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>> on the stream, >> what role should foreign policy play in mid-term elections. and are candidates intentionally leaving the hottest issues out of the conversation. join me on the stream >> the stream, on al jazeera america >> urging action, president obama just hours away from telling the u.n. general assembly why it must help fight isil as more airstrikes pound isil targets. >> the u.s. going after another threat this morning, a closer look at khorasan.
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>> there is a dire prediction about ebola, the number of infected could top 1 million over the next months. what would slow its spread. >> risks from a raging wildfire in california. people are finally able to return if anything of their homes can be salvaged. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. >> i'm stephanie sy. this morning, president obama is taking his case for fighting isil to an important new stage addressing u.n. leaders in new york. he'll personally chair a council meeting. >> new airstrikes have been hitting isil targets in syria overnight. american intelligence officials are trying to confirm if the leader of an al-qaeda off shoot khorasan were killed. >> from the sea, dozens of
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tomahawk missiles and the a wave of u.s. air draft, f-15s and the f-22. a barrage of american and arab fire power taking out isil camps, barracks in syria. more attacks are to come, according to the pentagon and president. >> i made it clear as part of this campaign the united states would take action against targets in iraq and syria so they can't find safe haven anywhere. >> mr. obama will look to sign up more partners in the fight. he thanked leaders of the coalition of arab countries who contributed to the air assault. >> all of us are committed to making sure that we degrade and ultimately destroy not only isil, but the extreme ideology that would lead to so much bloodshed. >> that includes the khorasan
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group near aleppo made of of al-qaeda veterans from afghanistan and pakistan. it's an organization few americans have heard of until now. pentagon spokesman kirby said the group poses an eminent threat to the u.s. and western allies. >> we can very good, solid information that they were nearing the end game in planning an attack. >> the head of the group is long-time al-qaeda leader, a confidente of osama bin laden, one of the few to know about 9/11 prior to the attacks. officials believe the group is linking up with foreign fighters in syria especially those with passports to get on planes with a new breed of bombs that cannot be detected by airport security. >> plotting was getting advanced. as we develop the information and understood where they were and could pinpoint them, we
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thought it was time to take action. >> the department of homeland security tells us that that group, that department and the f.b.i. have issued a new security bulletin to local, state and federal law enforcement detailing the intelligence they have on the group. stephanie, also saying that security, as always will be adjusted as necessary. >> lisa, you know the khorasan group didn't get public attention until last week. does the u.s. feel these strikes were enough to degrade the group's capabilities? >> what the pentagon has said is it believes the strikes overall that it launched were successful. when it comes to khorasan and whether they were planning for an attack, they need to look at strikes and effects before they can say for about how much damage they did. >> the president made no mention of khorasan when he put together
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his coalition to take on isil. how does this new fight with this group tie into the president's overall strategy against terrorism. >> the president has really made it clear that he will go after terrorists wherever they are, he has taken them on in yemen and pakistan as well and said americans will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists. the group leader has been on the radar of the u.s. for at least a decade. there's a $7 million reward for leading to miss whereabouts and capture. we should mention that last summer, the u.s. changed some security procedures for passengers coming on some flights from europe to the u.s. they said you cannot get onboard with any uncharged electronic devices. we now know this is related to the fears about this group developing a new type of bomb to go on airplanes. receive knee. >> lisa stark for us in washington, thank you. >> mike viqueira covering the white house is with us here in new york this morning. good morning.
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>> great to have you with us, mike, you have new details about what the president is going to see at the u.n. today. >> every year the president addresses the opening of the united nations general assembly, he makes a speech, a laundry list of things around the station, a state of the union for state affairs. this time is different. we hear people talking about how the world is falling apart, conflict zones all over the place, intracted problems with limited solutions. the president is going to take a snapshot in time, this day and emphasize the positive. he's going to talk up this coalition as he has over the last several days especially since the airstrikes reveal five nations, sunni nations led the coalition. he's going to emphasize that, the fight against isil. he'll talk about the sanctions the e.u. and the u.s. imposed against ukraine and he's going to talk about ebola and international efforts to try to contain it and develop a
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vaccine. the president is giving a wide ranging speech today, a check list and definitely try to emphasize the positive and of course u.s. leadership. >> the president set to reveal that plan to stem the tide of security concerns about these foreign fighters that might be coming back to the u.s. >> u.s. intelligence estimates there are 31,000 isil fighters in syria and iraq together. half of them, half, 15,000 of them are foreign fighters. this is obviously a major concern. western leaders have talked about this over and over again. the number of americans who are part of the various groups, not just isil is estimated to be around 100, but particularly in european nation. the president wants a u.n. resolution imposing travel restrictions on these individuals. it could be a tough sell. there are enforcement issues and sovereignty issues involved, but that is the appropriatal. >> despite the u.s. airstrikes, isil keeping up the fight in
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northern iraq. the battles are going toward zumar. >> i am in the town in the northern part of iraq toward the border with syria. this area is riddled with i.e.d.'s. to give you an idea of living in a town that is decimated by the u.s. jet fighters, this is what you're seeing. no house has been left untouched over the time that this particular area has been bombed. as the forces of peshmerga with the help of the arab bombardments try to push the isil fighters out. they're the only building that hasn't been touched is the mosque. the police station is flattened as all the buildings here really flattened as they've tried to push out isil. the reason is it is so close to
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the town of zuma. it's been surrounded by peshmerga forces. they did try to get in there to clear the town of isil fighters, as they got in, the fighters blue themselves up. it's strategically important. if they can clear the area, the town between the mosul lake and the mosul city itself, if they can clear it, they can cut off the road leading to syria. that's where all the supplies are coming for, all the fighters are coming for and when they release the fighters, they get reinforcements sent in. we're the only media to come up here because it's been very dangerous before with fighters of isil fighters in places like
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this. the commander is saying we're appealing to the americans to launch their jet strikes on the town. they say they have intelligence, they have people inside, i've been going back with them, saying there are no longer civilians left there, only isil fighters hiding in the buildings. if they can, they wand them to flatten that town and they can move from in a front line in the hope of pushing toward mosul. >> joining us to discuss the u.s. airstrikes is an aljazeera syria journalist. we are not disclosing her name or location for security reasons. she joins us from lebanon. what are your otherwise on the ground in syria telling you about the strikes and fallout. >> the airstrikes that came yesterday basically before dawn in the headquarters of what isil considers the capitol city of
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raqqa in the center north of syria, a lot of civilians there have been suffering for over a year from brutal isil rule. a lot of them are grateful for the strikes, even though they've had to flee, they're afraid for their lives. the people i've spoken with who are in raqqa are amazed at the accuracy of the targeting from u.s. war planes of isil targets on the ground. they say in the city itself, there have been no civilian casualties during the airstrikes yesterday. >> how are these airstrikes from your understanding affecting the battlefield and is assad taking advantage of this on the front lines. >> very good question and a lot of rebels have been wondering if that might happen, but so far, at least according to the rebels we've been talking to around the damascus area, they say not much has changed in terms of assad's
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strategy of targeting the rebels there. they think it's because assad doesn't want to open a major, you know, or a bigger front line so close to him, because he doesn't want to have it the coalition airstrikes to strike so close to him under the excuse of striking terrorists. >> are you hearing anything at all about collateral damage or civilian casualties? >> not so far, not from the u.s. strikes, of course it's only been a day. it's too early to tell. so far, people on the ground seem to say even those, regardless of whether they support the strikes or not, they are quite impressed with the accuracy of the strikes, and grateful that at least in the parts we've spoken with, there have been no civilian casualties. >> the u.s. military is taking pains to describe them at precision airstrikes. thank you so much we will talk
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more about the group khorasan and why the u.s. is concerned about their capabilities. >> americans are divided over whether the u.s. should act overseas. 15% of means are ok with the u.s. fighting on the ground in iraq, even more, 28% say they support sending advisors to train local troops. 54% say they prefer using drones and war planes. >> the wife of british aid worker alan henning said isil has sent her a new recording of her husband pleading for his life. he was kidnapped in december while working in syria. british muslim leaders have been calling for his immediate release. barbara henning issued a statement now saying in part "he went to syria to help his muslim
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friends with i do." >> police in australia shot and killed a teenager they say was linked to isil. he stabbed two officers who tried to shake his hand. he earlier made threats against prime minister tony abbot and waived an isil flag at a local mall. it came days after australia busted a plot to kill random citizens. >> we turn to mit security studies director. the biggest question people are asking right now, where is great britain and turkey. >> of the two, turkey is most important. you have a flow of foreign fighters through that corridor from turkey south into syria -- yeah, south into syria and iraq i should say.
