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tandem. it's caused by an increase in water flow from the river's mouth, coming from the atlanta ocean. not like the north shore of hawaii. i'm michael eaves in new york. the news continues with thomas drayton. >> i'll pass on that. hi, everyone. this is al jazeera america, i'm thomas drayton where are in new york. let's get you cut up on the top stories . u.n. envoy to yemen warns they are on the brink of civil war the founder of singapore dies lee kuan yew is being remembered ted cruz set to announce tomorrow that he'll run for the presidency in 2016. >> in "the week ahead" - the afghan president makes a first official visit. we look at peace talks with the taliban and u.s. withdrawal.
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great to have you with us. there's fear the country of yemen is heading to a full-blown civil war. the latest arrest by houthi rebels, the third-largest city. the moves sparked protests who fear the houthis want to trag them into war. al jazeera's gabriel elizondo has the story from the u.n. in new york. >> the united nations security council emergency meeting ended. it was a wake up call for the security council because we heard from jamal benomar. the top envoy to yemen, and joined via video conference call. what he said was shocking. he said that yemen is on the verge of entering civil war. if things progress which is not
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much towards peace he said we could see a country turning into a mix of syria, libya and iraq. that is a gloomy outlook by the top u.n. diplomat. and we heard from the french ambassador reading a statement from the security council, and it was critical towards the houthis, and said that they - said that they condemn the fact that the houthis had not implemented previous security council resolutions on yemen. it was five weeks ago that they met exactly like they did today, having an emergency meeting similar to todays but the events in the last five weeks changed dramatically. and the situation like you said it is on the verge of civil war. it's no longer a matter of talking. they have to figure out a solution.
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it will be difficult. they put no time lines on it. the united nations is a body that works with consensus. we did see this weekend the united states pulling out their troops. clearly assigned to the united states, that it doesn't see military intervention. immediately on the diplomatic side. as we remember last month they closed the embassy in yemen. this is a confluence of bad quagss coming together. there's no time frame on when our how it will be fixed. we should point out yemen didn't get to the verge of a civil war overnight. we report on the power struggle threatening to rip the country apart. these yemenis have no idea running the country. they are sure of one thing - houthi rebels from the north, entering their stay of tiaz are
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not welcome. they want to drag us into war. we refuse. with every hour war is getting closer. the houthis have taken the airport in tiaz. they say that they are fighting for the right of all yemenis. they are heading towards aden where the ousted president fled to after being held prisoner for weeks by the houthis. >> i stress the following - firstly, the evacuation of all armed militias from the military the withdrawal of all gunmen from sanaa and other cities. that is unlikely and the united states things so too. first, it's shut down its embassy and now is pulling troops out of an air base in the south. >> this makes sense, a limited number of troops to take on the war or the fight against al qaeda. they don't want the forces being
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caught in what may be a full-blown war. >> friday's attacks gave us a glimpse of what that could mean tore ordinary people in the arab world's poorest country. yemen is a country where many feel unsafe. with long-running insecurity and a gun for every two people, there hasn't been this kind of chaos in recent history. a live look at singapore where a memorial is growing. people are flogging to pay respects to the late prime minister. singapore's founding father and founding father lee kuan yew died at the age of # 81. he built singapore, cambridge educated. officials in singapore declared a week of mourning. president obama sent his condolences and called lee a true giant.
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we take a look back at lee's life without lee kuan yew, singapore, as the world nose it may have existed. born in 1923, the fourth generation chinese singaporean saw his homeland occupied first, by the british and japanese. after draining as a lawyer he became prime minister. despite a ruthless style of politics he was no independence leader. singapore was independent against his will kicked out of malaysia. at the time a fearful league contemplated a bleak future. >> people connected by geography economics economics, and ties of kinship.
