>> this could go in a human body? >> rite. >> this is for an achilles tendon. >> this is some of the best driving i have ever don. thanks for being with us, this is al jazeera america. i'm thomas drayton in new york. let's get you caught up on the top stories this hour. nearly two dozen us-led air strikes target i.s.i.l. kurdish forces push back the fighters on key front the battle against ebola grows exponentially. those infected tops 10,000 victims of domestic abuse, able to get tree of their abusers. we share their stories, and
four years since the arab spring, we look at successes, failures and their dem okay rahsies -- democracies we begin with a fight against i.s.i.l. u.s. coalition forces carried out 23 air strikes on i.s.i.l. targets in iraq and syria op friday and saturday. 22 were in iraq alone. at the same time iraq's security forces achieved some large territorial gains. >> in syria, the fight for kobane remains drawn out. neither kurdish forces nor i.s.i.l. fighters made moves. dominic kane has the latest on both fronts. >> iraqi soldiers enter an area held by fighters for months.
an important town 50km south of baghdad. >> translation: the last few days we carried out pre-emptive strikes and started to clear the area before pushing forwards. >> reporter: it's a victory in the face of i.s.i.l. domination of much of iraq and syria. another main battle area is the town of kobane, on the syrian turkish border. fought bev oi i.s.i.l. and -- over by i.s.i.l. and kurdish forces for weeks. a key issue is what support a turkish government would give turkish fighters taking on i.s.i.l. in the town. tensions increased in recent weeks, with allegations between fighters. >> turkey is playing the differences that exist between
the - between the kurdish president in northern iraq, and the syrian kurdish pyd or the democratic unionist party, which is affiliated to the p.k.k. in turkey. the iraqi army says it plans now to capitalize on the gains, to pushing into i.s.i.l.-held territory. with so much held by i.s.i.l., there is much to reclaim. >> there is ongoing fighting near the lebanese city of tripoli, between the army and gunmen. six soldiers and two civilians have been kill. tripoli has been divided twine supporters of syrian president bashar al-assad. stephanie dekker has more from beirut. >> it's been tense in the northern city of tripoli, with the army fighting armed men. for the first time we have seen the battles, the center of a
city, that is no different to the spillover in lebanon. there's two neighbourhoods supporting the revolution and another supporting bashar al-assad. they have fought together, but it's been quiet. the recent flare-up. the army raided on apartment north of tripoli. they arrested a man, a main recruiter for i.s.i.l. we sat with a commander on friday, and he received a statement. it called for attacks from the army in retaliation for the arrest. the army is ready. there's a concern that this will go on. lebanon no strange are to the spillover of the war. it's sectarian and divided, a concern to the people here. politicians, divided, giving the message that they stand behind the army. >> sobering figures on the ebola outbreak in west africa. the world health organisation released data.
the number of people sickened by the virus rose above 10,000. of those 5,000 have died. in other developments nigeria and senegal is virus free. 17 cases of the 10,000 have occurred outside guinea, sierra leone and liberia. >> in the united states, there has been four cases of ebola, and one death. president obama urged calm during a weekly address. >> we have to be guided by the science, by the facts, not fear. yesterday new yorkers showed us the way. they did what they do every day. jumping on buses, riding the subway. crowding on elevators, gathering in parks. that spirit makes new york one of the great sighs in the world, a spirit we can all draw pop.
