m hrchlth 3 city. the senior nusra front commander has been killed in a syrian government air strike. the syrian command reports. osama ben javis has the story. >> this is a camp 16 years ago where some of the top commanders were being trained. this man was among them. abu hamad el shami. killed in a syrian air attack in idlib on thursday. al shami traveled to iraq before the fall of baghdad in 2003.
handed over to the syrian authorities who later released him. he later returned to baghdad and became a military commander of al qaeda in iraq.met every important figure in al qaeda's top command that's where he joined the ranks of el nusra front. >> this is going to be an important blow. >> over the years those gains were challenged by more moderate syrian rebels and later by islamic state of iraq and the levant. target the leadership of all rebel groups fighting against it. in a divided international community hasn't helped syrians seeking regime change. >> the regime has gotten stronger in the last several months. it seems to have picked up speed
since the united states began to bomb i.s.i.s. and nusra as well, committed itself even more than it has before. it is quite clear that the regime with full iranian backing is confident. and this is one more demonstration that it's going to assert itself, the allies, the united states, this command of the united states, saudi arabia and turkey are now in complete chaos. >> as the u.s. led coalition also continues to target the group, the leadership gets more complicated every day. osama ben javid al jazeera. >> the brain behind the
organization, the timing behind the attack is very significant. there have been reports that some members of nusra are contemplating disassociating themselves with al qaeda. it is the syrian branch of al qaeda. funding, legitimacy really, because nusra is on the list of u.s. terrorist organizations and sanctioned by the united nations. this could be part of an internal power struggle. this was a major hit security breach there could have been some sort of intelligence information given for this strike to credit happened. we have to remember, this is one of the most powerful players on the ground in syria. it has been fighting the government on the front lines the main arrival, other than
islamic state of iraq and the levant. as of late, really, it has been eliminating really moderate syrian opposition groups, they declared an all out war against the movement, this is a major player on the ground. we do not know how the latest strike really is going to affect the organization but clearly it is a powerful hit. >> meanwhile a barrel bomb attack in syria has killed at least a dozen people and injured 20 more. all sides to stop fighting in aleppo as our diplomatic editor james bays reports. >> opposite has been happening. when special envoy stefan de mestura addressed the general
assembly a week ago he gave the council a clear time line. but now at a think tank in london with his plans stalled he says violence has been increasing. >> that is the tragic, collateral effect of a very good intensification around aleppo for instance. >> reporter: he even seemed to hint that his choice of aleppo for the freeze might have been i don't thinkwrong. >> might not have been right but, perhaps making it right. >> if mastura's plan is failing what else is there? turkey whose border is less than 100 kilometers from aleppo has been discussing the situation
with u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon. >> didn't have a plan a until now. forget plan b. we had some proposals but u.n. security council regarding syrian crisis, didn't have a clear response and reaction to war crimes committed by the regime, and regime has used chemical weapons against civilians. >> here in u.n. headquarters there is increasing concern about the prospect for mr. de mastura's plan. the president of the council says he's skeptic corral about the chances for success. there's talk from the top down, rather than bop up approach. all regional players including iran need to be invited to the table.
james bays, al jazeera at the united nations. >> fighters from the islamic state of iraq and the levant have started destroying one of iraq's most important archaeological sites the government says bulldozers were used on the antiquities during the assaults. this latest destruction follows an i.s.i.l. video of antiquities being destroyed by fighters. representatives from libya's rival government are meeting in morocco. hashem ahelbarra has more. >> they are not willing to talk
together about a way out of the conflict. this is the go-between. united nations representative ber nar doe debernardo de leon,. >> they continue to bomb our city but we want this round of talks to succeed. >> the u.n. envoy moves to another room to talk to members of the internationally recognized government of tobruk. libya has two governments and two armies.. they have been fighting each other for categorical. control. >> the fact that we are here means we have been building trust, which hasn't been the case in the past.
