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from al jazeera's headquarters in doha, this is the news hour. coming up in the next 60 minutes, isil launches multiple attacks on forces in iraq. dozens are killed. chaos on campus. police crack down on student protests in indonesia. an election clouded by a complicated political landscape and ethnic division. boz kneeians head to the polls. i'm robin adams tracking the
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world's big sports stories for you. india superleague gets off to a rather colorful start, and with all that it had some exciting goals in the opening game of the tournament. details are coming up. we begin in iraq where fighters from the group isil have carried out a series of deadly attacks in iraq. there are fears isil is gains more ground in anbar province, for example, which borders are saudi arabia, jordan and ear ya. a roadside bomb killed a police chief and 40 officers. there have been isil attacks in eastern diala province. a triple bombing killed dozens of fighters, some of whom were signing up to fight isil. we're following twome developme
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from baghdad. >> reporter: hospital staff is stretched as they deal with the aftermath of attacks. this was the facility with both kurdish soldiers and members of the political party. its further evidence of how bloody the battle against isil is not just there but across iraq. in the capital of baghdad more tears for more killed as a result of violence on saturday. this is the shula neighborhood. in the early evening two parked car bombs ripped through a marketplace. those in the vicinity didn't stand a chance. 38 were killed and 68 injured. >> translator: a car bomb exploded here and killed and wounded several people. my son was seriously injured and is now in hospital. this is his vehicle, which was damaged in the attack. >> reporter: residents look at
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what's left, twisted metal and burned-out vehicles prove how powerful the bombs were. baghdad faces almost daily bombings of this nature, and the city is becoming increasingly divided with people afraid to leave their neighborhoods. no one has claimed responsibility for saturday's attacks, but people here in iraq are worried about what the future might hold. now, in the western province of anbar, the head of the provincial council there said there needs to be boots on the ground here. he didn't say whether nato peacekeeping forces or american boots on the ground here, but he said that's the only way to defeat isil. the coalition air strikes aren't working he says, and that's a view we increase fwl here from sunni lawmakers more and more. there needs to be boots on the fwround here and the air strikes simply aren't enough. al jazeera, baghdad. in syria u.s. and coalition air strikes have targeted isil positions in kobani.
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kurdish forces in the town say the air strikes have helped them with their counterattack. most of kobani's residents have now fled across the border into turkey. isil began the assault on the town mother three weeks ago. stephanie dekker is on the boarder. >> reporter: the message from kurdish fighters is one of optimism and positivity. there seems to be a change. they say the coalition air strikes seem to help and they have made headway pushing isil back from the eastern positions. they say they're more on the attack now rather than a defensive stance. this is something we heard from one of the fighters who came out of kobani just yesterday. he was pulled out, and once he's fit to go back in, he will. when you speak to some of the people here, the kurds watched this unfold in front of them. they think international help has come too late. almost 200,000 refugees had to flee into turkey, many of them
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living under extremely difficult conditions. there's a fact many people want to go back to kobani to help humanitarianly, to help fight, and turkey is not allowing them to do that. there's a lot of frustration here. they can just sit by helplessly and watch the battle for kobani play out. while the world's attention is focused on the battle for kobani, fierce fighting continues elsewhere in syria, and it's the government of president al assad that claims to have made significant military advances. we have the report. >> reporter: syria's parliament in normal session. in attendance the prime minister and his cabinet and they have an assessment of the future. >> translator: as we enter the fourth year of the creases and intensifying terrorism campaign led by the colonial powers and western subordinates, the challenges we face on the security and economic levels are increasing, but our government is confident in our people that will lead to develop and build
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the future of syria in bypass this. >> reporter: an optimism backed by military gains on the variety battlefronts, at least according to syrian state television. syrian army advances in the province of aleppo featured prominently in news bulletin. here a story how the armed forces restored security and stability in ten villages in aleppo's southern countryside. opposition fighters say they withdrew from those areas after stain sustaining a heavy aerial bombing campaign and facing syrian army reinforcements. other parts of the syria's second city remain largely outside of the government's control. the syrian military also says its troops are progressing in the countryside around the capital of damascus. the official state news agency sanaa says the value of the land east of the capital is under the control of government forces, a
