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wouldn't you be startled if that was you? look at that guy. he's cute, though, right? he's okay. that's what's important. here's john scott in for shep. >> john: the united nations security council meeting about north korea after kim jong-un fired a intercontinental ballistic missile. washington looking for strong reaction, but will the u.n. get anything done? we could find out in moments. plus, everything we've learned about north korea's weapon from its 1700-mile trip into space to the warheads it potentially could bring to american soil. meantime president trump set to land in poland this afternoon for a meeting with other world leaders. better believe north korea is on the agenda. that's all ahead in this hour. i'm john scott in for shepard
smith. the united nations security council right now kicking off an emergency meeting in response to north korea's first test of an interleague ballistic missile, capable of striking alaska. a live look from the u.n. headquarters here in new york city where u.s. ambassador nikki haley, representatives from other countries as well, are preparing to speak. ambassador haley requested the meeting, along with officials from south korea and japan. we will monitor the event and bring it to you live if there are major developments. this comes as president trump prepares for his first face-to-face meeting with russian president vladimir putin and second meeting with the chinese president on the sidelines of the g-20 summit in germany. china is north korea's biggest ally, and today president trump tweeted trade between china and north korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter, so much for china working with us, but we had to give it a try. north korean state-run media released video of this week's
missile test. china and russia in a joint statement yesterday called on kim jong-un regime to freeze its nuclear weapons program, and for the u.s. to stop holding military exercises with south korea. hours after the statement, officials confirmed they had conducted a joint missile test their own. russia and china both hold veto power on the security council, and president ji just met with president putin. the leaders said relationships between the two countries are at the best time in history. back in april, president trump said he and president ji had made tremendous progress during their first face-to-face meeting in florida, but president trump in a tweet last month said china's efforts to rein in the north korean detectivor kim jong-un had -- north korean dictator kim jong-un had not worked. he said, at least i know tried.
here's kim jong-un's message. >> our respective leader, kim jong-un, with the broad smile on his face, told officials, scientists, and technicians, that the u.s. would be unhappy to witness north korea's strategic option on its independence day, and calling on them to frequently send big and small gift packages to the american ambassadors. > >> john: those gifts apparently references to missiles. north korea's missile test came hours before july 4th celebrations here in the u.s. experts say the weapon marks a major milestone for the regime, using a new kind of ballistic missile engine. it's not a pair of soviet engines together, it's the real thing. most experts say north korea is still several years away from developing a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on the end of a long-range missile. we have team fox coverage of the north korean launch.
jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon. rich edison is live at the state department. first let's go to rick leventhal live at the united nations. so what are the security council members looking to accomplish today, rick? >> reporter: no new sanctions expected at the session, just getting underway, but i'm told ambassador haley is trying to lay the groundwork for more resolutions in the future, and wanted the session on the record to put more pressure on the north korean allies, china and russia, to make it more difficult for them to defend kim jong-un's actions as he continues to thumb his nose at the international community. north korea among the most sanctioned nations in world, but that's done little to slow them down so far. ultimately it come down to, as you mentioned, what russia and china are willing to do. if china stops exporting oil to its neighbor, kim jong-un might finally succumb to the pressure. others say that kim jong-un has said he'd be willing to change
everything if the u.s. were willing to suspend military operations in that region. not clear if the u.s. would ever believe that. john? >> john: what are the officials there telling you so far, rick? rick: the chinese ambassador, the new president of the security council, is on record as saying that as -- calling for the denuclearization of north korea, also for a de-escalation of tension in the region. the u.k. foreign secretary called it a reminder of the grave danger north korea poses to neighbors. >> china is probably going to do what it's done in the past, which is to stall and then water down security council resolutions. what the united states can do is to impose costs on china that are so great that eventually beijing will have to fall into line with us and our friends. >> reporter: we've heard president trump talk about that very thing, john. we now keep an eye on this
session of the -- at the u.n., and see whether or not the security council takes any decisive action, or whether russia or china make any decisive comments this afternoon. >> john: rick leventhal, let us know what happens. thanks. secretary of state rex tillerson is calling for global action to stop a global threat, north korea, saying the u.s. would put in stronger measures against the country. it comes at pentagon warns the u.s. is ready to defend itself and its allies anyway it can. rich, what else are state department officials saying? >> reporter: john, so much of the u.s. effort is to push and rely on other nations to try to get north korea to diplomatically and economically isolate it to try to address this issue. in a statement, the state department, through secretary of state rex tillerson says testing a icbm represents a threat to the united states, our allies, and partners, the region and world. all nations should publicly
demonstrate to north korea these are canadiens to their pursuit of nuclear weapons. he adds, any country that hosts north korea guest workers, provides economic or military benefit, or fails to fully implement u.n. security council sanctions is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime. china is north korea's strongest ally. it's responsible for the majority of its economic activity. china again called on the u.s. and south korea to suspend their joint military exercises in exchange for north korea's surrendering its missile and nuclear programs, but the state department refuses to do that. the justification is the state department says these u.s./south korea exercises are defensive in nature. meanwhile the ballistic missile programs and the nuclear program that north korea has is in violation of international law. john? >> john: and north korean officials are saying they have no plans to halt their program? >> reporter: they say that they will discuss their nuclear program, and they will discuss their missile program, if the u.s. stops its hostile activities.
