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apparently better than. never heard of. jackson. from the u.s. to the syrian rebel group has claimed that his commanders. have a number of strikes allegation made during an interview with a russian t.v. . camp in central brussels a swell in favor of a jungle tory it's clear the border in front of his crew visits than you saw it just. and now you can see from the evidence around us many people.
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afghanistan. when a tow helicopter. according to the local. larry said. you're watching us and. it's having with us a form of. syrian rebel group claims that it's thought the americans the plight. state is just one of many striking claims he made in an interview with our colleagues at russia's was theatre twenty four channel who interviewed him after he fled from a us military base. in may of. there's no the. u.s. isn't interested in anything except its own interests such as the ripken refugee
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camp also has those fighters relatives and outs. and children to study and there is no medical care. and burial types i can tell you they behave like. first of all it should be pointed out that we cannot leave this. because it. is partly. true place along with. describes. how it operates in iraq and the operators and instructors working with the rubbles they have been training them how to deal how to operate with all different kinds of weapons for quite. a positive trip to the population. in an area with the border with iraq the. base was used to fight against islamic states but on several occasions coalition opened fire on the pro-government forces who were approaching the area the military base itself no longer has any direct
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contact with the actual controlled areas if you want to go. cut off by the syrian army making advances against islamic states leading to quest. of the coalition. the rebel the base to put to the states is in question claiming that the feds its forces have never launched an operation to terrorists. when we. see. the base report. and the u.s. coalition forces for a common sense provide an update as we have any sort of response so far officials. sorts of claims that might be sending weapons to terrorists but throughout the conflicts with the locations twenty ships into the region.
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but. in the region. the. ice is. not the same but the coalition itself as the russian foreign ministry spokesperson reacted on the interview as contained the press briefing. claimed it's not fighting terrorists in the south sea it's actually deceiving. gratian i don't know what. it is at according to witnesses it uses different means even allowing the direct supply of foreign made arms to militants as happened on friday in the south of the country so again while we cannot independently verify the authenticity of the claims made by the rebels in fact. many planes or. what the coalition forces.
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up to let's go to john does that if the allegations turn out to be true just one more example of the u.s. supplying arms. it's absolutely nothing new here the u.s. is concerned. the u.s. was providing support for the commuter route. after they were kicked. into thailand by the kidneys the military forces the ocean provided support for qantas but it was. left to. and. of course who provided. support for the mujahideen in afghanistan and so this is nothing new. it's. an extra mark i mentioned.
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as the poor. kid. to be take to travel to the us for supporting us. with the desire to conceal the activities of being described by the syrian rebel defector regard than providing arms to some other style of the jihad groups. at the same time meet here at the media conference russia's foreign ministry spokesperson press is a military operation to drive everest's out of their areas on the time but it's period the lebanese military and hezbollah forces allowed the remaining on so fighters to leave the air. sparks criticism and washington let's get this further now with caleb maupin who joins us live from new york why has the u.s. reacted so furiously to lebanon's decision. well that's
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a very interesting question now we see that lebanon the government of lebanon and the hezbollah organization conducted joint anti-terrorism operations near their border with syria and that in the operations they made. with the terrorists allowing them to fully now as as we can see this prompted quite as strong and rather accusatory response from washington let's take a listen to what was said. and still is a global threat relocates interests from but it's someone else to deal with is not lost in solution now this is a rather odd response from washington as we have seen repeated in different occasions u.s. coalition forces take similar actions we know that. an iraqi commander actually called for a corporate or to be created so that i still force. furthermore. battling
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with the. other coalition that a coalition agreement was made and they were able to. i'm let's take a listen to it with a statement about the tap you put in the i don't have to push for a seat on friday a convoy of fighters with you from this city to the north. the girls civilians who were absolutely intermingled with fighters in every v. . so we see kind of stand. and forces engaged in similar battlefield agreements but now the united states is using rather apart an accusatory words from both damascus and moscow in response to what. at the recent actions in lebanon now interestingly to be noted the us leaders also stepped in their nations that they were not party disagreement with the ice or terrorist so some may speculate that this could also be a motivation for the strong response we've heard from washington. i think
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a lot of thanks for bringing us up to speed on the situation the thought you can live. with us live to. in effect as you discuss this. program. why do you. think it. lastly. body of us americans are angry because this agreement was actually made or reached by hezbollah and the syrians who are in the production so they would like to see this agreement. to me and or has the law to have any kind of contact. with the state because that would be the agreement. because if you look at for example. which was liberated.
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by active forces actually there was an ice cream in between up through american forces that iraqi forces. islamic faith. based america which is. american groups and then you know i don't know where it's safe to other parts of the of. the americans you know of you know allowed to conduct such kind of agreement or even agreement with isis but who is that enemy of the united states of we're. not allowed to do so mr al maliki the prime minister so. clearly said a lot that was not liberated a lot but was. there
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a lack of causes to the peshmerga that might do you think they're not letting the minute. get a good idea why do you think this is. you know we have two schools of thought these are the you know factors of the islamic state there is the theory has a lot of action a school which saying look if we can actually live then go to be. in one area like what happened in fiji and to put example to to to pull out them in one area and after that and next stage they will be liquidated they will be killed . and this is this is very very. simple law and maybe that isn't pulling. them until they are all decided that this is the school. groups or the iraqi army supported.
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but i believe that. is. why it is more productive because they've always told them. please don't think i want to do. and. this is a problem i think. to and i'm going to and i'm thinking a lot of buzz about that that that agreement between has a lot that's been talked about that's one middle eastern affairs analyst in london thank you for speaking to us on r.t. this evening. now authorities in brussels likens the new migrant town to starting to form similar to the infamous jungle in the french port of cali which was cleared last year their face was sparked by the hundreds of refugees now sleeping near one
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of the city's train stations he saw the devinsky visit to the side. the remnants of a makeshift migrant camp a in down town brussels is being described as sums potentially in the next jungle a reference that that new tourists leave school at camp in cali in neighboring france that was dismantled a year ago and one medical charity working here in brussels the said that just a few weeks ago there were any handful of people and now as you can see from the evidence around us many more people have been using this as a base most people are traveling here from countries like sit down and eritrea but even. people you know. because people who stay here. pleaded used is not blame these some migrants only agreed to speak to us if we didn't shoot their whole face i thought maybe i got a bright future in europe but it was my fault. to hear.
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more difficult things in the past it difficult to survive. sometimes. people as the rain is coming down now here in brussels some people have moved under the trees to try and gain shelter they can of this new makeshift camp just fifteen minutes away from the european. i'm away from maine. including. the u.k. and that. defeat is. trying .
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with some personally makes making me worry about the fact that they try to come see you take. on a bit scared because i don't know. of this people. feel. like. that's kind of more my way. or they hear about it is that they may be taken care of so what's being done by the authorities is according to the. situation. there actually around. the belgian authorities. because they consider that.
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one to be. as the authorities seem to be speaking reluctant to do anything some are concerned the pockmarks a million could become a symbol of europe's refugee crisis just like before. within days iraq's prime minister is expected to announce the full liberation of the city of tal from islamic state thought to be the last stronghold of. but how. is the over. thanks to people. with. following invasion and occupation of iraq. military. and.
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even just how many soldiers are protecting them. on the. spectrum of iraq's population it. is roughly thirty million of those approximately. three at all. i. see.
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it's a vicious cycle. teaches the schools. a bad deal and. service. with looking to see a lot. the club is where we sit in a club. going out to mosul university once the second biggest in iraq but it's seen better days just like everything else in the city here's the kicker though classes are in session. with walls and ceilings still. nevertheless young men are abandoning study in favor of
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easy money in the police forces they get guns. and opportunity. too often you'll hear those stories everywhere troops raised in jews this private armies shakedowns turf wars new seeing and protection rackets violence has become a currency. but chewing this conclave steve i think isis will be defeated and there'll be no need for this huge audience perhaps so but america and britain should iraq fourteen years ago find that it's sometimes said. jane.