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>> obama is presenting a resolution at the u.n. today to stem the tide of foreign fighters, another front on the battle. are the countries these fighters are coming from clamping down, saudi arabia, tune nearby is that, they have the most, not the western countries. >> the saudi participation in the air strike represent a broader change in policy where they might clamp down on the flow of foreign fighters are cut back financial or other rance to extreme groups in syria. more generally, this is going to be a tough thing. there are lots of reasons there are foreign fighters. sometimes it's in the country's
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best interest to use proxies to put pressure on another country. pakistan has done this with india. they are pawns in an international game often. >> let's talk about khorasan. what more do you know about this eminent threat from khorasan and specifically are we concerned in the united states that there might be some type of blowback and attacks here on domestic soil? >> there are two issues here. you're right to raise both. one is blockback. the question is if isil was focused in its statements and actions so far seem to suggest on the region, thinking globally, but acting locally in a terrorist way and they were only going to focus on the reason, the question is by hitting them, do they feel the need to exact revenge and look elsewhere, including the u.s. secondly, the conversation has
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been more sophisticated. what khorasan's existence points out, we need to point out the difference between groups with local goals like isil and those with goals to hit targets outside of the region and using syria as a recruiting ground for that. >> coming up in 20 minute, we're going to be talking more about iran's role in all of this. you had dinner with the iranian president last night. we are going to be talking about that. >> techies are bubble again in ferguson, missouri. >> a crowd of demonstrators gathered last night outside a beauty salon. the business was vandalized for the third time since 18-year-old michael brown was shot and
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killed by police officer darren wilson. police say a makeshift memorial to brown was burned down earlier in the day. >> using billboards in the manhunt for eric frein, wanted in the deadly ambush of a pennsylvania state trooper, the attack left a second trooper wounded. schools are reopening with new security measures in place. classes resuming tuesday in the pocono mountain school district. >> the man wanted in connection with the disappearance of a student now facing abduction charges. jesse leroy matthew was last seen with hanna graham. the items found in his apartment connect him to that case. >> fire crews are joining the battle against a blaze in northern california, now 7400 firefighters are working to beat back the king fire east of as he can are a men toe. it has sampled 139 square miles and destroyed a dozen homes and 60 other buildings. residents in one neighborhood were cleared to return yesterday. for some, the devastation all
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too real. >> my heart goes out to people up here that houses have burned down. they worked hard all their life and in minutes, it's gone. >> 2700 people still under evacuation orders there. the fire is 35% contained. >> new storms are moving in could help with the battle of that fire but also cause new problems in california. >> meteorologist nicole mitchell is back. we've talked about this double-edged sword. >> a couple different problems we could have, mostly beneficial rain with the king fire. the plume of smoke is blowing. that is ahead of the next system coming in. that's brought rain to washington, no large fire incidences in washington. early in the week, we had a couple on going. this is the storm. look how well wrapped up that is. ahead of that, high level winds. if you're still in the fire area, that is blowing and causing problems, but also
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bringing in the beneficial rain. ahead of the moisture is a fire danger. behind, it could be flooding rain. it's beneficial but definitely something we're going to have to watch. the fire danger, oregon, parts of nevada. north of that is where we get that core of the heavier rain, easily a couple inches, but in mountainous terrain that could funnel. especially if it's in a burn area and we have a lot of those, you want to watch out for that. that could cause landslides and mudslides. those burn areas don't soak in the moisture. >> more airstrikes overnight on isil. >> the u.s. coalition is focusing under a specific tares but what are they and are the airstrikes working so far? we'll speak about the goals of the offenses. >> the united nations general assembly taking on climate change. what president obama has promised the u.s. will do and his challenge to the other faces. >> water waist deep in parts of florida, slammed with
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eight inches of rain in just a few hours. >> $3,800,000,000 is our big number of the day. >> the huge price tag to rebuild one area after weeks of fighting.
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>> today's big number is $3,800,000,000. that's what the palestinian authority is asking for a rebuild hamas controlled gaza. >> hamas has yet to sign off on that request. 17,000 homes were destroyed in that 50 day conflict between israel and hamas. both sides agreeing to allow construction materials into gaza but ever yet to work out the specifics. >> saudi arabia promised $500 million to the reconstruction effort. one non-profit group estimates it may take 20 years to rebuild gaza. >> traffic in new york this morning a mess. the president is going to be walking on the international community at the united nations to help in the fight against isil. >> the president will address the u.n. general assembly and chair a special meeting of the u.n. security council. president obama warns of a long campaign, saying the fight against isil and khorasan could continue beyond the end of his
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term. mike lyons joining us this morning. good morning, major lyons. >> the focus of what's called effects based targeting. when isil controls an oil refinery, in the old days, we would say we'll destroy the whole thing. today we realize we'll need that after the war. we go after the power plant. we target specific effects that we want to get at a specific target to make sure the whole thing might not be destroyed but rendered unusable. >> we learned that wars cost money. the kurds and iraq ever oil. both have asked for our assistance. the last war cost a trillion dollars. why aren't we talking about getting them to pay? >> we failed in that a lot of
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ways. that's left to the politicians and probably expectations setting up front. dick cheney originally said we'll get the iraqis to pay for this. that never happened. we've got to make sure in either side, the infrastructure is rendered unusable but not destroyed. >> part of the explanation the obama administration might give is they believe u.s. interests are at stake, that isis presents a threat to the united states. part of what's come up is the group khorasan. why are we only hearing about them now? >> hard core jihadists have been given this path to do whatever they want to do inside there. they are plotting against the united states, airline bombs, recruiting americans and europeans in order to make that mission work. they are hard core al-qaedas that have survived the past 13 years all the different attacks we've made on them.
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>> inside syria, the other al-qaeda linked group was fighting against assad and isil. now we're talking about these moderate forces. are they going to join into the battle knowing we have already killed one of the leaders wimp is good for the u.s. but bad for battle on the ground. >> that's a good point. i'm not sure why we're targeting them here. i understand their terrorists, but they're fighting isis. they had a split from them. taking them out doesn't make a lot of sense. perhaps it was just collateral damage that that leader was taken out. i don't think you'll see either rebel forces or their forces to be relied on in any way. >>al nusra is partners with
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khorasan. >> osama bin laden's son-in-law served at a seen nor advisor and was sentenced. he did not ask for leniency, saying he would not ask for mercy from anyone except god. >> wet weather up the east coast. let's check the forecast. >> we should be thankful it's early in the fall season or this would have been a nor'easter snowstorm otherwise. places like florida, you can see flash flooding out here. florida tends to do well, being one of the states that gets more moisture, but still problems out there. the storm is on the move. we are watching places like north carolina getting that rain. here's what happens over the next couple days. today, washington, d.c. for example, continues to move up the coastline into the day tomorrow. also on the north side of that, a little bit of gusty winds.
