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thanks for joining us from belgium. "ac 360" starts right now. good evening. john berman in for anderson. we have breaking news. officials tell us the two brothers who blew themselves up in brussels were on a u.s. terror watchlist. one was on it even before the attacks in paris. and that's not the half of it. in the last 24 hours, we've seen raids and arrests in france, germany and belgium. explosions, gunfire, police intelligence and counterterror forces working at a fever pitch trying to prevent attacks that u.s. intelligence indicates are in various stages of planning, including one that french authorities say was in the advanced stages. we also learned of u.s. raids on a top isis leader, a man with a
$7 million price on his head. a very risky mission over very dangerous territory. somewhat mixed outcome. americans trying to bring him in. ended up taking him out. we learned as well that at least two americans were among the 31 killed this week in brussels. also this, the broken glass, the trail of blood. cnn exclusive video from inside the brussels hideout of paris terror suspect salah abdeslam. his arrest on friday, the first of a chain of events making for a very full week and a very full night of news. let's begin with justice correspondent pamela brown on the terror watchlist story. the news that the two brothers, the belgian suicide bombers el bakraoui brothers were on a counterterrorism watchlist. >> we know they were in the databafs known or suspected terrorists. one of them, ibrahim el bakraoui was put on the watchlist even
before the paris attacks. we know, of course, he was sent back from turkey for his ties to terrorism last summer. and after the paris attacks his brother khalid was added to the database. it's believed that he helped provide a safe haven for the terrorists. and in addition to those two, we know that the french bombmaker who was involved in the paris attacks and then in the belgium attacks as well was also in u.s. databases. a lot of this raises questions, john, about how much the belgians knew considering all three of them were known for their terrorist ties in the u.s., yet they were able to operate under the radar in europe and then launch the attacks earlier this week. >> one of the brothers, ibrahim el bakraoui was on the terror watch list even before paris. do you know why? >> well, we know that last summer, turkey deported him because they believed he was trying to cross the border into syria. so they sent him back and apparently he went to the
netherlands before coming to belgium. so presumably, john, that's after that, turkey alerted officials or information was shared by one of the countries with the united states to be put on the date dlthai database. the threshold is pretty low. to get on the other watchlist, it's a higher bar. you'll remember early on the belgian prosecutors said they only knew of these two men for their ties to violent crime, not to terrorism. so again, it appears that there's a disconnect there. pamela brown, thank you so much. the huge series of raids in brussels, including in the schaerbeek section where nick paton walsh witnessed some of it firsthand. nine suspects arrested since yesterday. you were at one of the scenes today. what did you see? >> it was a tense moment in schaerbeek outside a tram stop where a man was sat on a bench,
perhaps with a young woman next to him. he was approached by police wearing a backpack. clearly police felt some sort of threat. two shots were fired according to eyewitnesses, one of which hit him in the leg. eyewitnesses say he heard a third noise, some sort of explosion. now the video does show a robot approaching the body. he's dragged by armed police very quickly further down away from the tram stop and behind the car where they begin to give him medical attention. we saw a blood stain still on the pavement. witnesses saying how the tram nearby was moved down the track. people evacuated from it. we don't know who this man is. we know he's in custody. we know he is one of nine people arrested in just the last 24 hours. and the mayor says according to state media he's connected to the tuesday attacks in the airport and metro here in brussels. but of those nine, three released. they were arrested outside the
federal prosecutor's office. that place we saw you last night, john, the house being searched by forensic detectives, we understand the men came out of there with their hands up at one point. there were no arrests resulting from that search. it shows you how wide this dragnet is becoming. how intensive the investigative focus is and how leads, the searches and the arrest of a man outside of paris led to another arrest immediately almost here inside of brussels. this search becoming pan-continental. >> have belgian police been able to figure out how these various arrests piece together, or even if they do piece together? >> we don't know the full level of knowledge they have. but it does appear, if you look at the history of this investigation, merely 72 hours ago, four people clearly publicly in their sights. that then became five. an accomplice to the metro bomber. a series of increasing arrests across brussels.
