tv News Weekly RT August 27, 2017 5:00pm-5:30pm EDT
a far right rally in berkeley california is swamped by a kuntar demonstrate shit. this hour of children being stranded in iraq guard reunited with their loved ones in russia for an hour to appeal for their safe return. she saw everything but she says her parents. why would the wise. in the top stories of the week iraqi army recaptures tal afar one of the last straw for victory comes at
a heavy price for sympathy. with the top stories from the past seven days and right up to the moment developments welcome to the weekly here in our two international we begin with berkeley in california where a controversial far right rally there has led to a tense standoff the marchers were vastly outnumbered by a so-called rally against aids. is in the midst. for a scale by we'll speak up i can hear it's getting noisy there what has been going on. while i'm out here in front of the berkeley civic center in downtown berkeley california near san francisco and today i in front of the city city center here in berkeley there is supposed to be a right wing rally under the slogan say no to marxism the right wing rally was
called by some forces that are quite controversial and as you can see. the right wing rally has been completely drowned out in a large counter protest thousands and thousands of people have turned out to counter the right wing and very few are right wing activists are here there's been a huge outpouring of demonstrators here to oppose the right wing and this comes in the aftermath of the violence which took place in charlottesville in charlottesville there was a rally called unite the right in which some. white nationalist forces were holding a protest and when that took place at that point there was a counter protest a par was driven into the protesters a person was killed nineteen people were injured i want a car. then condemn violence on both sides causing anger so now all of us in the country there have been protests and now as this biplane rally was planned thousands are in the streets countering it now as i'm speaking to you at this very moment there are scuffles breaking out just just behind me as you can see some
right wing in terms of porters to come into the crowd and then the crowd assembles and pushes them back now very prominent among the left wing crowdedness deviled here in downtown berkeley is what they call the black bloc these are people who wear black masks over their faces as they were gas masks and they're they've been centrally they they are associated with anarchist politics and they have to be the far left wing and they have come out into the streets with the emphasis on the idea of fighting the rightwing now a number of the protesters that i've spoken to say they're here for peace rather for dialogue they're opposed to violence however there have been some people we've spoken to that say that hate speech is not free speech and that the right wing should be shut down violently so a lot of different views being expressed here a lot of anger but a lot of folks that just say they're worried about their country there seems to be a lot of division the far left in the far right political violence in the streets a lot of people condemning donald trump so a lot of different messages here in downtown berkeley california. a tense standoff
going on there are too scared of him up in life from berkeley thank you for. now five children from southern russia who were stranded in iraq being reunited with their families it's believed the youngsters were taken to iraq by their parents who were killed while fighting for i still are to film the children in a baghdad orphanage where they were taken after the liberation of mosul we've also been helping to find their other relatives in russia among the five children are two sisters a teacher and fourteen and what they went through is heart wrenching. i know never mom or dad each kid. so. one of them are going to third grade desert and through. third see.
my children. take that down thank you. lord. him i have traveled to dagestan to see how the her are adapting to life back at home. tears of joy and relief were very evident at the plane carrying five children from iraq landed in grozny but for the families waiting with stories and balloons there was also the question how to help these children who had some to some the military to witness the chorus of i saw the loss of their parents and being left all alone and to bug the orphanage.
for their little sister had vision and for thema bases and other thing of the past here is then your home and their family has agreed to share their first day together with us the girls found the perfect remedy in their grandfather plenty of sweets and friends to play with this is had the usual and she's clearly the leads of the pack it seems to gruelling experience of football's own has made her even stronger for team zero six comfort in the arms of her granddad who seems just too afraid to part with her again even for a moment it looks like the perfect family image a house filled with children's laughter cries plenty of noise and fussing about it takes a while to realise what's missing. she saw everything but she says her parents are alive why would i tell her otherwise. and yet even with all the love and care the has to offer his granddaughters there are still many rooms left on here. today and as other girls the three days without food
or water in a dusty dirty basement she told me when there were bombs they would go to basement and when she sees a helicopter now she's terrified and i tell her not to be afraid. that i was opening an ice cream the other day and i have a habit of opening the wrapper by popping it i did it once and she jumped as if she'd had an explosion. in the. conflict is the creation of adults but it's often children who pay the heaviest price while country it's even thousands of youngsters who remain trapped and lost in what appears to be the ruins of a self-proclaimed caliphate at the asia and foot seen by along with a few lucky ones who escaped well now hopefully learn how to be happy children.