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you might see it blowing tomorrow. those northeastern cities are going to be getting the wet weather. most of the moisture stays off the coastline but right along the coast, two or three-inches, not out of the question. back to you. >> u.s. airstrikes on isil relying on a state of the art fighter jet. >> it is the first time that the f22 is being used in battle. we'll talk about how the multi-million dollar plane gives the u.s. the upper hand. >> talks over iran's nuclear program. jim walsh attended a dinner with iran's president. he'll look at iran's role in the battle with i with isil. >> ebola could sicken more than a million people within just a few months. >> a major american city taking on food waste. restaurants and homeowners could be fined for throwing out too many scraps. it's one of the stories caught
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in our global net.
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>> president obama set to speak at the u.n. general assembly in two and a half hours. >> welcome to al jazeera america. ahead this half hour, a dire warning about beal la spreading. >> president obama vowing the u.s. will take the lead in stopping climate change. he alleges challenges other countries to follow the lead. >> questions about the quality of the new iphone six. after one blogger appears to show it can be easily bent. >> let's get a look at top stairs this morning. tensions rising again in ferguson, missouri. this was tuesday, police trying to subdue a group of protestors who smashed the windows of a beauty parlor as a makeshift memorial for michael brown was burned. >> a stepped up effort to battle the fire in northern california
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2,000 additional firefighters joining the fight. residents in one town were allowed to go back home. the fire is 35% contained. >> the president warning of the u.s. campaign against isil could be a long one, continuing after he leaves office. u.s. officials are trying to confirm the reports that khorasan's leaders may have been killed by monday's airstrikes near leep poe. >> the fighting in syria is sending residents flee to go neighboring turkey. the numbers climbing after new strikes hilt northern towns overnight. stephanie decker has more from the turkey border. >> the picture behind me as hundreds of people going back. the only thing separated from where we are to the town is a railroad track. it's incredibly close. it would take us 30 seconds to walk across to the town. people are not saying they are
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going back because of the coalition airstrikes south. they are going back, many of the men, because they want to protect their homeland. they want to fight to push isil back and also families say it's been desperate in turkey. they've been sleeping outside, they say though don't have any choice but to go back into that town. other stores we're hearing from people is that the situation on the ground is still the fighting is ongoing, but the fighters lack weapons. they say we have the men but don't have the equipment to be able to confront isil, who are of course much better armed. >> according to the u.n., 1.5 million people have fled syria to turkey since the war began. >> the u.s. unleashing a new fighter jet called the f22 raptor. >> as jacob ward shows us, there
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is nothing else like this jet in technology and price. >> let's first talk about the money. the f22 is built by lockheed martin and bowing and paid for by you, your sample money. one of the most expensive fighter jets in history, the program casts $67 billion for 195 planes. according to some reports, the cost was as much as $678 million per plane. one of the planes it replaced, the f16, cost a fraction of that. the f22's high price tagged fueled controversy about why it was built in the first place, but for the cost, you get a punch. it has a wing span of 44 feet and reaches an altitude of more than 50,000 feet. it's a stealth plane, virtually undetectal. it appears on radar to be the size of a bumble be. then there's the speed. it can go faster than 1.5 times
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the speed of sound, beyond 1,000 miles an hour. as for armments, consider the weaponry. six radar-guided air to air missiles, a 20-millimeter barrel cannon and 1,000-pound bombs. lockheed can fire its missiles even while the plane is rolling over rapidly. jacob ward, aljazeera, new york. >> this is the f22's first combat outing that we know of. almost no other combat aircraft would be able to see it coming. the same goes for targets on the ground. >> james bays is outside the u.n., good morning. we just talked about these f22 precision fighter jets. president obama today will try to convince world leaders that these kind of calculated strikes are necessary to defeat isil and khorasan. >> he'll be speaking here we think at 10:00 a.m. he's the second of the world leaders on this list to speak.
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we've been told that it's going to be a forceful, yet positive speech about the situation in the middle east, and the u.s.'s role in the world. we've got a lot going on here at the u.n. today, it's all being dominated by isil. not only have you got the general assembly, all those world leaders, one after the other speaking and we need to watch comments extremely closely, because we're going to hear from the u.s.'s key allies. we're going to hear from key members of the arab group that joined the u.s. in that mission in syria, the emir of jordan and king of qatar. it's going to be presided over by president obama himself. >> is there any sense of how much support the president has for these strikes as he heads into this speech? >> that's going to be the very big question. when we get to that security
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council meeting, yes, the vote on foreign fighters will be important, but i think that's going to pass. watch what two members of the security council say, the two seats that won't have world leaders in. they are key members, two members that have permanent seats on the security council and the veto at the security council, china and russia. russia has been so quiet about those airstrikes in syria, are they going to support them or not. we'll hear the russian speech this afternoon. >> what else can we expect? the schedule is full. >> absolutely. you just have to look at the state of the world. we're not only talking about isil. we're going to have a summit about ebola, we're going to be talking about ukraine, about a range of different conflicts in the world, the deteriorating situation in yemen, the problems in libya, problems elsewhere on the african continent, marlee,
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congo, central african republic, the agenda is really full. >> james, thank you. >> president obama is also talking about climate change, calling it the defining challenge of the century. >> talking at the united nations yesterday, the president urged world leaders to step up their effort. john joins us with more. >> president obama getting right down to business at the u.n. spoke at the climate conference urging other countries to do their part, promises the u.s. would be a leader in the future when it comes to climate change. >> climate change is an urgent and growing threat, strong words from president obama at the u.n. climate summit tuesday. >> we are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it. >> he pledged to reduce emissions by 17% by 2020. the u.s. second only to china when it comes to carbon
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pollution. the president challenging beijing and our countries to take action. >> we can only succeed combating climate change if we are joined by every nation, developed and developing alike. nobody gets a pass. >> the u.n. secretary general urged all member nations to take a new course when it comes to climate change. >> it is the defining issue of hour age. it's a defining our present, our response will define our future. >> actor leonardo decaprio is the united nations new evident messenger of peace. >> i play fictitious characters solving fictitious problems. i believe mankind has looked at climate change in that same way, as if it were a fiction. >> sunday, a half million
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protestors joined together in the people's climate marsh. >> the alarm bells keep ringing. we cannot pretend we do not hear them. we have to answer the call. >> the president yesterday in the general assembly, well the next climate conference is in paris next year and u.n. officials are saying that by then, countries of the world must unveil concrete plans on cutting fossil fuel pollution. >> on the sidelines of the general assembly meetings, the u.s. and allies talking about iran's nuclear program. negotiators over tehran's uranium envichment talks began last week. we are rejoined by jim walsh. he attended dinner last night
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with iran's president rouhani. this is the first time nuclear talks were not at the top of the agenda. >> it was a bit of a surprise. i've attended eight different dinners at u.n. general assemblies with the iranian president ahmadinejad through rouhani. last night, the focus, i asked about nuclear, but most was terrorism and regional issues in the middle east's instability. >> iran is not on overall partner in the fight against isil, but do you believe there is a back channel relief going on on the ground? >> it is on the ground. raines will tell you as much. i do believe there is cooperation. neither country is going to say it out loud. on the ground, we're working with the kurds, they're working with the kurds. we're working with the iranian army, they're working with
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them -- using iraqis as intermediate-years at least, it's i'm going to be over here, you're going to be over there, let's not get in each other's way. >> this is a 33 icy relationship between the countries, are we seeing a change in the tone? >> great question. that is what i think the nuclear talking about will be successful. if they don't, it could go badly. i've never seen anything like this. the president of iran was very positive about the u.s., said positive things. i'd say the core thing throughout the evening was the need for the u.s. and iran to concentrate on common interests. >> i want to challenge you on your optimism about nuclear talks. i saw them fall apart with north korea. how much are both sides constrained by domestic politics. rouhani is not in charge, the
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ayatollah is. >> i'm an optimist by nature. i can't help myself. i do think we have a gulf here. they've made great progress on a number of the different issues on the heavy water reactor, on inspection, on other issues. the thing that remains where there's real difference is the original program and it is domestic policies. >> it's the centrifuge. >> negotiators, if they were left to themselves, we would have a deal by now. >> is there a sense in tehran if they sit back and don't do anything stupid, so to speak, that they could wind up emerging as the major super power, the major player in the region, because the arab spring left a lot of former dictator ships gone. >> i think that's right, dell. i think it precedes what has happened in recent events. in my visit to say iran, i started going 10 years ago, there's a lot of similarities between iranians and americans.
