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i'm cheryl jenning autos from all of us here thanks for watching welcome to "world news." tonight terror takedown, a major al qaeda leader in u.s. hands after a daring mission. american special forces hit two terror targets halfway around the globe. collision course, the dramatic crash on the race track, the superstar driver and more than a dozen spectators injured. are fans getting too close to the action? unbreakable, our exclusive interview with malala who defied the taliban because she wanted to go to school. her impossible story of survival after she was shot, and the message she brings tonight for everyone about hope and staring down fear. >> i am malala. >> i am malala!
good evening on this monday night filled with bold new details about america's two secret missions this weekend. daring warriors, the delta team and navy s.e.a.l. team six took the fight against terror straight to the enemy. here's the map. one, a surprise raid in libya, the other a raid by night in somalia. now a major al qaeda figure is captive, and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross is here with this new chapter in the war on terror. >> reporter: tonight al qaeda groups in africa threatened revenge, posting a message that called for american citizens to be kidnapped and aircraft to be downed, all in the wake of those two bold raids, one more successful than the other. it's what the navy s.e.a.l.s train for. the same navy s.e.a.l. team six that killed osama bin laden came out of the water this weekend to hit a terror stronghold in somalia. under heavy fire the s.e.a.l.s were in trouble.
they withdrew without capturing the intended target, a terror leader, saying they feared civilian casualties. >> the commander on the ground made the right decision to withdraw forces. i would not call it a failure by any means. >> reporter: almost at the same time, a delta force team moved into place in tripoli, libya in broad daylight and captured one of the fbi's most wanted terrorists, 49-year-old abu anas al libi. >> this is highly unusual, highly risky but ultimately highly effective. >> reporter: the operation was carried out after months of surveillance, with military precision and great surprise as the wanted terrorist's stunned son recounted to abc news, pointing to his father's car. one broken car window, not a shot fired. >> it's textbook. to move and get him at the precise time his car shows up, pull him out and get out of there without any casualties or any of our own casualties is really the art. >> reporter: tonight al libi is
being interrogated on the uss san antonio somewhere in the mediterranean, a potential intelligence gold mine if he talks. he's one of the founding fathers of al qaeda, under indictment for the 1998 deadly bombing of two u.s. embassies that killed 224 people, and an al qaeda computer and communications expert. with al libi's capture, 12 of the 22 top terrorists identified by the u.s. after the 9/11 attacks have been killed or captured. >> of course that means ten are still at large. >> they're interrogating al libi. what's the biggest secret they think he holds? >> reporter: three big things -- are there more attacks planned against u.s. interesting anywhere in the world, does he know where top al qaeda leaders are hiding right now, and was he involved in any way or know anything about the attack on benghazi u.s. consulate last year. >> thank you, brian ross. now we head to washington and the government shutdown about to enter week two. tonight americans increasingly signaling they have had enough.
the latest abc news "washington post" polls shows 70 percent of americans disapprove of how republicans in congress are handling the negotiations. today the president came out to issue a new challenge. here's abc news chief white house correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: president obama today placed blame for the shutdown entirely on speaker of the house john boehner. >> the reason that speaker boehner hasn't called a vote on it is because he doesn't apparently want to see the government shutdown end at the moment. >> reporter: speaker boehner told george stephanopoulos a bill to fund the government cannot pass unless it includes changes to obama care that republicans are demanding. >> there are not the votes in the house to pass a clean cr. >> reporter: by abc news's count there are enough votes. with 217 needed to pass, all 200 house democrats plus 18 republicans have said publicly they would vote to fund the government with no strings attached. but in just ten days, congress
faces an even more frightening deadline. it must raise the amount the government can borrow, or america will go into default. on that the two sides are as far apart as ever. >> we are not going to pass a clean debt limit increase. i told the president there is no way we're going to pass when the votes are not in the house to pass a clean debt limit. >> reporter: the only thing congress has agreed on is that those 800,000 federal workers told to stay home during the shutdown should get paid when they get back. in other words, diane, the only thing that congress is not fighting about is that federal workers not working should get paid for not working. >> all right, thank you, jonathan karl. the latest on the shutdown. next tonight, there has been an arrest in the road rage incident that has riveted so many americans, the swarm of bikers and a young family in the car. also tonight an exclusive interview with the young man who was reportedly at the center of the whole thing when it started. tonight he walks abc's dan
harris through that tape. >> reporter: tonight, a new arrest in the attack on alexian lien and his family. craig white is the first person to be accused of the actual beating. it comes amidst a widening police investigation into whether off-duty cops riding with the bikers witnessed the violence but did nothing to stop it. one undercover detective has been placed on desk duty. meanwhile, we sat down for an exclusive interview with the biker accused of kicking off the whole thing by pulling in front of the suv and slowing down to provoke a fender bender, which led to the initial confrontation in which alexian lien pulled out, seriously injuring one biker and was then chased and beaten. >> do you feel in any way responsible for what happened after that accident? >> i don't think i feel responsible, but i do feel -- i do feel bad for that family that got hurt. >> reporter: christopher cruz insists he never tried to pick a fight with lien. >> walk me through the tape.
