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allies view u.s. leadership? fox news reporting, unholy war the march of isis from cairo, egypt, bret baier. >> we're coming to you from the presidential palace in cairo. a year ago much of the world had never heard of isis. and it was dismissed by president obama as the jayvee team. but now the terrorist army has come to dominate the news with its brutality. this hour we're going to show you isis as very few have seen it, up close the damage it has brought to families, villages, a whole region that simply was in the wrong place with the wrong beliefs. we'll also talk exclusively with one world leader who has dared to challenge islamic terror and stand up to it, even daring to call it by its name. first though we go to northern iraq and a small village that
was visited by evil, a place called kocho. august 15th it was decision day for the people of kocho village. ten miles south of sinjar mountains, critical cross roads and ancient landmark in northern iraq. >> translator: isis surrounded the whole village. >> isis had given kocho villagers like ali an ultimatum, convert to islam or lose all their belongings and join other refugees who had fled to mt. sinjar in the past few weeks. >> translator: isis came with a bulldozer and about 40 cars armed with heavy weapons. they made a circle with cars. >> ali's cousin lived in kocho. he was out of town but his wife and children were there. >> translator: they collected everyone together in the school
building. >> tahil's wife remembers the isis fighters coming that day. >> translator: we were very scared when we saw them. >> she and ali were marched to the local elementary school. >> translator: the school had two main corridors east and west. they collected all the men in the east corridor and the women in the west corridor. >> isis then took money and mobile phones from the men and the keys to their family cars. they took jewelry and gold from the women. >> translator: isis took everything from us. >> next, the men were divided into groups. they brought ali's group outside to a dried up irrigation ditch just like isis did to iraqi army pows weeks before. >> translator: we were deceived. we had no way to escape. they asked us all to stand in the middle of the ditch, put our heads down and stay there. i heard them speaking arabic
saying allah akbar. about 25 surrounded us and then started shooting at us from all directions. >> he was shot in the back and arm. >> translator: at first they just shot at everyone from all around and killed most of the people. second time they went over and those who were in pain they would find them and kill them. they would shoot at their head. >> ali passed out from the pain and bleeding. >> translator: when i became aware again i called out to see who was alive and had gotten out before me. >> he was one of just three male survivors in what would become known as the kocho massacre. isis killed an estimated 500 men that day. ali's cousin was outside of kocho, but isis was all around the area. and they captured him.
>> translator: isis kidnapped me for 17 days. >> he escaped from captivity at night when his guards were sleeping. but once he was free he made a horrible discovery. >> translator: my sister was taken captive with my wife. they took about 700 women and children in kocho village. they took everyone that we cared about. they took all our dears. for a father, a man his wife is dear to him. his daughters his sons family, father, friends, they took everything from us. >> eva, a kocho villager, newly married and pregnant was caring for her sick mother so she couldn't escape. >> translator: my mother was crying when they took my father. we asked them where are the men? what did you do to them? they said men are under islamic state now and they will be fine. >> eva and the women were loaded
onto buses and taken to syria to be sold as slaves. >> translator: the buyers would check the women. the buyers would ask them to remove their scarf. they would check their hair and their teeth. and they would ask their age. and if they hadn't had children they would be taken as wives. and those that were sick or not in a good situation they would be taken as servants. >> eva also saw what happened to women who didn't go along with what isis wanted. >> translator: women were asked to convert to islam, but they resisted and said no, we are yazidis, it is forbidden in our religion to convert to another religion. so they tied them to a chair and attached electrical cables to them. some women tortured a lot would cut their wrists and commit suicide. others would suffocate themselves with blankets. >> because eva was pregnant she
was not acceptable for sale. to protect herself she also pretended to be deaf and mute. isis took her to a building with a makeshift sign, hospital of the islamic state written on the front. she spent the next 50 days in a darkroom in the basement. >> translator: we asked the women with us what happened to their babies and they told us they have been taken away. they were separating women from their babies to stop them from escaping. >> after about seven weeks in captivity she gave birth. she had already gone through forced separation from her husband. now isis was ready to strip away her child. >> translator: someone who was in charge of the isis fighters came to me and said i will take you myself. you can't take care of your child. and i will put you in an asylum and give your baby to another family. >> the isis fighter took her to an apartment. if she wanted to keep her baby
boy, it was now or never. >> he told me he had something to do and that when he came back he would take the baby and put me in an asylum. then he asked me by sign language if i needed anything to eat and i kept silent. >> as soon as he left eva took a knife and used it to pry open the door and escape. luckily she was able to find a house nearby that would take her in. >> translator: i spoke with my husband through the internet. then i told him i was in a friendly man's house and gave his number to my husband and we spoke on the phone. the arab man told my husband don't worry i will take care of her as my daughter. after three days in their house they helped me escape with a burka and his daughter's id. >> paid $4,000 to get her out of isis territory. the islamic state insists that its actions are neither random nor barbaric. in fact, the group published guidelines for what it called the "sinjar operations."
