to our website, aljazeera.com. wherever you are watching this al jazeera news hour, and this is some of what we have. >> actively planning additional attacks against the west. >> the u.s. military says the air strikes have killed an isil fighter suspected of being involved in the paris attacks. more than 20 die in pakistan as a suicide bomber targets a government office.
his sentence on bribery has been reduced but he will be the first israeli lead tore go to jail. and why many chinese leaders are being pushed out on the enclaves known as chinatown. >> there's a campaigned aiming at getting him out of the club, he says he is the victim of unfair criticism, and will fight his future at real. the u.s. and iraq are claiming to have significanted significant blows against the islamic state of iraq. the iraq prime minister paid a visit to the newly recaptured city, and he pledged to retake mosul next. his visit was a day after special forces raised the flag over the main government headquarters in in the center of the city. the u.s. meanwhile says his air strikes in syria, have
killed ten isil leaders in the last month, including a man named harafi, suspected of involvement in the attacks. >> harafi, al muda nexte, with a direct link to the paris attack cell. we killed him on december 24th. he was act ily planning additional attacks against the west. not too many additional details to present, he was killed by an air strike in syria. and that's as far as we are going to go on him for now. >> rosalyn jordan live for us now, the colonel there saying that's as far as he is going to go on but they gave other information about the remaining nine isil leaders that they claimed to have killed. >> as part of the isil
leadership, they even noted that one person, who was from bangladesh originally, was one of the i.t. people, one of the people who maintained the computer network for isil. so there is much more and email, so it does raise some questions about was doing one inside syria, and two, exactly, how he was working the alleged master mind, the recent paris attacks. so this is a situation that does bring really back to to before, the concern the obama administration and orr western countries say they had about isil. not just at the group had claimed territory inside both syria and in iraq.
but was attracting people from other countries who rushed from the battlefield, and perhaps try to carry out attacks against interest in their home countries. abu that bill. >> and the man himself, killed in syria, what do we know of him. >> apparently he was from a family of mock rock can immigrants one of the paris suburbs. he was apparently running afoul of french authorities back in 2012, and then at some point, it is believed that he went to syria. mouadan. we don't know much more object that except he did have early run ins with french authorities.
we don't know whether or not he was soldiering in the planning of the paris attacks and we don't know, specifically, where if anywhere he was actually planning to carry out attacks against people in other western countries. so there has been much more digging done on his situation. >> the iraqi forces seem to be gathering a great deal intelligence about these members of isil which must give them some hope about what they would describe as further successes? certainly one thing we have noticed in the comments from the prime minister, is the fact that the iraqi military seems to be gaining both the experience and the confidence to go after isil, and to retake communities and territory that has been held by isil for more than a year now. it is worth noting that he was not mentioning the
support from the u.s. and other coalition members as they try to go after isil targets. describing him in a way that won't get him in trouble with his own citizens. however, what is important to mote, is that the iraqi government does seem to be taking to heart the idea of bringing in the the support of sunni communities particularly in the fight for ramadi rather than bringing in shia fighters who could have antagonized the local sunni community the staking out and killing of the leaders as described by syria, but across the boarder in iraq, let's take a look at ramadi reclaimed from isil.
