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the u.s. military says friendly fire accidentally has killed afghan security forces strike. meanwhile three people have been killed in fresh clashes that erupted between protesters and israeli police. alarm bells in the west over the first ever joint to russia china drills in european waters not just
the day after the u.s. and twenty other states completed a massive war games in that region. from the next presidency to the colonized they should. be answering the questions of russia's brightest young minds at a special q. and a session in sochi. good evening to welcome my name is neil harvey and you're watching international united states military has confirmed that one of its strikes killed an unknown number of quote friendly afghan forces afghanistan. has details. the governor of helmand province. has been confirming this incident to the local
media i have been speaking to helm on counterterrorism and a police commander in the district of gracious good self in there confirming that at least twenty five members of the police force including two commanders are among those killed that the policemen wore not wearing their uniforms something that police often do in helmand that is to deceive the taleban when did try to liam bush's but we're also hearing the look asian that was provided to the nato piloted by the afghan forces was identified as a taliban position this is an area that's a front line and yesterday on broad three humvees armored humvees that they had captured from the afghan security forces filled them with explosives and did try tried to detonate them trying to break the security belt getting into the great
district and one did did dad brought a krug bomb killing at least nineteen afghan national army soldiers so the strike today was that it was a mistake by the afghans or whether the police men should have been wearing their uniforms is a big blow for a force that's a lot of that's hundred a lot of pressure every day the afghan national security forces are paying a very heavy price when it comes to fighting against taliban and in the last twenty four hours for example afghanistan has lost that nice one hundred pointy member of its afghan national security forces so a huge blow and we are being told that there will be an investigation to find out exactly what happened. now in the same statement the u.s. military has expressed deep condolences to the families promised an investigation into the coolness of the incident to auntie's course when it counted more open more details on this story and kind of sadly it's
a story that sounds quite familiar doesn't it yes we're hearing condolences from u.s. officials in response to the afghan security forces that were killed but the numbers that we're seeing being released by the u.s. air force confirm that the situation in afghanistan is escalating and that the risk for these kinds of incidents is rising as of now according to the numbers that we have from the u.s. air force as of june thirtieth the number of airstrikes on u.s. coalition aircraft have either dropped or expanded has been one thousand six hundred thirty four since the beginning of twenty seventeen there been one thousand six hundred thirty four different instances of munitions expended from u.s. forces in afghanistan keep in mind that in two thousand and fifteen the total was only two hundred ninety eight and in two thousand and sixteen it was only five hundred forty five now this number of munitions being released this number of airstrikes actually brings the situation in afghanistan to the level that it was at
in two thousand and twelve when u.s. forces were all across the country getting into skirmishes with taliban forces now at the moment we're hearing a lot of different reports keep in mind two thousand u.s. troops have actually died in afghanistan and a number of them have died from friendly fire incidents like the one that just recently took place there was the famous incident where pat tillman the celebrity football player who had volunteered to fight in afghanistan was killed by friendly fire and now we're hearing words from john mccain about the situation in afghanistan that are rather pessimistic let's take a listen to what john mccain sad. we have no strategy and we are losing when you're not winning you're losing and the. the afghan national army is taking unacceptable losses and we're going to have a new strategy you know they're coming to us and asking for additional funds for additional people and additional missions now at this point there are eight
thousand five hundred u.s. troops in afghanistan alongside five thousand other nato forces that are in the country and we're waiting to see what comes next but as the escalation of airstrikes continues more airstrikes are being carried out more munitions are being fired the risk for afghan security forces as well as for u.s. troops in the country is rising. pin reporting for us there live from new york now i spoke earlier with. he told me the trust in the united states starting to fade. but it is actually we can definitely that trust the united states is fading it already you know the american there for the last sixteen or seventeen years and that in the end they could actually create
a better situation better life for the afghan people there cannot protect there are going to people now taliban controlling more than seventy percent to eighty percent of the afghan authorities so the american supposed to be you know representing a superpower and nato is a super you know alliance so why have the failed for the last sixteen or seventeen years to make actually safer place why they would not actually you know will convince the afghani people that there could be here or was i right. you know if in a position of taliban leadership i would be extremely happy by this failure which taking place everywhere so definitely mr ranney the president will be in a very very difficult situation seeing his people his soldiers are massacred by his friends the american so it is it is appalling position. now the news another