we don't know if this is them just following up any leads. people in phone records, et cetera. the flat they searched last night seems to have coming up with some sense of a zero result. but i think it's troubling to people as they approach the weekend here in brussels. that sense of investigation widening. is that a sense of police getting on top of their task or finding a much larger void in their knowledge than they previously thought? >> nick paton walsh, thank you. widening well beyond belgium. more on raids in paris and germany in the line that authorities say they can draw between a man arrested at a german train station and one of the subway killers in brussels. one of the many threats investigators are pulling together. clarissa ward is reporting on all of it tonight, including a plot french authorities thwarted in its advanced stages. let's start with germany and the arrest there today, clarissa. >> well, john, this is an interesting one. this man was reportedly just in a train station. police saw him, determined he
was behaving suspiciously. they tried to talk to him. when they looked at his he had essentially a ban that would not allow him to travel across the shangen zone, the border-free 26 countries within the european union. they then looked at his phone later and found two text messages, both on the day of the brussels attacks, the first text message reportedly said khalid el bakraoui, the name of the metro bomber, and then three minutes before the actual metro bombing took place, we are hearing that he received a text message apparently that said one word in french that just means "end." so they are trying to piece together now exactly what was the connection. what's interesting is they also found on him a medical bill indicating that he received medical treatment for wounds and injuries to his torso. and what they now believe, john, is that he actually may have
been here in belgium in brussels during some of those raids. last week he may have sustained injuries in those raids and gone back to germany afterwards to hide out, john. >> that's interesting. gone back to germany, crossing back and forth across the border, despite the fact there was that ban on travel within the eu. didn't seem to stop him. >> well, that's exactly it. this is the real problem that officials here are coming up against again and again and again. the ease with which people can move freely between these various countries that are part of the shangen zone. and we know this man spent time in syria with almost all of the paris attackers. also spent time in syria. often the authorities are aware they've gone to syria but what they seem unable to do at this stage is track when they come back, how they come back. because they are obviously not flying back into belgium if they are belgian citizens.
they are often flying to different countries and making their way covertly back into belgium, exploiting those open borders. we heard about a need to have an information sharing network, an intelligence sharing network whereby all countries would be made aware when anyone who traveled to syria or iraq or taken part in isis activity outside of the european union was coming back into the continent. so far, that does not seem to have worked, john. >> let's talk about paris. there was that man arrested yesterday in france. said to be in the advanced stages of planning an attack. what do you know about that? >> that's right. so they arrested him yesterday morning after a tip-off. they said this was part of an investigation they've been working on for weeks. they said this was evidence of european cooperation. clearly they really want to strike that note and show there is information sharing here. after the arrest, that led them to these raids overnight in the
paris suburb of argenteuil. the explosives, tatp, our viewers used to hearing that acronym because this seems to be the explosive of choice for is operatives here in europe. we're still waiting to hear more about what the nexus was, how these all relate together. certainly this is spreading across the european union. >> some common threads there. clarissa ward, thank you. all that happening, we learned a team of u.s. special forces has carried out a mission that got the man widely described as the number two in isis. now they certainly got him. however, as cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr tells us, the outcome, though welcome, was not exactly as planned. barbara, walk us through the raid. >> this is a fascinating story we do not know all the details of. u.s. commandos moved secretly
into syria in the last couple of days aiming to capture alive this man qaduli, the finance minister of isis. some people, analysts saying he's the number two man in the organization. a group of commandos known as the expeditionary targeting force, 200 strong, have had their eye on him for some time. they went after him. they were planning to capture him alive and interrogate him. when the helicopters moved in, what we do know is something happened. they were not able to capture him alive. they opened fire and killed him in his vehicle on the ground. here's the fascinating question. what exactly happened? was there a firefight with this secret covert u.s. military group? we do not know the answers. but at the end of the day, qaduli, the pentagon says, is dead and secretary ash carter saying it's another step in dismantling the isis organization. >> two things. the plan to catch this guy alive
certainly bold in and of itself. number two, inside syria, not the friendliest of terrains for u.s. special forces. >> this is one of the most dangerous things they could undertake. to go in in helicopters. they would have go on the ground to grab him, to get him alive. you just cannot underestimate, i think, how significant that might be. there are no friendly forces on the ground that would be very hospitable in any measure to u.s. troops if they came across them. when these guys, these commandos go in, what we also know is overhead, there are fighter jets, there are drones. people are keeping watch on them. a quick reaction force ready to move in and rescue them if they do run into trouble. by all accounts they did not on this mission. they were able to kill qaduli and get out of there. but there's an awful lot of firepower to back them up on things like this if they wind up getting into trouble on the ground. john?