he has been going around ramadi made a series of defiant statements saying it will be retaken next. >> the iraqi forces have felt a heavy blow, and their followerring and clap ray ever toes. their troops won't stop until each city is deliberated. we can say we are coming to deliberate isil. we will achieve the final. let's go to the correspondent, he is in the north of iraq, and he says the fight for ramadi in many ways according to the u.s. isn't over. >> the rest of ramadi his
helicopter came under fire, there were isil fighters who tried to attack the claim. but they couldn't really because it was out of range. but it gives you an indication, that this area that the iraqi forces is very jube lent, that they have retake season not completely under their control yet. and northern rah maddy, there are still large pockets of fighters who have always been there and also been some fighters that fled from the southern area which is have been taken by the forces so it is very much an on going fight, yes. it is a significant victory, but there's a lot of work ahead of them facebook them to completely secure ramadi. >> let's discuss this with the middle east analyst, christopher swift who lectures in national security. what you have been able to
read in the last three or four hours. these figures are or were important in isil future plans. >> it seems that they are quite important, but it is not clear that they are the only ones that were important. it is important for us to remember as we are looking at this war, including what is happening with terror strikes in western europe, and the recent developments from ramadi that isis has many different organizations within it, many different units and many different leaders. so the question is not whether we are getting these particular leaders or acquiring a particular -- covering a particular town in a particular country, the question is much more what metrics will we using to measure success, and are we meeting those metrics as we wage this campaign against isis. >> okay, what kind of may tricks would you use if you were trying to measure success? is it taking out the high
level people or going after the worker bees if you like. >> it is a little bit of both. if you look at the places where air strikes and other campaigns have been successful in degrading the capacity, and the will to fight of a terrorist group, it's been in those where air power or land power has been used to sort of middle out the management, what that does is it breaks down the ties between the senior leaders and the foot soldiers and makes it very hard for the organization to adopt to future attacks against it. that's something we saw the united states and it's allies do very effectively, in afghanistan, and pakistan during the end of the bush administration, and the beginning of the obama administration, and it is likely that we will see similar sorts of tactics used in syria and iraq. as we get a better sense of who the middle management is.
>> you see, there's a feeling of course, among many people that you cannot defeat isil without demoralizes the troops ates were. and there's a song that says without the people on the ground, all this killing can't go on, so you do ski that as a natural progression, as you call it the middle management, but you also have to take the fight to those foot soldiers. >> yes, you do eventually, and one of the reasons why hollowing out the middle management is so important, is they are the ones that sort of maintain order and coop the foot soldiers organizationed and focused. suddenly it bumps muck easier to dishearten, discouraging those fighting on the front lines. but david, one of the things that is very important for us to consider not just in syria
and iraq, is that success in syria and iraq, from a military standpoint is very likely pete in western europe or in north america, and the reason for that is the more we turn up the pressure on them, in the places are they work, the more likely they are to try to turn up the pressure on us in the places where we work, and live, and govern. we need to take a very pragmatic approach to this campaign. >> yes, very often, when people feel under pressure they try to bring about what is described as spectacular, but it is also a side that support in terms of new recruits for this organization, might well be falling off, tailing off, i know that you keep an eye on how many people are joining
up, what the messages are, what's your sense? >> one of the things that is interesting to note, the flow of foreign fighters seems to be reduce add little bit. but local recruiting within syria and iraq itself, really seems to be down, at least on the metrics we are able to see in public, that tell as very important story, and the story is that those who know isis bet, who are most approximate to it, who suffer under it's lash have very little desire to do much with it, except the things that coerced you. whereas isis is currently getting the foot soldiers or at least it's new ones it seems to be individuals in the west, or elsewhere in the islamic world, who are being radicalized and inspired online, and who are being drawn into this conflict from the outside. something that is important to note as a terrorist
organization, or insurgent, starts to feel pressure, they try to find outside resources to deal with their internal weaknesses, so it shouldn't surprise us if we start to see more efforts at online recruiting and also start to see more efforts that sort of the resident effects radicalization, of persons in the west, with the goal carrying out attacks here. the practicalities and the psychologist, thank you very much indeed. on the war against isil, thank you. watching the al jazeera news hour live, coming up. >> officially ebola free, but a search for a vaccine continues we have a special report. and the syrian refugees arriving in canada, among them, the family of a
three-year-old boy, whose death in september shocked the world. we have the sport and find out what plans they have ahead of their game. >> police say the attack was the work of a suicide bomber, and the taliban says it was behind the attack. police say it was a suicide attack, many people were killed and many more were injuries.
there was a blast around 2:00, and around 20 were martyred. >> i was offering my prayers in my house when the blast occurred, when i came running here there were dead bodied. >> a group that was once linked to the pakistani taliban has claimed responsibility. but the pakistanis taliban says it has nothing to do with the attacks. attacks by it's filters have declined that's in the part because of the increase in military operations and the government efforts to shut down the armed groups sources of funding. what pakistan is trying to do, is frustrate them, and engang in political associations with the government, instead of fighting this insurgency.
