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hello and welcome to our viewers. i'm michael holmes coming to you live from brussels with our continuing coverage of the terror attacks. we begin with the manhunt under way right now for one of the most wanted men in europe. a source telli ining cnn that european security agencies believe he was involved in tuesday's devastating terror attacks here in the belgium capital. cnn has obtained a french police bulletin photo of this man. al hamed. they warn he is, quote, very
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dangerous and probably armed, unquote. according to france's "le monde" newspaper his dna was found at the apartment where the three brussels airport bombers were picked up by a taxi on the day of the attacks, an important lead. now, the police presence has been heavy in the brussels district where that apartment is located. there have been raids, there have been arrested and detentions as authorities try to root out and stop terrorists from striking again. friday afternoon, three days on from the attacks a major police operation in the brussels district of schaerbeek and on a platform a bomb robot approaches the man holding a large bag. more raid was carried out at
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this apartment. they arrest two in france and germany argenteuil. new pictures of this, the inside of the apartment that authorities describe as a bombmaking factory used by the belgian attackers. police say this is where they found some 15 kilograms, almost 40 pounds of the explosive tatp, also chemicals, screws and an isis flag. the raid followed a tip-off by the taxi driver who picked up the airport bombers najim laachraoui and ibrahim el bakraoui. a third man remains on the run. a u.s. official says they believe, however, they know who he is. there have been daily raids as police learn more about the five men they now believe committed the atrocities on tuesday and the wider terror network in which they were embroiled. questions meanwhile, continue
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over claims of belgian intelligence failings off turkry revealed it raised a red flag raised by ibrahim el bakraoui when it deported him to the netherlands back in july. dutch authorities say they received an e-mail almost a half hour before the flight but never mentioned turkey's concerns. el bakraoui's smiling face in custody revealing little of the heartache to come. three days since the blast loved ones are still waiting as the identities of the injured and the dead from 40 nationalities start to emerge. u.s. secretary of state john kerry showing his support in brussels. >> the united states i want you to know is praying and grieving with you for the loved ones of those who have been cruelly taken from us. including americans and for the many injured in these attacks.
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>> reporter: today three dutch including siblings alexander and sascha pinczowski are confirmed amongst the dead. some more details on salah abdeslam. he is, of course, the only surviving suspect from november's paris attacks and apparently told police he only played a minor role in that operation. now, this information is coming from several french media outlets citing interrogation transcripts. he allegedly points his brother who blew himself up in paris as a major figure in that operation. abdeslam was captured last week in the molenbeek neighborhood here in brussels. all right. let's get more now on the manhunt for al hamed who could prove to be a critical figure.
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cnn contributor tim lister joining us from london. i know you've been look nothing this man. tell us about him. a young man in his 20s and apparently came across as a refugee. >> yeah, he did, according to the bulletin that we obtained in subsequent contacts with source as cross europe, al hamed came through lyros, the greek island where two of the paris attackers also entered and then traveled through europe. and also at about the same time as the ringleader of the paris attacks abdelhamid abaaoud and that's where his links with salah abdeslam become much more firm, if you like, because abdeslam was there in hom and was arrested at least
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fingerprinted by german police not so much arrested, stopped and fingerprinted along with the same man with whom he was a court on that friday in brussels just over a week ago. so you see the sort of web coming together. it is known that a man went missing from that refugee center at the same time, so al hamed very much on their radar at the moment. that particular bulletin went out just about five or six hours after the brussels attack. he's thought to be associated not just with the belgium attacks but in paris, as well, mike. >> yeah, and when it comes to salah abdeslam, as well this new information coming from french media as well as sort of -- has him downplaying his role in the paris attacks. and saying nothing about brussels. that's when he clammed up and said he was going to say no more and not cooperate. what do you make of those new
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details fingering his brother as a more prominent player. >> i think the first reaction, he would, wouldn't he. he's going to downplay his role. there are certain things that he said that were inconsistent with the record, one being that he'd only ever seen him once in his life. er both convicted in a roblry trial and sentenced in 2010 so that doesn't quite wash. parts of the testimony seem plausible to the fact that he dropped these guys off at the stade de france and drove randomly. his movements in paris do suggest his behavior was somewhat erratic. i think the most interesting thing to me when he came back to brussels, he went immediately to the apartment of a known suspect or terrorist, someone who is thought to have been involved in radical circles, someone eventually shot dead by belgium police in that raid in the forest department before the belgium attacks.
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belkaid had come in undetected after some time in syria at 35 years old he seems to have been a senior member of this plotting team but apparently, abdeslam felt safe enough he could go and hide out at belkaid's place and belkaid was not pleased to see him didn't kick him out so either they were naively optimistic they could get away with it or had a very poor opinion of the belgian police and thought that they would be safe really staying with each other as opposed to staying as far apart as possible. >> yeah, and, tim, finally i want to ask you, just listening to what you're saying there, what we're learning says a lot about the ability of these men to travel, to get around and says a lot about their resources, as well. >> it's really stunning as you look at some of the documents investigators are using as their sort of base for further research. the amount of travel is quite
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extraordinary. people on the move the whole time, sometimes in the air but very often driving and indeed the resources involved with properties and forged documents, as well. another thing that comes out is just the number of aliases these people have, it's almost impossible to keep up with who is who because they're running under three or four names. but sometimes technology and travel does work both ways. one reason that we found out salah abdeslam was detexted, his movements were detected across europe was that the rental cars he had had gps systems and those gps systems had been if you like reconstructed or reviewed by investigators and they have now really good picture of exactly where he went and when which is why we know he was in hom and where he went from there and who he picked up while he was there. >> fascinating, tim, thanks so much. as always, tim lister there in london. american officials say a
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u.s. military operation has killed isis' finance minister as he's being described. military officials say they wanted to capture him alive. but the operation didn't go as planned. analysts believe he was next in line to lead the group's daily operations. i want to bring in ryan heath, senior eu correspondent, associate editor for politico to talk about more about this. let's talk now about plugging those intelligence gaps, the counterintelligence failures. european cooperation. how do you see that evolving? >> very slowly. if the past track record is anything to go by, let's take the example of that man stopped on the platform in germany yesterday. he was linksed to the bombers at the maalbeek station. would that stop and search occurred in belgium? the belgian police didn't even pass on information of one of salah abdeslam's cousins
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potentially being in contact with him as soon after the paris attacks as december, we didn't get that information until yesterday. so the basics aren't happening, just in terms of neighbors talking to each other then at a much deeper level you don't have the europe database plugging in and have people, these brothers sitting on an american database but the two sides not talking to each other. the cooperation problem goes beyond europe and from the basic up to the big database to database relationships. >> to the person probably sitting at home and listening to this, this is absolutely stunning. everybody is meant to be part of one great union then not talking to each other about things that involve national and wide security. >> absolutely. so as with so many things the idea is absolutely brilliant. the first half of the execution pretty good. the back end doesn't happen. where everybody loves to travel around in europe i would hate to lose my freedom to pop across the borders and zip over for a
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weekend quite quickly. no border checks but that doesn't work if nobody believes the border is secured. it doesn't work if you can just transport terrorists as easily as you can transport your family on a weekend holiday. >> there's been a lot of discussion about that. the open borders arrangement as it's known that it may be under threat. do you think that is a realistic possibility. >> it is certainly under threat. i think that it will survive in some form but won't feel like it did last year and as it was developing. people value it too much. the eu is very durable and somehow shaping its achievements but you can't go on like this. you have to secure that border externally. >> i wanted to get your thoughts on al hamed, this new name that came out. came across as a refugee. his possible involvement, your thoughts. >> more what it tells us about this hydra-headed beast, this set of networks of terror we're dealing with. if he's popping up on the scene
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now very probably linked to the paris attacks as well as the brussels ones, sound a little like salah abdeslam when he came on to the scene and started to learn his name. who are the next ones we'll learn about? i don't think we're at the end of this rabbit hole yet. >> unraveling but not yet done. ryan heath, thanks. with politico joining us with some good context there. all right, well honoring those who had lost their lives at the maalbeek metro station. a community trying to stay united despite their fear.
