buddy confirms an explosion at a supermarket in the russian city of st petersburg was a terrorist attack the identity of the attacker is still on. we speak with former islamic state slaves from a kurdish minority in iraq for escape terrorist captivity but half of those abducted remain missing. i was pregnant but i was so terrified the loss of my child my husband and my family were captured i was left alone. so we took the boys and i decided it was better to die. than facebook reveals it has a unit to assist politicians in their campaign is boasting that it helped the scottish national party in its a landslide victory in twenty fifteen. i'm
kate partridge and you're watching the latest headlines here at r.t. international thank you for joining us. in says an explosion that ripped through a supermarket in the russian city of st petersburg on wednesday was a terrorist attack fourteen people were injured in the blast. which it will give us today there was a terrorist strike in some pieces but just recently security services prevented. these are images from inside the shop where the explosion took place most of the counters and shelves have been destroyed we spoke to eyewitnesses who were in the supermarket at the time of the atomic. week of. the blast happened as my mother was still totally disorientated of the ceiling was hanging above me. i started to look from. cool far. too
noticing i couldn't see anything everything was black i couldn't understand why i was then i close my eyes and opened them again and there was my son close to me. and supermarket security cameras filmed this man entering the building and leaving his backpack in a look where the bomb went off reports say police believe he was the perpetrator of the atomic. reports from the scene. this still blood on the stairs outside the supermarket but if we walk further down here you can see through the window the damage and side obviously nobody is being let through the doors but right now we can say that the people that were wounded during the wednesday blast inside the supermarket can be almost one hundred percent certain that they were caught up and survived a terrorist attack the investigators that are still working right there they're
walking in and out every now and then still haven't completely ruled out any version of events but the metal balls that the improvised explosive device was stuffed with point at the worst case scenario in st petersburg six people are still being treated at a hospital they got trapped awards but the person who physically put the bomb inside that storage locker still hasn't been caught when addressing security bosses vladimir putin told them not to hesitate when dealing with terrorist suspects no because the shock to the federal security service to act within the law when dealing with these thugs but if the law enforcement officers is in danger they must act decisively don't take prisoners they must destroy the books besides that the russian president called russia's military operation in syria a preemptive move again. terrorism at home according to mr pearl the threat
of terrorist attacks could have been much worse if russia hadn't intervened otherwise he warns of thousands of trained attackers infiltrating russia we remember of course that the previous major terrorist blast happened in the metro train in this very city and that is especially alarming given that russia is in the peak of the holiday season security is heightened all across the country and it is definitely being felt here in st petersburg and everyone is really waiting for the suspect to be found and arrested. or to discuss us in petersburg attack further i'm now joined by. an expert in preventing terrorism terry said we thank you for joining us i mean let's look at the attack then let's not me it's a pleasure let's have a look at the timing of the attack just a few days before new year particularly big here in russia i mean do you think that
there's any coincidence in the timing. to me there is no coincidence we should remember those just a few weeks ago the american president did have a discussion with the russian president about possible who you know attacks on individuals who are arrested because they had their car their places so no doubt in my mind that this was coming to one of the two should be grateful for is the for. the security service is working really hard people with this particular go without anybody being killed moving forward with. our lights on individuals who are likely to be involved in discussion of dissidents of this kind of attack as the president really called them. and they showed. arrested or eliminated in the process of being arrested if they received over to the person we
