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civilians are caught in the crossfire between al qaeda linked militants and iraqi troops one expert tells us that divisions caused by the american led invasion is the real cause of the conflict. the u.k. government report says its military is under imminent threat because the public no longer knows what it's for we examine how it got to this point. in time and nice you want to make most of it you're one hundred percent committed our team mates the family behind russia's sledge hockey captain and our latest report on the national paralympic team pairing to take on all comers at the winter games in sochi.
live from moscow you're with our team international good to have you with us straight to our top story this hour twenty five al qaeda linked militants have reportedly been killed by an airstrike in iraq where government forces are on the offensive against an islamist insurgency the violence is being fueled by the conflict in neighboring syria with militants apparently surging back and forth across the border at the center of the fight in iraq is the city of full lucia as the cab now reports. residents of. hell during the u.s. occupation now face their own army's assault on the cd the iraqi government has lined up tanks and loaded fighter jets preparing to drive al qaeda linked militants out of the city the u.s. is packing more hellfire missiles and other weapons for the iraqi army to use and everybody knows when the bombing begins there will be blood brian back with me
brian so many innocent iraqis have died in terror attacks do you think this anti terror assault could turn out to be just as deadly as terror itself it could be even more deadly if the people who. have been through this before two thousand and four twice the u.s. marines committed to huge war crimes against the people of pollution they can they call a kill zone anything that move was killed when you declare a kill zone you say everything that moves must die everything that moves must be a terrorist everything that moves is a legitimate target who then dies who then suffers it's the the people of pollution themselves of course they don't want to live under what do they want to live under these kind of military assaults paid for by the united states with arms from the united states carried out by the movie government which has also been a brutal against the residents of fallujah i don't think so crucial question thank you thank you no doubt there is an urgent need to drive these militants out after
all how can you allow extremists to run talents again territory expand but then you also have to ask if you see bombing as a viable option in order to drive extremists out of residential areas how different is it from what bashar assad is doing in washington i'm going to check on our team . some observers accuse washington of failing to prevent the outbreak of september in violence you rock. it's clearly the result of the u.s. war in iraq that has given way to the the kind of sectarian fighting we're seeing in iraq you know the existence of these sectarian based political parties the the shia led leadership in iraq led by prime minister nouri al maliki was put in power and remains kept in power by the united states who provides the money the arms to keep his government in power that government has been not only incredibly corrupt and not only incredibly incompetent in terms of dealing with the needs of iraq to
rebuild from these years of war but also has been incredibly sectarian in terms of what it makes success of bull to various communities in iraq so you have this scenario where the sunni population which is the minority but large minority in iraq feel completely disenfranchised disempowered disconnected from their own government washington's tactics in the middle east and beyond is up for debate later this hour in cross talk with peter the valve here on our chief. we have alliances all over the world because of a grand strategy that has been implemented especially since world war two that seeks to dominate the world and so all of our interests according to people in washington rests in every nook and cranny of the globe and we end up paying the governments of smaller nations and arming them and making sure that they are
allied with us but it ends up in tangling us in conflicts that are none of our business ok dive in new york would you agree with that or disagree entangling alliances just too many and it puts u.s. interests all over the world at risk well i think certainly there is a danger of being overcommitted to allies but i think at the moment touch leaf or form like precipitating conflict the opposite danger is that many of the us his longtime allies are now questioning the degree to which they can rely on the united states and that might actually encourage them themselves to take more perhaps risky action than they would do if they could rely upon the united states some. people in the u.k. are losing sight of what their own army is for a government report suggests that's one of the greatest threats facing the military according to m.p.'s the winding down of the campaign in afghanistan and reduced
appetite for overseas interventions could lead the public to question whether the army still has a purpose this illusion man is apparently being driven by severe budget cuts in what is seen as a failure to come up with a long term strategic vision britain which is among the top five military spenders in the world plans to slash personnel numbers by twenty thousand over the next six years artie's tests are still investigates. the army's recruiting but applicant numbers are slow to pick up amid thousands of layoffs there's a massive drive to recruit army reservists but the midyear army memos revealed the number of people in the listing and beyond the reserve over a three month period was just three hundred sixty seven barely a quarter of the target the ministry of defense said that after wrapping up the recruitment drive in september there were more than fifteen hundred applicants in the first four weeks and that it's too early to make a conclusion but this young man says he simply can't be convinced my grandparents