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welcome back cnn special coverage of the brussels terrorist attack. many here struggling with disbelief and trying to stay strong after what's happened. we share some of their stories. >> reporter: reaching out for
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reassurance. in the center of the city, a quiet moment for just two people of so many who have been touched by this tragedy. local residents who use every day, tears in their eyes, struggling to absorb why they're under attack. >> this is our city. it is not our business. we don't have anything to do with that. if they want to fight the world, i understand that. >> we are very, very sad that all these thingses are happening all over the world, not only in brussels. >> reporter: they open the shutters to reveal the empty ticket hall, seen here through smashed glass. through a first look, these pictures of the scene underground since the attack.
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reminders. violence and carnage arrive. a gutted out station, once the very artery of life in this city. this makeshift monument at the entrance to the metro, people have been leighing flowers. some people have been coming like these ladies to light candles. a number of messages and prayers left as well. a lot of them writing tributes, messages of peace. everybody together, this says in french. this letter really, really struck me. it's a young girl who lives nearby. she says that i normally take the metro all the time, but that particular day i didn't. and i keep thinking, it says, what would have happened to me if i was on board that metro train. i'm really scared to take the metro. these children are from a nearby school.
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only five of them from the entire class came to school the first few days after the attacks. >> they didn't come or afraid to come. >> the love of our children, they live where the terrorist came from. it's very important, we are muslim, but we're not the same, you know. >> reporter: a community trying hard to face terror, but for now only confusion and emptiness. cnn, cnn, brussels. >> we will continue our reporting on the terror attacks in brussels in just a few minutes. let's go to george howell at the cnn center in atlanta for the day's other news. >> thank you. other news we're following
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around the world. in american politics and the war of words between two republican rivals running for president, it is growing even more personal now. ted cruz, he is furious after a salacious tabloid article was published about him. he is blaming donald trump for planting that story. >> reporter: ted cruz breathing fire at donald trump. >> donald trump may be a rat, but have i no desire to copulate with him. and this garbage does not belong in politics. >> reporter: in a hastily arranged press conference, the texas senator bringing up unprovoked a tabloid story about him, saying donald trump is behind it but offering no proof. >> it is complete and utter lies. it is a tabloid smear. and it is a smear that has come from donald trump and his henchmen. >> reporter: trump responding in a statement saying, quote, i had
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absolutely nothing to do about it. this comes as the gop rivals have been sparring, involving personal tax involving their spouses. cruz looking to frame this as a pattern for trump. >> strong women scare him. >> reporter: this isn't the first time trump has stirred up controversy about women from megyn kelly moderating. >> you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. blood coming out of her -- wherever. >> reporter: and her response to "rolling stone" about carly fiorina saying, would anyone vote for that?
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>> i think women all over the country heard what mr. trump said. >> reporter: to his digs against hillary clinton. >> and hillary who has become very shrill. you know the word shrill? she's become shrill. >> reporter: while 59% of republican women have a favorable view of trump, 39% have an unfavorable view. and his unfavorable mark jumps to 73% among registered women voters nationwide, showing how much of an uphill climb he could face if he emerges as the nominee. for democrats, there are three contests on saturday in the states of alaska, hawaii and the state of washington. be sure to tune in all day for cnn's complete coverage of the democratic caucuses only here on cnn. switching now to weather. winter has not given up on the western part of the united states. our meteorologist karen mcginnis
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is at the world weather wall to show us about that. >> take a look at what's happening across colorado, where not only the snowfall is expected to materialize over the next several days with back-to-back storm systems but it looks like the wind is going to be prominent there as well. look at that moisture sliding off the pacific as the snow showers are coming in from the gulf of mexico. not winding down although we're officially into springtime. we still have winter weather advisory watches and warnings. this looks to be an event over the next several days. 10 to 16 inches of snowfall possible or around -- right around 45 centimeters expected. there you can see the single digits in celsius reflecting those colder temperatures.
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we're looking at readings across the eastern seaboard. not so bad. 12 degrees expected in new york city or around 54 degrees fahrenheit. look at this. miami, coming close to that 30-degree mark with temperatures around 85, 86 degrees expected there. a picks of clouds and sunshine in los angeles and around 7 degrees fahrenheit. across europe, one storm system after the other, lots of wet weather on the way. already starting to pick up wet weather. windy conditions expected here. but taking a look at rome as we head towards easter sunday, it looks like ideal weather conditions with partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies. those temperatures in the upper teens. across western europe, quite stormy. also for the middle east we're looking at unsettled weather. so much so, george, we could see areas across turkey that could
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see some potential for flooding. back to you. >> karen, thank you very much. you're watching "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. ahead, we take you back to brussels and our conditioning coverage of the deadly terror attacks there with my colleague michael holme on the ground as the world mourns those who lost their lives. >> even if i don't have weapon. even if i don't have bump 37 we are citizen. we are democrats. and we are better than zeem a survivor of the paris terror attacks has a message for the people of brussels, who are now working to recover from a similar tragedy. stay with us. well, it was nice to see everyone. i just wish it had been for a better reason. me, too, but the eulogy that frank's daughter gave was beautiful. i just feel bad knowing they struggled to pay for the funeral, especially without life insurance.