were listening to what he said earlier said if it weren't for russia's military operation in syria the number of such attacks could have been a lot higher i mean do you agree with that. i think a lot of countries whether they want to say it or not have to be grateful to the to do russian president of the russian federation for their work in syria because of the earth day thousands of g.r. this will be returning back to europe on a lot of parts of the world if not for the walk to have been done in getting rid of most of them on the battlefield in syria so what the president has said is in terms of you know you want to help in dawn on ground in syria to deal with some of these jihadists that will have been return impact now with the state ideology you know to bomb you know certain individuals who are going about their daily life with well as you touched upon yourself there i mean only this month president putin called president trump to thank the cia for helping to follow another terror attack and
that time is also some patience spec i mean why do you think it is that the militants seem to be stepping up their efforts or are they. i think there's no doubt as most do. for fall and some of these individuals have no hiding place they've been hunted the best thing for them to do. are some of those radicalized that cannot leave you know. where they are. individuals the diaspora most of them individuals from you know other countries who have taken our nationality being pretty. russian citizens from those. allies to this islamic propaganda. more or less don't lean back and look it up a soft target areas of areas that they could attack a does there is a. russian secret service. secret security
agencies around the world need to not start walking more with the community we just within the community tried it for this individual radicalized and deal with it now more importantly because we're talking more about. this individual who are the radicalized this individuals of the level disadvantages would be no we did the community some other walking with the community to fish our disadvantages take them out of action and finally that have a happy and very briefly what you've touched upon that we've seen positive examples of counterterrorism cooperation as we discussed between the usa and russia when the cia helped for a lot plot i mean in a nutshell should there be more examples of this kind of cooperation. definite is no doubt in my mind i think we are now in the global village regardless of what of our. regional politics in order in the winter no more to the other countries.
it is time that every quarter come to be in fighting this war against terrorism because he doesn't know why black green yellow religion they kill anybody they could pay down on so we need to all work together our walk with the russian president and the russian people to get rid of this menace in our community and we'll leave it there to a preventative terrorism expert thank you very much missiles thank you thank you. meanwhile families in syria and iraq are attempting to rebuild their lives following the fall of islamic state the kurdish speaking yazidi minority in northern iraq has been among the worst hit thousands of people were killed and thousands more were kidnapped and in slaved by the terrorist. colonia around half of them have escaped or been returned those that did come back were at the mercy of people smugglers that charge vast amounts while other families paid ransoms directly to ice so terrorists are increasingly relied on that income as other sources of funding collapsed r.t. senior correspondent what i guess day of spoke with
a woman held hostage by the militants as a mother forced to buy back her daughter from the islamic state. it takes either great bravery or great desperation to act in the chaos of battle when the jets came for isis salmiya acted in years to manage it or they had locked the door but i broke the window and got out that way i run for a day and then i do you get to live where did you run from there resort or a local family who are not with i still took me in they hid me they told me where the kurdish forces were salmiya and her family were captured by isis back in two thousand and fourteen she escaped barely two weeks ago in his monologue and i was pregnant but i was so terrified that i lost my child my husband and my family were captured i was left alone with my mother so i took poison i decided it was
better to die when they caught me i thought that since my family my husband and my house were gone it would be better to die. she was a slave made to work in factories do menial work beaten for any offense and then. the men would offer us as gifts in the evenings they would get together and trade the women and have their fun with us. she now lives with her mother who northern iraq home to many displaced. and returned ones far from rape beatings and humiliation but there's no escape from the memories this photo was taken in two thousand and fifteen the rains ease another happy family from north west the rock all of them but the mother were killed or captured as they fled from isis all but two a dead or missing.