were in the air force actually during the second world war of the time enjoy. a bad idea to be joining the forces because they were fighting a war against fascists and i don't agree with the way. it's used to force the press. to defend this morning that was arrested to commemorate the conscientious objectors to military service those who would exercise their right to refuse to kill you at the time of the first world war for instance they faced a restaurant jeers from some of society who view them as cowards but times have indeed changed. a decade of fighting in iraq and afghanistan has made the british war weary a most people join the armed forces to be in the peace business not in the war business because such is a threat to their livelihood nobody wants to be in a war in a war activists have also lashed out at recruitment campaign started at sixteen and
seventeen year olds who according to one recent study are more susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder at the moment we're asking a sixteen year old to read an interesting point to drink a pint of beer in the pub we don't trust to fight in a general election we're asking that person to make a very far reaching legal commitment towards a career like having a baby or an accounts or the ministry of defense. the report completely ignores the benefits and opportunities that a military career offers young people but for this young man it's a career path is it ready to change his mind about this good try to do the job anymore we're going to have to show people that if you're joining the army no you're not going to be brought to shoot people who've done nothing against. the source of your argument. joe blanton is a former british soldier who refused to serve a second tour in afghanistan on moral grounds and was thrown into a military prison he believes people aren't fed up with the troops but the
politicians send them overseas to fight wars they themselves started because i was with had questions been the military was just not a forum. it's not the oxford debating society obviously you're just told to crack on and tell the politics have nothing to do with you why defense they mean offensive capability and i mean invasions and the use of drones and special forces which is increasingly the trend clearly people want to be secure. and that's not what people in the public generally have a problem with what they have a problem with repeated. operations along the lines of iraq afghanistan libya nearly syria are not sympathetic to those in the corridors of power these walls and this is paul the reason why we've seen increasingly the court of law and. of the military and you can call it a hero or as asian and you see this increasingly this very jingoistic kind of building up and placing on a pedestal of military personnel from
a used to counter the groundswell of popular opposition. the winter paralympics in sochi well welcome russia's national sledge hockey team for the first time we've already seen them in training and met their captain so artie's margaret howell went to meet the family behind him who helped him deal with adversity and become a top level athlete. well for the games the who can he is known as the captain of the national paralympic flood talking team here in russia but in this tells his just notice dad. we asked about his family and the first time he met his wife irene a. we first met when i was in the army serving in this area there was a spark from the very beginning and grew as we dated it you could see it was love at first sight my entire life changed it had a new meaning but another kind of change was coming the two were considering time
the not one of a team went off to war where he lost both of his legs i removed into his hospital room to help with his care and the couple continued with their plan to marry when asked about the proposal irene a said she knew it was coming. well i was expecting the proposal the wedding day we had a lot of guests and we all had so much fun. but the mood changes a little when we ask our rena how she felt about his and jury. i couldn't believe it for a long time coping with the stress of any injury requires real psychological resilience they both clearly have that in spades. he does everything for the family we all feel that he helps people realize that life isn't over but everything is possible life goes on. the marriage is stronger than ever and katia became the second woman
to change of a team's life six years ago. now he's heading for the paralympic games and that also means leaving his loved ones but for of a dream his two passions in life are never too far from each other. i really enjoy all the time i get to spend at home because when i'm away in training sessions with the team i miss my family very much which is the same as the game when you sit on the bench for a long time just watching the other splay and then you get this little time and nice you want to make most of it you're one hundred percent committed. a commitment shared by everyone in the house while the dream is eager to take home gold come march he already has his prize at home in the moscow region margaret howell r.t. . with both the olympic and paralympic games fast approaching don't forget to
follow the amazing journey of the olympic flame we've been following it on line that's the best bits of the longest torch relay in the history of the games at r.t. dot com. is on its epic journey. one hundred twenty three days. through two thousand nine hundred towns and cities of russia. relayed by fourteen thousand people or sixty five. in a record setting trip by land air. and other space. a limp a large. march. coming up in the program poor planning for. this building site will eventually become books premiere that's all however it's already over ten tellings its original budgets it's set to cost close to
a billion euro. german taxpayers grow wary of handing over huge amounts of public kaspar nationwide construction projects that end up busting their budget many times over that coming up. this immediately though so we leave them to be part of the scene motion security play your party there's a goal. for shoes that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers from it's all on politics only on our t.v. .