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we were stuck for a while. sentiment gave way to pragmatism. he was unflinching in his determination to bring prosperity in the new country. under the leadership singapore was transformed to an tiny impoverished island with no natural resources. lee's strong leadership had a darker side. political opponents found themselves in court. some ended up bankrupt. freedoms micromanaged along with the economy. famous bans like those on chewing gum were relaxed. lee's action party was returned to power again and again. with the older son prime minister. even after stepping down lee was working in an annex of the prime minister's office in vaguely titled rollses of senior minister and minister mentor. through it all he was
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unrepentant. >> if i ran a western-style democracy and took a straw poll we would have come to grief. while freedoms were sacrificed lee repaid his people. filling a legacy as one of the century's important leaders. >> the head of the c.i.a. says he doesn't consider iran an ally in the fight against i.s.i.l. john brennan said iranian special forces are working with shia militias helping the western-backed coalition. the u.s. will not allow iran to increase its role and influence in iraq. >> it's a neighbouring state. they have interest there, they are pursuing them. they have been very aggressive. there are many things that they are doing to stablilize the
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situation. i wouldn't consider iran an ally in iraq. i'm saying that the forces that d.a.e.s.h. brought to bear have generated an irani reaction that they need to make sure that they are not pursuing a parochial and separate agenda from what the iraqi nation and people need. >> the pentagon sent hundreds of advisors to work. video shows americans at work in a training camp 12 miles outside of baghdad. 100 americans are based there. american trainers say iraqi soldiers are picking up techniques. fighters from the al qaeda al nusra front captured four cost soldiers. they were taken hostage after a military helicopter. this video you were about to see shows the crash. state tv reports that the aircraft experiences technical
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problems trying to make a landing. the rebel fighters claim they shot it down. >> by this time form we should have the first official candidate. it will be the first high profile candidate on either side of the aisle to throw a hat in the ring. cruz is from texas bon in canada, the second of a cuban immigrant. if he wins he'll be the first hispanic candidate. he's been a candidate for the past two years, before that he was solicitor-general for the state of texas under then governor rick perry. much of the of support comes from the tea party. he's been at odds over a hard-line stance. michael shure has a look at what cruz will face in the next year and a half. despite what it seems like
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there's no one running for president in 2016. that is all going to change tomorrow when texas republican senator ted cruz announces the presidency. we say officially. he is dispensing with the act of forming an exploratory committee, something down in these races, allowing him to disclose who the donors are. he's running on issues like being against obama care and immigration. not the economic reform that this white house tries to enact. >> in iowa crews have their hands full with hubbing refuse. then carson and rick a conservative likely to run. he be benton boychuk-chorned by the fact that ernst ran.
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and her voters are the voters he'll try to woo. he may have problems because his name cruz. they will not make up much. the work begins he tries to take a message that works well in texas to the rest of the country former french president nicolas sarkozy's center right party won the election. it's an unexpected lose. the anti-immigrant policy beat out the socialist party, led by the current president. >> consolidating the political comeback the ex-president ump's party edged ahead. weakening the al nusra front's hopes of a first-round win.
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>> i confirm that there'll be no agreements - local or national with the leaders of the party. >> they have turned the landscape on the head. >> turning it into one of the far right parties. after the election win, they want to gain more grounds. >> the goal is to demonstrate that the al nusra front has a local presence. and not able to win in a local election. it shows gains for sarcozy's party. the country's embattled president has seen support for his socialists steadily dwindle. the approval rating is at a record low, despite prays for his handling of the paris attacks two months ago, a point
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touched upon which his prime minister. >> in january, men and women were killed. let not forget that. voting is a victory for me, and a bit too late for women, we can vote. we will elect as many ben as women. >> -- men as women issues remaining at the fore taking root in france turning marie into a serious contender. there's a round of voting next week. early results suggest french voters have doubts over her and her party. neave barker al jazeera, paris. the party came in third but the group is not viewing it as a loss. they won first seats in a parliament. the anti-austerity message has
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been gaining steam since the syriza party gained this year two helicopters from chad bombed book positions along the border killing many. a miltitary officer from niger said forces are gathering for a bigger assault hundreds gathered for the funeral of a woman beaten to death by a mob. a man is said to have incited the killing because he believeded woman burnt a copy of the koran. the family denied the accusation. afghan president ashraf ghani is in washington for a visit to the u.s. that is the topic of "the week ahead". we'll discuss key security
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issues for the two countries and what the future may hold. the boston marathon is about to begin a fourth week of testimony. while prosecutors are moving ahead of schedule. the supreme court is preparing to hear a case watched by law enforcement and advocates for the mentally ill. and express your thoughts the stream it's your chance to join the conversation only on al jazeera america