>> barbara starr, thanks very much. >> sure. that or the raids or threat of more violence in the wake of the attacks. there's a lot to ask our panel of intelligence, security and counterterror experts. that is next. and later, presidential politics sinking even lower, if that is humanly possible. cruz/trump, lurid tabloid headlines, angry denials, allegations of dirty tricks and more -- or less. details ahead on "360." fact. there's an advil specially made for fast relief that goes to work in minutes. the only advil with a rapid release formula for rapid relief of tough pain. look for advil film-coated in the white box! relief doesn't get any faster than this. advil. i love to take pictures that engage people. and to connect us with the wonderment of nature. the detail on this surface book is amazing.
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at the cia and fbi. paul cruickshank, you've been working your sources all day, hearing a lot of things particularly about these german arrests. >> very interesting developments in germany in the last 48 hours. two arrests, including in a town that isn't far from the belgian border. there was an individual there that local police saw loitering around a train station. a checked his identity papers and noticed he wasn't meant to be in the european countries. they then searched through his phone and saw two very interesting text messages. one with the name of the metro bomber in brussels and one other with just one word "ends" and they connected this guy, they feel, to this brussels attack. they are investigating all of that. they also found a hospital bill
in belgium for injuries to his torso. so one of the lines of inquiry tonight is was he a victim of police bullet or something like that during one of these raids in brussels, perhaps even the raid on salah abdeslam's safehouse. >> juliette u.s. intelligence officials believe they know the identity of the man wearing the light colored jacket in the airport surveillance photo. u.s. officials have shared that information with the belgian authorities. why are the belgians not releasing his name? wouldn't that be useful for the public to try to help finding him? >> it just depends on the circumstances of where the investigation is heading at this moment. because they have a name, they then know who he's been hanging out with, who his family members are and possibly a final or recent place of residence, place that's he was hanging out. we should give them the benefit of the doubt for the next 24, 48
hours. they may know where he is. just to these lists quickly. everyone is like they knew this person and that person. there are a lot of watchlists for good and for bad. the largest one is the one that identified the brothers or had the brothers on the list. over a million people on the tides list. there are more refined watchlists. think of it as going towards a bull's-eye. the bull's-eye is the kill list, the drone list, the one the american government feels is justified to go after abroad. but there's over a million people on the tides list and so there's just, we just think of the quantity of intelligence out there and the number of people. it's not surprising to me that they would have ended up on the list but not been detained or surveyed in a european country. >> the belgians said they knew they had a history of violent crime but no connection to terror. wouldn't the fact they were on that well, if the belgians were
told by the u.s. be at least a minimal connection to terror? terrorist identification is what it stands for. it does not mean terrorist. this may sound insane. people put on the tides list may have been on the phone call with a known terrorist. may have been in the same school. may live in the same apartment complex. there are a lot of people on that list who are definitely not related or planning terrorism. i know after the fact that sounds like sort of crazy, but it's not. it's just a way for the government to be able to identify known associates. but a lot of those known associates are not terrorists. >> phil mudd, take a look at the video we're seeing. the cnn exclusive video inside salah abdeslam's hideout in brussels. a lot in there. a lot of junk in. there pizza boxes and the like. it looks like he had been in that place for a while. you can see the blood stains right there from after the shootout. you make anything of this video other than the fact it does look
like he'd been hiding out in this one place for some period of time? >> that period of time gives me one clue. during the raids today, we've seen raids in germany, in france and belgium. if you look at these apartments and locations where people have been staying for a while. think not only of the violence that happened there but if they've been there are if a while, think laptops, cell phones, documents. the reason these raids are happening. when you vacuum up all that intelligence overnight there will be people working 24/7 to absorb all that data and do things like cell phone chaining to see if there's another set of raids that should happen tomorrow. so every time one of these raids happen, anticipate that new names may crop up. new locations that's result in new activity. >> we're going from brussels now to syria, paul cruickshank where the second in command. someone known as the second in command to isis was killed in a u.s. raid. how big of a blow is that to isis? >> this is a very significant blow. thought to be the number two,