pleasure to have you with us here on t.v. today i'm rolling. wealthy british style it's time to let go. of. the market why not. come to. find out what's really happening to the global economy with mike stronger for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines kinds of reports. you cannot preemptively restrict your freedoms because of the fear of what something or how something might be used everything that has ever been developed has been used for a bad purpose baseball bats which are fun for you know for baseball players to hit
balls you know they've also been used to beat people today i mean we just cannot restrict ourselves because something might be years and over in the wrong way. germany revels in its international image for efficiency and quality but behind the stereotype often lies a different story some taxpayers are complaining national projects are costing them billions thanks to bad planning parties peter all over looks at the price they use needing a commie pace when it comes to construction. if you listen to the politicians germany's ruling in it but if you believe those following the money trail is a different story. meanly it's
a problem with cost estimates they use the wrong data they start building and eventually they run out of money and then taxpayers have to pick up the bill. currently germany has one of the biggest construction sectors in europe but all around the country there's evidence that those in charge of the purse strings on the best to make building decisions this building site will eventually become burke's premier concert hall however it's already over ten times its original budget it's set to cost close to a billion euro it's not just the grand artistic projects that have cost the big money here in thought off this tourist information booth has already cost taxpayers around one and a half million euro for the ultimate in modern german construction white elephants look no further than right here at the brandenburg airport grossly over budget already four years behind schedule it's currently costing nearly one million euro
a day to run and that's without any planes or passengers to those a train tunnel in late zigged that ended up five hundred million over budget that people had expected in two thousand and five and the german reputation for efficiency doesn't hold up when it comes to construction those running for election this year to the e.u. parliament believes those in power don't have the required skills to decide on huge projects it's not their money they can dream they can play they can make. each and every kind of. drafts. because they don't have to paid for four years before eight years as long as the project is not finished and. they are fighting. about additional costs increase the national debt so talk years have to be twice first to pay the interest on the debt then again on the extra cost of
planning to those familiar with the construction business and i know that if you plan as you cool it's always more expensive than planning in advance she was sworn in as chancellor for a third time late last year and promised five billion to fix up germany's rule adds germans will have no idea how much that promise may eventually cost them peter all of a. gemini. the russian vessel has maneuvered out of the icy grasp that has trapped it since december a change of wind helped set the ship three times by australian and chinese ice breakers to rescue the scientific vessel felt the whole story as it are. it was a very happy christmas for one greek terrorist the man serving six life sentences for multiple shootings and bombings founts returned from his holiday away from prison forcing authorities to rethink their system and launch
a nationwide manhunt. also online glenn greenwald says he has many more explosive revelations from edward snowden up his sleeve including some that would put israel in a very uncomfortable situation and what else to expect from the n.s.a. leaks on our website. right on the scene. first for you and i think you're. on our reporters. in. the the in. there's just three weeks left until the international peace conference on syria but the opposition has again delayed a vote on whether to even attend more than thirty members of the western backed
syrian national coalition resigned over the planned participation in the summit analysts say the opposition bloc doesn't have the support of the syrian people anyway in syria you have an electoral process there is a presidential election this year and the big problem for the opposition is that they don't have the support on the ground in syria because they don't represent anyone other than western powers the western imperial alliance the transatlantic alliance nato the gulf cooperation council so there are support in syria is very very minimal and that's why they don't want to take part in the actual election process in syria the writing process so this is a big problem because how do you negotiate with people who essentially represent western interests and don't represent the interests of the syrian people so they would rather not have to enter into any kind of rational negotiation and the reason for that of course is that they have no political program they have never had
a political program they have no economic program and if they had their way they would simply destroy the country get in there tear the country apart privatized everything and sell it out to the gulf cooperation council countries particularly saudi arabia and qatar and they would serve western corporate interests. talks between russian and senegalese officials on the release of a russian ship have been postponed moscow is demanding an explanation from the west african nation over the detention of its trawler which is accused of illegally fishing the vessel and its eighty two crew members were seized at the weekend off the coast of guinea bissau russia negotiators they senegal hasn't given concrete explanations to support its accusations sixty two sailors are still trapped on the ship with their passports confiscated. live pictures here from egypt where the ousted president mohamed morsi is reportedly may not appear in
court today due to bad weather he's linked to the deaths of protesters outside the presidential palace and twenty twelve trial originally began in november but was adjourned after morsi declared himself the nation's legitimate leader and refused to wear a prisoner's uniform he also faces several other criminal charges and could receive the death penalty if found guilty morsy supporters are planning more mass protests . at least nine people are dead in india after a fire broke out on a passenger train and spread to three coaches it was on its way from mumbai to the country's north other passengers were evacuated and continued with their journey in the remaining carriages because of the fire is still unknown in december at least twenty six people died after another train quite a blaze in the country south. in britain a u.s. military helicopter has crashed into a bird sanctuary on the east coast killing all four crew members the chopper was reportedly flying low during
a training mission and although the exact cause of the incident was not immediately apparent police cordoned off the area over concerns about live ammunition on board could pose a threat. armed militias have valid to protect oil tankers loading up at rebel controlled ports in libya's east as after warning shots were fired on one tanker. approaching the eastern coast in defiance of a ban imposed by the country's government libel leaders challenge the central government last november and announced plans to start selling crude independently libya's remained volatile since the toppling and murder of moammar gadhafi in twenty eleven. is there a way to curb violence and america's murder capital shellshocked is just ahead on our team international.
dangerous entanglements in contradictory alliances is the u.s. has been asleep hostage to its many client states how well do the spying states and alliances serve america's national geo political interests and is washington's hopelessly overstretched its foreign policy commitment. right on the scene. first street. and i think picture. on our reporter's twitter. instagram. to be in the know. on. one of the new cultural moment of life should be a commune hall of fame i think sometimes you know.
the thing. i know c.n.n. the m s n b c news have taken some not slightly but the fact is i admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be accurate. that was funny but it's closer to the truth and might think. it's because one whole attention and the mainstream media works side by side the joke is actually on here. to be coming up.
at our teen years we have a different approach to the good because the news of the world just is not this funny i'm not laughing dammit i'm not ok. i've. got to stick to the jokes that will handle the stuff that i've got to. oh my god. ok are you going to have to give me a second to think about this i have a life for. you know a couple one who. three. who . by the way i know about seven people a good man two by the guy says so yeah it is like a right to my fam but that's the close of my brothers i know.