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claim denied by rebels. the government controls them in the eastern district of the capital, and damascus could be next. in the suburb fierce fighting continues a few kilometers from the city center. they're trying to seize it for months and stay they are making slow progress by controlling a number of buildings. in the southern province the syrian air force bombed two districts. several people were said to be killed and injured. syrian jets remain a lethal weapon against rebel-held town and cities and for now they remain largely unchallenged. the author of the book "the syria dilemma" joans me now from denver in the u.s. do you think the u.s.-led air strikes are indirectly helping the regime militarily cling onto power? >> that's the perception of -- widespread perception among opposition supporters both around the world and inside
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syria. if you just look at the statistics, over 200,000 people have been killed in syria over the last three and a half years, overwhelmingly the at sad regime is responsible to the atroscities. the united states is really ongoing after isis, who is responsible for a small portion of the atroscities. the battlefield conditions seem to be working in the fafr of regime, and that's why they've been publicly supporting the u.s. air strikes. >> will assad achieve a military victory if the strikes continue in the pattern you're talking about? >> well, that remains to be seen. i mean, if the air strikes are able to reduce the fighting capabilities of isis, and that's a big if, then assad will benefit from that and the outcome. so i think he's hoping that will be the outcome, that isis will be defeated. ( inaudible ) that's the
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question of obama's strategy with respect to syria over the long term. he seems not to have a clear strategy that can lead to political stability, that can aid those moderate syrian rebel forces that he's claiming he wants to support. so it's a big question mark over all of these issues at the moment. >> there is a question mark, and i'm glad you mentioned strategy there. the obama strategy. surely all of this can't be lost on the u.s. to what extent do you think the u.s. wants to see assad strengthen? >> i don't think at the present times to see assad strengthen. it would prefer it be weakened, but i don't think the obama administration really has thought through and has committed itself to a long-term plan for the future of syria. right now it is pursuing, as obama as publicly stated, a counterterrorism strategy going after isis, even going after it without any serious consideration over what syria will look like over the long term.
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this is a big, you know, source of contention between obama and his allies in the region, principally turkey, trying to press bam to make a commitment in the syrian conflict to lead to longer term stability and political order by taking on the regime and doing something substantive to help the moderate syrian rebels. >> thank you so much for your analysis. egyptian police have arrested six student protesters at a university in cairo. tear gas was used against the students who are supporters of the outlaw muslim brotherhood movement. we have the story. >> reporter: only a day after universities opened, this is what happened at some campuses in cairo. protests against the government of egyptian president appear du duel abdul sisi. >> they're protests in the country today. they have one thing in common,
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which is protesting against the military and the students' rights. they're protesting against that. >> reporter: leaders of the protest said they tried to keep the riots peaceful, but then this happened. before they opened, this happened. it's not just extra security on egyptian campuses. activists say they can immediately dismiss students if they're involved in protests. some of the students make a four-finger salute used to remember the massacre of demonstrations in cairo last year. many killed on that day were supported of the deposed president morsi. he was removed from power by sisi in july 2013. since then there have been regular protests against the government. the students are the most vocal.
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no matter how long they try, they can't control the anger. al jazeera continues to demand the release of its three journalists imprisoned in egypt. they've now been detained for 288 days. they're accused of aiding the outlawed muslim brotherhood, a charge they deny. they're appealing their convictions. still to come on al jazeera, is riding a wave of popularity of bolivibolivia's president ru for a third term. how lead poisoning left lasting scars on a village in thailand. coming up in sports they achieve a unique feat for their mercedes formula one team. international donors have pledged around $5.4 billion to
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help rebuild gaza. the announcement was made during a conference in the egyptian capital of kay cairo. that's more than what the palestinian leaders asked for. much of the strip was strieed after 5 d0 days from israel. qatar promised $1 billion in aid. >> translator: it's not tolerable anymore to live through more wars and ask torre construction every two years, every two years we have a conference like this for reconstruction. why? the international community has to be up to its responsibilities and not allow the palestinian people to be under aggression and war. it must do that by supporting our request to put an end to occupation of our territories and to have a truce day solution and the arab peace initiative. >> gaza's economy was already struggling before the bombardment in august.