>> a nurse in newark is the first traveller to be isolated. casey is criticizing the process. she was isolated on return, and tested negative. she described her experience in the dallas morning newspaper as saying: she goes on to say: meanwhile, dr craig spencer continues his treatment at new york's bellevue hospital. the 33-year-old treated patients and tested positive for the virus on thursday. his fiancee was being monitored. she, as well as two friend, will remain in quarantine as a precaution. dr celine ground ra spoke to us
about how the quarantine could affect health care workers who decide to help in west africa. >> here are doctors and nurses who are putting their lives on the line. taking a hit in terms of earnings back home. and spending time away from their families to volunteer to help control the outbreak. and they are rewarded by being stigmatized and put through the ringer by customs officials, and potentially quarantined for another 21 days. it's not the way to be treating people. the very people we need to rely upon to keep us safe. >> in the case of health care workers working in ebola treatment units, like craig spencer in guinea. they know the most about the disease, they had real experience about the says of ebola, know the consequences of not getting treatment. it's in their interests, not just the public, to be
monitoring for symptoms, and come forward as soon as they develop six toms. with ebola, time is of the essence, starting treatment is essential to survival. in this case there's more than enough motivation for health care workers to do the monitoring and the right thing. >> millions of voters head to the polls taking part in a number of significant elections. at stakes, democratic rule. in ukraine the country will get its first parliament since the ouster of the soviet backed president. it was a movement marred by a deadly confrontation. tomorrow they'll support the party led by petro porashenko 5 million voters are expected to cast ballots for the
>> the strongest support comes from the poorest sector, people whnot risen to the middle class. but that's not the case. the middle class has come to expect more. >> it hasn't been old, but there's future corruption and we need to renew things. >> . >> in the end, the outcome will be decided by new lower middle classes, with the giant nation taking flight once again. the polls open at 6:00 eastern time and it's a nail-biting race to see who will fill the presidential seat behind me. aljazeera, brasilia. >> now the ukraine party's vote, the voters will decide if they want to continue in the
same direction left by poroshenko. with the influence of the former soviet union. >> reporter: on the edge of kiev, they're practicing for war. not all of their guns with real, but this is not a game. these are students, electricians, students. and? fear an attack on the city, and others have volunteered to go east and fight. in another part of the city, we find refugees from the war. they live in a church shelter. when revisited, there was no electricity. she lost her house in donetsk. and now she and her family share a room with 20 other people. their lives have been turned upside down, but they are determined to take part in the leaks. >> we want to show people that we exist and we have the right to vote and can't go home. we'll fight for our rights, and we're citizens of this country. >> thousands of people have now been killed in the east. these pictures show just some
of the soldiers and policemen who have decide. it's a reminder to people here in kiev, as if they needed t. that these elections are taking place under extraordinary circumstances in ukraine. the dire state of the economy has brought this crowd out to the streets. as ukraine's currency falls in value, these people are finding that their monthly mortgage payments go up and up and they can't take it anymore. >> otherwise, we have no hope. >> the foreign minister told me that these elections give a chance for ukrainians to vote in a new parliament that will push through difficult reforms. >> if you talk to all of ukrainians now on the streets, they will tell you that we -- but why do we still have the same who voted for this
under democratic law and supported differentige people. >> this is the possibility for ukraine to make a clean break with the past. they're building a new country in the midst of this crisis, and it's an act of faith. >> we'll have more on world politics coming up this hour. since the uprising in 2010, many arab nations have replaced dictators with an unstable government and even war. in the u.s., early voting is underway in three states. in california, more than 1 million people have cast their ballots, and the same in california. the election day will account for 77% of all votes tap lated in the states. three states who allow early voting conduct all elections by mail. and the early voting has the potential to change dynamics,
as the candidates no longer count on the last minute push to woo voters into e. >> two 14-year-olds were shot in the head at marysville high school. one female student was killed. and two boys are also in intensive care, and one was shot in the head and the other in the jaw. in canada, the national war memorial in ottawa has reopened after the deadly attacks. the shoulder was killed in sentry duty. and the attacker was killed by the sergeant at arms. they said their marriage spiraled into years of fear and abuse. part of domestic domestic, two women share their stories to empower others. and the start of arab string. some countries are still struggling to become