that's according to the state news agency there in north korea. secretary of state rex tillerson first declared in march, after visiting the demilitarization zone between north and south korea that the era of patient is over, however since then north korea has launched several tests, culminating in the icbm launch yesterday, and allowing other u.s. allies to acquire defensive weapons is on the table, but the preference for the u.s. according to the state department is to resolve this diplomatically, continue this international push to isolate north korea, but thus far that has proven to be difficult. john? >> john: thanks, rich. any military response against north korea is risky, because the communist regime could strike back at america's close ally, south korea. analysts told "the new york times" north korea has lined up thousands of cannons and rocket
launchers on its side of the demilitarized zone. south korea and the underput on a statement on the north's test, which reads in part, self-restraint, which is a choice, is all that separates armistice and war. it would be a grave mistake for anyone to believe anything to the contrary. jennifer griffin live with the news at the pentagon. what's new about this missile launch? jennifer: the pentagon says this is a missile not seen before, fired from a launch pad not used before by north korea. despite reports a mobile launcher was used, the missile was only transported to the launch pad, not fired from the vehicle we're told. we've just learned that u.s. intelligence watch the north koreans prepare for this launch in advance. they saw the missile being fueled. we are told that this new icbm used liquid fuel, which means it takes time and less mobile than if solid fuel had been used. late yesterday the pentagon responded to the test by
releasing this video of american army and south korean military units near seoul testing short-range surface-to-surface missiles, which can travel up to 200 miles away. john? >> john: thank you. the emergency session of the u.n. security council is underway. let's listen to u.n. ambassador nikki haley. >> painfully brought home with the images of two guards holding otto warmbier up as they transported him. otto warmbier is one person out of millions killed, tortured or deprived of their human rights by the north korean regime. to americans the death of one innocent person can be as powerful as the death of millions. because all men and women are created in god's image, depravity toward one is a sure sign of willingness to do much more harm. the nature of the north korean regime is clear -- only the scale of the damage it does
could become different. that's why yesterday's escalation is so alarming. if north korea will treat an innocent young student the way it treated otto warmbier we should not be surprised if it acts barbarickically on a larger scale. the united states does not seek complicate. in fact, we seek to avoid it. we seek only the peaceful denuclearization of the korean peninsula and an end to the threatening actions by north korea. regrettically we're witnessing just the opposite. make no mistake, north korea's launch of an icbm is a clear and sharp military escalation. the north korean regime openly states that its missiles are intended to deliver nuclear weapons to strike cities in the united states, south korea, and japan. and now it has greater capacity to do so. in truth, it is not only the united states and our allies
that are threatened, north korea's destabilizing escalation is a threat to all nations in the region and beyond. their actions are quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution. the united states is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies. one of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. we will use them if we must, but we prefer got to have to go in that direction. we have other methods of addressing those who threaten us, and of addressing those who supply the threats. we have great capabilities in the area of trade. president trump has spoken repeatedly about this. i spoke with him at length about it this morning. there are countries that allowing, even encouraging trade with north korea, in violation of u.n. security council resolutions. such countries would also like to continue their trade
arrangements with the united states. that's not going to happen. our attitude on trade changes when countries do not take international security threats seriously. before the path to a peaceful solution is entirely closed, however, there remains more that the international community can and must do diplomatically and economically. in the coming days we will bring before the security council a resolution that raises the international response in a way that is proportionate to north korea's new escalation. i will not detail the resolution here today, but the options are all known to us. if we are unified, the international community can cut off the major sources of hard currency to the north korean regime. we can restrict the flow of oil to their military and their weapons programs. we can increase air and maritime restrictions. we can hold senior regime