palestinian has been killed in fresh clashes with israeli police that's according to palestine's ministry of health and it brings the number of palestinians killed just today to protest erupted after israeli authorities installed security cameras and metal detectors at the revered al aqsa mosque that followed a deadly shooting that last week. i was. palestinian spiritual leader warned the israeli government of the potential for an explosive situation on middle east correspondent paula slee has the latest on what is
happening right now in jerusalem. it comes as a week of protests over the israeli increased security measures around are taking place if you remember last friday there were two israeli security officers who were killed and israel responded by closing all many of the entrances to iraq so today they stopped main until the age of fifty from entering to pray they also stopped buses that were making their way from across israel with israeli arabs who were hoping to go to all access and show their defiance now it wasn't just a day of prayer today friday is also the main day of rage it was called for by the spiritual leader of the al aqsa mosque and he said that it should be a day of hate and protest that people should abandon their regular mosques and come and pray at the al aqsa mosque but not actually go into the mosques instead stand outside with a metal detectors that israel has put into place in the last few days to try and beef up security on our prison and he said to quote otherwise the situation would explode i was caught in some of those clashes and there are neighborhoods in east
jerusalem mecca look almost like a war zone you have israeli security officers charging forward with rubber bullets and tear gas and also a machine that sprays liquid duty liquid on people the protesters surge in the opposite direction and they have huge rocks and stones that they've been throwing at the security forces now all of this comes as the israeli cabinet hold an emergency meeting they decided to keep these metal detectors in place they believe it's for security but of course the muslim worshippers believe that it is a way for israel to change the status quo of the temple mount which is a huge the volatile and important religious site that currently has custodianship by jordan the clashes are ongoing and we do expect the situation to remain extremely tense. simple won't or harm of shy if it's known by muslims is one of the most contested religious sites in the world for jews it's believed to have been the site of two biblical term bulls and they'll arks
a mosque which is located on the. third holiest site the circle round is administered by jordan based islamic religious or forward city of people on both sides of the debate to find out what they think about current tensions. i don't understand why preventing and protecting the holy place the temple mount. should be any reasoning for any kind of terror and violence if some people want to exploit that that situation and incite terror and the only ones to blame for the terror will be those insiders and those who are acting by it because the israeli security system will do everything it can to make sure to preserve public order the state of israel is instigating violence it's prohibiting people from practicing freedom of worship something that the state of israel claims opposite of the state of israel wants to add
a fake jewish feature to the identity of truce along to their claim actually we answer one thing jerusalem is as israeli as moscow is american i'm very sorry that we reached this point i would have expected the leaders of the muslim community to condemn last week's terror attack and to try to calm down the crowd but instead what we've been seeing in the past week we've been seeing the islamic leadership calling upon the people to come today to the temple mount and to an organized. this is something we cannot allow we're not going to allow the. the city which is holy for so many billions of people around the world jews muslims christians all believers of the bible we cannot allow this place to turn in to its center of riots of stone throwing of endangering the peace of the public order and therefore we had no choice the state of israel created this myth about security this nuclear state is claiming that it is in its attacking people's rights for its
own security these people are an aunt even the incident that took place that started this whole process didn't take place i could see it took place outside the mosque and israel retaliated inside the mosque to create to the world that the incident happened actually in the mosque and by that it took advantage. of the incident only to promote its journey to change just out of school inside a lock some mosque. but david putin has shed light on what he might do when he's done with being russia's president he was fielding a wide range of questions from russian youngsters was at a special event taking place in sochi and he's done the whole king's followed the q. and a for us. it's been a marathon three hour long q. and a session just wrapped up here behind me it's very similar to putin's famous direct lines as well and this audience was very keen to know specifics about the
president's personal life and what plans he had for the future of potentially stepping down as president of the russian federation. and yes up what are you going to do when you leave the president's office. i still haven't decided whether i want to leave it. only after i have an answer to that question i will be thinking about the next steps there are a lot of things to do in this world i don't necessarily have to sit down and write memoirs i can leave the president's office but staying gauged in politics there are a lot of things i can do like ecology for example i think there's a lot of potential in that i've been taking part in various animal protection of events for several years i find a place for myself but i first need to answer the main question. and surprisingly perhaps given the young nature of the audience social media was something that came