so pakistan's focus today is that some sort of political settlement, between the government and the taliban although both have been adopting a new approach towards the group, it appears there are many who are committed to continuing the chaos. victoria, al jazeera. >> the former israeli prime minister has been sentenced to 18 months. the latest from west jerusalem. >> the hearing was proof, but the ruling was clear he will become the first israeli prime minister to serve time in jail to serve 18 months in prison for bribery starting
in february. he had initially been sentenced after he was first convicted in 2015. and it was approved for construction, while he served as mayor in jerusalem, the supreme court found he was not involved in the main aspects of the bribery allegations in the case, and that is why they reduced the sentence. speaking to the media, he welcomed the verdict. >> he is going to jail for bening a bribe of around $15,000 for a separate project that was also approved while he was major of jerusalem, despite accepting the sentence, hi he maintained his innocence. >> no bribe was ever offered
to me, naturally in line with my beliefs and way of life, i respect the verdict of the supreme court judges. >> he served as the prime minister to 2009, he was a relatively popular leader at the time, as his case works it's way through the system, there were increasing demands that he serve time in jail, saying politician are treated far too leniently, by the courts. >> this isn't the end of the legal troubles he still facing a sentence in prison over allegations of fraud, and making illegal payments to an american businessman. the supreme court has yet to rule on that case, the legacy as the first israeli prime minister to be handed a prison sentence is cemented. al jazeera, west jerusalem. >> hundreds of syrians that were trapped by the civil war
in two separate parts of the country have now been relocated. so far through turkey and lebanon, as part of that journey, one group included progovernment fighters and their families although some have had to say. and take families in the town -- and they have now arrived in the territory of id lib. >> i was wounded during the shelling and negotiations have been to evacuate us to turkey. and then from turkey to lebanon, and then to the hospital, here we have been treated and we will go back and if things are good we will go to damascus and work. >> let's hear from our colleague, which is near the turkey syria border. wounded fighters and their
families arrived in turkey and then from there they crossed into id lib, with few exceptions and those that were badly injured they were kept in hospital, the same time that the progovernment shia fighters and their families were evacuated go from turkey to lebanon, and there they will travel from damascus. this one went as planned. quite a significant step forward. for the international community, which is hoping to barometric pressure the warring factions in syria to make similar deals in the future, to sort of bridge the differences between them. like establishing a transitional authority in syria, that will put an end
to more than four years of civil war. >> state television says that rah number of refugees now stranded on the border of that country, with finland. guards have reported blocked them from entering the country. refugees have been allowed to cycle across their border with russia, but that's now said to have been banned. >> officially the decision was made to protect the safety of the asylum seekers themselves. as it would be apparently not be safe to ride a bike across the border in the cold finish weather. and as the boarder sites are mainly designed for cars it was, however, also seared that the aim is to avoided so called illegal immigration.
to finland the key here is that seeking asylum as a human right, amnesty has been muching the e.u. to create safe routs for asylum seekers and refugees and these new measures actually seem like an item to close off one safe rout for those wishing to seek asylum which is obviously worrying and shameful. he died with his mother and his five-year-old brother when their boat capsized. his picture made the front pages of most news organizations. now he is working with refugees as they are sponsoring other family members. in vancouver went to meet her. >> a family reunion, team
greats her older brother. just a few of the thousands of syrian refugees being welcomed to canada. >> there is misery mixed with joy for this family. another brother, lost his wife and two sons trying to get to freese. they drowned off the coast in september, the images of three-year-old brother being recovered propertied outrage around the world, and helped raise awareness of the hundreds of thousands of people streaming out of syria and it thrusts this syrian born hairdresser who has lived in canada since 1992 into the international spat light. it changed my life, just a normal person. it's not easy. it's the most emotional --
the hard thing i have ever done in my life. >> sense the tragedy in september, she has traveled abroad with the human rights organization and met with u.n. officials publicizing the plight of syrian refugees. a go fund me page set up by a friend will help her and her husband with expenses as they move mohammad and his family into their home outside vancouver. he will work as a barber in her new salon, and as they adjust to a new life, her joy is tempered by nearly five years of war in her native country. much already, enough suffering. enough people dying. up want to tell the world, stop the war. >> canada is expected to accept 50,000 syrian refugees by the end of 2016. allen shoff her, al jazeera, vancouver british columbia.
>> coming up, how the economic shift away from heavy industries is disappointment for many families. and strands for months why these migrants are now being allowed to travel towards the united states, stay with us for that and spot in the biggest star in the miami, lebron james is upstaged, and he is here with that and the rest of the snort, a bit later.
