for islamic states last foothold in syria as u.s. backed forces. as more people flee for looting the wives of has refused to believe at this point. the interim president says he will ask the country's national assembly to declare a state of emergency this comes after. a u.s. intervention. today the solution is intervention.
and it really. is playing with one hundred fifty seven people on board crashes just minutes for taking off from addis ababa there are no survivors. and i welcome. your very welcome with us on the program this hour. and u.s. backed fighters have resumed their of soul to get into the terror group arsenals last enclave in syria the village of. the iraqi border these are the latest pictures from the embattled town where heavy fighting is now raging a final showdown with us it was the latest displaced families have been fleeing the area a spokesperson for the s.d.f. says the military are close to a kind of fits last contention. our troops began an offensive at six pm local
time planes targeted the terrorists weapons depos there is fierce fighting on the outskirts of the camp forces and i'm ready to finish what is left of eisel off the village of bugaboos has been a focal point of the syrian democratic forces for several weeks the spot don't try repeatedly victory over i still america's top general says the fight is far from over with more his. how to look at but who's right there near the border with iraq we didn't really hear about it in the course of syria's civil war misery now's the time it is really being called the last remaining eyelet of territory in syria. indeed we've seen crowds of escaping civilians and even jihad as who did choose to
surrender the current say they want to make sure all innocent people make it out of booze before the guns go off just a short while ago though donald trump was bragging about his army and allies crushing islamic state completely we just took over you know you kept hearing it was ninety percent ninety two percent the caliphate in syria now it's one hundred percent we just took over ever since then however we've kept hearing absolutely different take. from those who are actually responsible for what's happening on the ground the head of u.s. central command is sure i still hasn't surrendered he's confident it's not been defeated instead the terrorists after some tactical thinking have chosen to lay low and wait for the right time to make a comeback reduction of the physical caliphate is a monumental military accomplishment but the fight against isis and violent
extremism is far from over we have won a good study says now we've won and at least for now president trumps proud announcement that the american soldiers were pulling out makes less and less sense the pullout would have definitely scored mr trump some valuable political points but nothing seems to be certain here especially with this big goose thorn in the side. but you could in that vacuum see a resurgence of ice and see a resurgence you know where we're doing out we'll come back if we have to anyway whatever happens next depends on what ignites and this small but vital strip of land known as booze well as general votel testified in tongues recently and he said. yes this is the end of the territorial state which is very important but it's not by any means the end of isis just forms sleeper cells which are going to activate in the you know edge at some future date trying to later
clarify that this is the territorial state and that's why he's reversed his opinion on u.s. troops remaining in syria you know there's a there's a hundred ways to count troops and that may not include a lot of the regular soldiers perhaps national forces you see advisers diplomats and an aid organization so there's likely to be a lot more americans there there's going to still be a lot of isis trouble and we're seeing bomb attacks being carried out in iraq on a weekly basis and there have been isis attacks in northern syria as well so i says far the president is making are misleading. many of those who escaped the fighting in buggers have been put into a refugee camp they they they were facing new threats made shortages of food and medicine.
looks. like talk i didn't listen to john i since i left seeking jihad for god because we are all muslims and we have verses about jihad because of the what about the killing slaughtering in torture. didn't and have left islamic state but disturbed of the regime it had the right approach. the conditions are definitely dire in the count the problem is nobody was expecting these kinds of numbers so it has been overwhelming and it hasn't stopped. the.
sanctions threats accusations on protests the political crisis in venezuela deepens the covers all caracas has been gripped by both pro and anti-government demonstrations opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president addressed the supporters calling on foreign powers to bring down the moderate government. you see the solution is intervention. i. i. i. i i. they tried to fabricate this whole show claiming the military would join them but there is only one answer yes to loyalty and no one to be tree. is a clown. and a criminal after a very tense week opposition supporters are back on the streets to protest against
the government of nikko last month europe they called was may but why why go on monday after rejoining an international tour don't heat up the already tense climate minister was up in two or three days in a row in a massive blackout the biggest wind of penicillin history at the moment the whole capital is powerless one of the better that i'm protesting because i want a different government there is no electricity no water no food the government should step down. as our president under the constitution he is the only president unlike one why dole who chose and proclaimed himself it is a coup and a violation of our democracy and freedom. quite annoyed oh says he will ask the country's national assembly to declare a state of emergency this comes amid a fourth day of nationwide blackouts one of the worst in decades caracas call the outage an act of sabotage by the u.s. but the opposition says the madeira government is the blame some though had very different ideas about what caused that republican senator marco rubio
