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the united states. getting ready for battle. joint iraqi forces prepare to take back one of the country's largest city from isis. back to the drawing board. talks move to london after no major breakthrough in switzerland. and donald trump says he and hillary clinton should go through a different kind of test before the next debate. welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm paula newton, "cnn newsroom" starts right now. the battle o for mosul
appears imminent in iraq. several are poised trying to take it back. the iraqi air force dropped leaflets on the city warning residents to stay in their homes and avoid isis positions. the leaflets also promise it's victory time. we're going to hear the latest on the plan to retake most you will. what a difference this time. they're going in some complex terrain, isis a hardened enemy, yet they seem much more confident. >> reporter: yes. you have to keep in mind what's happened over the last two years in iraq. back in june of 2014, when isil took over mosul, it was an absolute utter defeat for the iraqi armed force the and they lost one city after another.
tikrit, fallujah. now the tide has turned. the iraqi armed forces joined by kurdish fighters, supported by the u.s.-led coalition, have retaken all of those cities. the iraqi army is much better prepared, experienced, they're battle hardened. this is in a sense the final battle for isis in iraq. still holds towns south of -- you have also at the same time something else going on in syria. you have -- it was where a battle will occur at the ends of days.
there, turkish backed free syrian fighters are about to take the city. isis is about to receive a body blow to its global jihadist ambitions. the iraqi army, kurdish fighters are a raid around the city. tens of thousands of fighters ready to go in. we understand there was intense bombardment not only by -- also by u.s. artillery of areas in and around mosul in preparation for this battle. the inhabitants of that city, which ones had a population of 2 million, now perhaps 700,000 to a million. they are preparing for this battle. some are digging bomb shelters in their basements. others are stocking up food. because everybody knows what's coming. isis knows what's coming as well. they've made it clear that anybody who tries to abandon the city without permission will be executed. 14 isis members were executed
yesterday. however, they have told wounded isis fighters that they can leave and we understand early yesterday morning, six bus loads full of isis members, women and children left mosul presumably for iraq a. paula. >> in terms of what's going on now, a couple of questions. what defense does isis have against all of this and how will that end up in sparing the civilians? a lot of people commented even a victory for the iraqi military could mean a lot of suffering for the civilians still caught up there. >> no question about it. we've seen time and time again, for instance in fallujah in june was using thousands of people as human shields as iraqi forces tried to retake the city. what isis is doing at the moment, they've released many prisoners, people held for
crimes such as smoking a cigarette, not wearing proper clothing or shaving, they've released these prisoners and made them -- or helped dig a network of tunnels and trenches around the city which are typical defensive measures by isis. of course, they're operating from within the civilian areas. that's the worry. as it battle intensifies it will become street to street fighting and people are living in those houses among them and have little in the way of protection or support. so it definitely will be a messy and possibly prolonged battle. paula? >> we shall see. ben wedeman there awaiting an iraqi operation. i'm joined via skype in paris, the author of isis, a
history. if we take what many hope will be the last chapter of that isis histo history, what can we expect to see here? are you confident that the iraqi military is in a much better position to deal a real death blow to isis here? >> yes, i think they're much more prepared and much more in a better position than it was when mosul fell in june 2014. the question, paula, is not whether mosul will -- not only for the iraqi army but for its allies, the kurds and other militias, but how long it will take. will it take a few weeks? will it take a few months? and also, a very important question, is the post isis -- will the iraqi army and the iraqi government be able to provide reconstruction for the
