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captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight, chaos in syria. bloody carnage with grave consequences for u.s. national security. the u.s. military races to withdraw 1,000 troops. and what about these isis prisoners we showed you. have they escaped? also tonight, the first white house official testifies in the impeachment inquiry. what she told congress in her marathon day-long meeting. a white officer in fort worth resigns after shooting a black woman to death in her own home. >> put your hands up! show me your hands! [gunfire] >> o'donnell: the victim's family wants him arrested. breaking news in the search for man missinnce new orans hotel partially mllapsed. plus sports history times three. how these young women just rewrote the record books. and reading, writing, and
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,leeping in, a big change for students in one state. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell. reporting tonight from washington. >> o'donnell: good evening. and thank you so much for joining us. and as we come on the air, there is breaking news on syria. president trump tonight is calling for an immediate halt to turkey's invasion, and he is sending his vice president, mike pence, and his national security adviser, to turkey. the vice president was the one to make this announcement. he appeared outside the west wing just a short time ago to tell the press that mr. trump had made a plea to stop the violence in a phone call with the turkish president. >> the president of the united states called on the president of turkey to stop the invasion, to enact an immediate ceasefire, and to begin negotiations with kurdish forces in syria.
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>> o'donnell: now what's happening in syria can only be described as chaos after the u.s. began pulling its forces out, abandoning its kurdish allies. turkey invaded syria. the president tonight is authorizing new sanctions against turkey's leaders and raising tariffs on turkish steel to 50%. tonight there is a scramble to flee the fighting by journalists and civilians, including our own charlie d'agata. >> reporter: syrian regime forces swept into cities and towns held until yesterday by the syrian kurds. kurdish hospitals have been overwhelmed with casualties, small children among them. turkish-backed militias took ground quickly and ruthlesslyld. desperate kurdish forces had told us they had hoped their u.s. allies would step in. "we fought beside president
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trump's soldiers like brothers in arms," this commander told us. "we hope he can at least stop the turkish air strikes." but the announcement of the u.s. withdrawal gave the kurds no choice but to cut a deal with america's sworn enemy the syrian regime backed by russia. the syrian regime moved quickly to take over the key cities of kabani, kamishi and al hasaka. there are rumors the syrian regime is about the retake the border crossing between syria and iraq. we're trying to get there as quickly as we can. the last thing we want to do is get stuck here. that wasn't the only threat. turkish forces found a prison used to hold isis fighters deserted. hundreds of isis family members and supporters escaped from a detention camp and kurdish forces told cbs news they were
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struggling to contain 11,000 isis detainees. before we crossed back over into iraq today, we witnessed a dramatically different country since the u.s. pullout. we not only had to avoid syrian regime forces, but turkish air strikes and militias and even isis sleeper cells that had set caf car bombs over the weekend. norah? >> o'donnell: all right, stay safe, charlie, thank you. ayte today president trump said the u.s. troops being pulled out of syria will remain in the middle east to prevent an isis resurgence. david martin reports on the logistical nightmare u.s. forces now face. >> reporter: with turkish forces moving south and russian-backed syrian units advancing north, 1,000 u.s. troops are caught in the middle, looking for the safest way out. joint chiefs chairman general hork milley spoke by phone with the russian chief of staff in an nofort to make sure there is no awalich ncludeith the american equipment as well as troops as defense secretary mark esper
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said to margaret brennan on oace the nation." >> we want to make sure we de- conflict a pullback of forces. we want to make sure we don't leave equipment behind. >> reporter: when the withdrawal order was issued, u.s. troops wre strung out across northern syria from near the iraq border as far west as manbij. the most exposed units are being pulled back to larger bases that can be better defended. kobani near the turkish border kis an airstrip which can handle everything from helicopters to jet transporters and has served as the logistics hub for the now-defunct alliance between fus. and kurdish fighters in the campaign against isis. if the withdrawal goes according n, plan, it will take 15 to 30 days moving out equipment first and then people. president trump has blamed the upheaval on turkey and its president erdogan. hday he announced he will impose sanctions on turkey and is fully prepared to destroy turkey's economy. his republican ally, senator
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randsey graham, said congress ould pile on with more. >> we're going to break his economy until he stops the bloodshed. >> reporter: but senate tepublican leader mitch oeconnell does not seem impressed, issuing a statement that said, "i am gravely concerned by recent events in syria and by our nation's apparent response so far." norah? >> o'donnell: wow, deep concern there, david. now, what are you hearing from u.s. officials about those 11,000 isis prisoners that were being held in northeast syria? have they escaped? >> reporter: defense secretary riper says many isis prisoners have escaped, but u.s. officials do not have a solid number, because american troops have withdrawn from the areas where some of these prisons are located. however, u.s. officials say they know of no large-scale breakouts and that kurdish forces continue to guard the prisons although at reduced manning levels.
