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book stores today. "early start" continues right now. a big blow to the war on terror this morning. one of america's biggest middle east aliffilies on the brink of civil war. losing key ground for intelligence gathering. live for the latest developments. u.s. military officers on an isis hit list. 100 people targeted as we learn new information about western doctors moving to syria to help isis. we're live in baghdad. and the 2016 presidential campaign has begun. senator ted cruz announcing his bid for the republican national nomination. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. it is monday march 23rd. john berman is in washington this week.
happening now, yemen in crisis. special forces are pulling out of yemen as a result of the deteriorating situation there. the house committee warning that the dangers posed of losing yemen as a base for counterterrorism operations. >> to monitor what aqap and isis and shi'a militants are doing in the region. without good intelligence plots against the homeland without that we cannot effectively stop it. >> on sunday, houthis rebels seized an international airport in the city of taiz. the united nations security council met in an emergency backing yemen's president and all sides to put down weapons and negotiate. yemen is in a quote rapid downward expirespiral and on the edge of civil war. let's bring in nic robertson. a grim assessment nic.
>> reporter: it is a grim assessment. no indication that the houthis rebels are about to put down the weapons. the united nations said they support the elected president hadi in the south in the southern city of aden. his presidential compound was bombed by aircraft on thursday. on friday more than 130 worshippers to sunni mosques near the capital for attacked by isis. more than 300 people were wounded along with the dead. you have the u.s. special forces pulling out, but also the houthis rebels extending to the south and taking the city of taiz. that puts them about 100 miles of the international by backed president hadi. a real concern that not only will this civil war escalate but it could overturn and overrun the internationally elected government.
the concern behind all of this particularly when you pull out the last of the u.s. special forces that are really there to target al qaeda and isis is what we have seen in syria is isis and al qaeda will take advantage of the civil war situation to build themselves up and make themselves strong and be a potential stronger base for targeting the united states and other european countries. that is the concern right now as the u.n. looks and tries to come up with an idea of how to improve the situation in yemen. nothing at the moment is taking hold. christine. >> nothing taking hold. nic robertson, thank you. a troubling situation there. this morning, the fbi and military are looking into the purported hit list of u.s. troops posted online by a previously unknown group claiming affiliation with isis. it is called the islamic state hacking organization. it posted names and pictures and
addresses of 100 u.s. troops. a number of medical students traveled to syria. it includes seven britains and an american and canadian. we have jomana karadsheh with more. apparently they have moved in and trying to help isis. >> reporter: good morning, christine. this information is coming from a turkish member of parliament. what he told us is the group of 11 individuals as you mentioned, seven british, one american one canadian and two sudanese were in isis-controlled terrorist and working in hospitals. the 11 were in sudan studying
medicine. three were in the final year. according to this member of parliament he says that their familyies who are in touch with him, he says they are convinced their children went to work with isis. describing them as quote brainwashed and have been cheated. he also says they are not there to fight. they are medical workers there to help. of course all of this we are trying to verify independently. a lot of this coming from the member of parliament and british media. according to the foreign british office the government that is commenting on the situation. they are aware of the reports and that they are providing consular assistance for the families of the british nationals. men and women who are believed to be in syria right now. they are also in touch with the turkish authorities informing them of the situation.
according to british media reports, the families are on the turkish side of the border. they are appealing and trying to convince their children to come back home. >> just more evidence of that strange allure of the narrative of radical jihad. talk to me about the hit list of u.s. military personnel. it is coming from a group i never heard of before. >> reporter: we never heard of the group. islamic state hacking division or organization. the threat released over the weekend basically calling for attacks on u.s. military personnel on u.s. soil. about 100 of them. release of information and pictures and addresses. the department of defense is saying they are investigating and trying to verify it. there is a lot of skepticism christine, about the threat that has been taken down. the hacking division claims it
hacked a database and that is where it got the information. of course this is a tech savvy organization if it is coming from isis. they are capable of going on the internet and social media sites and gathering information. the department of defense says they are in the process and contacting the 100 or so personnel impacted by this threat and also the fbi in the criminal investigation division is looking into it. a lot of skepticism threats like this are taken very seriously. a big concern these possible lone wolf attacks we could see on u.s. soil or anywhere in the west. >> jomana karadsheh in baghdad for us. thank you. the president of tunisia announcing a manhunt under way for a third attacker who escaped the museum massacre. two gunmen were killed after opening fire on the museum.