the iraqi military says it has retaking caliph far one of the last islamic street strongholds in the country but the u.s. backed offensive has come at a heavy price for civilians. the operation began a week ago militants of dropped by from tel afar but they still hold in your biter rock as the of now reports from the recalcitrant. we're at the airport of talent five mia five kilometers from the city itself where the operation to liberate is underway this actually serves as a sort of said sold base serving the entire operation and soldiers from the front lines they come here to rest and to eat before heading back there exultant they say
that the operation is almost over they've actually even got a message for isis. i have a massive leave they are world now you have no place here will hunt you down wherever you are there jubilation however is that stock odds with what the people of talent have gone through what it was miserable we were under occupation imagine that and you know they turned the mosques into prisons there were thirty to forty people there we don't know what happened to them they demanded that molests recruited young people to join i sew and when they refused they locked them up there was no interest in no food nothing to eat we were almost dying there was no work and no man to sing my kidneys have almost failed it's been three years without medicine or anything tens of thousands of iraqi soldiers will mobilized for this operation the u.s. led coalition has brought to bear its full mice its people fleeing from california
and more than thirty thousand have escaped from the city escaped from the fighting they had to brave walking through the you've been deserts which is all there is here for ten twenty hours. to get to safety to find water to find food medicine medical supplies and indeed treatment and from what we've heard many of them didn't make it but the commander of the operation he spoke to us and he said they expect to be done in another four days. everyone thought deliberation would be difficult and we would be two months the deliberations room is complete another interesting development that we've learned is that on the twenty fifth of august four hundred families of isis fighters were let out of the city the details are murky and nobody knows exactly what happened but the commander of the operation and he previously was the chief of the mosul operation he told us that indeed this had
happened he confirmed it but again without details and what about the four hundred families that escaped that escaped. did you fail to catch them and did you let them do for humanitarian reasons. we have a system we handed all the refugees to the iraqi government and they handled still the battle and telephone is far from over from what the soldiers tell us most of the civilians have managed to get out and managed to flee nevertheless there are still thousands of people trapped in a shrinking area where isis still holds sway and where they still haven't been defeated and they have a terrifying few days ahead of the. people in pakistan voicing their anger against donald trump after he accused the country of harboring terrorists crowds took to the streets of karachi on sunday chanting death to america tried to make their way to the u.s.
consulate the pakistani foreign ministry earlier rejected from celebration saying no country in the world has suffered more than pakistan from the scourge of terrorism and went on to describe washington stance as disappointing and civic nor is the enormous sacrifices made by the pakistani nation. well u.s. presidents rebuke all of pakistan came as he announced his new strategy for afghanistan then it marked a complete reversal of his pre-election promise we will also expand authority for american armed forces to target the terrorist and criminal networks afghanistan is a total and complete disaster let's get with it get out of afghanistan although his administration hinted as a boost in troop numbers in afghanistan truck chose to keep the exact figure a secret and he called on nato allies to make a greater contribution in afghanistan the president's new plan though provides no
time frame for withdrawal we asked people in afghanistan what they think about the u.s. military presence there. how did you go you couldn't american and afghan forces carry out operations at night sometimes their intelligence reports are inaccurate civilians including women and children get killed. and there was a doctor as a horse sulu is hit by a drone strike and another man was on his way home when he was killed. during a u.s. operation into the house and so schoolboy they shot him dead later they said they had killed a taliban finds before they left they blew up the entire building. we took the chance to speak to former us presidential candidate ron paul he to list the american military presence in afghanistan is likely to continue for many years to come. he changes the words and makes it sound like
the world will come apart if we don't continue to be the world's policeman he says he's not into nation building but there was a pretense anyway how many nations that we can really build or improve we've torn nations apart so he is seen as a flip flopper which i think politically is a bad position to be. going to be perpetual war nobody knows exactly who the enemy is and nobody will know when it is ended but i think trump has been maybe a little bit more upfront that his goal isn't to get done in six months or a year it looks like he's planning to be there for the long term a large extremist group has been destroyed in syria the details after the break.
a quarter of an hour into the program welcome back the syrian army backed by russian forces us destroyed one of the most diverse law mixtape units in syria eight hundred militants were killed in the operation in the euphrates valley a large number of heavy machine guns were destroyed along with tanks and artillery according to the russian defense ministry. well it's part of a wider strategy to brick eyes olds blockade of the key city of their resort the battle took place near this village and others around eighty kilometers away from duras or one of the terrorists last strongholds in the country well the syrian army is advancing on multiple fronts to lift a three year long siege there with more middle east correspondent paula sleeper.
