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the battle for kunduz the air strikes on the city where taliban identifiesers are making advances. ♪ ♪ you are watching al jazeera life from do huh. also ahead, protesters take aim at u.n. peacekeepers in the central african republic. our approach will take time. this is not an easy task. >> determined to defeat isil leaders meet on the side line of the u.n. to discuss how to destroy the group. and separated from their on develop tiff parents, why these
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children aren't believing allowed to go home. ♪ ♪ we begin in afghan that where nato says its special forces have now reached the northern city of kunduz the troops there are to help bolster the afghan army who have been staging a counselor attack against the taliban. fighting is focused arm the city's airport one of the few remaining places in government control. u.s. air force has launched airstrikes close to the airport trying to keep it in government hands, stephanie dicker reports. >> reporter: there are no government troops left here. taliban fighters are now in control of large parts of kunduz city. here they are symbolically raising their flag in the city square. this battle is not over, the afghan government has announce aid major military operation to recapture kunduz. >> translator: in the first
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place we should take care of the civilian casualties. we have already paid attention and will continue. the enemy has conceded heavy damages including the airstrikes and operations. i don't want to go in to the detail of the operations. >> reporter: special forces have been brought in and the u.s. military confirmed an air strike on the outskirts of the city on tuesday morning. it is proving difficult for some reinforcement to his reach kunduz because the taliban has set up booby troughs along the way. taliban gunmen broke open the prison release are inmates most taliban fighters. at that time ban issued statements to the residents to not wore and go about their daily lives. it's one of the most significant territorial gains taliban fighters have made since 2001, when their government was deposed by the u.s.-led invasi invasion. it coincides with ghani's first
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anniversary as president. it's the first year afghan forces are facing the taliban alone after u.s. and nato troops pulled out last year. a counter terrorism operation remains this recent move is the boldest in a long campaign by the taliban to take control of the country. a strong message to whoever is watching 14 years after being deposed the taliban can still take control of a major city in less than 24 hours. stefanie dekker, al jazeera. >> and & we'll get an update on the situation in kunduz when we speak to our correspondent who is on the front line with the afghan army later in the program. in other world news being at least 37 people have been killed in gun battled between u.n. peacekeepers and armed groups in the central african republic over the past few days. the u.n. says the latest wave of violence could prove catastrophic for the country. let's take a look back at what started this conflict. in 2012, a coalition of mainly
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muslim armed groups took over towns in the north and central regions of the c.a.r. in 2013, the president a christian was overthrown by celica rebels continuing clashes between his supporters maybely christian anti-forces a u.n. peacekeeping force of 13,000 has been struggling to take care of the violence which has forced over 4,000 people from their homes, the latest fighting comes before elections. >> reporter: the u.n. isn't welcome in parts of here, all day on tuesday residents kept putting up roadblocks to keep peace keepsers out and the u.n. troops kept taking them down. >> translator: the population is desperate and doesn't believe in these force nighs more. >> translator: we want the departure of international for that his do absolutely nothing. we want those who have committed crimes to be tracked down bite
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justice system. >> reporter: the u.n. spokesman told al jazeera that they could always do more, but they are fully engaged. the spokesman says the u.n. is working with community leaders and government officials to put an end to recent communal violence in the capital. over the weekend, a muslim taxi driver was killed, that set off days of fighting in the streets leaving nearly 40 people dead, scores injured and 10s of thousands leaving the capital. in the chaos, some 500 prisoners escaped from the main jail. >> as bad as things are, it pales in comparison to what is happening in the east, hundreds are being killed if not thousands we are only scratching the surface of documenting that. there is a real bush what are in the eastern provinces, we are traveling in the bush and civilians are killed and homes are burned and the stuff is just not being documented. >> reporter: on monday protesters marched to the
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presidential palace demanding the interim president resign and the central african army be rearmed and redeployed. the u.n.-backed president has accused the former president and his allies of trying to take her power away. but when rebels took over his government in 2013 they assassinated democracy and the country is reeling from the consequences. paul, al jazeera. world leaders meeting at the u.n. say a long-term plan is necessary to combat isil but disagree over how the armed group can be defeated. the u.s. says the sear yearn president is part of the problem while russia believe believes br saleh sad needs to stay in to fight isil. >> reporter: a special meeting at the u.n. to boost the coalition against isil. >> i believe what we have here today is the emergence of a global movement that is united by the mission of degrading and