800,000 civilians in mosul. will the iraqi army and its allies, the kurds and others in iraq be able to put the iraqi house together? i think this is the question. the americans have invested a great deal. not only in the training of the iraqi army, not only in positioning major american military assets in terms of special forces, but also the americans have invested a great deal of time trying to bridge the divide between the iraqi government and the kurds. between the turkish government and the iraqi government. trying to impress on the iraqi government the need for a very important post reconstruction plan to provide medical supplies to the civilians in mosul. all in all, i think it seems to me that isis is on the retreat. isis is besieged. it realizes this will be the last battle, the last major
battle in mosul. mosul is the second largest iraqi city. this is the capital, the de facto catch tal. if mosul falls in the next few weeks or months, this would mean the end of the territorial khalifa. it will be dismantled, in particular, with the fall of iraq and -- in the next few months. >> that is so important. even though isis is likely to continue on in the months and years to come as a terrorist group, you make an important point about winning not just the war but the peace right now in terms of trying to retake mosul. we have sunni arab and shia militias working together. what gave you confidence that they have it right this time? what happens post an isis
victory? -- victory against isis? >> i think you're asking a very important question, paula. i think there are major differences. to constituencies, as soon as they have a major -- in this particular deficit, trust has not been -- failed so far. even though both sides realize that isis is the enemy of all iraqis, the kurds and the iraqi government now seem to be walking together and both sides are coordinating their efforts. there's a major probable plem between the turkish government and the -- the obama administration has been working hard to -- all in all, the
morning after, it seems to me, the morning after the fall of mosul will tell us a great deal about whether the differences -- >> we seem to have lost him -- >> to be able to -- >> there's technical difficulty. but i think we understand what he's saying. the morning after, winning that peace is just as important as winning this battle against isis. turning to syria. syrian rebel fighters backed by turkey are advancing on the isis-held town in northern syria near the turkish border. appears in some islamic prophecies as the sign of a battle between christians and muslims. isis named the magazine, the beast. rebels have taken control of villages around there. a 5,000 square kilometer area, the safe zone and clear of terror. major powers are working on a cease-fire for syria.
a meeting in saturday inded without breakthroughs. the u.s., iran and turkey were involved in those meetings. we're joined live from istanbul. we heard extensively from switer land, ian, that expectations should continue to be low. it was described as a brainstorming session. if you look at your social media feed, you will see that the people of aleppo right now at this minute are still having to endure an awesome and bomba bombardment while they toil and talk in switzerland and london. >> reporter: yeah, paula. we saw that uptick in aleppo after the last cease-fire fell apart. people in aleppo will be watching what happens in switzerland and hoping, if they do have some sort of agreement or -- that yesterday's talks didn't bring about an agreement.
but if they have another agreement it remains in place and doesn't fall apart. due to the level of violence we've seen afterwards. the talks in geneva, there weren't any great expectations. both sides played down what was going to be accomplished there. although they said they want to have some sort of agreement, some sort of cessation of hostiliti hostilities. possibly getting aid in there. this was a skinny down talks. only the major players as well as arab middle eastern countries were also in these talks. i said so that they could really get to the heart of the issues. but right now, both sides just not able to see eye to eye. >> we shall see if they can carve any path forward on an agreement. thanks, ian lee. another wikileaks e-mail
new poll from the "washington post" and news shows hillary clinton leading donald trump by four points. now, she's up 47 to 43% among likely voters. polling was conducted during what may be the most controversial stretch of trump's campaign. but 64% of respondent say trump's lewd remarks about women caught on tape will not affect their vote. trump is calling for a drug test prior to the next presidential debate. republican candidate is suggesting that clinton took performance enhancers to improve her debate performances. it's not the first time he's questioned her health or stamina without evidence before.
