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if a knife attack in a supermarket in northern germany leaves one person dead done for others injured or police continue to work at the scene. moscow tells washington to reduce its diplomatic stuff in russia after the u.s. senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new drug sanctions. also ahead human rights watch claims an american trained iraqi army unit has cari died killings.
in from right or wrong the world this hour welcome to moscow on to r.t. international my names you know me good to have your company our top story stopping in a supermarket in the german city of hamburg has left one person dead and four injured with what we know at this stage here is artie's peter all over. the suspect to talk to carried out this attack is in police custody however as of yet police haven't spoken about any motive behind the attack they have said that they're investigating all possible motives including terror now some eyewitnesses at the scene said that the man shouted akbar god is great in are a bit before carrying out his attack however the police spokesperson didn't comment further on that what we are seeing though is around the area where this took place it's cordoned off by police very heavily armed police presence at the scene there
we also understand the. units of the german police force are at the scene as well this attack on friday evening in hamburg leaving one person dead four others have been wounded in a knife attack at a supermarket the police of confort now. living on moscow has told the u.s. to cut its diplomatic staff in russia and is not ruling ita dish will counter measures after the u.s. senate's approval of a new anti russia sanctions bill here's what the russian deputy foreign minister had to say. to viet nam is that this is a response to the our lawful actions of the us and most importantly to the entire russian me home in the u.s. congress we're not ruling out any steps so to say to bring those presumptious russophobe to their senses who are setting the tone on capitol hill today. let's look at the context of where this all started this actually began back in december
when the u.s. expelled some russian diplomats and confiscated some diplomatic buildings basically some compounds and what's happened is that russia has effectively responded in kind it's saying that the same number of diplomatic staff also technical staff that the that they have in america must be responded in kind with the americans across the whole of russia this is not just moscow so we're looking at four hundred fifty five people by the first of september what they've also said is that they want to stop the americans having access to certain warehouses and also what they call a diplomatic compounds now that's not an embassy or anything like that it's effectively a leisure complex out in the in the forests near the city well let's look at the breakdown of those four hundred fifty five people back in december the americans expelled thirty five russian diplomats but to even up the numbers to make sure they are exactly the same in the two countries the americans would have to take out over two hundred fifty of their own diplomats this is all come about i mean less than a day as we said over the fact that the the senate had voted on these new russian
sanctions and then in these donald trump's signature really summit to make it go ahead president putin said that russia had been patient for long enough and if he felt that it was about time that there would be a response and the response would become pretty soon the news of these sanctions are completely illegal they go against international law and the rules of the world trade organization we're being very patient and very reserved but at some point we will have to respond we can't endlessly tolerate aggressive behavior towards our country these actions can be perceived as aggravation and i would even say exceptional cynicism meanwhile there's been a response from the u.s. ambassador to russia john turfed who said that he was deeply disappointed about the new measures after meeting with russia's deputy foreign minister so get a cough but this might not be the end of it it is that. this bill is a tool of intimidation for the whole world what the consequence. of disobedience and then the full miracle political course. while in
a phone call with his american counterpart russian foreign minister sergey lavrov highlighted the schools forced to reply with country measures to protect its interests he told rex tillerson russia tried to do everything to improve relations but how to react to a number of hostile steps on provocation from washington that the response is adequate and in line with international practice and while many now see president trump as being in a tough position either he must take a hard line on the president or let down his party and try and go against the will of congress political commentator john bolton has told us he thinks trump should veto the bill in order to exercise his authority but you know in my estimation of donald trump i don't think he cares that much about what an opposing senator in opposing congress thinks about him his votes came from the american people he is
the head of the executive branch of the u.s. government the executive branch leads in foreign policy under the supervision of congress and what's happening here is congress is attempting to take over presidential powers and as the president the president must veto this if he wants to retain his full hours it's possible that somebody might be advising trump to let them play their game a little bit but i am relatively optimistic well there are also fears in the european union that the proposed sanctions will hit european companies the german economy minister has criticized the u.s. over the plans she sees that washington has abandoned a quote shared position on russia sanctions and even suggests the country measures . people in new york how much they knew of by those measures. the economic minister of germany wants to put sanctions counter sanctions on a country in coordination with the world trade organization. crash may be the u.s.
crew check us out and then a swearing i probably united states on the united states oh you know well and how do you feel about that i faked our trade policies under the present current administration it's got a right i can't believe it because the president you're trying to protect themselves with trouble being president you've got to expect a lot of crazy things not good but we have to stand out it's not good for us and it's not good for the world we think that we can exist by ourselves we can the world is a much bigger place now we're becoming less and less important it's a trade war a trade war between us and europe and the germans us and the rest of the world it seems the fact that the measures where not discussed reviews the extent. to which europe lost seriousness and standing in the eyes of the u.s.