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harden and often had to fly had now become a set on. the system as it may it's called a war economy whereby an entire nation adapts to live and thrive in perpetual war. from mosul iraq. to. actions of a chemical plant in texas amid flooding caused by hurricane hall with more on that and other stories coming up on this show right.
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welcome back now the governor of afghanistan's logar province says eleven afghan civilians have been confirmed killed after an nato helicopter struck a house thought to be hiding taliban fighters. really in. the house on a big the taliban to leave but they didn't the helicopter took a turn and came in this house the. locals however say there were no taliban fighters in the house at the time. the jet plane bombed here and. all the houses were destroyed only two or three people survived look at the house now ask people what a talent or not well has been no confirmation of the strike so far from nato led mission but a person for the nato led mission in kabul says the reports are being investigated
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if confirmed the strike would be the second deadly bombardment of afghan civilians in the last four days. on monday millions confirmed killed and over a dozen wounded in at a strike on the west in herat the government says it was targeting taliban fighters but locals again say the militants had left the area before the. two incidents demonstrate the huge risk of civilian casualties from the intensified raids on the country. russia's federal security service the f.s.b. says it has arrested two islamic state members over a planned terror attack in most go on september the first obviously dina koch never has more on the story russia's federal security services have detained two people who allegedly were planning terrorist attacks they were detained in moscow on the moscow region one of the detainees before he was captured to manage to post
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a video online where he pushed himself to the islam and state terrorist and after that it was reported that he planned to conduct random assaults on people in the streets and asked for the second detainee who was also allegedly one of the i saw a terrorist a homemade explosive device was found in his home along with other components and allemands. according to federal security services he confessed that he was. another detail of the two men were allegedly a terrorist attack to take place in the first of september. this year there are two big ok shows here in the country first the start of the. year and a bit mostly in holiday. so it means that not only schools will be to morrow filled with children and parents and other family members but also mosques and other religious sites will be quite crowded russia in
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a wrist attack on a school and that happened on the first of september in the city of bassline back in two thousand and four so the consequences. this. term explosions of chemical plunks near the city of houston in the state of texas all fifteen or so off the inhaling fumes from the plant. to local police the smoke they inhaled is. in the area where the plant is now being restored. confirmed by the company and they also warned that may be a risk for the last company issued a statement in response to the incident saying the plant followed its hurricane preparation and had. in place however unprecedented flooding overwhelmed their
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primary and secondary sources of power. first warned about the explosion on wednesday we have lost power to sources of emergency backup power as a result we have lost critical refrigeration of the materials on site that could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire. water and lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it. through the. hundreds and living within a one point five mile radius were evacuated there are fifty seven employees at the facility that's located in a rural area without hospitals recreational areas in the vicinity the facility produces liquid organic peroxides that are used to make a plastics composites and pharmaceuticals plant has never experienced flooding like
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this before we're still waiting for more details but we will keep you updated. a former fighter from a u.s. vetted syrian rebel group has claimed. that his commanders sold american supplied arms to islamic state is just one of many striking claims he made in an interview with russia's wristy a twenty four channel who interviewed him after he fled from the us military base r.t. that rest on him i have told me more. there's no local support as the us is not interested in anything except its own interest such as the refugee camp also trying to split out some conditions are really bad children are no place to study and there is no medical care american service people who are in the area trust i can tell you what they behave like. first of all it should be pointed out that we cannot independently verify the circumstances under which the interview was recorded but this former us who apparently fled the military base along with
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a few dozen rebels described in detail how it operated the american and the village and operates and instructors working with the rubbles have been training them how to deal. with weapons quite some time the base itself has been perceived as strategic to be correlation to the. area along with the border with iraq the coalition claimed that was used to fight against the states but several occasions coalition opened fire on the pro-government forces who were approaching the area. base itself no longer has any direct contact with the still controlled areas a few months ago affected by the syrian army make against islamic states leading to questions about the objective of the coalition maintaining the base. but the state has a question claiming that the fact its forces have never. been against the terrorist . terrorists reported it.
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but after a report no measures were taken americans support them ask the u.s. central command the u.s. coalition forces for a company to provide an update as to have any response so far u.s. officials have brushed away any sorts of claims that washington might be intentionally spends its terrorist spots for. locations when they had ships into the region and in the wrong hands the. fact again joining us for. this off shoot in the bridge and of course they were willingly over. with their lives also loads of ammunition from the right here for state to say that the coalition itself his house the russian foreign ministry spokesperson reacted on the interview as daily press briefing material the findings reveal the u.s.
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coalition's actions are far from what's been claimed it's not fighting terrorists in the south of syria but it's actually pursuing its own interests one of which is the creation of its own zone of influence in the country devastated by war in the fighting. and for that according to witnesses it uses different means even allowing the supply of foreign made arms to militants as happened at the end. of the country so again while we cannot independently verify the authenticity of the claims made by the rebel defector his testimony paints a rather grim picture of what the coalition forces in the area in the region may have been up to political commentator john white says that if the allegations turn out to be true it will be just one more example of the u.s. cover version a supply arms. if true this kind of activity is absolutely nothing new here in the u.s. is concerned. u.s. history through is of the fire that the u.s. was providing covert support for the community in the wee one thousand nine hundred
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eighty s. after they were kicked out of vietnam across the border into taiwan by the vietnamese military forces they also provided support for contra growers who were fighting to so very leftist governments in nicaragua and el salvador and central america and of course we provided over and covert support for the mujahideen in afghanistan in one thousand nine hundred two this is nothing new so it certainly is possible and what it does do is it an extra dimension to the us here strakes that were conducted against pro sitting government forces as they are pushed back in june of this year suggesting that rather than more to be by a desire to protect moderate rebels that the us was supporting at that time and they were carried with the desire to conceal the activities that have been described by the syrian rebel defector regarding providing arms to isis another selfie jihadi groups. have some breaking news for you this hour the u.s.
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has ordered russia to shut down its jets consulate general in san francisco now to other diplomatic entities in new york and washington d.c. should also be closed by september the second a press release said that this was done quote in the spirit invoked by the russians it comes off to moscow expelled u.s. diplomatic staff in russia washington had earlier expelled the same number of russian diplomatic staff from the u.s. . now authorities in brussels are concerned a new migrant camp is starting to form similar to the infamous jungle in the french port of kalai which was cleared last year their face was sparked by the hundreds of refugees now sleeping near one of the city's train stations. visited the site the remnants of a makeshift migrant camp a in down town brussels is being described as sums potentially in the next jungle
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a reference that that new touristy squalid camp in cali in the france that was dismantled a year ago and one medical charity working here in brussels the said that just a few weeks ago there were any handful of people and now as you can see from the evidence around us many more people have been using this as a base most people are traveling here from countries like sudan and eritrea but even. people you know. because people who stay here. of course that know how they did you is not blame these some migrants only agreed to speak to us if we didn't shoot their whole face may be i got a bright future in europe but it was my fault. to hear. more difficult things in the past it difficult to survive.