qaduli, of isis. also financial chief. he was zarqawi's deputy when it was called al qaeda in iraq. he's been around the block for a long time. the envoy to bin laden. bin laden wanted him to get the top job not abu bakr al baghdadi. but baghdadi got the job and he became a key deputy. i think this will be a big message to the top leadership of isis. your impunity is over abu bakr al baghdadi may also now possibly be a target in the next several weeks. they may have intelligence on which could lead all the way to baghdadi. the other guy they really want to get, al anani, a syrian believed to be supervising all this. >> interesting they wanted to get the number two alive as well. that did not work.is now believ. >> we're going to remember the
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as the stories of victims and survivors emerge from the brussels attacks, some hit very close to home as we've been reporting. two americans have now been confirmed dead. two remain missing. >> reporter: a sobering confirmation from john kerry. americans among those killed in tuesday's attacks. >> the united states, i want you to know, is praying and grieving with you for the loved ones of those who have been very cruelly taken from us. >> reporter: a senior u.s. official confirmed two americans are among the 31 people who died. their names have not been released. we do know the identities of three more victims with american ties. alex and sascha pinczowski were heading to new york. their family received a list of the survivors at a brussels hospital. the siblings were not on it. in a statement the family said we received confirmation this morning from belgian authorities
and the dutch embassy of the positive identification of the remains of alexander and sascha. we are grateful to have closure on this tragic situation and are thankful for the thoughts and prayers from all. bart migom was also kills. his family identified the 21-year-old's body at a brussels hospital. they believe he was checking in for a flight to the u.s. to visit his girlfriend when one of the airport bombs exploded. >> i'm going to miss the fact that he is my best friend, and i just felt like i could spend the rest of my life with him. i always told him at the end of our phone calls -- [ speaking foreign language ] which means bart is always in emily's heart. >> two americans are among those still missing. justin and stephanie shults from tennessee were dropping off
stephanie's mother at the airport. moore was visiting the couple who live in brussels. she survived the blast but she says she has still not heard from her daughter or son-in-law. and an emotional reunion for surviving victim mason wells and his parents. wells, a missionary from utah is suffering from severe burns as his fellow church member fannie talked about her faith when talking exclusively with "new day" from her hospital bedside. >> simple. god is with us. >> any new information about the two americans confirmed dead? >> we're still waiting from the state department for official confirmation of those two americans' names. belgian authorities trying to get all the names of the remaining victims confirmed. but no confirmation from the state department as of yet. i want to go back to mason wells, that's missionary, reuniting with his family. that is the third terrorist
attack that he has been near. he was in boston. he was in paris. and now here in brussels and he remembers this one extremely vividly. >> a huge blast came from my right. i think my body was picked off the ground for a moment. my left shoe just was blown off. and a large part of the right side of my body got really hot and really cold and i was covered in a lot of -- a lot of blood. a lot of that blood wasn't mine. >> as you can imagine, he considers himself a very lucky person at this point. >> he sounds great. brynn, thanks. ted cruz is denying a salacious tabloid report about him calling it complete and utter lies and blaming donald trump for planting it. donald trump has responded. we'll have the latest on the ever lowering bar in the
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now include a salacious report about ted cruz courtesy of the national enquirer. cnn has no reporting to suggest the tabloids allegations are true and therefore we're not going to get into the details. but cruz himself has now addressed it, if only to deny it and blame its existence on, you guessed it, donald trump. sunlen serfaty reports. >> reporter: donald is fond of giving people nicknames. with this pattern, he should not be surprised to see people calling him sleazy donald. >> reporter: ted cruz breathing fire at donald trump today. >> donald trump may be a rat, but i have no desire to copulate with him. and this garbage does not belong in politics. >> reporter: the texas senator bringing up unprovoked a tabloid story about him accusing donald trump of being behind it but not offering any proof to back up his assertion. >> this national enquirer story is garbage.
