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huge protests in tehran over the u.s. strike that took out an iranian commander. the nuclear deal now in dire jeopardy and president trump doubles down on his latest threat which could amount to a war crime. flying in fire. a desperate evacuation effort from wildfires in australia. smoke so bad the emergency management agency has shutdown. cnn live this morning in tehran, baghdad, riyadh, abu dhabi and australia. >> good morning, it's monday january 6th. it's 4:00 a.m. in new york.
breaking overnight, huge protests on the streets of tehran. anger brewing over that u.s. strike that killed the head of iranian special forces. giant crowds at the burial sunday of general qassem soleimani in iran, now weighing how to retaliate against the u.s. and the iranian cabinet voting to no longer obey restrictions imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal including limits on uranium enrichment. >> he said they're allowed to kill our people, they're allowed to torture and maim our people, they're allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people, and we're not allowed to touch their cultural sites? it doesn't work that way. >> two senior u.s. officials discussed widespread opposition to targeting cultural sites but pompeo backed the president's
position. >> so cultural centers are theoretically fair targets in your view am. >> i've been part of the discussion. everything i've seen about how we will respond with great force and great vigor if the iranian leadership makes a bad decision. we hope they won't, but when they do, america will respond. >> meantime the president appearing to notify congress for an apparent retaliation for an iranian attack via twitter. the united states will quickly strike back perhaps in a disproportionate manner. the house will vote on a war powers resolution. frederick pleitgen is live for us in tehran. and it's 4:00 a.m. eastern time in the u.s., we're seeing these live pictures of still many, many people taking to the streets protesting the american
action, the american killing of the general. >> reporter: you're absolutely right. i'm actually right in the middle of the crowd. as you can see still a lot of people who right now are standing around me and actually chanting death to america. a lot of them have already also said that they want revenge for what took place for that killing of iran's general qassem soleimani. i have to tell you i've been on the streets of tehran where protests have taken place many times in the past. i really haven't seen ones that were as big as this one. earlier this morning soleimani's body was eulogized by iran's supreme leader himself. and there's a procession. the iranian's are saying there's going to be retaliation. and yesterday i managed to speak to one of the adviders of and he
told me there will be military retaliation and iranians don't want a full on war with the united states. >> translator: the response for sure would be military and against military sites. let me tell you one thing our leadership has officially announced we've never been seeking war, and we will not be seeking war. it is america that has started the war. therefore they should accept appropriate reactions to their actions. the only thing that can end this period of war is for the americans to receive a blow that is equal to the blow they've inflicted. afterwards they should not seek a new cycle. >> reporter: so essentially there the iranians are saying they are going to strike back, but they want it to end there. they don't want this to escalate any further and for tensions to wrap up even more and possibly turn into a full on war between the u.s. and iran. i can tell you from having been in the crowd here the people here are saying they want
revenge, they want it quickly, and they want revenge to be extremely hard, guys. >> the president making the suggestion twice now there are cultural sites in iran he would target if the iranians lash back at the united states. how's that going over there? >> that's actually one of the things -- i'm glad you bring that up, because that's one of the things i hear the most about from folks here in the crowd. and they're saying, look, these cultural sites should be completely off-limits because iran is obviously a country with a very rich cultural history thousands of years old, cities that are thousands of years old, shrines that are very important important religiously and culturally as well. it's certainly something that's also caused a lot of anger here. >> and quickly watching for
example lawmakers yesterday, has this whole incident sort of healed some divisions internally in iran? is this something maybe lawmakers can seize on in terms of, you know, cohesion and power there? >> well, you know i think generally the killing of qassem soleimani is something that has in many ways united a country that was quite divided before. they were big protests here, up risings in some cities. and now in some of those very same places where qassem soleimani came through there, you saw people united and taking to the streets calling for revenge against the united states. so therefore in many ways it's united parts of society and now all of that kind on the back burner. iranian politics is also something more divided and you
can see those factions now are divided. so in many ways the killing of qassem soleimani has done a lot to unite iran's population at least for the time being behind their power center. >> fred pleitgen for us on the streets of tehran. thank you, fred. we'll talk to you again very soon. >> president trump is lashing out iraq after its parliament voted to allow all foreign troops out of the country. the administration tried unquesally to convince iraqi leaders to prevent the nonbinding vote. president trump telling reporters on air force one if they do ask us to leave we will charge them sanctions like they've never seen before. it'll make iranian sanctions look somewhat tame. let's go live to baghdad and bring in. the president obviously campaigned on getting out of the middle east and now he's saying
