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as. russia's foreign minister demands explanation from the u.s. over the recent downing of a syrian fighter jet as concerns grow over whether washington has its own agenda in syria. details emerge of the brussels attackers background with the prosecutors saying he's of morgan origin and was carrying nails and gas bottles in his bag. scandal in the u.k. after an opposition m.p. claimed survivors of the parental tower fire are being forced to sleep rough that as a day of rage in london plans to bring down the government. thanks
for tuning in you're watching our to international it's one pm here in the russian capital with you this hour s. and. russia's foreign minister says moscow is waiting for washington's explanations after the u.s. led coalition downed a syrian army plane near the city off rocca so he last also stressed that the pentagon is still treating various terrorist groups differently for. the french we have to show that the u.s. is really targeting but we don't recall america bombing so actively. so. it's constantly changing its name but it doesn't change its nature. russia has a hold at some cooperation with the u.s. over syria by pulling out of the agreement it is signed with washington to prevent collisions in syrian airspace meanwhile australia has announced that it is temporarily suspending its air operations in syria. the u.s. led coalition says the downing of a syrian fighter jet came in self defense however in the last month the coalition
has already targeted syrian forces and the forces loyal to damascus five times let's have a look at where the attacks took place the plane was shot down here south western city of raka where the coalition is supporting kurdish troops in their fight against. the u.s. led coalition has also conducted several bombing raids against pro-government fighters here in the base training camp the pentagon site at the same justification for each raid that pro assad forces has breached a deacon flexion zone and he said now we look at how this military escalation may be reaching a boiling point the u.s. shoots down a syrian plane over syria in self-defense the only action that we have taken against pro regime forces in syria and they've been to specific incidents have been in self-defense let's imagine a random guy comes into your house with a gun and shoots your dog and then he's like it was just self-defense i wanted to
make sure there was no why lynds going on here d. as coalition speaking of deescalation after this self defense move the situation couldn't be worse russia now considers all u.s. led coalition planes in the area a potential targets and are tracking them all of this happened as both the u.s. and syrian government backed up by the russian air force were fighting isis in the stronghold of iraq are now washington and moscow have locked horns in syria again focus has shifted and isis is probably breathing a deep sigh of relief while watching syrian fighter jets crash in flames on the horizon good job superpowers you're not so super slick. questions are now being asked whether the lines have been blurred between the fight against terror and outweigh the military intervention and u.s. senators have now joined those critical of the pentagon's policy in syria this is
illegal war at this point then there's a practical question the practical question is doing anything you want killing every perceived enemy in every perceived leader of chieftain of five people in some misbegotten village is it helping are we going to defeat an ideology by killing people the united states and the coalition are there without any permission without any i mean for are ready to be president and so when we when we not only do we enter syria and there are sovereign airspace. but now we have shot down a syrian jets we have been carrying out bombing attacks this is an act of war of aggression under under international law jacqueline looks at how times promises to stop such interventions are now being broken at the syrian conflict escalates. trump made it clear that defeating terrorism and putting an end to the
trend of u.s. interventions in the middle east were top priorities so he opted for granting more power to the military what i do is i authorized by military we have the greatest military in the world ok but if it helps eradicate eisel what's the problem well first we have the us training and giving arms to a bunch of anti-government forces one of them the new syrian army would really like to topple assad. then there's the syrian democratic forces largely consisting of kurds who would really love to grab more power from the government and eventually become independent remember the de confliction zones they're controlled by those forces supported by the us and the syrian government is not allowed there so once i finish we will have fully trained armed to the teeth forces controlling significant chunks of syrian territory partially hostile to the government what could possibly go
wrong i don't see u.s. forces leaving in the short term did indicate that he wanted to lessen tensions with the russian federation that he wanted to focus u.s. military policy towards the elimination of the islamic state what we've seen however over the last five months since he was inaugurated is just the opposite so it seems in this effort to defeat the u.s. could in fact be fanning new hotbed of tension if you like washington has a case of tunnel vision trying to solve only one problem without seeing the bigger picture sound familiar and showed iraq anyone but history teaches us nothing clearly not even past tweets such as this one from donald trump to then president obama in two thousand and thirteen he warned that nothing good would come to the u.s. from attacking syria apparently hindsight isn't twenty twenty one to get to the white house. r.t. washington d.c. . the scandal over london felt our fire is rising after britain's opposition labor