>> reporter: cruz says what you see here is simply him trying to change lanes. and those looks over his shoulder? that's him searching for his friends. >> it looks like you're trying to slow him down. >> i never had intentions to slow him down. >> reporter: cruz points out that his break light never went on. >> reporter: so basically this is just a big understanding? >> very big misunderstanding. >> reporter: police clearly aren't buying his story. cruz faces several charges, including reckless endangerment. >> it has turned my life upside down right now. >> reporter: are you worried about what happens next? >> yes, i am. >> reporter: dan harris, abc news, new york. tonight a big honor for three american scientists, the nobel prize in medicine went to james rothman, randy schekman and thomas sudhof. they will share the prize. together they mapped a chemical pathway inside the human cell which could hold the key to battling diabetes and brain disorders. tonight we are awaiting that other nobel.
the nobel peace prize historically awarded to men like nelson mandela. the average age of the winner is 62. tonight the youngest nominee is a 16-year-old girl who spoke up for the 31 million girls around the world who do not get to go to school. she was shot in the head by the taliban, but she emerges tonight with a new book, "i am malala," and her message that it's possible for every one of us to change the world. >> reporter: out of the valley 7,000 miles away, a powerful light. >> we are starving for education. for us it's like a precious gift. it's like a diamond. >> reporter: tonight a tiny child may be the bravest girl in the world. malala yousafzai who loved her little home and loved her school, when out of the shadows came the taliban, the radical fundamentalist men who banned girls' schools, bombed them, threw acid at the students. terrorized the town with corpses
in the street, flogging women publicly. somehow malala never lost her powerful certainty that girls also deserve a full life. >> they cannot stop me. i will get my education if it is in home, school or anyplace. >> what was the moment you were most afraid, that you had the most fear? >> i was feeling fear all the time. at night when i used to sleep i was thinking, shall i put a knife under my pillow. i think life is always dangerous. some people get afraid of it. some people don't go forward. but some people if they want to achieve their goal, they have to go. >> reporter: so somewhat like anne frank malala decided to write a diary and send a message to the world anonymously. at age 11, on camera, online one of her first interviews calling for help. >> we must have the confidence to say that this is going wrong. we must raise our voice. >> reporter: by her side
navigating through fear and hope, her father, a teacher who knew his little girl was all possibility. >> when i saw her for the first time as a newborn child and i looked into her eyes, i fell in love with her, believe me. i love her. >> reporter: the "new york times" heard about her and filmed a documentary. her name was becoming famous inside pakistan. >> i think we should not put out the camera, okay? >> reporter: when the radical taliban decided her message was so strong, they would take her life. with her child-like magical thinking malala says she rehearsed in her mind what she would say if an attacker came. >> it was always my desire, if a man comes, what would you tell him, malala? i used to think like that. i would tell that man that i want education for your daughter. >> do you think that would work against a gun?