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you the boston marathon trial is about to begin its fourth week, and prosecutors may finish presenting evidence this week. lawyers will make the case. jacob zorn's trial will moffatt a faster pace. experts say the trial could finish in three to four months. for a closer look it's great to have you with us. >> thanks for having me. >> why is the trial moving so quickly? >> the strange thing about this trial was that right at the
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outset the lawyers conceded that he was guilty of the charges against him. they have been very careful about - or very coy about questioning witnesses. the victims who have testified - they generally have not cross-examined. the technical experts cross-examined - the fact that the first phase of the trial, the defense has basically conceded - that is responsible for moving the trial along. >> you mentioned that it was not about whether dzhokhar tsarnaev carried out the bombing, his defense admitted. it was more about him as a follower. why does that matter? >> that matters potentially because the defense basically has a goal at this point. they are trying spare dzhokhar
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tsarnaev the death penalty. there's evidence that he was guilty in the bombing, so it was probably wise of his defense to concede that off the bat. there doesn't appear - legal experts looked at this thinking there was a plea deal and their one goal is to spare dzhokhar tsarnaev's life. the way to do that is hopefully to present dzhokhar tsarnaev as someone manipulated in taking part as opposed to someone who had an active role in planning and executing it. >> what is the most incriminating evidence. the evidence that undermines the defense's argument? >> well there has been a - i guess it depends on the way you look at it.
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there was an extensive pattern of evidence that places him at the finish line. that has him putting a bomb down, in among a crowd of people little kids kids of all ages hanging out there for four minutes, leaving before the bomb debtonates. and so there's clearly an agency in that act. now, the defense's argument which may or may not work is that the brother manipulated him into doing this. there's a number of things that are a little incriminating. for example. he was caught - dzhokhar tsarnaev was caught in a boat and on the sides of that boat he scribbled what you might consider to be his last will and testament, and in it he explains what many regard as a political
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motive tore taking part in the bombing. he mentioned that they'd stop killing westerners or americans after the united states ceases killing muslims overseas. that suggests that he had thought through the rationale and had internalized it to some degree and was not simply doing something directly at the order of his brother we have a couple of seconds - can you tell us about dzhokhar tsarnaev's demeanour in court. >> it's been quite disconnected. there was a moment when a friend of his testified against him, that he gave the gun that was used to kill a police officer to alexander zakharchenko dzhokhar tsarnaev. he served up because it was not
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a stranger or victim but a close friend since year 8. he perked up for the first time that most saw. >> appreciate your time. >> thank you tomorrow the supreme court takes up a case concerning how police interact with disturbed individuals. the issue coming to prominence after it was recorded by a body cam. when he was shot he was always shot after lunging at officers with a screwdriver. a similar case in california reached the highest court. it could change how police deal with the mentally ill. in this san francisco home dealing with mental illness. the resist department social worker checked in. she has a skitso disorder and had been off her medication.
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she hadn't been bathing or eating and ordered the social worker out of the room saying he had a knife. he called a nonemergency number calling for a 51-50. two police officers arrived, and entered teresa's second-floor room, finding her on the bed. they say she threatened them. they retreated to the hall and she closed the door on them. >> they forced their way in and shot teresa five times. >> the last one was pretty much much - i'm trying to think of the word execution side to her temple. the doctors and surgeons said it was a miracle that she survived each one. >> after being shot the family filed suit against san francisco. and the question in the courts are whether the press are
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violating the civil rights of the mentally ill under the disability act by going after them in an aggressive way. >> the family won its case here in the ninth circuit court of appeals. depending on what the justices decide it could force a different set of skills on police officers across the country. >> a newer tactic is the use of crisis intervention teams. just over 3,000 of 25 police departments have teams. san francisco has a team it's not clear why they were not summoned. neither the states attorney or police would comment. cit rears an approach that is the exact opposite of how most police are trained to handle a potentially violent person. >> the cit office is calm and
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focused. and continues to resolve the situation without confrontation. >> i'm here for you. i'm here to help you out. never done nothing wrong. >> that's what i'm trying to tell him. >> the idea is to diffuse difficult situations something that they are unable to do. >> there are examples where officers put that training in effect with wonderful results. that has happened. wonderful. you know that's how it should happen. why is that not the standard. >> if this were your sister mother or daughter. would you feel that that action is warranted. is this really reasonable. to someone that has no bearings of where they are. it needs to change.