troops are staying. how is that being received there? >> reporter: well, i think the message has been clear from iraq, from the iraqi government, from the shia led majority in the government and parliament here. they made it clear with that vote yesterday saying they want all foreign forces out of the country. they saw that strike by the united states here as a real breach of iraqi sovereignty, a real violation of this country's sovereignty. and now of course there are legal questions, procedural questions about how the iraqi government is going to implement this resolution by the parliament. but you know what is absolutely stunning is we heard from the prime minister, you know, it was the iraqi government who invited u.s. forces, the coalition forces to this country to help them in the fight against isis. but now the prime minister is saying because of the tensions between the united states and iran how this has developed over the past few months, this proxy war that is now turning into a
confrontation, and they are really worried that iraq is going to become a battleground for these two countries. they say they've been left with no option but to ask these foreign forces to leave because they're not going to be able to protect them and their bases here. and of course the concern is the repercussions of such a decision if these troops were to withdraw. what is going to happen next? first of all, you know, they're handing a major victory here to the iranians who for years have wanted to see nothing more than u.s. forces leaving this country. and then, of course, there's isis. yes, it has been defeated tear te torally but it is still around. it exploits situations like this, a possible security vacuum. and we have heard from the u.s. led coalition saying now they're
halting all their anti-isis operation, their training of iraqi forces to focus on the protection of troops here, laura. >> ripple effects remain to be seen here. thank you so much there in baghdad for us. >> and we've seen the effects in the global oil market. oil prices higher. these tensions between the u.s. and iran escalating, and that is pushing crude prices higher, above $70 a barrel for the first time in more than six months. oil prices rose more than 3% friday after soleimani was killed in that u.s. strike. tehran has vowed revenge for the killing of the general. one fear it could disrupt key energy supply routes. the strait of hormuz is a focus of oil flow. analysts expect a limited response that could keep a lid on oil prices but expect a floor under them as well because certainly the uncertainty of what the response will be from
iran is what really is the problem here, laura. >> u.s. personnel already face serious danger overseas, of course. more proof of that sunday when three americans including a u.s. service member and two civilian contractors were killed in a terror attack in kenya. the attack was carried out by l al shabab on a base. what are you hearing there? >> reporter: laura, as you can imagine what happened yesterday has completely caught the nation by surprise. this morning of course many questions are being asked about how many more casualties there might have been besides the three americans died in the attack as we were told by u.s. africa command. we also know that two department of defense contractors were injured. and last night u.s. command told
us they were about to be evacuated but they were stable. of course the questions we're now trying to unpick if i can show you quickly is the headlines in nairobi's press nrng a this morning are trying to make this tenuous link. we don't see any evidence of that at the moment. and we tried to understand just how many of kenya's defense forces were casualties in this blast. remember this is heavily fortified camp. it is really where u.s. special forces train their african partners. so as the day begins now in this east african country we're trying to unpick many more answers. how did the attack happen, how were they able to go to this extent, and how could it be so audacious and brazen? it is the first attack on u.s. troops on kenyan soil. >> and this huge story. growing fires in australia have
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a state of emergency in new south whales. at least 135 fires are burning in the australian state home to sydney. more than 65 of these fires are uncontained. try flying through this. that's an australian defense helicopter through blood red skies. the glow stretches all the way to new zealand. this is the daytime, folks. here's the before and after look, more than 1,300 miles away. wildfires have already killed 24 people, burning more than 23,000 square miles. the largest peacetime evacuation in the country's history is unfolding. that's where we're going to find
andrew stevens. we have wildfires on the west coast in california on a seasonal basis, but what you're seeing there really is something that is dramatic and rare. >> reporter: absolutely. oats something australians haven't seen on this sort of scale, christine. the top level is an emergency level. at one stage there were more than 25 and it gives you an idea of the extent of the fire. there was one fire the size of manhattan and it was all being generated at the wick end by extraordinarily hot temperatures. a suburb hit 116 degrees with a hot, hot dry wind that was driving the fires about a hundred miles south of sydney which led to evacuations.
tens of thousands of people got out before the fires hit. but many thousands more were actually told to stay where they were and ride it out and basically pray and hope for the best, which they did. it's a miracle in many ways there has been a loss of life of just 24 people given the size and intensity of these fires. what we've seen in the past 24 hours is blessed relief. there's been rain and there's been quite a lot of rain. not enough to put the fires out. there's now about 120 or so fires burning but none of them at a critical level. the next big test comes thursday, friday. the temperatures pick up again, the hot dry winds come back. there's still plenty of bush land. one of the reasons australia has been so vulnerable this year is because we've been facing years of drought. what was normally a fairly moist undergrowth, that's all gone so everything is tinder dry. >> and it is, andrew, the beginning of the summer there.
