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[music] >> hello there, welcome to this news hour live in doha. i'm laura kyle. coming up in the next 60 minutes. building the coalition against the islamic state group, u.s. said egypt has a key role to play in the fight. >> pakistan's military rescues more flood survivors, but thousands of others remain trapped. to save the new school terms teachers say children of gaza are still traumatized by what
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they saw during the conflict. >> i'll have all the latest sports news for you following the international break the european football league's return, and there is a thriller between arsenal and manchester city. i'll have the latest this news hour. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry said that egypt has a key role to play in counseling islamic state armed group in iraq and syria. john kerry met the egyptian president al sisi in the egyptian capitol of cairo. kerry has been on tour of the middle east trying to shore up support for the u.s.-led fight against the islamic state. ten arab countries including egypt have so far given their support.
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>> as an intellectual and cultural capitol of the muslim world, egypt has a critical role to play in pulling announcing the ideology that isil disseminates. this was an important feature of our discussions, and today in cairo. it is something that the egyptian religious establishments they both fully support and understand. >> now correspondents in iraq, we're joined in the northern city of erbil. sue, the coalition to fight the islamic state is very likely welcomed by iraqi leaders. how important has. been to get these arab nations involved? >> i don't think you can under estimate the importance really, laura. for this not to look like a repeat of the decade ago of an
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u.s u.s. war on iraq they need cooperation to show this is a broad coalition that president obama talked about in his speech earlier this week. i think john kerry has had varying degrees of success. he went to turkey, but it seems that turkey refuses for the u.s. to use their launches for the strike. turkey's attitude is we have problems of our own in the sinai peninsula, that's going to require our own military power to defeat that. the other battle that they have, which is the ideological battle. they'll lean on egypt for that, to show that the ideology that
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is being promoted is not accepted. >> what more action can be taken on the islamic state? what is the status at the moment? >> reporter: well, to start the momentum pushing back into the areas that have bee there have been partial success. i think they have to keep the push. that involves airstrikes brought by the iraqi air forces and of course by the u.s. fighter jets, which we're now seeing other western countries are going to add their fighter jets to that. we're also seeing an issue on the ground, a growing issue, it seems. over a week ago i was in amerlie just after the forces pushed out the islamic state, and a lot was made of the fact that the various factions had worked together to push them out. the shia militia with the army working hand in hand with the
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peshmerga. now just over a week of that success we have a very different picture on the ground with the shia militia targeting some sunni arab neighborhoods. >> residents allowed islamic state fight tours hide out. nine days earlier the same militia had welcomed us into the town. they fought along side the iraqi army and the peshmerga to break the siege. today the atmosphere is very different. we're told to pull over and a pickup truck blocks our exit. militia aim ak-47s right at us. >> we've been trying to negotiate our way through this militia checkpoint. it's very clear it's the shia militia who make the decisions
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here, and they're very reluctant to let us go through. we're trying to get to film a village that they have apparently flattened and torched, a village that used to have sunni arabs living in it. >> eventually they let us through. the peshmerga say that it was passed by the shia militia. the village is desserted. houses have been torched. one is still smoldering. the peshmerga have a position close by but they're polling out. the commander said that they respect the house they set up camp in. >> we're giving our life to unite iraq to protect all people's property. but others are not doing this. in particular the badr organization. this is not acceptable. >> the peshmerga have gone house to house, dismantling explosive devices left by i.s. fighters.
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they found one under a road. they found explosives left under a toilet seat. we go to a nearby town where the shia fighters had beheaded a sunni arab resident. >> when we witnessed that, it made us angry. we cannot accept this. we told them if it happens again we'll fight you. we ordered them to stop, and they promised to do so. >> reporter: but the shia militia do not take orders from them. they are giving orders in iranian farsi. they witnessed many iranian fighters along side them. the spokesperson for the badr organization said there are no such revenge attacks on sunni. we've liberated the towns taken by is in a completely national level regardless of ethnic for sectarian background. the forces which you tall militia are recognized by the
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iraqi army on an official level, and they are all under the iraqi army command. as president obama abraham announces an expansion of airstrikes across northern iraq he risks allowing the shia militia taking control of more and more of sunni arab territory. it will do nothing for the hearts and minds of the sunni community. to show how difficult it is in this conflict, just today the prime minister haideraled a bayy announced they'll call off they are the ones underneath these airstrikes. often these strikes are in their neighborhoods, and they're often using them as human shields. >> thank you very much, sue. now the united states
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embassy in uganda says the al-shabab armed group has established a cell there. the embassy warns people to stay at home. they say the somali group has been planning an eminent attack. to fight a cease-fire in place in ukraine, the city of donetsk has come under ago. they have warned that russia's president vladimir putin wants to take over the country and recreate the soviet union. let's get more from robin live in donetsk. first an update of what is happening at the airport there. >> reporter: hi, laura. there have been sporadic sounds of artillery, heaven gunfire and
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mortars throughout the day in the center of donetsk. we have gotten 15 meters away from the facilities there, and there was, indeed, a lot of firing going on. what seems to be happening is the rebels want to dislodge ukrainian forces from the airport, which they have health consistently since the early summer. the rebels say the ukrainian forces have been used to pop up from their bunkers or heavily fortified installation there, to take a pop at them. to send shells into donetsk city. they say they have no need to be there at this time to take back the airport or to take the airport, and really take strategic control over the city. so it's really looking back at a very flimsy cease-fire, indeed.