it is complete and utter lies. it is a tabloid smear. and it is a smear that has come from donald trump and his henchman. it's not surprising that donald trump's tweet occurs the day before the attack comes out. >> reporter: trump today responding in a statement saying, quote, i had absolutely nothing to do with it. did not know about it and have not, as yet, read it. adding, quote, unlike lying ted cruz, i do not surround myself with political hacks and henchman and then pretend total innocence. cruz evadesing the question whether he could still support trump if he were the gop nominee. >> i don't make a habit out of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my family. >> this comes as the gop rivals have been sparring and sharply personal attacks involving their spouses. >> and to heidi, isn't she going to make an amazing first lady? >> reporter: campaigning side by side with his wife, cruz calling
out donald trump directly to the crowd. >> you know, in the last few days, donald trump has taken to attacking heidi. >> reporter: part of trump's attacks, a tweet threatening to spill the beans on heidi cruz and a retweet of a split screen image of his wife melania and heidi cruz with the kapcaption,e images are worth a thousand words. cruz looking to frame this as a pattern for trump. >> donald does seem to have an issue with women. donald doesn't like strong women. strong women scare donald. >> reporter: this isn't the first time trump has stirred up controversy with his comments about women, including fox news anchor megyn kelly. >> you can see there was blood coming out of her eyes. blood coming out of her, wherever. >> reporter: democratic rival hillary clinton. >> and hillary who has become very shrill. you know the word shrill? she's become shrill. >> reporter: the latest cnn/orc
poll shows that while 59% of republican women have a favorable view of trump, 39% have an unfavorable view. and his unfavorable mark jumps to 73% among registered women voters nationwide revealing how much of an uphill climb he could face in a general election if he emerges as the nominee. >> sunlen serfaty is with us. ted cruz is also doing something new to donald trump. he's going after him for his lighter schedule this week. >> that's right. this was largely overshadowed. but ted cruz brought the heat against donald trump for largely being absent from the campaign trail this week. cruz saying that trump is hiding out in trump tower, essentially picking these twitter fights from afar. trump has been spending time at his resort in florida. as of this time his next campaign event is not scheduled until tuesday here in wisconsin. >> how much campaign he's able
to suck up with 140-character tweets. joiningny conservative columnist kay league mcenany who supports donald trump and margaret hoover. kayleigh, a lot of times campaigns don't go anywhere near the tabloids. the tabloids report and put out the stuff they'll put out and campaigns stay focused. as a trump supporter, would you like to see donald trump just leave this be and stay away from it? can he resist it? >> yeah, i'd like to see him stay away from it. likewise i'd like to see cruz stay away from this. we just heard sunlen put tlth that package. it was largely the narrative of what's happening in the republican party. tit-for-tat back and forth between candidates sparring about their wives. meanwhile, three days ago we just saw 31 people die in brussels. this is what republicans need to be talking about. and right now republicans have
time to get in these spars and fights and they can largely emerge unscathed from this. if this continues, and certainly if this continues into the general election, hillary clinton will walk into the white house. republicans need to stop this. one of the candidates needs to say done with the attacks. let's talk about issues. i hope it's donald trump because that's who i support. this is really damaging to the republican party. >> margaret, it was ted cruz who brought it up today. not just that. he accused donald trump of planting the story in the tabloid. trump says he had nothing to do with it. so doesn't ted cruz need some proof for this kind of attack? >> it's sort of boggles the mind why he even mentioned it. it's a tabloid. the national enquirer is not one of the more reputable publications. you don't need to usually respond. so it sort of baffles me why he even bothered to stoop to their level and dignify the accusations by acknowledging and responding to that. but to something kayleigh just
said. not only do people want to be talking about the issues and how to fix the country and how to heal and repair the world. the candidates aren't doing that because donald trump has debased the good nature of political discourse. the constant attacks, the, you know, really from the beginning, the personal attacks, the innuendo. the terrible really negativity that is spewed from donald trump from the beginning is the reason that they are in the gutter right now. and the tone comes from the top on these guys. donald trump set the tone for this campaign. he's set the narrative. he's been the one who has brought everything down 100 notches. so to hear this argument that we should really move on to the subject, to the subject that will -- policy solutions that are really going to fix this country, is music to my ears. the candidate is not doing it. donald trump is not doing that. >> and it was the national enquirer, not the national review. i know you know that. >> it was the national enquirer.