but it is a whole new line of attack. >> i think we should take a drug test prior to the debate. i do. i think we should -- why do we do that? we should take a drug test prior because i don't know what's going on with her, but at the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning and at the end, it was like take me down. she could barely reach her car. so i think we should take a drug test. anyway, i'm willing to do it. >> he's willing to do it. the clinton campaign called the allegation a shameful attempt to undermine the election. another woman is accusing donald trump of unwanted sexual advances bringing the total number of accusers to at least nine women. kathy heller tells the guardian, the incident happened about 20 years ago at trump's mar-a-lago
resort in florida. it's not been independently confirmed. the trump campaign said the media has gone too far in making this false accusation. there's no way something like this would have happened in a public place on mother's day at mr. trump's resort. it would have been the talk of palm beach for the past two decades. reality is this. for the media to wheel out of a politically motivated democratic activist with a legal dispute against the same resort owned by trump should be embarrassed for elevating this claim. after hillary clinton resisted for months the release of -- by goldman sachs, seems like wikileaks has done it for you. it talks about wall street's role in financial regulations,
relations with russia and wikileaks itself. remarks at a goldman sachs event clinton joked that she had to smooth things over with the leaders after the release of nsa documents. clinton says it was painful. leaders who shall remain nameless and characterized as vain, egotistical, power hungry, et cetera, i had to go and say, our ambassadors, they get carried away. they want to be literary people. they go off on tangents. what can i say? i had grown men cry. i mean, literally. now, for more than a week wikileaks has been releasing e-mails it hacked from clinton's campaign chairman, john podesta. one main demographic where donald trump needs to rally support, we've been saying this for many months, is women. as our dana bash reports, the campaign is using the best weapon it has to try and do that. >> donald trump gets the raucous
crowd but his daughter's trip on the trail is speaking volumes. ivanka trump's whirlwind tour. in the suburbs of philadelphia. >> i wouldn't be able to go into the office every day if i didn't have a safe place to bring my child. >> she played it very safe. fielding several of the same softballs at multiple events. why she thinks her father would make a good president. then ignoring our attempts to ask questions. first in chester county. >> ivanka what was your reaction when you heard your father's case? >> then in delaware county. >> she preaches to the choir. pennsylvania women already all in for trump, despite his lewd language caught on tape and the new multiple allegations of groping. >> i'm voting for donald trump. you sound a little reluctant when you say that. >> it's been a hard road. >> he wasn't saying what he does
to women, per se. i think he was bragging. >> team trump is hoping local media coverage will help with the political rally not reflected inside these suburban philly events. gop officials privately tell us that donald trump's 2005 comments hurt him here, especially among women. a new poll shows him trailing by a whopping 43% among female voters in the suburbs of philadelphia. >> the suburbs of philadelphia. >> donald trump is the right person to get things done. >> a group called women for trump is feverishly trying to do that, even those not thrilled with his behavior. >> i'm a feminist. of course it bothered me. however, the topics facing this country are far greater than the words on that tape. >> on the suburban philadelphia streets, some female trump supporters are motivated by
their opposition to hillary clinton. >> i think she's a liar. i think she's a fraud. i think she covers up a lot of things. >> the owner of this yoga studio in westchester, p.a., says her female clients are more likely to vote hillary. >> hearing a lot of women that are really starting to dig their heels in and feel 'em bourd about themselves based upon what's happening in the campaign. >> even some who say she's hardly their first choice. >> if it were any other republican candidate, maybe i would try to write bernie in. it's not the time for a protest vote. democrats at this clinton phone bank say trump is making their job easier. >> a number of people have said to me, i'm going to hold my nose and vote for secretary clinton has turned into steadfast support. >> the question is whether ivanka or any trump can turn that around in under four weeks.
dana bash, melbourne, pennsylvania. now, a landmark climate agreement was reached in rue wanda on saturday. derek van dam is with us. this is obviously the pollutants from air conditioners and refrigerators. you would think we would have handled this. >> you would think due to the protocols set back in the '90s. the fluorocarbons were detrimental no the ozone layer above us. scientists introduced an option, a substitution to the cscs. because we'll get rid of the cscs, but we still have to cool our homes and our refrigerators. we need our food to stay good and not spoil in a refrigerator. they introduced what is called hfs. hydrofloral carbons.