there is a certain feeling of shock among german politicians that the law that was. that was voted for explicitly mentions u.s. energy interests and economic interests now it is clearly out in the open that europe does met a much less than she would like to. russia newly appointed envoy to the u.n. vassily in the benji ses the e.u. stands to lose zine from the anti russia sanctions. ironically the e.u. together with the u.s. implemented illegal sanctions against russia and know it could be a victim of those restrictions as a result of the sanctions the situation can be described as we told you so. well today friday the russian ambassador met with the u.n. secretary general antonio good terrorists just the day after it was officially
announced that he would become russia's permanent representative he replaces vitaly churkin died earlier this year from a heart attack and from the very start his views on russia u.s. relations haven't exactly been filled with positivity. distorts obviously the situation and our bilateral relations don't create optimism concerning our cooperation were polite and patient as our president said yesterday but anyone can lose patience we have to take these measures we face total unprecedented baseless and illegal sanctions were repeatedly warned our american colleagues that our patients would run thin one day. moving on weeks after the city of mosul was finally freed from islamic state in iraq more details of the liberation are emerging a new report from human rights watch suggests one iraqi military unit executed dozens of suspected members of without trial this is how international observers
describe what they saw in mosul. a group of iraqi soldiers the men down an alleyway to which they heard multiple gunshots. through the doorway of a damaged house the bodies of a number of naked men lying in the doorway they said one of the dead men was lying with his hands behind his back and appeared to have been handcuffed and there was a rooper around his legs to sixteenth division soldiers the schools had one observe and showed the seven head of the soldiers said was an american female isis sniper the high decapitation it was not clear whether they did compensated her life after death this is one of a series of reports that human rights watch has issued on the final weeks of the battle in mosul against isis and in these reports what we have seen is numerous extrajudicial killings by iraqi forces of men they say before and linked to isis
without any judge without any file simply executing them on the battlefield really all the iraqi forces that are involved in this fight against isis have been committing rampant abuses including war crime we have yet to see a single incident be properly at investigated by the iraqis or any commander to be held accountable. for the report claims the executions were carried out by an iraqi unit the played a significant role in the liberation they had received american training on assistance while fighting i saw back in twenty fifteen. so yes there is no indication that washington has halted its support to the vision. the u.s. has publicly for a long time publicized the work that it's done training the iraqi military think division that it calls on its own website has press releases up highlighting the training and support that the u.s. has given to the specific division now we as human rights watch do not know if
support to the sixteenth division is ongoing but we have not seen anything thing to suggest that that support ended in the recent. torture and killings allegedly carried on by iraqi army of previously been documented by a camera man embedded with one of the units i must warn you some of his for the age is the stir being only our county claims to have films abuse an extrajudicial executions some of which he said were all to recorded by the officers themselves because the of spoke to the cameraman last month again disturbing images of. the dark background is intended to conceal the way you walk how serious is the threat to your life after you made these revelations about all this torture and wrongdoing in iraq. my family received many threats from the especially from captain
mourners are she wrote to my father on facebook he said they would come and night and kill them they can contact me because i was in hiding of course i understand that my life is in danger and you spend a lot of time embedded with iraqi forces and i know i spend some time in mosul i know how hard it was to you know get in touch and embed yourself with the rocket forces and especially difficult to gain their trust but what was your position with the emergency response division that you know and how can it work together every day we all slept together i spent more time with them than with my family i thought they were heroes yes they were so brave fighting on the frontlines every day. but then i saw the other side the torture the raping the killing first they didn't want me to film the torture and other bad stuff but eventually they relented and gave me permission how did you feel when you first witness these two which is scenes and how did you feel as time went on and as they got brutal and violent and fatal.