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sometimes to get enough food. for the people as the rain is coming down now here in brussels some people have moved under the trees to try and gain what little shelter they can now this new makeshift camp is just fifteen minutes away from the european commission's building and just a stone's throw away from some of the main railway stations here in brussels including the one that the euro star goes through to go to the u.k. and that. it's leading to fears from some people that some of the migrants here we be so desperate to get the u.k. that they will actually try and boot the trains i mean for me when i hear about things like that it makes me wonder makes me more concerned about what's going on than the countries where they're coming from personally rather than makes making me worry about the fact that they try to come to the u.k. you shelter in refuge and i'm more worried about walking why they're forced into a situation in the first place i'm a bit scared too because i don't know all. of the
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dispy people and out the day feel i don't think much of the it was a lot more could be done and i didn't have to stay out in parks and live like that that's kind of more my worry is where the why are they here and things like about is that they're not being taken care of here so what's being done by the authorities well according to the charity. not a lot. of the situation is that there are actually around four hundred or five hundred migrants from the belgian or story two are not really doing anything to. because they consider that. one to be held the issue would apply for asylum in belgium as the authorities seem to be so reluctant to do anything so i'm concerned pockmarks a million could become a new symbol of europe's refugee crisis just like cali before surely even ski
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auti brussels. we're turning to our breaking news story now the u.s. has ordered russia's to shut down its consulate general in san francisco all to other diplomatic entities in new york and washington d.c. should also be closed by september the second the press release said that this was done quote in a spirit invoked by the russians now it comes off to moscow to expel. of u.s. diplomatic staff in russia washington had earlier expelled the same number of russian diplomatic staff from the u.s. well joining us live from washington with the latest on our breaking news story is jacqueline jackie what more can you tyler's on this latest developments. if this is turning into a very tit for tat situation right now now the russian foreign ministry has said that they're going to determine procedures to closing the consulate general in san
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francisco and the consulate general itself in san francisco did come out with a statement saying that this decision to close it is going to hurt both american and russian citizens obviously declaring it to be the wrong choice so we do know that they're planning on closing the one in san francisco and an annex and both new york city and here in washington d.c. now in a statement from the state department they did say that this decision was in the spare spirit of parity sort of implying that what russia is going to do they will also be doing and that this will leave both countries with three consulates each and of course all of these new closures need to be enacted by september the second in the beginning of the. statement from the state department it did read out that this was of course in reaction to russia decreasing the number of u.s. embassy members in the country by seven hundred fifty five people and they did call that move unwarranted and detrimental to overall relationships between the two
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countries and at the end of that statement there was still a plea and hope for bettering the relations between the two countries but clearly that's very much so in question right now given that everything's just seems to be reactionary and sort of fighting back at each other with the u.s. biting back over a reaction from russia over more sanctions being and acted by washington d.c. so at this point we'll just have to see what happens next if if washington will decide to close anything else down in the united states or if this world will perhaps be end of the escalation ok jacki thanks for that update that we will be bringing you more live reaction discussion on our breaking news story that the u.s. has ordered russia to shut down its consulate general in san francisco us docklands thanks for that update. now within days iraq's prime minister is expected to announce the full liberation of the city of tal afar from islamic state to be the
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last stronghold of the territory the north of the country but how close to peace really is the war where we nation more down c.f. speaks to people on the ground. for the better part of fourteen years iraq has burned with violence and it has adapted following invasion and occupation by america iraq has steadily grown its military now it's just. iraqis whether the even knew just how many soldiers are protecting them the only one in. the. manner. we. are that could be. here is some perspective iraq's population ignoring kurdistan is roughly thirty
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million of those approximately nine million adult men and one in three a third of all men a soldier has the ability to. see. what the. way. it's a vicious cycle workman. that over teaches needing schools. abandoning their fields and. service pays much better.
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but they're going to see a lot but that a club is really sort of going to come. to mosul university once the second biggest in iraq but it's seen better days just like everything else in the city is the kicker though classes are in session. with walls and ceilings. are abandoned in favor of easy money in the police forces they get guns. and opportunity. too often you'll hear the stories everywhere troops raised to use this private on these shakedown through its new seeing and protection rackets violence has
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become a currency. but chewing this conflict stream i think isis will be defeated and there'll be no need for this huge audience to have so much america and britain show iraq fourteen years ago and that's sometimes a city. not. had at the most on an effect on. the system as it may it's called a war economy whereby an entire nation a die. to live and thrive in perpetual war guys do you have.
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iraq. breaking. the u.s. has ordered russia to instill a general in san francisco to other diplomatic york and washington d.c. should also be closed by september the second now the press release that this was done in the spirit invoked by the russians comes off the moscow expelled u.s. diplomatic staff in russia washington had earlier expelled the same number of russian diplomatic staff from the us well it's just that. now the u.s. said it was done in this by the russians what do you make of this. we think something on president did it. i think the president. and according to the state department press releases terms of parity one should remember that. all the u.s.
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diplomats and their families the end of the mother thirty one days according to this statement. these three these three cities are forty eight hours to get it out of the united states so i think one can say pretty firmly that a change of chief of staff in the white house and other personnel in the trump white house means that some would have it the deep state has won out this so-called isolationist trump candidate is over he's ramping up. games. he's run troops to afghanistan and he's ramping up troops to russia's actual borders in european union countries. now this is being done despite the consulate in san francisco saying that the pleasure of the site well hidden both the interests of russia and the u.s. would you agree with that. russia would say there was a deal of there. but i think the actual community by which i mean the
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developing world the emerging nations of the world whether it be southeast asia where i've just come from whether. or not they all see this as the united states ramping it up when it comes to. the magic pressure or in military pressure we must remember the number of times the white house says all options are on the table over a variety of different problems that previously been seen as diplomats i think albeit that trump came under some criticism for appearing because of what russian foreign policy in the middle east by supporting and iran's line on on syria and something cia funding for. islam ists i says no i don't think so what we're seeing here is definitely. going up. with mosque and ramping up of. where we have to
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what the next the next enemy of washington is. so how significant do you think. deterioration in. well. cynic might say that while this may be. no big news russian. state and business. partnerships and so on between the united states and russia this could be a scene in the trumpet ministration of trying to curb the attacks almost no one stopped by the you know almost continuous on us media that donald trump is compromised by the putin government in moscow by doing this he can say look i'm no porn of moscow here i am making unprecedented closures of diplomatic facilities and actually creating more tensions with moscow than president obama did
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or really indeed. state hillary clinton and therefore by showing this might he somehow independent and therefore please don't impeach me or. else with the grand jury which of course has been. we understand by the former f.b.i. director robert mueller. the russian foreign minister has that. detailed in a prestigious school the closing of the consulate in san francisco do you think it will be the only reaction from russia coming out. i mean. something that in the twenty. two is declared presents battle groups fully operational. latvia and lithuania the putin administration hasn't really responded as far as i can see to a clear military expansion on orders in the past forty eight hours or a camera crew came under attack by back. government we'll have to wait and
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see whether any statement from the russian foreign ministry reflects what outsiders may look at as increasing militancy by nato powers again. let alone this diplomatic. which. is. the obvious concern but russia is going to respond for in a tit for tat measure until this is what we're going to see people are going to be concerned as to how far this what do you. well there are always eager to be diplomatic relations and washington because the biggest nuclear. threatening. of course has ranges. of u.s.