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welcome back to cnn special coverage of the attacks here in belgium. i'm michael holmes in brussels. french investigators are circulating a photograph of one of those who could be one of the attack suspects. he's 28-year-old hamed from syria. they believe he could be critical in the bombings here and in paris. police foubelieve they found hi dna at the apartment. first of all, talk about the city and the impact of all of this on the city of brussels.
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>> well, it's still changing. we saw grief, all the people coming here right behind me to show their empathy and to mourn. now, of course, we're getting to the realistic phase. what do we do now? how will we organize ourselves? in the meantime, keep that strong feeling that was here the day before 37 brussels was never united as before. this is very delicate balance to be hard snuff sdmuf strong enough to cope with this event and to come on the feelings we have. >> as you are speaking, belgium soldiers walked behind you armed to their teeth. did you ever think you'd see that day here 1234. >> no.
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i'd say i'm almost 50 years old now and i've seen my city change for the last three months in a way i never could have imagined. but now it's okay. we have to deal with it. and i think we have to go further now than just the soldiers. they are there. they are there to protect us. that's a good thing. but we have to be able to prevent such attacks in the future, even if you can never rule them out, of course. >> you're in the government. i mean, do you as a member of the government accept there have been some terrible strategic and structural failures in how counterterrorism has been run in this country? the gaps, in many case -- things have been missed that should never have been missed? >> we started with easy inquiry ares on the responsibilities. you are fully aware that two ministers wanted to resign but the prime minister said, this is not a time to do so. so in a way they showed their accountability but by doing this in a political way, we don't
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really know what happens. but i want to stress the fact that even if we have to organize better to prevent these type of events, we can never rule them out. we're a small country. the french, dutch, sometimes americans also like to pick on us because we're not organized. we are organized. maybe we should better work together in a european context and now the next step to a european central intelligence. that is what we should do now. this is real lesson. >> do you think when it comes to structural reforms, that kind of thing is a great idea, a european intelligence service within brussels? i've been told since i've been here that there are more than a dozen districts, that the departments in those different districts sometimes speak different languages, sometimes they don't cooperate with each other. one police will people french, the other will speak flemish back to hem. you have departments here even
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at the street level who literally don't speak the same language. >> i won't overaccentuate that. there is a language issue in this country. >> it's more an attitude. >> i think you're right there. and i think we have to evolve towards a more central administration, central police. there is a central headquarters not far from here. maybe we can do better about that. it's not about language. it's about attitude. >> you addressed the root cause of all of this, which is places like monthlien beak whey molenbeek that has large unemployment, nothing to do but go to mosques and perhaps meet with people who can lead them down the wrong path. what about to do --
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>> i was raised in monthlien be molenbeek, and i live not far from if now. we cannot say all young people who have social problems are terrorists. as a minister of the youth, i'm aware we should do more to give people a perspective because what we don't see is a lot of people stay in molenbeek for the rest of their lives, but more people, they walk out of molenbeek. it's an arrival city. they come here by migration and they go elsewhere by social mobility, which is a good thing. i'm ready to do so. of course, with my colleagues, french speaking, too. but we work together. a year ago that wasn't the case.
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now we work together. i think with the situation now we can do better. we have come from our little country we have come into a federal state where we make decision, what do we have to do? it's now time to counterbalance and work more together. >> that's a very important point that you make, that you have a large muslim community in molenbeek and they don't want to be painted with the same brush -- >> that's very important. >> -- that the terrorists have. i have to leave it there. thank you very much. miniature of culture here. very important points on the root cause ask what needs to be done with intelligence failures. moving on, as their conditions stabilize, cnn spoke to two mormon missionaries who
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were in the airport when the bomb went off. here's what they experienced during tuesday's deadly attacks. >> i'd actually pulled out my ipad to look at something. i was starting to look that up. i was looking at my ipad when the first blast went off. it was really loud. it really came out of nowhere. i wasn't expecting it at all. i was looking down and a huge blast came -- i believe my body was picked off the ground for a moment. my ipad that was in my hands, i don't know what happened. it just disappeared. i think it might have actually hit me in the head when it got blasted out of my hand. the watch on my left hand just disappeared. my left shoe was blown off.
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a large part of the right side of my body got really hot and then really cold and i was covered in a lot of -- there was a lot of blood and a lot of -- a lot of that blood wasn't mine. >> and then i turned my head back and i was starting to talk and it was a black -- and i was laying down on the ground. it was all ashes all around. it was all gray. it was really stinky because of the burn. and i was all brown, on my -- and my hands was burned and my
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head also. so i quickly -- then i realized it was a bomb then i was laying down. then i opened my eyes and woke up and go away. so i walked as fast as i can, crying. >> as you lie there now a couple days later, what are the thoughts and feelings about what you've experienced? >> i just -- feel love for those who were injured. i feel so bad for those -- i was so lucky. i was so lucky, being how close i was. and i saw a lot of people that were injured worse. i heard a lot of people were injured wadbadly. my only thoughts are for those out there.
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i hope they're doing okay. i've just wanted to pray for them. i've been praying for them since it happened. that's the only feeling i have, is that they're okay because i'm very lucky. i know some were not as lucky as i was. >> well, from brussels to paris there are mutual feelings, of course, of sorrow and defiance. people who survived last november's attacks in paris know very well what those are now going through. we spoke with a man now reliving the horror. >> nothing has changed. >> reporter: emanuel dominick survived the attack at the bataclan theater. he remembers the night in vivid detail, the gunfire, the sound of the terrorists' voices, how he pretended to be be dead to stay alive. >> i would say i'm dead like this. >> reporter: four months later, he's reliving that horror. he sees the attacks in brussels
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as a second november 13th. his message to the victims in belgium -- >> they have to continue and fight and we are not weak and even we don't have weapon, even we don't have a bomb. we are citizen. we are democrats and we are better than them. >> reporter: messages of strength from hundreds whose lives will never be the same. from france the victims of terrorism are now helping those traumatized in belgium. the administration tells me it's important to let victims know they're not alone, but recovery is not easy. >> you have to be able to accept that your former life is dead. that you are starting a new life. that you are going to still be a victim all your life but not feel yourself as a victim, but a survivor. it's not immediate. it has to be done by steps.