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the world bank predicts it will get worse in the coming months. charles stratford reports. >> reporter: mohammed inspecting the broken irrigation pipes on his dusty field close to the border with israel. tank tracks have left deep scars in the sand. nothing remains of this year's tomato crop. >> translator: i lost $500,000 worth in the war. i would have harvested around 600 tons. instead, i could only salvage around 19. >> reporter: the world bank says the economic growth in palestine had dropped to minus 1% in the first quarter of 2014. the war has made a struggling economic situation even worse. mohammed's story is like many farmers in this area. they describe how the tanks came up from the border behind me and destroyed their crops, destroyed millions of dollars worth of produce that would have generated money for an economy that is already suffered years under israel's blockade. his tomatoes would have ended up
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in a factory like this. the owner tells me this is the first year in 20 he has had to import tomatoes from abroad. israel tank shells have left around $6 million worth of damage at his factory, which used to produce tomato concentrate. >> translator: this is the biggest factory of its kind in palestine. if you count the farmers, the traitors and transport companies involved, around 3,000 people have lost their jobs. >> reporter: israel's land, air and sea blockade means very little goods are allowed into gaza, and exports are virtually zero. despite the government trying to strengthen its fiscal position, the world bank said it was facing a financial gap in the range of $350 million by the enld of 2014. that's without additional expenditure resulting from the war. >> translator: it seems israel wants to destroy our economy. they hit up to 700 of our
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factories and maul businesses. that war has brought our economy to its knees. >> reporter: rebuilding gaza could cost up to $6 billion. gaza has long been shunned by foreign investors scared off by the situation or scared to deal with hamas, an organization the u.s. and others describe as terrorists. there is no sign israel is willing to lift its blockade. getting the materials in to even begin rebuilding businesses like this and giving gaza's economy a chance seems as remote as ever. charles stratford, al jazeera, gaza. people in bosnia have been voting in the seventh election since want end of the country's war, but almost 20 years on ethnic tensions from that conflict remain high. we're live in sarajevo. he's not live right now. we'll try to bring him back
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later. the international monetary fund says it's ready to provide more money to countries fighting ebola in west africa. more than 4,000 have been killed by the virus there. the imf offered a $130 million commitment for guinea, liberia and sierra leone. but the imf chief christine lee guard says longer term issues need to be addressed. robin is the country trektor of save the children. he joins us via skype from freetown in sierra leone. first of all, tell us about the toll that ebola is taking on some of the most vulnerable, especially children. >> it's terrible not just in terms of infection because children infected with ebola don't do incredible well in treatment centers.