party raised concern that survivors are not being helped and are even now forced to sleep rough article or smith has the details. but news is coming out every day not just about the number of victims of this terrible fire but also about the way that it's being handled on the ground and the newly elected opposition m.p. for the local area north kensington has been talking to the media in very strong terms about her concerns that survivors aren't being taken care of properly they're not getting the help they need and she says that in some cases they're actually sleeping rough that's what she had to say people have been sleeping in cars and in parks because they don't know where to go and they aren't being looked after the grenfell response team which is now only coordinating the help that these people are getting on the ground say that they're not aware that any victims. but of
course the political reaction to this is very much ongoing as is the disaster management prime minister theresa may has ordered a thorough inquiry into the tragedy and she's pledged five million pounds to be available to help these victims but jeremy colvin or as it doesn't really matter it's not going to be enough anyway given the scale of the tragedy and the terrible fire has of course dealt another blow to the prime minister's failing popularity it came very shortly after with after she failed to gain a majority in an election that she herself cools and her ratings have been suffering severe jaw drops since december in fact a recent hugo of poll shows that less than half of people are happy with her as premier and there is no let up today in the u.k. you'll be seeing pictures from us coming in all day because it's the day. the queen is going to open up parliament she's going to tell us what the agenda for the new government will be and protesters are using that to shut down london is what they
say they want to do shut down london take down what they're calling a rotten government now the grenfell tower victims. have come out through various channels and said that they want the demonstrators to keep this peaceful but tempers are running very high so it's anybody's guess what's going to happen in london later today. the numerous train station is being quartered arbaaz a suspicious bag has been found and neutralization is underway meanwhile new details emerge on the attackers background who blew up the explosive device earlier on tuesday there's now of course a lot to show i do bensky for more details so shallow what more can you tell us. well it just emerged that the prosecutor's office in belgium has confirmed that the man who carried out that attempted attack at brussels central station on tuesday evening was a rock a national he was known to police but was not suspected of any terrorism offenses
we also understand that he was carrying a rucksack that had nails inside it and gas bottles and that's what caused that explosion when he apparently ran at soldiers crying out ackbar which is the arabic term for god is great now we also have been told that he was living in the mall and back district of brussels this is an area very poor and also notorious for its high concentration of i saw sympathizers including a very high number of jihadi foreign fighters that have gone to syria and iraq and then come back to europe and carried out some significant major terror incidents here on the mainland including one cell that was linked eisel which was behind the attacks here in paris in november two thousand and fifteen that killed one hundred and thirty people now four months later another cell that was linked to that cell then carried out a series of coordinated attacks in brussels in which thirty two civilians were
killed here's a reminder of those attacks in belgium just over a year ago. i think that what you're going to be soon is an. in these activities we're only halfway through ramadan for one thing but on the other hand you also have anywhere from fifteen hundred to two three thousand. of them there was. the one. but attack on tuesday evening well that attack on tuesday evening in brussels came just a day off the yet another attempted attack in the heart of paris on the show a man in a van that was full of petrol and also contained was rammed into
a police vehicle on one of the busiest streets the seans elisei in the heart of paris now that caused another explosion and again the suspect was neutralized at the scene no more details have been emerging about that man he is apparently a thirty one year old called adam desirea he was known to police and not only was he known to police he was actually on a wanted watch list now despite being on not wanted watch list it turns out that the thirty one year old actually had a gun permit it despite having that gun permit and being on the watch list he was able to carry out this this incident and questions and now being raised about how he was able to have a gun permit and to be all not wanted watchlist at the same time. well thanks for that update that was are to sure do events clearly points for us live from paris thank you. we spoke to a number of experts who fear more of such incidents in the e.u. . i think that what you're going to be seeing is an increase in these activities
we're only halfway through ramadan for one thing but on the other hand you also have anywhere from fifteen hundred to two three thousand returning. frenchmen. from syria who need to be occupied with and that's going to be their duty now and as long as they've lost the caliphate they're going to be going back to their to their countries and they are going to attempt to wreak havoc and create this kind of thing so that these kind of terrorist activities then become the new normal it does seem like a very you know regular occurrence we're hearing it all too often it's obviously it's becoming hard to keep track of all of them that they're helping with such frequency and there are so many similarities between them i think arius in this particular case what we find out about it was he you know under the radar did they know about him apparently the guy shops always say was all on the list he he was
known to french authorities be interested also because there does seem to be this connection between belgium and france attacks but the france attacks in november were carried out by a belgian cell phone and so there is this relationship between belgium and france when it comes to. more news coming our way. people with stories to tell. those who deserve to. stay and you know you since. you seem to since. they're here to speak are you there to hear.