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>> reporter: steps jean-luc says he was taking. he was closing his hair salon on that fateful november friday, changing his life forever. it killed 18 people across the street at the cafe. the attack caught on camera published by bullets flying, innocent people fleeing the onslaught, seeking cover wherever they could. he says the militants open fire as he stood in his salon, paralyzed with fear. he remembers trying to save the lives of the cafe's patrons, his friends. his message to the victims in belgium, stay strong. don't give up, he says, continue to live. appreciate life. don't let the bad guys win. cnn, paris. meanwhile, isis is claiming responsibility for another deadly attack. this time in iraq. we're going to tell you what appears to be the moment of the explosion and why the militant group is now on the defensive in
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell in atlanta. we'll have more from michael holmes in brussels ahead, but first on a suicide bombing in iraq, claimed by isis. the u.n. is coffndemning the attack as an abhorrent act by evil-doers. the video appears to show the moment of explosion at a football stadium. at least 25 people were killed there. the blast happened as trophies were being handed out after a tournament. isis has been lugs territory lately in iraq. and the u.s. has played a key role in helping iraqi forces fight the militants. now the pentagon wants to send
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in more troops. it's believed they would help iraq take the key city of mosul. >> we have a series of recommendations that we'll be discussing with the president in the coming weeks to further enable our support for the iraqi security forces. so, again, the secretary and i both believe that there will be an increase to the u.s. forces in iraq in the coming weeks, but that decision has been made. >> and then in syria, the syrian army says it has taken from isis an important landmark in the history of human civilization. the palmyra castle and areas around it are now said to be under isis control. now to greece and the government there is urging migrants who have made camps in that country to now move to official reception areas. most of them say, they're not budging. the makeshift border camp is
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beginning to overflow after macedonia sealed it's border. on friday, 20 buses showed up at the camp. only four left with migrants, who reluctantly boarded them. >> reporter: even if it is like hefb, there in the new camps we won't go. why should we? we want to go to europe. we risked our lives and our children's lives. we spent a lot of money and we escaped the war not to stay here. either they open the border or we will die here. >> estonia, latvia and lithuania are tightening controls to keep refugees out. latvia plans to beef up its border guard and to build a fence at its border with russia. ahead, we take you back to brussels this hour. cnn's max foster went to the first friday prayers since the attacks and asked muslims how they are feeling about the
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sounds of mourning and tribute in brussels. we were here yesterday when that happened. the city's philharmonic orchestra paying tribute as thousands gathered around the memorial site. it was an extraordinary scene, a moving moment when that orchestra played here. now, frustration, sadness all being felt right across belgium, especially at the country's islamic cultural center. our max foster went to the great mosque of brussels for the first friday prayers since tuesday's attacks. >> reporter: friday prayers, in a week that scarred the minds of all belgians. religious leaders left to make sense of the horror that unfolded in brussels, the same questions a growing number of terror victims all over the world are asking.
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one of the imams calling the perpetrators barbarians. there's no evidence that anybody here is implicated in any crime. the muslim community as a whole feels implicated. the terrorists may have been muslims, but that doesn't mean muslims are terrorists. >> translator: we are all affected by this. as a belgian, as a muslim or as a human being. it's very sad. it's a sect that is striking everywhere. >> translator: the problem is that there are a number of young people who are weak and who are lost, socially and economically, and who are easily indoctrinated. so, how does belgium move forward? how does it neutralize a threat? leaders here accept joint but not complete responsibility. the solution, in large part, is
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economic is comes from the government, they say, claiming the youth most vulnerable to radicalization are those out of work and out of things to do. >> this is one of the solutions for this problem. to find activities or sport activities or physical activities or -- or financial activities to give him busy with useful things. >> reporter: for the moment, dr. momenah says he sees himself as eyes and ears of the muslim community. >> he has psychological problem, we send them to the clinic. >> reporter: what have you got here? >> huh? >> reporter: what have you got here? >> he go to doctor, speak to him
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about his problem. he tried to solve his proshgs taking care of him. >> reporter: a resident psychologist, sitting beneath the mosque. a sign, perhaps, of europe's new reality. psychologists sitting beside imams. max foster, cnn, brussels. >> i'm michael holmes live in brussels. i'll be back with cnn special coverage of the belgium terror tax. stay with us.
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hello and welcome to viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm michael holmes as we continue our coverage of the terror attacks that hit our city earlier this week. police here may have the identity of a possible suspect. the french police shows naim al hamed, 28-year-old syrian, thought to be at the heart of the isis attacks here and also in paris. investigators are unsure of his whereabouts during the bombings, but french media are reporting
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french police found his dna inside the apartment that the airport attackers used. this comes as officials make at least ten arrests in brussels, belgium, in france and also in germany in connection with the blasts at the airport and the metro station in brussels. police continue scouring belgium and beyond for suspected terrorists as people here in the capital get back to some sort of normalcy. brian todd has the latest in the investigation. >> reporter: scenes like this across brussels, as police work to take down alleged isis cells related to tuesday attacks. arresting at least nine potential terrorists, including this suspect, seen here shot and wounded as a police robot moves in. moments later, police drag the man away. a witness says just before the shooting, suspect had been sitting with a little girl at the bus stop. >> one moment, two cars coming very speedily, three cars very speedily. they shoot one guy.