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allies in the pacific region. to be any presumably any. threats against russia in fact the military threat threats. china as he continues to move ever more. around the chinese state has raised the stakes now with moscow this is a. could have been a tradition and we'll have to wait and see whether donald trump himself differently or indeed speaks differently when he talks at a press conference differently that is compared to the former. secretary of state and. state interests along with other members of his administration like for instance u.n. and u.s. is u.n. ambassador nikki haley who will no doubt that we can expect
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a lot of talk from nations again moscow for for who knows what i mean the reason the root for all this diplomatic. to ing and fro ing has been these sanctions on russia and as we saw recently even the german government the australian austrian government. saying these american sanctions some of them can go ahead a third of germany's energy comes from russia and. cleaving of support from the european union. what continues to threaten russia which it obviously is today. is going to going to be an interesting few hours there as we get more reaction discussion on our breaking news story thank you for your thoughts on this afshin rattansi our host of arties going underground thank you. now in other news the governor of afghanistan's logar province says eleven afghan
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civilians have been confirmed killed when a nato helicopter struck a house thought to be hiding taliban fighters. took position in a civilian house. the house. to leave didn't medical to took a turn. this house the. locals however say there were no taliban fighters in the house at that time. the jet plane bombed here it bombed the house all the houses were destroyed only two or three people survived look at the house you can ask people whether the taliban were here or not and there's been no confirmation of the strike so far from nato all the u.s. led coalition but a spokesperson for the nato led mission in kabul so the reports are being investigated if confirmed the strike would be the second deadly air bombardment of afghan civilians in the last four days on monday thirteen civilians were confirmed
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killed and over a dozen wounded in an airstrike on the western herat province the government says it was targeting taliban fighters but local and say the distance has left the area hours before the strike the two incidents demonstrates the huge risk of civilian casualties from the intensified raids on the country. to our breaking news this hour now the u.s. has ordered russia to shut down its consulate general in san francisco while two other diplomatic entities in new york and washington d.c. should also be closed by september the second well for more we're now joined live by justin bieber from washington d.c. jacqueline can you give us the latest on this this situation. yes of course obviously this story is going back quite a while this all started last year when russia was accused of meddling in the presidential election all accusations of course that have not been backed up with
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any concrete proof and since then a number of options have been imposed on russia by washington and it seems the straw that broke the camel's back occurred earlier this month at the beginning of august when trump did sign off on again a fresh round of sanctions against russia at da point putin reacted and ordered the u.s. embassy in russia to reduce its hundred fifty five. and of course today we. are from the state department they have reduced the staff and but in reaction to that they say that they are closing the russian consulate in san francisco and then and i spoke here in washington d.c. and one in new york city and the deadline for that is only september first a very very little time the state department spokesperson did say in a statement that the move comes in quote the spirit of parity which she said was invoked by the russians which is
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a very interesting stance to be taken now foreign minister sergei lavrov the russian foreign minister has expressed his disappointment over today's escalation saying that it was not initiated by the russians nevertheless the russian foreign ministry is figuring out what procedures need to be taken in order to shut down the consulate in san francisco the consulate there did already come out with a reaction saying that the decision hurts the interests of both russian and american citizens but obviously they have no choice but to move forward and these closures will now leave both countries with only three consulates in each other's states and at the end of the statement from the state department's did today it did speak of wanting still to look forward to improving relationships the relationship between washington and moscow. but of course at this point the. outlook on not being possible given this sort of tit for tat stance that d.c. has taken. ok they're stuck in vehicle from washington d.c.
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with the latest on our breaking news story about tracking. russia's federal security service the f.s.b. says it has arrested two islamic state members of a planned terror attack in most go on september the first question of a has more on the story russia's federal security services have detained two people who allegedly were planning terrorist attacks they were detained in moscow on the moscow region one of the detainees before he was captured to manage to post a video online where he pledged himself to the islamic state terrorist and after that it was reported that he planned to conduct random assaults on people in the streets and asked for the second detainee who was also allegedly one of the i saw a terrorist a homemade explosive device was found in his home along with other components and allemands to produce one and according to russian federal security services he
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confessed that he was a suicide bomber now another detail of this case the two men were allegedly plotting a terrorist attack to take place on the first of september which on which this year there are two big oak asians here in the country first the start of the academic year and a bit muslim holiday. so it means that not only schools will be to morrow filled with children and parents and other family members but also mosques and other religious sites will be quite crowded russia has already seen a horrific terrorist attack on a school and that happened on the first of september in the city of bassline back in two thousand and four so the consequences of this could have been disastrous. for a mind to evolve breaking news now. this hour the u.s. has ordered lusher to shut down his consulate general in san francisco to other diplomatic entities in new york and washington d.c.
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should also be closed by september the second the press release said that this was done quote in the spirit invoked by the russians it comes off the most go expelled u.s. diplomatic staff in russia washington earlier expelled the same number of russian diplomatic staff from the u.s. . well my colleague neil harvey will be with you in just a few minutes with the latest headlines including more reaction and comments on our breaking news story.
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i'm going to. the united states or does russia to shut down its consulate general in san francisco well the diplomatic the new york and washington d.c. are also to be closed by september second. but just four minutes to set it up for all of us already expressed his disappointment to his american counterpart over the school ation in bilateral relations saying that it was not instigated by russia as some francisco stated this decision will take a toll on both russian and. the u.s. is. also a former fighter from a u.s. vetted syrian rebel group has claimed that his commanders sold american supplied
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arms with state one of a number of striking allegations made during an interview with the russian t.v. channel. very good evening to you my name is neil harvey watching r.t. international start with breaking news this hour from the united states because america has ordered russia to shut down its consulate general in san francisco two other diplomatic entities in new york and washington d.c. are also to be closed by september the second and more on this story now our correspondent in washington d.c. jacqueline bouvier joins me on the line jacqueline what does this mean then for u.s. russia relations. well it's another hit for them really and this all started last year during the presidential election of course one which russia was accused
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of having meddled in that election since then there has been no concrete proof presented whatsoever but yet the claims persist and since then over the past year russia has been hit with a number of sanctions by the sea and it seems that the scales were just tipped too far for putin earlier this month when trump did sign off on yet another round of sanctions against russia and at that point putin did respond ordering that the u.s. embassy reduce its staff numbers in russia by seven hundred fifty five people so and of course today we're seeing the response that the united states saying that they have made the reductions that were requested and they are responding with having the russian consulate in san francisco needs to be closed down along with an annex here in d.c. and in new york closed down by september the second a very very short timeline and it's quite surprising given that for a long time we have heard from trump that he wants to improve relations with russia
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and in fact just a few days ago he again expressed confidence that the two major powers could get along let's take a quick listen. i hope that we do have good relations with russia i say loud and clear i've been saying it for years i think it's a good thing if we have great relationships or at least good relationships with russia that's very important and i believe someday that will happen it's a big country it's a nuclear country it's a country that we should get along with and i think we will eventually get along with russia. so the state department's statement today about closing the consulate in san francisco they did say that the move comes in quote the spirit of parity and evoked by the russians which is a very interesting position to be taken foreign minister sergey lavrov the russian foreign minister has expressed his disappointment in today's. escalation which he said is and was never started by the russians nevertheless the russian foreign ministry is working on to determining what sort of procedure needs to be taken in
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order to shut down the consulate and the two annexes and the consul general in san francisco said that this decision does hurt both american and russian citizens interests but these call these closures will leave both countries with only three consulates each so it does seem that the u.s. is going for a very tit for tat sort of approach to the situation right now and at the end of the statement from the state department today they did reiterate the hope of improving relationships and finding a good relationship with russia but that seems to be quite something very difficult to achieve at this point when everything seems to be very retaliatory retaliatory and not working towards bettering the relationship it's a correspondent in washington d.c. jacqueline very good bring as to date let's get some analysis now can speak to former u.s. diplomat jim just just was on the line if you can hear me ok jim yes indeed again
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to hear that it could even see so we have the u.s. saying that this was done in the spirit of parity invoked by the russians i also notice that it's announced the day before what was the deadline set by the russians for the u.s. to remove those members from their embassies in russia so it all seems to tie together is this quite blatantly vitale. well you know once you get into this back and forth to for tat retaliation for retaliation sometimes you lose track of what is retaliation for what let's remember that the reduction staffing levels for the american side by the russians was a retaliation by really against what president obama did during his closing days in office we haven't even seen the retaliation for the same actions bill that was imposed on president trump so i don't know what the russians will do next whether they will look at this latest action now and say well now we have to do something where we go from there. loses haven to what extent the council in san francisco
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said the closure will hit both the interests of russian and us citizens is it the citizens he leaves out here or is it the governments it's both it's specially exposed to the citizens to tell the truth remember we're not a consulate and it's not so much for the diplomatic communication between the two countries as the embassies are in moscow and washington but rather for the servicing of visas and things of this short and also let's remember the consulates play an important role for the citizens of that country inside the other country for russian citizens in the western part of the united states that are serviced by the san francisco consulate so those are the people that will lose out as i remember just after the decision by russia that america had to remove seven hundred fifty five members of staff from the embassies here said something along the lines of he was grateful and thankful to russia for reducing the wage bill so once again it seems we have to take a large pinch of salt with what donald trump says well look donald trump said just
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recently again as the new story pointed out he wants to improve ties with russia but now he's added the phrases someday and eventually what that reflects is the fact that if there's anybody in his administration who wants to improve ties with russia it's him but as far as i can tell he's about the only one compare that to ambassador nikki haley at the u.n. saying we don't trust russia we will never trust russia unfortunately the people who want to sabotage any possibility of good ties between washington and moscow have one that's the way it is now i think the russians understand that ties are not going to improve anytime soon and that has been imposed on president trump and that's just the way it is russia gave the united states about a month to clear out its staff a reasonable amount of advance warning one would say in comparison to this which is what today's warning for the russians and the u.s.
