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new terror raids and arrests across europe as investigators hunt for the two surviving bombers. tensions over terrorize as protesters come in the city. and dozens dead and hundreds wounded as christians crowd a park on easter sunday. we are live with who is behind the deadly attack. isis pushed out of a key historic city. is the caliphate losing ground? good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alison kosik.
it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. new terror arrests across europe. many of them connected to the brussels and paris attacks suggesting the network is bigger than we knew. the manhunt for two suspects were still on the run. tension rising in belgium. protesters storming the memorial site for brussels victims clashing with riot police who pushed them back with water cannons. we are learning more about the four americans killed in the brussels attacks, including justin and stephanie shults. cnn's michael holmes is in brussels with the latest on the investigation and who was arrested where and what led authorities to them. good morning, michael. >> reporter: alison, you make a good point. it's hard to keep up now with who is getting picked up and
where. a number of countries involved in europe in arrests. i can tell you here in brussels on sunday, there were 13 new raids. here alone, more people taken into custody to be questioned as part of the investigations into the attacks. one case in particular after a tip-off from investigators, we saw a 32-year-old french citizen in the netherlands picked up in roterdam. and that tied to another arrest of another man. reda kriket picked up last week in france. he was described as being in the advanced stages of planning a terror attack in france. this was after in algerian picked up in italy over the weekend accused of making false documents for those involved in the belgium attacks and also paris. this is showing the breadth and complexity of the isis
sympathizers and part of the europe wide cell or network. you mentioned on sunday the ugly scenes of the nationalists who turned up at the place delaborse. they confronted muslim women in the crowd. you saw some of them making nazi salutes. we saw them walking on the flowers at the memorial. riot police knew the guys were on the way. eventually water cannons were used at one point. we did see it diffuse. embl emblematic of what we have seen of growing right wing socially and politically those people oppose, sometimes fiercely the migrant and refugee populations in the communities. let's remember, we did see
similar protests after the paris attacks last year. all very worrying. >> those protests in brussels disturbing to say the least. michael, thank you. cnn will take you inside the inner circle of salah abdeslam and his suicide bomber brother rahim. video shows them in a nightclub months before the attacks. that is coming in 20 minutes. a splinter group of the taliban claiming responsibility for a suicide blast that killed 69 people. many women and children. a spokesman for the group says it intentionally targeted christians in the park in the city of lahore gathered to celebrate easter. for the latest, let's bring in ravi from new delhi. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the group that claimed responsibility for the attack is
calling itself a group that recently split away from the pakistani taliban. the debate at the heart of the taliban over how to attack pakistanis and when to attack them. this particular group is on the extreme side of the debate. it picked easter sunday, a holiday for minority group in pakistan. christians form just 2% of pakistan population. it staged near a playground. the victims were a number of women and children. and now horrified of the scope and scale of the attack as they continue to count the bodies. the attack took place at sunday at 6:45 p.m. it took place in the city of lahore. that is bordering india. this city is a major city for pakistanis. it is part of pinjab. it is also the city from which
pakistan's prime minister shariff is from. this group can attack anywhere and at anytime. a really tragic day for pakistanis as they count the costs and wait for response from the government as to how they will fight back. >> targeting a park near a playground on easter sunday. ravi, thank you. the ancient city of palmyra is back under control of syria. a triumph for bashar al assad. the u.n. praising the liberation of palmyra. cnn's arwa damon tracking the latest from istanbul. we know the significance of palmyra coming back to the syrian government. away from isis forces.
