tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC September 23, 2014 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
welcome to "world news tonight." and breaking news. the new bulletin from the fbi and homeland security here at home. after u.s.-led airstrikes on syria. what authorities are saying tonight. also, another major development. was the next 9/11 plot in the works? bombs that could get through airport security and onto planes headed to the u.s. brian ross and martha raddatz with late details. also tonight, for the first time, we now hear from one of america's most wanted. entire communities on lockdown, where they think he is tonight. the heist. the american city, 22 cars stolen, right off the lot. you will see the surveillance video and watch right there. tearing the car keeps right off the wall. and, under fire. she's only been miss america for less than two weeks, and she's already explaining herself. what is she accused of doing?
good evening and it's great to have you with us on this busy tuesday night. we begin with breaking news. that urgent new alert. top u.s. officials warning that plots against america by these grouches being targeted could, quote, accelerate. tonight, new airstrikes over syria. the images coming in from the last 24 hours. a missile taking out this target in roca, considered the isis capital in syria. and then the tomahawks in the arabian sea, racing across the sky. tonight, you'll see the images coming in now, and this new question. had these airstrikes stopped a new 9/11 type plot? were they making bombs that could get on planes headed to america? abc's brian ross leading us off tonight. brian, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. the overnight airstrikes may well have stopped what was
supposed to be al qaeda's 9/11 attack on the u.s. described by officials as a bold plot that included american passenger jets by what was essentially the special forces of al qaeda, called the khorasan group. the concern was so great that the u.s. dedicated eight of the 22 airstrikes against the syrian base of the khorasan group outside of the city of aleppo. >> we believe this group was nearing the execution phase of an attack either in europe or the homeland. >> reporter: three key factors emerged today about why the khorasan group is considered so dangerous. it's made up of 50 seasoned al qaeda fighters. many of whom who were close to osama bin laden. they were building bombs undetectable by the latest airsport screening machines. and among their targets were passenger jets bound for the u.s., using recruits posing as tourists to carry the bombs on board. >> we know that the khorasan group has attempted to recruit
westerners to serve as operatives or to infiltrate back into their homelands. >> reporter: today, a dutch jihadist in the aleppo area posted a video of the aftermath of what he said was a usairstrike against an al qaeda headquarters. >> many brothers died. many brothers got wounded. >> reporter: the u.s. had developed unusually good intelligence on the syrian safe haven of the hard core al qaeda unit. and the white house treated the khorasan x secret. >> we stopped plotting by conditioned al qaeda operatives known as the khorasan group. >> reporter: this is the leader of the cora son group. a one-time confidant of bin laden. u.s. officials said today, most of his min volume ved in the plot and maybe him were killed. >> we believe that the individuals that were plotting and planning it have been eliminated. >> that plot very alarming,
brian back with us. the big question tonight, was that leader taken out? >> reporter: the officials say they don't know yet, but they are confident that plot has been disrupted, at least for now, david. >> brian ross leading us off. thank you. let's get right to abc's martha raddatz tonight, with the images and the numbers now. where are those missiles landing and what have they wiped out so far? >> reporter: the overnight images are stunning. and so are the numbers. nearly 250 bombs and missiles launched from 48 fighter jets, bombers, drones and navy ships. it began in the dead of night. 3:30 a.m. local. more than 40 tomahawk cruise missles fired from u.s. warships in the persian gulf and red sea, targets that khorasan terror cell around aleppo and isis targets in raqqah. the missiles struck training camps, manufacturing centers and
a finance center. half hour later, 4:00 a.m. the u.s., joined by its arab partners, unleashed a torrent of f-18s, f-15s, and 16s, and the f-22, the first time the stealth fighter has been used in combat. hitting an isis command center with gps-prescision guided missles. >> you can see on the left-hand side, the before shot, and then you can see, as you look at it on the right-hand side, the after shot. >> reporter: just after 7:00 a.m., the third and final wave. more fighter jets launched to take out isis targets year the iraq border. including this residential compound converted to an isis training camp. it was wiped out by a volley of missles, which the pentagon said hit directly on their marks. the u.s. carried out the overwhelming number of strikes, but bahrain, jordan, the united
arab emirates and saudi arabia all launched airstrikes. qatar had armed fighter jets providing cover in case syrian government warplanes showed, but that did not happen. the pentagon is still doing bomb damage assessment, but says so far it appears these strikes were very successful. they say there was minimal collateral damage and they said they are not aware of any civilian deaths. but the pentagon acknowledged, this campaign against isis could take years and with no ground troops, the targeting could become more difficult, david, as the isis fighters try to blend in with the population. >> but could take years, as you kzgxpçout.