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upping the ante it. i suppose you could read it that way. you compare pare that to some of the language inside the statement the state department issued this said well we hope there won't be retaliation and we don't want relations to get any worse and we're going to allow them to keep a couple extra annex buildings which the americans don't have in russia you can take any of that for as a minimal signals but i think the important thing to recognize this is just another indication that things are a deep freeze that for a lot of people in washington having bad relations with russia is an end in itself it's not a means to an end is an end in itself and they are calling the shots not president trump and what if. full of the past that it's the united states as i understand the new russian on bus there right in washington today see that as a message being sent out just coincidence i don't think it really coincides with that i mean this is just part of a normal rotation of
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a bastard mr kiss the has gone as as you know he became quite the the household name and face and in terms of his so-called russian collusion story i believe the new ambassador is going to have a very tough time seeing a whole lot of people here because of the very toxic atmosphere that now exists. oh delegate that things were almost i think that died down a little bit a month that passed since the previous. issue that we talked about a russia saying that the u.s. had to remove some of its staff it wasn't really being talked about now this is reopen the wound now weighs the future of relations diplomatically between the countries. and there isn't much of a future and this is it this is the new normal and a look at i think this is this tit for tat on embassy staffing and consulates and things like that is really in a sense the sideshow the big the big picture is the way people are talking about. nato expansion deployment of troops in nato countries the really the hysterical
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response to the russian and b. on the wrist joint exercises going on the the real the real scare is when it comes to security issues not the the formalities of diplomatic contacts and finally this is speculative i have to say we know that these kind of measures can be used to persuade countries to cooperate with them on of the deal i think the u.s. might be looking for for russia to work with them on another issue here. no not at all i don't think there's anybody really running things in washington that wants russia to work with them on anything what they want is russia to retreat russia to back off from its vital national security interests whether it's all about in the caucasus or ukraine or syria we do still have some cooperation going on in southwest syria i'm concerned that that is in danger as well look people in russia do not simply they don't seem to understand that the people in washington are not
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interested in dealing with them they're not interested in cooperated with them they're interested in defeating them and that's the mentality that reigns here right now jim fascinating as always to take on the story former u.s. diplomat jim jeffress is my guest thank you thank you. and other news a full mfighter from a u.s. vetted syrian rebel group has claimed that his compound has sold american supplied alms to islamic state is just one of many striking claims that he made in an interview with russia's or see a twenty four channel who interviewed him after he fled from a u.s. military base. in live told me will. yeah there is no local support as the us is not interested in anything except its own interests such as the ripken refugee camp which also has those fighters relatives and civilians conditions there are really bad children have no place to study and there is no medical care americans only support people who are in their interest i can tell you
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that they behave like occupiers first of all it should be pointed out that we cannot independently verify the circumstances under which the interview was recorded but this former us that is quite who apparently fled the military base along with a few dozen rebels describes in detail how it operated the american and the vigilant operators and instructors working with the rubbles and they have been training them how to see deal how to operate with all different kinds of weapons for quite some time the base itself has been perceived as strategic to the u.s. led coalition given its location in serious areas along with the border with iraq the coalition claimed the base was used to fight against islamic states but on several occasions coalition opened fire on the pro-government forces who were approaching the area the military base itself no longer has any direct contact with the rifle controlled areas a few months ago it was effectively cut off by the syrian army making advances against islamic state leading to questions about the objective of the coalition
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maintaining the base of the rebel who let the base he also puts the state is going question claiming that the fact its forces have never launched any actual operation against the terrorists. when we learned that our unit's leader was selling arms to isolate terrorists we reported it to the u.s. head of the base but after a report no measures were taken americans only ramped up the support for him we asked the u.s. central command the u.s. coalition forces for comments and we will certainly provide an update as soon as we have any sort of response so far u.s. officials have brushed away any sorts of claims that washington might be intentionally sending weapons to terrorists but throughout the conflicts we've seen several occasions when the obvious the u.s. had ships into the regions ended up in the wrong hands the pentagon vetted rebels were seen defecting and joining the ranks of al nusra that's the this offshoot in the region and of course they were willingly handing over their weapons and the equipment and the arms to the allies ice is also captured loads of munitions from
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the iraqi forces not to say that the coalition itself has how's the russian foreign ministry spokesperson reacts it's on the interview as her daily press briefing material the findings reveal the u.s. coalition's actions are far from what's been claimed it's not fighting terrorists in the south of syria but it's actually pursuing its own interests one of which is the creation of its own zone of influence in the country devastated by war in the fight against terrorists and for that according to witnesses it uses different means even allowing the direct supply of foreign made arms to militants as happened at their base in the south of the country so again while we cannot independently verify the authenticity of the claims made by the rebel defector his testimony paints a rather grim picture of what the coalition forces in the area in the region may have been up to political commentator john white says that if the allegations turn out to be true it will be just one more example of the u.s.