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they think they're the center of the universe. they say we have a special place in the world, god has given this special place to us and we want to have a leadership role. >> jim walsh, thank you. >> thank you. >> more than a million people could be infected with the ebola virus by the beginning of next year. that is the startling new prediction from the centers for decease control. the numbers aren't exactly cut and dry. robert ray is live outside headquarters right now in atlanta. good morning. do they really think there could be more than a million cases by 2015? >> stephanie, good morning. that's the worst case scenario in the believe behind me. that could occur if the outbreak doesn't get under control and people who are infected don't get into isolation tents. >> >> a worst case scenario, the
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centers for disease control releasing a staggering new forecast for the deadly ebola virus in west africa. scientists say it's possible that 21,000 people could be infected by early next month. 1.4 million people by the beginning of january. at the same time, they say the epidemic can be stopped. >> what the modeling shows us is that even i in dire scenarios, f we move fast enough, we can turn it around. i'm confident the most dire predictions are not going to come to pass. >> the world health organization predicts a similar dramatic increases in cases. >> this is exponential increase with hundreds going into thousands of cases per week and if we don't stop the epidemic very soon, this is going to turn from a disaster into a catastrophe. >> the new predictions are based
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on data from the end of august before aid started pouring in from around the world and before the u.s. military troops hit the ground in liberia to help lead the american response. so far, nearly 6,000 cases have been reported, mainly in poverty stricken sear loan and lie liberia. >> doctors think they can get this under control if enough isolation units are built in west africa. 3,000 american troops are being sent to construct units. the hope is that that will control the spread of ebola over in west african countries. >> one of the places they thought it was under krol is nigeria and children were supposed to go back to school monday. what happened? >> well, it actually it under
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control in nigeria, according to officials. there were 19 people that were infected. they have curbed all of that. there's actually at this point no case that we know of now in nigeria. as a precaution, the government there is saying that the kids should stay home, that they should not go to school at this point. because this is an infection caused by human liquid to liquid and witness we know, kids end up causing -- using -- doing that a lot with their sneezing and certain things that they may do at school. >> robert, thank you. >> stephanie, this morning police are trying to figure a motive after a fired u.p.s. worker shot and killed two former supervisors before turning the gun on himself. it happened in birmingham on tuesday. the gunman had his uniform on when he went into the building and shot two men. he was fired within the last month and just lost his appeal. >> the vatican is september to
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hold a trial against a clergy member over accusations of sex abuse. he was placed under house arrest. criminal proceedings have begun against the archbishop. he's accused of sexually abusing boys while serving in the dominican republic. >> president obama facing some criticism this morning for what he did when he stepped off of marine one on tuesday. the washington times has the picture of the president. he always absolutes when he gets off. right? but he's got a coffee cup in his hand. in the hand that he's actually using to salute. it kind of brings to mind when george w. bush had the awkward salute in 2000 carrying his dog. >> there was the time when they had the umbrella for the president and they said the marine should not hold an umbrella. >> seattle cracking down on what is in your garbage.
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the city council approved fines for anybody who puts too much food waste in the garbage can. they are supposed to put them in com post trash bins. collectors are looking out for waste more than 10% com posable items. they could be find up to $50. >> for not com posting. >> another big company is joining the unlimited vacation trend. it's not this one. >> yet. >> virgin plans to let employees take unlimited time off without approval. richard branson who owns virgin said employees can take time off when they need it. he feels this is good for morale. >> unfortunately we happen to be in one of the jobs that you just can't take off when you want to. >> i think a lot of people are in this type of job. >> u.s. forces striking at more than isil. >> they targeted khorasan, a group considered an immediate threat to the u.s. we'll speak with a journalist who covers the region. >> a sigh of relief on hawaii's
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big island. why officials say the lava flowing no longer threatening homes. >> the freezing waters of the arctic ocean, not much different from keeping your car running in the winter is one of today's discoveries. no clutter,
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just real reporting. the new al jazeera america mobile app, available for your apple and android mobile device. download it now >> the u.s. trying to determine the effect of airstrikes against syria, including whether it's effectively damaged that off shoot of al-qaeda known as khorasan. >> the group is experienced al-qaeda fighters. officials belief they were working with bomb makers to sneak explosives on to western airliners. eric holder said they pose a serious threat to the u.s. >> khorasan has shown itself to be capable. they have bomb makers, they have great capabilities.
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we take them very seriously. that is the reason why we decided to strike them militarily last night. >> the u.s. is trying to determine if khorasan's leader was killed near leep poe. >> russia is an aljazeera america contributor. she joins us via skype right now from lebanon. thanks for being with us again. how familiar is the region with this group khorasan? >> up until a couple of days ago, no one seems to have heard of this group, khorasan. the more we talk to fighters, the more it appears like this group is not really a discreet separate group per se, but highly experienced jihadists who come from different places who have come to syria to take advantage of the ability to move freely as a safe haven for
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themselves. >> what is their relationship to i.s. in syria. >> it seems that they have a relationship with the rival group to i.s., al-nusra. this sounds increasingly complicated. al-nusra has been one of the more successful rebel groups inside syria fighting the assad regime and also fighting isil. it seems that khorasan, just a group of commanders that organized themselves as sort of an informal off shoot, making their own plans separately. >> what do we know about the leader of this group,ed leader of khorasan? >> not much at all. he might be turkish, we know
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there's another commander, maybe his right hand, who might be a kuwaiti citizen. is it not clear, nor is it clear whether they are dead or alive. >> the u.s. has had a multi-million dollar bounty for the last two years. >> president obama will address the united nations. we will bring you that live. >> india joining orbiting around the red planet. besides the u.s., the russian and european space programs also have crafts that have reached mars. >> lava flowing from hawaii's volcano is flowing. it's only advanced 75 yards and
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stalled. it is the first time the flow has slowed since the public was warned to stay away last month. >> meteorologist nicole mitchell is back. >> a lot of places the next couple of days, you'll be needing umbrellas. both ends of the country, we're book ended with the big storm coming in from the northwest, very beneficial rain coming here. another one crawling its way up the east coast in the center of the country just a minor disturbance. there's a couple of showers here and the rest of the country pretty much dry. here's how that looks on the moisture map. this continues to crawl up the coast here easterly. through the next couple days, you can pick out what that moisture does to our temperatures. it will start to cool things even into california where we've had the high heat. technically into fall, seattle is 69 degrees, starting to get rain across the country. the same thing for the east coast, you get under some of that moisture.