it was indescribable for me but i've turned into endless suffering tears and hunger i couldn't do anything but cry. for years she lived in pain in torment it was a freak phone call the changed her life someone had recognized her daughter like the telephone had someone contacted my relatives and told them that they have found a photo of a girl on facebook they asked if it was my child and they recognised her the sound was in turkey but said he would deliver her to baghdad he paid over ten thousand dollars. seems happy if a little hyperactive and boisterous and impatient and entirely adorable try as we might we couldn't get her to talk though her mother says that she has trouble getting her to be quiet she was five when she was taken by isis nine when
she was returned. as nasty not him she didn't recognize me at first and i cried a lot about that later she told me that she was upset that i was crying the whole time. they both saved each other their reunion ones like it give hope to thousands of people hope that one day they'll be able to get them missing families and loved ones back before it's too late or i guess the tea from the hook iraq. according to kurdish officials over six thousand years e.d.'s were abducted by eisel in twenty fourteen alone with around half of them still missing we spoke to a number of experts who believe not enough is being done to improve the situation either by iraq or internationally but this community have been suffering having suffered so much throughout this genocide three years have passed to her the community still worsley displaced in the region the woman who brought back to come
from captivity. are both taken care of and those who are still captivity are still there and it says in all the publishing of difficulty whatsoever to look into the years you deploy to what do we feel that this is still ongoing and the russian community hasn't done much to repeal this genocide and in the process of the battles against isis of course thousands of civilians were killed and among them surely also you see the us use it is that we're being held prisoners by isis but what you have not seen is any serious effort by the grid or baghdad government to ensure that you victims get their day in court and get justice for what has been done to then. this friday will air the story of one girl kidnapped by ice so when she was fifteen that was almost three years ago and she's now managed to return
home for the story of her life with islamic state watch this channel on friday. masonic state says it was behind multiple suicide blasts in the afghan capital kabul earlier this thursday which killed at least forty one people and injured eighty four local journalists muslim shows as reports the toll is rising from four to utah for two on dirt sun all saw it before in jordan in recent attack and two that i can call paul moments ago the president is sports person and the minister. well the spokesperson's hills press conference i'm told about the rising of the tolls and the credit situation of some people in this attack is that it's coming after the deadly attack on the shia mosque two to show in the new phase of attacks on kabul against a shia. minority is going to increase the recent attacks on so-called islam because . this has a history in the last year the specially when we see these kind of attacks which
was him on some on in the north of the kabul in twenty six of our october the twentieth of august before it was to did the attacks on the shia minority use and inside of the country and the list of attack which so-called islamists that clinton sponsibility talked about cure it of fact immune which called against islamic disturbed and middle east especially and iraq and syria this calls that the afghan people especially knowledge is especially today and the afghan people especially in social media are going very angry against the afghan government and. the british military has caused the stood by ordering members of the armed forces to use gender neutral language boyko looks at which words are said to change in a new era of equality on these new guidelines about avoiding jen did language say we've had that special post as have gone up in the toilets have one
particular ad base that trains recruits for the royal navy the royal air force and for the army take a look at some of the very traditional phrases that army bosses have suggested and mending. then. they've. been. the. if you do you. believe. in the. odyssey got in touch with the m o d to find out all about the new phrases and they have said that they are promoting
a modern inclusive working environment to ensure individuals are recognised and feel valued now the guidelines rate sent by a unit called the joint equality diversity and inclusion unit which troops reportedly called gentle for sure but diversity and inclusion is a big issue for the british army right now to put this all into context last year women were finally able to take up combat roles in the army and from the end of next year women will be able to apply for all the same positions as men in the british forces we want about is that to boost its military capability in the wake of the north korean threat we'll have the details after the break. but holds an excuse to. put themselves on the line. to get accepted or rejected.
so when you want to express that you. want. to do it for us this is what. we want to get. you to see the war. we are so deep in the corruption soul and i think that the reason of corruption is liberal our national into predation of liberalism is of course one of the most important reasons reigning corruption could not cure it because. the liberalism used to cure liberalism is the poison.