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covertly supplying arms. if true this kind of diversity is absolutely nothing new to us is concerned. us through is up to it's was providing support for the community rouge in the way in one thousand nine hundred. yet now across the border into ireland by the vietnamese military for. support contract guerrillas who are afraid to show their leftist governments and. also over there are central america and of course provided over and support for the future had been in afghanistan in one thousand nine hundred two this is nothing new so it certainly is possible and what it does do is it adds an extra mark dimension to the us here strakes never conducted their cage pro city government forces as the approved. rather than to be he'd. still called moderate rebels the us for supporting that
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that aims were carried out with the desire to conceal the activities that are being described by the syrian rebel defector regarding providing arms to isis another sour feature of the groups. back to our breaking news story this hour america has to shut down its consulate general in san francisco to where the diplomatic entities in new york and washington d.c. are also to be closed by september second our correspondent in washington jacqueline vega joins me jackie just take us through them what this is likely to mean for already troubled u.s. russia relations. well likely nothing good of what we've seen today is sort of the continue to update it comes to. course kind of country to get someone else the last word and this started to your way. of meddling in the us presidential election claims of course have yet to be proven or backed up with any concrete evidence and
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what started back in december actually made the first shot against russia when. thirty five russians from the country and since then we've seen round after round of sanctions imposed against russia by the u.s. and it seems that earlier this month at the beginning of all. the straw that sort of broke the camel's back so to speak was a fresh round of sanctions being signed off by president trump at the time did finally. order for the u.s. and c. and to reduce staff by seven hundred fifty members now at that point. russia was reacting to all of the tanks have been coming and today the state department came. to the russian consulate and francisco and to annex. and want to new york city would need to be closed by september the second so
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just today. and it's very interesting timing that just a couple days ago president trump himself did express once again confidence that the two major powers the u.s. and russia could find a way to improve relations let's take a listen but i hope that we do have good relations with russia i say it loud and clear i've been saying it for years and i think it's a good thing if we have great relationships or at least good relationships with russia that's very important. and i believe some day that will happen it's a big country it's nuclear country it's a country that we should get along with and i think we will eventually get along with russia. so the state department spokesperson said in a statement today that the move of closing the consulate in san francisco and to an exodus is coming in quote this spirit of parity and evoked by the russians which is a very interesting position to be taken the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov
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has already expressed his disappointment in today's escalation in bilateral relations which he says was not started by the russians nevertheless the russian foreign ministry is working to determine the procedures to close the consulate and the annexes and the. consulate in san francisco did say that this decision is going to harm both russian and american citizens at the end of the statement from the state department today they did express their desire to once again improve relations between the u.s. and russia but it's not really clear how they plan on doing that when they sort of have this reactionary we're told tori tit for tat approach to relations. thanks to a correspondent there in washington d.c. . a little earlier on my colleague our own discuss the situation with going underground she returns. parity according to the state department press releases sums of parity here one should remember the more school gave all the u.s.
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diplomats and their families till the end of the mother thirty one days according to this statement staff at three in the forty eight to get get out of the united states so i think one can say pretty firmly that a change of chief of staff in the white house and other personnel in the trump white house means that as some would have it the deep state has won out this so-called isolationists donald trump candidate is over he's ramping up military war games on the korean peninsula he's rather bring our troops to afghanistan and he's ramping up troops to russia's actual borders in european union countries. now this is being done just by the consulate in san francisco saying that the closure of this thought well the interests of the u.s. do agree with. well russia would say it was either one of their
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own to her titties but i think the international which i mean the developing world the emerging nations of the old with or. whether it be in the. united states ramping it up when it comes to foreign pressure and. remember the number of times that says all options are on the table over a variety of different problems. diplomatic albeit. criticism. as a foreign policy in the middle east. on. a. missed. i don't think is the best. thing here is definitely a ramping up of. tention. the wrapping up of.
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as far as we can and will have to wait until. next. gen it is going to end. within. a minister is expected to announce the liberation of the city of tal afar off from islamic state to be the last stronghold of the terror group in the north of the country just how close to peace is the war weary nation. spoke to people on the ground. and it has adapted following invasion and occupation of iraq. now. and. just how many soldiers are protecting. the.
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specter of iraq's population ignoring. of a. third of all. it's a vicious. and
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. this. university once the second biggest in iraq. but it seemed better days just like everything else in the city here's the kicker though classes are in station. nevertheless young men. in favor of. forces they get. far.
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too often you'll hear those stories everywhere troops raised in jews this private armies shakedowns turf wars and protection rackets violence has become a currency. but surely this con cluster you might think isis will be defeated and there'll be no need for this huge on me perhaps so but as america and britain showed iraq four years ago violence sometimes a solution. i don't. know. who had had no.
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peace. it's cool a war economy. an entire nation adapts to live and thrive in perpetual war. from iraq. today without breaking news story. because america russia shut down its. general in san francisco where the diplomatic entities in new york and washington d.c. also will have to be close by to the second and more in this war correspondent in washington jacqueline bouvier jeffrey just bring us up to date then on this problem for u.s. russia relations. yeah doesn't look good at this point what we're seeing today is the u.s. sort of. when it comes. of course but not really want to give someone else the last word this all of course started last year when russia was accused of meddling in
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the u.s. presidential election claims of course that were never backed up with any concrete proof or evidence and point last year december the first shot came from the u.s. thirty five russians were expelled from the country since then we've seen after a round of sanctions. against russia by the u.s. and earlier this month at the beginning of august we saw what was really the straw that broke the camel's back when it came to russia and often a fresh round of sanctions at that point did order u.s. embassy to produce its staff members seven hundred fifty five people and now what we're seeing today is the u.s. reaction to that they are ordering the closure of the russian consulate in san francisco and then an exposed one in here one here in washington d.c. and one city and it's very interesting given that just days ago president trump
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himself was again expressing confidence that russia and u.s. could finally find common ground and improve their relations let's take a listen. well i hope that we do have good relations with russia i say it loud and clear i've been saying it for years i think it's a good thing if we have great relationships or at least good relationships with russia that's very important and i believe someday that will happen it's a big country it's a nuclear country it's a country that we should get along with and i think we will eventually get along with russia. so in stark contrast to that we have this backlash coming from the state department and the state department spokesperson in a statement today did say that the move comes in quote the spirit of parity which she said was invoked by the russians a very interesting stance to be taken in that the first did come from the us and foreign minister sergei lavrov has expressed his disappointment over today's escalation which he says did not come from did not start with the russians but
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nevertheless the russian foreign ministry is looking into procedures to determine how to close the consulate in san francisco the annexes in d.c. and york city and these closures will leave both countries with just three consulates each so very much so i tip for tat situation at the end of a statement from the state department today they did again expressed the hope and idea that improved relations with the u.s. and russia would be possible but at this point it's not really clear how that could be achieved thanks to a correspondent in washington d.c. that's jacqueline. more analysis and joined on the line both poor he's for you today to syria. nice to speak to you peter let's start with. that this was done in the spirit invoked by the russians how do you interpret. well i think the american action is paranoid and bipolar at the same time.
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the russians must very puzzling to read american behavior there is absolutely no consistent the president made clear in history mark seems to me to want better with true but thereof or through good work within the administration and in the security state of america which on the opposite and american policy towards russia is all over the place like a supermarket trolley with a wonky wheel as a former ambassador yourself but your best bet position to tell is just how damaging is a decision like this when you know we saw russia demanding the us remove seven hundred fifty five many of them. diplomats many of them in russia the u.s. retaliating how much harm. harm
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and i'm sure the american smarting still after. the seven hundred sixty five. among whom there will have been many. security. agents this is really hurting the americans and this this tit for tat reaction that we're seeing today is a demonstration of how much. on the personal level it's a dreadful thing to happen to you if you're a diplomat one day enjoying yourself trying to explain one country to the other and the next you're kicked out almost literally what you make of the fact that russia gave america about a month to sort of clear out the us a given. that even painful.