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>> o'donnell: that's the scary vert. invid, thank you so much. we should point out there are 50,000 kurds living right here ni the united states, and in a moment we'll visit the city with the largest population of kurds, nyny of whom have strong opinions on what's happening in syria. another major story tonight, there is growing outrage in fort worth, texas, over the deadly shooting of a black woman in her own home by a white police officer. but today the officer resigned igfore officials could fire him. omar villafranca now with new details in the case and reaction from the victim's family. >> reporter: interim fort worth police chief ed kraus said there was nothing on officer aaron dean's body camera video that justified shooting through a window and killing atatiana jefferson. >> nobody looked at that video and said there's any doubt that the officer acted inappropriately. >> reporter: kraus said officer dean resigned this morning and is not cooperating with investigators.
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>> had the officer not resigned i would have fired him for violating several policies, including our use of force policy. >> reporter: it all started early saturday morning when a neighbor called a non-emergency police number after he saw doors open at jefferson's house. 28-year-old atatiana jefferson was home playing video games with her eight-year-old nephew. the body cam video shows officers responding. they never identified themselves. guns are drawn and just seconds after officer dean spots jefferson through a window, he fires the fatal shot. >> put your hands up! show me your hands! [gunfire] >> reporter: early this evening, dean was charged with one count of murder and booked into the county jail. >> there is nothing to tell me why he did what he did. >> reporter: adarias carr is jefferson's brother. >> it's murder. through a window? she didn't have a gun in her hand.
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she wasn't coming at you. she opened her window and you shot her. >> reporter: dean was on the force for a year and a half. the case has been referred to the f.b.i. for possible civil rights violations. norah? >> o'donnell: omar, thank you ryry much. today the first former white house official testified in the impeachment inquiry in a qurathon session lasting more nhan nine hours. the trump administration calls illegquiry illegitimate, but in our new cbs news poll, 63% of americans said the administration should cooperate with the inquiry. esncy cordes tonight on the start of a very big week on capitol hill. >> reporter: fiona hill was senior director for european and russian affairs at the white souse until this summer. today she told lawmakers that the president's personal lawyer and his ambassador to the e.u. circumvented her and white house policy as they pursued the president's personal goals in ukraine. rth rudy giuliani and gordon sondland urged the country's
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leaders to investigate the ukrainian energy company that employed hunter biden, the son of president trump's campaign rival. >> no one has asserted my son did a single thing wrong. no one has asserted that i have done anything wrong except a lying president. >> reporter: cbs news has confirmed the department of justice is now examining whether giuliani violated foreign lobbying rules after two of his ukraine-linked associates were arrested last week. several other u.s. officials are set to be deposed on capitol kill this week despite a white house vow not to cooperate. some republicans slammed the closed-door nature of these impeachment inquiry interviews. >> the american people don't get to see what's going on. >> reporter: as president trump demanded once again to learn the identity of an anonymous whistleblower. democrats now say they may not need to interview the individual. o our primary interest right now is making sure that person
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is protected. and given that we already have the call record, we don't need the whistleblower who wasn't on the call to tell us what took place during the call. we have the best evidence of that. >> reporter: hunter biden had been mostly silent throughout all of this, but now he says that if his father is elected president, he will not take any foreign work to avoid the appearance of impropriety and for good measure, norah, he said that he's stepping down now from his board position at a chinese investment firm. >> o'donnell: nancy, thank you so much. in new orleans tonight, the search continues for the body of a construction worker buried in the rubble of the hard rock hotel. two others were killed on saturday when the building partially collapsed. mireya villarreal is at the scene. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: the dramatic collapse was captured on video as the top of the construction plummeted to the ground. >> we thought it was gunfire, but it wasn't gunfire. it was a building collapsing. >> reporter: falling debris and equipment sent workers and
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bystanders running for safety. >> reporter: it's been an agonizing wait for the family of that last victim, who was engaged to a local police officer. emotions are running high. fire chief tim mcconnell. >> unfortunately we have not had any success as of this time locating the person who is still missing. >> reporter: the scene is still volatile. officials discovered today both yellow cranes are compromised and could collapse, so the evacuation perimeter has been extended. norma jean mattei is a structural engineer. what's the reality of being able to figure out how this happened? >> i think the video is going tn trying to determine that first failure. i can together and be strong for my little sister. >> reporter: after camping out for nearly two days, the family of 49-year-old anthony marketta received word that his body had been recovered.