a staunch advocate of removing the dura tweeted that the cause of the power outage was a transformer explosion of a german however there's no such thing in one as well and it seems he got to be another transformer explosion at the germ and believe us state caused another massive blackout senator mark rubio an important transformer exploded in believer and that's in part again collapse the venezuelan electric system however it was not in a dam much less german my name is again man damn i am one of the journalists who publish the information. and washington is stepping up its attempts to cripple caracas financially in a bid to oust nicolas maduro and the u.s. state department even went so far as to break john a suit didn't agree with the official american stance on what is a way we have noticed in news coverage that some outlets are incorrectly referring to one guy joe as the opposition leader or the south proclaimed
president neither is correct relying on venezuela's constitution one guy joe became interim president of venezuela on january twenty third and millions of americans and more than fifty countries recognize why go as interim president of venezuela to get this straight you're complaining because. you don't think he made a complaint pointing out just trying to correct well that's all it's like a complaint to me since the week he's the is the interim president well and we don't want to consider him to be the interim president as you say fifty other countries. recognize him as the interim president but they're all more than a hundred members of the nation so they're fifty countries is not even close that it's the time to act in support of democracy and news coverage of all of them
the courage more functional but we don't want to feed into rhetoric of the current dictator the pressure was stepped up further on the venezuelan government this week u.s. vice president mike pence announce that seventy seven officials linked to nicolas maduro would have the u.s. visas revokes washington special envoy to venezuela and infinite sanctioning third parties for best support of the venezuelan leader and the u.s. national security adviser john bolton said there would be new restrictions targeting venezuela cuba the whole region should stand against karaka with more his . the united states is exceptional literally thou by different rules to you and me of the nations states groups you see they have the right to decide who rules where like in venezuela they decide who is
a dictator and who isn't they decide which dick trial human rights including the leaders of egypt saudi arabia the u.a.e. you don't see that the united states support for other brutal dictators around the world undermines the credibility of the argument you make no i don't think it does make it separate and i think look in this administration we're not afraid to use the phrase monroe doctrine. it's an odd chaotic nineteenth century policy that basically says new nation in the americas may be colonized by europeans out of bounds for europeans and everyone not from the americas a little later teddy roosevelt twisted this policy turned it inside out instead of protecting american nations the us now toppled governments it didn't like there now they've twisted it again now they think they can do this everywhere
all over the world and a zoo l.-a and a bill that legitimizes us meddling that terry quire threat assessment a strategy to counter russian influence in venezuela. in effect they're trying to justify meddling in venezuela pagi because it's too friendly with russia and saying no not that then is asked for it not even america's champ there but you don't see broad support for i believe that there is respectful participation of russia in regards to watching the fate of our country but the same goes for other countries that are paying attention here america knows better in syria half the world away it's the same story in syria the united states where used to plumb us in work with our partners to expel every last iranian brute and work through the un a process to bring peace and stability to the long suffering syrian people for the life of me i don't remember syrians are asking the united states to get rid of
iranians but america knows better africa too many chinese there thinks washington up to no good now is the time to boot them out china uses bribes opaque agreements and the strategic use of debt to hold states in africa captive to beijing's wishes and demands goes without saying it wasn't the africans who asked for this in fact according to the latest gallup poll most africans approve of chinese investment plans leadership in africa but the united states knows better you know why because it's special exceptional better than you or me officially our mission is to reassert our sovereignty reform the liberal international order this
is a unique exceptional country. imagine mr monreal would turn in his grave if he could see what his but nine policy protecting the weak from european. colonizes what that has been turned into a license to kill to medal oh you've got to be special all right we have all sorts of recent cases libya syria iraq where u.s. intervention has essentially obliterating any possibility of democracy but this is true throughout the decades that the united states has meddled in the affairs of latin america overthrowing one democratically elected government after another whether in one thousand nine hundred fifty four with our vans or the interventions that it carried out in the one nine hundred eighty s. supporting brutal military regimes in countries like el salvador although venezuela
is in the vise the moment cuba nicaragua are also mentioned by figures like bolton in the same breath this is clearly a concerted effort to bring latin american countries once again under the iron control. and ethiopian airlines passenger plane crashed on sunday killing all those on board all not just after this short break. so what we've got to do is identify the spearing dramatic development of only. very critical. usage. in.