so clearly this is going to be a long, hot dangerous summer. andrew stevens for us. thank you. >> the pictures are just incredible. that blood red sky as they're trying to fly through it. who took home the top prizes at the golden globes last night? we'll have it up next. these folks don't have time to go to the post office
"once upon a time in hollywood" won for best musical comedy. also picked up trophies in the screenplay and supporting actor categories. on the tv side not too many upsets. hbo's succession won the best drama. on stage drama came from tom hanks choking up as he accepted the lifetime achievement award. >> i'm a little jittery. a man is -- i'm sorry. a man is blessed with a family sitting down front like that. a wife who is fantastic in every way, who's taught me what love is, five kids who are braver and stronger and wiser than their old man is and a loving group of people who have put away with me being away months and months at
a time. of course otherwise i wouldn't be standing here if they didn't have to put up with that. so i can't tell you how much your love means to me. >> that was really sweet. and true to golden globes form, plenty of politics. russell crow won for his performance but he was home in australia amid those wildfires. well, tensions between the u.s. and iran show no signs of letting up. anger spilling over at big protests in tehran. iran is opting out of the nuclear deal as president trump threatens iran's cultural sites if americans are targeted. stay with us.
huge protests in tehran over that u.s. strike that took out an iranian commander. the nuclear deal now in jeopardy. and president trump doubles oun on his latest threat which could amount to a war crime. flying in fire. a desperate evacuation effort from wildfires in australia. smoke is so bad there the emergency management agency has shutdown. cnn is live this morning in tehran, baghdad, abu dhabi, riyadh and australia. >> it is 31 minutes past the hour here in new york, and we begin in tehran. breaking overnight, huge protests on the streets there.
anger growing over the u.s. air strike that killed the head of iranian special forces. giant crowds at the burial sunday of general qassem soleimani. iran now weighing how to retaliate against the u.s. death to america chants from iranian lawmakers. the iranian cabinet voting to no longer obey restrictions imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal. that includes the limits on uranium enrichment. >> president trump aboard air force one repeating his threat to target iran's cultural sites, action that would likely be considered a war crime. he said they're allowed to kill our people, they're allowed to torture and maim our people. they're allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people, and we're not allowed to touch their cultural sites? it doesn't work that way. >> two senior officials
discussed opposition within the administration to targeting cultural sites. but earlier sunday secretary of state pompeo backed the president's position. >> so cultural centers are theoretically fair targets in your view? >> jake, you do the things that are right and consistent with american lives. i've been part of the discussion. everything i've seen about how we will respond with great force and great vigor if iranian leadership makes a bad decision. we hope that they won't. but when they do, america will respond. >> meantime president trump appearing to notify congress of potential military retaliation for an iranian attack via twitter. the united states will quickly and fully strike back and perhaps in a disproportionate manner. note a disproportionate strike would also violate international law. the house will vote on a war powers resolution aimed at limiting the president's action
in iran. frederick pleitgen standing live for us there in tehran. what are you seeing there? you're in the thick of it on the streets. what are you hearing and seeing? >> reporter: i'm still hearing a lot of anger being deplayed here by the people towards the united states. and as i'm started to speak to you here in english on american tv, the folks here are screaming death to america. you can see there's still a lot of anger being unloaded here on the streets of tehran. you know, i've been in this country many times and been to a lot of protests here as well. i've never seen crowds this size. there are people who say there might be hundreds of thousands on the streets as the body of cusemisoleimani is being taken through the streets. earlier today in the early morning hours there was a ceremony for qassem soleimani and the others who were killed in that u.s. air strike. and the prayer in that ceremony was actually held by iran's
supreme leader. he was very close to qassem soleimani. you can see how much anger is being unloaded towards the u.s. but especially towards president trump and the trump administration. you're absolutely right, the iranians have been saying they will retaliate. and just yesterday i was able to speak to one of the main advisers of the supreme leader of this country, and he told me there will definitely be a military response from iran. >> translator: the response for sure would be military and against military sites. let me tell you one thing, our leadership has officially announced gnat we've never been seeking war and we will not be seeking war. it is america that has started the war. therefore they should accept appropriate reactions to their actions. the only thing that can end this
period of war is for the americans to receive a blow that is equal to the blow they've inflicted. afterwards they should not seek a new cycle. >> reporter: so there you can see some of the anger that's been unloaded here on the streets of tehran. you can also see iranians are essentially saying there will be a response but they want it to end there. they don't want this to descend into a full on shooting war between the u.s. and iran which of course will have massive repercussions for this entire region. one of the interesting things they also told me is he also said despite the fact ku is sem soleimani was a towering figure not just in the military but among the people their foreign operationerize not going to miss a beat. they say they've already designated a successor and certainly not deterred. >> clearly unifying force there.
