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>> you think so? i'm getting a fist bump from miss america. >> we can't read about our favorite nuts other than to say mine were almonds and yours were. >> cashews. >> thank you, arthur. >> thank you. >> we're closely monitoring the situation in iraq where fighter jets hit targets and cargo planes dropping humanitarian aid. we'll get a live report from inside erbil, iraq, where dozen of american forces are standing by at a joint operations center. a look at why the u.s. is doing this. what is at stake and where we good from here. but we have just gotten breaking news so let's get to it. >> good friday afternoon. we just got very disturbing information into the fox news deck in the last 45 seconds or so. dateline baghdad from the "associated press." iraqi -- i should say -- isis militants have just taken
captive hundreds of yazidi women. we talk about christians and other religious minorities in iraq who are being targeted by these islamic state militants. the larger group of religious minorities there are yazidis. there are tens of thousands of them who have been on top of the mountain, about which we have spoken so often. now we have just been informed by "associated press" that hundreds of yazidi women have just been taken captive. a one-line statement from "associated press." our crews are working on it. we'll have more the moment we get. i. first, american bombs again falling over iraq. our military's biggest engagement there in years since the united states troops came home 963 days ago. it comes as iraq faces a humanitarian disaster, bordering on catastrophe, according to the white house. tens of thousands of those religious minorities, the
christians and the yazidis, facing slaughter if they don't convert to islam. that's the threat from fighters with the so-called islamic state, who changed their name to isis. blood-thirsty terrorists who chased nonmuslims up a dry mountain. the rev fee jews only choices, starve to death or come down and face almost certain execution. the pentagon reports united states fighter jets bombed an islamic state target. think of the irony in all of this. we are now bombing our own equipment. the equipment that we gave to the iraqi army, which melted away, and is now left to these terrorists to kill women and children. and it's happening in the capital of iraq's norway kurdish region. this video just into fox news,
showing the f-18 that carried out the strike, returning to the uss george h.w. bush if acraft carrier. deadly force for a deadly threat. >> it's grotesque, targeted acts of violence, show all the warning signs of genocide. for anyone who needed a wakeup call, this is it. >> the bombing followed the u.s. air drop of humanitarian supplies to the trapped refugees. thousands of meals ready to eat, along with fresh drinking water. pentagon sources tell us more of the drops are likely. the white house says the president to date worked the phones, talking to allies. they allowed a camera to get up to the window there it's shaky because they didn't have a tripod. spoke to a number of leaders, including king abdullah of jordan, iraq's neighbor. a couple of months ago the president put iraq's prime minister on notice and said the growing terror threat was iraq's
problem to solve. so we'll show you over here on the wall how everything changed. the islamic state fighters spread out rapidly from syria. they seized town after town in western iraq. we have updated this map here with a nod to those who had given us the information in the first place, and we appreciate their attention to detail0. to show you this area in iraq which has been overtaken by these fighters. you see baghdad is here. now moved in and taken mosul. you see erbil over there. we watched as the crept closer to baghdad. the big fear they could take control of the capital. instead the islamic state pulled a fakeout. the blitzed the north in iraq's kurdish region and claim to have taken over 17 towns and targets in five days, chased out christians and other minorities, people who they call infidels. how do they do that? you heard about the peshmerga, the kurdish troops who have been so powerful and stood up so
well. never melted away. this time they left the cities. why? it's a simple reason. they were certainly outmanned and outgunned because the isis folks have our equipment. there's no way the kurdish troops, the mesh merga, could stand up to our armored vehicles which we left for the iraqis, which the iraqis left for isis, which is now taking over iraq. the militants took control of iraq's largest dam, one that could unleash a tsunami 65 feet high if it fails. this stuff sounds like fantasy, like some sort of nightmare. i mean, that they have this dam that they could blow up and put a 65-foot high wall of water over the north of the country, wiping out mosul, which we just showed you. would they do it? chances are they want their own islamic state. don't want to ruin the place. but if we back them against the wall and they're about to lose, where they? the caught off the heads of children. just kidnapped hundreds of
minority women and threatened to kill everyone who does not convert to islam now. a u.s. study predicted such an event would kill half a million people, extermination because of their religious beliefs. ed henry is live for us at the white house this afternoon. ed, the u.s. seems to be putting pressure on the iraqi government now. >> that's right, shep, because we heard from the president last night, have not heard from him today. we'll see whether he comes another later, but his spokesman josh earnest did the talking and stressed again and a again there's no u.s. military solution to iraq's problem. making clear that the president believes this will be a mission with very limited scope, no u.s. ground troops, a little bit of air power, and when i pressed, look, why did the president promise the years ago that iraq was in good hands? how did this go so wrong? earnest said that this is the iraqi government's fault and they have to fiction it. listen.
