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>> pelley: tonight, back in battle. the president orders u.s. warplanes to attack sunni muslim extremists in northern iraq to stop a campaign of terror. but he makes americans this promise: >> i will not allow the united states to be dragged into fighting another war in iraq. >> pelley: reports from david martin, holly williams, and major garrett. the truce is over in gaza. the rocket attacks resume and the death toll mounts. clarissa ward is in gaza. jeff pegues on g.m. recalling more than potentially dangerous vehicles. why the company says you shouldn't park this s.u.v. in your garage. and "on the road." what's behind that sign? a success story told by steve hartman. >> reporter: this is a $3.5 million company now? >> that is correct, yes. >> reporter: how much of the success do you credit to phil?
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>> everything. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. two and a half years after president obama kept a promise to pull u.s. forces out of the war in iraq, he sent them back there, into a new war against sunni muslims known as isis. isis has been seizing territory in iraq and syria to form a new islamic state. today, u.s. fighters hit isis targets in northern iraq with the goal of stopping them from overrunning a key kurdish city. earlier, the u.s. airdropped relief supplies to starving refugees surrounded by isis forces. we have a team of correspondents on this story. first, we'll go to david martin at the pentagon. david. >> reporter: it's not exactly shock and awe, but this is what the first american strike of the new battle for iraq looked like.
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500-poundalizer-guided bombs hit a feel gun used to shell the city of erbil in northern iraq where scores of american military personnel and diplomats are based. the f-18 jet fighters which dropped the bombs returned to the carrier "george h.w. bush" in the persian gulf. later in the day, the u.s. aircraft carried out two more strikes against militant forces on the outskirts of erbil. in one a drone hit a mortar position, waited for the fighters to return, and hit it again, kill the fighters. in the other, four f-18s each dropped a bomb on a convoy, then came back for a second pass, dropping four more bombs. the militants are known as isis, but are, in essence, the successors to al qaeda in iraq, and they have caught everyone by surprise with the effectiveness of their attacks and swiftness of their advance. tens of thousands of civilians have fled their homes, and the
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pentagon now estimates 35,000 are stranded on a mountain surrounded by militant fighters. more airdrops are expected tonight to keep the refugees from starving or dying of thirst. last night, the air force dropped enough food and water for only 8,000 people, but some of the palettes cannot be accounted for and may have missed the drop zone. getting the refugees off mountain could require more u.s. airstrikes to help iraqi or kurdish forces establish a safe passage corridor through militant lines. american warplanes dropping bombs on iraq used to be an everyday occurrence and it appears to be starting again. scott. >> pelley: david, thanks very much. there is terror among those mountaintop refugees that david just mentioned because isis is slaughtering people of other faiths. this is largely a war between two branches of islam, isis forces or sunnis.
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the iraqi government is dominated by the shiite sect. isis holds mosul with more than two million residents and now it's threatening erbil, an 8,000-year-old kurdish city with more than 1 million people. holly williams is in erbil tonight. holly. >> reporter: scott, this is a part of iraq that benefitted from the u.s. invasion of 2003, and people here in erbil have been waiting for and asking for an american intervention for two months, ever since isis began their violent rampage across northern iraq in june. isis is on erbil's doorstep as the militants extend the boundaries of what they call their own islamic state. erbil is a kurdish ground in noq after the iraqi army ran away two months ago. but isis launched a new offensive this week,f
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them religious minorities, include yazidis and christians. yesterday, kurdish fighters helped some yazidis families escape the barren mountaintop where they've taken refuge from isis. many say they were given a stark choice by the militants-- convert to their strict version of sunni islam, leave their homes, or face death. abu shaker still has relatived stranded on the mountain where the u.s. is now delivering aid drops. "they called me just now," he said. "they're walking and they're leaving dead children behind." some here have lost their homes and their loved ones. other are are fearful they could be next. nearly everyone wants more american airstrikes to protect them from isis. >> pelley: holly's joining us now. holly, what's it like in erbil
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tonight? is there panic? >> reporter: well, scott, people here tell us that two days ago there was panic in the sense that erbil might soon fall to isis. some people even fled the city. but now people here seem to be more relaxed, and even hopeful because they think that the u.s. airstrikes will give the kurdish fighters the time and space they need to regroup and then push the militants back. >> pelley: holly williams reporting for us from erbil tonight. thank you, holly. it was the threat to erbil that moved the president to action. last night, he explained what the u.s. military would and would not do. major garrett is at the white house for us. major. >> reporter: scott, the president built his political profile and captured the white house in part because of his opposition to the iraq war. mr. obama has now become the fourth consecutive commander in chief to order u.s. military action in iraq. the mission is limited in scope-- protect americans in iraq and deliver aid to those ethnic minorities trapped on the
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mountain. >> we can act to prevent a potential act of genocide. that's what we're doing on that mountain. >> reporter: the president is not contemplating ground forces, no strategy to evict isis from iraq, and no explicit plan for refugees. >> as commander in chief, i will not allow the united states to be dragged into fighting another war in iraq. >> reporter: ben rhodes is on the president's national security team. why isn't it in the u.s. national security interest to have a plan to evict isis from iraq permanently? >> it is in the u.s. security interest to deal with isil, and the way we're going to do that is working with the iraqi government. >> reporter: the iraqis have been pleadinge political brother in baghdad and after seeing so many swift and menacing advances on the battle field by isis. >> pelley: in the interest of full disclosure, deputy national