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>> absolutely. we've got the prime minister almost dismissing the significance of the cease-fire. he's clearly wanting to keep up the pressure on russia. >> reporter: yes, really gave a very aggressive speech of fighting talk to a lot of assemble international leaders and ex-leaders who came along to a summit that's been taking place over the last couple of days in kiev. in which he talked about this state where they're continuing and russia's alleged strateg ies, that ukrainians maintain, that only create conflict in the east of the country, but some how push through and expand and create a land corridor between moldova's breakaway region in the east of moldova through odessa. crimea, which has now been
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annexed by russia, and into eastern ukraine and russia. this isn't exactly new, but what it says is that the prime minister wants to really make the point that this is very much an international conflict. he needs that support. he's saying that it's nato who ultimately can rescue ukraine, whether or not nato members are very keen to get involved in this conflict, so far it doesn't look as if that's the case. bear in mind that with that fighting talk you're hearing from other parts of the ukrainian leadership the need for political settlement for this. there is talk about eastern ukraine having greater autonomy, decentralization, and these slightl go on and there is still artillery firing going on.
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>> thank you. the pakistani military has been using helicopters and boats to rescue people marooned by severe flooding. military engineers have been blowing up dikes in central pakistan to divert swollen rivers. they're seeking to divert rive rivers. >> the water levels are still rising, and villages are now sub merged underwater, forcing people to flee to high ground. as you can see this family is using two beds for protection. close by they've been able to bring a few chickens and further down you can see the water essential to save their life.
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those are the only valuable possessions they could get out. with the farmland underwater it's going to be a problem getting fresh fodder for the animals. you can also see people's belo belongings, they packed in a hurry because there was no time to get out. they even brought fans but there is no electricity here. these are valuable possessions. even though the government says it is doing everything and taking the time for opportunities, the fact is most of the relief effort under way is being handled by the military or civil organizations who have come to assist these people. but pakistan will need more help if they're going to cope with such an emergency. right now to save the area the waters have been diverted. that means a lot of agricultural properties, villages and orchards had to be compromised.
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>> coming up on the al jazeera news hour. no longer childs play. children in colombia have lost their playgrounds to criticals. and there is a struggle of survival in one of the wealth wealthiest regions in the world. >> a group of reserve soldiers from an elite israeli intelligence unit say they will not operate in the palestinian areas. the 43 soldiers are from an unit tasked with code breaking and eavesdropping. their statements say some of their work prevents some palestinians from leading normal lives.