what politicians do you should. put themselves on the line. to get accepted or rejected. so when you want to be president. one of. the two going to be this is what before three of the people. interested always at the water's edge. welcome back to the program u.s. military advisors in afghanistan are finding themselves increasingly under fire
from the very people they've been training interior recent incidents alone three u.s. soldiers were killed and seven more injured are just more gassed you have reports. that. a joint afghan and nato military base. hit the taliban in full traits and turned his gun on coalition troops injuring seven american soldiers everyone who knew him was friends with him is now. under investigation being questioned though the base itself is still operational and training continues what we can safely say is that from now on after this latest incident american troops will be looking at their afghan allies with just that little bit more suspicion. green on blue attacks when afghan forces either infiltrators or defectors purposefully fire on coalition troops it's been
a taliban tactic for years this is an achievement for the mujahedeen who have managed to create mistrust among the enemy forces such attacks peaked during a bomb as troop surge it got so bad that the rewrote the book on security. oh. no no other than our first american soldiers training afghans were assigned body gods then all coalition troops were ordered to have their weapons loaded at all times afghan recruits were made to go through an eight step vetting process while an inquisition like body purge to anyone it deemed radical yet here we are. some breaking news out of afghanistan three u.s. service members are dead a fourth wounded after a shooting reportedly carried out by
a member of the afghan military terrorists seven u.s. army soldiers that have been wounded in northern afghanistan now this comes a week after three west army soldiers were killed in a similar incident to a deadly attack on american soldiers two attacks in the span of a week three soldiers killed seven wounded in a fire sure it's nothing like two thousand and twelve when green on blue violence killed or injured more than one hundred troops but the situation was. and then there were fifteen times as many americans in afghanistan and the taliban was losing not so now i understand it's my responsibility we're not winning in afghanistan right now the taliban is resurgent taking over vast swaths of afghanistan islamic state is also spreading across the country the afghan army the coalition a beset by challenges time for another troop surge. some
additional forces from the united states will come to afghanistan to take part in training and advising our national forces if one hundred and forty thousand troops couldn't win this war what difference will four thousand make would be four thousand troops americans cannot defeat the taliban in afghanistan they just want the fighting to continue so they can achieve their goals but with more american troops in afghanistan people will get more frustrated and insecurity will increase afghans a pessimistic they've heard it all before the public says of security victory at the end of the day how do you win a war when you can't even tell which of your allies is going to shoot you in the back. guys do you have. from kabul afghanistan. the philippines army has launched
a fresh push to dr eisold militants out of the southern city of mirali the military are deploying armored vehicles with warplanes conducting aerial bombing of the terrorists' fortified positions the fighting has now entered a fifth week and claimed at least three hundred it. was. and the country's been deceiving some international help u.s. military advisers are there to assist their philippine colleagues but it turns out presidents are eager to terrify never invited them parties miguel france santiago looks at how the country's chain of command up. so how where is president due to
take what's going on in his own country now you may recall that when you told he became president last year he took quite a hostile stance towards the u.s. not an easy task considering you once wore a us colony. ship. the. board the. not so sure that it will admit it but it's going on today that turkey is battling eisel allied groups who invaded the south an island of mindanao and captured one of its largest cities and the u.s. military is there to providing assistance the u.s. embassy in manila claims that the philippines government requested the aid. and apparently it wasn't the president who asked for help but the philippines army with the army brigadier general saying to a.p.