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president david rhodes. is the brother of cbs news today, the white house urged israel and hamas to end their war. clarissa ward is in gaza. >> reporter: israel responded with artillery and airstrikes. one hit near a mosque, killing a 10-year-old boy, and it withdrew its delegation from cairo, saying it would not negotiate while rockets were still flying. hamas warned last night that it would not stop unless key demands such as lifting the blockade that has been on gaza since 2007 were met. many palestinians, like umaima abu al kheir, who runs a kindergarten here supports the decision to keep fighting. >> as a human being who wants to survive, who loves life, who wants to live, with all the children in my life, of course, i wanted the cease-fire to extend. but at the same time, all this
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bloodshedded for nothing. it can't be. if i want the cease-fire to extend, i want it to extend to get a result. >> reporter: are you willing to risk your life for that? >> i am risking my life, dear, every single moment of the day. whether i want to or not. >> reporter, of course, hamas has its own political agenda in continuing to fire those rockets. scott, it cannot be seen to walk away from this latest conflict without extracting some concessions from the israeli side, something to justify the enormous price that the people here in gaza have paid. >> pelley: no end to the violence any time soon. clarissa ward for us in gazaa again tonight. thank you, clarissa. today, nigeria declared the outbreak of the ebola virus a national emergency. the virus is spreading in four west african nations. the world health organization, the w.h.o., is urging countries
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to donate funds to contain the cries. >> reporter: in guinea's capital city, conakry, a man collapsed and was left lying in the street for hours as fear of contagion kept residents and police at a distance. as the virus spreads through the the region, it is overwhelming resources on the ground. w.h.o. director general dr. margaret chan: >> our collective health security fendz on support for containment operations in these countries. >> reporter: the first 49 cases were reported on march 23, and by june 10, it was already the biggest outbreak ever. since then, the rate of new cases has accelerated, more than quadrupling to 1779 as of today. the two infected americans remain in isolation at emory university hospital. dr. kent brantly released a statement saying he is getting stronger every day. nancy writebol's husband, david, spoke from monrovia, liberia, to a small group of reporters. >> i spoke with my son earlier this afternoon, said that she
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was doing some better. i was just really pleased to hear that. >> reporter: i asked if he was still in liberia because of concern he, too, may have become infected with ebola? >> yes, i'm taking my temperature every day and reporting that, and just waiting through the incubation period to make sure that i'm not infected, let's say, by that. >> reporter: i asked david writebol if the time comes when you're finally able to be in the same room with nancy with no restrictions, what is the first thing you're going to do? he responded, "what would do you? i'm going to give her a big kiss." >> pelley: and the patients here in the states are responding to treatment. jon, thanks very much. today, a medical examiner ruled that the death this week of former white house press secretary james brady is a homicide. now, this dates back to the grave wounds that he suffered when he was shot during the 1981 assassination attempt ony& president reagan. john hinckley jr. was tried for the attempt on reagan's life,
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found not guilty by reason of insanity, and was committ to a psychiatric hospital. federal prosecutors say they are reviewing today's medical examiner's ruling to decide whether there should be charges filed in brady's case. today, hawaii took its first direct hit from a tropical storm in 22 years. icele hit the big island with a foot of rain and 60-mile-per-hour winds that knocked down trees and power lines. the storm surge brought 25-foot waves. right behind is hurricane julio, expected to pass north of hawaii on sunday. today, general motors issued five more recalls, including a recall of more than 200 saturn vue s.u.v.s, years 2002 through 2004. ignition keys can fall out when the car is running. two crashes have been linked to this. g.m. also issued an unusual
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warning. here's jeff pegues. >> reporter: today, general motors told us they're advising s.u.v. honors of seven models to park outside because the vehicles could catch on fire even when not in use, according to documents filed with federal regulators, g.m. says the power window switch module in the driver's door can cause a possible electrical short, overheat, and cause smoke or a fire. the recall affects nearly 185,000 s.u.v.s, among them, the 2006-2007 chevrolet trailblazer and g.m.c. envoy. an owner took this video of the part in question. >> this one got hot. you see burn marks on the door. >> reporter: there have not been any deaths connected to the problem, but there have been dozens of fires and hundreds of complaints. one owner told regulators, "my 2006 chevy trailblazer driver side door caught on fire some time early morning while we
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slept." g.m. has recalled the vehicles twice before. the solution was to apply a protective coating to the circuit board, but g.m. tells us the fix they put in did not work. the new fix may not be available until october. g.m. will be sendin letters to owners later this month. scott, a of today, g.m. has issued a record 66 recalls so far this year for more than 29 million vehicles. >> pelley: and they keep coming. jeff, thanks very much. in one major city, parents could face hefty fines if their kids stay out too late. and her family thought she died in a tsunami. 10 years later they're back together when the cbs evening news continues.