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ultimately destroying isil. >> reporter: but if you listen to the words the president chokes you see the problem. there has not been as much progress on the ground as the u.s. would like. >> this is not an easy task. we have isil taking root. >> reporter: taking root across large swaths of syria and iraq. including the syrian city of raqqa, mosul in iraq. iraq's prime minister said his government was making progress, in the last year they did retake at that tikrit. but lost ramadi. and all the while, according to the turkish mime prime minister foreign fighters have been streaming in. >> my government has ins deuced since foreign fighters since 2011. we have recorded now almost 20,000 names from over 100 countries. >> isis' success is the reason for its success, it's attracting more people because it has created that state liken at this
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at this. and the inability of the united states and the coalition to dismantle that state is the biggest did he fish at this of the strategy -- deficiency of the strategy. >> reporter: lack of progress against isil isn't the only problem, there is not unity among the international community. russia's foreign minter didn't take part in the meeting. iran was not invited. on wednesday the u.n. security council will discuss very similar issues in a meeting organized by russia, the current president of the council. one central point of disagreement. russians say everyone should join with president assad to fight aisles. the u.s. say that assad is part of the problem not the solution. and it's that one point that is hindering the fight against isil and complicating efforts to bring peace to syria. james bays, al jazeera, at the united nations. agreement en's president told leaders at the u.n. assembly that the devastation in his country could qualify at
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genocide and that his people are doing all they can to resist the houthis. >> translator: houthis and the military coup occupying sanaa wreaking half i think on institutions, hospitals, mosques, schools and homes. weapons are from the yemeni army, this is a tragedy and could be qualified as a genocide in aden and taiz. this is a desperate attempt to oppose the iranian model through the use of force. >> while the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon has strongly condemned an attack at a wedding in yemen which killed at least 131 people. these pictures are said to show the aftermath at in taiz province the video has been broadcast by a houthi-run tv station and al jazeera is unable to verify it. the saudi-led coalition has denied its planes targeted the wedding and said they have satellite evidence to prove its forces were not in the area at
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the time. now elsewhere in taiz province, scores of houthi rebels and fighters loyal to the former yemeni president saleh have been killed in coalition airstrikes. intense clashes were reported between pro-government forces anforcesforcesand houthi fightey evenings, taiz has been ravaged by fighting since april. still adhere on al jazeera, a desperate disguise germany says thousands of refugees are pretending to be syrians to get asylum. and a strong show of support for a healthcare group that's under fire for conservatives in the u.s., do stay with us. >> every saturday night. >> i lived that character. >> go one on one with america's movers and shakers. >> we will be able to see change. >> gripping... inspiring... entertaining. no topic off limits. >> 'cause i'm like, "dad, there are hookers in this house". >> exclusive conversations you won't find anywhere else.
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♪ welcome back. you are watching al jazeera live from doha. a reminders of our top stories now, nato special forces have now reached the northern city of kunduz in afghan staff the troops are there to bolster the afghan army who have been staging a counter attack against the da taliban, fighting remains focused around the city's airport. gun battles between u.s. peacekeepers and armed groups in the central african republic, at least 37 people have been killed this the last few days, world leaders meeting on the side lines of the u.n. general assembly have agreed a long-term campaign is needed to defeat isil. president obama believes a new leader is need ed in syria to defeat the armed group but russia disagrees. let's update you now on the situation in afghanistan in the battle for kunduz. let's speak to our correspondent who is traveling with the afghan
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army. he is right now 45-kilometers of south of kuhn dues kunduz, and s about your position and the latest from the front line. what has been happening? >> reporter: let me first explain to you that why these security forces behind me like there are over a thousand of afghan security forces with hundreds of armored vehicles are stuck here, if you can see the area, the green area, that's what stopped them. the taliban set up so many ambushes along the road that's why they cannot reach to kunduz city for the retake attack of kunduz city. these forces we talked with them, they said the reason that there is lack of leadership and also a lack of coordination because the forces are afghan army, afghan police they don't have one lead tore order them what to do. now the plan is for them to go to the villages around the main road and clear the villages from the taliban and then slowly, slowly move towards kunduz city.