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soon the children will be running one treatment center towards the end of october. but the effects go way beyond the infection rate in terms of children. it's about children becoming parents themselves looking after younger siblings at the moment. it's about the fact that all the schools have closed and save the children has been very supportive of being able to teach children through using radios. so we have teachers who are broadcasting fairly basic, rudimentary lessons, but it's an opportunity for us to make sure that children continue with their schooling, albeit in circumstances which are fairly catastrophic. >> are other diseases more of a challenge now as other resources are diverted to ebola? >> that's quite correct. ebola has taken a terrible toll on sierra leone, on guinea and
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liberia. the non-ebola health care system is not able to respond. people suffering from everyday complaints such asthma laryea, upper respiratory tract infections, diarrhea not linked to the ebola and the rate of mortality and morbidity among people who are at home suffering and dying is increasing. >> the world bank has talked about the need to contain ebola by december. looking at what's actually happening on the ground, do you think that's likely to happen? >> it doesn't look like that way at the moment. i hope that that projection, that scenario does come to bear and become a reality. it was interesting just listening about the financial commitments that are being made. finance is always a big issue in
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this, and ebola is it no exception to this. what is required is a concerted international response in terms of having skilled people on the ground to be able to run treatment centers and rebuild the failed health system in sierra leone. we've seen remarkable efforts made by the british government in sierra leone, by the american government in liberia, but the call must be for any government which has an infectious disease capacity to deploy that capacity to the three countries involved in this. >> all right. thank you so much for your analysis on that. back to bosnia where we've been reporting people have been voting in what is the seventh election since the end of the war. we're now live for you in sarajevo. the seventh election since the end of the war. do people feel closer to the key
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question of changing the constitution and making the country a more functioning one? >> reporter: not necessarily. i think the mood in bosnia going into the elections has been rather bleak. an awful lot of frustration. you recall the reyiots back in february, anger over unemployment and, of course, the terrible floods in may that left 100,000 people homeless and a great deal about the government response. to give you the opinions about how it rolls out today and where we go from here, it's my pleasure to introduce the high representative to bosnia. the man who is ultimately responsible for overseeing the accords being fulfilled. thank you for joining us on al jazeera. what's your impression of how the election has gone today? >> people expected a lot from the representatives. i thought people today, you have 3 million here, and you can make
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a change. you can take a decision today which will be a good way of the future. invest for a minute, and you will have a chance for a next four years. it was good since i visited in the south, you know. i hope the outcome will bring some changes. >> you say people have powers, but ultimately they're trapped within an extremely cumbersome political system, which makes it very difficult for this country to ever have a strong central government, aren't they, no matter how much they vote and no matter what enthusiasm they show? >> you're right. the peace treaty was to stop it in this peace agreement. of course, the government structure is a little bit complicated. still, even seeing this government structure, you can have a change. we did have a change in the past here. this is almost a different election and the people are emerging and hopefully by this time we see people. >> would you like sweeping constitutional changes to create a different political framework for bosnia? >> i think this is a reasonable
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expectation of the community. this is a federation also at state level, and actually it was tried already four or five times. there was a pick in 2006 and 2007 and there was james steinbeck here for hillary clinton and he made an effort. unfortunately there was not enough local cooperation. >> you're talking about efforts from six, seven years ago that still haven't worked? >> yes. unfortunately, this is really very sad, but maybe this was also now an additional motivation for voters to get out, you know. we have seen a greater turnout in the federation, especially here, and maybe this time we will see some changes. >> you mentioned republic of serbia. i've talked to many people there. many don't want to be in bosnia at all. how does that make you feel? they would like to leave this country and have their own independent state? >> this is very sad. people are repeating this again and again.
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this is not foreseen. the option as you know during the war and before that, we had three territories, so to say one was dominated by the serb army and one by the bosnian army and it was all put together. they agreed that bosnia would be one state, so we have to be patient and we have to give. >> patience? it's almost 20 years since the war ended. isn't that a recognition of failure that the people in the republic don't feel they're boez n nian? >> you're right. >> they're still divided. >> 40 years, and we have to make an effort. it's only 18, 19 years. mass graves are still being opened and they're style on trial, you know. we have to really be patient to give bosnia a chance, and i think this country has a huge potential. i'd like to remind you this week a 27-year-old girl from bosnia
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became minister in sweden or another girl that became a member of the house of lords three months ago. so there's huge potential, but you have to give these young people a chance. >> thank you very much. the high representative there responsible for overseeing the dayton accords. we'll bring you the latest news from the elections later in the evening. >> thanks so much. now, cyclone has hid india's east coast killing five people. high winds caused severe damage forcing hundreds of thousands to leave their homes. here's the report from new delhi. >> heavy rains and winds of up to 200 kilometers an hour lash the coastal states in india. the cyclone has already crashed communication networks and severely damaged roads, power lines and buildings. the national disaster response
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force says it has taken all preindications, but people say they need more help. >> translator: yesterday night there was heavy rain here. no one is here to help us. fishermen's lives have been destroyed. >> reporter: state governments have told hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes and businesses. they've also set up more than a 1,000 relief shelters. 1800 emergency workers are now on the ground and are continuing with the rescue operations despite the treacherous conditions. >> we are adequately prepared, and we are doing the best. we have mobilized all the necessary central resources to assist the government. in terms of forces, we have 24 teams and 18 teams. >> reporter: just a year ago, this region was hit by a cyclone that affected millions of people
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but caused few casualties because of mass evacuations. while state government authorities are again predicting severe damage to infrastructure, they hope their disaster management plans will save lives. al jazeera, new delhi. much more still to come on the al jazeera news hour. the process, and why talks between turkey and the kurteds face their toughest challenge yet. and meet the master of the shanghai tennis court. we have that and the rest of the sports later in the show.