>> what about margaret's point because you support donald trump yet he seems to do this a lot. it's not like this type of attitude and these types of comments are incidental to the focus of this campaign. he spends a lot of time on twitter. he spends a lot of time with these off-hand remarks. he retweeted the pictures of heidi cruz and melania. it's not like his hands are clean in this episode. >> sure. he should not have retweeted that picture of heidi cruz. heidi cruz is a great woman, and that should not have happened. where i would argue with margaret, we've seen a lot of people engage in very dirty politics. cruz sent out voter violation forms to iowa voters chastizing them in what looked like a legal reprimand for not voting. we saw him saying that ben carson exited the race before he did in an effort to get ben carson voters to get to his side. marco rubio came out and accused donald trump of urinating on a stage. this is not something that is solely donald trump's problem. this is something that someone
attacks someone else, they attack back, and we devolve into this fight, this mud slinging fight and need someone torqu emerge. it's not just donald trump. and to say that is disingenuous. >> how do you fix this? can this party get together before the convention in cleveland or after the cleveland convention? >> john, and kayleigh, you both know the problem here is there's a bully in the schoolyard. the bully is donald trump. donald trump has been bringing the level of discourse and the way this game is played down to just the most guttural and basic level. it's true. there is dirty politics. i'll give you that. it was coming from the cruz campaign. that is really different than the bullying and the pictures of heidi cruz and every -- all along the way, we know marco rubio really had significant missteps. that was because he was responding to the bully in the schoolyard. this is all the tone and tenor here has been set by the big guy in the room who is donald trump.
so it is on him to change the level of discourse and to unify the party. he's the art of the deal guy. he's the dealmaker. he's the one who has the power to change the tone and start bringing the party together. >> we've got a holiday weekend. let's hope it's all different on monday. kayleigh mcenany and margaret hoover, thanks. tune in this coming tuesday when ted cruz, john kasich and donald trump take questions in a cnn republican town hall. that's in milwaukee, moderated by anderson. that's tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. tonight we have some breaking news after the break. our first look at a picture of one of the brussels terror suspects. one we believe is on the run. this is a picture we have not seen before. and we also have a new name. take a look. we'll discuss right after the break. don't let dust and allergies get between you
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we have breaking news just in to cnn. a new photo. a new name in the brussels terror investigation and manhunt. paul cruickshank has been working his sources. got wired up and sat down here. paul, what are you learning? >> this picture was circulated on the day of the brussels attacks. wanted by european security
agencies. we've been told by a french source briefed on the investigation he was believed to be operationally involved in the brussels attacks. not clear whether he might have been the third so-called suicide bomber at the airport or the man seen on that cctv with the suicide bomber in the metro or neither of those places. but they believe that he was operationally involved in the brussels attacks. they fear he's armed and dangerous. his dna was recovered at the bomb factually in schaerbeek for the brussels attacks. it's not clear whether that's his real name or a name that he used to gain entry into europe. one line of inquiry is he entered europe through liros, the greek island of liros in september to come into europe.