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>> reporter: until it does francis learnt from other families that in a crisis the last thing to do is call 911 al jazeera legal contributors jamie floyd explains how the decision can change and how it impacts with mentally ill people. >> you may not think the impact is broad. it seems like a one-off. how often can the police encounter the circumstance like this. it's rather unfortunate and unusual circumstance where you have a woman so terribly ill. a police encounter. a near-death circumstance all falling under the disabilities act. given the lack of resources for the mentally ill, and the number of times law enforcement are called in this could have brode
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implications if the u.s. court were to decide one way for the other in this case. i think they'll be more common not less going forward. the resources that we don't give to the mentally ill. legal contributor jamie floyd. the justices will hear argument around licence plates you are about to see. texas refused to issue specialty plates included confederate flag. the group issuing it say their free speech rights have been violated coming up what is next for the u.s. and afghanistan. we look at bilateral talks between the two countries. >> building a new stadium may sound like a good idea. in some cases only the team's benefit. a new budget may change all of
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that. stay with us.
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welcome back to al jazeera america, here are the top stories. the united nations security council called a meeting to discuss the growing crisis in yemen. a special envoy is warning it is on the brink of civil war. the president is calling for an urgent intervention. people in singapore are paying respects to the late prime minister lee kuan yew. known for leading singapore through independence to becoming its own country and guiding it to the financial center it is today. he died at the age of 91 republican senator ted cruz is expected to announce tomorrow a run for president it is sunday night, time for our look at "the week ahead". a delegation of afghan officials will be in washington. president ashraf ghani, c.e.o. abdul ghani and others will meet
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with president obama to discuss security economic development and afghanistan's reconciliation process and will address congress. rosalind jordan has a preview of the talks. >> reporter: when afghan president garmin sharp -- ashraf ghani meets with u.s. security is top of mind. he wants president obama to delay plans to withdraw troops by the end of 2015. the top u.s. general in afghanistan is inclined to do so. >> i'm concerned about the summer 2015. this is the first fighting seen on their open. >> reporter: ashraf ghani is trying to relaunch peace talks and is worried about threats from al qaeda and local militia and is worried that i.s.i.l. may be trying to move in. we believe the presence of i.s.i.l. is the regranting of --
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rebranding of taliban. we are taking it seriously. forces are in afghanistan to train and support the military. president obama planned to cut the number to 5600 by the end of the year. then withdrawing the rest by 2016, leaving behind a small number of troops to protect the embassy. the fear is that the afghan military will crumble. something that the defense acknowledged on a recent trip. >> president obama is considering the number of options. reinforcing support for ashraf ghani's strategy including changes to the time line for the drawdown of u.s. troops. >> some analysts say the president obama administration has to think long-term and can't ignore the need to improve the economy. if the economy is sustained, you'll be able to push back on
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problems faced. >> the obama will announce changes to the deployment plan while ashraf ghani is in washington. it's a recognition that experts say leaving too quickly could turn afghanistan into another iraq president obama hoped to have most troops out of afghanistan by the time he leaves office. the expert strategy has been revised. and will leave the bases open behind the end of the year. >> there are 10,000 troops in the country. ashraf ghani is open to peace talks. yesterday garmin sharp said he was cautiously optimistic that face to face talks could happen. pakistan urged two sides to come together to achieve peace and stability, many civilians have been paying the price. since the war began in 2001 an
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estimated 23,000 have been killed. for a look at what is ahead i'd like to welcome mark lyons, al jazeera's national security contributor, a retired army major and truman fellow. and reporter from the "new york times" and former afghan correspondent for "the times." great to have you with us. mr rosen burg in your local article you say ashraf ghani offers hope for the president. how optimistic should we be for this meeting? >> ashraf ghani is the leader president obama wanted. tes technocratic gets his hands into the detail doesn't need a lot of chitchat. he's not like hamid karzai, who didn't really want to deal with the law. he runs a week government. the past summer the election was marred by fraud, there was an electoral crisis.