at first it didn't register during the second week i went home and my relatives asked me what was wrong with me after that it all changed it affected me my psychology i kept thinking about the torture of those people and their suffering it got worse and worse and after five weeks it became so horrible that i decided to publish everything. i know it was unbearable but i made myself continue to film because they knew it was important he tortured people and killed them over and over. as i remember it happened on december twelfth. and surgeon hyder came back and started to show us the video we saw how sergeant hider started to shoot he shot a man six nine times and we heard the voice of captain omar hyder stop the sonos want to talk to him then he shot the man three times himself. or with calls for washington to end its backing of iraqi army units coming from rights groups it's
being reported that the u.s. led coalition is urging iraq to investigate claims of war crimes being committed by its military well we can discuss this development with journalist and human rights activists mike running now mike always good to have you on the show if the reports are true will iraq conduct an investigation into its own army over alleged war crimes and will washington also be implicated do you think. i suppose they will have to the be forced into this. but that doesn't need to happen for the u.s. by its own law cease support for the sixteenth the reason. there is a lower the us that says as long as there are credible reports that a foreign army is committing war crimes and atrocities and obviously we have really credible reports that this has been going on in mosul then they have to see support for that immediately and that's not pending an inquiry or pending any kind of
investigation so i think that the u.s. support for the well or even the coalition support actually should should cease immediately until we know what's going on but i read a report today from was an interview with one of the sixteenth a vision soldiers and he said he was ordered in the last weeks of the the liberation of mosul was ordered to shoot anything that loot men women and children and we've seen bodies on the the banks of the tigris in mosul people that looked like they were had their arms tied and bound around them and that just seems to me that's that's prisoners of war all civilians were being executed it has led to the question of course this again we heard it before should washington rethink its support of the iraqi army in general. absolutely. this is this is really strange now and washington's been caught in two places at once because we know that they've been supporting isis and supporting armed opposition groups across the border in syria and here we are in support of the u.s.
and coalition forces supporting an army that that's now implicated in in serious war crimes over in iraq so washington is. built and designed this chaos and carnage and it's not called between two sides and it's there's no good way out for washington and the american military the moment hunt closely linked you think us in iraq where here the reason i mean is how likely is it that washington knew about the torture of prisoners. i think it's it's undeniable and actually it's not even cynical to suggest that just because this division iraqi division were trained by the us military that they wouldn't have done this we have to remember the u.s. torture after the during the two thousand and three invasion. in background and abu ghraib. and i think all of those techniques of been taught to the standing
army that was created after the after the us invasion and this is this goes back as well all the way to the latin america in the eighty's we had the death squads that were trained by special forces and the cia and they were running wild of course in america so this is par for the course for the us this is training of troops in their tactics and their tactics happen to include torture extradition killing and then we have complete lawlessness in mosul and we have to compare and contrast this with. aleppo in syria where there were similar things going on in terms of. opposition held siege to the city for years that was liberated boy. with russia's help with the with hezbollah mainly with the syrian army but in terms of how that was done that was done door to door to limit civilian casualties and there was also reconciliation and honesty program and in fact with remember back in december we had opposition all moan the opposition groups were bussed out of the
town with their families this isn't happening in mosul so it's it's a little bit barbaric what we're reading today and what we're seeing in mosul for the last four to five weeks my granny journalist and human rights activist thanks for your time this hour. thanks. to military psychologists regarded as the architects of the cia's enhanced interrogation program well the sculptor on friday whether they have to stand trial over participation in acts of torture bruce jessen james mitchell created on personally tested harsh torture methods forming a company that profited from the program their techniques were used on suspected terrorists held at secret cia prisons when the country launched its war on terror following the nine eleven attacks but twenty fourteen torture report released by a senate select committee found that some of those who were subjected to the brutal interrogations had not been involved with extremist activities.
michael kearns who worked with one of the psychologists had devised a program to help u.s. service personnel withstand torture he ses his work on syria as it's known was used by one of the men to the develop newer and more brutal torture techniques. the resistance to interrogation program we don't actually use the word torture in the training however there are torture techniques that are used to certain levels during the training this is all part of a program that's called sere s e r e survival evasion resistance to interrogation and escape so what we were doing were protecting those operators those people on
strategic reconnaissance flights doing operational work of around the world to collect intelligence and also those that were operational and working in counter terrorism how to resist enemy interrogations and those techniques were educated to fill a very precise and were not used to hurt or harm the students and every student had a stop code a code that they could use at any time to have all activity stopped so again torture in the mind of a student is different from being tortured for days and days and weeks which is what we're hearing about the bush she torture program all of the activities that one on by the cia were grossly beyond anything at the circe school standards for my opinion please understand that i retired from the u.s. air force in one nine hundred ninety one only in two thousand and six or two thousand and seven did i even have an inkling that these people that i haven't seen for dozens of years were doing this roger aldridge bruce jessen and jim mitchell