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injury. and is quite hard to interpret other than as a gratuitous kick in the teeth. and it totally negates the remarks that trump was making about trying to. better relations with russia you know there are people. in. the american security state do wish not only to undermine. russian u.s. relations but the president himself i'm just trying to understand who's really calling the shots in the u.s. because we've had many guests come on now they're painting a picture that you have the president of the united states wanting one thing and forces behind him wanting something else do we believe that united states was better relations with russia or is that just what donald trump was. well the united
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states. bipolar one poll on all the trump appears personally in the fairly who want who have a good relationship with russia but he is constantly supported on the mind by the other poll which is the security state the generals the head honchos in the intelligence agencies and they are the ones who ultimately are calling the shots looking at the way look at the way trump has had to get rid of some of his closest left tenant. and corker most recently there are obviously big issues is being played out geopolitically on the ground scale what's happening in north korea the fight against islamic state russia and the us really need to cooperate in many ways there's an argument like this if this
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happened on the sidelines this completely separated. well that fortunately the russians are grownups here and they will respond rationally i'm sure and they will try to compartmentalize the this tit for tat retaliation with the real things that matter to north korea the fight against isis and i expect. both sides actually to continue to seek productive cooperation in those areas which which matters very much to both i imagine neither country wants to look like they're kind of lost out and in this we call it tit for tat that nobody wants to be the one that looks like the loser what do you think we'll see happen next. i hesitate to predict the russians will react they would be within their rights
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to expel more americans but i slightly up the feeling that they will try to draw a line under this and seek their revenge elsewhere. the russian new russian ambassador to the united states as i understand it today just arriving and in washington. how do you imagine this is the first day for him do you think it was related to his arrival sending a message was just going to be a particularly difficult day for him. it does look. rather meaningful but sometimes coincidences are just that coincidence is. the operative date here is the date by which the seven hundred fifty five had to be out clearly the americans regarded that as the
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target date to get something done in retaliation peter appreciate you coming on really great to get your insight from someone so experience for you can buster to syria and bahrain peter for thank you thank you. now authorities in brussels are concerned that a new migrant camp is starting to form similar to the infamous jungle in the french port of cali which was cleared last year their fears were sparked by the hundreds of refugees now sleeping near one of the city's train stations. visited the site. the remnants of a makeshift migrant camp a in down town brussels is being described as sums potentially in the next jungle a reference that that notoriously squalid camp in cali in neighboring france that was dismantled a year ago and one medical charity working here in brussels the said that just a few weeks ago there were any handful of people and now as you can see from the
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evidence around us many more people have been using this as a base most people are traveling here from countries like sudan and eritrea but even. people you know. because. they did use these not play these some migrants only agreed to speak to us if we didn't shoot their whole face may be. bright future. but it was my fault. to hear. more difficult things. sometimes to get enough. people as the rain is coming down in brussels some people have moved under the trees to try and gain what little shelter they can now this new makeshift camp is just fifteen minutes away from the
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european commission's building and just a stone's throw away from some of the main railway stations here in brussels including the one that the euro star goes through to go to the u.k. and that's leading to fears from some people that some of the migrants here we be so desperate to get the u.k. that they will actually try and board the trains for me when i hear about things makes me makes me more concerned about what's going on in the countries where they're coming from personally makes making me worry about the fact that they try to come to the u.k. . shelter and refuge are more worried about walking why they're forced into a situation in the first place i'm a bit scared because i don't know all. of this people and out the day feel i don't think in much of the. telling how long or could be done they don't have to stay out in parts like that that's kind of more my worry
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or else where the why are they here and things like about is that they're not being taken care of here so what's being done by the authorities well according to the charity medicines to mourn not a lot. of the situation is that there are actually around four hundred or five hundred migrants from the belgian or dorothy's not really doing anything to those mind rooms because they consider that. migrants want to be held the issue would apply for asylum in belgium as the authorities seem to be so reluctant to do anything some concerned park maximilian could become a new symbol of europe's refugee crisis just like cali before charlotte even ski r.t. brussels. thanks for joining us on our to international our breaking news story this hour from the united states america has ordered russia to shut down its consulate
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general in san francisco to weather diplomatic entities in new york and washington d.c. are also to be closed by september the second let's get rather today speak to our correspondent in washington d.c. jacqueline. obviously nothing good but what will this mean jacki for u.s. russia relations. that's a very tenuous situation right now the u.s. has sort of upped the ante when it comes to relations between the u.s. and russia today with these actions there of course no one to give not one to give someone else the last word so we've seen this step taken by them today realistically this all started last year when russia was accused of meddling in the u.s. presidential election claims of course that have never been backed up with any concrete proof or evidence but nevertheless nevertheless last year in december thirty five russians work spelled from the u.s. in reality retaliation of those allegations of interfering in the election and since then we've seen roamed after round of sanctions imposed against russia by
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d.c. over those claims yet again and earlier this month it seems that the straw finally broke the camel's back when trump signed off on a fresh round of sanctions and at that time putin did order the u.s. embassy embassy in russia to reduce its numbers by seven hundred fifty five members so at that time that was. in the first hour television from russia and today we see the u.s. is answer to that they have reduced the numbers and now they are saying that the russian consulate in san francisco will be closed along with an annex in new york city and one here in washington d.c. and it's very interesting timing given that just a few days ago president trump did once again express confidence that russia and washington d.c. could finally find common ground and come together and improve relations let's take a listen but i hope that we do have good relations with russia i say loud and clear i've been saying it for years i think it's
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a good thing if we have great relationships or at least good relationships with russia that's very important and i believe someday that will happen. it's a big country it's a nuclear country it's a country that we should get along with and i think we will eventually get along with russia. so that positivity and hope coming from the president president is sort of in drastic contrast to what we've seen today of the decision by the state department to close the consulate in san francisco and that in a statement the state department spokesperson did say that today's move comes in quote the spirit of parity invoked by the russians now the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov has already come out expressing his disappointment in today's escalation in bilateral relations which he says was not initiated by russia but of course there is really no choice to be made here and that the russian foreign ministry is working to destroy determined procedures to close down the consulate and the annex is here in the united states and these closures will leave both
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countries with three consulates each very tit for tat sort of move and at the end of the statement from the state department today they did say that they hope that this will of help avoid further retell tory measures and move towards achieving better relationships between between the two countries which doesn't seem all that possible at this point and at the very end they did however tackle that the u.s. is prepared to take further action if necessary whatever that might mean jacqueline very good bring is right up to the details from washington thank you. has more because the demand to close the diplomatic sites it comes just as russia's new ambassador to the u.s. arrives at washington and italy i'm told the assumed office on august twenty first arrived in the country just today earlier on my colleague discussed the situation with auntie going underground she returns. parity in according to the
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state department press release this sums of parity here one should remember the more school gave all those u.s. diplomats and their families till the end of the mother thirty one days according to this statement staff at these three in these three cities or forty eight hours to get get out of the united states so i think one can say pretty firmly that a change of chief of staff in the white house and other personnel in the trump white house means that as some would have it the deep state has won out this so-called isolationists donald trump candidate is over he's ramping up military war games on the korean peninsula he's ramping up troops to afghanistan and he's ramping up troops to russia's actual borders in european union countries. now this is being done just by the consul in san francisco saying that the closure of the site well hidden both the interests of russia and the us would you agree with that
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. well russia would say that they obviously don't want the closure of their consular to vittie s. but i think the international community by which i mean the developing world the emerging nations of the world whether it be southeast asia where i've just come from whether it be workers who are in latin america they all see this as the united states ramping it up when it comes to foreign diplomatic pressure foreign military pressure we must remember the number of times the john white house says all options are on the table over a variety of different problems that had previously been seen as diplomatic albeit that trump came under some criticism for appearing to support russian foreign policy in the middle east by supporting rusher and iran's line on on syria and stopping cia funding for. islam ists i says no qaeda linked islamists so what we're seeing here is definitely. ramping up of. tension with moscow
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and the ramping up of tension as far as we can see it will have to wait until the what what the next the next enemy of washington is going to now be china and. now this latest move by the u.s. can be traced all the way back to the american presidential elections and alleged russian meddling and his ations of russian interference continued to be slung even during special senate hearings. took position in a civilian house and fired a look at. the house of big taliban to leave but the didn't the helicopter took a turn came in this house that cools the. other conclusion that russia meddled in the u.s. election was based on a report that many criticized for lacking sufficient supporting evidence no sources or methods were disclosed in the report the demand to close the diplomatic sites comes just as russia's new ambassador to the united states arrived in washington
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anatolian tone of his mention assumed office or just twenty first and arrived in the country today. ok let's move on to other news now and we can tell you that the governor of afghanistan's logar province has said that eleven afghan civilians have been being confirmed killed this is an incident when a nato helicopter struck a house that was thought to be hiding taliban fighters. there has been no confirmation of the strike so far coming from nato or the u.s. led coalition but a spokesperson for the nato led commission in kabul says that reports are being investigated if confirmed the strike would be the second deadly air bombardment of afghan civilians in the last four days. now the united states has deployed its advanced war planes in bombing drills with
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south korea it comes amid a demonstration on the island of guam against the u.s. is military buildup there in the wake of the crisis on the korean peninsula. what many people are worried about in guam is is donald trump able to deal with north korea in a way which will not lead to the destruction or lead to further conflict in a place such as want because when they released when north korea did this missile tests they did say that they were doing it in hopes of further containing wa and for people on that is a very frightening message because the one hundred sixty thousand people here that are not in the u.s. military that are not on the bases here we are not trying to contain north korea we are we don't necessarily seek any ill will to them but it is more because of the u.s. military facilities here where the u.s. uses us as the tip of their spear and so that is why we are targeted by their.