officials accountable. the international community has spoken frequently against the illegal and dangerous actions of the north korean regime. for many years there have been numerous u.n. sanctions against north korea. but they have been insufficient to get them to change their destructive course. so in order to have an impact, in order to move north korea off its military escalation, we must do more. we will not look exclusively at north korea. we will look at any country that chooses to do business with this outlaw regime. we will not have patience for stalling or talking our way down to a watered-down resolution. yesterday's icbm escalation requires an escalated diplomatic and economic response. time is short. action is required. the world is on notice. if we act together we can still prevent a catastrophe, and rid
the world of a grave threat. if we fail to act in a serious way, there be a different response. much of the burden of enforcing u.n. sanctions rests with china. 90% of trade with north korea is from china. we will work with china. we will work with any and every country that believes in peace, but will not repeat the inadequate approaches of the past that have brought us to this dark day. we cannot forget the multiple missile tests this year, or yesterday's escalations. we cannot forget otto warmbier and others north korea continues to hold. we cannot forget the threats to our friends and allies around the world. we will not forget and we will not delay. thank you. >> john: u.s. ambassador to the united nations nick kim jong-un haley there with tough words for north korea, saying that the it
sent otto warmbier back to this country in a coma that he had been in virtually the entire 17 months he had been there, held in captivity, that shows the kind of brutality that regime is capability of. and she says they upped it yesterday with the missile test. we bring in a senior fellow at the foundation for defensive democracy. it describes itself as a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security. what changed in the world yesterday, anthony, with the launch of this north korean missile? >> well, north korea's leader, kim jong-un, fulfilled his they get from his new year's message, which was they were going to do an icbm test this year, and that brings alaska into range. i don't think it's going to be that long until the west coast
and the western united states is within range. i think we have to assume that newark has the nuclear weapon that's the appropriate size that it can use on a missile of this character. >> john: nikki haley was just saying there are further sanctions that the united states can impose on north korea, and perhaps other nations, who are supporting that regime, but north korea is already the most sanctioned nation on earth. is it not? that hasn't stopped them to this point. >> it's not the most sanctioned on earth. i mean, according to our research, it's probably number four after iran, russia, and syria. frankly that only went up after the law that passed last year. it was well below, well lower than that number. there's more areas there. the trump administration going after chinese banks, chinese individuals, and chinese companies last week was the right approach, but we need more of that. unfortunately i think ambassador haley has the right approach, but the chinese will never allow
the kind of resolution that we really need. frankly going after more north koreans when the u.n. panel of experts says it's non-north koreans, read chinese for violating the sanctions. the oil sanctions the chinese will never allow oil sanctions that will have a real impact. i mean, the chinese will put in enough loopholes they will still sell oil to north korea. >> john: president trump famously tweeted a "at least china tried," in the past tense. have they tried? >> the chinese version of trying is saying they agreed to, or implementing a coal ban they agreed to last year, and they refuse to implement. shining that light while as the president tweeted their trade with north korea went up 40%. i mean, it's a classic chinese move, where they try to distract you with an implementation when they're actually doing other things on the side. the chinese are not going to put the level of pressure necessary
until their own interests are threatened. >> john: short of more sanctions, the only real alternative is military conflict, right? and china doesn't want that. >> well, they don't want that. i don't think they want additional aircraft carriers in the region, especially ones that are doing exercises with japan and south korea. they certainly don't want japan to start thinking about whether to develop a nuclear weapon, which i'm sure will come down the road. they certainly don't want the united states going after their banks. so there's a lot of things that are threatening to china's interest before you even get to a military strike. >> john: why not lean on kim jong-un and get him to stop this icbm nonsense? >> i think for china right now, the icbm doesn't really threaten them, and they're certainly -- it seems like more afraid of, you know, refugees or instability inside north korea. but as i say, you know, the chinese have to have their own interests threatened here. you know, we know that chinese banks are involved in this.
