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it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. developing this morning, a naturalized american citizen back from terrorism training in syria with plans to attack on u.s. soil. this man now in custody. he is charged with providing material support to terrorists and lying to the fbi. evan perez is in washington with the very latest. >> reporter: john and christine, mohamud is the terrorist threat that the counterterrorism officials warned us about for months. an american who traveled overseas to fight for al qaeda and come back to plot an attack at home. the 23-year-old resident of columbus ohio is providing terrorist support to nusra. he became a u.s. citizen last year. two months later, in april of 2014 he flew on one way ticket to greece with plans to make his way to turkey and then to syria. justice department prosecutors say he got training in guns and
explosives and combat. he came back last june days after his brother was killed fighting for nusra in syria. the fbi says mohamud said a friend told him to come back home to carry out a terrorist attack. according to the fbi, he talked about killing police and military execution-style. thank you for that. happening now, air strikes by the u.s.-led coalition helping contain an isis advance in the city of ramadi several miles from baghdad. with tens of thousands of people fleeing that battle a senior open official says troops defending ramadi need more reinforcements and weapons. let's bring in ivan watson following the developments for you are. 20 air strikes by the u.s. what is happening now?
>> reporter: christine, the iraqi government forces are barrel barely hanging on to that city. that is according to an official we are talking to there calling for urgent reinforcements and more air strikes to help protect ramadi. he says the isis militants have held on to positions in the east of ramadi and the exhausted government forces are succeeding in holding on to the center. they have reinforcements from less than 40 humvees full of iraqi security forces in the last 24 hours. the chairman of the joint chief of staff martin dempsey told journalists that the bigger priority right now for the u.s.-led coalition aiding the iraqi government is the sprawling oil refinery which is an hour's drive north where an
area that isis claims to have captured territory in recent days. arguing that is much more of a strategic target for the u.s. to protect rather than the city of ramadi. if it does fall it would be tragic. general dempsey saying it is not an end to the campaign against isis. of course the more than 100,000 refugees fleeing would argue otherwise. thank you, ivan. >> the air war by the arab led coalition against houthi rebels in yemen keeping both sides busy. it leaves al qaeda in the arabian peninsula unopposed. fighters overran an airport in southeast yemen after they seized a bank and prison there. they are increasingly concerned
about the saudi air campaign which is caused hundreds of civilian casualties. now the united nations is worried about a humanitarian crisis and calling for a cease-fire from all sides. let's get the latest from nima elbagir in yemen. >> reporter: al qaeda are clearly moving into the security vacuum. they have taken the third largest airport in yemen. they have as you said, an oil platform now. they moved in to repel the houthis advances. they seem to be putting up their black flags in a number of areas that they don't have complete control of. they seem to be trying to honeycomb that territory that has as yet not fought over fully will the houthi and president hadi in yemen.
the circumstance remains, but the reality is people are focused so much on the fighting with north and south, that is the view from aden that this is a north/south divide. they are for getting what is happening to the east and in the west. when you move in to that southwestern area, you get close to the yemen natural gas platforms. it has regional repercussions. thanks nima. nuclear talks with iran resume next week. the two sides addressing two unresolved issues including the lifting of sanctions and timing of lifting sanctions and if inspectors will have access to the sites. iran's president rouhani is optimistic a deal could be reached by the end of june but getting one done will be difficult. new concerns about the government's ability to protect vital landmarks after a florida
postal worker flew his gyro copter through protected air space on the capitol lawn. homeland security is looking into the gap. 61-year-old doug hughes is facing federal charges for violating protected air space. he has been released on home confinement in his postal service jacket. he said he pulled off the stunt to bring attention to the need for campaign finance reform. congressional leaders hammering out a deal to grant the president fast track authority. some democrats are split over the potential for eliminating american jobs. under the legislation, congress gets an up or down vote. in return cannot make changes. this is a concern for labor and environmental groups. house majority leader john boehner backs the deal but the burden of success rests on the president's shoulders. senators head home for the
weekend, eric holder is still the attorney general. senate republicans tied the lynch nomination to an unresolved human trafficking bill delaying her confirmation for months. now senator harry reid says he will force a vote on lynch if it doesn't happen soon. a likely presidential contender jeb bush breaking with republicans. he is calling for lynch to be confirmed as soon as possible. let's get more from jim acosta. >> reporter: john and christine, the white house is lashing out over the republicans for stalling the nomination of loretta lynch. her nomination is mired in a dispute over abortion language. josh earnest accused the gop of hypocrisy noting that republican lawmakers like charles grassly urged the president last fall to hold off on naming a nominee until the new year. now grassly is blaming the
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thursday night, the sheriff's office responded to the claims admitting that the training records were missing and some training waived. another claims that he took the training from the maricopa county sheriff's office in arizona, but that is not offered to out of state officers. the attorney for the harris family says he did not belong on the streets with a weapon. >> doesn't necessarily mean they are never to be found again. it means we are trying to figure out where all of the trainings records are. you have to remember this goes back a long time. >> we are talking about hours on the job training. field training. which is what specifically is required that he is there with an officer. he is working. he is learning how to do a takedown. learning how to carry a weapon. he is learning the difference between a weapon versus a taser.