i'll refer to it as hfc. you need to understand this. it's fascinating to see what's actually happened. now that the scientists have gotten away from the cscs and brought in the substitute hfcs, they've noticed all right, congratulations, we're no longer harming the ozone layer. it took them years to determine that the hfcs were a significant heat-trapping greenhouse gas, similar to carbon dioxide. but 10 to 100 times more potent in trapping heat where we don't need it. you've heard of global warming and global climate change. carbon dioxide contributes to that. that's a greenhouse gas. so is hfcs. we needed to eradicate those. a group of countries have gotten together, dozens of countries, this is an amendment to the montreal protocol set in the '80s. they said if we can decrease our
hfcs by 10% through 2019, being the european union and the united states. some of the biggest polluters in the world, we have the potential to decrease global warming by the end of the century by half a degree celsius. the previous in paris -- trying to reduce by at least 2 degrees celsius. considering nine of the ten last -- warmest years have occurred since the year 2000. we're starting to see this link between extreme weather events and global warming. take what's happening across the pacific northwest. oregon getting hammered by storm after storm after storm. you can see the damage left by what is called a significant low pressure that bombs out over the pacific ocean and uprooted, dozens and dozens of trees. it's left knaus without power in oregon. >> historic weather events like
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are standing by to take back mosul and other cities. they've dropped thousands of leaflets warning residents to remain inside their homes and avoid isis positions. another woman accused donald trump of sexual assault, make the total at least nine. kathy heller says the republican candidate kissed her without her consent at his resort in florida 20 years ago. trump says there's no way the story is true. another release of e-mails hacked by wikileaks reports to show the transcripts of speeches hillary clinton gave at goldman sachs events. it shows her discussing their role in financial regulations, regulation with russia and the clinton campaign has not confirmed the authenticity of them. the royal secession will be smooth. the country's prime minister
says the king died this past week after 70 years on the throne. he was seen as a stabilizing influence. 21 school girls are expected to reunite with their families sometime soon. boko haram released them on thursday. david mckenzie joins us live with an update. david, they still haven't been reunited with their families. what do we know about their condition? >> reporter: well, we saw those pictures of them coming to the area. they looked safe, certainly emotional and happy to be in safety here in the capital. it does point to the difficult, terrible conditions they were held by boko haram. and those areas of the northeast that the isis linked group still controls. we expect the family members to be coming one by one, getting to
have that emotional reunion with their loved ones. with those 21 girls, now women, who were taken more than two years ago from chibok. now some have come home and one source close to the negotiations saying that the negotiations will continue next week. they are hopeful they can get more girls back, but they're negotiating for around 83, they say, the fate of more than 100 girls in captivity is unclear and certainly it will severe worries among those campaigning for their return. paula? >> whether or not money was paid. whether or not commanders were released and the fact that right now the government apparently isn't negotiating for all the missing girls. what happened?
>> reporter: as i said, they're negotiating for those girls that boko haram says they can bring back. it's unclear if others have tragically been killed in the ongoing conflict in the northeast or if in fact, those girls have become radicalized or married off to commanders, which has been a theme we've seen many, many times. refocusing again on the 21 girls released. i want to put out another number. 75,000 children this year at risk of starvation because of a man made hunger in some pockets of famine that the u.n. and others are calling as a humanitarian -- in the northeast. that and being able to access many of the areas controlled by boko haram. as they push in deep into boko haram territory, they do see the awful humanitarian situation that's been caused by this ongoing conflict for several years. they're now being forced to take
helicopters into those zones to drop food aid and get life giving assistance. polio has had a resurgence in the northeast of nigeria and donors across the world willing to give money to the cause here, to try and save the lives. you know, while the outrage was around these girls and put a focus on the issue here, there's a larger scale problem going on in northeast nigeria that's severely underfunded and definitely unreported. >> it's more than 3 million people in the northeast there that are displaced. as you said, the aid communities have been very slow, unfortunately, in getting donors to get what they need there. they're talking about a widespread famine. yet, david, boko haram is still a menace in that area. it will continue to stalk those people, won't it? >> that's right.