we know that chinese companies and individuals are involved in this. i mean, i'm sure people can't imagine that the chinese themselves will start to go after those companies. i mean, with iran, the united states had to lead this coalition. that's really what it's going to take. >> john: anthony, thank you. >> thank you. >> john: ahead, murdered in cold blood. a gunman ambushes and kills a new york city police officer. ahead, what we know about the attack. you'll hear the desperate radio call from the officer's partner that brought other cops running to scene. plus, a deadly explosion when a car packed with propane canisters rams a building. and police say this was no accident.
>> john: a clear assassination. that's what police called the shooting of a new york city police officer around 12:30 last night in the bronx. here's the moment the officer's partner put in a desperate radio call for help. >> my partner's shot! >> john: police say officer miosotis familia had been sitting in a police truck when the suspect walked up, opened fire, hitting her in the head. she died at the hospital. she was a 12-year veteran and had three kids. after the radio call other officers ran to the scene, spotting the suspect a block away, and they say when he pointed a gun at them they shot and killed him. his name is alexander bonds. the "new york post" reports he once beat up an officer and had many other run-ins with the law. david lee miller live in new york city now. david? >> reporter: john, he had
repeated run-ins, a long history of problems with the law, and the incident you mentioned about beating up a police officer dates back to when bonds was only 15 years old. he reportedly used brass knuckles in that attack. the new york state department of corrections says he was conditionally released from prison in 2013 after serving six years for robbery. he was still under community supervision. he also had a grudge against police. he posted a video on facebook ranting about cops and his treatment behind bars. he said, quoting now, it's time for people to rise up. there's still no motive why he opened fire, though, on officer familia. the two apparently had never met. new york's police commissioner says no clue as to why bonds suddenly turned violent. >> based on what we know right now, it is clear this was an unprovoked attack on police officers who are assigned to keep the people of this great city safe. >> reporter: according to a published report, surveillance video moments before the
shooting shows bonds walking up to that police vehicle with what is described, john, as a sense of purpose. very chilling. >> john: sure is. what about the neighborhood where it happened? what do we know about it? >> reporter: the area where officer familia was killed has a higher crime rate than the rest of the test, the fordham portion of the bronx. the command facility where she was when she was killed has been at that location since march. authorities say it was there because of recent gang-related shootings. officer familia was in harm's way to try to protect a troubled community. also worth noting here, according to the national law enforcement memorial fund there have been 67 law enforcement fatalities this year. that compares with 67 for the same time one year ago, an increase in fatalities of 18%. so today flags in new york city, again, flying at half-staff.
this time for officer familia. john? >> john: what a senseless and terrible killing. thank you. investigators in illinois continue to search for a missing woman. a federal judge set to decide whether the suspect can go free until his trial. his name, brent christianson. his lawyer says he's innocent. christianson is charged with kidnapping a 26-year-old at the university of illinois at urbana champagne last month. investigators are still looking for her, but think she's dead. according to court documents, the feds say she got into a car christensen was driving. the suspect told investigators he dropped her off a few blocks away, but agents described overhearing christensen admit to kidnapping her. his phone showed an abduction 101 website in april, and researched topics including
perfect abduction fantasy and planning a kidnapping. police say an upset ex-boyfriend died after he drove a car filled with propane tanks into the living room of his former girlfriend's apartment. >> oh, my god! >> john: it happened yesterday in fort piers, florida. police say the suspect had been arguing with his former girlfriend before the crash. they say all six people inside the building managed to escape. nobody else hurt. the fire marshal is investigating. president trump set to touch down in europe within the hour. he has a whole lot to discuss with other world leaders, including the russian president, vladimir putin. we're live in poland ahead. first, though, a deadly fire racing through a high-rise, leaving desperate victims scrambling out the windows. the daring escapes next. (man vo) dad forgot how to brush his teeth.