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already today, that will move into washington, d.c. new york and the 70's today, when more of that rain moves in tomorrow, you can see temperatures drop a little bit more in the 60's. in the meantime, ahead of that next system, it will funnel heat through the midsection, so billings at 90 degrees. umbrellas tomorrow. i don't want to hear we didn't know. >> it's time for one of this morning's discoveries. it answers the question how do fish stay warm -- >> i did not know this -- >> fish can create anti freeze in their system that keeps them from turning into icicles. >> protein makes it possible. it makes it harder for them to heat up in warmer waters. >> police naming a suspect from the disappearance of a university of virginia student. >> they questioned him days ago.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. >> president obama is taking the next step in the fight against isil, making his case for more international cooperation before the u.n. general assembly. >> he will personally chair a meeting of the security council pushing for a resolution to punish those who leave their country to fight for isil and other groups. >> urging vigilance against so-called
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lone wolves. >> u.s. president barack obama highlighted the u.s. didn't go it alone, making an unschedule stop at the united nations to thank qatar, saudi arabia, the u.a.e., jordan and bahrain for taking part in the operation. >> we've all seen with the emergence of isil, so much progress is threatened and so many people's lives are threatened. because of the almost unprecedented effort of this coalition, i think we now have an opportunity to send a very clear message that the world is united. >> the obama administration is denying reports it coordinated strikes with syria, saying only the government of bashar al assad was informed and warned not to interfere with u.s.
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planes. the military said his radar was not actively pursuing them. the target was islamic state of iraq and the levant, headquarters, storage buildings, supply trucks and finance center, but weren't the only targets. the u.s. alone went after khorasan, a group affiliated with al-qaeda. >> the khorasan group is clearly not focused on the assad regime for syrian people. they are establishing routes to advance attacks against the west and the homeland. >> the pentagon says it didn't target the leadership of both groups and is still assessing how much damage the strikes inflicted. this is the first of many strikes to come.
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mic vick is going to be with the president trying to win over allies. >> ahead of the convening of the security council will only be the second timed head of state has convened the security council. the first time was in 2009 when president obama did it. he's putting forward something they hoped to establish a new precedent here in terms of foreign fighters, the statistic, 15,000 foreign fighters in iraq and syria in isis and many other groups. the president wants a legally binding so-called chapter seven resolution passed by the security council. it is expected to pass to limit and define who these individuals are. there's no legally enforceable mechanism behind this, but is a step toward unifying the international community against this foreign fighter phenomenon.
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>> when it comes to strikes in syria, is the president getting any credit for establishing a coalition of strange bed fellows to go about the military strikes? >> he really is. inside the administration, they've been out ting this for days. it was a startling development. the strikes in syria were timed around the gelling of this coalition. it happened over the course of 72 hours, a startling development, a distinction that the white house is eager to make. this is the first time remember in the past iraq wars nothing like this occurred, sunni led nations dropping bombs, flying sore tees over these countries a breakthrough, diplomatically and politically. >> a month ago, this was a man criticized for not having a strategy. did the white house keep the rest of washington in the dark about what it was? >> there are still plenty of doubts about what's going on
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here, starting with the iraqi government, much is predicated on a continuing unity and ability to bring in these sunni groups. their talking about a reawakening like during the surge in 2007. the other thing arming the syrian army to be a proxy a emon the ground to fight isil there, as well. whether or not that can actually happen, many people do ever doubts about that. >> lisa stark is in washington and joins us now. there is a risk associated with these kinds of interventions. are we hearing about possible retaliation? >> not specifically. after the u.s. started bombing isil in iraq, the group did brutally execute two americans and a british citizen they were holding hostage. that was a result of the airstrikes. we would expect to hear more from isil. we did hear from from susan rice
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and the national security advisor saying we know of no imminent threat to the homeland. that has not changed. >> it turns out that these airstrikes weren't the first time americans had heard about al-qaeda off shoot khorasan, at least not the intelligence community. was there an earlier travel warning? >> there was a travel change in procedure issued this past summer by the department of homeland security. folks travel got to u.s. from europe and the middle east were told they could not bring on laptops, cell phones, electronic devices that were uncharged. they had to be able to turn on these devices. what we now know is that this was because of what they were learning with the khorasan group and the possibility that they might have wanted to sneak a bomb on one of these devices. >> lisa stark in washington,
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thank you. >> let's go live to baghdad. what is the reaction there on the ground to these airstrikes that we are seeing? >> generally, the politics of this are quite positive. most of the parliamentariens have said this is a good thing. disrupting that supply line was key. not everybody agrees. the big shia party has said it's pointless having these airstrikes just in syria -- just in iraq without backing us up here on the ground. we are on the ground here, need the support, so a little bit of not so much criticism, but certainly the americans aren't doing enough and in the right
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manner. however, isil have responded, as well. three days ago, they took about 30 iraqi soldiers hostage in the anbar city of fallujah. they paraded those soldiers thursday, 30 of them in the streets, suggesting they still have control of the town. this was a display of strength in response to attacks on syria. >> the u.s. is the only non-arab country in this fight against isil. what has been the reaction on the ground to that? >> well, if you speak to most iraqis here, nobody frankly thinks that the other countries are doing much. they think the u.s. is the main partner here. it's the one mounting all of the airstrikes and everybody else has simply just become -- there is disbelieve the jordanian have done anything. the so you had rain's don't believe it.
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the qataris have come out saying there is a report but they are not fighting, suggesting there may be a representative. turkey saying our bases and air space wasn't used for these strikes. they are suggesting that the americans are certainly just looking for cover for their airstrikes and that they are the driving force behind all of these airstrikes. >> live in baghdad, this morning, thank you. >> the fighting in syria is sending residents fleeing to turkey. 150,000 have made the trek in recent days. stephanie decker isual the border. one key crossing just reopened after strikes hit northern syria towns overnight. >> the batting is on the outskirts. it's besieged on three sides, from the south, east and west. isil positions when you look at the map from the west is one kilometer to two kilometers away. they are very close. this is something on going. there is a concern that the
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fight is not over. it's a very fluid situation. the people do feel that the city is relatively safe. one lady said i think there was an over reaction, nothing has happened in the city. people feel certainly the situation for them is better at home and thylose it if they do move in and perhaps crass back over. when it comes to the men, all of them determined to bring their families here, then cross back to get involved in that fight to protect homes and land. >> in the past, you have been in contact with isil. have they had anything to say since airstrikes were launched? >> it seems that according to the civilians and the act visits
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and rebels that live under isil controlled areas, isil personnel have sort of gone into hiding. a lot of check points have disappeared in some towns, raqqa and others where isil has been in control, more than 80% have the check points have just disappeared. the fighters, you no longer see them on the street. you used to see two, three, a dozen, half a dozen every time you turned the corner, now it's very rare to see them. people don't know where they are. they paint their cars the color of dirt so as not to be seen from above. it's not clear what's going on, but also a lot of them are moving towards the north, that much we know. >> how do they feel about the fact that if anybody seems to be benefiting from these airstrikes, these coalition led airstrikes, it is syrian president bashar al assad, who's enemies are now being eliminated from the battlefield. >> that's been a major concern for rebels in the syrian
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opposition all along, who's going to benefit from this. you know, so far, rebels have been very nervous about the assad troops taking advantage of airstrikes to gain territory. i mean, it's too early to tell. it's only been a day. it's not clear what's going to happen but certainly a lot of them, that's the big question on their mind, what's going to happen with assad. >> more than 150,000 people as we have been reporting crossing from syria into turkey over the last five days. were they running from isil or the airstrikes? >> those people for the most part have been running from isil, because fighters have been closing in on them. because they know the savagery that isil fighters are capable of, they, you know, the men basically like to get their families out so that they can come back unencumbered by civilians and try to fight isil. also that said, a lot of civilians who live around isil areas have also been fleeing in
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anticipation of u.s. airstrikes, because they know they live in hot zones. >> thank you for being with us this morning. >> president obama set to address the united nations about isil, beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. >> world leaders are talking about climate change. more than 100 leaders gathered yesterday for a key summit. >> the goal was to lay the groundwork for a global climate treaty, the president playing a key role. >> he really is. there are so many big topics at this year's general assembly, but the issue of the climate change seems to be dominating in a way i can't remember it dominating in the past. good morning, the summit is the largest gathering of word leaders in one place to discuss improving the environment. speaking at the united nation yesterday, president obama said that pollution must be contained
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to address climate change. the u.s., which is the second worst offender, i immediate remind you, is pledging to reduce emisses by 17% by 2020. president obama called on all member nations to take action. >> there's one issue that will define the con tours of the century more dramatically than any other and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate. >> our response will define our future. with he need all hands on deck. that is why we are here today. >> that is ban ki-moon, the secretary general right after president obama spoke, china voted to stop the rise of carbon dioxide emissions as quickly as possible. the next summit is in paris next year. the u.s. said by then countries
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must unveil concrete plans about stopping fossil fuel pollution. those pictures you saw at the end, people arriving this morning for the president's address. >> john, thank you. >> fire crews in california are getting a break today in the form of rain. that's also creating new problems. >> let's bring in meteorologist nicole mitchell to explain. >> we've known about the fires going on especially from california, oregon, washington. this is what it ends up looking like afterwards, the aftermath of all of that. in some cases, if you were going to get under to the earth, it's actually baked from the fires. here's an aerial look. you should have as we get to this next image the areas that are green is the vegetation from the carlton fire, if we can get back to that. we're going to continue to see all the areas in green, the vegetation, the brown, that's the lack of vegetation which baked earth, to you get a new system in with heavy rain and that doesn't absorb the water, that soil, so flash flooding, landslides definitely a problem.