the guideline slate" enslaving the families of the kuffar and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established -- >> tradition since the early established conquer when they took over certain areas. they have in certain rules. >> an analyst at a research center in abu dhabi has made a study of the rise of the islamic state. >> i think there is a tendency among people i think mostly in the west to say that isis has nothing to do with islam. i think that's absolutely false. isis justifies everything, every act it conducts, it carries out through islamic traditions. >> that blind adherence to tradition meant anguish for dakil and ali whose loved ones were still held by isis. >> translator: my feeling was i will never ever see them again at home.
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they needed a champion and they got one but would it be enough? the massacre at kocho was horrifying. but more horrifying was that isis cutting a swath across the middle east middle east repeated such atrocities wherever it went from iraqi military cadets to coptic christians. historical happenstance may have created -- in the path of isis. but there was one woman who wasn't going to let the world standby and watch. not if she could help. a member of the iraqi parliament, the land of jonah from the bible and the area being overrun by isis. many of those being slaughtered
by isis were members of an iraqi minority called the yazidis. last year on august 5th as the bodies started piling up she sounded the alarm. ignoring orders to stop talking she then calls the assault on her community a genocide and says "brothers, i appeal to you in the name of humanity to save us." she collapsed on the floor of the iraqi parliament. i recently met vianne. anyone who sees the video of you making that speech in the iraqi parliament can see the pain you're feeling over your people. >> i want to show that tragedy the big tragedy of yazidi people the big tragedy of those women, of kidnapping of their
people, of their children. >> did you see response from the iraqi parliament? >> after that nothing happened. i don't know why. >> she doesn't think genocide is too harsh a word to describe what isis does when it offple it conquers a choice. that's no choice at all. >> some person in isis say you have two options, change your religion, become to islam, or i kill you. some of the yazidi say okay kill me. but i cannot change my religion. >> the yazidis worship one god, like christians, jews and muslims. and they revere both the bible and the quran. but their faith incorporates ancient persian rights that are found in neither book. >> because it's not in quran you
are an unbeliever we should kill you. this is the thinking way of isis. >> she does more than represent her people in baghdad. she traveled by helicopter to sinjar mountain, ten miles north of the village of kocho last august 12th on a rescue mission after the yazidis had fled there to escape isis. >> i want to help those people on the mountain. give them some food and water. >> a chaotic scene developed with dozens of refugees swarming the chopper. >> only we can help 25 person but all of the people came to the helicopter. >> but the helicopter was too heavy and it crashed. you were hurt. >> i broke my leg and my wrist.
i think that's not important. >> the nightmare for the yazidis continues to this day. >> all yazidi because we are yazidi because we are different because of the mentality of isis if you are not muslim i should kill you or rape you girl or rape your daughter rape your wife and give your children more children. this has happened
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throughout 2014 isis rampaged across iraq with their vision of an islamic state with death and destruction. before december isis controlled a land mass larger than the united kingdom, but perhaps just as significant they had captured the attention of the world. they did this through a fairly sophisticated social media campaign as a message to everyone about their intentions. and as a recruiting tool the one part of the campaign that no one could ignore gruesome videos. they showed such things as british terrorist mohamed emwazi emwazi, aka jihadi john decapitating american journalist james foley and steven sotloff. >> president obama responded and eight months later it was clear isis was no longer just the
jayvee team. >> we will conduct a systematic campaign of air strikes against these terrorists. working with the iraqi government we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions so that we're hitting isil targets as iraqi forces go on offense. >> the plan was to degrade and destroy isis. but the effort would be limited to air strikes because the president fore swore the deployment of american ground troops. meanwhile the beleaguered yazidi people had been forced to flee to sinjar mountains about ten miles away from the overrun village of kocho. many of their villages had been blown up by isis after they left where isis still controls them. so they have no place to return to. thousands are still on the mountain. fox news sent benjamin hall, journalist and author of the new
book "inside isis" to mount sinjar to assess the situation. >> we're driving up to mount sinjar at the moment. appears there was heavy fighting up here. up ahead is where the yazidis took refuge in june and still many of them up there. living conditions on the mountain provided a -- system. >> translator: there are tents. some are cold some are okay. in the summer it was warm and comes down to zero degrees celsius. >> the local fighting force. her tent on mount sinjar is filled with family and strangers. >> translator: some of them are my relatives and some are newcomers that we have welcomed among us. we share the tent together. >> not all the yazidi refugees live atop mount sinjar. those who made their way off the mountain were living in newly constructed trailer parks. most of the yazidi women taken as slaves are still missing.