>> the president said in 2011 when he brought home all u.s. troops, iraq is not a perfect place but we're leaving behind a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant iraq. >> we saw that iraq's government, pursued an agenda that was not inclusive. that it did not succeed in unifying that country. it did not succeed in even unifying iraq security forces, and that meant that iraq was not able to withstand the pressure and eventually an assault from isil. >> but the question moving forward is, can the iraqi government that the white house is saying is struggling so much, actually stop isis' threat. it's clear they have some short, term goals, which is to deal with the humanitarian mission and slow down isis, but long-term they're not laying out a strategy of how they think they can actually stop isis altogether, shep. >> you know, not surprisingly the president's critics say they believe he is not going far enough here. >> sure, because you mentioned
secretary of state john kerry, you played the sound bite. even the president's advisers put aside the republicans are saying that isis is a regional threat. if you look at the map, gaping ground not just in iraq, but syria, jordan is worried. that a why the president was on the phone with the king of jordan today. what you're hearing from military experts is for those reasons, that secretary kerry laid out bat short-term threat in the region, maybe a long-term threat to the u.s. homeland -- long term, not short term -- it's time to put isis away while you can. listen to this. >> the military isn't the answer to every problem but when you have jihadis slaughtering christians, burning 1800-year-old churches, attacking this harmless yazidi minority, beheading adults and children, that's time for america to step up. >> you hear the pressure there to say, look, mr. president, you have to make sure that there's a wider scope to this mission and actually put isis away, but i can tell you that democratic
senator richard bloomen that of connecticut said he actually thinks the opposite. the president is leaving this too open-ended how long he has authorized u.s. airstrikes for and that given our experience in iraq he wants to see this reigned in. >> anybody concerned we'll be seen by that part of the world as siding with one side in a religious war that has been going on longer than we have been a nation? anybody think these a problem? >> they have not mentioned that. certainly a concern that can be there. they're dealing with a short, term threat right now they felt they had to intervene on. >> i hear you. ed henry at the white house. what a disaster. nice to see you. thank you. a journalist on the ground erbil said there was a sense of imbenting doom. fighters were firing shells toward the citiy united states has troops and diplomats stationed, and they felt the
militants could raid the city in any second. how has the american bombing changed things if it has. a reporter is live from irbil now. liz, it's nice to hear from you. give us in the lay of the land today. >> well, the mood has changed today. there was this sense, as you said, that isis was bearing down on the city, but they could reach the capital here, this peaceful, tranquil, prosperous capitol, one of the most successful cities in the middle east at the moment, and that has now gone away. the fact that the americans have got involved are striking the isis positions on the edge of town has made people feel this is at least being stopped. whether it can be turned back it is too early to tell, but they do feel that the advance has been halted. >> we got this news flash from "associated press" that the militants had captured and taken
hostage some hundreds of religious minority women. you mention thread had been a rumor of this for a couple of days, right? >> yes. there was a video, a fleeting video, some reports on twitter and on the internet that what happened was they did capture a group of yazidi men when they went into this town of sinjar and executed those men and they took the wifes of those men and their daughters, the women of the men, they took them captive and were holding them at some unknown destination. we have not heard anything more about the safety of those women. what it sounds like to me is that we now have the iraqi government saying it has confirmation of that report but the details are still very sketchy. >> you're in irbil, the town to which so many of these refugees have flocked from around the region. our understanding as the islamic state militants came through