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>> john: a fox report now, more of today's headline from the fox news desk. new video shows people climb down bed sheets to escape a deadly fire at a high-rise building in south africa. emergency workers in johannisberg say at least seven people died. crews report using a crane to save 50 people on the roof. investigators say squatters were living there illegally. local media reports one person died after jumping from the building. firefighters rescued four workers who got stuck in an elevator hundreds of feet below ground this morning at a power plant in brooklyn. crews used harnesses to pull them up the elevator shaft one by one. nobody seriously hurt. military officials say they are investigating an explosion at a lab at eugeneland air force base in florida's panhandle. officials ordered people to evacuate the area. investigators say there are no say significant injuries. no word on the cause of the explosion. the news continues right after this.
"o'reilly factor" president trump set to land in poland less than an hour from now where he will kick off his second overseas trip as president. a live picture from the airport where the sun just set. here you can see the president and first lady leaving the white house this morning. analysts say president trump can expect a warm welcome in the conservative-leaning nation. the issues of trade, energy, and military cooperation likely will top the agenda. also on the schedule, his highly anticipated meeting with russian president vladimir putin. our chief white house correspondent john roberts is live in warsaw, poland, right now. john? >> reporter: john, good evening to you from warsaw, poland. one of the things that you'll notice, first of all, on the president's trip is the difference between his reception here in what's called the, quote, new europe, countries like poland, romania, and the
old europe, which would constitute germany and france. the president is here in poland to strengthen the ties between the united states and polish government. one of the things he's going to do is promote poland as an emerging european power on the military front, because the polish president has pledged to up the spending on military to fulfill the nato commitment. the president wants to's nato members put in at least 2% of their gdp into the military to fulfill their nato commitment. he says he will go as high as 2.5%, putting poland as number two behind the united states. another thing the president wants to promote here is sales of liquefied natural gas from the united states to poland. the very first shipments of liquefied natural gas arrived in poland last month. it's a way for the president to give the polish president energy
supplies. he'll meet with the president, and talk directly to the polish people when he gives a speech in the square, the site of the warsaw uprising against nazi occupation back in 1944. the president should have a friendly audience, because people are being buffed in from across the country. the reason is all the members of the law and justice party, who sit in the parliament, the lower and upper house, have been allocated 50 seats at that speech. so they are bringing in their supporters from across the country. it's safe to say, john, when the president takes the stage tomorrow he will have a friendly and receptive audience in the heart of warsaw. >> john: then the g-20 summit. what's on the agenda there? >> reporter: that's in hamburg, germany, on friday and saturday. the big event in the g-20, obviously a lot of important meetings and important sessions that will take place. but when the president meets
with the president of russia, vladimir putin, on the sidelines of that g-20 conference, that will probably be the most important meeting so far of his presidency. the president has said that he wants to have a more constructive relationship with russia, but that's been difficult because of what's going on in crimea, the ukraine, syria, other places around the globe, where russia has been seen as having a destabilizing influence, and there's certainly a lot of european allies skeptical of president trump's approach. the former prime minister of poland said when he met the president during his last foreign trip in brussels, that he doesn't share the optimistic outlook that the president has about vladimir putin's intentions and policies. so people will be watching that one very closely, john. of course, hanging over all of that will be the investigation going on in the united states on many different levels into what russia was doing in terms of trying to meddle in or influence the u.s. election. he's also got important meetings with japan and china.