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they're sitting behind me. was with a little girl. was very, very fast. he looked back. after robots come to take the bags. >> reporter: that man is now in custody, shot in the leg. since the bombings, the city is on edge as police continue major operations in the brussels district of scharbeek, where a taxi driver picked up three terrors and took them to the airport, two of them blew themselves up in the terminal. this video shows the apartment where two of the suspects apparently planned the attacks. inside police found tatp, the unstable explosive mrooefd to be used in the brussels and paris attacks, as well as the chemicals and isis flag. meantime, overnight in a separation operation outside paris, french officials captured another man suspected of planning his own attack. >> translator: to foil a plan in france, which was at an advanced
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stage. the individual questioned holding french nationality is suspected of being involved at a high level in this project. >> reporter: recovered in a related operation, a kalashnikov rifle and more tatp. german authorities say they arrested a 28-year-old moroccan man. german officials tell cnn, the man received two text messages before the attacks in brussels. one text had the name of khalid el bakraoui, the man believed to have blown himself up at the brussels train station. later the source says there was another text containing the word -- the french word for end. after that, khalid el bakraoui detonated his bomb inside the airport. a u.s. official tells cnn, u.s. authorities believe they know the identity of this man, seen on surveillance footage at the brussels airport just before the bombings. he's wearing a hat and light-colored clothing. he is believed to have left a
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bomb at the airport and then took off. u.s. authorities have shared information about his identity with belgian officials, according to our source. his name has not yet been made public. brian todd, cnn, washington. it's not yet clear if that mysterious man in white, the man with the hat that brian mentioned in that report, might be the syrian suspect police are looking for right now, who we've been reporting on, naim al ha d hamed. the 28-year-old is described in a police bulletin in france as, quote, very dangerous and probably armed. investigators trying to piece together hamed's movements in recent months and his links to the captured paris attack terrorist abdeslam. meanwhile, abdeslam reportedly told police he only had a minor role in the november attacks in paris. well, let's get more on both of these men. salah abdeslam and naim al
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hamed. cnn's tim lister following this angle of the terrorist investigation joins us from london. let's start with al hamed. i know you've been digging into his background and this man came across europe as a supposed refugee. >> according to french national police bulletin, naim al hamed is about 28 years old, he was born in syria. whether those are his real details or a forged identity, we don't know. he arrived in greek last november at the same time, abdelhamid abaaoud, the ringleader of the paris attacks was also on that island. he proceeded up throughout refugee chain, if you will, and ended up at a refugee center in ohm, where his links where salah abdeslam become more interesting because abdeslam drove to ohm at the beginning of october. when he was there, two refugees
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went missing from this center. we think one of them is al hamed. one of the reasons that investigators have been able to piece this together is that during the course of last summer and last autumn, abdeslam rented a bunch of different cars. those cars were equipped with gps systems. that's enabled investigators to piece together his movements. after octobers he went underground until information in the last couple of weeks which shows he had taken an audi a-3 from somewhere, maybe bought it, maybe stole it, maybe rented it. that's the latest information we have on him. his whereabouts unknown. whether he was the man at the airport, unknown, mike. >> interested in your take on salah abdeslam and the reports coming out of belgium that he did talk to authorities here after his arrest. but basically that was to say he didn't have all that much to do
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with paris. that he was a minor figure there. and not answering any questions about brussels. what are your thoughts there, tim? >> my first thought is, he would say that, wouldn't he? but he wasn't questioned for very long by either the police or the investigating magistrate. and the questions were solely about paris. they did not touch on his belgian network because, of course, that was before the belgian tax. after those attacks happened, he clammed up all together. in talking about paris, he said he dropped off these two iraqis where they blew themselves up. then he drove randomly before wandering on the metro. that does fit with what we know of his moouchts, which appears to be somewhat confused. he was picked up and brought back to brussels the following morning. he says that he went to lay low at an apartment that belonged to a 35-year-old belgian, who was a known quantity. he had been to syria. he had come back to belgium
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through sweden. apparently he was not known to have been in belgium by the belgian authorities. he had been involved in sending money to abdelhamid abaaoud. this is a guy who was at the heart of the plot. but for some reason they thought they'd be safe in brussels, so that's where he went. either they thought the belgian authorities were not particularly competent, wouldn't find them, or were very optimistic and naive about their survival chances. he appears to have laid low in these two apartments that belonged to mohammed el bakraoui. >> it's interesting from your writings and what we're also hearing elsewhere, we're learning a lot about the extent of travel of the suspects. and the apparent ease of travel as well, the resources they had. >> they do seem to have quite a bit in the way of resources for
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property, travel and for fake documents. they all seem to be equipped with at least one or two aliases. that's not cheap. they travel a good deal by air. one associated with the plot apdz to have traveled to england in the days immediately before the attacks, rented a car, went, came back. a lot of travel. a lot of aliases. so, yes, there are resources. i think as you develop a picture and look at all the documents we're able to obtain, the iceberg factor, there's so much hidden about this network. every passing day seems to reveal a new name. >> yeah. thanks as always. a journalist for the newspaper is with me here in brussels. i know you've written a lot about isis strategy and the shifting, the expanding, if you like, of the battlefield. >> yeah, yeah. i think we have to see it as one
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battlefield, belgium, france, iraq and syria. it's losing the war. what they're doing now is attacking europe in its weak spots. that is what's happening now. >> how is that plan to how authorities in europe need to play this, how they need to deal with this. do they need to now start thinking they're not dealing with a terror attack here or there. they're dealing with an ongoing insurgency of sorts? >> i think that's how they should look at it. as you know, the belgian political discussion is now focused on the big question on how one of the terrorist foreign fighters who was insolvent and who blew himself up, he was arrested by turkish authorities. this was communicated to the
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belgian authorities but there went something wrong with the communication. nothing happened with it. so i think some belgian politicians say this one officer who is responsible. i don't think that's the case. i think it's a system error. it's a system coming out of a kind of innocence and maybe also a naivety. i compare it a lot -- you remember the belgian pedophile who kidnapped and killed several young girls. there was also the system who was never confronted with such pure evil. >> but there was a trial there and things were missed in that as well. where is the government responsibility? we talked about these gaps in counterterrorism and the passing on of information. not just in europe but belgium itself? >> i think there's a huge communication gap. the different services, i don't
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know whether they don't get along or not or whether they do, but there is a communication problem. it's extremely important, especially if you look at, this is an international problem where terrorists are going from one country to the other. then your communication system has to be really well organized. that wasn't the case. that's clear. >> and we heard the u.s. defense secretary yesterday, ash carter, talking about the sort of structure about isis. those fighting in syria and iraq who have come back, and then those who have come back and they train others here, and then there are those who are self-radicalized. that brings us back to the point of why people are open to that radicalization. this disenfranchising of those who have been susceptible to a radical message. what needs to be done there? >> that's the second wake-up call. it's not just a problem of the security services. it's also the big question on
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how you integrate different communities into our society. and that should be also a big debate. not just security but also how to organize your community and how to include all the people of your society, how to give them equal chances. for example, in brussels, education is quite a big -- is a big problem. some schools are really struggling. that's so important. that's where it starts. that's where the radicalization and the -- yeah. if you don't have a good school, you're really vulnerable. that's also the system failure. >> i covered iraq throughout the war and one thing we always battle with in covering that war was trying to get past the numbers and put faces and make those casualties into people. now, here in belgium, this attack, you're going to see photos. you're starting to see it now, photographs, names of local people here. how is that going to impact the people in this square behind us
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to pressure the government? is there going to be an upsurge of anger tha this happened or was allowed to happen? >> no. i think you'll see the group of victims will be very diverse. the first pictures are coming out, the first people are identified, and you can see several people of muslim origin. we will see that we've been hit not just the white people in belgium but everybody is hit. and everybody is hurt. >> yeah. that's a very good point. 40 nationalities involved in the victims. >> exactly. >> thank you so much for coming by. >> you're welcome. >> important points made there as well. hundreds recovering after the explosions in brussels. ahead on the program, cnn spoke with a trauma doctor who described the injuries that the shrapnel left behind. we'll be right back. y. and i'd like to... cut.