towns, the locals fled to irbil and people are living in construction sites, parks lots and the rest. can you give us a sense of the refugees? >> yes, the rev fee jew -- refugees are spilling out everywhere. nearly a million of them in the past few months, as isis has threatened not only this region in northern iraq but also in western iraq, we have seen that happening, too. and, yes, it's a really dismal situation and if it wasn't that this area is already -- be calm and -- probably the most stable part of iraq, then this could have been an even bigger disaster than it is already. but the kurds have welcomed them. >> the kurd have welcomed them and are helping them. is that right? >> yes, the kurd are helping them, doing as much as they can. to the u.n. is here but very, very little is being done on the humanitarian front, and we also don't know what is happening to
all the people who are still trapped in those isis-held areas. >> the truth is we don't know what has happened to them either and the fear is that nothing good. it's so good of you to be with us. thank you very much. stay safe and all the best. >> thank you. >> continuing coverage of breaking news, including a look at the groups of religious minorities, the united states is trying to help. plus in the mid-east, the truce is over in gaza and the rockets and artillery are flying again. so there's a war in iraq, a war in gaza and israeli and another one pending on the border of ukraine and russia. honey, look i got one to land. uh-huh (announcer) there's good more...
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city of mosul. he says the ministry learned of the captives from their families. of course, tens of thousands of yazidi's fled when the islamic state group captured the northern iraqi town of sinjar, which is right near the syrian border. the comments were the first iraqi government confirmation that hundreds of women are being held by this group. the yazidis practice an ancient religion that sunni muslim radicals consider hieratical. the state department reports at least 500,000 of them live in iraq, and according to the united nations, extremists with the islamic state have forced almost half of them out of their homes. like many religious minorities, the yazidis face persian accusation for their religious beliefs. some muslims and christians call them devil worshipers. now u.s. and iraqi forces are working to get the refugees food and water. the u.s. military may be best
known for its fire power, but part of the mission is to help out in a humanitarian crisis like the one un-folding now in northern iraq. lea gabrielle, who knows about this missions, tell us about the yazidis. >> iraq's military says it landed two army helicopters in those mountains where they have been trapped yesterday, and we have some video of that here for you. the iraqis say their soldiers handing out aid to them. yazidis speak kurdish and they believe in one supreme god represented by seven angels and view the arc angel as neither good or evil but the islamic state believes it's a devil. an official tells me the islamic state is telling christians and jews they can convert to islam, pay fine, or be killed, and for the yazidis, it's convert or die. >> greater than ethnic cleansing. this is genocide.
the sole determination of the islamic state of terrorists is the annihilation of the asid dipeople and the yazidi religion. they want to wipe these people off the face of the earth. >> and he also tells me that the yazidi people are peaceful people and don't even like to carry weapons. >> regarding the airstrikes that the u.s. military is carrying out, the pentagon is describing these as targets of opportunity. what do they mean by that? >> typically an airstrike mission will be, you would already have a target in mind, have coordinates, probably have seen a picture of the target. i hear targets of opportunity. that means probably something similar to what iodamide afghan, you're flying in country, awayed up with bombs and other weapons and essentially ready to come in and execute a strike if troops on the ground need you to in which case they may give you a specific target like a building, or say this is an area of known enemy combatants.
his something that is a target of opportunity, like a tank or piece of artillery. the other thing that could happen is they could launch with a known kill box, meaning having been given authority to hit an area prior to launching, and again, may be looking for the targets of opportunity, anything useful to the enemy to take that out. but some sort of authority. they're not just being told to fly over iraq and pick anything that looks useful to the enemy. >> that's comforting. heo gabrielle, thank youing a baghdady is in charge of the islamic state fighters but we're learning more about him, from his habit of wearing a mask when he speaks to commanders to his time as a prisoner of the united states and his impressive soccer skills. that's next on the fox news deck. like new crab lover's trio! or try new jumbo lump crab over wood-grilled salmon.