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>> yes, yes, and yes. >> reporter: beginning tonight kids younger than 14 must be indoors by 9:00 p.m. for kids 16 fraen-16 it's 10 p.m. on schoolig picked upon by their parent. and while parents will not face jail time they can be find up to $500. tiffany sanford is a mother of three. >> we're crimiz a bad idea withd intentions. >> reporter: 16-year-old michael bonner participates in after-school activities that go well into the evening. he's worried that police will be more likely to confront kids like him. >> the police encounter itself is stare enough. there are no criminal penalties but they're being treated like criminals, almost. >> reporter: baltimore is one of the most vice president cities in america. the mayor says getting kids off the street takes them out of harm's way. >> if it's after dark, you need ton where your kids are. it's common sense. my goal is to protect kids. >> reporter: a national study says cities with curfews see a 10% drop in overall violent
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crime within their first year. but, scott, the a.c.l.u. is already asking baltimore city officials to ensure the police don't cross the line and turn curfew enforcement into stop-and-frisk for kids. >> pelley: michelle miller. thanks, michelle. a toddler has caused a security lockdown at the white house. that story is next 3 why suffer more than you have to? you can do something different. because the landscape of options has changed. brisdelle is the only fda approved, non-hormonal option proven to reduce moderate to severe hot flashes during menopause. and the bedtime dose provides 24-hour relief. brisdelle is not for everyone. call your doctor if you have changes in mood or behavior,
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>> pelley: finally tonight, lend someone a hand and you might get paid back with interest, more than you could ever imagine. here's steve hartman "on the road." >> reporter: as project manager for a large sign company on long island, new york, phil bono sizes up billions for awnings, but it didn't take a tape measure for him to figure out what goes around definitely comes around. >> i just always like to help people or try to bring them to the next level. >> reporter: one of the people he has mentored over the years is oscar valle. back in the 90s, phil had his own sign company, and oscar was a 17-year-old immigrant with virtually no marketable skills whatsoever. but phil hired him anyway and taught him the business. >> he opened my eyes for me to see beyond, that i was used to. that's what he did for me. >> he asked questions. he was inquisitive, so i shared
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all my stuff with him. >> reporter: phil mentored oscar for a couple of years, but then lost touch after he sold his old sign company. phil sold that company in 2002, moved to florida, tried some other businesses, but ended up pretty much broke. he moved back to new york a couple of years ago looking to start over, and that's when he met the owner of this sign company who, like phil, has always believed a good, hard worker just need a chance. >> you saw the potential in him? >> i see a lot of potential. >> reporter: that's right, the student has become the master. today, oscar valle not only owns his own sign business. he's billion it into a national brand. >> reporter: fs a $3.5 million company now? >> that is correct, yes. >> reporter: how much of the success do you credit to phil? >> everything. >> reporter: oscar says he can't thank phil enough. while phil claims the debt is
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all his. >> i like that sign, too. >> reporter: regardless, the net result is a friendship that will leave both men with more than enough to share. >> i'm thinking we're just getting started and we're going to soar. >> reporter: steve hartman "on the road, in uniondale, new york. >> pelley: and that's the cbs news for us tonight. for all of us at cb cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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