the question is how long can syrian forces actually hold on to palmyra. >> reporter: that is one of the key questions here and the other thing that all of this under scores is just how useful russian support has been to the syrian government. somebody that president bashar al assad is not shying away from stating. saying the government's ability to retake palmyra proves that russia is a more dependable ally than the united states. and it goes to show that russia and the syrian regime strategy is more effective than the u.s. coalition and allies. that is a key thing that allowed the regime to retake the key area. the city itself. also the ruins declared a unesco heritage site and ones that have seen destruction at the hands of
isis that went in and blew up old temples and centuries old ruins. this is an area that is strategically located to a degree on the route that leads to the isis strong hold. this doesn't mean we should deceive ourselves that isis is on the run or back foot. it still controls plenty of territory and areas and significant cities both in syria and iraq. symbolically speaking, this is a big morale boost for the bashar al assad regime for the russians and sends that message as we have been saying russia, according to the syrians is proving to be a more effective ally than the united states. this is something that will resonate with the groups that the u.s. is trying to support on the ground. many have been critical of the
u.s. support. saying america is not doing enough and allowing them to lose territory to the assad regime. it is still a complicated battle field. this does not mean isis is on the way to being defeated. for the assad regime. it is a big victory. >> thank you, arwa damon. syrian militia groups, armed by the pentagon and others by cia are fighting each other. that shows how little control they have over factions and tra training. the fighting has intensified in northern aleppo. this as the u.s. announced a top commander has been killed in an air strike by u.s. special operations forces. he was arrested the top financier. dozens of world leaders will
meet with president obama later this week with the goal of wiping out isis. the fourth and final nuclear summit beginning thursday with the special session on preventing isis on obtaining chemical or radiological weapons. the president will meet with president ky and hold talks. and presidential frontrunners blaming each other for a nasty tabloid story. this race getting dirtier over the weekend. that's next.
good morning. new in the race for president. democratic contender bernie sanders challenging hillary clinton to a debate in new york before the primary on april 18th. sanders telling "meet the press" saying he is concerned that clinton won't debate him because she's far ahead in the delega delegates. today, hillary clinton begins a two-day push in wisconsin.
the next state to hold a primary on april 5th. sanders' campaigns there tomorrow. the mud slinging in the republican race is getting dirtier. cnn's chris frates has the latest. >> reporter: bernie sanders swept hillary clinton on saturday beating her in washington, hawaii and alaska. those were must-win states. it gives him enough delegates to keep him in the hunt. those delegates are awarded proportionately. so to figure out where things stand, let's go to the numbers. going into saturday, sanders trails clinton by 300 delegates. with the sweeping wins, sanders still lags clinton by 240. he was only able to make up 60 delegates with his wins on saturday. still some unaccounted for that
will go into sanders' column. going forward, sanders will need to continue to put up big wins. he has to win 75% of the delegates left. 75% is a really high bar. clinton needs to win just 35% of the delegates remaining to become the nominee. this weekend on the gop side, the race is largely quiet because candidates were taking a break for easter. the feud with donald trump and ted cruz has gotten personal with the candidates wives dragged into the fight. ted cruz has been blaming donald trump for playing a supermarket tabloid story about him. that's a charge that trump has denied. alison and christine. >> thank you, chris. speaking of the tabloid story. trump is not condemning the story or saying where he believes it's true. he calls the suggestion that the story was planted by the trump campaign disgraceful.
the texas senator is not backing down. >> this story is garbage. it is tabloid smear. it came from donald trump and his henchmen. the only one quoted there is roger stone. >> they have a parting of ways. we don't know exactly what the relationship is. he has been linked with mr. trump. >> they have had a parting of ways. roger stone remains the henchman for donald trump. he has been pushing them for months online. these are complete made up lies. they're garbage. >> i don't care. "the national enquirer" did a story. it was about ted cruz. i have no idea whether it was right or not. they have a very good record of being right. i have absolutely no idea. frankly i said i hope it's not right. >> trump is threatening to sue
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exclusive look inside the lives of six suspected terrorists in the paris attacks. we have video of them participating in illegal poker games and in a club. we will go live to brussels and bring in nina dos santos. it is extraordinary what is involved in their lives. >> reporter: these two attackers had before they fell in the grips of isis. two agreed to share their
stories here at cnn. this is what they had to say about the brothers before they started to change. >> salah took care of himself. funny. bit of a ladies man. wasn't unusual for him to have a drink or two. he didn't go out and get drunk. >> ibrahim was intelligent and also better behaved. >> reporter: christine, soon after those pictures were taken in that nightclub, those two friends say the abdeslam brothers started to change. ibrahim stopped drinking before salah. they also said they had no idea they would go on to commit the
attacks. and one thing which is concerning for the belgian authorities in molenbeek in brussels. it is asleepy suburb of the town. one is still on the run as a fugitive and two suicide bombers. despite the individuals have been in and out of jail and had various brushes with the law, they say the police have never interviewed them about what they know about the paris attackers. >> fascinating video. thank you for that, nina. arrests across four countries and europe as the terror network widens. could it be larger than previously known? that's next.