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of them have shrapnel injuries. metal pieces blown away by the bomb entering the body on different locations. this has caused multiple fractures on many patients. many patients have eye penetrations, metal pieces going into the eye. some of them have lost sight. >> you've extracted some of the shrapnel from the injured. describe some of what was in that bomb because it's truly designed to inflict maximum injury. >> you can find whatever piece of metal in there. there were bolts, there were nuts, there were screws, nails, and unidentifiable pieces of
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metal. the more bolts there are, the more injury they cause because sharp things cut. the other ones make the skin and the issue below kind of explode when they go into the body. and they create really horrible injuries. >> you're a trauma surgeon so you're trained to respond to severe injuries, accidents, all sorts of things. were you prepared for this? >> you never are prepared for this. on one side you have a number of patients. on the other side, these are injuries i never see under civilian circumstances. one of our coworkers is a military surgeon from afghanistan and he informed us in the past and instructed us in the past, based upon his experience in kabul, so he knew about those injuries and he knew how to deal with them. but we never see them until last tuesday.
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>> tell me about what patients are telling you. maybe they're out of surgery. they're just waking up to what's happening to them. >> they are extremely courageous. they all want to go back to normal life. we have some people who were working at the airport. and yesterday one of them was passing and visiting the patients, okay, i'll be working back on the airport in six months. you will see me in the airport again and the courage of these people is strike pentagon. >>. >> stories of resilience and bravery there. we'll be back a little later in the program on more in the unfolding developments in brussels. for now, back to cnn center. george howell is there with other stories making news this
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hour. >> thank you. other stories we're following aren't the world this hour. in iraq, isis is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 25 people. that video appears to show the moment of an explosion at the football stadium. it happened at the moment trophies were being handed out. both the oou.n. and united stat are condemning the attack. even so, isis has been losing territory in iraq. meanwhile, the pentagon says u.s. forces killed the man who may have been second in command for isis. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr reports. american forces are trying to kill or capture the terror group's top leaders. >> reporter: u.s. special operations forces secretly sent
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into syria, trying to capture this man alive. al qaduli, defense secretary ash carter described the leader. >> senior leader serving as finance minister and also responsible for some external affairs, plots. >> reporter: somebody the u.s. government put a high priority on grabbing, including a $7 million bounty on his head. >> in fact, we know that he was actively planning external attacks. >> reporter: even though u.s. forces went in to capture him, they killed him in a highly dangerous mission about which little is being revealed. the troops were part of the pentagon's covert expeditionary targeting force, a team of 200 special operations forces with orders to kill or capture isis leaders. the unit had been tracking
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qaduli from helicopters overhead they prepared to land and grab him from a vehicle on the road. fighter jets overhead ready to act if the troops needed more firepower but sources tell cnn, something went wrong. the commandos ended up having to open fire from their helicopters and kill qaduli. >> the removal of this isil leader will hamper the organization's ability to conduct operations both inside and outside of iraq and syria. >> reporter: qaduli, who some analysts call the number two in isis, would have had crucial intelligence. >> this is somebody with significant credentials in global jihad. >> reporter: if they had been able to grab him alive, the plan was to take him back to iraq, interrogate him there, and then turn him over to iraqi authorities for detention. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon.
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america's choice to 16 and the race for the white house, the verbal feud between republican rivals is growing even more heat now. ted cruz is angry after a salacious tabloid article was published about his family. cruz is accusing donald trump of planting that story. trump says that he had nothing to do with that article. the war of words began earlier this week during a back and forth attack over the candidates' wives. our gary tuchman went to a ted cruz rally in wisconsin who asked some of his supporters what they think about this republican feud. >> reporter: escaping a springtime snow shower. hundreds of people walk indoors, lining up looking forward to not only seeing ted cruz in person but also his wife heidi, who has gotten recent attention. have you read what donald trump has tweeted about ted cruz's wife? >> yes. >> reporter: what do you feel about it? >> unprofessional. >> reporter: as a woman, who is
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angry about this? >> i think every woman could be angry about that. it is a distraction. not only that, when it comes to the general election, if he is the candidate, hillary is going to beat up on him because of the way he comes against women. >> reporter: ted cruz made reference to the tweets. >> heidi has been in the news the past couple of days. let me just say, although the views of some might differ, i think heidi cruz is the most beautiful, extraordinary, generous, loving, amazing, fantastic woman on the face of the planet. >> reporter: wisconsin resident is not amused about heidi cruz being in the news. she is leaning towards ted cruz, still mulling over john kasich, but not considering the man who tweeted about ted cruz's wife. >> i think that's something you don't do. in a sixth grade presidential campaign they don't let you put
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that on the walls and this is a national stage. >> reporter: whether you're for donald trump or against donald trump, there's little surprise these days when he goes on one of his twitter tirades. while cruz supporter don't like their candidate calling him lying ted, that doesn't compare to this outrage. >> reporter: they brought their children so they could see ted cruz in person. >> i think him attacking women has gone to a major low for him. i understand donald can say a lot of things and not get in trouble for it. i see going after women and ted cruz's wife is totally, you know, unacceptable. >> reporter: a couple days ago you were considering donald trump. >> yeah. >> reporter: you're not anymore? >> i don't think so. >> reporter: are these tweets a factor? >> i think the tweets play a part in it, yes. >> reporter: because? >> because i just don't think it's appropriate to be attacking each other's wives. >> reporter: there were quite a few undecided voters we talked to here. the tweets at this rally did not
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bode well for trump getting any of those votes. >> his views on women, he doesn't treat women the way that -- i mean, as humans. so obtain ject fiing us and obj fiing ted cruz's wife was unneeded. >> reporter: gary tuchman, cnn. for the democrats, there are three contests ahead on saturday. in alaska, hawaii and the state of washington. be sure to tune in all day for cnn's full coverage of the democratic caucuses only here on cnn. this is "cnn newsroom." i'm george howell in atlanta. ahead, we take you back to brussels and our continuing coverage on the deadly attacks there. with my colleague michael holmes. with a very powerful story of the community trying to stay united, despite their fear while they honor those who died. stay with us.