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we already have rain coming in, especially the next couple days. northern portions of california could 33, four, five inches, beneficial rain for the most part. ahead of this, the winds are still increasing that fire danger where we haven't gotten the rain yet, portions of california for example. >> it is a mixed bag, thanks. >> any threat emerging from the shadows of syria, the dangers that khorasan presents to the safety of americans. cedric layton weighs in on stopping the group. >> stepping up the search for the suspect in the case of the missing student in virginia. >> today on the stream.
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>> it is time for a look at videos captured by our citizen journalists around the world. nato observed withdrawal of russian troops from eastern
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ukraine. both sides accuse each other of violating the ceasefire that took effect two weeks ago. >> residents in mccloud, california are cleaning up after mudslides, using heavy machinery to remove bolders and debris. officials believe a dam rupture led to the mud slide. >> this crowd gathering for a close up look at a dell litigation of an apartment building in colombia. it suffered a collapse in october. >> jordan acquitted a cleric of terrorism charges. he was accused of targeting during celebrations. this isn't the first time he has been on trial. was today's decision a surprise?
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the first time he went on trial, it was in abstention. he received a life in prison sentence from a jordanian court. when he was not in jordan, he was in the united kingdom from 1994-2013. when he returned to jordan, when he was handed over by the united kingdom to the jordanian government last year in july, 2013, he automatically face add retrial, because he was tried in absentia. also there was an assumption that the convictions may have been based on evidence that was extracted from his co-defendants, who were under torture, so this is why a retrial was necessary, and apparently the judge has said this morning in court that he's being acquitted of all charges for a lack of evidence. >> hmm. well, this acquittal comes after he condemned isil and jordan
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just participated in u.s. airstrikes on isil in syria. is it fair to make a connection there? >> i think it's very fair, stephanie, to make that connection at this time when jordan announced it is fully engaged in the war against isil. jordan has challenges that come from within. there is a very strong movement in jordan and there are influential leaders who are very influential and really admired by followers. this man has in the past year in the courtroom criticized isil, criticized their beheadings and described what they do as atrocities and called on them to stop. i think his release right now could be seen as a message by the government that those leaders who are moderate are welcome in jordan but those who promote isil and adopt its
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policies and take up arms will face a crackdown by the government. >> the president will call on the international community to help in the fight against isil. he addresses the u.n. general assembly this morning and later chairs a special meeting of the security council. the president warns of a long campaign, continuing beyond the end of his term. handgun a khorasan ban threat to the u.s.? >> probably about two years or so. it's ban group under the radar quite a bit and even some experts have not studied khorasan very much. the group is one that has in essence just popped up for most
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people about two or three months ago, and that's, you know, shows how well they were able to conceal their activities, actually. >> do we know how they got their money, how they are funded? >> well, generally speaking, what they end up doing is getting a lot of donations from individuals in the gulf states, particularly out of kuwait, some allegation of course against the u.a.e. and qatar, but most of unproven. most of the funding comes through these sources. there are other sources to include illicit trade in commodities such as oil. they engage in smuggling across borders. that's generally how groups like khorasan get funding and how they also pay their fighters. >> on the subject of money, the president saying that is going to be a long campaign, perhaps generational. how are we going to pay for this? the kurds have oil, so does
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iraq. the last war cost the taxpayers $1 trillion. why aren't these countries asked to pony up, up front? >> there may be discussions to that effect. in the past, eve had saudi arabia pursuing a funding solution to for example desert storm, even parts of other operation that we've engaged in have been funded in part by arab nations. publicly, we have not heard any discussion of that. it is certainly concerning especially when you look at the national debt. we do need to fund these operations, and quite frankly, the people that benefit from them should help pay for them. >> senator mccain, john mccain saying he thinks the president should go after isil and assad. do we benefit from just striking isil first? >> we do benefit from striking isil, because it is a disruptive feature in the campaign. we have to be careful how long
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we engage in a disruptive campaign as to a truly offensive campaign. in this particular situation, both isil and assad are not our friends, and it becomes very difficult to extinguish one from the other in terms of moving military operations. we can disrupt isil. in the long term, we need to do something against assad. >> the automatic alliance could include egypt. the egyptian presidential sisi supports the u.s. operation in iraq and syria and egypt would participate in the arab coalition. sisi addressed the three aljazeera journalists still jailed in egypt. >> the formalities are still in
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process. any state understands that if there is even anything, any violation on the part of the journalists, no country would like to imprison journalists. countries would not need lengthy debates about having journalists in prison. i hope that i'm clear and understood. i wish they hadn't been arrested or even standing in court. >> aljazeera continues to demand the release of the journalists. all three were jailed for seven years on charges of aiding the muslim brotherhood. >> let's get another check of the forecast this morning. nicole mitchell is back with that. >> a big chunk of the countries dry and you get to the edges. we are looking at florida, yesterday with flooding. all that moisture is migrating
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northward, north carolina a wet start to the day. the system is on the move up the coastline. it is a good thing it is not winter yet. some wind on the north side of this, but mostly the rain is what the people notice. the heavy core of the rain offshore. the closer you get to the coastline, the most likely you could see two or three inches of rain. mid atlantic into the northeast, the wet weather tomorrow. otherwise, the rest of the country a little wet weather in the midsection, but a big chunk of real estate where you're going to have a dry day. >> a clear and present danger to americans, the u.s. on guard against a threat bial khorasan. a look at the group's rise and danger they represent. >> the spread of ebola, the world health organization saying it could top more than a million cases in the next two months. >> new delhi winning praise for
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its space program. >> a look at our images of the day, president obama set to address world leaders at the united nations today. >> here we see the president actually and secretary of state john kerry meeting with all the advisors tuesday, sharing a moment on stage with president clinton at the u.n. climate summit, as well. ell. consider this on al jazeera america
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>> you're looking live inside the united nations as word leaders are arriving. president obama will address the assembly in an hour and a half. you can watch it here on aljazeera america. welcome to al jazeera america. ahead in this next half hour, authorities are filing charges in connection with the disappearance of a missing university of virginia student. we'll have the latest on the search for hanna graham. >> owners of the new iphone are getting bent out of shape over a problem with the new device. >> first a look at the morning's
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top stories. residents in california are returning home as crews step up efforts to battle the wing wildfire. an additional 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze. so far, it's 35% contained. president obama is calling on world leaders to take action against climate change, calling it the defining challenge of the century. speaking at the united nations, the president said the problem must be addressed. the u.s. is promising to reduce emisses by 17% by 2020. >> president obama warrants isil and khorasan campaign could continue after he leaves office. u.s. officials are trying to confirm the effects of the airstrikes that have been hitting isil and khorasan in syria. >> lisa stark joins us live from washington, d.c. this morning. khorasan sounds like a new threat but the group has been on