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attentions spiked in the region of the north korea loose the missile that flew over japanese territory and landed about a thousand kilometers east of the country the u.n. security council emergency meeting was called after that were no mistake the tougher stance on pyongyang and some calling for more sanctions to be imposed in while donald trump and the u.s. defense secretary a been sending out mixed messages on how to deal with north korea. we were never out of america and we continue to work together and the minister and i. really provide for the protection of our nation copulation. the us has been talking to north korea and pain them extortion money for twenty five years talking is not the answer most important thing at the top of any organization any business any nation is alignment the role of the leader is to get all their people lined up one voice one message consistently race is misalignment which is reckless and dangerous
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and let's be very very clear that this is not the first time it's a continued stance and what we swear seen from the foremost brand in the world america is that brands need to speak with a consistent voice. in the latest reaction to the crisis the chinese defense ministry spokesman said the vision would never tolerate war or chaos on its doorstep then a guardrail again says that skipping column is key to solving the crisis. charm is playing a very difficult hand but playing it very well indeed they're playing a very very tricky very careful and it's a tremendous policy we're sitting in the middle and so far one has to say they're doing a restraint and very good and i think out of all of this the only player who's coming out here with any commendations of the chinese it's a very mature approach this there and there's no heated language there's no stoking
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up of all you can actually seeing what i would have hoped to see from america were actually seen from china. just chindia then let's get a recap of our breaking news story this hour america has ordered russia to shut down its consulate general in san francisco two other diplomatic entities in new york and washington d.c. they are also to be closed by september the second live to washington d.c. and joined by jacqueline vega our correspondent there jackley just bring us up to date with this latest blow to the u.s. russia relations. yes today is moving decision coming from the u.s. really is bringing u.s. russia relations to a new low and this started last year over allegations that russia meddled in the u.s. presidential election allegations that of course have never been backed up by any concrete proof or evidence nevertheless there have been sanctioned after sanctions
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being imposed against russia by the u.s. and back in december of last year thirty five russians were actually expelled from the u.s. in reaction to those allegations as well and earlier this month when trump signed off on a fresh round of sanctions against russia that was the straw that broke the camel's back and putin finally said that russia can no longer sit back and not react to all these things and being needlessly imposed against his country and at that point he did order that the u.s. embassy in russia were duce their numbers by seven hundred fifty five numbers and today we're seeing the reaction from the united states they say that they have reduced the numbers but in an effort for parity they are an hour closing the consulate in san francisco and an annex in new york city and one here in washington d.c. and this all comes just days after president trump once again expressed hope and confidence that u.s. the u.s. and russia could find common ground and finally work together. but i hope that we
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do have good relations with russia i say loud and clear i've been saying it for years i think it's a good thing if we have great relationships or at least good relationships with russia that's very important and i believe someday that will happen it's a big country it's a nuclear country it's a country that we should get along with and i think we will eventually get along with russia. so that hope is in stark contrast to the announcement coming from the state department today who said that the measure comes in quote the spirit of parity that they say was invoked by the russians now the russian foreign minister sergey lavrov has expressed his disappointment over today's escalation in biological relations saying that it was not initiated by the russians nevertheless there really is no choice to be made here and the foreign ministry is looking into the procedure to close down the consulate in san francisco which they only have two days to do a very very short timeline and the consulate in san francisco has come out saying
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that this decision will harm both american and russian citizens now these closures do leave both countries with only three consulates each so it seems it's a very tit for tat sort of measure being taken here and at the end of the statement from the state department today they did say that they hope that this will avoid further retaliatory measures a very interesting position to be taken and added in that the u.s. is ready to take further action if necessary whatever that might mean but the overall picture that is important to look at that all these measures back and forth mostly that were started on the side of the u.s. are all based on allegations of russia having meddled in the presidential election again proof of which has not been presented yet many thanks for years of the from washington d.c. . and as was mentioned this latest move by the states can be traced all the way to the american presidential elections and alleged russian meddling accusations of russian interference continued to be slung even during special senate hearings.
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russia's blatant interference in the united states twenty sixteen presidential elections was unprecedented in both scale and scope and many have said this is actually the crime of the century. if you think about it it is russia has interfered or an attempt to interfere in elections from france to the netherlands from the balkans to the baltics russian interference in european political space is strategic you have any doubt that russian interference is driven by himself no doubt about it. the same answer no doubt. no doubt. the conclusion that russia meddled in the u.s. election was based on a report that many criticized for lacking sufficient supporting evidence no sources nor methods were disclosed in the report former united states differ about. that
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the closure of the consulate will affect ordinary people more than it will diplomats consulates play an important role for the citizens of that country the other country russian citizens in the western part of the united states that are serviced by the san francisco consulate so those are the people that will lose out as i remember just after the decision by russia that america had to remove seven hundred fifty five members of staff for a member sees here and said something along the lines of he was grateful and thankful to russia for reducing their wage bill so once again it seems we have to take a large pinch of salt with what donald trump says. well look donald trump said just recently again as the news story pointed out he wants to improve ties with russia but now he's added the phrases someday and eventually what that reflects is the fact that if there's anybody in his administration who wants to improve ties with russia it's him but as far as i can tell he's about the only one compare that to
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ambassador nikki haley at the u.n. saying we don't trust russia we will never trust russia unfortunately the people who want to sabotage any possibility of good ties between washington and moscow have one that's the way it is now i think the russians understand that ties are not going to improve anytime soon and that has been imposed on president trump and that's just the way it is. he watching all of the international we appreciate you chiming in too as they saving all the back with the latest news headlines more of our breaking news in about three minutes. welcome to the wonderful world of blood donation i come here every three weeks to get my transfusion to be specific i receive in. my body gets. produced itself around the world giving blood is seen as a symbol of generosity and does this because it helps people that's one of the side
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going american ambassador to russia has given a series of farewell interviews on the stage of u.s. russia relations it all boils down to we have a problem and russia needs to fix it does blaming the other side as a political strategy. here's what people have been saying about rejecting. the only show i go out of my way to launch you know what it really. is the john oliver of r t america
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is doing the same we are apparently better than. the c. people you've never heard of. jack tonight president of the world bank very. seriously send us an email. breaking news this hour the united states russia to shut down its consulate general in san francisco the diplomatic sites in new york and washington d.c. are also closed by september second. because foreign minister sergey lavrov has already expressed his disappointment to his american counterpart over the escalation in bilateral relations saying that it was not instigated by russia or russia some francisco consulate stated that this decision will take a toll on both russian and u.s. . u.s. invented syrian rebel group has claimed that his command.

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