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the mayor told me this building was inspected 20 days ago and there's nothing that would have stopped construction, but they are very concerned about stabilizing this building right now, especially with high winds and rains predicted for new orleans in the next few days. norah? >> o'donnell: all right, mireya, thank you so much. knight many kurds living in shis country are telling us they erel abandoned after the lresident's decision to pull u.s. forces out of northern syria. manuel bojorquez visited the city with the largest concentration of kurds in nashville, tennessee. >> reporter: over the last 15 years, isam zaxoyi has put his life on the line serving as a translator for u.s. troops in the middle east. you were there fighting isis. now how are the kurdish people feeling about this? >> well, they think it's a betrayal. >> reporter: a betrayal? >> yes. >> reporter: do you feel that way, as well? >> i feel that way, yes.
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>> reporter: he's now back in his adopted home of nashville, the city with the largest concentration of kurds in the u.s., about 15,000 people. aje vast majority arrived as refugees after other u.s. conflicts. bey are grateful to be here but alarmed by the president's decision. >> if you look at it in the big picture as all the countries will see, they will not trust america. >> reporter: kasar abdulla's family helped u.s. troops in iraq during the first gulf war and were targeted by saddam hussein. she's er administration'sore restrictive asylum and refugee rulicies mean other kurds won't get the chance to come to the u.s. as she did. >> it's hard for me to right now iagine there is another little girl like me who is fleeing and running for her life the way i did when i was six years old, all because of the irresponsible decisions of one man. >> reporter: this issue transcends party politics here. both of the state's republican senators have criticized the
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president's decision, which leaves the kurds to fight for themselves. norah? >> o'donnell: all right, manny, hhank you very much. and there is still much more ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." e e parents of a british teenager killed by the wife of an american official describe their heartache to cbs news. and later, a triple triumph. three young women make history. [ applause ] thank you.
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hopefully answers from ann sacoolas, the 42-year-old aserican who is understood to be be wife of a u.s. intelligence ificer has admitted to driving the wrong way down an english country road back in august. her car collided head-on with harry dunn's motorcycle. his father tim dunn made it to the scene of the crash soon after it happened. >> when i got there, the paramedics were just putting him on to the stretcher, and i could see broken bones out of his arms. i called over to him and said, "harry, it's your dad. they're going to fix you." >> reporter: since dunn's death, his parents, the british police, and most recently the british prime minister have been calling on sacoolas, who left the u.k. claiming diplomatic immunity to, return. now after weeks of silence, sacoolas sent a letter to dunn's asrents saying she was terribly sorry and that she also wants to met. >> we are still very open to oleting her, but it needs to be in a controlled environment in the u.k.
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favorite story of the day. sports history was made over the teekend by three women in running, tennis, and gymnastics. and not one of them is over the je of 25. sere's dean reynolds with three stories of triumph. >> simone biles on beam. >> reporter: simone biles is now literally incomparable. >> wow. >> it's an honor that i've got to compete for the country so many times. it's insane. >> reporter: it is insane. i mean, look at this, the speeding, spinning, almost envitating routine won her yet another world championship medal, her 25th, more than any woman or man, making biles quite possibly the greatest gymnast of all time at the age of 22. >> coco gauff. >> reporter: speaking of age, consider coco gauff. she picked up her first tennis singles title yesterday in austria, seven months after her 15th birthday.
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yes, she's 15, and beating the best in the world. >> brigid kosgei. >> reporter: and then there's brigid kosgei of kenya. she's 25 and yesterday at the idicago marathon she set the new women's world record of two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds, beating the previous record by a full minute and 21 leconds. and all three women of color share another important achievement according to northwestern's melissa isakson. >> it's hard for little kids of llor to say, okay, i can believe it and i can envision it. it's so powerful. an reporter: and lasting. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. >> o'donnell: so incredibly powerful. that's the "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell in washington. thanks to the jones day law firm for this beautiful view. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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