some have been able to get messages back to their people. their plea, don't worry about our safety. bomb our isis captors. one of those messages. >> translator: please help us. we were raped many, many times in the day. we need to die. >> and the unthinkable, a plea from an iraqi mother that her kidnapped daughters be put out of their misery. >> i have five girls and they tell me please can you make someone kill us? anything? >> the obama administration concedes it may take years to destroy isis. but dakhil isn't waiting that long to get back his wife sister and children. since his sister kidnapped last
august, he's occasionally been in touch with her by cell phone. >> she was taken captive with my wife. and she was first taken to telafar and el raqqa. >> he spends his days desperately hoping for a call or text. but since late november nothing. he can only fear the worst. as you walk down these streets you notice each house has the same story of woe. there's a house over here in which 18 members have been killed. one over there in which 30 have died. and another where 90 members of the same family are all dead leaving just one alive. if you walk around these camps you see very little hope. and you see very little help. (woman) the constipation and belly pain feel tight like a vise. how can i ease this pain? (man) when i can't go, it's like rocks piling up. i wish i could find some relief. (announcer) ask your doctor about linzess-- a once-daily capsule for adults
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et you know. >> the injured officers are said to be recovering. so far we've seen how isis ravaged the yazidis. as in ancient days it meant death for the men and slavery for the women. we've also seen how these attacks were only one small part of the devastation isis has delivered to those in its path. the world wasn't fast enough to save the yazidis from barberous cruelty. and soon the question would become, would it be able to turn back isis at all? and if it were to be done, who would lead? isis had little trouble slashing through northern iraq in 2014.
but late in the year there was a counterattack, it came from the kurds, the middle eastern ethnic minority who are concentrated in the area. their fighting force, the peshmerga backed by international air strikes succeeded in opening a corridor to mount sinjar where thousands of yazidis were trapped. our reporter benjamin hall was there when the peshmerga faced a renewed offensive by isis. at the time the village of kocho was controlled by isis and completely inaccessible. but there was plenty of action around the nearby yazidi ancestral capital of sinjar city. >> we've just had isis attack in places where we were just an hour ago right up on the front line in sinjar city about 700 meters from here. sounds as if one man has lost a leg and an arm. not sure he's going to make it. >> translator: the shooting that you hear in the background is
gunfire being exchanged between us and them. >> translator: i spoke to general -- commander of the peshmerga seventh infantry. the fight is still going on inside sinjar city. the weapon that we have received have been old weapons like, we need mortars, helicopters armored vehicles. >> he worries his forces are outgunned by isis which has been armed inadvertently by the u.s. >> translator: most of the american weapons that were given to iraqi armies fell into isis hands. and they have all modern and advanced weapons. like humvees and armored vehicles. >> peshmerga we spoke to were bitter about how they were paying for the cowcowardice of the
iraqi forces. [ speaking in a foreign language ] >> translator: meanwhile, others are running towards. >> whether it's incoming or outgoing i couldn't tell you this time. >> patrick, a 37-year-old american doesn't want us to use his full name. he is one of a handful american-european adventure seekers who have joined the peshmerga to fight isis. >> a lot of rpgs, a lot. i don't know how many they have but it's an endless barrage. mortars, they shake the earth man. >> while i was there the two sides were having a standoff just outside sinjar city. the forces are separated by just 150 feet. [ gunfire ] patrick served in the u.s. army in iraq has pulled sniper duty to protect the checkpoints set up by the kurds. >> rerentless. isis are like rats. they come up through buildings, you know?
>> the battle for sinjar is about more than destroying the yazidis -- also about delivering a powerful blow to isis to stop their campaign. >> translator: benefit the oil transits through this route. this is one of the main roads which is why they don't want to lose sinjar. >> indeed the peshmerga see themselves fighting a war not just for their own part of iraq, but to help rid the world of the scourge of isis. they believe they'll need more support. no support. it doesn't make sense. when i was there the peshmerga were barely able to hold their own. they're now attacking and we've decided to pull out. anyone who thinks isis are being pushed back around the defensive in this whole conflict need only to come to a front line like this to realize that in fact much more is needed to defeat
them. until they get the weapons and the support that they desperately need and ask for, well, it's going to be a long and drawn out fight. >> that's benjamin hall in northern iraq. when we come back, the fight in washington over how best to deal with isis. do you want to know how hard it can be to breathe with copd? it can feel like this. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva is a once-daily inhaled copd maintenance treatment that helps open my airways for a full 24 hours. spiriva helps me breathe easier.