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briefly with demonstrators at the university. students are demanding deposed president mohamed morsi be returned to power. people in bosnia have voted in the seventh election since want end of the country's war, but almost 20 years on, ethnic tensions from that conflict remain high. results are expected in the coming hours. let's return to the syrian town of kobani now with a day of fighting. they demand the turkish government intervenes to save the town from isil fighters. if nothing is done the fragile peace process between turkey and the kurds will collapse. >> reporter: in this working class neighborhood, people are in mourning. they've come to pay their respects to the family whose son was killed in riots that erupted across the city earlier this week. his brother tells me he's distraught, angry and afraid. >> translator: the police are
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murderers. he was not involved in a protest. he was a bystander at the scene. >> reporter: despite this claim a large pkk flag is wined to the wall at the center where the mourners are gathered. the pkk are an armed kurdish group who have been fighting for independence from turkey for decades. a picture of their leader is also on this side by side with that. even though the turkish government considers the pkk terrorists, both sides have been engaged in a praes process. that's now in the balance because of the conflict in kobani. hundreds of turkish people took to the streets angry because they say the government isn't doing enough to protect the camp from falling to isil fighters. the deputy head of the made kurdish political party in turkey, the hdp. she says while the peace process hasn't collapsed, it's facing its toughest challenge yet.
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>> translator: it kobani falls it's impossible to maintain peace in turkey, because you can't separate kobani. the government must create a security zone and open up a corrid corridor. >> although things are calm with businesses open as usually and people going on their normal lives, the teaming is uncertainty. many kurds are angry with the government, and most don't want the peace process to collapse. this professor at the local university says that kurdish politicians and the pkk are using the conflict to force the government to deliver more on kurdish demands. >> translator: i think kurdish politicians are aiming to put pressure on the government to take further steps in the peace process and to offer more than they've already promised to the kurds. >> while the fighting hasn't crossed the border into turkey, recent violence is a stark warning as to how volatile the
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situation is. the message from one is that lost a loved one is simple. i want the peace process to continue. my brother has died, but no more lives should be lost. if you head over to our website, you'll find the in depth and interactive coverage of the fight against isil. you can see how much military and humanitarian aid different nations are offering. go to and click on in depth and then interactive. to all of us that took place here, but also the tremendous amount of work that they have put into organizing this conference and frankly helping
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show leadership with respect to the most vexing challenges we face on a global basis. i think all of us are grateful for the effort to convene everybody here. i want to thank foreign minister brenda of norway also. norway has a long, abiding passion for the subject of peace in the middle east. going back two decades to oslo, norway has been very much engaged in the effort. it's good to be at an event where the results are positive. so many people have come together to contribute significant amounts of money over the next several years. more than 50 countries and organizations came here from near and far united in determination to not only rebuild gaza but to chart a different course for the future.