one tourist survived the attack. she is back home in florida. listen to giovanna gonzalez describe. >> we had to run like crazy. the first thing we heard was a bomb and then him shooting. it was a challenge. it was something that marked my life forever. i thank god i'm here to just go ahead and have my family and see my mom and my daughter. i'm happy to be home. >> since the attack tunisia authorities arrested more than 20 suspected extremeistextremists. u.s. expanding efforts to train iraqi troops to fight isis. hundreds of advisors working in a military base north the baghdad helping get on the same page with weapons training and coordination with air strikes. the iraqi military is taking efforts to recapture land seized
by isis. ted cruz makes it official. the republican senator from texas is the first candidate to announce a bid for the white house in 2016. he tweeted i am running for president and hope to earn your support. he will back that up with a speech at the university of virginia. the voice of the tea party trails potential candidates jeb bush and scott walker. time for an early start on your money. u.s. stock futures down a bit. friday was a rally. dow gained 169 points. the nasdaq closed above 5,000 for the fourth time in history. it is within striking distance of march 2000. this bubble is made up differently with lots of corporate companies with lots of cash on hand. companies have $1.4 trillion on hand in cash. the bad news corporate giants
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the white house has all but given up on benjamin netanyahu as a willing partner in the middle east peace process this morning. president obama saying he took the israeli prime minister quote at his word when netanyahu said there would never been a palestinian state under his leadership. that is despite netanyahu's efforts after winning re-election last week to back pedal and reassert his support for the two-state solution. erin mcpike has more from the white house. >> reporter: christine, president obama told the huffington post he believes the
two-state solution is not possible under benjamin netanyahu because he says netanyahu reversed himself after winning re-election last week. >> i said we continue to believe a two-state solution is the only way forward for the long term security of israel if it wants to stay both a jewish state and democratic. and i indicated to him that given his statements prior to the election it is going to be hard to find a path where people are seriously believing the negotiations are possible. >> reporter: obviously it doesn't sound the air will be cleared on that anytime soon. now on another matter the president had sharp words for the republicans who are holding up the vote on loretta lynch due to differences on a different bill. >> you don't hold attorney
general nominees hostage for other issues. this is our top law enforcement office. nobody denies she's well qualified. >> is eric holder prepared to stay? >> yes. the republicans dislike mr. holder. if they want to get rid of him, the best way to do that is to confirm lynch. >> reporter: both are front and center at the white house this week. >> thank you, erin. officials telling cnn the real reason president obama won't take netanyahu's word now he still does support a palestinian state is they say the white house wants to divert attention from a developing nuclear deal and negotiations in switzerland. israel is seeking to sending a senior delegation to france to talks with officials. let's bring in cnn's oren liebermann with the latest from jerusalem. i listen to this president on
the huffington post interview, it sounds like a strained relationship with he and benjamin netanyahu. >> reporter: absolutely christine. we heard a few weeks ago from many places this is the worst the relationship has been between the two leaders and now somehow we see that relationship getting worse. this is another round in the back and forth with the two leaders that reamlly started when netanyahu spoke before congress. we have seen them back and forth. now the administration that is the prime minister's office claims they never changed positions and they have been in support of a two-state position. obama is not buying in between the two leaders. they don't like each other. we have seen that. we know what one of netanyahu's next steps is in the back and forth. when house speaker boehner is here at the end of the month. christine, his lot is with republicans and strongest supporters are with the republicans.
>> speaking of that nuclear deal, you have a delegation going to paris to influence the deal although all of this kerfuffle is about diverting attention away from the deal making. >> reporter: right. that is what we heard from the prime minister's office here. this move to send somebody to france is a way of trying to influence the deal. it seems the prime minister's office realizes they cannot stop the deal or end necessitygotiationsnegotiations. netanyahu will try to move through the speech in congress and the administration trying to influence the european side of the necessity dpoeshgotiationsnegotiations. the concern is israel's security in the matter. thank you, oren liebermann. accused killer robert durst will be in court today for a
detention hearing. he will be held on weapons and drug charges. of thecharges. he will be extradited to los angeles for the murder charges against susan berman. a prosecutor talked to durst in louisiana for three hours without the attorney's permission. "rolling stone" will publish an interview after the dispute of the article of the gang rape of a female student by seven men. her account was later called in question. the magazine then asked the dean of columbia university journalism school to assess it and print it unedited. the u.s. supreme court takes up free speech on the confederate flag today. group members challenge the state of texas for rejecting a
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all right. monday morning. how is your bracket looking? we are now down to the sweet 16 of the ncaa tournament. andy scholes has more in the bleacher report. >> you are in one of two camps where your bracket is busted or you were in tact. good for you. we did see a few upsets. wichita state and kansas squaring off since 1993. why haven't they played so long? the jayhawks refused to play the shockers. second half wichit state starts to pull away. the steal with zac brown. he throws it down with the two handed slam. jaw jayhawks never able to make a run. sam brownback was in attendance in the game. he was impartial wearing a shirt with two schools on it.