throughout the region, it's still operating. it's not a fight that's over. you have had a lot of successes from this multinational force backed by the u.s. and other international actors moving in on the ground and in the air to stamp out the threat of boko haram. even if they manage to win that fight in the foreseeable future, what's left? you have a region that's been destabilized by this terror group. farmers implanted their seeds for several seasons, meaning people are food insecure. you have a portion of the country that in the past has been pushing for kind of isis-like caliphate and again, they created that in some level, boko haram did. the fallout of this whole -- will last for years and years and offer the worst effect for the women and children who have been killed, raped and abducted
in the thousands, not just the case of the chibok girls. all throughout the surrounding parts of neighboring countries. >> am 75,000 children at risk right now. david, appreciate it. u.s. officials say the destroyer u.s. s. mason fired countermeasures in the red sea saturday after what they believed to be missiles coming from a rebel held area in yemen. officials say it might have been a radar malfunction on the destroyer instead of an attack. the ship and its crew were not harmed. now, also in yemen, two americans held captive by rebels are now free. the u.s. citizens arrived in neighboring amman saturday. they've not released their names. the u.s. is calling for the release of any other americans who may still be held in yemen. a saudi u.s. led coalition
is taking responsibility for a deadly air strike in yemen's capital. the attack hit a funeral last saturday. you might remember the pictures. it killed more than 150 people, many civilians. investigators now say incorrect information led the coalition, which is fighting rebels, to wrongly target that funeral home and kill so many civilians. south korea says the intermediate range missile that north korea has fired saturday failed after launch. washington is calling on pyongyang to avoid -- the military is prepared for any other provocation. there may be more unedited damaging footage of dprup from his days on the apprentice. while the creator of the show won't release the tapes. plus, it's up to voters in one of the most important states of this or any other u.s. presidential election.
former staffers who worked on donald trump's show the apprentice say the leaked video of his lewd remarks on women is the type of the iceberg. what the show's creator says he can't legally release any of those outtakes. here's cnn contributor brian feldman. >> you're fired. >> donald trump had all of the power inside the boardroom. now mark burnett, the reality tv guru could hold trump's fate in his hand. rumors are swirling that out-takes from the apprentice are more explosive from this bombshell "access hollywood" tape. >> they let you do. you can do anything. >> and could make this casual sexist remark seem like nothing. >> but the apprentice raw
footage is unacceptable. nbc, which aired the show says burnett has it. burnett says he cannot legally share it. and mgm says it's restricted from releasing the material. >> eager to do -- >> this is contractual and common in hollywood. >> british born burnett is one of the biggest producers in town and has been friends with trump for years. >> my first thoughts ever about donald trump, i was selling t-shirts on venice beach reading this book, the art of the deal by donald trump. >> he wasn't selling t-shirts for long. his participation in a french adventure competition gave him the idea for survivor. the show was a hit. giving birth to a new genre. the voice and shark tank are among his other huge money makers. >> in 2004, burnett catapulted trump to tv stardom. >> generally mark wants me to do
exactly what i want to do. he's a good guy. >> when trump got married in 2005 owe o. >> my son cameron was the ring bearer at the wedding of donald and melania. in 2013, his wife, roma downey produced the bible, miniseries. >> it's a calling. >> faith could be one reason he denies a report calling him pro trump saying my wife and i reject the hatred, division and ma soj any that has been an unfortunate part of his campaign. >> what if it -- this reporter tells me she interviewed 20 former apprentice staff members say trump used uncomfortable sexist language. >> including talking about openly which females he would like to have sex with. we've heard a lot from the
candidates and the pundits. what about the voters. poppy harlow went to several states to see. no candidate has won the white house since winning that state since 1960. >> this neighborhood in cleveland, ohio, was one of the stroj he's for president obama in 2012. mitt romney did not get a single vote from people living in these homes. not one. people living here have been struggling economically for a long time. they still are. to so the question is, will they come out in droves for hillary clinton the way they did for president obama. >> hillary. >> hillary is the best candidate. >> that's a no-brainer. >> there have been decades of economic despair and a dwindling faith that politicians will help. >> i think the democratic platform is saying the same thing we have heard for the past 50 years.