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this is the third time in less than six years that together the people with gaza have been forced to confront the reconstruction effort. this is the third time in less than six years we've seen war break out and gaza left in rubble. so now is the time to break this cycle once and for all, and that means addressing both the immediate concerns on the ground as well as the underlying causes of the discontent and anger, frustration that has fueled this conflict in the first place. they have a right to be deeply concerned about rockets and tunnels and security of its sit
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sfwl zens in israel. palestinians have a right to be concerned about day-to-day life and their rights and their future aspirations to have a state. it is possible in our judgment, president obama's mind and the american people to bring these parties ultimately together, but you have to believe in that possibility as a starting point. we do. i'm proud that the people of the united states have provided already $118 million in the last months for immediate humanitarian assistance, and on top of that, some $84 million to the united nations' efforts for the gaza operations. today i announced an additional $212 million in assistance in to the palestinian people as part of this effort today to create
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reconstruction funding. this money will mean relief and reconstruction, and it will provide for the distribution of food and medicine, shelter materials for hundreds of thousands of people in the coming winter. it will help reconstruct gaza's damaged water and sanitation systems so that the palestinians can have access to water on a daily basis that they can drink and homes that they can return to or start rebuilding. now, obviously, it goes without saying that there's much more to be done. we all understand that. today's the beginning of an end. maybe to paraphrase an old saying, it's the beginning of the end for the respective conflict components, but that remains yet to be seen. in order for the construction to
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succeed, there has to be really change on the ground. even the most durable of ceasefires is not a substitute for real security for israel or a state and dignity for the palestinians. there is no way to fully satisfaction each party's demands. the fulmer full measure of disarmament or the full measure of rights for scitizens in gaza. there's no way to fully satisfy that without in the end building a long-term prospect for peace that builds confidence about the future. so this is a time to remember what both sides stand to gain by moving forward. candidly what will be lost if we
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do not. egypt has long played a pivotal role on this issue from the peace treaty with israel to its continuous efforts this summer to broker a ceasefire in gaza. egypt remains a key partner for the united states and the leader in the region, and i look forward to conversations further tomorrow with both president sisi and the prime minister. during my frequent visits to cairo i have candid conversations with the challenges that both of our countries face, and he has underscored that the central issue to egypt's future is economic. you got to put people back to work. you got to build the dignity of day-to-day life. you have to open up opportunities. you have to attract capital. you have to prove to the world that the country is stable and
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open for business. that's what the current government is working hard to do. in our meetings today, i reiterated to the foreign minister our strong support for egypt as it undertakes significant reforms and works towards economic transformation for all egyptians. even today we talked about the possibility of general electric bringing emergency and immediate power to egypt and helping to be able to build out the power grid, which is essential to tourism and it's essential to business and day-to-day life. we believe there are ways for us to be able to work together and cooperate in these endeavors, and i talked just yesterday with the ceo of the company who is prepared to work with this government in order to try to help make this kind of a difference. the foreign minister and i also discussed, as we almost always have, the essential role of a vibrant civil society.
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a free press, due process of the law. there's no question that egyptian society always has been stronger and is stronger with all of its citizens having a say and stake in its success. egypt has long been a country with a strong civil society. we look forward in the days ahead to egypt's announcement for its parliamentary elections in the near term, and we also continued our conversations to help define the specific role that egypt will play in the coalition against isil. we're very grateful for president sisi's engagement on this from the word go, and they have been involved. as president obama made clear, the united states is committed to degrading and ultimately defeating isil. i'm very pleased to say that
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more than 60 partners have now committed to joining us in this effort in a variety of ways. whether it's a direct kinetic role, some will help with respect to the delegitimatization of the claims with respect to religion. some will work to prevent the flow of foreign fighters and some to prevent the flow of funding. some will work to train and assist and equip, and others will take place in military activity. all told there is a broad-based coalition throughout this region that understands the evil represented by d-a-s-h-and it will stand against it and stand for something, for the people's rights to have a future that they can determine, not be dictated to and certainly
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without fear of being beheaded or raped, children killed, grown people with their hands tied behind their back and shot en mass. this is a grotesque series of atroscities that have no place in the 21st century. we are not going to go back to medieval times. so the coalition required to eliminate isil is not only or even primarily military in nature, and we welcome everybody's contribution to that effort. particularly the effort to counter isil's false claims about islam. a peaceful religion. there is nothing about isil that saudi arabia said or the council that issues faqua commissioned, nothing whatsoever about isil related to islam. so all of these components have
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to work together in lockstep. general john allen, who is coordinating this, not demanding the military but coordinating the overall coalition effort just visited egypt and other partner countries to make certain that all of the pieces are coming together. as an intellectual and cultural capital of the muslim world, egypt has a critical role to ton to play as it has been in publicly renouncing the ideology of hatred and violence that isil spreads. we're very appreciative for the work that egypt is already doing. this was all a central topic of our discussion in jetta just last month and again today in conversations with the foreign minister. it is really important that the
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religious establishments are both fully supportive and understanding of the need to draw these distinctions with respect to religion. so that's where we are right now. we know with absolute clarity where we need to be in the months ahead. we are determined to get there. i hope that over the course of the next days and weeks more partners will come forward and more contributions will be announced, because as i said a moment ago, isil has absolutely no place in the modern world and it's up to the world to enforce that truth. so we're committed to work with egypt and with every nation and with conscience and conviction to degrade and ultimately defeat it wherever it exists. mr. foreign minister, thank you again for the warm hospitality today for a well-organized conference for a terrific result.