>> president trump is threatening sanction on iraq after its parliament voted to order all foreign troops out of the country. sources tell cnn administration officials tried unsuccessfully to convince iraqi leaders to prevent the nonbinding vote. it is too soon to know whether u.s. troops will actually be excelle expelled. president trump saying if they do ask us to leave we will charge them sanctions like they've never seen before. it will make iranian sanctions look somewhat tame. let's go to baghdad. >> reporter: christine, the message has been clear from iraq. the political leadership here, mainly the majority shia parliament also making it clear yesterday they want u.s. forces -- foreign forces to leave this country. we heard from the prime minister really a remarkable moment there when you have the prime minister
of this government addressing parliament, explaining and making a case for why they should vote to ask foreign force tuesday leave. this is the same iraqi government that had asked u.s. forces to assist them in the past. but the prime minister saying that the situation right now they find themselves in is that iraq is becoming a battle ground between these two countries, between the united states and iran. and they really cannot afford that happening. and they're really concerned they will not be able to protect u.s. forces and coalition forces if they remain in this country. so he asked parliament pretty much to vote on a decision to end the presence of u.s. forces, something that they did there obviously legal, procedural questions right now. this is caretaker government. it's unclear how they're going to be implementing this resolution from the parliament, but of course critical here it's -- there are repercussions. the fight against isis is
obviously one of them. a lot of concerns it will be exploiting any sort of security vacuum that will emerge from this and the chaos that they are known to exploit. we've already heard from the u.s. led coalition saying that they're halting their anti-isis operations for now in iran and they're focusing on protecting their forces. >> okay, thank you so much for that from baghdad this morning. president trump not ruling out the possibility that he could release intelligence related to the air strike that killed iranian general qassem soleimani. top u.s. national security officials continue to defend white house claims of an impending threat to american lives. but some congressional democrats are questioning how imminent the threat actually was. after a briefing with administration officials on friday failed to provide convincing evidence. >> over the weekend the white house officially notified congress of the drone strike that killed soleimani. under the war powers act notification is required within 48 hours of an action that could
lead to armed conflict, even though president trump said this friday. >> we took action last night to stop a war. we did not take action to start a war. >> the president campaigned on getting out of endless wars in the middle east now more than 3,000 service membererize being deployed to the middle east. many of them from the immediate response force of the 82nd division in fort bragg, carolina. >> obviously it's transpired into something else, so we are making it through, though. >> these soldiers will first go to kuwait, one of the countries with the military footprint and then military leaders will decide where they will be deployed. >> and saudi arabia is reaching out to the trump administration and looking for ways to de-escalate the lirising tensio
between u.s. and iran and now u.s. and iraq. nick? >> reporter: yeah, good morning. mohammed bin salman, the brother of saudi's crown prince, essentially the third most powerful man in the country here headed to d.c. to meet secretary of state pompeo. saudi of course hosts to many, many u.s. troops already, manning anti-systems and most of those -- so saudi arabia looking to the united states to get a sense of what is going to happen next, what president trump's red lines may be with iran, what iran might do to essentially to escalate this further. but the message from here is yes they understand the reasons the united states kills qassem soleimani. they also here in saudi arabia believed him to have been a force for evil in the region.
but they do want to see a deescalation. they are worried about the potential for war in the region at the moment. we heard from the iraqi prime minister yesterday saying that soleimani had been bringing to him a message from tehran in response to a message that the -- has been passed through assault and battery to tehran. so back channel efforts of deescalation were already under way in the region here. of course the saudis oil refineries were attacked by iran just a few months ago. the back channel is on the way on that, so that will be part of the discussion in washington for sure. also today the saudis hosting foreign ministers around the region here from the red sea. that would become a very important strategic waterway if the straits of hormuz get shutdown by iran which is a possibility. >> all this pushing global oil
prices higher. uncertainty likely tocopy a floor under oil prices. cnn's emerging markets editor is live in abu dhabi. folks i talked to say they don't expect an outright armed conflict, a conventional war that shuts down oil production or closes the strait of hormuz, but the uncertainty of what retaliation could be is a real problem here. >> reporter: it certainly is. it almost sounds cliche investors don't like risk and not surprisingly oil prices are up nearly 2% for both wti in the united states and the international bench mark. in terms of the international bench mark we were above $70 a barrel at some point. that's about the highest level in more than six months.