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continuing coverage now of the disaster in iraq. as tens of thousands of religious minorities face possible extinction at the hands of the islamic sit. the group's ladder is abu bakr al-baghdadi, and this is reportedly al baghdady last month giving a sermon in a mosque in northern iraq. analysts say they think he is 40 years old, born in samara, iraq, 80 miles north of baghdad. i if you're up on biblical history you heard of that place. when he was younger he often led prayers at a local mosque. apparent he was also a very good soccer player, somebody who claims he knew him at the time called him the messi of their
team. al-baghdadi took a lot of heat after the sermon for what appears to be a rolex on his wrist. see right there? a lot of people were yelling about that. strange sort of thing for the head of a group violently fighting the ways of the western world but there you have it. analysts say he has some 8,000 militant fighters under his control at the moment. he reported by wears a mask when addressing his commanders, earning him the nickname the invisible sheikh. in the year 2005 american forces in iraq captured him and he spent the next four years as an american prisoner. he went free after that. analysts say he may have met with al qaeda fighters at the time. then he emerged as the leader of al qaeda in iraq. and in 2011, the united states officially labeled him a terrorist. and put $10 million bounty on
his him a. some believe he is even more dangerous than osama bin laden him. some republicans say that president obama should not rule out putting american boots on the ground in iraq, to keep the islamist state from spreading. keep in mind there is a shia, sunni war that's been going on longer than the united states has existed, and if we put boots on the ground in this conflict, we're taking one side against the other. if you think that whole part of the world won't notice it, you're badly misinformed. last night president obama said there is, quote, no american military solution to the crisis in iraq. which began, obviously, with the crisis of our war in iraq. without that, we wouldn't be here. bring in michael o'hanlon, a senior fellow and research analyst for the foreign policy program at the brookings institution. nice to see you. >> good to see you. >> we know all know it began with our war in iraq, does not
help us at all with today's matter. so let's talk about today and what the best options might be. you can't just let people by the tens of thousands die on a mountain. you have to do what you can if you can do it. but how far does it go? >> well, great question and different parts of the problem could have different solutions. i think that -- i hope that the immediate threat to that group of individuals, that minority, will be at least largely mitigated by this action and i hope a limited use of air power, these bombs we have been dropping to the east, will help the kurds protect themselves in their own region. think that will probably work because the kurds have decent ground forces. the peshmerga. don't have a lot of air power but a we're providing that and if there's a big movement of this isis group or isil group eastward, we can help stymy that and hit their artillery, as we apparently have today. those are the easier parts of the problem. the harder part is how to ultimately help the iraqi army
take back northern and western iraq, the big cities like mosul and flog fallujah. >> how can you do that? we have trained them for a decade, spent a trillion dollars on it and how to the equipment we gave them by the hundreds, that is the reason the peshmerga can't stand up to them because they now have our equipment. why would the iraqi army do now what it wouldn't do six months ago? >> you have to start as the obama administration recognizes, with a new government in baghdad you need a replacement for al-maliki. if we don't get that, i'm not sure we should consider anything much more than we are doing now. if you were to get that i would personally want to consider several options, and if you did all of them could add up to 5,000 u.s. troops. one is substantially more air power. secondly would be commandos to
help the iraqi special forces with raids, and the third would be -- the hardest part -- advisory ewans in the field with iraqi forces that need to be rebuilt, need to get their confidence back, and in some cases they have too many bad guys, potential insider attackers of our forces for us to want to put our own people in these units. but there may be cases where we can really give. the a shot in the arm, give them a boost, help them restore their momentum and their confidence by putting a small team out in the field with them. we have to consider those sorts of things if there's a new leader of iraq in the near future. >> doesn't history tell us if we do that we'll have to be there forever, and when we leave, whenever that is, 30, 40 years from now, whenever it is, happens again. >> i don't know if history tells us that. it also tells us that a lot of these country goes through long period offsetable. look at jordan, for example, and i think you're seeing a place where, yes, you have had a lot of tension, but in some sense the tension was rekindled by the