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barack obama had run as an anti-war candidate. he was the one going to get us out of iraq. so what does such a white house do when it looks like we may need to go back? >> this is iraq's war and we shouldn't fight it. >> barack obama ran as an anti-war candidate. once in office many thought his first order of business would be to get america out of iraq. they weren't far off. before his first term was out the last 500 american troops stationed in iraq packed their
gear and left. >> we're leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant iraq. >> some worried however that failing to reach an agreement for stay-behind u.s. forces would create a power vacuum. i spoke to ambassador brent mcguirk who works on the president's team dealing with isis. critics say by us not getting that agreement we've facilitated the growth of isis. how do you respond to that? >> i do wish we were able to leave a residual force to do some counterterrorism. you know, the iraqis we had a very difficult negotiation with them late 2011. we're very focused on where we are now. >> jen michael flynn who headed the defense intelligence agency from 2012 to 2014 agrees that we have to move on. >> you know, hindsight's 20/20. what we have to do is admit to the mistake and say okay, now what are we going to do about it? >> as we've seen one group that filled the vacuum was isis.
and one group that's paying for that are the yazidis. which brings us back to vian. you have been in america now for a number of days. she came to washington, d.c. last december seeking help for her beleaguered people. >> i'm here to go door by door political humanitarian, some person, some organization to help us. >> she made the rounds, including an appearance at a congressional hearing and met with u.n. ambassador samantha powell. vian's message, her people needed more than american air strikes. however following the policy of the obama administration, vian could get no promises for any troops. >> the yazidis think there could be more humanitarian aid, more help in fighting isis in their specific area. how do you answer that? >> again, everybody in this whole region wants more. and i wish we could do
everything we possibly can but i think in the case of the yazidis and the case of northern iraq we've done over 200 air strikes, working directly with them of very precise intelligence. >> the kurds they say they're outgunned. some of them don't have the right armor some don't have helmets. how do you respond to that? >> well i talk to the kurds almost every day. in fact, when isil launched its attack in the kurdistan region in early august, we reacted immediately. with help peshmerga helped push back. they have taken back almost all the territory they lost and now thanks to congress we're going to be supplying the kurds with three new peshmerga brigades with very sophisticated equipment. >> jen flynn wonders why the help has been so little so late. the kurds want more air support. we have to rely on these guys and they're doing some very brave things. but they're looking to us to say, hey, we still need your help. it's too slow. we got to figure out where is the roadblock and get these guy what is they need. >> we've also seen firsthand the
suffering of the yazidis. >> yeah, it's sad. >> some horrific stories. >> yep. >> so are they the canaries in the coal mine that kind of describe what happens if isis comes to town? >> yeah. and we can't allow another yazidi. >> you were talking about the policy. and obviously it changed, it developed, it evolved. is it now still degrade and destroy isil as you call them over a period of three years? >> well, you know bret we have an assessment in this organization of just how strong it is. and we do think that within a period of about two to three years we can significantly degrade the organization, that means it won't be holding territory anymore, it won't be a major threat to the u.s. or our interests overseas, but it is going to take time. >> the united states can't lead from behind because we're just too big. so it's not a matter of leading from behind and just sort of sitting there and twidling our thumbs and let everybody else go off and figure this out.
i mean if we say we're leading lead us in the right direction. >> one major fear is that if the u.s. doesn't do more, iran will happily fill the void and expand its already considerable influence in the region. >> the administration isn't helping but also isn't condemning iran for its role against isis, especially in iraq. what's your view of iran and isis? >> part of me says we have to tell iran you get the hell out of iraq, let us try to help iraq and the region stabilize what it is that we need to do. but you have to back off. >> not that the u.s. is standing still. as part of the administration's evolving strategy the military is training 25000 iraqis to faceoff against isis. but the question remains will the u.s. ever put troops on the ground in this fight? so is your sense that we are better off encouraging other
arab nations to do the fighting and we just back them up? to not get drawn in or you have to engage at some point? >> you have to engage at some point. but one of the things that i have stated as an idea is this proposal for an arab-nato like structure. and i was actually surprised but pleasantly surprised that president el sisi a few weeks back talked about the formation of an arab coalition kind of like that. >> and that's why we went to egypt, to talk to this dynamic new leader. when we come back we present an exclusive interview with the man who's been the most outspoken head of state in the arab world. egyptian president abdul fattah el sisi. to many he's the leader who's
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in a stunning speech on new year's day 2015, egyptian president abdel fattah el sisi announced killing and destruction done in the name of islam and the clerics who support it. he believed it was time for a revolution in his religion. those are brave words from a leader in a region where radicals abound. i spoke to el sisi to find out what steps he believes are needed for his country, for muslims and for the world. >> translator: a religious revolution, it's religion on the contrary, a revolution to support and reinstate the right meaning of religion.