the reenactors spending days in the woods, reliving long ago fought battles. back then, frein seems to know it's all a game. >> it's not vietnam. we're in the middle of the pennsylvania. we're in a revolutionary war fort. >> reporter: but now, police say the fugitive has blurred the line between fantasy and reality. they believe he's hiding out in the woods. today, driving towards the search area, we saw law
enforcement officers lining the roads. kent van horn lives just inside that search zone. you've had the officer s searching in your house and yard. >> yeah, they walked through the house, the property. checked out the basement. secured the area. >> reporter: community schools closed for four days. but today, kids finally going back to class. >> so, this is our way to school. >> reporter: we rode along with lisa grassi, as she went to pick up her 11-year-old daughter, samantha. >> we have a police officer right there. >> reporter: that make you feel better? >> it does. >> reporter: better, but not truly safe until eric frein is caught. >> hey, princess. happy you had a great day. >> reporter: but david, with so many parents nervous about what they're seeing here, 30% of kids stayed home. david? >> linzie janis, thank you. now, to another search under way tonight, officials on the hunt for the suspects in a harrowing kidnapping. two girls, police say they were snatched from the street at
knifepoint. tonight, new 911 calls taking us inside the moment of crisis, and we should warn you, some of what you're about to hear can be upsetting. abc's nall carleal karlinsky in lake city this evening. >> they took us. somebody took us. >> reporter: two teenage girls, hysterical, on the phone with 911 just minutes after escaping what police call a random and terrifying kidnapping. >> they took us in their car. >> are you still in the car? >> no, we got out of the car. >> reporter: the 16 and 17-year-olds told police that it began when they snuck out at 2:00 a.m. during a sleepover and were approached by a red suv. two men and a woman inside, offering them a ride. the girls declined and say that's when they were forced in at knifepoint. the mother of one of the victims agreed to speak if her identity was hidden. >> every time they moved or whimpered or anything, they
would punch them or my daughter was cut in multiple places. >> reporter: police say it went on like that for 19 hours, the girls hands duct taped, until one point when the car was stopped, they wiggled free and made a run for it. >> 911, what's the address of your emergency? >> i don't know. can you help me?átl) >> reporter: tonight, police are still on the hunt for that red suv and say the two girls are lucky to have made it out. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >> neal, thank s,lg in the west this evening, new concern about raging wildfires in california. tonight, these images streaming in. nearly 2,000 more firefighters on the front lines now. battling that monster blaze, the king fire, now bigger than the city of atlanta. so ferocious, you can see it on the wig wall there tonight, time lapse as smoke from that wildfire rolls in over lake tahoe. now, red flag warnings, powerful winds on the way not helping the firefighters there. meteorologist ginger zee with us now. >> reporter: the red flag warnings, david, right next to
flash flood watches. that tells you something's coming. let's go straight to the map so i can explain here. the red flag warnings go through the next 24 hours or so, because you've got gusty ones ahead of this. can you see the curl in the pacific ocean. that's that rotating low. the associated cold front is going to slip plus the pacific northwest and we time it out here. look at that. so, early tomorrow morning, this is pacific time, washington state and oregon picks up some on really hefty rain. this is great news for fires in general, but look at even redding, getting a lot of that rain. we have flash flood watches because of the burn scar areas could see debris flows. even if you get an inch or two, quickly, you could see that flash flooding happen. good and bad. >> ginger, thank you. now, to a massive heist in one american city tonight, san francisco. and the new surveillance tape showing the lightning fast thieves. look. they rip the keys off the wall at the dealership. 22 cars gone in 48 hours.