afterwards, he puts on the wichita state shirt. kansas not the only two seed to go down. for the second straight year michigan state knocks out virginia. the east has lost the one and two seeds. villanova lost saturday. we learned never bet against tom izzo. he is now 13-1 in the round of 32. the one seed in the west wisconsin, surviving a scare from oregon. badgers only one three with four minutes. sam decker with the three to put them up six. then frank kaminsky with the move. badgers win. they are heading to the second straight sweet 16. duke will be in the sweet 16. they had no problem with san diego state. okafor who many think will be the top pick in the nba draft. duke will faceoff with utah.
nfl holding the first ever veterans combine over the weekend. main attraction is michael sam. by most accounts his 40 yard dash time was slower than the rookie combine. he says he plans on playing football somewhere next season. christine, me and you in the same boat with the brackets. both of us not doing well. the cnn bracket standings, christi paul and jennifer gray have the top standings. with iowa state as your pick to win it all, i don't see you staying up there. >> i got to tell you, i feel bad for iowa state for them and for me. >> i had them in the final four as well. i'm with you. >> berman did as well. he got his kids to do it.
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urgent session calling on all sides to put down their weapons and negotiates. a u.n. official is warning yemen is in a rapid downward spiral and on the edge of civil war. for the latest let's bring in the editor of the yemen post. good morning. >> hello. this sounds like a grim assessment. >> it is a problem. we are worrying at the beginning stage. the military is divided. the public is divided. there's hundreds of people who are joining militant groups on a daily basis. the army is right now divided. it has no power or authority. this is what the crisis in yemen
is worrying. a main reason the u.s. government left yemen with its forces. knowing there is no central government to cooperate with and militants are now in control. >> militants fighting each other for control. sounds like a petrie dish for isis for al qaeda, for all sorts of radical groups. >> it is right now. especially last week. this week when hundreds of al qaeda militants were freed from prison. they escaped because of the clashes that were taking place with two factions of the military. also the houthis are gaining from it as well. the idea right now is that factions must agree.
the only way to stop is through political talks and dialogue. yemen will fall into a civil war sooner rather than later. >> thank you for bringing that to us. editor of the yemen post. this morning, the fbi and military investigators are looking into a purported hit list posted online by an unknown group called the islamic state hacking organization. it posted the names and pictures of 100 troops. foreign medical students are traveled to syria to work for isis. seven britains and american and canadian. joining us with more is cnn's jomana karadsheh. i think the fact there are young people who have gone according to the turkish lawmaker shows the narrative of jihad is
resonating in these countries. >> reporter: of course that remains a major concern, christine, for western nations and the international community. in this case what we do know is coming from a turkish member of parliament we do not have this information independently verified. we are working to get more information about the circumstances of their travel to syria. here is what the lawmaker is saying. group of 11 seven british and american and canadian and two sudanese sudanese. three in the final year and three fresh graduates. from there, they crossed into syria. the lawmaker says that they are working in hospitals in isis-controlled territory. we cannot verify the current whereabouts or motivation is for
going into the isis-controlled area. this member of parliament is telling british media that their familyies who have been in touch with them who have been in turkey for the last ten days to try to track down their children he says they are convinced they are working for isis and describing them as brainwashed and cheated by the group. he says that the families are really trying very hard and launching an appeal. seven mothers and fathers on the turkish side of the border trying to convince their children to come back home. christine. >> unbelievable. meantime this report that a group has posted 100 members of the u.s. military. name names, addresses and pictures online. what do we know about this? >> reporter: this is a group we have not heard of before but in the past couple of days a threat came out by the group
calling itself the hacking division of the islamic state. since then now the threats have been taken down. as you mentioned earlier, the names, pictures and addresses of 100 u.s. military personnel posted by the group calling for attacks on them on u.s. soil. now the department of defense and u.s. government agencies are investigating this. they are looking into this threat trying to verify. they are also threat trying to verify. they are also notifying the u.s. military personnel who are mentioned in the threat. while this group says it hacked a database and able to collect this information, there is skepticism about that beca this information might be available for them through social media. of course in cases like this the u.s. government and other countries would have to take these threats very seriously, especially with that threat of
lone wolf attacks in the west. >> jomana karadsheh for us in baghdad. thank you. back here ted cruz making it official. the republican senator from texas becoming the first kabd candidate to announce a bid for the white house in 2016. he tweeted i am running for president and hope to earn your support. cruz is expected to follow-up the tweet with a declaration speech at liberty university in virginia today. he is the voice of the tea party. he starts the race trailing jeb bush and scott walker in the polls. time for an early start on your money. u.s. stock futures down after friday's gains. the nasdaq closed above 5,000. it is within striking distance of the high of march 2000. you will no longer see "race together" on the coffee cups at starbucks. it is ending the campaign with the written messages or sticker