up does the president perhaps have some sort of online presence perhaps a secret one using an alias which the president also gave quite interesting response. of the as for an online nickname and nickname is the same thing as alias as you know i started my career in foreign intelligence and sometimes i had to use an alias but using a man would be foolish i would use my own name and that should go for everyone i think why would you want to hide behind a nickname when i studied intelligence school my alias was platter of and everybody had one because that's just what our job demanded but why hide behind a nickname and when a person is proud of what they do there's no reason to hide. well there we go there every day you get to here some inside a secret information about the president's past career there was a whole host of more serious issues touched upon of course as well from future space projects the colonization of mars to the development of high technology in russia and funding for the arts certainly paul quite unexpected perhaps from an
audience so young and what are the most interesting questions you faced was which file you see holds dearest to his heart to which he gave an equally interesting reply life itself love and freedom and freedom particularly that last point. very salient because another issue touched on perhaps unsurprisingly was the issue of the opposition in russia corruption the absence or presence of press censorship and pollution said that of course the press censorship by such doesn't exist in russia although certainly issues related to perhaps drugs criminality drug trafficking would have to be kept under control and i had this to say about the issue of corruption and opposition in the country and what. if you ask what the value of other political parties not represented in the state duma is well they come up with new ideas and criticize those currently in power those who always have something to be criticised if it's impossible to find solutions to all the problems
but that doesn't mean you shouldn't aspire to this what you can do is simply speculate on those issues you can speculate on the problem of corruption it's globally widespread especially in emerging countries just look at what happened to our neighbors ukraine their engulfed by corruption. all the audience here today was at the serious some account in. children from all over russia come here the most talented ones in their fields of sports science and arts who want to go a sort of boot camp mos the classes joint projects to develop their talents on those this q. and a session with the president was a particular highlight something most of them were very much into. forward to perhaps something that will happen again next year if they're lucky enough given the success of this q. and a session here today. first of a joint russia china drills in the european waters of started in the baltic sea the
military exercise between the two countries will last for a week or the prior to them getting under way the event triggered an outcry aaron has details. western media is in a spin over the joint the twenty seven thousand naval drills starting today between russia and china headlines have been lifted with words like invasion and war one warning of a challenge to nato so what sparked the panic well first of all it's the location in the baltic sea right in the heart of northern europe and next ten nato bases secondly chinese warships are making their debut tour in this part of the world.
and if that wasn't threatening enough they're teaming up with russia but jointly drills are nothing new they've been held annually since twenty twelve but this first stage of the baltic coast has already caused a frenzy as a trio of chinese vessels made their way there leaving the british dutch and danish navies scrambling to shutter them out of their water is much to the amusement of the russian ambassador to china the baltic states repeat their usual incantations but at the same time they take for granted the fact that nato is deploying large forces on their territory but then wasn't this response predictable in october last year a russian fleet sailing around europe spotted headlines like the leading some european states to even consider sending vessels to intercept the group and this fear of the
russian ships has been around for some time already you can just ask sweden a country that spent twenty years insisting that russian submarines were sneaking around its coastline until they realized that the only thing lurking that minks now we can confirm that as of this moment no makes all scheduled to take part in joint see twenty seventy. meanwhile the u.s. and allied countries have just finished their own massive exercise in the region saber guardian took place in eastern europe on the territory of three countries aimed at deterring so-called russian aggression some twenty five thousand personnel from more than twenty states took part in the biggest drills of their kind for five years despite our though nato allies are worried by the upcoming russian war games in their roofs this september. the u.s. army's top general in europe even suggested that moscow might carry out a so-called trojan horse maneuver that he means russian tanks and soldiers could be
moved. and then left behind in the region to square up to nato or that they could exceed their planned size and scale political analyst chris bambery told us that fear is about china's involvement also being considered. it's not surprising to anyone that china and russia are our allies i mean is this news to anyone is it news perhaps this general because they haven't been following the news if that's the case and it's also the case that queer if nato and the americans carry a military exercises in this region that there was going to be a response i think what set the west into a tizzy is the fact that chinese warships have entered the baltic which is unprecedented and is a demonstration that well china is not yet able to match america in terms of military capacity but that is something which is going to develop over the over the years and the russian chinese alliance has got the potential to offset america in.