we are fighting all the misconceptions that are created extreme ideologies. which by turn created terrorism that is threatening the whole world. >> that is a bold stand. what has been the reaction you've received since you gave that speech? and you continue to talk about this revolution inside islam. >> translator: muslims have to stand up and correct this misinterpretation and deformed picture. as for the action of extremists of course they will not be happy. and for them i am disagreeable person. but i'm doing this for humanity and for history and religion itself, god will hold me accountable for all i'm doing. >> mr. president, in recent days you've met with the king of jordan, the king of saudi arabia about possibly forming this joint arab force, this
coalition this alliance to counter isis. to egypt or even immediate region but it is a threat to the stability and security of the whole world. >> do you think it would be more effective in this fight than a u.s.-led coalition? >> there is no conflict between the aim of this arab coalition and the international role led by the united states. as a matter of fact, our role here will be important person of the whole international coalition in order to counter this danger. >>
>> at least stopped for a while. and then, it slowed. and in june, 2015 until now, it's a long time more than a year and a half now. we've solved that in the united states to take time to understand what really happened in egypt. they need really to understand that. and for us it has been the will of the egyptians. for a change. >> you wrote your dissertation on democracy in the muslim world at army war college in the u.s. is islam compatible with >> very good question. allow me to say to you islam gives freedom to human beings to choose not only the person going to rule that country but the
freedom to believe in laws or not to believe in god in the sense. i'm saying this to people who believe that they have to impose their religious perspective on others. i'm saying that god has endowed man with a gift of free choice. this means an absolute freedom. an absolute freedom and liberty of choice. god created us different from each other. if god wanted us the same people looking alike, and having the same religion and same language, he would have created us alike. >> how do you, do america's other allies view u.s. leadership in the region? >> difficult questions. >> like the englishers talk. >> united states has a lot of
might. that is why its responsibility is huge toward humankind. >> we've heard people say in the middle east and north africa america's friends no longer feel they can depend on the u.s. and adversaries no longer fear the u.s. is that fair? >> feels a lot of threat and is work. and to be in one with the big response from capable countries countries that are able to provide assistance. the suspending of muslim weapons and arms and negative indications being that, the united states is not standing by egyptians while they're against
tourism. >> we have seen iran expand power. now, they're fighting in iraq. >> arab countries are supposed to show their interest. we used to show this world before arab countries were capable of doing that. we're capable of restoring our capabilities one more time. >> for now, the world waits to see what america will do next. but isis won't wait. and if america doesn't act boldly, it's likely others in the world will step in as well. as a reminder of what this is all that, a post script, this year takir who lost his family was reunited with his wife and three children. >> my wife was taken to iraq.
she escaped over a fence and got to the mountain top. she found a shepherd who gave her shelter two days and helped her escape. >> but eight of his children and sister were still in isis captivity. then, on january 9th, a little hope. >> she called me and said she'd escaped from the village. >> she headed to the syrian border and spent ten hours waiting. finally, deliverance. >> we've been through many tortures. i was afraid they won't let you cross. i thought they'd keep you there. >> the isis members took the christian girls had sex with them. i did whatever they wanted except sex. if a girl refused sex they would
rape her. >> it's a tearful reunion they return to the refugee camp but they cannot rest until they're reunited with all of their children. >> i wish i were dead and they were here with their father. i prefer my death to them being there with isis. there is no normal life for me. >> some such as president obama a year ago compare isis with amateurs, a rag tag bunch who, if anything would love to draw us into war. others compare them to nazis in the early days a dangerous single-minded force that should be dealt with before they get more destructive. time will tell which view is closer to reality but this much we know for sure. the carnage is real. and will continue, if unchecked.
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hello and good morning, friends. today is saturday, the 14th of march 2015. i'm anna kooiman. incredible new video just released of the moment that utah toddler was rescued from a smashed car in an icy river. >> anybody got scissors to cut the belt? >> here you go, right here. >> you got it? >> pass her up. >> go, go, go. >> how these heroes saved that little girl's life. >> and president obama says we are chipping away at the problems at the v.a. if that's the case. why are we giving this fired phoenix official her bonus back? >> it's a great photo. vice presiden