>> welcome back. tonight we take a deeper look at the arab spring and where it stands four years after it began. and indonesians elect a new parliament, with democracy, a transitional government has ruled the country since the uprising in 2010, which became known as the arab spring. events in indonesia spark protests across in the africa and the middle east. and the movements, mostly by young democracy supporters, seem to gain a great deal of attraction. years after the arab spring began. >> nearly four years after it ban began, the dreams set forth by the arab string are
realized. but changes of government have brought few nations close to democracy. ending the brutal four decade rule of moammar cad after fee, but it looks less like revolution and the first of a long civil war. in egypt, two presidents have been overthrown,. and the president al cease cease, has come down hard on descent, particularly in the morsi brotherhood. currently, reviving the police state. protests in yemen will quickly hijacked by political groups with an agenda. the president of three years, and i remains a powerful figure. the loyaleists with the muslim
brotherhood for control. and last month, the houthis, the truce between the houthis and yemen's government has unraveled. the most tragic is the almost complete disintegration of syria. almost 200,000 syrians have been killed and millions are displaced inside and out of the country. the state of iraq and lavant with isil run, thousands of foreign fighters. tunisia has gone further along the path to knock than any other country caught up in the arab spring, but in iraq to fight isil more than any other country in the world. anxiety is mounting but it's success could be destroyed by their return. >> to discuss more about the effects of the arab spring h. let's bring in a specialist
lectorrer for eastern studies at rutgers university, and bener man, an analyst from the state department from washington d.c. gentlemen, great to have you with us. >> thank you. >> starting with you e. there's a growing phase of discontent here, and the question is, is the arab spring over? >> i don't think it's over. it's going through a very difficult transition, and that's what every revolution goes through. the french revolution took many years, years of blood baths in paris, and men and women, but when they went to the street in early to late 2010 and early 2011, they wanted democracy, and they wanted dignity, and they wanted opportunity, and they wanted to be recognized and wanted the end of corruption, and yes, they were happy to see foreign dictators
in a short period, but that's not what they expected to see, after taking over in the early days of the revolution. now we have gone through this transition, and i think it's not over yet. but that mon -- the moment, the arab people went to the streets, and after 42 years, i think time will turn around and they will come back and say this is not what we revolted against, and we have to continue. >> it's not over yet. former president, jimmy carter shares your thought, and he wrote in year that the democratic process takes patience and does it take decades to mature? >> i think there's a problem with the idea that liberal democracy as the only change
this in the middle east. clearly, the young people that wanted change, you haded evolution from the arab identity. and that was starting to change, and they sort of isolated the minorities and all of the problems in the region that broke down into sectarian fighting between sunni and she a. and now you see the new challenge in the sunni community where they're fighting over the identity, who is a sunni arab? >> when you mentioned the hope and progress, and you mentioned this four years later, bowhead you look for hope and progress moving forward when you're looking at groups like isis? >> . >> the days of the revolution, this revolution has proved that other people are against the
kind of thing, and this is what the people want. a multiparty system, and change in authority. expression of opinion. and that's what the people want. now, we see tunisia, and arab is looking for tunisia, and they will coexist. all. moderate supremacy groups, and the election will give home for other groups to isolate those extremists presented by isis. i know isil needs an operation, and it needs to be taken out, and that's why so so many groups are getting together to operate on this strange body that has been put in the middle of the heart of the arab world. and i think that it has no
future there. it's an isolated group, and it has no popular embracement by the populous there. so it looks like it's very strong now, but it cannot survive without this popular embracement. >> let's talk about tunisia where it began, and voting in tunisia's elections, serving in the success of the country's revolution. >> reporter: violence and instability loom large in a country set to cast an historic vote. security forces track a group of people in a suburb of the capital of tunis. hiding out, killing the fighters, including five women. the police officials say they were arm and would planning to disrupt the country's political process. the way it happened as millions
are getting ready to elect a new parliament. this is the leader of the secular tunisians call the one likely to make significant gains. members of the former government and the president are also taking part in these elections. one of them is command, serving as the foreign minister. >> my priority is security, given the rise of terrorism here and in the region. and i'm also determined to fix the economy and build strong ties with the international community. >> they face a dark challenge from the party. tunisia's system is based on representation. no party is likely to win a majority. but for the leader, consensus is the only way forward.