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>> john kerry had to go there in person to negotiate a deal. you have two different sides coming together in this government. they don't really get along. that's an inherent weakness. hamid karzai's government for all its corruption, was basically unified. everything that was not taliban was unified. that commitment was not there. that's a worry for the u.s. >> the relationship is slightly better. priorities is the same. afghanistan is struggling. >> no question. >> violence is on the rise. that's why you have the general saying that possibly we need to slow down the deployment to the united states. he went to afghanistan early, taking over the job, was the vice chief of staff of the army. took over the job. knowing that trying to pull out by 2016 would not be a good
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idea. we are setting the stage to see u.s. forces beyond 2016. >> a lot of it has to do with what president ashraf ghani wants, if he wants u.s. forces there. the president can say this is what the president wants to do. by taking half the troops out, you are removing the infrastructure and capability. they are concerned about the summer and about it deteriorating. >> if we don't stay past 2016 how ready are afghan security forces? >> i mean at this point if you gave them today and said deal with it on your own, they are not ready. logistics, air support, smiling troops is difficult. big manoeuvres and a range of issues, they are not there yet. in another year there's a lot to overcome. a lot of deficits can't be overcome.
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that's a fear if you get up and go you'll have an army and pieces of it will fall apart. that said i want to add the afghan army comes in a tremendous way. i was in in fin and '10, in -- in 2009 and '10, in kandahar. watching the patrols get high and stuff like that. that doesn't go on any more as far as i know. they have come a long way. >> we do want to point out that ashraf ghani's visit comes as a challenging time as president obama weighs the number of u.s. troops in afghanistan. as nicole johnson reports, afghanistan's army is at its lowest level in five years. >> reporter: these afghan schoolediers are getting ready for a highway patrol. first up a lesson in using an american maid machine-gun. the men say they prefer russian
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weapons, this one they say, sometimes jams. >> over the last five years, the number of troops increased fourfold. just as well. the taliban operates in many parts of the eastern afghanistan countryside. the new base commander said the problem is not troops but weapons. >> lack of air support, intelligence and drones affected our operations. we should have an air force to destroy bases. we are weak in having long-range weapons. these days the war has been modernized. >> reporter: even the food budget has been cut. there was no meat for lunch. instead, rice spinach and a potato. most foreign troops pulled out, the size of afghanistan's army is at its lowest level in
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four years. desertion, lack of recruitment and casualties are taking a toll. last year troop numbers dropped by 8.5% to under 169,000. the latest found that u.s. military leaders overestimated the strength of afghan security forces. they thought there were more police and troops than there are. it makes it difficult to judge the afghan government's ability to secure the country. 1300 afghan soldiers were killed last year. this man has to support 13 people. he gets home and says it's just as well he's single. >> there are provinces where boys are left for a long time and are bored for nine, 10
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months, when they get a holiday, they go back wondering if they get leave again. that's why they don't come back. >> reporter: every morning soldiers sweep this stretch of road for improvised devices. they said if they had night vision goggles and jammers, they can do a better job protecting people. >> taliban fighters are a few kilometres away. the challenge is holding them back. and it's one afghanistan is now facing on its own there are few african forces and n.a.t.o. forces. the taliban is taking notice. >> they are still on the attack. closer to kaboom. they continue to attack in close to where the capital is. that's where we'll retreat to by 2016. it hasn't stopped. as long as the attacks increase
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and you saw from the package there's multi dimensions. and the facts that they don't have basic capability to fight a resilient enemy. >> fighting intensifies. >> i think so as the u.s. and n.a.t.o. capably takes the step back. the lack of air support is in the fight for mobility they can't bring soldiers to the battle fooled in a place it can affect, and that's the disadvantage that it's at. the taliban is on the initiative. >> where do we stand with taliban peace talks? is it dead in the water. >> that is a strong statement. there's always hope. there was another false start in february, where it looked like they may be willing to talk. the pakistani may be willing to talk. that seems to have spluttered