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europe. new raids and arrests linked to the brussels attacks. what investigators are now revealing as protests erupt in the city. dozens killed and hundreds wounded as terrorists target christians at a crowded park. we are live with who is behind the easter bomb blast. isis pushed out of a key historic syrian city. is the caliphate losing ground? we are live with what this means on the war on isis. welcome back to "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm christine romans. many terror attacks suggesting the network is bigger. the manhunt expanding for two brussels bombing suspects. tension in belgium.
protesters storming the memorial site clashing with riot police. we are learning more about the americans killed. including justin and stephanie shults. the families received condolence calls from the president yesterday. we have cnn's michael holmes with more on what led authorities to them. good morning, michael. >> reporter: hi, christine. you have counterterror agencies across europe on high alert. here in brussels on sunday alone, there were 13 new raids. there were more people taken into custody. all of this part of the investigation into the brutal attacks here nearly a week ago. also, after a tip-off from french investigators, we saw the arrests of a 32-year-old french citizen in the netherlands on sunday. holland. that arrest is tied to the
arrest of another man we reported on before, reda kriket. he was picked up in france last week and described in the advanced stages of planning another terror attack in france. then you have the algerian who was picked up in italy over the weekend. accused of making false documents. he was wanted before the brussels attacks. this shows the breadth and complexity of the web of isis operatives and sympathizers across europe. you mentioned sunday those ugly scenes at the memorial here in the place de la borst. they were confronting muslim women in the crowds. you saw the very ugly side of some of them making nazi salutes. the interesting thing is they were expected. they came in from out of town. the police escorted them here to
the square. it was all free speech situation for them. then riot police turned up and water cannons used to get them back out. it was diffused. there was pushing and shoving. it is emblematic of what we have seen. those who oppose the refugee population in their own communities. christine. >> really is ugly moment there. let's talk about the two suspect in the brussels attacks. still on the run. what can you tell us about the manhunt? >> reporter: it continues. all sorts of speculation in the belgian press about man number three at the airport. still looking for him. and the metro attack. the second bomb that took place. there was another man there other than the primary bomber.
police said they have been looking for them as well. maybe he was blown up as well in the bombing. those attacks continue. at least a dozen suspects that intelligence organizations are looking to catch up and talk about brussels and also the attacks in paris last year. at last you might be starting to see cooperation and coordination. you have one continent. the european community and extraordinary scenes of not talking to each other. counterterrorism groups. in brussels, in paris, you have groups within paris. security groups within paris not talking to each other. all that will have to change. it will have to be fundamental change. >> sooner rather than later. michael holmes, thank you. cnn takes you inside the inner circle of the paris attacks suspects salah abdeslam
and his brother ibrahim. look at the video of them partying in a nightclub a couple months before the attack. the splinter group of the taliban claiming responsibility for a suicide blast that killed at least 69 people. many of them women and children. a spokesperson for the group said it intentionally targeted a park in the city of lahore gathered to celebrate easter. let's bring in cnn's ravi agriwal. ravi, was there any indication or warning because i know pakistani security forces stepped up the campaign over the past two years over extremist groups. >> reporter: alison, no warning for the attack. very little security at the park in lahore where the attack took place. by all accounts, it took people unaware. it was easter sunday.