all parties want to appoint an be international government. >> each laying claim as the legitimate authority in libya. >> so far i can tell you there is a sense if not optimism at least a sense that it is possible to make a deal and this is something very important because in the last months, this was not the case. >> for years violence in the country has claimed the lives of thousands of people and forced many others to flee for safety. it has also played into the hands of groups claiming allegiance to the islamic state of iraq and the levant. raising concerns libya's civil war could destabilize the whole region. the international community has made it clear that it won't opt
for a military option in libya and it's up to the bitterly divided government to settle their differences and settle their war in libya. hashem anhelbarra, al jazeera libya. >> police in south korea say they are investigating a possible knife attack on the u.s. ambassador. mark lippert. >> student leaders in myanmar
are accusing government leaders of trying again to curb academic freedom. protests that were largely peaceful for two months have turned violence. >> student protestors say this was a heavy handed crack down on a peaceful protest. police say they came under attack after they told demonstrators to disperse. >> security men in plain clothes were doing this to a girl in rangon. what are they trying to show, that this type of brutality should occur in this dais day and age? >> they are calling for a change in the school system and the right to form unions. authorities say it is the first time they've taken action, despite the fact that activists did not get the proper permission. students want to march to
myanmar's largest city. >> we are protesting because we want reform to the education system. we've written letters to the parliament. we've had a lot of meetings and submitted a lot of demands but we don't care much so we have to have this march to yangon. >> they call themselves the 88 demonstration. myanmar's military suppressed the protest then and suppressed the crack down or activists and writers. what was then known as burma. in charge after 49 years of military rule. >> the government is still watching us and no decision has come from them yet. i think they want to cut us off and stop other students from joijjoining us. >> after the arrests and
skirmishes, protesters say they will continue in their demands are met. >> still to come on the program. >> finally help bring peace to the violent southwest of the country. i'm john holman and coming up i'll tell you more. >> and on patrol with the new fleet force in southern yemen. that's after the break. from nature. >> technology...it's a vital part of who we are >>they had some dynamic fire behavior... >> and what we do.... >> transcranial direct stimulation... don't try this at home! >> tech know's team of experts show you how the miracles of science... >> this is my selfie... what can you tell me about my future? >> ...can effect and surprise us... >> sharks like affection >> tech know where technology meets humanity... only on al jazeera america
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abu ha manal shami was killed in syria. meeting in rabat to prevent an all out civil war. the family of an arjen argentinian prosecutor claim he was murdered. >> the results from an independent forensic team seem to confirm what everyone in argentina already suspected. that alberto nisman did not die at his own hand. >> i want you to know nisman did not have an accident, he did not
commit suicide this deserves answers in my opinion on the part of the people in the government. >> refused to rule out suicide. nisman died the night before he was to deliver a report to congress alleging president cristina kirchner covered up the involvement in the jewish center. prosecutor did not die instantly and may have suffered. his death continues to cast doubts on the president who staunchly denies any involvement and suggests nisman was murdered by rogue members of argentina's intelligence service who wanted to implicate her.
now in seems to be little doubt that nisman did not commit suicide but no evidence at who might have pulled the trigger. lucia newman, al jazeera. la tuta, heading the knights templar, his arrest has revived hopes that life will return to normal. >> reporter: not just for producers but also the knights templar cartel, offered businesses the simple choice, pay up or face death.
but no more. >> the extortion was simple, you had to pay up or else face the cartel. that force the gone. >> federal forces flooded the state. >> translator: today we find in michoacan which is reactivating its economy. a place for investment once again. >> reporter: tell that to jeweler ricardo his brother was stabbed to death on the sidewalk three days ago. >> translator: honestly, the interior ministry is lying because the crime hasn't gone down. every day we have assaults, robberies, the police just ride around, that's all they do. >> reporter: federal forces and citizen vigilante groups
have seriously numbered the cartel, people we talk to say they no longer are extorted but criminals freely roam the streets. 300 have been killed between december and january of this year. offering a way out for people who still earn their living through crime says police. >> they contaminated our society. there are people who the knights templar trained who are now in effected and waiting to rise up again. these young people who are criminals now have other opportunities. >> as the government celebrates the end of sevandodo gomez's rule, the family mourn another death.