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out again. no ones expecting substantive negotiations to begin. once they begin, we are talking about a year two or three. then the questions come up will they follow, omar or whoever, will say will they make a deal. probably you'll have disaffected groups killing off, raising the name of i.s.i.s. no one thinksies is a big presence. you have the factional side and the other thing that doesn't get much coverage is there's a lot of groups making a lot of money, and they fight because they need to make the money - minerals drugs, a range. there's not much incentive to stopping fighting when you are making money. >> how does pakistan factor in? >> pakistan is where the taliban
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lives, it has contacts and a releaseship. how much control is unclear. the afghan saying they are the puppet puppetmaster puppetmaster. no one thinks that's the case. pakistan can arrest leaders, jam them or their families. if they want them to sit down they can at least do that. getting them to make a deal it's doubtful. they could get the taliban to talk. >> politically, how strong is the taliban now, i know you want to add to the last statement. >> he's strong he's working with abdul ghani. he's the right guy for us the kind of leader that the west wants to get along with or succeed. >> what is he facing at home? >> he's facing everything from corruption desertion from the military, lack of security. he had government positions to
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fill. there's so many things preventing him moving forward. >> what roadblocks? >> education of the citizens there's so much he has to do. the thing about business. general borno said in the article once the troops leave and businesses leave 20 minutes later and so will the money. there has to be a mix of security plus business. it's one thing to bring democracy to the country, to bring true capitalism infrastructure rebuilding i think they are important and they are not going to go if there's no security yip. >> the u.s. made it clear that they are training. how do the afghans view that. >> the u.s. says they are for training. it's a little more fluid. the afghans have the help they have. i think they are happy not to have big units coming into their village. there are special operations forces conducting raids every night.
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there's fighting going op and americans taking part at a longer distance and in fewer numbers than before. >> and thousands of contractors. >> it's one thing to have soldiers in uniform. >> yes. >> it's a dirty little secret with the u.s. and the way it's waged war. the contractors we've had over there, a large number. >> perhaps the million dollar question, what does afghan look like? >> the question is are they part of the international community. do we have a country that is participating in a secure - it's hard to stay now. i think you'll see u.s. forces in afghanistan in five years. the next two years there'll be a deal brokered where the president will want u.s. forces to secure and we'll have a model similar to germany, korea. >> your final thoughts as we look ahead to the meeting?
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>> he's right about the u.s. forces the afghans, as they contain them. there's money, resources and training. ashraf ghani has to impress president obama. if ashraf ghani leaves him thinking they are in good hands. it's a realistic out come. >> can they trin. there's huge problems. the chi is a mess. there's not a lot of natural industry. corruption is low. there are generational changes that meet to happen. >> lot of work ahead. national security reporter at the "new york times", and mark lyons, al jazeera national security contributor, great to have you both with us in "the week ahead." before we go a look at other event in "the week ahead". monday - alexis tsipras meets with german chancellor angela merkel in berlin.
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after an extension of time and money for greece's cripping debt tuesday - rising tide of anti-semitism, the hearing in response to jewish people in paris. wednesday, ban ki-moon will speak to the security council about children in armed conflict. part of the discussion expected to focus on groups like i.s.i.l. and boko haram, using children as fighters. next on al jazeera america - the president wants to put an end to tax free financing for sports stadiums, and what that could mean for cities across the country. >> and in kentucky - flooding - the latest from kevin corriveau next.