welcome back facebook claims it helps the scottish national party win a landslide victory in scotland in the u.k. general election twenty fifteen the social media giant created a special unit to help politicians connect with the wind audience well facebook is currently under pressure over allegations it helped russia to meddle in the us election will print has the details when it all started facebook was fun and innocent was a place to share your holiday snaps and keep up with friends but then it got political facebook is even boasting about the fact that it helps the scottish national party to win sweeping victories in the u.k. general elections of two thousand and fifteen campaign is across the political spectrum now recognize the using facebook and facebook parents in particular made it to months real difference to the final election results at this point little did
we know that facebook has a government and politics team that helps you in victories for its clients right now the director of the team is katie harben a former republican party digital strategist and apparently she's quite good at her job. philippine president rodrigo did tard say took office after a strong campaign that included social media including facebook with the hash tag the leader i want. the trump campaign's digital director also says that facebook helped them to win the race so facebook now lets you get to places we took opportunities and i think the other side did their stuff a bit inside our office what we're doing inside the building teachers how to use their platform. germany's rising anti immigration party the a f d actually had meetings with the facebook team which was happy to offer them electoral advice doesn't this all sound
a lot like election meddling you know that things supposedly done by evil russians who purchase ads and american mines i don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy that's not what we stand for so facebook is just completely square and bipartisan and that's why it has a special team that helps politicians to win elections that makes sense right i think social media the people that run it are very biased according to their own political beliefs and i think that that's very very dangerous and it's a shame and that's why i that vacated for a long time that concern because usually conservatives in this country are the victims of it i think conservatives in the united states should certainly think of forming in starting their own version of facebook and their own version of google and their own version of twitter and i don't understand facebook's kind of subversive political machine that i don't think most people are aware of and i think most people who when they become aware of it like me would be kind of
concerned about it. the un refugee agency has confirmed the number of syrian refugees in lebanon has dropped below a million for the first time since twenty fourteen more than five million people fled the syrian war with many finding refuge in neighboring lebanon the country has taken in the majority of syria's refugees along with turkey and jordan with a recent drop in my current numbers in lebanon comes off a significant victories in the fight against islamic state.
with. this guy please. at least a lead from the u.n. refugee agency says the vast majority of syrians living in lebanon dream of returning home once the situation is stable it's the first time in since april two thousand and fourteen that the number drops below one million in two thousand and seventeen you any just see our estimates that if you thousands of syrian refugees from lebanon have returned to syria we know that most syrian refugees in lebanon the vast majority want to return to syria when conditions become safe for them to return in safety and dignity. a lot of refugees have expressed when the situation calms down even more and becomes more stable in syria a lot of the development support that is going to other countries in the region
will also be directed back to syria in order for the international community just have poured in the rebuilding of this country which would also help or supports refugees were returning. japan is building up its military says to counter the threat from north korea the country has decided to convert a warship into an aircraft carrier this will be capable of hosting f. thirty five jets which the country recently bought from the u.s. this will be the first such vessel owned by japan since world war two well earlier this month the japanese defense ministry and now it was considering acquiring missiles capable of striking north korea the missiles will have a range of five hundred kilometers or japan has also launched a study to determine if it's fighter jets are capable of carrying missiles with a range of nine hundred kilometers the country's law prohibits japan from having any of these missiles and the moves have been heavily criticized by china. you've
been changed and usually historical reasons each move that you ban makes in military security draws a great concern from its asian the brits and the international community who have noticed the related reports in which some people think such moves might violate article nine of the japanese constitution well article nine there which the chinese foreign ministry for two is the clause in japan's constitution that prohibits the country from having any means that can be used for offensive warfare asia specialist andrew long things even if north korea decides to attack japan an aircraft carrier will be useless both korea's main threat is against the united states if. it's not. attacking the north koreans why should a lot of korean attack japan that's the first point secondly the threat is the. power or how does a bomb and also the intercontinental missile delivery systems of this kind of
threats cannot be resolved by developing carriers so that's the first point as far as the threat from north korea is concerned as for the threat from china the center on that disputed islands in the high or the sink islands but then. of course japan developing is. perceived to be guarding the this islands this of course world. would pose a risk of escalation of because a quality of the china. bill of the trial of the world so i think that that's a recipe for aspiration well for more on all asteroids go to r.c. dot com my colleague nicky errol will be here at the top of the hour with the headlines but for me and. everybody i'm stephen bach. task hollywood guy suspects every proud
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