a flight to safety at the same time with gold prices up nearly 2% at the highest levels since 2013. silver up better than 1%. and again we saw asian markets down. tokyo the biggest loser in asia down nearly 2%. but i wouldn't call it panic selling. iran, do they limit their attacks onto u.s. embassies, potentially u.s. jet liners flying to the middle east or do they reach out and try to strike u.s. allies in the region like saudi arabia and the uae? that's what we saw in 2018. i think the strait of hormuz is back into play here. the u.s. is the number one producer at 13 million barrels a day. that won't matter if we have a break out of serious violence. it's not there but the risk certainly is. >> risk, risk, risk, that means higher prices. thank you for that, john. well, u.s. personnel already face serious danger overseas, of
course. and more proof of that on sunday when three americans including a u.s. service member were killed on a terror attack on a military base in kenya. the attack was carried out by sal shabaab. what are you hearing there? >> reporter: the day after this tragedy happened we are trying to unpick how it could have happened. besides us talking to our viewers on cnn, the local press are also talking about it. now, of course this is an al-qaeda affiliated group. in this lovely era which is a world heritage site bayy unesco and just beside this sits a forest. we can't confirm any of that, but the details of what we know as you say in your introduction, an american service member lost
his life, two civilian contractors were also killed and two others working with the defense of defense had been evacuate said because they were part of the wounded. but they're stable u.s. africa command tells us. what shocks is the audacity of the attack. to attack such a heavily fortified place which houses u.s. specialist troops training their african partners. at the moment as the day goes on we're trying to find out how many of the kenyan defense force lost their lives. >> how this happened exactly. thank you so much. we'll see you soon. and growing fires in australia have now burned the size of west virginia. cnn is live with more on the largest peacetime evacuation effort in australia's history.
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a state of emergency in new south whales. at least 135 fires are burning in the australian state, home to sydney and try flying through this. it's an australian helicopter through blood red skies. the glow stretches all the way to new zealand. here's a before and after look. the fires have already killed 24 people, burning 23,000 square miles, an area the size of west virginia. nationwide the largest peacetime evacuation in the country's history is unfolding. andrew stevens live from the nation's capital with the latest for us. andrew, the pictures are just incredible. tell us what you're seeing there. >> reporter: yeah, it's been terrifying for tens of thousands of australians this weekend, laura. you talk about the mass
evacuation, thousands and thousands of people were told to leave their homes and leave it in the path of the bush fires and just to get out with their lives. others didn't get warning. we were speaking to someone a little earlier today, and they say they were sitting on their front porch and heard what sounded like a fright train bethib behind them. those sort of stories we're hearing there the time. as you say this is the nation's capital behind me. this is the australian parliament this time yesterday covered with big black smoke. there has been this respite. this monday the temperatures dropped dramatically. we've had rain in many parts of these fire affected areas and the wind has dropped. there are still well over a hundred fires burning, but none of them at the critical levels we saw at the weekend when they were being phonoed by extremely high temperatures, up to 120 degrees in the some parts of
sydney. this is not over yet, not by a long shot. it's allowed this -- this brief break has allowed people to go and see whether they actually have a home to go back to. so there are some tragic stories unfolding as i speak. and really it's just the start of the bush fire season. this season will last for another two months or so. so there's no way who can say the worst is behind australia. and this has wiped out an area the size of west virginia. and those fires are burning as we speak. a lot more still to come. >> it's just devastating. thank you so much, andrew. >> 53 minutes past the hour. democrats and republicans promised to lower drug prices. instead drug prices are rising again. cnn business has the details how much they have increased next. when we started our business
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meet all safety and regulatory requirements. >> "early start" continues right now. huge crowds in tehran following the u.s. strike that took out an iranian commander. the nuclear deal now in jeopardy, and president trump doubles down on a threat which could amount to a war crime. flying in fire, a desperate evacuation effort from wildfires in australia. the smoke is so bad the emergency management agency has shutdown. cnn is live this morning in tehran, baghdad, nairobi and australia. good morning and welcome to "early start." >> yii'm christine romans. it is monday, january 6th and 5:00 a.m. in the east. breaking overnight huge crowds in the streets of