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the white house has all but given you have on benjamin netanyahu as a willing partner in the peace process. president obama says he took the prime minister at his word when netanyahu said there would never been a palestinian state under his leadership. then of course netanyahu won re-election and started to back pedal and reassert his support for a two-state solution. erin mcpike has more. >> reporter: president obama told the huffington post says achieving a two-state solution is not possible under benjamin netanyahu because he said the prime minister reversed himself after the comments made prior to the re-election last week. >> i did indicate to him we
continue to believe a two-state solution is the only way for the long term security of israel if it wants to stay both a jewish state and democratic. and i indicated to him that given his statements prior to the election it is going to be hard to find a path where people are seriously believing the necessitygotiations are possible. >> reporter: it doesn't sound the air will be clear soon on that. the president had sharp words for the republicans holding up the vote on loretta lynch due to differences on a different bill. >> you don't hold attorney general nominees hostage for other issues. this is our top law enforcement office. nobody denies she he is well qualified. we need to get her done. >> is eric holder prepared to
stay? >> yes, he is. the irony is the republicans dislike mr. holder. if they really want to get rid of him, do ahead and get loretta lynch confirmed. >> reporter: these issues are front and center for the white house. >> erin thank you. senior officials telling cnn the real reason president obama won't take netanyahu's word that he supports a palestinian state is the white house wants to divert attention from a developing nuclear deal and negotiations in switzerland. israel is seeking to influence the negotiations sending a delegation to france today. let's bring in oren liebermann with the latest. when you listen to president obama in the huffington post interview, he is not taking benjamin netanyahu at his word that he does see a two-state solution. >> reporter: not at all, christine, this is the latest in
the back and forth. it started or the latest round started when netanyahu spoke before congress. we have seen the criticism each way. both have gone out of the way to support how strong the security cooperation is. now we see the netanyahu administration saying netanyahu never flipped sides regardless of the remarks right before and after the election. as you mentioned, president obama not buying it. saying he will quote reassess very strong word there between the u.s. and israel. we know christine, what netanyahu's next move is or one of his moves. that is when house speaker boehner is here at the end of the month. >> you have them sending the delegation to paris trying to influence that deal. tell us about that. >> reporter: right. that's perhaps the administration here. the prime minister's office saying there is nothing we can do to stop the deal.
now trying to influence the deal. a lot of what netanyahu said during the campaign. that is trying to influence the american side of the campaign. the opinionminister heading to france to talk about the negotiations. >> thank you, oren liebermann. let's see what is coming up on "new day." chris cuomo joins. this yemen situation is an issue. >> it is the most dangerous place in the world, period. if al qaeda and isis and iran all vying to make this place home. this situation is so dangerous, the u.s. pulled out the special forces. now, the big question in getting into this is how did a place go from being what the president called a success story against terrorism just six months ago to this. also on the political side, we talk about senator ted cruz. he is the first man in. a presidential candidate.
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charlottesville police chief says the student being arrested outside the bar last week is disturbing. police are now investigating the arrest of 20-year-old martese johnson johnson. the people making the arrest describe johnson as belligerent. one of the bar owners is contradicting the claim. nick valencia has more. >> reporter: the bar owner is speaking out after a statement from his attorney. he wanted to get out in front of the rumor mill and wanted people to know his reaction when he denied entry.
while police described johnson as agitated that the conversation with the 20-year-old was cordial. he said mr. johnson did not appear to be intoxicated. despite the conversation he said he could not permit him to enter. he handed mr. johnson his identification back and mr. johnson walked up university avenue. a few moments later, he turned and saw mr. johnson on the ground about 30 feet further up on university avenue with abc agents. officially in a police report, johnson was arrested for public intoxicated and obstruction of justice. his court date is set for later this month. christine. >> nick thank you for that. the u.s. supreme court takes up a free speech battle over the confederate flag today. the case is involving the sons of confederate veterans. they challenge the state of
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out of control. >> the last u.s. troops vac evacuated. >> the reported hit list of u.s. troops online. >> names pictures of servicemen and women. group of medical students and graduates who may have traveled to syria to isis-controlled territory. >> i'm ready to stand with you. >> senator ted cruz announcing his bid. >> bring on the popcorn and crazy for cruise. >> this is 00 in the east. there is a new major threat to u.s. security, yemen, the country on the arab peninsula has been a critic allie to the united states. even called a success in the war against terror six months ago by the president. it is becoming the most dangerous place in the world. al qaeda, isis iran all vying for control. the situation in yemen so dire the u.s. even pulling out its
special forces creating a dangerous vacuum for terrorists to fill. analysts fear the retreat of u.s. forces will be a win for al qaeda. let's begin our coverage with nic robertson live in london. nic. >> reporter: the real concern with yes, ma'am isn't that isis and al qaeda will do precisely what they did in syria, which is take advantage of a civil war to build bases to make themselves stronger and to be a bigger threat against the west and all this has taken place against the backdrop of this country, teetering on the edge of civil wash. shiite houthi rebels now in control of the international airport in the southwestern city warning that yemen is at quote the edge of civil war.