it is very significant basically the taking of the year as old would point to the strategic defeat of islamic state in syria it follows weeks of fighting between the syrian army that is being assisted by the russian air force and islamic state and in the past few weeks we have witnessed and number of breakthroughs that the syrian army is making against the terrorist organization. that it was. still in the. now there is or is a city that islamic states has completely surrounded for the better part of three
yos there's only a small part of the city that is in the hands of the syrian army and they're completely blockaded there's no way in there's no way out and that's the reality for also for residents of the city if you can just imagine that this is a city that is home to some one hundred thousand people and for the last three years this has been their reality they are going to go about their work there was. a lot of them feel no one would like to come out shooting for support coming to know what to. look for the journey that any of or any any i mean if islamic state was able to be defeated here it would be a major significant achievement by the syrian army because essentially islamic state finds his would be cut off from any kind of other military forces and also from major financial resources and sources for them and so it would see. no the
final chapter of islamic state in syria. the number of deaths from the twin terror attacks in spain ten days ago has risen to sixteen on saturday evening half a million people attended of march of defiance through barcelona with the message we are not afraid but the major focus of the past week has been the tone of rip-off all with the terrorist cell was believed to have been radicalized peter all over traveled there and talked to people who knew the suspects. radicalizing force they were radicalized by in the uk in borneo police now believe the revolt was at the center of the plot. small spanish town took away in the foothills of the pyrenees is hardly what you think of as a hotbed of islamic terrorism but it was here in the fall that the terrorist cell which attacked barcelona recruited were indoctrinated and radicalized eventually
going on to carry out their deadly mission. was. but it was here that the terrorists that rammed his truck into crowds of people and boss alone lived. the twenty two year old moroccan was gunned down on monday following eight four day manhunt by authorities. why they were. local people here say they can't believe he lived within their community. they play football together on the beach nearby with other kids from the neighborhood they were brought up here since they were little but. of course it. they were behind what happened around here can believe it the seem to be very nice people who will
be. seen by the whole roaming around but it's just here they came up to salute and they all see things that the sale melted into whole society attending the local high school and being a fixture on local football fields so how did say seemingly quiet group of quiet teenage is a quiet town and is part of the jihad to sell. the answers to that many are looking towards the mosque that they attended it's here that they're understood to have attended prayers led by our society who's been accused of being the. ringmaster behind this terrorist cell the authorities pointed the finger at him and now that's being reiterated by some of those accused of being part of the. have appeared in court but who will. see what do we know about the.
moroccan national we know that he had a criminal past in front back in twenty ten he was sent to prison here in spain for his part and a drug smuggling operation and it's in jail where he's understood to have become radicalized in fact he's believed to have spent time with those who plotted and carried out the madrid bombings we also know that back in twenty sixteen he spent time in belgium around the time of the bombings on the metro the airports in brussels. he is believed to have been killed it was announced by authorities that his d.n.a. was found at the site of a bomb making factory did exploded in at the moment the authorities are writing that off as that his own potential weapons of. course him out in the end.
as the investigation continues arrests continue to be made including that of the owner of an internet cafe that suspected members of the terrorist cell and no into a frequent it begs the question just how many small tranquil communities like this could potentially be harboring fatal terrorist cells peter all of. well these are the twelve suspected members all of the terrorist cell that came from the ripon all are believed to be from the moroccan community are of a similar age the eldest was twenty two the youngest just seventeen well radicalized teenagers are not a new phenomenon last year a sixteen year old sure. and boy was arrested on suspicion of plotting a bomb attack in the german city of cologne on didn't parse a fifteen year old boy was arrested on suspicion of plumbing and attack political analyst nicholas mark of its islam islam can hide practically anywhere nowadays.
this shows us that we have prejudice some of these are radical islamists are others not just people growing in the suburbs of our town in the doldrums outside of the posh city centers we can find them anywhere in europe in society today normally in small villages which would seem religious nobody would talk about it ripples very picturesque village and catalonia and even there we have bases i think that this shows how widespread this status movement or trend is in europe today it's much bigger than what people thought and it can be actually anywhere. the strongest to hit america in over a decade hurricane harvey house battered the southern state of texas causing severe damage on flooding it's left at least five people dead and many others injured harvey is the first category four storm to reach none fall in the united states
since two thousand and five the hurricane moved in from the gulf of mexico on friday night before being done with the tropical storm and something like hundreds of thousands of people have been left without electricity with many of the more vulnerable in society stranded search and rescue operations are underway in the wake of the recent. well do join me again at the top of the hour for more on the unrest between rival right and left wing rallies in california plus more of the week's top stories this.
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