many people at the park were christians. many were muslims as well. most appalling, it was right near a playground and near an amusement park. many victims are children and women. that death toll of 69 could rise further. the number of wounded is up close to 300. the latest we have this morning is that pakistan army says it is looking into operations against this particular group and it is also saying it is closed all parks in the city of lahore today as it monitors the situation. this is not the first time this particular group attacked in pakistan or in the city of lahore or christians. one year ago it attacked churches in the same city. this group has a history of attacking churches and christians and people in lahore. it is not letting up, alison. >> ravi, how is the government expected to react to the latest
attack? >> reporter: the government's had an ongoing campaign against the taliban for years now. the problem is there are many factions. this is one faction of extremist groups. it has no qualms of attacking women and children in any city. they have mostly been going after them in the mountains of the northwest. it is more difficult to go after them in the city like lahore. >> what a horrific attack on such a holy holiday. ravi agrawal, thank you. the ancient city of palmyra is back under control of the syrian government. isis occupied palmyra for most of the past year. the extremists have been driven
out and triumph for bashar al assad. the u.n. praising the liberation of palmyra and calling on assad to restore it. cnn's arwa damon is tracking the latest from istanbul. the question is how tenuous is the syrian government grip on the ancient city. >> reporter: as long as they have the russians backing them, it seems the syrian regime should be able to keep control of palmyra and they're making no qualms about trying to hide reality it is because of the russian strikes they were able to retake it. hundreds of them reportedly taking place with russian strikes in the days leading up to the syrian forces along with the militias being able to move in and recapture the city and the ruins of palmyra, unesco heritage sites.
some of which have been damaged and destroyed by isis. this is a strategic gain for the regime, but not one that is necessarily going to lead to the imminent defeat of isis. they still control plenty in syria and iraq. it is a highly symbolic one. one sure to boost morale of regime forces and also one that is allowing bashar al assad to continue to put forward the notion that russia is a much better battle field ally than the united states. it is in fact because of the russian air strikes that the syrian regime has been able to maybe significant gains not just with palmyra, but other parts of the country as well. that being said, though, it is important to emphasize that while strategic, yes, because it is located along the route of
homs, the isis strong hold, this does not necessarily mean that isis is on its back foot. to make that assumption would potentially be dangerous. >> arwa damon, thank you. syrian militia groups are now fighting each other. critics say that highlights how little control u.s. officials have over the factions they are fighting and training. the fighting has intensified over the past few months in aleppo. this as the pentagon announces a top isis commander has been killed in an air strike in eastern syria. al-qaduli was companied the group's top financier. the race for president in the u.s. is getting uglier as
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welcome back. new in the race for president. bernie sanders challenging frontrunner hillary clinton to a debate in new york before the primary on april 19th. sanders saying he is concerned clinton won't debate him because she's far ahead in the race for delegates. today, hillary clinton begins a two-day push in wisconsin. the next state to hold a primary on april 5th. sanders campaigns there tomorrow. meantime, the mud slinging in the republican race is getting dirtier. cnn's chris frates has latest. >> reporter: good morning, alison and christine. bernie sanders swept hillary clinton by wide margins on
saturday beating the frontrunner in washington and alaska and hawaii. it keeps him in the hunt for president. remember, the delegates are awarded proportionately. despite losing, clinton put points on the board. to figure out where things stand, let's go into saturday's contest. sanders trailed clinton by 300 pledged delegates. with the win yesterday, sanders lagged clinton by 240 delegates. he made up 60 delegates with the wins on saturday. there are still some unaccounted for, but he won't make huge gains. going forward, sanders will need to continue to put up really big wins. he has to win 75% of the delegates left to clinch the nomination. 75% is a really high bar. clinton for her part, needs to win just 35% to become the
nominee. this weekend on the gop side. the race is quiet because candidates were taking a break from campaigning for easter. the feud with trump and cruz is personal with the candidates wives dragged into the fight. ted cruz has been blaming donald trump for planting a supermarket tabloid story about him. that is a charge trump has denied. back to you. >> thanks, chris. trump is not condemning the "national inquienquirer" story. he calls the suggestion that cruz calls it planted by the trump campaign disgraceful. >> this story is garbage. it is tabloid smear and it came from trump and his henchmen. the only person quoted on the record is roger stone. this is the kind of lies and sleaze. >> they did have a parting of ways. we don't know what the relationship is.