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we talked to our correspondent in kunduz city he says there is not much movement there. afghan security forces are still based at the airport of kunduz, taliban are trying to plan an attack to the airport and also afghan security forces are trying to plan a an attack from the airport to the city. but the airport is just about short of kunduz city. some senior afghan defense minister officials arrived in kunduz to plan the attack. >> we understand that nato has reached there. will they engage the taliban? >> reporter: well, we are hearing from kunduz that some mayo special forces are in the ground are trying to launch an operation and they have start a small operation around the kunduz city. and also we were witnessing,
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seeing some support in the location to make sure that they could clear the road for these forces that are stuck here to go further towards kunduz city for retaking the kunduz. >> thank you very much for that update, our correspond end on the line there -- live rather with the afghan army live on the front line with the afghan army updating us on the fight for kunduz, we'll bring you the latest here on al jazeera throughout the day. world leaders gathered in new york for the u.n. general assembly have pledged about him $2 billion for refugees aid. the money will be used to help people in the camps in the middle east. i the in addition tiff has been organized by germany, which has recently send thousands of refugees and asylum seekers from syria and other countries. the donors include the u.s. and other members of the g7 group of leading industrial nations, other european countries and gulf states.
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hungary is suggesting quotas. it will be raised on wednesday. >> this will be about a world quota. because we understand that the major resources -- the major sources of this mass popular movement are countries which became unstable because of international political decisions. >> meanwhile, german chancellor angela merkel says she wants to speed up the repatriation of people who have arrived in germany but fail the asylum process. the government says it believes a third of those who say they are from syria are not. laurence lee reports from munich. >> reporter: they are still arriving at munich train station in big groups and small. this the end of a long and hostile journey for all of them and health workers on hand to check their temperatures. other it seems are also checking whether they are who they say
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they are. a few days ago we filmed a group in the slovenian town moving as fast as they could to the border with austria. among their number was this man in the red. he said that he would do an interview with us, where are you from? >> i actual from syria. >> reporter: which city? >> damascus. >> reporter: you just came here from where, from the board we are croatia or where did you come from? >> i come here, to -- >> reporter: -- >> to go austria and germany. >> reporter: in the train station in a separate conversation in french he admitted to me that, in fact, he was a hotel worker from tunisia, he was pretending because he knew that he had no chance of asylum and the germans don't think he's the only one. this err of suspicion has prompting the government to higher some 45 linguistic experts in 80 different languages, anybody that arrives here has to give a speech sample which is then analyze today
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verify if they are who they say they are, the german government as it pains to point out, any fake jeff vinnies will not be automatically rejected but it will make life more difficult for them you would have to assume. we have heard similar things in slow convenient i can't remember the arguments in favor of asking these questions, of course, is that that people who are not in fear of their lives should not get in the way of others who are but others say the system should not discriminate. >> to go on this long and strenuous travel to europe. to maybe cross illegally in small boats over the mediterranean and force yourself over barbed wire you have a real reason to flee. i can't really actually understand why they shouldn't be refugees. >> reporter: the other point is inside the european union which is in many places openly hostile to any refugees, the idea some that are getting through by pretending is only likely to
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harden attitudes more. syrians after all, should hardly have to prove they are really running for their lives. laurence lee, al jazeera, in munich. now, a court in india has sentenced five people to death for planting bombs on local trains in two number six. 189 people were killed in the attacks. let's get more from faiz jamil who james us live. give us first the details of the sentence. >> reporter: out of the 12 found guilty five have been given the death sentences the other life sentences. what they did is put bombs in to pressure cookers and then put them on the computer trains which went off over the course of 11 minutes during the morning rush how and it's taken nine years for justice to be done according to victims' families. a number of procedural delays, the prowse cushion called 200
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witnesses. one of the accused cause aid delay when he went to the supreme court -- [ inaudible ] which then caused the entire trial to be delayed by more than a year. now, many victims of the families say they wouldn't feel if justice has been done unless a death sentence was given. however police say that 15 individuals, including whom they believe to be the mastermind are still at large. >> how soon will the death sentence be carried out? >> reporter: well, there will be a number of appeals open to those found guilty and those being convicted now and given the death sentence will appeal to a higher court, they even have the option in the last ditch attempt to appeal to the president of india. but the entire process could take months or years. adding to the time from when the initial blast attack took place. >> fess jamil in new delhi, thank you very much for that update.