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the radar for quite some time. tell us what with he know. >> it has. this is an al-qaeda off shoot, this group, the administration says that it appears that they were close to executing a plot against european or american targets, specifically airplanes. so close, they felt they had little choice but to launch airstrikes against the khorasan organization. >> the first wave of strikes in syria targeted not just isil but an organization that few americans have heard of before now named the khorasan group, made up of al-qaeda veterans. administration officials say the group, which has set up shop near aleppo posed an immediate threat to europe and the united states. >> in terms of the khorasan group, which is a network of seasoned al-qaeda veterans, these strikes were undertaken to disrupt eminent attack plotting against the united states and western targets. >> the head of the group is long time al-qaeda leader confidente
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of osama bin laden. the group is linking up with foreign fighters in syria with passports and plans to use these fighters to get on planes with concealed bombs. >> three months ago, u.s. officials began to hear credible rum blinks about the fact that they were exiting essentially the design and testing phase of exotic explosives and moving into the next phase, the execution phase. >> the president and secretary of state john kerry have long would the u.s. would not go it alone. today the president welcomes the members of the coalition to the u.n. ahead of the general assembly. >> to say thank you to all of them for their participation and commitment to rolling back the violent extremism. >> saudi arabia, jordan, united arab emirates and bahrain all confirmed involvement in last
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night's attacks. qatar was also involved, but has not publicly revealed its role. secretary kerry spent weeks trying to bring the gulf states onboard as a key part of the international coalition. it is significant that they were willing to fight alongside the united states. >> you have the extraordinary situation here where four arab countries with a high sunni islam majority, plus bahrain have joined forces with the people often denounced as crusaders and imperialists to fight other sunni muslims. >> this coalition gelled in just the last few days. the administration is now saying that there are 59 countries worldwide willing to help in some fashion in this fight against isil, particularly, and
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as you have said, del, he will be at the u.n. today calling for worldwide effort against this and other groups that the u.s. sees at terrorist organizations. >> how does this fight with khorasan tie into the president's overall strategy in the war against terrorism? >> president obama has made it clear he will seek out terrorists wherever they are. he said america will not allow there to be safe havens for terrorists. he has taken out terrorists in yemen, pakistan, many other locations, so he sees this as just a continuation of his policy to, again, ensure that terrorists who may threaten the united states are not in a position to do that. >> lisa stark for us live in washington, d.c. this morning, thank you very much. >> joining us i can michael balboni. thanks for being with us. we're hearing a lot of the post
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911 rhetoric, have they he selected a target and a date. >> goes from the transition between the aspirational and the operational and also the ability to project what the threat is into an attack against the homeland here or in europe itself, and what isil has demonstrated is their ability to recruit globally. they're on the streets of london talking about join our fight. you know they have a presence there. the big question is do they have a presence here and is that what they are talking about. there are three he types of threats, one is the 9/11 idea of bringing people in, second is to have cells already established here ready to go. the third is somebody who becomes self radicalized and say i'm going to join the fight. those are the three principal concerns we've had since 9/11.
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>> attorney general eric holder said we've known about khorasan for three years. the obama administration has been attacking al-qaeda militants in yemen, in pakistan with drone attacks. does this mean a resurgence in al-qaeda? >> it is not the typical corporate structure. you have leaders who may go great this threatened. the drone strikes -- >> it's like whack a mole. >> yes, it is. >> there are reports that plots were specific, a toothpaste container, may be clothes dipped in explosive material. how comfort are you that the t.s.a. would have caught someone? >> very challenging, but yet, you know, the public sits there ands wait a minute, we've had the initial attacks over 13 years ago, and yet nothing's happened. how that is? are we he that good, that lucky?
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>> how good are we? >> a lot of the things about defending is deterrence, we create an entire security structure, train people much much better to look for attack methodologies and we have had the ability to engage the public. people have paid attention -- >> it's a lot of vigilance. do you believe u.s. airstrikes now in iraq and syria makes the u.s. more vulnerable? >> anytime you have military action, you have the ability to r. a sympathizer suddenly engage and say this is what we ever to do now, join the fight. one of the things we have to do in terms of security is make sure there is no single point of failure. bomb dogs enhance the mechanical systems that we used to detect. these are all strategies that are going to be employed. >> it's high tech, low tech. michael balboni, thank you for your expertise this morning. >> president obama is set to address the united nations about the threat of isil.
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we will bring you his speech live at 10:00 a.m. >> on the subject of vigilance, australian police shot and killed a teen linked to isil. officials say he stabbed two officers who tried to shake his hand. he earlier made threats against tony abbot and waived an isil flag at a local mal. it comes days after australia bust add plot to kill random citizens. >> afghanistan's outgoing president putting the blame on that president for his instability. hamid karzai warning him to be wary of the west. he blamed america and pakistan for fueling the continuing war in the country against the taliban, the 13 year conflict kills thousands of afghans each year. >> some bin lot son-in-law sentenced to life in prison on terror charges. he served as spokesman after the september 11 attacks. he was a top advisor. he didn't ask for leniency in his hearing, saying he would not
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ask for mercy from anyone except for god. >> a break in the case of missing university of virginia student hanna graham. >> there are no charges filed. >> yes, the charge is kidnapping, coupled with a sex crime. this is their suspect, 32-year-old jesse leroy matthew and he's on the run. >> you're looking at the man wanted in the disappearance of 18-year-old university of virginia student hanna graham. police issued an arrest warrant for jesse leroy matthew on charges of abduction with in tent to defile. >> we've been working very hard over the past almost nine days. we reached that point where the commonwealth felt we had sufficient probable cause to seek an arrest warrant. >> police say matthew was the last person to see graham before she vanished september 13. caught on surveillance camera
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with graham that night, matthew was previously a person of interest, wanted on reckless driving charges after speeding away from the police station last week before investigators could question him. authorities are circulating this new wanted poster, hope to go generate new leads in the case. for those who knew matthew growing up, the charges are stunning. >> if someone came to me and said he did this, i wouldn't believe it. >> the search for the missing student has not slowed down. it's intense filing as police and canines comb woods and brush surrounding the college town. >> we are continuing our search for hanna. wean as we speak. >> investigators believe she left with matthew in his car that night. when they searched his apartment, police removed articles of clothing. they are not elaborating on the details of evidence. forensic tests continue as they try to track down their suspect,
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again, still on the run. >> tensions once again overnight in ferguson, missouri. >> this crowd of demonstrators gathering outside the beauty salon. the business was vandalized for the third time. a makeshift memorial to brown was taken down earlier in the day. >> a u.p.a. employee shot employees before shooting himself. he shot two men. he was fired and had just lost his appeal. >> a priest on trial for criminal charges involving allegations of child sex abuse, the vatican placing one of its former ambassadors under house arrest and criminal proceedings have begun.