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we greatly appreciate your leadership and commitment on so many issues on which we are working together, and i look forward to continuing to work with you. thank you. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry there talking of israel's legitimate concerns over rockets and tunnels and the palestinians legitimate concerns over their rights and future political aspirations. he underscored that there was no way to achieve these goals without the lasting peace agreement between the two sides. he's speaking, of course, at a conference in the egyptian capital to raise donations and money for the reconstruction of gaza. the gaza strip, of course, having been destroyed by israel's assault on gaza during the last conflict in august. he went on to speak about the challenge -- another challenge which u.s. policy is facing in the middle east, and that of the islamic state of iraq and the levant, which have no place in
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the modern world. he said that the united states was committed to working with every nation to degrade the threat of isil. let's listen in to what he's saying now. >> they've lived side by side, two peoples living in peace. palestinian and israeli. we are as passionate and committed to achieving that goal today as we were on the day the president obama began his term six years ago and when i became secretary of state and began the talks that reconvened. regrettably those talks fell apart frankly over more of an issue of process, the delivery of prisoners and timing and methodology than over the fundamental decisivie issueissu even though there were
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differences. i haven't talked a great deal about those talks and i don't intend to now, because we want to get back to them. i will summarize it by simply saying that progress was made, significant progress in certain areas, and we have a very clear vision of what each party needs in order to achieve two states. but it is up to the leaders, both leaders must make the decision that they're prepared to come back and negotiate in order to achieve the peace that everybody in this region hopes for. there wasn't one foreign minister that i met today, whether in the region or outside of the region, that didn't raise the issue of when can we get ba to come negotiations and how do we get back to negotiations. i hope you continue to push to get back to negotiations and continued refrain, because everybody understands or almost
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everybody the benefits that can come from peace for this region. imagine the possibilities of the arab peace initiative finally being in one form or another, not exactly as its written today, but through the negotiations using it as a foundation and a basis, then coming together in negotiating. imagine if all of the countries of the region were free to be able to make peace because israel and the palestinians have made peace. imagine what would happen for travel, for education, for development, for business, for the flow of capital, four travel, for tourism. this would be the tourism center of the world. the possibilities are absolutely unfortunately not beyond imagination but rather amazing. we're going to continue to push, but we can't want to make piece, the united states or egypt or
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any other country more than the people in those two places want to make peace. we certainly can't want to do it more than the leaders want to make peace. but we're going to continue. we are not stopping. we are committed to continuing to put ideas on the table, to continue to talk. as president obama, however, has said, we have a lot of things on the table. we hope the leaders will make it clear quickly that they're serious and they want to get back to the business of doing this because if not, we're obviously going to put focus into those places and things where there's a prospect of making a difference in the near term because of the urgency of other issues. this is urgent at this moment. that's why i'm here. that's why the president asked me to come here. we have deep hopes that we can see the leaders of both the
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palestinian authority and of israel make the decision that there are reasons that they can see in the current construct of events in the region, the current leadership of the region, president sisi, king abdullah of jordan and others, all of whom want to move in this direction and are ready to contribute to it. hopefully those leaders will see that this is a moment to actually take advantage of, not to run away from. [ speaking in foreign language ] >> translator: there is a real need to provide the basic goods which we are representing here in the conference. the humanitarian suffering of the palestinian people should be faced.