>> the lessons from egypt and other countries, is that a transitional period, a significant majority won't be able to solve the country's problems. you have to have an extended coalition, and to do that, you need consensus. >> the election and with four years of transition that was marred by violence and instability and a deep thing rift between conservatives and sec lars. >> i think that it's defining politics. tunisia will basically stand on the election, and the country has some kind of opportunity to rebuild society and rebuilding the state. and i guess -- >> tunisia's future will be decided by mor more more than 5n voters, and half of them are undecided. this is where four years ago thousands of tunisians took to
the streets to announce government oppression. the demand for freedom inspired millions across the arab world. and now millions wonder if tunisia will once again being a model for the peaceful transition to democracy. aljazeera, tunis. >> we're continuing the conversation with the center for middle eastern studies, and the former middle east analyst for the state department. mr. bannerman, have you seen these elections shaping the future. >> well, clearly, tunisia is the case, it's a relatively small country with 12 million people, and they are blessed with an islamic party that's very modern and understands the need for con sense , and tunisia has the best chance for success, and one has to be very
concerned, the fact that there are 3,000 tunisian fighters fighting with isis in syria and iraq, and these people, when they come back to tunisia have a potential of being a long-term security problem for that country and will challenge democracy in the state. >> we have rising terrorism as mr. bannerman meng and would some say that life was better before. >> you can't compare. some say in a we would be better with gadhafi like in libya, and syria, and now we can look at it this way. now tunisia is modern, and what's good about tunisia that the external interference was an important factor. with the other countries, in the case of egypt and in the
case of bahrain and yemen and syria, as you have libya and a lot of groups fighting, if in the case of tunisia, yes, they have difficulty, but we have to give tribute to the european union, who have experience for the union. they have supported, and they have advised and not interfered in the fabric of the political life in tunisia the way they have been in other countries, and that's why i think tunisia, soon well see recovery and the country has a lot of potential. it's a very great country, and they have a lot of potential with tourism and culture, and the trade with the european union. so i think that recovery in tunisia is looming. >> mr. bannerman, i want to get your thoughts on the future of libya and syria. >> well, those are two of the worst cases going.
clearly in syria, the entire social fabric of the country has broken down, and the war is continuing. the amazing thing to those of us sitting in the west is the viability of the assad regime, and how he has been able to hold onto the syrian population that supports him. and i think that syria is in for a long, difficult period. and libya is in chaos, and it's a trouble for its neighbors, for tunisia and egypt. you have in that country all sorts of very different groups of people. and some are very nasty and harmful to their neighbors. >> did the arab spring change foreign policy in washington at all, mr. bannerman. >> of course. i think we saw the arab spring in&the liberal democratic phase, and we saw it in our own
image, where we're heading. i don't think that we saw the underlying changes in society and understood all of the things that were going on in the region. therefore, the american policy has changed toward the region and we're less optimistic today. but we're still behind the curve, and i think that's a problem that washington has. things are changing in the region, much more quickly than we can adapt. >> are there policy that's need to be developed in washington? >> i think the policies in washington were hesitant in the beginning, and didn't know where to stand. the egyptian president, mubarak, on january 28th, said that we can solve the problems of the world. and they were hesitant in syria, beginning their support with the liberal element of the syrian army, and changing course, and they allowed this kind of -- and i think the u.s. has to stand now and think,
what direction they want this region to go. do they want it to go through a true democracy? do they want to see more respect of human rights, and more empowerment women? if they want to, they have to stand with these forces who are advocating this, always saying, these are american. and so there are forces there, and they might be marginalized, especially with the trade unions, and the middle class. they are there, and they need to reach out with them, empower them, train them. and i think the potential of the country and the region is enormous if these groups come to power. >> quickly, wha what do you is e worst situation in yemen? >> the worst situation is the war, and with the groups in yemen, we don't know how the groups are going.
the houthis, and knows this the south, calling to break up that part of the country, and there are tribal leaders, they're all fighting with each other. and now there's no real clear cut policy to bring those together into a national catalog and bring them back to see the country. >> mr. banner, i want to get your final thoughts, how will history judge them? >> i think that they will see this as a period for the middle east. but we're in for a long period of instability if chaos and we don't know how it's going to make. so it's early to make a judgment. >> i if thank you. i appreciate your time.