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just two weeks before the nfl draft, florida state quarterback jameis winston being sued. >> coy wire has more in the bleacher report. >> the former student claims winston sexually assaulted her in 2012. her case came about with no criminal chancerges. circuit courts in florida will not hear a case if the matter doesn't exceed more than $15,000. winston is expected to be the first overall pick in the draft. oregon's marcus mariota is an enticing pick for the first quarterback taken. we will see if the lawsuit has any bearing if winston is the
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an american charged in an terror plot. accused of training in syria. isis making advances in iraq this morning. a new city on the brink of collapse. al qaeda using yemen civil war to its advantage. making alarming advances in what was once a key u.s. ally. team coverage breaking down the terror threat here at home and
around the world. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is 30 minutes past the hour. developing right now, a naturalized citizen back from terror training with plans to attack on u.s. soil. now in custody. charged with providing support to terrorists and lying to the fbi. evan perez is in washington with the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, mohamud is the threat the u.s. has warned us about for months. an american who traveled overseas to fight for the al qaeda group and coming home to plotting terror. the fbi says mohamud became a u.s. citizen last year. in 2014 in april, he flew to greece with plans to make his
way to turkey and syria. he got training in guns and explosives and combat. he came back in june days after his brother was killed fighting for nusra in syria. the fbi says mohamud told a friend that a cleric told him to come home to plot a terrorist attack. he talked about killing police and military execution-style. happening now, air strikes by the u.s.-led coalition helping contain an isis advance in the city of ramadi. tens of thousands of people are fleeing the battle. a senior official in anbar province says the air strikes are cutting off the isis resupply routes but the officials defending ramadi needs more weapons. we have ivan watson following the developments for us. >> reporter: good morning, john. iraqi security forces barely
hanging on to the city about an hour's drive west of the iraqi capital. series of air strikes on thursday apparently succeeded in slowing isis advance into ramadi. a city official that we spoken to there this morning says isis continues to hold on to positions in the east of that embattled city. he says the iraqi security forces that are holding on to the center and government compound and the center of the city are exhausted and tired and they could fold if they don't get reinforcements. there are about 40 humvees of troops that arrived in the last 24 hours. he says that is not enough. we have seen scenes of an estimated 150,000 iraqi civilians fleeing the area taking a circuitous route to get
out. chief of staff martin dempsey indicated that the priority for the u.s. right now is the huge sprawling refinery complex far to the north where he says that isis succeeded in capturing some of the outer perimeter areas. he said it would be tragic for ramadi to fall but it would not be the end of the campaign against isis in iraq. john. >> thanks ivan watson. turning to the battle for yemen. the air war by the arab led coalition by houthi rebels busy leaving al qaeda mostly unopposed unopposed. they overran an oil terminal in southeastern yemen. this after seizing the nearby city emptying a bank and a prison there. in washington u.s. officials tell the l. timea. times they are
concerned about the air campaign which caused hundreds of civilian casualties. now the united nations worried about a humanitarian crisis calling for a cease-fire by all sides. for the latest, let's bring in nima elbagir in yemen. >> reporter: al qaeda clearly moving into the security vacuum. they have taken the third largest airport in yemen. they have as you said an oil platform now. they moved in to repel the houthi advances in the district. they seem to be putting up their black flags where they don't have complete control of. they seem to be trying to honeycomb that territory that has not been fought over fully with the houthi and loyalists to president hadi in yemen. the circumstance remains that the reality is people are focused so much on the fighting
between north and south, that is the view that aden is a north south divide. they are for getting what is happening to the east and into the west. when you move into the southwestern area, you get dangerously close to yemen's natural gas platforms. that not only has local repercussions, but regional repercussions. >> you see the humanitarian crisis there. u.n. is very concerned about the humanitarian effects there. >> reporter: people are essentially trapped, christine. aden felt like a city under siege. we went there. there was no one much in the streets. we could hear sniper fire on the main roads that nobody was willing to walk down. the hospitals are overwhelmed. people cannot move from district to district to get into the main hospitals. they are tended to in local clinics with what little