given what the president said this morning in a about china increasing its trade with north korea when it said it was going to put the screws to pyongyang, that could be a tense meeting with the chinese president on friday. john? >> john: john roberts, our chief white house correspondent, thank you. we bring in kimberly atkins, chief washington correspondent and columnist with the "boston herald." these g-20 meetings are usually sleepy things, everything scripted in advance. this one could get interesting. >> it really could. the white house has indicated there's no agenda for this big first meeting between president trump and vladimir putin. whether or not that's true, there are obviously a lot of topics on the table for the two of them to address now, including north korea, given the latest nuclear -- the latest
intercontinental ballistic missile test. russia got together with china and came up with an agreement to try to have a diplomatic approach to that. he's certainly going to put that to donald trump. number one on the agenda for putin will be the sanctions that john just talked about, including the seizure of two russian compounds here in the u.s., something that russia is very upset about, and they're going to push the president to reverse that. >> john: yeah. well, but the president doesn't have a lot of -- well, wiggle room, does he? if he were to give the russians back those compounds there would be an uproar in congress. >> he's pretty boxed in there. while the white house has indicated it's receptive to pulling back on that, congress is not. it's one of the few areas of bipartisanship in washington, if anything, sanctions against russia should be ratcheted up, not backed down. of course those compounds were seized in reaction to the russian meddling into the
election. another topic that president trump has had a lot of difficulty dealing with here in the united states, and probably will be the same there in hamburg. >> john: vladimir putin is a longtime spy for the kgb, a spy master, recruited other spies. he knows how to shmoose people, how who get what he wants, and flattery goes a long way sometimes with president trump. is it possible that vladimir putin can schmooze trump to get what he wants from him or is the president going to stand tough? >> well, he's certainly going to try, you're right. i mean, vladimir putin is a master at state craft, and does have that background from the kgb. president trump has shown how susceptible he is to praise and flattery. i'm sure that will be one aspect of this meeting, a desire, to at the very least, improve relationships between the countries, and certainly try for vladimir putin -- for vladimir
putin to try to get what he wants. we'll have to see. this is the first meeting. this is really the first time that we will see donald trump react to president putin directly. we'll see how successful that is. >> john: the g-20 summit, is it sort of a chance for a do-over with the european leaders? for president trump. >> yeah. i think you'll definitely see the european leaders looking for a reset after the trip before, at nato, that didn't go quite as well. we'll probably look to have the president make more of an affirmative -- to really affirm the relationship between the u.s. and its european allies in a way that didn't happen that first time around. how much warmer that will be remains to be seen. this president has been very clear with his america first stance. that hasn't changed that much. so i'm not looking for a major pivot here, but we may see efforts from president trump just to be a little more
affirming in his relationships. >> john: you can expect syria will also be on the table when he meets with vladimir putin. >> absolutely. that's one of the biggest issues that the two will have to address. you know, they're coming from different stances here. vladimir putin is an ally of bash thabashar al-assad. they're coming from opposite sides of the table there. we'll see if progress is made on those issues. >> john: photos taken of trump meeting putin, body language experts will have a field day trying to discern what's going on in that first handshake. kimberly alkins from the "boston herald," thank you. >> thank you. >> john: iraqi forces are celebrating a major breakthrough in the war on isis had, but innocent civilians including children could still be transplanted as islamic state fighters make a final stand in mosul. that's next.
>> john: a u.s. army soldier died and two others were hurt in a taliban attack in afghanistan. that's what a spokesman for u.s. forces in the country tells fox news. he says private first class hanson kirkpatrick was in a building when a mortar crashed through the roof and exploded killing him. other u.s. army soldiers returned fire, killing two taliban militants. kirkpatrick's command officer calling him a caring, disciplined, intelligent young soldier. the pentagon reports the other two injured american survivors are expected to survive. the attack happened in southern afghanistan, where the u.s. military is currently training and advising afghan security forces. iraq's prime minister now claiming u.s.-backed forces have managed to liberate mosul. the islamic state's last major stronghold in iraq. the fighting isn't over yet. an iraqi general says isis fighters still control a tiny section of the country, a city i
should say, rather than smaller than the size of a baseball diamond. activists say lots of innocent people still trapped inside mosul, and isis terrorists have been using civilians as human shields. greg? >> reporter: john. we've been covering this story on the ground and otherwise for the past three years. it appears it is coming to a head, but still a very dangerous place. officials on the ground now say that it's down to about 600 square yards in the old city of mosul. that is the isis fighters, the islamic state, so-called, duking it out with the iraqi forces, backed in large part by the united states military, both on the ground and in the air. it's estimated there's something like 300 so-called islamic state fighters left. looks like they are fighting to the finish. last night we heard from the iraqi prime minister.