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he is excused of sexually abusing boys while serving in the dominican republic. >> a maternity ward nurse diagnosed with t.b. showed symptoms a month before tested and another month before put on leave. infants and hospital workers may have been exposed. >> the c.d.c. saying more than a million people could be infected with ebola by next year. those numbers aren't guaranteed. we have live outside c.d.c. headquarters. do they think we could be looking at more than a million cases when 2015 begins? >> del, that's the worst case scenario laid out yesterday in a telebriefing by dr. from the c.d.c.
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it could be 1.4 million people. just two countries, sierra leone and liberia. the population, 10 million people, so a staggering number of 1.4 million people as the worst case scenario if health officials and the world do not get this outbreak under control. let's look at what the doctor said yesterday. >> what the modeling shows us is that even in dire scenarios, if we move fast enough, we can turn it around. i'm confident that the most dire projections are not going to come to pass, given what we've already seen both on the ground in terms of the response and what we're beginning to see in terms of some of the data coming in. >> 3,000 american troops and other officials are headed over to west africa to set up isolation tents. they think that's really the key to stopping the infection. getting all these people that have the ebola infection or
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signs of it into these tents so they can be quarantined off from the rest of the population and get this under control. right now, there are people walking around in west africa has that have the disease that can't get care because there is nowhere to put them. >> mixed signals out of africa, children in nigeria supposed to be going back to school today. what happened? >> there's 350 people being watched in the country of nigeria now. whether or not they have ebola or not, clearly the officials are not sure yet, but they're looked at. there hasn't been a case of ebola in 10 days in nigeria, but the country is very, very precautious about people going back to school especially kids. ebola is transmitted through bodily fluids. they don't want anymore transmissions in case the virus is out in the country. they're still trying to educate the population there as to the
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dangers are and taking all the precautions they can as a country, because they certainly don't want an explosion of ebola like seen in other neighboring countries. >> live at the c.d.c. headquarters in atlanta. we are going to continue talking about the ebola outbreak and threat of it spreading. >> we'll speak with a doctor about the on going effort to reign it in and the possibility of ebola reaching beyond west africa. >> that flow of lava up close, where scientists walked right up to the burning earth. >> time now for our big quote. >> u.s. military leaders are saying the airstrikes against isil are the start of a prolonged campaign. >> decades ago, one iconic civil rights leader said this, wars are poor chesterton he wills for carving out peaceful tomorrows. who offered that warning?
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>> we have an exclusive story tonight, and we go live...
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>> who said it? wars are poor chesterton he wills for carving out peaceful tomorrows. >> martin luther king, jr. made that statement in 1967 about the u.s.'s involvement in the vietnam war. welcome to al jazeera america. just ahead, celebrations in india for an out of this world accomplishment. >> first a closer look at the ebola outbreak. the c.d.c. warns that it is going to get worse. an assistant professor of epidemiology joins us. the c.d.c. issued a report that the ebola cries will affect more than a million people by the first of the year. if we are looking at those case, how concerned are you that we could be seeing cases in the u.s. soon? >> the likelihood of that,
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people with ebola coming to the united states and making it across our borders is actually somewhat high, however that does not necessarily translate into a high likelihood that it would spread in the united states. if a person came here with the disease, they would get care and put in quarantine and the potential for an epidemic to be squashed is very, very high. >> liberians are gathered in virginia and chicago living in the united states. should liberians and other people coming from west africa be screened at u.s. airports before coming into the country. >> it's smart protocol to screen, however a screening mechanism is not a very specific way to think about it. >> it makes people feel better. >> we are not in the business of making feel better, we are in the business of controlling outbreaks. people coming with ebola are going to be feverish, showing signs of illness, be in pain, but none of those things are specific to ebola.
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we're going to catch a lot of people who don't necessarily have the disease. because there's a 21 day window between getting infected and becoming infectious, we are liable to miss a number of people, however -- >> are you going to be surprised if within the next two months we see the first case of ebola here in the united states? >> i would not necessarily be surprised. i would be much more surprised if we were to see transmission of a case, which i would say the likely mood of happening is infinitely small. >> the president will commit $88 million to fight this, 3,000 troops on the ground. is that enough? >> it's an important commitment, unfortunately not enough. we're going to provide 1700 beds. the best case scenario, assume we were able to provide 70% of case witness low transmission care. that's really hard to do and 1700 beds in the center of an epidemic probabled to get to 1.4 million is not going to be
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that much. i think it is an important step toward the best case scenario that we're looking at and provided leadership that the international community can rally around and provide the same type of service. >> thanks for being with us this morning. >> days after nasa's entering mars, india does that. the prime minister mop ford the mission, a success of the india's space program is inspiring the countries next generation to reach the stars. >> up close and personal with science, helping these children to understand what's going on in outer space by seeing rocket in action here. they are learning about india's mars mission unfolding now.
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it's the kind of encouragement that didn't exist 20 years ago. >> when i was a kid, i wanted to become an astronaut, but nobody told me how to do that. i wanted to fill in that gap where i could tell a child who wants to become an astronaut what is the right process to go through. >> this is what he wants the next generation of indians to know. he said india not only needs to invest in local invasion but a workforce to support the development's ambitious space program. >> to have these technologies available, we need to have a younger generation who's actually doing this for us. in the coming decades, we should have those young generation becoming scientists and technologists. >> in november last year, india
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launched its mars orbiter. it was built for a fraction of nasa's mars mission. millions of people have a source of pride in the program. for the government, it is a major player in the world's space club. >> it is proof that space exploration doesn't have to be expensive and its progress could encourage other countries to explore the universe beyond without the constraints of astronomical budgets. >> it took india's mars orbit at her 300 days to reach mars atmosphere. >> apple sold 10 million units of iphone six. some users are saying it's bent. a video, this blogger showing how easily it can happen has gone viral. the issue has its own twitter #.
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>> a flow of lava has spewed a lava feed covering 14 square miles. earthquakes continue to rumble in iceland, including three in the last 24 hours. >> let's get a check of the forecast with nicole mitchell. >> dealing with a couple areas where we've got the wet weather today. a little disturbance in the midsection of the country, might mean iowa or nebraska, you're seeing showers. we have one crawling up the east coast, so the mid atlantic today, the northeast tomorrow. more significantly, this system that's coming into the northwest bringing beneficial rain to washington state where in part, because of this, we have no large fire incident denses in that state versus oregon and california still having them. heavy amounts of rain, northern parts of california, four,
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five-inches not out of the question and especially in burn areas, that can be dangerous and a land slight risk. ahead of the system, high winds. if you haven't gotten the mainly yet, the areas in red, we're still concerned about the fire danger until more of that mainly or at least humidity moves in, that's still going to be a concern for us. a lot of beneficial rain on a large scale. >> nicole, thanks. >> tomorrow morning on aljazeera america, we'll have global reaction to president obama's speech to the united nation and this is a live look inside the u.n. right now. a lot of world leaders going up that escalates or. the president expected to speak at 10:00 a.m. >> he is going to speak to world leaders about isil. it starts an hour from now at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. that's it for us in new york. >> coming up, isil and other fighters groups in syria may be
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on the run. >> we will see you right back here again tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. until then, have a great morning. at morning.
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