>> i thought that words and books and pens were more powerful than guns. >> reporter: a year ago in october 2012 she was on a school bus like the one children still ride in pakistan. her friends were singing. >> on the day when i was shot, all of my friends' faces were covered except mine. >> was that wise? it was brave but was it wise? >> at that time i wanted to live my life as i want. >> reporter: she says she noticed on that day the road was strangely quiet. >> i didn't see those men. i just could see like there is no one. there used to be a huge crowd on that road and on that day there was no one. >> reporter: two men approached, one of them with a colt 45. he climbs on the bus and asks the question, who is malala. she doesn't remember what happened next. but her friend told her. >> she said, like, you said nothing and you were just holding my hand and you just
squeezed my hand like you were forcing it and you said nothing. she said like you just looked at the men like this. then she said like, then he fired three, three bullets and one hit you on the left side of my head. i would have been doing like this so i hide my face, because there was gunpowder on my fingers. >> reporter: a child gravely wounded, and how she would survive is simply a testament to miracles. including the impossibility of a specialist from england who happened to be in pakistan and rushed to help save her. >> the chances of being shot at point blank range in the head and that happening i don't know but it is amazing, truly amazing. i don't know why she survived. >> someone theorized maybe his hand was shaking. >> he hit her there. >> miracle? >> if you believe in miracles, yes, absolutely. >> maybe.
god saved me. >> reporter: malala says maybe death was just not ready to take her. >> i think that they want to kill me and god wanted me and the people prayed for me. >> reporter: from her speech at the united nations to the possible nobel prize, she has an answer to the question asked by that gunman, who is malala. >> i say i am malala. i'm going to publish a book and i want to tell girls all around the world that education is important. raise up your voice for education. >> they thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed. >> i am malala. >> i am malala! >> weakness, fear and hopelessness died. strength, power, and courage was born. >> we are malala! >> and tomorrow her new book "i am malala" hits bookshelves. later this week we'll tell you more about that series of
miracles that saved her life, and also we'll take you inside the world of radical muslims including women, asking them to explain why they think a child could be such a threat. that will be friday, a special edition of "20/20," unbreakable, an abc news exclusive at 10:00 p.m. eastern. still ahead right here on "world news," the violent crash at a giant sports event, the superstar driver and more than a dozen fans hurt. why didn't the protective fence protect them. and that young football fan whose touchdown run lifted so many spirits, an even bigger victory for him tonight when we're back in two minutes. [ male announcer ] may your lights always be green. [ tires screech ] ♪
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finally tonight, you may remember little jack hoffman, the young nebraska football fan battling brain cancer and how he tore past the big guys to score a touchdown. tonight an even bigger victory for him and abc's josh elliott tells us this news. >> reporter: this just might be the most memorable run in recent nebraska football history. 7-year-old jack hoffman, going 69 yards for the score. being lifted by his heros into the air and into a nation of
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stir. should san francisco close parks at night? it's the only major city that doesn't. >> spreading impact of the government shut down more workers are temporarily without a job. >> countdown to the end of the cooling off. closer to a deal we have late word there may not be a strike on friday. good evening, everyone, i'm carolyn johnson. >> the 60 day cooling off ends on thursday night at midnight z the governor has no power to stop another walkout as before. fwhu just the past hour union leader as announced they're not giving 72 hour notice of a earlier bart management revealed it's made a first new offer on wages since august. and that if there is a strike it has no immediate plans to use replacement train
operators. laura anthony is on the bart story for us tonight. first you, heather. how close to reaching a deal? >> you know, dan, it's reading tea leaves for the tret vet trans watching this for years. it could go down to the wire and past that. you know without a strike notice that doesn't mean they won't strike but there is no law requiring them to give a 72 hour notice or any notice for that matter they have indicate they had might do that today as a courtesy, then turn and about face. the atu president spoke for both unions when making this announcement. >> we do not want a strike. we do not want disruption of service. and that is why we're not giving the 72 hour notice at this time we want to leave every opportunity open to try to get this deal done. we're keeping all options on the table. >> bart and unions are