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welcome back to our special coverage of the brussels terror tax. i'm michael holmes coming to you live from brussels. we're learning that passenger flights at brussels airport won't resume until next tuesday, at the earliest. the airport departure was very badly damaged in last tuesday's deadly attacks. in the meep time, a manhunt under way for a 28-year-old syrian in connection with the attacks in brussels and, indeed, the november paris attacks as well. naim al hamed is described as
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very dangerous and probably armed. mourners releasing balloons into the sky at the memorial site for attack victims in belgium. most of the deaths in tuesday's bombses were at a metro station, not far from where we are now. many belgians still struggling with disbelief while trying to stay strong at the same time. we share some of their stories. >> reporter: reaching out for reassurance. in the center of the city, a quiet moment for just two people, of so many who have been touched by this tragedy. local residents who use this station every day, tears in their eyes, struggling to absorb why they're under attack. >> because it's our city. it's not our business. we are not -- we don't have anything to do with that. if they want to fight a war, i
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understand that. i respect that. but not in our city. >> we are very, very sad that these things are happening all over the world, not only in brussels. >> reporter: they open the shutters to reveal the empty ticket hall. seen here through smashed glass. in an exclusive look, these are the first pictures of the scene underground since the attack. reminders of the violence and carnage remain. a gutted out station, once the very artery of life in this city. this makeshift monument at the entrance to metro, people leaving flowers. some people coming like these ladies to light candles and a number of messages and prayers left. i want to show you this, too. a lot of them writing tributes,
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messages of peace, everybody together, it says in french. this really, really struck me. it's a young girl that lives nearby and she says, i normally take the metro all the time, but that particular day i didn't. and i keep thinking, it says, what would have happened to me if i was on board that metro train? i'm really scared to take the metro. these children are from a nearby school. only five of them from the entire class came to school for the first few days after the attacks. >> today we are 21 of 30 in the class. the rest of them is not -- didn't dare to come or is afraid to come. >> the love of our children, they live where the terrorists came from. >> exactly. >> molenbeek, it's very important to see we're muslim but we are not the same, you know. >> reporter: a community trying
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hard to stay united in the face of fear and terror. for now, though, there's only confusion and emptiness. cnn, maalbeek metro station, brussels. now, of course, the terror attacks are exposing belgium as a futile recruiting ground for jihadi fighters. even before that cnn was in brussels molenbeek neighborhood, an area becoming synonymous with extremism. she and her team spent months getting to know the residents. having them share what it is like to live there and finding out what attracts some to a violent ideology. >> i believe it's a part of our islam that we protect the country we were raised in and that we try to make the country that we lived in prosper. and the problem is the misunderstanding of this youth that they think when i attribute myself to anonymous country,
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that makes me anonymous. that doesn't make any sense. >> that's just a glimpse of what is an in-depth look at the fight against terror saturday at 7:30 p.m. in london, 8:30 central european time, only here on cnn. well, anger, frustration, sadness, all of those things being felt across belgium. especially at the country's islamic cultural center. our own max foster went to the great mosque of brussels for the first friday prayers since tuesday's attack. >> reporter: friday prayers in a week that scarred the minds of all belgians. religious leaders left to make sense of the horror that unfolded in brussels. at same time, a growing number of terror victims all over the world are asking. one of the imams at this mosque strongly condemning the tracks,
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calling the perpetrators barbarians. there's no evidence that anybody here is implicated in any crime. the muslim community as a whole feels implicated. the terrorists may have been muslims, but that doesn't mean that muslims are terrorists. >> we're all effected by this. we're all effected by this, as a belgian, as a muslim or as a human being. it's very sad. it's a sect that is striking everywhere. >> translator: the problem is there are a number of young people who are weak, who are lost, socially, economically, and who are easily indoctrinated. >> so, how does belgium move forward? how does it neutralize a threat that's emerging from its own communities? leaders here accept joint but not complete responsibility. the solution in large part is economic and comes from the government, they say. claiming the youth most vulnerable to radicalization are those who are out of work and out of thins to do.
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>> this is one of the solution for this problem. to find chances or activities -- or sport activities or physical activities or financial activities to give him -- keep him busy with useful things. >> reporter: for his part, dr. momenah says he sees himself as the eyes and ears of the muslim community, on lookout for signs of radicalization. >> he has depression or he has psychological problems, we send them to the clinic. >> reporter: what have you got here? >> he speak to doctor about his problem. he tried to solve his problem taking care of him. >> reporter: a resident psychologist sitting beneath the
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mosque, a sign, perhaps, of europe's new reality. psychologists sitting beside imams. max foster, cnn, brussels. we will have more from brussels a little later this hour. after the break, though, we have the story of a massive fish kill in the fishing capital of the world. ...another anti-wrinkle m in no hurry to make anything happen. neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair works... one week. with the... fastest retinol formula. visibly reduce wrinkles. neutrogena®. the roles you play in life are part of what make you, you. and you're not going to let anything keep you sidelined. that's why you drink ensure with nutritious calories, 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. come on, grandma! giving you the strength and energy to get back to doing what you love.
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we explain what's causing the florida fish kill. >> reporter: florida is known as the fishing capital of the world. right now, there's a lot less fishing and a lot more concern about what's happening to their valuable and vulnerable ecosystem. if you walk up and down indian river lagoon, you will see this. thousands of dead fish, belly-up, in the water. there are several different factors going into play here. one is the state received about triple their average rainfall for the month of january. all of that rainwater and runoff has gone straight to the rivers and lagoons. not to mention because of el nino, temperatures were warmer than normal, allowing for a toxic algae bloom to take over. the algae bloom depletes the oxygen from the water, in turn, killing the fish and has also killed more than half of the loo began's sea grass. the fish kills happen all the time, all over the state. but this one is massive.