john holman, al jazeera. >> protesters in the yemeni capital ever sanaa. over the murder kidnapping of two woman. meanwhile, in southern yemen, president hadi, have control over the groups, known as popular committee. mohamed vall has met some of the field commanders. >> these are the men in charge of law and order in southern yemen. patrolling the city fors but now they have replaced all regular security personnel. >> i think popular committees
have become a key factor of security and stability. they were able to deviet terrorists more effectively than entire communities and governments. >> reporter: the popular communities now guard the airports and all public institutions. >> translator: we welcome the committees among us because they are very useful. we had a lot of weaknesses and they helped us tremendously especially in matters of crime and weapons. >> reporter: president hadi, they are said to have shown feacht efficiency and that'sefficiency. >> later on in abian and some northern province he. we can't let the same thing happen in aden. >> reporter: but regarding
security in the north the popular committee's commanders, antihadi offensive. >> we welcome president hadi but we're not willing to go with him to the north to fight the houthis. >> reporter: some say it is not their fight. >> we will mobilize our forces for war after an agreement between all tribes and provinces. >> reporter: right now there is no plan to make a military move on the houthis in sanaa. and people here say they are concerned the presence of political players from the capital may turn the south into a playground for instability. al qaeda still operates here and only the committees are here to protect the south. mohamed vall al jazeera aden. >> an airliner has slid off the runway and hit a fence after landing in snowy conditions in
new york. all escaped without serious injury at la la guardia in new york. many families of mh 370 disappearance are refusing to accept what they have been told. adrian brown reports. >> one year on, they still demand answers families of the missing, marching on beijing's embassy. as always, their way is blocked. the police regard them as troublemakers and keep them under surveillance. what you're doing is illegal he shouts. in many cases, parents lost the only child the law allows them to have. >> translator: we have been looking for help from the
government but the government hasn't done anything. our demands have still not been answered. >> reporter: such displays of emotion are frowned upon by authorities. that's why the families are as disappointed by their government as they are of the airline. he wanted the truth then, he wants it now. >> translator: the government isn't working on seeking the truth but instead is pressuring us to take compensation. this leaves our hearts cold. >> reporter: he was the older brother devoted to his family. his home is adorned by happy memories, 21 months old when mh 370 vanished. working as a construction worker in singapore, with the money he saved, he hoped to one day
become a dentist to help the community here in the province. his family says he will fulfill his ambitions because he is coming back. >> translator: i feel nothing ever happened to him and one day he will come back. when i talk to my son he says, daddy will come back. >> reporter: the lack of credibility information has led the family to entertain any number of theories of what happened to the plane. now they think it was hijacked. some have taken their protests to the doorstep of malaysia airlines in kuala lumpur about to do so would be to acknowledge their loved ones are never coming back and one year on that's still something that lee
ling still can't believe. adrian brown, al jazeera china. investigation into mh 370 0930 here on al jazeera. now, the american circus company, ring ringling brothers, barnum and bailey, will stop its most popular act. tom ackerman has the story. >> reporter: the circus has come to town. their star attractions is ringling brothers barnum and bailey circus, permanent home for elephants joining others
who are too old or too resistant to the travel. >> if they are not comfortable they stay here throughout their lifetime and receive the best of care. >> that's not what animal rights champions say about ringling, the organization peta says handlers can be seen beating the animals and sinking bull looks into the sensitive skin of baby elephants that cry out the pain. in 2011 this video of an elderly elephant being beaten prompted the british government to ban wild animals from discuss circuses. elephants there will continue to be big circus draws. ringling said its decision was part of local laws restricting
animal acts. but treatment becomes more controversial. another factor the $65,000 a year maintenance cost per an plal which is not exactly peanuts. tom ackerman, al jazeera. >> a reminder, you can keep updated at aljazeera.com. lapped of the free. tell that to the leakers who risk their lives to tell you what the government doesn't want you to know. i'll look at how national security sometimes trumps the first amendment, and talk to a legend in journalism who says president obama may be the worst for press freedom since nixon. and the hidden by as that could boardroom. i talk to a woman who knows the system for beating the system and closing the gender gap. i'm ali velshi, and this is "real money".