>> let's take a closer look. >> antonio mora gives you a global view. >> this is a human rights crisis. >> and at 11:00 - "news wrap-up". clear... concise... complete. these are the national headlines. the suspect department of defense says in the last month it has killed ten isil leaders in air strikes across syria, among them one man linked to the attacks in paris. a visit to recently retaken city of ramadi has vowed to push isil from the city of mosul, and defeat the group entirely in iraq in 2016. 22 people have been killed by a suicide attack which
targeted the government office in northwest pakistan, the group once led to the taliban, has claimed responsibility. the world health organization has declared againny to be free of ebola. it wassen guinea that the first outbreak was reported in march of 2014, since then 2,536 people have died there, 4,809 have died in liberia. and eight in nigeria. the world health organization declared nigeria to be free of ebola in october of last year, ciera leon free last month. liberia free in may. the further cases were reported there last two discharged from hospital in that country earlier this month.
>> today is an incredibly important milestone, that has been on going for two years to stop the crisis in west africa. as of today, we can say that all three countries have stopped the original change of transmission which had led to -- had driven this cries us and led to international and national alarm last year. good news yes, but the search for a vaccine is over. when trials have been carried out. >> every time they come to the lab for testing, they wonder, which one of them has been injected with the experimental vaccine. one was given a placebo the other a trial. scientists are still looking for a cure against the ebola virus.
at first my family and i were scared. the doctors reassured me, it is my way to contribute to the fight against the virus. >> >> volunteers are not injected with ebola, but with a safe version of the virus. then researchers are given two vaccines, one to stipulate their eimmune response, the other to boost it, the idea is to enhance the immune system all together so it can fight the virus on it's own. >> like other vaccines we expect some side effects such as fevers and headaches, we closely monitor volunteers, our priority is to ensure safety. >> the virus is still lurking
in the environment, and so it is still a threat for people in west africa. ebola infected 28,000 people and killed 11,000 in west africa alone some have developed a natural immunity against ebola, the third of the world population of chimps have died of the virus. scientists still don't know how the virus jumped to humans. it has also brought west africans closer tot. the batter is what they see on their own, and so far the vaccine they are testing is working. >> the emergency coordinator for doctors without boarders
joining me via skype, we talk about it as the ebola outbreak, but it was very different in different african countries, and was that perhaps ahind remembers not recognizing this immediately? threing to get control over the disease. >> yes, i think everybody took too much time, too much time to recognize the severity of the outbreak, to much time to deploy enough people to fight this, and too much time to have a real leader to try to fight this. and if it was quite different, in the different countries, it was quite long in guinea, with this case, but quite long after nearly two years now we can declare it over. >> what mistakes did they say the world health organization make? >> it took too much time, and
next time we really have to go faster, with much more resources. [was there a time for you, and those people who work with you, that put yourselves oen the front line, when you thought that perhaps it wouldn't be possible to control this? >> yes, i think in july or august, 2014 we were really under wind, and we had to -- we had start working in the same time and then at this time, we really think that we would never be able to fennish with this outbreak. we heard from our reporter, 11,000 deaths how many of
those deaths were health professionals people who put themselves at risks to help others. >> in guinea, it was something more than 300 of them were infected and about 115 died. yes, and it should be something similar in the other countries. >> and yet nobody seemed to say no to going out to help these people, it is extraordinary dead case. >> yes. it is -- thanks to them, that the outbreak is over, but now we have to take care of those people who survive, but still have some symptoms like sickle cell, or medical problem like politic problem in eyes and people really need to have access to care, and perhaps free healthcare.