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tomorrow police are expected to release the result of an investigation into an alleged
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sexual assault at the university of virginia, a story that drew attention to the issue of campus sex assaults after a victim's statement was published. initially all fraternity activities were suspended, but reinstated after discrepancies were found in the story. >> plans to bring a team do los angeles is a sustain closer. a stadium has collected twice the number of sits needed to put the number to a vote. under the ban. the san diego chargers will share the stadium if they fail to get new venues. raiders and st. louis rams left sports stadiums are some of the recognisable and revered landworks. tens of million filled the seats every year. as michael eaves explains
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finance can be altered by president obama's new budget. . >> professional sports teams rake in hundreds of millions in revenue, but rarely foot the bill for the stadium where they play. cities and stakes subsidise scrouction costs with bonds -- construction costs with bonds, designed to help raise money for public infrastructure, but have been used to help private businesses. experts say using them for stadiums and areapas is beyond what the authors had in mind. >> stadiums are a prit good transaction between a consumer and private producer in no way can one construe this as meeting the original intent of what it is supposed to be. >> after a boom of construction in late 1970s, and early '80s. congress tried to stop the
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teams. the tax reform act required such bonds to become taxable if more than 10% of the debt was repaid from a professional team. the law had the opposite effect and cities and states borrowed more to make sure the debt payment stayed below the threshold. any economic boost is focused on the area around the stadium, and some economists believe they do not generate revenue, and the money spent at the stadium is money not spent at movie theatres or restaurants, and leaves many in debt. it's not just local taxpayers that bay. a report by bloomberg said taxpayers bombs for the nbl, n.b.a. and baseball cost u.s. treasury $164 million. more than 17 billion of tax
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exempt debt has been used to fund 64 prosport stadiums costing $4 billion in faxes, in addition to the debt. >> i think it's fine if the citizens of the cities want to spend their own money to provide subsidies and stadiums for professional teams. more power to them. why the rest of the nation's taxpayers should contribute is another question entirely. >> the obama wants to change that. its budget proposal calls for eliminating tax breaks promising savings as much as 542 million by 2025. change the the code is never easy, and bad stadium deals are approved when it pits local prayed against something as unexciting as tax policy. one person in the middle of a deal is rick a mayor of st.
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petersburg florida. he interviewed him and talked about construction in the tampa bay area. >> let me be clear, the stadium has nothing to do with the raise. this is in the west side of the community, and is surrounded by four other ball parks. what we'd be doing by creating this field is have oo field where international baseball which we got done hosting with puerto rico and canada can play during the spring. it would be an attractor for college tournaments, high school tournaments. all of those bringing in people. all coming into the community that may have never been in the city. gives us a chance to see the city. >> according to the mayor, the new stadium would cost 3-5 million. >> after being hit with flooding resident are facing a
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challenge cleaning up. some 200 homes were affected by the rising water, and much of the area is covered in a thick coating of mud. it's making lives rough because we can get into cleaning but can't access our property. >> the red cos arrived no louisville. what is next. let's get to kevin corriveau with a look at the forecast. that area settled down. down to the south it is another story. we are looking at flash flooding and flooding going across the south-east. i can't to take you closer. this is 24 hours ago. on the eastern part of texas, this is what it looked like yesterday. we are talking about port arthur to bemont and they were looking at flash flooding. if you are familiar with texas,
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if you drive through the areas, you can get the cars stuck. you don't know how deep the water can be. we are dealing with watchers across the area. most of the rain pushed over to the east. along the rivers we are looking at flood warnings including the missouri river, where the oh meet and all the water is going down to the south. in that situation it will take weeks for the water to make its way to the golf of mexico. most of the rain was here towards carolinas, and we could see localized flooding. we have snow to parts of the minnesota and wisconsin over the next couple of days. that will go away. as we go towards wednesday, there's nor rain across much of the ohio river valley and unfortunately that will be a big event as we go for the next couple of weeks. >> thank you. >> that will do it for this
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hour. thank you for joining us i'm thomas drayton in new york. we'll have another news at 11:00 p.m. stay tuned "faultlines" is next. thanks for watching.
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>> every day across america military-style raids are taking place. local police dressed like soldiers break down doors in the hunt for drugs. >> this is not what we think of as police in a democratic society. this is way out of proportion.