>> october is domestic violence awareness month, and people think of physical violence, but emotional violence can be just as devastating. as richelle carey tells us, there's help for victims who want to take back their lives. fear and shame no longer consume them, but they're not comfortable showing their face on cam. they're victims of domestic abuse, who say that their husband slowly chipped away at their self-esteem until it was virtually gone, and now they're telling their story. gabriella came as a student. and fell in love with an ivy
league educated man and got feared, but their relationship took a dangerous turn. >> take me back to when you knew something was wrong. >> several things, he gave me several lessons on how to squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube. at one point, i had to go back to the bathroom and close the door, because he was yelling and screaming at me that something was wrong, and he kicked in the bathroom door and i was afraid for my life. >> what happened when you started pushing back against the abuse. >> he let me know that he would call the irs, i have networking, i have cia contacts and this and that, and he threatened me, though i have everything legal, but he threatened me, saying you don't know what i'm capable of doing and you do not know what i can do. >> what was the process of leaving him like? >> you feel like you're
listening to him in court. but when you let him get the power over you, you're saying, i can do this. >> the numbers are startling. one out of every four american women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. and each year, almost five million women become the victims of physical abuse by an intimate partner. while leaving seems like a logical solution, many women, like ronnie, say that they feel trapped. >> so when people say, why doesn't she just leave, how did that make you feel. >> the whole idea of becoming homeless, leaving on the street. you know, it's scary. safe out there. so you know it's toxic and it's dangerous, and you know of t. >> what was your relationship like with your ex-husband? >> emotionally, he would tell
you, you're fat, you know? one day, we was in the bedroom, and he kicked me out of the bed. >> he kicked you out of the bed? >> he kicked you out of the bed. i can't imagine what that does to your self-esteem. >> first of all, i started gaining a lot of weight. i got so depressed they put me on medication. >> how difficult was it to do your job with all of this going on? did you miss a lot of work? >> i missed a lot of work, going back and forth to court. >> and back to a dire financial situation, and many women give up and go back to their abusers. but there's help. that's where sanctuary for fames comes in. including counseling, legal representation and even financial support. help women like gabriella and ronnie transform their lives. >> i have become a
stronger -- i want my daughter to know that she doesn't have to let somebody do this to her. i'm speaking up more. i'm saying no, you can't do this to me. >> tomorrow, we'll hear more from ronnie and gabriella. the two have endured years of abuse, and say they're no longer victims, but survivors. part two of their story is tomorrow at 4:00 eastern. >> there's international outrage tonight over an execution in iran. 26-year-old jabari is convicted of killing a man that she said tried to molest her. she stabbed him in the back years ago. there were a series of confessions made hundred under e dress. but she was hanged this morning in an iranian prison. he was to free jabari, the
hanging and mistreatment of women happens far too often in iraq. >> there are many questions hanging over this case. they was arrested when she was only 19 years old on the charge of killing a minister of intelligence, a former employee, and she was held in solitary confinement for two months. we talked to her lawyer and family, and then she was convicted of murder. her sentence in 2009 and 2011. and she admitted from the first moments of the arrest that she stabbed the man once in the back, but she did so after he tried to sexually abuse her. and the more importantly, she said that there was a third person involved in the killing,
and this claim has never been properly investigated. >> the u.s. state department condemned this morning's hanging, to guarantee under its own laws and international obligations. tonight, iranian prosecutors are vowing to catch the man it responsible for eight acid attacks on women. it all occurred in a city 200 miles south of tehran. in each case, two men approach a car and one throws abs i would at a woman inside and they speed off. >> on. >> a new step forwards for gay rights. six more couples in six states will have their marriages recognized, to make sure that same-sex couples will have
their marriages recognized. the six states are alaska, arizona, idaho, north carolina, west virginia and wyoming. today's decision comes after the u.s. supreme court refused to hear appeals in cases that legalized gay marriage in a those states. >> cofounder and bass guitarist, for the 60s group has died. ♪ jack ruse, cream was known for hits like sunshine, your love, and bruce was also the lead vocalist. jack bruce was 71 years old.
>> in yemen, dozens of houthi rebels have been killed in an attack in the south. the attack is just one in a series of violent clashes between tribesmen and rebels. >> reporter: the city south of the capital is the center of the battlefield. fighting on multiple fronts. al qaeda fighters and tribesmen are advancing to the houthi rebels who took control of the capital last month. and for the first time since then, the government forces have positions in radda.
a number of suspected fighters in a number of areas. the fighters say that the government and the houthis are in alliance against them. and the sentiment is only increasing tensions, and it could turn into a wider sectarian conflict. there's also fighting in the western province on the red sea. the houthi rebels there are confronting tribesmen in the takeover of the province.