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now, typhoon dujuan is now losing strength in china after making landfall there on tuesday it, hit with winds of more than 100-kilometers an hour, causing flooding and landslides, more than flee hundred 20,000 people were evacuate trd their holes, at least three killed and 300 injured which passed through neighboring taiwan early. officials say violence broke out when protesters encroach odd a chinese-owned on copper mining project, a state of new jersey has been imposed in the region. u.s. congress has challenged planned paren parenthood. the organization says defunding it would resist women's access to care and hurt low income
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patients. threats of a government shutdown has sparked demonstrations across the u.s. >> it's not only about women. it is about women's rights and women's choice, it's about families. it's about family planning, it's about families where moms and sisters and daughters can have cancer that's detected and s.t.i. and all kind of screening and healthcare. prenatal care. this is about women's healthcare. we need to stop the republican attack on women's healthcare. it is a disservice to our nation. and they should know better. >> al jazeera's kimberly halkett has more now on the protests. >> reporter: the president of planned parenthood cecile richards face odd of with conservative lawmakers as she justified why the she believes e network of organizations that also provides a borings should continue to see more than
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$50 million annually of federal funds, it became i target of conservative lawmakers because of videose videoses report to sw executives of planned parent hood offering baby parts or fetal tissue for research, for sale and profiting from that. that has outrage many law mach i was who are opposed to it because it provides abortions which is in violation of many of their religious beliefs as a result is sill richards faced tough questioning as they made the argument that planned parenthood does a lot more than just provide abortions they came to capitol hill with a message for remembers are members of congress, did he defund planned planned parenthood for many working class americas it's their only access to affordable healthcare. courtney requests iowas in grad school suffering from en dee do meet rios us and turned to
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planned parent hood when she could no longer afford the medication. >> i was in grad school i needed to get a job and couldn't stop stud foy this one reason, planned parent ha parenthood mai could get the medication. >> reporter: the health clinics also provide abortions violateing the religious beliefs of some members and the comfort of others, after video surfaced reportedly showing executives discussing the sale of aborted fetal tissue for profit. many in congress are incensed and are threaten to go cut the more than 450 million in federal if yofunding for the clip ice, y are demanding answers from the president of planned parenthood appearing before a congressional commit. >> i the outrageous accusations leveled against planned
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marijuana hood based on heavily doctored videos are offensive and categorically true. >> the taxpayers have a right to know how this money is being spent. >> absolute some. >> and if taxpayer dollars are being used to free up services that you provide that are -- >> reporter: others in congress the hearing is nothing more than political theater and an attack on women's reproductive choices that's been going on since abortion was legalized in the u.s. in 1973. >> what is really under attack is the right of women to control their own bodies. their own reproduction. >> reporter: courtney agrees. that's why she says she came to tell conga boringses are just a small part of what planned parenthood does. and because of her medical condition, her chance at motherhood what never have happened without its support. now, this did he participate is unlikely to end and is really part i've wider ongoing debate
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over how the federal government spends its money. it really is a partisan debate that is has been going on for many years, democrats favor more funding for domestic and en statal. programs well as republicans favor spend on the ground defense, as a result planned parenthood is the latest tagger net this wider debate. i can tell you that the american public opinion seems to be on planned parenthood's side. currently 65% of americans believe that planned parenthood should continue to receive federal funning as apostolic today 29% that believe it should be defunded i can tell you that president obama is backing planned parenthood. he says that any legislation that comes out of capitol hill in eighth are chamber and makes it to his desk that attempts to defunds planned parenthood he will veto. now, to the democratic republic of congo where social workers say thousands of legally a develop the children have been
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forced to stay in orphanages for two years, the governmentsing thgovernments saysthe restrictsf concerns about child abuse and child trafficking. >> reporter: there is no electricity. something seven-year-old hopes she won't experience in france. she was adopted three years ago, but her new parents aren't yet allowed to take her out. >> translator: my father died, i don't know where my mother is, i think i will like france, will live in a house, go to a good school and have enough food to eat. >> reporter: it's estimated hundreds of children who have been legally adopted are stuck in orphanages like this. because over the past two years the government has refused to let them go. >> i have some case some couple who has not children in their -- in their family, they need to adopt it for make their family
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in a good position. some parents are interested in international adoption for helping children who have not parents. people -- children wh whose pars disappear. >> reporter: government officials say cases of child abuse and trafficking have forced them to tighten the rules for international adoptions and they also say they won't allow game couples to a adapt. >> translator: it was get out of hand people saw it as a pay iowa to make money stealing children from villages and selling them to farmers some even being sold for sex and child labor. >> reporter: many children have lost paper to h.i.v. and aids and poverty is another problem. families struggle to make end meet and a lot of children are on the street on their own. she was thoarld travel to france has been postponed. she has only seen photos of her adoptive parents, it's not clear how long she and many others will have to wait. al jazeera.
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