violence in the last ten years. i don't want to make too much of the pottery barn rule, we broke it and therefore we got to help fix it, but the fact that we broke it in 2003 is what started this and there's a way to put laid back an you need a better leader than saddam hussein but he did have a lid on this stuff. we have to work with the iraqis in limited ways, if they've can show us a capacity to build a government of national unity. i think you and i are in agreement, until that point we certainly shouldn't do anything, but if we can get to that point, i think we have to see if we can't help defeat this threat. this is a big threat. i'm not trying to sound like a big nation builder here. this is a big threat to the united states, this isil group, and account just wash our hands of this situation even if we want to. >> can you remember a more dire time? >> not a more complex time. but i'll -- i still take today's
problems over the 1940s, '50s or '60s. i still think the world was more dangerous then. for one thing we have most of the moderate islamic world with us, not against us. most of the world recognizes these kinds of groups like isil need to be defeated, and in fact isthmus hims who are their victims more often than anybody else despite what is happening on the mountain today, despite what happened here on 9/11. muslims are generally with us in wanting to win this fight. and so that's why i'm still hopeful. i think most of the world is united here. but we just have to keep at it. >> michael o'hanlon. great to see you. thank you. >> thank you, shepard. >> continuing coverage of the crisis and iraq coming and the united states military operation there. chris wallace, host of "fox news sunday." the life and death situation that is ahead of us. with tens of thousands of persecuted minorities, including
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>> the united states military carried out an airstrike against an islamic militant target in irbil. we have been led to believe this will happen periodically other. networks report there have been some in recent hours. after president obama said he authorized the strike the pentagon spokesman announced on twitter they had gun, and i quote, u.s. military aircraft conduct strike on isis artillery. they say isil. whatever, the same thing. artillery was used against kurdish forces defending irbil year u.s. personnel. pentagon officials say the strike targeted an artillery launcher that the militants used to attack kurdish fighters. an artillery launcher. wonder where isis fighters would have gotten an artillery launch
center they got it from us, of course. we left it for the iraqi, who left it for them so they could come in and take over the country and murder the women and children. doug mckelway is live at the pentagon. >> one of any number of things they got from us, including small arms and perhaps helicopters as well. whether they can fly them is a different question. as for the airstrike this morning, we're hearing reports of a potential second airstrike. the airstrike this morning involved two f-sel -- f-18 nets launched from the uss george w. bush -- uss george h.w. bush. they were table to take out the artillery launcher and we have reports confirmed by k.t. mcfarland by way of a friend of hers who is on the ground in
irbil. >> general garner, retired u.s. general, who is familiar with the peshmerga says the airstrike has been effective but they need american military equipment. they were promised it a decade ago but never arrived. >> that is clearly the dilemma that the president probably somewhat reluctant to use overwhelming force on this enemy. he doesn't want to get mired in the quicksand of another iraq war, but this is a dilemma, shep, because isis controls not only this hugely important dam, if you can control the water in iraq, you control life in iraq. it is threatening many of the major producing oil fields in the area. knocking on the door of jordan. controls parts of syria. knocking on the door of lebanon. it is a huge threat, unlike any we have seen in quite some time. >> thank you very much. live at the pentagon this afternoon.
let's get to chris wallace, live with us on capitol hill. michael o'hanlon describing this as maybe most complicated situation he has seen in his long career as an observer and analyst. all over the world now. affrightening. >> that's right. because isis would be a horrible enough situation just in and of itself, but you also have iran, got russia and putin and ukraine, you have problems, syria, where over 150,000 people have been killed, and we didn't intervene there. so, there are a lot of problems all over the world, and obviously you could tell last night this president didn't want to get involved. did not want to return to iraq after having campaigned in 2012 as the man who ended the war in iraq, but now we're back, involved, and perhaps getting more deeply involved as time goes on. going to be very hard to keep this as limited as the president
wants to make it. >> the enemy in this case doesn't want to keep us limited. they would like some sort of confrontation, sounds like. >> that's like the story of the dog who chases the dog and catches it. they have to be careful what they wish for. one of the reason that airstrikes could be effective now, in towns like mosul or fallujah, where isis has taken over, they have just melted into the population so it would be like what the israelis have faced in gaza, trying to strike hamas without killing civilians. it's impossible. but if you have isis forces on the march, surrounding the mountaintop in sinjar in northwestern iraqy, the yazidis are on the mountaintop or marching into the kurdish territory around irbil, then maybe you have convoys that may not be protected and that might be how they were able to strike the artillery unit today.