question countries are very reluctant to recognize the fact that this site is one like formally and also to admit that they were perhaps wrong in. condemning. the war so. undermined. by the prolongation of sanctions i think it was in countries. where this is serious we can start to you know ways in which. our russian by the way. see. much of the program and a plane carrying one hundred forty nine passengers and crew bound for the kenyan capital has crashed shortly after takeoff thirty five different nationalities were on board the plane the pilot had reportedly been given permission to land the
aircraft again after he said he was experiencing difficulties for the quarter was with you don't know neal. ethiopian airlines is reporting is that the c.e.o. has arrived on the crash site and he confirms personally that there are no survivors the majority being from kenya canada and the e.u. now this was one of ethiopian airlines regularly scheduled flights although the plane crashed only six minutes after takeoff it took emergency services two whole hours to get to the site now this is especially shocking because reports were saying that it only crashed about fifty kilometers south of the lay was because the fire was so strong that people were unable to approach the plane on the crash site the office of the ethiopian prime minister already reacted to this on twitter they said that they give their condolences to the families of those who lost their lives on this plane the big question is of course the causes what happened to it do we have any kind of going to be investigation of course but but early stages of why
this happened yet well that's another surprising detail hours later and we still have no details available as to what caused this crash in the first place it's one of the newest model so that's another aspect we have to bring in here it's actually called the boeing seven thirty seven max and it's a new addition to the theo be in fleet only from back in july of last year and a lot of people are drawing parallels to the plane crash that occurred last year in indonesia with lyon errors model of the same plane the boeing boeing seven thirty seven max and just to give you a couple details about that it was a very similar situation the plane crashed into indonesia only several minutes after taking off and over one hundred eighty passengers were killed now boeing also reacted to that and to this situation back and then last year boeing issued a warning year later about this model of aircraft saying that the seven thirty seven max might have a tendency to do
a nosedive against the will of the pilot of the plane and boeing airplanes actually also responded on twitter to this specific crash saying that the company is aware of the accident and they're closely monitoring the situation. authorities greater control over what excessive will do to question of this report. we came to report on this rally here and central moscow people who gathered to defend the freedom of internet in russia but ironically r.t. wasn't i want look at this meeting as the organizers of this event told us that we belong to the media that they do not support so this is the only way i can report on what's happening back there by standing here i can only tell you that i see crowds of people in many mostly young people we saw here i came with their flocks as they were holding different slogans all condemning the recent bill that was proposed of by russian officials now the event organized by
a group of activists was earlier approved by moscow city whole. universe movement took to the streets of paris again on saturday and it's continuing study against the french government. i i. i please. i. i. i i i i i. i was more than twenty eight thousand protesters rallied to cross the country the yellow vest protests have been ongoing for seventeen consecutive weekends with demonstrators demanding changes to living standards that's the spite president
micron's attempts to calm public anger by canceling proposed fuel tax hikes and launching so-called national debates. clashes also erupted in the french cities of leone where hundreds of demonstrators have gathered all reports of a number of injuries the protests the sustained in standoffs with police. there is the headlines for this hour thanks for staying tuned to a lot international back in just around thirty minutes time with more global news updates. just. with the end. of. my seven years doing drugs my nephews was still in
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the syrian war winds down so does the moral grandstanding around its conduct having spawned the law state here is denouncing serious treatment of the rabble and their families many western powers are now eager to leave their own citizens in discussions about the fate of isis fighters and especially their children to discuss that i'm now joined by samuel ramani a doctoral candidate in international relations at the universe there are oxford ceremony is going to talk to you thank you very much for your time thank you very much for inviting me now if there is one phrase capturing the western portrayal of this syrian war that would be assad's killing his own people that was the main
promise for his suppose that illegitimacy he's disregard for his own people for the civilians where is this concern for one's own people or for once own citizens now when hundreds of western born women and their children are fleeing areas like. syria i think this is a very interesting question because the movement of foreign fighters in the movement of people who in western countries to isis is a relatively an. precedent a phenomenon because isis was the largest or territorial control of any terrorist organization has ever been so they are now under the situation where the western countries are effectively making up laws on the fly but basically as an ad hoc manner they're saying that these people have loss or a to legitimacy and loss or right this isn't just because they participated in treasonous i have a day they support a group that is blatantly advocated violence against individuals and some of them are the wiser spouses of people who are involved for example in the two thousand
and fifteen paris bombing or in the two thousand and seventeen men just serving a bombing so they're viewed as criminals as a choice between whether it is more safe to leave them there and let the disperse to turkey to iraq where they can say radicalized and they get status shamus or bring them back have them face trial be released in short order and then restart their activities and western style now if specialized in russian foreign policy long enough to know that the russians never missed a chance to point out western double standards but i think it goes beyond that it's a legal issue why should these people be isis fighters and their families be dumped in somebody else's territory if it is developed there's been some outliers truly for example the way of one of the probably end is for the fifteen pairs bomber who are said they would rather one stay in syria they return to the west because the french of launched airstrikes against their family but the majority if given the opportunity would definitely want to come back to their home country even if they know they're going to face trial even if they know they can almost certainly face
the central prison sentence and russia has definitely invited its own people back to their accomplices and of course of instances where they've gotten like the one where they got a six year prison sentence for example and they had to face justice for children they've resettled them to their extended families in their own caucus us and try to train the least a more to operate a more modern moderate and respectful manner for the rule of law so i think that there is just an overwhelming domestic pressure. terrorists extremists in the us. their legal and moral responsibilities to their own citizens to a degree but the choices are are rather awkward. but it's not just about politicians i mean this whole war has been framed through a very intensely humanitarian framework i mean western countries for your is how being calling for an intervention on humanitarian grounds and here they are revoking citizenship all for. women who were wedded to isis fighters without
legally establishing that complicity in the crimes how do you think these people should be treated now by the syrians by b. assad regime we whose record on human rights is another very good as we all know given that the own countries don't think that they deserve a fair trial. i mean they have realistically they're currently living. thousand of them are currently staying under the defenses of the syrian democratic forces which is a kurdish political area they either can cross across the border to iraq because the rule of law over there it was.