that we don't have good surveillance equipment so we asked the u.s. military for help now the philippine army stressed it was only the equipment and no boots on the ground however the pentagon said it's also sending an additional three hundred to five hundred u.s. troops to support regular training activities and note the details now that the president no well it turned out he didn't until the help arrived. but made an appeal as it didn't even know that the american love images would probably be technical and president attorney did not say whether his military went over his head he only said that because of the longtime close ties between the u.s. and its ex colony is army has always been very pro-american and now almost a week after that pretty surprising admission we are learning from the president's spokesperson that he quote accepted the situation at this stage frankly president they're going to see
a very vulnerable at this stage. not one who doesn't want the thing unrest from his own military except. that his generals are all pro american for us and it seems that yes to live with that kind of situation if you want to stay on in power so when you have a leader of a country not aware of a foreign power cooperating with its own military and then saying he accepts the situation days later that clearly means that something is not right with your process and go r.t. . now let's go back to our top story moscow is waiting for washington's explanations after the u.s. led coalition shot down a syrian army playing near the city of raka alexei pushkov the head of russia's communications committee joins us now. i discuss this further either so thank you so much for joining us here on our team international so russia as far as when a stand has suspended cooperation with washington on syria after the u.s.
shut down a syrian government plane what do you think needs to be done to restore that cooperation. well first. has stated the united states have to give an explanation for this attack the explanation that was given is definitely not sufficient it was it the syrian fighter dropped bombs near the so-called syrian democratic forces supported by the united states but in fact that the syrian government is. asserting that the fighter was bombing the positions of the islamic state so i think the united states should explain how it happened that they attacked the syrian plane in the space of syria actually this is an act of war it means that the syrian
airspace is being denied to syrian fighters in syria there is only one government there one which is represented in the united nations and recognized by the whole world so if the u.s. attack a syrian fighter in the syrian sky it means an act of war and the united states should give an explanation for this act of war the explanation that was given until now is definitely not sufficient well the u.s. has attacked pro-government forces in syria several times recently but this is the first time it's taken out a government that has washington crossed a line here. i think that the united states want in this way to show that there are two serious one syria headed by the government in damascus and the other syria which is comprised of the military opposition the armed opposition to president assad and some other
forces that are supported by the united states but this is a very dangerous policy because basically it leads to. division of syria into parts of fission that the united states recognize that they want to have a united syria syria that will keep its territorial integrity but if they deny a certain territory for the military activity of the syrian government it means that they want a divided syria the united states have they never criticized this until now and so their policy confronts their official position that's why we need clarity on this now since the u.s. took down that syrian government jet australia has also stopped military operations in syria apparently seeing the situation there is no longer safe so is washington essentially putting its coalition partners at risk. well i think it is i think it
is putting them a triscuit because if you are tech the military forces of the government of syria then nobody can guarantee that there will be no retaliation and you are well aware that the russian government declared that it has frozen the memorandum on the prevention of incidence between the russian air forces and the coalition air forces in the syrian sky this is a precarious situation and i think the australian government has made it quite a reasonable move until the situation is sorted out to prevent any kind of incidents that would in danger the australian planes saying that this is a sage wise decision and i think the united states should do
something to reinstate or. the. trust that is necessary to make russia come back to the memorandum on the prevention of incidents and i think the united states should change their position and not a tick in the syrian military planes in the future as the minister lover of stated recently all action should be accorded it this was an unilateral action from the united states and that's why russia moved out of the memorandum mr prescribed by may let's move on to some other pressing issues now on the german elections they're just three months away and we've heard german officials accusing russia of trying to influence the vote through hacking and a misinformation campaign how much pressure does this rhetoric put on malaysians between moscow and berlin. i think this is an absolutely artificial accusation it does not hold ground i am now in berlin and nobody
who my spoke in those two days in berkeley in. supports those accusations i think this is just a kind of participation of some german officials in this. global interaction can pain which started in the in the united states then went to britain france and so on accusing russia about trying to subvert the political process in western countries there are those accusations of some of the stupid look in britain who were accused of trying to meddle into british elections but russia has no possibility to do this then what is russia to gain from this meddling and by the way it was dropped immediately after the elections there was no meddling to resume has partially lost the elections because she was there.