>> we talk about this as protecting the kurds and the christians, the yazidis. what we're really doing in the eyes of those in the region is, entering this age, old conflict between sunni and shia, and taking sides. >> well, i don't noe agree with that there are sunni and there are sunni, and there's al-an awful lot of sunnies who are very much opposed to isis. so i don't think if you go against isis, anymore it was seen as a war on sunnies when we went after al qaeda, and i think one of the hopes is -- and it's a big if -- if we can create this unity government, more inclusive government in baghdad that would bring sunnies, the more moderate sunnies involved in the anbar awakening as part of the troop surge in 2006 and 2007 if you get them involved you can split the regular sunnies away from the super radical group that is too radical even for al qaeda. >> we certainly had no partner
in nouri al-maliki. it certainly sounds like in iraq what they did was, make things less inclusive, not more, and created some of this for themselves. >> oh, absolutely. there's no question that after we pulled out, in 2011, and we no longer had any r. over al-maliki, he kicked a lot of the top sunni commanders out of the military, kicked a lot of the top sunnis out of the government and it became a shia government, government representing the southeastern iraq and iran. and the sunnis felt they were dealt out which made them more susceptible when isis came over the horizon from syria. >> we'll look for more of this on "fox news sunday." you'll talk to lindsey graham you know what he will say. go full in. that's this sunday on "fox news sunday" on your local fox station.
breaking news now. we now confirmed a report that i toldout about a moment ago. the u. has launched a second round of airstrikes on targets near irbil in iraq. let's get to doug mckelway at the pentagon. this is going to be part of a pattern here for the foreseeable future, right? >> no. absolutely. the report this morning of that just one airstrike by two f-18s, launching two 500-pound bombs would be too little of a pinprick. this will be an ongoing process and i think we heard from the
pentagon this morning that they will target targets of opportunity. so they're keeping a close eye on this, probably with drones or satellites to find out where these artillery pieces are being kept. they'll take them out as they see them. take out the people who are operating them. as they see them. all of it happening around irbil, which is just a few short miles from this mountain where the yazidis are held up and were the subject of the airdrop last night. this will be an ongoing process. probably more of a pinprick than the president would like to see but this is the world he is stuck in right now. >> let's bring in jonathan hunt, fox news' chief correspondent who is on the news deck. it's hard to figure out what the next move will be. >> and the united nations is trying to figure out exactly that. obviously slowing the march of isis is crucial here. military power of the type the u.s. is now using is one way. but the u.n. is also looking at
economic punishments against the leaders of isis and those who support them. a draft resolution in fact is circulating the hallways of thetown that effect. but we're unlikely to see a vote this week and most experts will tell you such action will have little effect on people who are driven far more by ideaol than fear of economic hardship. the other issue of the u.n., the humanitarian crisis. they're looking at ways to open up a so-called humanitarian corridor to get supplies supplio those beseemed by isis and get some out but they put very little flesh on the bones of that idea because it is so difficult and dangerous. >> we talked yesterday, i heard a lot of the pundits, many of whom don't have any idea what they're talking about, on both sides of the aisle. not specific to one side or the other. they were saying that's caught us off guard. clearly it did not. the pentagon came out today and said we've been planning this
for months. >> this has been something of a -- a cries building for months and the pentagon is always doing this kind of operational planning for these kind of scenarios. they've been putting this plan into place for a long time. nobody was caught offguard by this except perhaps by that initial surge of isis. that came on very suddenly. but people knew that isis had the capability to do this. it was just that it suddenly happened, and that did catch certainly our politicians, our leaders, offguard a little bit and the military folks but they have been planning this for some months. >> didn't catch the military offguard. they were kind of ready for it. the question is how far it goes. i look at king abdullah in jordan, very good friend to the united states, a partner in all of activities over there, it just feels like they're next. >> it's a great worry for every leader in that region, and this goes to the opinion that chris wallace and michael o'hanlon were making. we have a lot of the moderate's