he declared that in fact there was victory there, but officials on the gro say maybe not until tomorrow, the next day. we've seen that victory put off a couple of times. isis, in the past couple of days, launching desperate final waves of suicide fighters, even women fighters. this as the casualty mounts. medics on the ground say the injuries incurred in the last days, the worst they've seen in the eight months of fighting. john? >> john: what about the civilians there? >> reporter: still a huge factor. we've been reporting on the refugees now for years. they're still pouring out. u.n. estimates that in this tiny area, still held by isis, there are still something like 10,000 civilians. every time a building or a block is liberated, thousands more come out. what are they coming out to, however? the city is wrecked, buildings destroyed. vital services, electricity,
power, water gone. even when the horrendous terrorists get driven out of this place, it's going to take a long while to put mosul back together again. john? >> john: thanks, greg. ahead the text messages that can steal your personal information. we'll tell what you to watch out for. plus, dozens of major wildfires obliterating the landscape out west. we'll show you how firefighters are trying to get a handle on the flames next. liberty mutual stood with us when a fire destroyed everything in our living room. we replaced it all without touching our savings. yeah, our insurance won't do that. no. you can leave worry behind when liberty stands with you™. liberty mutual insurance.
when a person clicks the link, the criminals can steal personal information. security experts are warning people not to open anything that comes from an unknown number. also do not install any apps that come through a text message. instead, install them directly from the official app store. now this wildfire alert. the feds report more than half a million acres are burning in wildfires across the u.s. it's an area about 2/3 the size of rhode island. most of it is happening out west, where crews currently fighting dozens of large wildfires. will carr is live with that news. will? >> reporter: well, john, the conditions are really perfect to continue fueling the fire. it's hot, windy, dry across the southwest. the fires are raging in every western state right now, including nevada, where almost a dozen fires have burned more than a hundred thousand acres. that includes the truckee fire that's scorched more than 60,000
acres, and crews say they're stretched thin. >> i can't even tell you what reno or sparks is dealing with. and so we just can't find any more resources here in northern nevada. they're either committed or those jurisdictions cannot spare them. >> reporter: in arizona, a fourth of july celebration sparked panic when a firework went off early, landed in brush and created a dangerous fire that took an hour and a half to get under control. the largest fire in arizona is now more than half contained after burning more than 47,000 acres, but other like the burrow fire have zero containment. authorities are looking for an arson suspect who started several fires and then pulled out a handgun and fired shots at a responding federal officer. thankfully that officer was not hurt. >> john: wow. firefighters are telling people to stop using drones near these nicer? >> reporter: yeah. in arizona, fire crews had to
ground a helicopter this week after a drone flew too close to a fire. now, it's really a probably we've seen a lot in recent years on the frontlines. >> we don't want any kind of an accident to happen. so at this point aircraft is going to have to be grounded until we can find out who's operating the drone and get them to stop. >> reporter: fire crews across the country are pleading for the public to not use drones anywhere close to a wildfire. john? >> john: will carr from l.a. thanks, will. we'll be right back with a look at the beginnings of a charity which has become famous for its work around the globe. it all began on this day in history.
preacher and his wife started what would become the salvation army. they said they wanted to bring christianity to the poor and hungry in london. the group calls its volunteers rekruts and officers. the organization opened soup kitchens in london's poorest neighborhoods. they gave food and shelter to those in need. it also provided ambulances, food clothing and supplies to both world wars. today, the salvation army provides disaster relief all over the world, after it first waged war on poverty 152 years
ago today. i'm jon scott in for shepard smi smith. " ""your world with neil cavuto" is next." >> neil: speaking at the united nations right now. echoing concerns that our top diplomat about the provocative actions of north koreans with a different tone here. at issue, whether now is going to be a change in sentiment and tone and approach to north koreans who flagrantly go too far. we're going to look at the history and i should say if the markets are nervous about any of this, or the brirng nk of a flg crisis, they have a funny way of showing it. by and large, we're barely bulging on