one other detail we're learning from a source briefed by german investigators, and this is a big investigation right now, is that it's believed that salah abdeslam picked him up in a refugee center in olm, germany, on october 3rd and then drove him to brussels. this figure they believe is possibly played a key role in those brussels attacks. finding him is a matter of great urgency. this man is definitely one of the most wanted men in europe right now. >> naim al hamed. we don't know if that's his real name or if he was the third figure in the airport photo or the one seen in surveillance at the subway station. it's possible there are three fugitives or he could be one of the two they are hunting for right now. crucially, paul, if i was following your timeline. connection to salah abdeslam,
one of the paris attackers before the paris attacks. >> absolutely right. before the paris attacks, more than a month before the paris attack. this individual naim al hamed believed to have come to a refugee center in the german town of olm. there were a couple of the refugees at that center noticed had suddenly gone missing. at a certain point, german police went to that refugee center and showed this picture around. and a number of people there recognized he had been there. so this suggests that he had come through syria. lemond reporting he came through the greek island of liros in september. another person cited in liros was abdelhamid abaaoud, the leader of the attacks. and isis is sending their operatives through southern greece. >> a lot of commonality between
all of these plots. paul cruickshank, you can believe a lot of the raids probably searching for this man right here. thank you for this reporting and our first look at that photo of one of the most wanted men in europe. paul cruickshank, thank you. we'll take you to the front lines of the beefed up anti-terror measures here in new york. emergency roadside service and how it's available 24/7 and then our car overheated... what are the chances? can you send a tow truck please? uh, the location? you're not going to believe this but it's um... it's in a tree. i wish i was joking, mate, but it's literally stuck in a tree. (car horn honking) a chainsaw? no, no, all we really need is a tow truck. day or night, geico's emergency roadside service is there for you. defiance is in our bones. citracal pearls. delicious berries and cream. soft, chewable, calcium plus vitamin d.
want to recap the news paul cruickshank just broke. a new photo and name obtained by cnn of what authorities are calling an operational member of the team that carried out the brussels suicide bombings. he is still at large believed to be very dangerous. we do not know whether this is his real name you are looking at or some kind of alias. we do not know whether he's the man in the hat at the airport video or a completely new figure. we'll update you as we get more information on this as it comes in. meantime, here in new york, thousands of extra police officers have been deployed across the city since the brussels attacks. the reinforcements include newly minted members of the k9 unit.
here's randi kaye. >> reporter: it's a busy afternoon in new york city's times square. a high-profile area long considered a target for terrorism. but if someone was looking to set off a bomb here, these dogs may sound the alarm earlier than ever before. and they're no ordinary bomb-sniffing dogs. they are what's called vapor weight dogs. trained not only to sniff out bombs in bags, but to pick up the scent or vapor of a bomb as it walks through the air. something the human nose can't detect. >> very function of these wonderful, wonderful dogs is, in fact, to protect against exactly what happened in belgium. >> reporter: even on a busy new york city street, these dogs can pick up the scent of a bomb in the air. the vapor they recognize could come from a person's clothing. perhaps the bombmaker who walks by them or from a backpack which may contain the bomb. the dogs were trained at auburn university. we visited the university after
the 2013 boston marathon bombing to see the training firsthand. the point of a vapor weight dog is to detect the vapor of the bomb, if you will, before it's placed somewhere where it might explode. to catch it before that. >> exactly correct. your standard bomb dog, explosive detector dog is primed on looking at an object, a backpack that's placed everywhere. a vapor weight dog's ability is to detect the odor coming off of that backpack on the back of someone as they carry it. >> amazing. >> and to follow that plume or vapor. >> reporter: this video from the university shows a vapor weight dog in action once he catches the odor in the air, watch how he never lets up. there are eight vapor weight dogs now deployed to protect soft targets in the new york city area. they just graduated the nypd's training this week. and each is named after a fallen nypd officer.
>> in a world where suicide bombings continue to be the weapon of choice for terrorists throughout the world, the crc's capability to deploy these vapor weight dogs is more important than ever before. >> reporter: these pups are always working. zigzagging through the crowds, sniffing everyone and everything they come into contact with, including our camera. if one of these dogs does pick up the scent of a bomb, he can follow the plume or bomb vapor up to the length of several football fields. if the vapor leads him to a suspect, he will stop when the suspect stops and sit down to alert his handler. why are these dogs so good at their jobs? because their nose has 220 million cells to pick up a cent compared to 5 million in the human nose. in the world of counterterrorism, they are truly man's best friend. randi kaye,