all stolen right off the lots. tonight, the search is on to find them before they strike again and abc's cecilia vega with the tape. >> reporter: they had the keys. all these hooded thieves had to do was find the car that matched. surveillance video catching them in the act. the team of thieves running through this dealership, and right there in their hands, a board killed with keys. watch as they go from car to car clicking those electronic keys to find the right car. when the lights flash, jackpot -- they drive away. >> they were able to get inside each of them, jumping in one of the cars and trying to drive off with it. >> reporter: if it seems like a scene straight out of a movie, it is. >> hello, ladies. >> reporter: but getting away wasn't so easy for the crooks in "gone in 60 seconds." stolen cars are big business, one car taken in this country every 43 seconds. these thrive thieves hit three different san francisco
dealerships in just 48 hours, driving off with 22 of the most expensive cars made. from range rovers to bmws to audis and mercedes. and now the fear is, what's next? those thieves still have more keys and the dealers fear they may strike again. david? >> cecilia vega, thank you. we also have breaking news this evening on that home depot security breach. 56 million credit cards hacked and now word just in, a flurry of fraud lent transactions now popping up. customer bank accounts drained of money. abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis warning us this could be coming and you're with us tonight. >> reporter: and now it's here. we're see, three different charges popping up on the accounts. first off, microcharges. less than $10, showing up in the forge of $1, $2 purchases. they are meant to trick you so that you don't even notice they're there. then it's the megacharges. these are the big ticket items, the cameras, the tvs, the telephones that they'll purchase in one fail swoop.
and lastly, the atm charges. because part of those 56 million stolen cards were debit cards, the hackers can get straight into your atm account and train it. we're receiving a lot of that. >> check your accounts online. don't wait for that paper statement. >> reporter: absolutely. there is much more ahead on this "world news tonight." it was the talent that made her fail mouse at first, but tonight, less than two weeks after being crowned miss america, she's already explaining herself. what is she accused of doing tonight? a lot of people weighing in today on this salute from president obama. take a look there. and how have other presidents saluted the troops? we'll look back here tonight. and then, take a rolook at this. the pee-wee football team, wiping out there. but there is a big lesson in this. we'll be right back. [thinking] is it that time? the son picks up the check? [thinking] i'm still working. he's retired. i hope he's saving.
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>> miss new york! >> reporter: newly crowned miss america kira kazantsev won the competition by impressing judges with her unusual musical talent. ♪ clap along if you feel ♪ like happiness is the truth >> reporter: and commitment to fighting domestic violence. tonight, anonymous allegations that she carried out quote exceptionally harsh hazing. monday, kazantsev admitted being kicked out of her sorority last year after an investigation into her behavior. now she is speaking out. >> these allegations are not true. >> reporter: telling "good morning america" her actions were not extreme. >> all i can do is sit here and be honest and share that, you know, yes, i was involved under the broad definition of hazing at some point. it included something like, you would stand in a line and recite information, or a few sleepless
nights crafting. >> reporter: but the website jezebel reporting the hazing was more brutal. "under kira's supervision pledges in the incoming class were called names and made to perform physical tasks to the point of bruising and exhaustion." hazing is all too common. more than half of college students involved in clubs and teams they save experienced it. >> you do unto others what was done to you. but usually kids like to add their own mark, so they increase the hazing. >> reporter: now that the story is out, this miss america says it's important for her to address it. >> i'm going to take this negative and turn it into a positive. >> reporter: the sorority, alpha phi, says they have a zero tolerance policy towards hazing. we've also learned that some sororities are emailing members, asking them not to speak to the media. david? >> mara, thanks. next, the giant rock star and his birthday. here's a hint. even he would say, growing up. and the president and the wave tonight, with a cup of
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the banner that wouldn't break free. one after the other, going down. but that's the thing about kids. they don't give up. it was just a couple of weeks ago here, we introduced you to this man, who started out young, too, then one day, he made it to the minors. just this month, his first ever major league at-bat. >> gulder rodriguez. >> reporter: now playing for the texas rangers. a moment he'd be hoping for since he was 18. recruited for milwaukee, but they said he wasn't ready. they sent him down to the minors, where he stayed more than 1,000 games, waiting for a shot at the majors. then, he got it. >> to see my name in the starts lineup is unbelievable. >> reporter: but the story gets even better. because last night, bottom of the third, his dad in the stands, his wife there, too. and watch this. >> and rodriguez with his family watching has his first major league hit. >> reporter: his wife with a hug from his dadad, and his dad wipg
away those tears. a standing ovation. and then another one. the crowd wild again. the rangers winning. you know what's coming next. smiling the whole time. which got us thinking about that other team, the lesson you learn when you're young. you don't break through the first time, there's always the next. or the next. the wallkill mighty milts there. and by the way, they won, 24-0. didn't get in the way. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night.