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some cases they say palestinians were physically hurt. they also say that no distinction was made between palestinians who were involved in violence and civilians who weren't. a professor at tel aviv university, she joins us from skype from there. this group has been dismissed by the israeli military as a fringe percentage, but given the idea of how significant this particular intelligence unit is in israel? >> well, the intelligence unit itself is extremely significant. it's one of the biggest units in the army with many, many divisions and subdivisions and it's responsible--it's part of the intelligence core and it's responsible for the entire system. it operates on intelligence gathering abroad as well. so that first of all is a major element of the intelligence gathering services. on the other hand it's also sort of legendary and shrouded in mystique because first of all
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the activities are quite secret. people are not supposed to talk about it. but also the people who lead that you want are the drivers of the tech industry. it's responsible for the development of sophisticated communication technology which they leverage when their civilian gas on to build advance innovations in this technology. all of these together have given them quite legendary place in the israeli mentality. also they serve a critical function in the day-to-day veins system that israel maintains over the palestinians. >> if they have such a legendary status is there protests likely to have impact on israeli society on the way it views gaza and the recent conflict in particular? >> well, i think the impact is going to be subtle in the sense that nobody is going to come out as an as a result and say, gee, i never thought about it before, it will be pretty bad what we're doing. but it is significant in terms
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of the fact that it is making waves. the fact that this is not a story that can just go away. there have been responses from some of the top political leaders from both the government and opposition. former members of the unit who have come out and said, well, basically they're condemning them and say they political eyes their service and this is something that is really--should be repudiated and other members of the unit where they serve, other reservists have come out also opposing what they've done. the fact is that this is generating a debate. it's not--it's got headlines in the major newspapers. even today on the internet site i think that it shows that there is not an uniform impression or attitude towards what israel is doing in its policies even in the most elite and even the heart of the israeli military establishments. >> they were saying the information that they were being told to collect harms or had been harming independen
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innocent people. what have they bee you been told about what they have done. >> well not very much, but they have cleared what they've written in the letter with attorneys an, and it has long been rumored that israel plays a tract personal conversations devices in order to find vulnerablilities among individuals and recruit them as collaborators. that's something that they say in the letter has confirmed has happened. trying to find out if people are homosexuals which very sensitive as it is in many societies, unfortunately, and use that against them as means to approve them as collaborators or using the fact, capitalizing on the fact that people may have medical needs and they moment treatment in israel and use that as incentive to recruit them as
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collaborators. these things have long been or generally understood to be part of the system and how it works. but what they do is they confirm and demystify some of these things. it's definitely going to bring to light information that has only been rumored up until now. >> thank you very much for join ising us from tel aviv. >> thank you. >> meanwhile, a new school year is about to begin in gaza but this year will be very different. 26 of its schools are still being used as shelters for tens of thousands of people whose homes were destroyed during the war. and many children may need psychological help after witnessing so much violence. we have reports from gaza city. >> they run around and sing patriotic songs about palestine, but this isn't just a game. teachers hearsay many of the children are traumatized by what they saw, heard and felt during
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israel's military campaign on gaza. this private school is taking their minds off the war before the school year begins. >> children all over gas including our students suffered during the world. in the child's minds the schools became shelters during the war. we're trying to change that thinking and trying to give them a chance to forget what happened. >> we're happy today. because children face terrible days during the war. we want to make those children happy. >> united nations schools in gaza became shelters for tens of thousands of people fleeing the violence during the war. al jazeera visited this school you minutes after it was hit by israeli shells. preparations are being made for children to return in a week or
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so. however, over a thousand people who were seeking shelter here have been moved to another school down the road. five kilometers down the road we find the school they have been moved to. 800 people were moved here before another 1200 arrived in recent days. the military destroyed these people's homes and there is nowhere for them to go, so there is no immediate plan for students to return here soon. >> we don't know where all the children are. they're not where they normally would be, and we have to do a very soft role out of the school year. we can't have the children and the teachers show up on the first day of school and pretend this is normal. we need a soft roll out. a lot of psycho-social support in the first weeks to do a soft landing. then when we get in the structured learning environment. >> the right of these children to have education without fear and uncertain has been lost
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again. >> yo efforts to strike a deal continue. we have reports from the capitol. >> here the capitol has been beset by violence and stability and also crippled by this anxiety about what might happen next. now we know the united nations is trying to broker a deal between the government and the houthies. we know there is a new government and prime minister and cutting fuel prices by 30%. this has been a prerequisite. but we know at the same time there is disagreement about how to implement the deal. president said he will sign the deal only if the houthies pull
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from their camps at the capitol. houthies say they will continue with their protest movement until the deal is fully implemented. >> yemen's fighters prepare to shell areas in jawf province. in this vast desert the army has a minor presence, and it relies on these battle-hardened milit militias. >> the houthies are criminals. they're invading our lands, killing our people, and destroying our homes. the houthies and alqaida are the same. >> neutral tribes are trying to mediate a political deal. but a long history of mistrust is an obstacle that both sides seem unable to overcome. >> the intense fighting has undermined all chances to secure a cease-fire but i'm still
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working hard on a deal. >> reporter: civilians were caught up in the fighting. their houses were destroyed. hundreds have had to flee from the area. this woman's only son was killed, and her ho house was destroyed. >> my son was innocent. he was looking after his family. he had no political affiliations. but the houthies arrested him, tortured him and killed him. >> reporter: this is one of the poorest regions of yemen. for those forced out of their villages, they may have to wait for some time for the fighting to come to an end and they can come back. >> if they control jawf they can easily control the neighboring province, some say it might be just a matter of time before the houthies control the capitol. >> still ahead this news hour,
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