheltering refugees. they are here for two weeks before moving on, but the recent surge of refugees and a backlog of requests has turned weeks into months. in the last two weeks, he says, new arrivals are brought to alternative housing facilities within 24 hours. we are seeking to reduce the number of the migrants here by half which would still be more than double of our capacity, he explains. refugees now outnumber freedland's residents three to one. the mayor says the village has gone above and beyond for refugees but can't take anymore. we do not have a problem with syrians, iraqis, and afghans,
says the mayor. they have received a big welcome. and the residents want to help, but there's a fine line between wanting to help and being stretched too thin. they still welcome those who need shelter but it warns even the gates of liberty has its limits. >> i want to talk about water spouts now. that's a tornado that forms over water. and one particular water spout gave drivers in tampa, florida, a terrible scare. it ripped into a u.s. mail truck on a bridge. a 56-year-old was behind the wheel when his truck left the ground twice, and he walked away unhurt, we want to talk about that and the phenomenon of water spouts. our meteorologist is with us.
just incredible that this man was able to walk away, but they are very difficult to the tornadoes on the ground, aren't they? >> much different. probably the biggest difference is the intensity. water spouts are much weaker than tornadoes over land, generally are. that makes them a bit more survivable, as this gentleman noticed. it gives you a better chance to make it through. they can still cause damage, especially over boats and wildlife. you have the cold air above and the warm air along the water. around florida, the best time of year to get this is the later summer months when the water is warmed up. just before a water spout forms, there will be a dark spot on the ocean. you can only tell it from the air. obviously the air begins to lift as it starts to rotate. this is how you get the column of rotating air.
they may lift some fish and knock around smaller boats but they're not going to cause much widespread damage. however, they can come back onto land. when they do, they change from a water spout to a tornado. the structure is the same but the name changes. this also is something similar to something in europe the last couple of days. this time of year whether you're in the united states or europe, you get a clash of seasons from the warm season to the cool seasons. that clash of air helps fuel a lot of the thunderstorms providing the tornadoes. a lot of storm reports. just on sunday, a tornado report into greece. a lot of hail, heavy rainfall also being reported with some of these storms. again, they average about 300 tornadoes per year across europe. so it's not a rarely to get this. the countries we see the most, the united states is obviously the highest but in terms of europe, the united kingdom picking up about 50 on average per year. places like germany and spain
picking up about 30 on average. we get them. they're not incredibly common, but we get them, and we have the system that brought a lot of the severe weather that's continuing to sit along the coast. we're not expecting much more severe weather for the remainder of the week but showers over the next couple of days. >> thanks so much, alison. appreciate it. well, a baseball play that broke one player's leg has led to a two-game suspension for another player but there's still debate over whether utley was playing hard or made an illegal slide. take a look at what happened during the national league playoff game saturday. utley was sliding into second when he collided with new york mets shortstop. utley is suspended for games three and four of the best of five series, and the league says
his actions were not intentional but warranted discipline. unbelievable. broken leg out of that. >> and playing only for their pride, japan pulled out the victory against the u.s. on sunday in the 20 have a rugby world cup. and japan doesn't advance. their win over the u.s. is a special one for the team. it was the japanese coach's last game before stepping down. and coming up, she was about to be forced into a major in afghanistan but bought back through rap music. her incredible story still to come.
♪ >> i'm from afghanistan, and i want to change the world with my music. i was born in a poor family. we have to hide because of taliban, because of war. and then my family decided to go to eral. in eran, you can't sing. it's hard, especially for woman. ♪ a few years ago, my mother, she said, there is a man, and he's waiting to get married with you. they didn't have money, and they were forced to sell me.
if i want to get married, i will choose. >> what a powerful story, and for an in depth look at her life, and her message to young women around the world, just head to cnn.com. and thank you so much for your company. i'm rosemary church. early start is coming up for our viewers here in the u.s. for those of you elsewhere, stay tuned for "cnn newsroom" live from london. have a great day. . . . .
just one day until the democratic candidates faceoff. who will come out swinging and will there be a surprise late addition? new accusations. the benghazi investigation is simply out to get hillary clinton. what a former staffer on the investigation is saying. president obama criticizing vladimir putin calling his air strikes in syria a sign of weakness. will russia force the u.s. to shift strategy in the war on isis? welcome to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. the countdown underway to the first