he has been linked with mr. trump. >> they haven't had a parting of ways. roger stone is the henchmen for donald trump. he's pushing these attacks. he has been pushing them for months online. these are complete made up lies. >> i don't care. really i don't care. "the national enquirer" did a story. it was about ted cruz. i have no idea if it was right or not. they have a very good record of being right. i have absolutely no idea. i hope it's not right. >> trump is also threatening to sue over the louisiana primary. tweeting this, just to show you how unfair republican politics can be. i win the state of louisiana and get less delegates are cruz. lawsuit coming. and a new grand child this morning. ivanka on the birth of her third
child. a boy named theodore. trump's eighth grand child. the final three candidates will be in milwaukee for the town hall moderated by anderson cooper. 50 minutes past the hour. let's get an early start on your money. california could be the first state with a $15 minimum wage. a tentative deal to raise the rate to $15 next year. they would see the increase to $15 in california by the year 2022. business was fewer than 25 employees would get an extra year to comply with each hike. future minimum wage increases would be linked to inflation. the governor's office tells cnn no comment. stay tuned. the wage increase was set to become a ballot initiative in november. this deal would end that. however, some lawmakers are
concerned how small businesses would deal with those increases. the president's supreme court nominee judge merrick garland is attempting to break through the ice surrounding the confirmation process by meeting with five more senators this week. the group is mark kirk of illinois. the first republican to sit down with the nominee. kirk is breaking ranks saying the vacancy on the high court should be filled by the next president. activists suing to stop north carolina from enforcing a law to prevent cities for passing the anti-discrimination laws against gays. the acla will announce the lawsuit today. it prohibits the restroom for those who identify with transgender. this year alone, north carolina,
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in nina dos santos. nina, this is video showing the bombers partying it up before they killed over 100 people. >> reporter: that's right. this is interesting, alison. what it shows is an exclusive insight into the lives these young men had before they fell into the clutches of isis. what you are seeing here is video of ibrahim and his brother, salah abdeslam. ibrahim was a suicide bomber who blew himself up in the cafe in november of last year. salah abdeslam is the only suspected terrorist in that cell that was taken into custody. these were taken eight months before they committed the attacks. the people who gave these pictures to me described under assumed identities, i must point out, they described a picture of
normal young youths who liked to party and flirt and party with girls. completely different figures from the radicals they said they would expect to engage in these attacks. here is the worrying bit, alison. these individuals who i spoke to did not just know the abdeslam brothers. they knew four more implicated in the attacks. including one person on the run and another suicide bomber who took part in the paris attacks. the question this morning is belgian authorities, despite knowing these individuals, have not questioned them about what they knew about the abdeslam brothers. >> so many missed opportunities. nina dos santos, thank you. 58 minutes past the hour. an early start on your money. dow futures are higher. oil back up near $40 a barrel. stocks in asia mixed overnight.
most stock markets are closed today in europe in observance of easter monday. the s&p 500 went negative for the year. nasdaq is down 5% for the year. more companies are now pressuring georgia's governor urging him to veto a religious freedom bill. weinstein will take its business out of georgia. apple and other tech companies call it discrimination. nfl says signing it law jeopardizes atlanta's chance to host a super bowl. disney and amc say productions are threatening to move out of georgia if the bill is law. the hollywood businesses georgia had wooed are threatening to stop filming. 248 production shoots last year. tax breaks can cover up to 30% of production expenses.
this is the free exercise protection act designed to give faith based organizations to deny services to gay people. doing so would infringe on religious freedom. they are inundating the governor's office saying sign it. the hollywood of the south are saying don't sign it. a lot of pressure on the governor. "early start" continues now. >> new terror raids and arrests across europe as investigators hunt for the two surviving brussels bombers. protests erupt in the city as tensions over terrorize. we have new information. dozens dead. hundreds wounded as a taliban bomb targets christians in a crowded park on easter sunday. we are live. isis pushed out of