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farther south, there's another problem. lake okeechobee is the highest it's been in ten years. right now the army corps of engineers is draining it. billions of gallons of freshwater pouring out of lake okeechobee. this affecting the salinity of all the estuaries. the army corps of engineers says they're backing off to a safer discharge, but if you ask the fishermen in the area, they say too little, too late. >> that's our meteorologist jennifer gray telling us what's happening in florida. the winter weather is hanging on in parts of the world. >> just when you thought winter is mostly behind us, we start to see significant snowfall totals across the interior west. we're not finished, even as the storm system lingers across the southern rockies. we have a lot of moisture still
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aimed at the pacific northwest. look at that long fetch of moisture pumping that moisture in as it bumps into the mountains and changes over to snowfall. we're looking at significant snowfall totals. especially across southern colorado where they have seen a tremendous year as far as the snowfall is concerned. an additional 10 to 18 inches of snowfall possible. that's where we have the watches and warnings and advisories out. now, this is an area that you may remember in previous years. lavent done so well. not terrible, but this year in particular because of el nino, we have seen just staggering snowfall totals. what about the forecast high for later this afternoon. very comfortable across the southeast but for the easter weekend, it could be a washout as a lingering weather system pumps in plenty of moisture across the carolinas and into florida. there you can see that dip in those temperatures that are going to be on the cool side for this time of year.
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all the way down into colorado. and for the western european countries we're expecting quite a bit of wind and rain. some of the rainfall totals could be about 25, maybe 50 millimeters, 1 or 2 inches, but that would be be be over just a 24-hour time period. with additionally winds wrapped around the area of low pressure. they could top 100 kilometers per hour. but in rome it looks like it's going to be picture perfect for easter sunday. this looks to be an amazing forecast with partly sunny to mostly sunny skies. temperatures in the mid to upper teens. enjoy that beautiful day while it lasts. that looks to be unlike a lot of other areas, going to be fairly quiet, depending on where you are all the way from madrid to paris to london and glasgow,
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oslo. we're looking at quite a bit of unsettled weather as the wet system moves in. also across portions of the adriatic and aegean. we could see some thunderstorms erupt across this area. from the middle east, jerusalem all the way up to tehran, and wind gusts into western europe, george, could top 100 kilometers per hour. back to you. >> pretty serious weather there. we'll stay in touch with you. still ahead here, the story of a young teacher who is still missing after the terror attacks in brussels. we visited her school. we'll meet the student and colleagues that hope she will return. the future belongs to the fast. and to help you accelerate, we've created a new company. ♪ one totally focused on what's next for your business. a true partnership where people, technology and ideas
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(vofights mess right.ghtweight 4-in-1 attacks three strong litter box odors, plus locks clumps tight. ... and now it's light. every home, every cat. there's a tidy cats for that. welcome back, everyone. you're watching cnn's special coverage of the brussels terror attacks. there is a manhunt for one of europe's most wanted men. authorities say 28-year-ol naim al hamed may prove to be a critical figure in both the brussels and paris attacks.
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meanwhile, salah abdeslam, the only surviving attacker from the november paris attacks has apparently told police he had only a minor role. this coming from french media outlets, citing interrogation transcripts. belgian police captured abdeslam last week. now, in the headlines they are numbers, 31 dead, 300 wounded, but, of course, behind every one of those numbers is a face and a family ripped apart by tragedy. and there is another number, too, one that is harder to pin down, the number of people who are missing since the brussels terror tax. authorities in belgium say it could be weeks before all the dead are identified. meanwhile, their families trapped in limbo, not knowing for sure. islamic school in brussels is trying to find its way back to normalcy. colleagues and students alike hope that one teacher, who has been missing since tuesday's attacks, will somehow return. now atika shubert visited her
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school to meet the people whose lives she is touched. >> reporter: on tuesday morning in brussels, students at this islamic school were waiting for glass with their gym teacher. loubna lafquiri, a wife and mother to three young children. she was supposed to start at 9:45, the school's co-founder told us, about but she didn't show up. we were worried. we called and called but there was no answer on her phone. a powerful bomb had ripped through lafquiri's morning commute. her family has checked every hospital. she remains missing. it may take at least three weeks to identify those killed. she was an exceptional woman. she represented the true values of islam with generosity and caring. he then corrects himself as he
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says, she was a woman -- i'm sorry. she is a woman, an energetic woman who smiled all the time. the chairs in her home room class are still empty. many children haven't come back to school yesterday. on the door of her classroom you can still see her name listed. before students return, a counselor meets with teachers to discuss how to break the news to the children. what's your favorite memory of loubna? >> her smile. >> her smile, yeah. >> always jumping. >> reporter: at the gym, children play under gold that spells out the name for alla'a. no one can fathom how someone can justify bloodshed in the name of their religion. it's simple, he says, whoever supports these people who harm so many others, who paralyze the lives around them with fear, is
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not a human being. we must not support these people. we must report them. the terrorist attacks on brussels may have robbed the school of a beloved teacher. but it cannot shake their faith. atika shubert, cnn, brussels. >> one of the many tragic stories that have come from these horrible attacks here in belgium. before we go, we to want bring you some scenes from friday when many here paused to remember the victims of tuesday's bombing. ♪ ♪ >> we were here at the place de la borsqu when that happened. the philharmonic orchestra
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playing for the crowd. very moving scene. before this week, the brussels stock exchange looked like any other civic building. now, of course, it's very different. it is full of flags, flowers and messages written on the walls, messages of peace ever since the attacks. the this has become the focal point for mourners here in brussels. on good friday they were joined by the city's emergency services for a of solidarity. brussels showing its appreciation to the first responders. and right now it is quiet, but people still coming n mingling. we saw people dropping flowers earlier, adding to the many already there. i'm michael holmes in brussels, thanks for watching.
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good morning. so grateful to have your company this morning. >> we are going start with live pictures this morning taking you to brussels. people setting up the memorial for the 31 people killed in the deadly terror attacks this week. the city on edge. the country on edge as police patrol the streets in brussels. >> there have been several raids where a taxi driver picked up three of the suspects and too


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