terms of military meet role in the world and i think this as you know revived fields of what china is going to become in the years to come. now while italy is begging the e.u. for help in dealing with the wreck or influx of refugees austria's foreign minister is a drone not to allow the newcomers to make it to the mainland he declared that even if they are plucked from the sea they shouldn't get quote a ticket to central europe says the mayor of palermo said the indifference of some states in the block to the crisis equates to fascism. there were all of it up which is south of europe will be on trial for genocide this will be a second nuremberg trial maybe not in the courts but in the history books because of this ongoing genocide in the mediterranean and it's all because the indifference of certain states in the european union the e.u. has to recognize the freedom of movement as
a human right this is very serious and i think the european union should can i say feel ashamed. and almost ninety thousand migrants arrived in italy by say this year alone more than two hundred twenty thousand are expected by the end of the year the matter of palermo's also condemned an anti islamic movement the so-called identity or in saying that they should be ashamed meanwhile a group of identity rinses lost the mission it's been dubbed defend europe in the mediterranean sea they say the mission is to expose humanitarian groups working alongside the people smugglers and provide what they call a taxi service for african migrants into europe. to overwatch. and inform the libyan coast guard about their doings ending human trafficking the military will see when we get them that's where signal the weskit of people in distress and make sure that they've got the brought back to the libyan cold.
mission is being carried out on a four hundred twenty two ton vessel which is carrying twenty five crew members it is already crowd funded more than one hundred twenty five thousand dollars in our map you can see the route the ship is following from the east african nation of djibouti and the setting towards the italian city of turn year where they're going to patrol the waters. spoke there with robot spokesperson for the german branch of defend europe he's going to join that mission very shortly we can hear now what he had to say i've spoken to many people here in italy locals and officials and even if they have issues you know the migrants there tell me that the ngos are doing
a good job and in some cases perfect and you are here to do something that is that seems to me as blocking what they're doing but there's. a right or wrong conception about our mission or main ambition is not to block off migrants illegal migrants coming to europe or main ambition is to document how the n.g.o.s are working because there are quite some indicators showing that they actually cooperate with human traffickers in often africa and there is of course something that people should know about if this is taking place because a lot of people are spending their money on the nations there how are you going to act when you find these n.g.o.s that as you are saying are potentially. people who violate the law we will just document the way they work if they also need like a helping hand when they have when there are so many people at the risk of drowning we will of course also come to help them. but we will make sure that we are not
also bringing people to europe we will try our best to bring the people back to where they came from have you. faced any problems with the officials how much under pressure from the me. have you been you know well obviously in terms of media we are very much under pressure. pretty much every news. reporting about us and a very one sided and negative way and as you've seen to false accusations i was sharp ship has been stopped in. egyptian territory but we are still optimistic and i think a lot of people will be surprised by the end of result of our campaign. russia's foreign minister sergey lavrov has commented on rumors of a secret meeting between putin and trump during the g twenty summit gave an
interview to the american news channel n.b.c. the highlights of the. so far interesting topics were raised and some of them were on these alleged to secret meetings that took place between president putin and president trump on the sidelines of the g. twenty summit in hamburg earlier this month that's because a lot of media have been reporting is speculating that on top of the official meeting between the two leaders to have an extra secret meetings where secret deals could have been reached now both the white house and kremlin have come out to the night is and in this interview with also the ninety allegation and only furch of analogy of kindergarten children mingling with each other or describing the importance of these possible extra encounters between putin and trump here we know about president putin and president trump meeting three times at the g. twenty that they met obviously for the bilateral they met at the dinner and they met well maybe they went together that was a four story when you were brought by your parents to
a kindergarten. do you mix was the people who are waiting in the same room to start going to it plus classroom is the jesus you know well but there is also a room where they get together before an event starts so they can look the right although at the same time when the bus lever also used some rather harsh words to describe the two russian diplomatic compounds that have been confiscated by the u.s. during the last days of obama's administration back in december the speculation is that obama did it as a revenge for the alleged russian meddling in the twenty sixteen presidential election and here's what the russian foreign minister had to say about that don't believe this correct because the official north which we received from the state department said nothing about the reasons for each of these property you had been seized so you just. straight forward the robbery and international law isn't that i don't know and we would act on the basis of international law to
get it back as expected the topic of syria also popped up in the interview when the office talking about that he referred to the latest remarks made by the cia director michael peo who said that the sole purpose of russia's presence in syria is to stick it to america that's a quote and here's what lavrov had to say about that even gentleman who represents a country. legitimately. being created and basis in syria is concerned very much a blow to bases reacher has been established on the basis of for intergovernmental agreement with the government which is the member of the united nations then something is wrong with the double standards that the figure of ten american bases in syria is according to a latest report released by the turkish state run news agency r.t. has tried to contact the u.s. central command to get an official confirmation about that and so far they have neither tonight or confirm.