in the region on our the question always with those moderates is, it's one thing to be on our side privately, it's another to be on our side publicly. they always talk about how they feel about the arabs and the reaction there. we need them on our side publicly as well as privately right now. >> jonathan hunt, thank you. so there's that. the crisis escalating on the russia-ukraine border and the war is back on after the 72-hour cease fire in the middle east, and when if say the middle east this time i'm talking about gaza and israel. we'll have much more on that and continuing coverage of breaking news in just a moment. your 16-year-old daughter
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started firing rockets before the cease fire ended and that israel fired back with airstrikes on gaza. as you might imagine, the hamas group has a different story. trait, palestinian officials say one strike killed a ten-year-old boy and wind several children near a mosque in gaza city. israeli military officials released black and white video showing the strikes on terror targets and hamas has fired at least 45 rockets into israel and the country's iron dome missile defense sim brought down would of them. rocket and mortar fire injured two israelis. >> egyptian officials say they have extreme regret over failing -- and will try to you resume negotiations. the israelis happen now banned large gatherings now the gaza border because of the rocket
attacks, and officials with israel's soccer league have delayed the start of the season for the second weekend in a row. rick leventhal is in gaza city. what's the scene there now, rick? >> reporter: we heard several explosions in the last hour or so. one of them pretty close to our location. we believe they're incoming israeli air strikes but can't see them or show them because the power is out and most of the lights are out. but this morning we saw some of the very first rockets launch edmundss after the cease fire expired. >> several rockets fired from two locations just a few hundred yards from us. some of the 45 that israel says were launched with three dozen hitting somewhere in israeli territory, resulting in minor damages and a few injuries. as usual the israeli response was swift and emphatic, striking numerous targets in north central gaza, within sight of our position and other strikes to the south. palestinians are reporting at least six dead, including a
ten-year-old boy you mentioned, at least 30 wound. israel says the blame is strictly on hamas. if hamas had not started firing rockets this morning ending the cease fire israel saysed would not have had to retaliate. >> rick leventhal live with us, thank you very much. we have just confirmed new details of these new strikes that have happened inside iraq. four fighter jets successfully struck an islamic state convoy of seven vehicles and a mortar position near irbil, this is from the pentagon. the jets made two passes on both runs, each aircraft dropped one laser guided bomb, making a total of eight bombs dropped on targets, neutralizing the mortar and the convoy. again, this is not fox news reporting. this is from the pentagon. i'm not giving you information that we have learned. i'm telling you what our government tells us to tell you. that's it. lea gabrielle, from your experience, what is going on
with these fighter pilots? >> this is not surprising at all based on what we spoke about earlier, based on the earlier targets being targets of opportunity. what i was saying about this may mean that pilots are launching on essentially close air sport missions where they're overhead in iraq, supporting troops on the ground. as we were talking about earlier, targets of opportunity could mean troops on the ground or an area of known combat location where they need to hit anything that would be use toll combatants. this means we will be seeing more of these airstrikes as they find more targets that are threats. >> all right, lea gabe -- gabrielle. we're wrapping things up for this hour. the next our will be "your world." we'll be right back after a quick commercial break. stay with us. ervice by top-rated providers, conveniently stay up-to-date on progress, and effortlessly turn your photos into finished projects
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nope. guess they already knew this was going to happen. no big deal to the market. strong corporate earnings. they're up 181 points on wall street. so there's that. what the good news today? border agents getting beat up, then shot up, and now one border agent just fed up and here. welcome everybody, i'm neil cavuto. two illegal immigrants charged with brutally beating a border agent in court today. while in the context of new charges expected for one of two suspects accused of gunning down border patrol agent javier vega. hundreds turning out for the funeral, and today one border agent wondering if instance decents like this could have been prevented. to adam housely with the latest on the hearings. >> we were told by border patrol agents this isa