supplies they have. the only crowds we saw on the streets of aden were in front of the bakeries. one baker took us to the back of the shop and said this is it. the four or five sacks are all remaining. when this is done i will be the last bakery in the neighborhood to close and then there is no more. it almost feels like the combination of the air strikes and the houthi assault is starving people. >> nima off the coast of yemen in the gulf of aden. 36 minutes after the hour. senators head home for the weekend and eric holder is still attorney general. loretta lynch is still waiting. republicans have tied the lynch nomination to an an unresolved human trafficking bill delaying the nomination for months. minority leader harry reid will force a vote on lynch if it does not happen soon. likely presidential contender jeb bush is breaking with
republicans calling for a vote as soon as possible. let's get more from jim acosta. >> reporter: john and christine, the white house is lashing out at republicans over stalling the nomination of the pick for attorney general. lynch's nomination has been held up for months mired in a dispute of abortion language in a bill that dealings with human trafficking. at the white house thursday josh earnest accuses the gop of hypocrisy noting that republican lawmakers like charles grassly had urged the president last fall to hold off naming a nominee until the new year as a gesture. now the white house notes grassly is blaming the president for lynch's delay. earnest called that shameful saying lynch deserves a vote. >> she has waited now more than twice as long as the previous seven attorneys general nominees combined to get a vote on the floor of the united states senate. that is an unconsciousable
delay. >> reporter: the break in the log jam could come next week when negotiators will come up with a compromise on the human traffic lgking bill. jim, thanks. nuclear talks with iran resume next week. the two sides preparing to address several key unresolved issues like the terms for lifting sanctions and whether inspectors will have unrestricted access to iranian military sites. iran's president rouhani is optimistic a deal can be reached, but getting one done will be difficult. new concerns about the government's ability to protect vital landmarks after the postal worker flew this gyro copter undetected on the capital lawn. homeland security is looking into the gap. 61-year-old doug hughes is facing charges for violating the
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>> the sheriff said they are lost. we have not located them. doesn't mean they are never to be found again. it means we are trying to figure out where the training records are. this goes back a long time. >> we are talking about hours on the job training field training which is what specifically required that he is there with the officer. he is working. he is learning how to do a takedown. he is learning how to carry a weapon. he is learning the difference between what a weapon feels like and taser feels like. i don't believe any of that training has been done. >> the tulsa county sheriff's office opened an investigation of bates training records and an oklahoma city lawmaker has zero confidence in the investigation. he asked the attorney general to step in. the parents of a bombing victim is asking the death penalty to be taken off the
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there is some troubling news. we will tell you about it and get deep into it. terror threats that are remote and add home. the man you are looking at arrested for plotting an attack on soldiers. he returned home after terror training in syria. remember that is the threat. coming back here. overseas the iraqi city of ramadi is on the brink of falling to isis. the biggest airport in yemen taken over by al qaeda. what is going on in the saddest of the battles? we have the ambassador to the u.n. samantha power here. she is said to be the new attorney general loretta lynch. who is that? you don't know. you heard speaker boehner say we will do a vote on that after you vote on the trafficking law. what is going on with that? why are they attaching these things christine? what does loretta lynch have to
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ts nation's first african-american female attorney general. >> this should not always be partisan. presidents have the right to pick their team. >> 73-year-old robert bates may not have been telling the full truth about his training. >> there's a record the sheriff's office haven't come forward with. >> murder in the first degree. >> they're wrong. >> the jury speaks out. >> he played a role in that murder and that's what he was charged with. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. welcome to "new day." we have news. up first, terrorism here at home. a 23-year-old ohio man arrested and charged after traveling to syria to train with islamic extremists. authorities say he returned to this country on a mission to kill. >> and according to a federal indictment mohammad was preparing to travel to texas to
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