over and over. >> war on poverty was declared. >> jeff crosby used to be in gangs. that landed him in prison. now he's working to keep kids from the same life he lived. >> it's one of the highest crime areas in cleveland. >> this is? >> yes. >> about ten gangs over here. what's up? i think the democratic party is taking us for granted. the republican party literally ignores us except for trump. he's striving to make inroads. but he's a polarizing figure. >> because he got money. that ain't everything. >> i'm willing to vote for a clown before donald trump. really. with a red nose. >> i do agree with republicans sometimes, but i don't agree with nothing that donald trump stands for. >> that brings us to the second part of this ohio chapter. 200 miles south. >> we're in pike county, ohio. this place matters a lot. not for the number of votes but
because of what it represents. it used to be solidly blue but it's been moving more and more red. in 2012, this was the closest county in the country. mitt romney won here by a single vote. just one vote. it's 96% white. largely blue collar and unemployment here is high. these are exactly the voters donald trump has been speaking to. with his message, if it isn't resonating here, he's in trouble. >> i'd say right now, you're looking at a coin toss. >> among union workers who, until now, have been solidly blue. have you ever seen anything like that before? >> donald trump says he's the one to bring these jobs back. he's the one to build up your industry. >> donald trump is saying that. that's total propaganda. where is his merchandise made? what does he have to offer to american industry? nothing. >> many here believe trump and see him as their best shot as getting ahead. since 2000, ohio has lost nearly
a third of its manufacturing jobs. >> got a lot of things that is amazing that he's telling us he can do for us. >> andrew shanks runs a real estate firm here. >> it means more jobs, more better paying jobs. >> you voted for president obama in 2008. >> yes, i did. >> but her faith in the obama administration has faded. >> i think frum trump is a businessman and the country is a business. >> when we met angie, she was leaning towards trump. now after the "access hollywood" tape surfaced, she's reconsidering. >> you're a lifelong democrat? >> yes. >> so you're voting for hillary this time around? >> no, i'm not. my dad is a coal miner. they put the coal miners out of work. >> we left ohio asking this question. why does economic pain from one town to the next push some people left and others right? >> that was our poppy harlow
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a push to try and cast more in films is getting a boost in london. here's the report on the progress being made. >> the actor, david ayele yoe has two reasons to be happy. he stars in two films being screened at london's film festival this week. both are bold african stories with a considerably large cast of black actors. but it's the fact that such a situation is remarkable which caused the actor's smile to be replaced by a frown as he addressed a symposium on diversity in film.
>> the odd bone given is not going to do it. don't pat yourself on the back because you made that black drama. bully for you. that's not diversity, my friends. it's got to be baked into the foundation. >> if you -- >> his 12-year-old son's reaction to news that he had won a part in the film proved to be a sweet moment which revealed a bitter truth about his business. >> the first thing he said to me is oh, wow, daddy, are you going to be playing the best friend? i didn't really know what to say. but what i knew is that that statement was a product of what he had seen. >> his remarks came as the
british film institute revealed a report looking at diversity in uk cinema during the past decade. the study showed that black actors absent from almost 60% of the 1,172 uk films made during this period. ee dris elba and others were among six black actors with leading roles. black faces were sparse among the nation's most prolific acting talent. the bfi is launching black star during london film festival. a three-month showcase of screenings, releases and raising awareness of black talent on screen. >> this thing is only going to happen, only get to the point where i don't have to get to these talks, i don't have to give these talks and we don't have to talk about diversity. if we actually start to do diversity. the ohm way that happens is in
the demographics or the decision makers changes. >> it began with the oscars so white debate in hollywood a as contenders emerge, british cinema put diversity back in the focus without resource to the -- cnn, london. great films there. that wraps this hour of newsroom. i'm paula now ton. i'll be back with a full hour of news. thanks for watching cnn, the world's news leader.
on the brink of battle. the coalition of forces prepares to retake mosul after more than two years of isis control. a breakthrough at the latest syria talks, leaders meet again searching for a way to bring peace to the war-torn country. donald trump is accusing hillary clinton of taking performance enhancing drugs on the same day another woman accuses him of sexual assault. i am paula newton. this is "cnn newsroom." a major battle against isis draws near and iraq and anti-isis forces set to launch an offensive from mosul. it was iraq's second