the last person to be cured in guinea, the country we are talking about tonight, tells her story. her mother had ebola, and think delivered at the end of october, and he died the same day. you have to know that during the story of ebola, we never had any new problem from infected mother who survived and yes, in one, really everybody -- we wanted to have her at the last survivor case, and yes she survived. she has the chance to get some new treatment and also a lot of dedication from the staff. the staff really wanted to help her stay alive, that is a wonderful story there, but a lot of people who have
survived, the ebola outbreak, are still finding life difficult, in many ways because they are austria sized i have heard. >> yes, there is a lot of stigma, and still have difficulty finding job to go back to their village, and i think the important thing to do now is to keep these people in the real life, to help them and to symptom the stigma, because they need to know they are still alive, and yes, we have to help them also. >> thank you, thank you very much indeed. from doctors without borders thank you. >> thank you. >> central american nations have reached an agreement to allow several thousand cuban migrants to continue their journey towards the u.s. the
migrants can now miss out which lad prevented them from crossing the border. around 8,000 migrants have been stranded at this catch in costa rica for more than a month. the migrants are trying to get to the united states. central american countries have been holding talks in guatemala on how to resolve the crisis. they have agreed that the cube pans will be flown to it salvador where they will be bussed to the united states. >> guatemala initially expressed two guarantees. so allow these people to pass through the territory, and the second is not to be any cost to guatemala. >> it has been long and complicated. me threed which doesn't require cuba to have visas.
they were stopped which is a close ally of cuba. with improving relations many cubans worried that may change. it is important for the united states to work together,ner at the center of this issue. the cubans are expected to restart the journey next week, and realize their dream of making it to the united states. al jazeera. >> terrible storms triggered tornadoes, snow, and massive flooding in the u.s. midwest, here st. louis and missouri record breaking rainfall there over the weekend, as many 13 people have died in illinois and missouri bringing the total to 43 weather related deaths over the past week in the u.s. christmas season.
four people died in a landslide, it was in the southeast states of san paulo, among those rest are cue as one-year-old girl, you can see her here, she did survive. but her grandmother that used her own body to shield the child, well, she died. argentina bad weather effected that country water levels still raise meaning it will take weeks for people to go back to marry homes. al jazeera in the argentinian city. this report on the severe flooding there. >> the situation is now stable, authorities have told that they need to be evacuate redirect examination now locating in safe areas, however, as you can see, it continues to rain here, so as the water continues to rise, it can complicate the stitchuation here even further, we know there are several shelters located in several parts of the city where people are receiving water and food, but many of
them have lost everything they own, and it can take weeks before they are able to go back to their homes you can see right behind me how entire parts of the city continue to be completely under water, they are trying to cope also with the possibility of -- we are told people here are not only coping with humidity and bugs but mosquitoes and also with snakes that are being brought by the river you can see all the dirt that the river has brought to the entire parts of the city. >> that is argentina in the u.k., some flood victims there have expressed anger towards the british government after water defenses failed in a number of cities including here. and to help emergency services. authorities say about 500 properties were flooded in new york, and the flood defenses in recent years that managed to protect the homes.
no one came down the street. there is no -- you know, the prime minister said the rescue services we speak to people they said yes, they did their job, but politician are using this wonderful to deflect the fact that they made decisions in the these areas they are hiding the effort. about 120 fighters from the independence movement including their leader have surrendered. also known as din menim, was a fugitive for more than four years. they took up arms about a year ago, after a peace deal was signed. >> thailand's leading court
is upheld the equipment by police, accused of being involved in the disappearance of a prominent human rights lawyer the muslim lawyer was pushed into a car in 2004. it was alleged that police officers carried out the abduction, the appeals court found them not guilty. the industry perhaps to more hi-tech consumer services. some still workers have lost their jobs there are more cuts we understand, to come, adrian brown, went to the
industrial city, to see the price that workers are having to pay. he has more time to play with his daughter these days. she was born just months after her father was told that the local steel mill was closing. >> with this money they work a whole lifetime, many people have been working hard, but finally what did you get, just this money. which he devoted so much of his life. many of the former work mates pass their day drinking tea in a local cafe. they can sip all day, they too will pay up.