were the people behind the torture program it was the people that i worked with for several years that had taken and reverse engineer. the harsh part. and turned it into the tease the enhanced interrogation program. brutal techniques. well the lawyers for the two psychologists in question say their clients are innocent should be viewed i kin to the suppliers of poison gas to the nazis or in their words doing business in line with a contractual agreement one former cia analyst and whistleblower told us that the man managed to earn eighty one million dollars doing such business. the reason why mitchell and jessen were put in charge of this this terrible this important program was because the cia simply had no experience in this kind of thing nobody in the cia was trained in interrogation that's an f.b.i. job but the cia wanted to be the organization that did it themselves and it's
because the cia blamed itself for the nine eleven attacks well because they had nobody internally who could do these interrogations they decided to hire mitchell and jessen at a cost of eighty one million dollars to come in and teach the cia how to torture people at the end of the day mitchell and jessen were the ones who flew out to the secret prison site overseas and actually carried out the torture themselves we know from the senate torture report for example that it was mitchell and jessen who were personally torturing these prisoners there was no discussion of ethics there was no discussion of morality and once the memo was signed by the president there was no discussion of legality it was it was as though the cia was just winging it they were taking it one day at a time they didn't care if they were breaking rules they didn't care if they were violating the laws they didn't care about professional ethics when vice president dick cheney said that we were going to turn to the dark side they meant it they
meant that the cia was going to go overseas and it was going to kill or capture everybody that it encountered and then just deal with the fallout later that's why guantanamo was created. north korea has conducted another missile test that's london in the sea off japan but the assessments being made about the missile have contradicted each other so far the pentagon earlier claimed that north korea had fired a long range weapon but russia's foreign ministry ses say it was medium range young young claiming to have tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this month neighboring japan and so i korea our concerns with seoul calling for an emergency security meeting over the incident this latest weapons test is the fourteenth pyongyang has carried out this year in violation of a u.n. bot. at least three palestinians have been injured
by israeli forces during protests in the west bank city of hebron came after an extended period of violence at the only site in jerusalem where tensions again grew on friday is really authorities introduced new restrictions bombing men under the age of fifty from entering temple mount for friday prayers demonstrators were reportedly targeted with live and rubber coated steel bullets polish there was there just before the clashes escalated. the situation here in west would a neighborhood of arab east jerusalem is extremely tense this has been a flashpoint of violence in the past and police have both been additional reinforcements there are heavy security barriers they've closed a lot of the roads into the old city and also have secured they checkpoints between east jerusalem and the west bank even more now the police have also threatened that they are expecting casualties today indeed if islands explodes and there has been violence here in the cost i was.
ok i know i was there was it. was always like my neck was drunk on a tuesday night dozens of palestinians were injured when clashes broke out at the last a mosque several were arrested by the israeli police particularly off to keep up youngsters climbed onto the mosque and through the palestinian flag from there was was was . at the same time we are hearing that more than a hundred people have been injured the number of palestinians who've been killed in
the last two weeks of violence has now climbed to six after the eight youngster who was shot in the head succumbed to his wounds overnight there have been three israelis who have been killed so what we're looking at really is two weeks of violence and hope that the situation will come under control soon but certainly the mood on the ground extremely tense particularly today as many palestinian groups call for a day of rage. donald trump's new communications director has learned the hard way about the meaning of on the record after a reporter he spoke to revealed an expat of failed run about fellow senior white house staff with the details here. carolingian has only been in this position for a week and we don't really know what he brings to the table but he's already now the talk of the town due to the harsh comments or less than friendly comments he's made about his own colleagues he called one senior official
a paranoid schizophrenic and another he attacked with such explicit words that they can actually be said on the air now this all stems from the fact that scare him which he believes that some of his coworkers are responsible for leaks coming from the white house and that one of them may have been responsible for telling any yorker reporter about a dinner he had with the president and others on wednesday night scare which he called allegedly that journalist after the tweet and demanded answers when the journalists and when the journalist wouldn't give up his source he threaten to fire everyone in the communications team and quote start over he later added that he wanted to kill all of the leakers of course he likely didn't expect any of this to end up in today's headlines but alas it did scare him which he has since tweeted that he sometimes uses colorful language but what we're referring from doing so in the future he also added that he made a mistake in trusting that reporter but apologies to his colleagues for example were not made so for now it looks like the new communications director will have
trouble communicating with his own colleagues. one of the world's most famous plus sicko music gal is this sold berg festival is underway in the austrian city for the first time in its history it was opened by a russian conductor hundreds of thousands of people will attend the event where the will have the chance to watch two hundred performances by rinaldo artists every day sold most famous venues will host the plethora of musical performances austria's president and his wife for in attendance the ground opening there they are as well as foreign minister supposed to curt's the festival is going to go until the end of august artistic director and famed conductor of the russian state opera ballet theater theodore current is the owner of opening the festival he previously received a russian order of friendship is a five time winner of a prestigious theatre award r t how the chance to speak to the month.