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the unnecessary mechanism should be put together to deal with these challenges. there is international consensus as well that the violence, which has been generated by three wars and conflicts in gaza, are effective and forces us to move and relook at the palestinian struggle in light of international law for a palestinian state upon the 1967 territories with east jerusalem and the capital in the palestinian state. it's to meet the aspirations of the palestinian people.
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that's under the leadership of abbas. this conference as well as expressed and invited to during his proceedings is a very positive development that should help to lead to that palestinian state. i'm delighted to hear from the u.s. secretary of state the message which confirms this. with the international community, i have no doubt that the occupation will end and a palestinian state will be established. >> the last question is from
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brad clapper of the associated press. the microphone is right behind you. >> reporter: thank you. mr. secretary, i'd like to pick up the questions you had today about the effort against islamic state. you were asked anbar province could possibly fall, and already hundreds of thousands of iraqis in baghdad and other areas are living in fear, in kobani on the syrian turkish border, the united nations and others are warning of a massacre. in both places the ground -- local ground troops that we're hoping can turn the tide are clearly not up to the task yet. what will will the united states and its ally do to change the dynamic and urge thely because it looks as if on the one hand there's a threat of a major strategic defeat and on the
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other, you know, possible genocidal agents. >> thank you. very important question. first of all, obviously we are all very concerned about the reports of gains in kobani. we're closely monitoring the situation. in fact, we're doing much more than just monitoring it. we've been deeply engaged with strikes in the last days, even today there were more strikes. there was news today that they are continuing to hold the town. it's not been taken in completion, parts of it have. we are in discussions with -- i talked with president barzani the other day. i talked with the prime minister a couple of times, and we're in conversations with our partners in this coalition. but i want to make it clear that as they make decisions about what the options are, kobani
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does not define the strategy of the coalition with respect to - d.a.s.h. kobani is one immunity, and it's a tragedy of what happened there. we don't diminish that, but we said from day one it will take a period of time to bring the coalition thoroughly to the table, to rebuild some of the morale and capacity of the iraqi army, and to begin to focus where we ought to be focusing first, which is in iraq, while we are degrading and eliminating some of the command and control centers and supply centers and fuel centers and training centers for isil within syria. that's the current strategy. we expect there will be ups and downs over the next few days.
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we're confident about our ability to pull this strategy together, given the fact that every country in the region is opposed to dash without exception. whether it's iran or lebanon or syria itself or turkey or iraq, saudi arabia, the gulf states, they're all opposed and five arab nations are involved in conducting attacks in syria. over time we believe that the strategy will build, the capacity will build, d.a.s.h. will become more isolated. unfortunatelily it's iraqis that have to take back iraq. it's iraqis in anbar that have to fight for anbar, and we're confident that just as that happened before, that can and will happen again, though it will take some time to build
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that capacity in order for it to be able to be effective. so no one should anticipate as president obama said from day one is guilty of exaggerated expectation here. certainly not from the administration. the military leaders, the civilian leaders from day one have said this will be difficult, this will take time, and we have to rebuild the coalition. responsibilities have to be divided up and people have to get to their place of responsibility, and that is taking place now. isil has a particular buildup as they're doing, and i'd have the upper hand than theirs in the long run. a lot of people in the region know that. >> thank you. >> the u.s. secretary of state
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outlining there how the fight against isil is something that he will be in for the long run, and as he said, he expected other nations to do so. he was speaking, of course, at a donors conference pledging money for gaza. we'll bring you more updates on this story and others as soon as we get one. all right. let's bring you now up to date with some of the headlines now. after it was devastated by israeli bombardment. the polls close in the bosnian