it's only a matter of time. >> the border cross has been closed following a deadly attack on the peninsula. peninsula for gazans. on friday, 30 egyptian soldiers were killed in coordinated attacks on checkpoints in northern sinai. egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency. >> laid to rest with full military honor, these soldiers were killed in northern sinai in one of the worst attacks on the egyptian army. followed by gunfire on another post, the egyptian border with israel. the president has declared an emergency in the region. >> i'm addressing all
egyptians. despite military operations. the egypt security forces use the same term as terrorists, carrying out the attacks as well as the members of the previous government of mohamed morsi. in the attacks, a group has claimed responsibility for carrying out similar attacks in the sinai. the group's activities have increased since outlawed government was overthen by the military. however, no one has claimed responsibility for fly's attacks. to deal with the growing number of attacks, they have allowed
for more egyptian military in the sinai peninsula. among the heightened security, the border crossing into gaza is also closed. the egyptian army said that they will be able to tackle threats and preserved security of the region. but those who vow to protect the state continue to face great risks. aljazeera. >> coming up on aljazeera america, an inside look at the painstaking restoration of an american movie palace. and the forecast. >> yes, we have strong winds right now, a powerful storm on the west coast, bringing some spots with wind gusts of 80 miles per hour. where the gusts with hitting at least 50 right now, coming up on the next break.
>> on the west coast, where the center of low pressure goes will determine who gets the strongest winds, and who gets the most rainfall. so far the totals today, we look at wind gusts, they have been the strongest from northern california up to the oregon coast, with the center of low pressure. in center washington, now the gusts are blasting up to 45 miles per hour and hope flow, a little farther inland just off the coast. but we're expecting the low pressure that moves across the olympic mountains with a pressure gradient up the valley and the puget sound, which will make them more powerful with wind gusts in the seattle area tonight. the rainfall totals, 1 and a half inches. and this is a little ways away from the rainforest on the west side of the olympics, but we expect to see anywhere from
2-3 inches total amount of rainfall from the storm on the washington coast. you can see the center of the eye track its way offshore, right over the olympic peninsula, and that's what we're watching as the winds become strong. however, we get another series of storms moving in over the pacific, and you can see hurricane anna up from hawaii tracking north and into the warmer waters, it has maintained hurricane status. right now, category 1, as it moves slowly to the u.s. coastline, we'll see this slowly weaken but still bring rain and wind to the west coast! of the place that's just got hit in the last several days. in fact, mountain show i snow ig to be a big story as well. over it the day tomorrow, temperatures will drop off, and in the west, we got mountain show, but they're going to be on the rise for the southern portion of the u.s., oklahoma
city, dodge city, and we're challenging the high temperatures, and that warm air is only going to move eastward for all of us. >> rebecca, thank you. after more than 35 years of neglect, one of new york city's movie theaters is getting a facelift. we caught one those bringing the lowe's kings theater back to life. >> retired schoolteacher, ron is known as mr. brooklyn. he fought to preserve every piece of its history. >> look at that. that's really something. >> but one spot has a special place in ron's heart, the king's theater. >> the first time i came to the king's theater was 1969. my wife and i were in the neighborhood, and this is not a movie theater. this was a palace. we almost felt like royalty when we walked in. the fluted columns, the
chandeliers, and the 80-foot ceiling. it was immense, and it was magnificent. >> built in 1929, the kings theater vaudeville performances, the theater survived the great depression, but they couldn't have survived the blackout and the economic rows of the 1970s. after water damage and looting took their toll. he remembers opening the doors for the first time. >> the first time i walked into the space of the theater, i thought, gosh, this is so daunting. it was really in bad shape. >> the restoration took the team of hundreds of people three years and cost $93 million. but in january, more than 3,000 people will be able to share in the experience. martinez said the price tag is a bargain. >> these buildings are incredible treasures. so many of them have been
destroyed, and so many of them have been torn down to make parking lots for office buildings. i can't tell you how excited we are to have people walk by on the outside and the doors are open just a little bit, and they're dying to sneak in and take a look. this building is so important to this community, i think $94 million is a bargain to have a treasure like this back. >> his barner, david anderson, hopes that the revival of the king can help the rest of the neighborhood as well. they bring people together. >> and at least one person will be here when the curtain risings again. >> they bring back memories for my wife and i and people that have never been here before. >> a theater that once again is ready for its close up. aljazeera, new york.