but the redundancy money will specifically run out. so we are very careful with our daily expenses we try to save every penny for my daughter's future, but i am not very well educated. it is difficult to find a good job in this society. slowly the life is being drained, the closure of the mill has been taking it's toll, forcing many like these to close. the steel mill had been one of the largest of it's kind, employing more than 16,000 workers, in many ways it was the city. the closure is part of the gradual transition away from the industry in which it has been so reliant for so long. >> it's been feignful and it will continue to be more painful, we have a global
problem of excess capacity. there are way too many steel producers in the world, and just insufficient demand, so china has to cut back. >> the apartments are beginning to enty, as many join the search for work elsewhere. they found their apartment before they met, but it is a home in a town without a future. >> my life is failure. my life is having booring. i didn't study hard enough. every day repeats itself, i thought about it even though i took the severance pay, i don't think i hate the factory, but i have to say i am very disappointed with my life. >> he worried about his daughter's future, and hopes it won't be spent here, if she can leave, she can have a better life. >> adrian brown, al jazeera, southwest china. >> sport in just a cowle of
almost 20 years ago from china she chose to live in the tight nit enclave of china town. but today china town is fast disappearing. the may mouse gate only remains as a tourist attraction surrounded by western food, and clothing franchises. at one time, 3,000 lived in china town, today only about 300 remain. and half of those might soon be gone, their building being replaced jenny tang to be evicted for a lecturery condo can be built. >> most of the people that live here, we have jobs but even though we have jobs we don't have as much money as them. but every day, every month we pair our rent on time. >> they are victims of what is called scent tri-fighter
case, a process in which poor minorities are pushed out and the wealthy move in. according to one study, nonchinese populations have doubled in a decade, some researchers estimate that of the 15 large china towns in america, only three still remain authentic to their chinese cultural past. china town is a place where social networks economic fabrics, it's been built. >> in new york, people are fighting back in some ways new york city has been one of the republican success stories of people taking to the streets to fight back against development.
because everybody here knows once the heart, soul, and character of their town is gone, it will likely never come back my sister tells me to come back to china, but i don't want to go back. >> looking out she now barely recognizes. gabriel, al jazeera, new york. >> time for sport now with andy richardson. >> thank you so much. well, if you would have said this a few months ago, have the chance to finish year at the top of the english premier league in the next hour, they will be taking on manchester city, they do have the striking pair fit to start for them, for manchester city captain vincent company misses out to
company, huh starts upfront, city hasn't won in the last five away games. high performance, it was not easy for him. that's why we were -- had confidence, that when we have to play, maybe we can reduce the gap if we beat them, so now we have an important game to finish the first round of the picture. >> born 2-nil on monday, the field getting his since teen assist of the season, and also a gold for the london club, liverpool is in 10th, they beat lester on wednesday.
nobody in the team is like this, we want to improve policy situations. and we want to develop we want to get nor points in this very important moment in the league. real madrid says he is the victim of a campaign ending the time at the club, despite being 2 points off and scoring ten goals. he has faced heavy criticism, ever since losing 4-nil in november. >> the captain pain against the club president, against real madrid and against the real madrid coach. >> everything that can be criticized is criticized and facts are made up and manipulated, that is happening, it is obvious, anyone with experience can see it. the head of european athletics believes russia sun likely to be allowed to return to international
competition in time, for next year's olympics. a complete cultural change is required and it is ink realistic ahead of the games banned by the sports government body, alleged involvement in widespread doping. correcters look to be closing in on victory in the first test match against south africa. produced the home team to 136 before the end of day four they are chasing an unlikely target of 416, it would be a rare away win, they have won only one of the last 15 overseas. australia have a comfortable series victory against the west indies they won by 177 wins.
the pakistan cricket board has rejected the resignation over the attendance at a training camp. joined the team after his five year ban for spot fixing ending in september, last week initially refused to join up with the squad in a protest at the selection. in the nba, the cleveland cavaliers beat the phoenix suns handing them their fifth loss in a row. four time mvp putting cleveland on top. at the end of the first quarter, they had 14-points and 7 assists in the game. outscores lebron with 22 points, here he is with 3-point, and just seconds left in the game. and the downhill course, lift up to it's fearsome reputation, the bumpy, narrow hill is one of the toughest
of the season, and 12 skiers failed to negotiate, including the italian did open kate without serious injury, and he faced four in the overall world cup status. i think that is the sport for now, more from me later on. >> andy, thank you very much. the fact that the ebola outbreak in the west african country is over, and this little girl, is the reason her name is nueba, she was the last person to be found we boal la, she is infection free, has been for 42 days. her mother, unfortunately died soon after giving birth. but amazingly, first baby that has ever survived and recovered. according to her doctors she is doing extremely well, living with an aunt, and expected to li a long and happy life. we wish her well. thank you for watching the
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