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www.vitac.com the u.s. adjusts its plan of attack in iraq. more weapons and forces on the way, but will it be enough. the manhunt widens as cops continue their search for two escaped killers. from afghanistan and iran through turkey and greece, the desperate and dangerous life of a migrant. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world, i'm rosemary church and this is "cnn newsroom." we begin with the latest on the
hunt for two convicted killers who escaped from a maximum security prison in upstate new york. more than 400 police officers are going door to door looking for the men. authorities say new information has led them to expand their search to neighboring vermont. police there have put out fliers with pictures of richard matt and david sweat. investigators say they are following more than 500 leads in the case. and vermont's governor is urging the public to be alert and call police if they see anything unusual. >> i just want to say to vermonters, this is no time to panic. it's a time to be sensible. if you see suspicious people, don't go near them. call law enforcement. lock your doors. make sure that you're being vigilant. and let's work together to get
these two dangerous men locked up once again. >> now the area around the prison is heavily wooded with farmhouses and campgrounds. as cnn's alexander field reports that is presenting a unique challenge for search teams. >> reporter: the first reported sighting of the fugitives near dannemora, the second in the tiny town of willsbro. now there is information that they are heading to vermont. the search spanning the northern reaches of the adirondacks. >> are the adirondacks going to be a challenge for them or a resource that provides cover while they move? >> a little bit of both. >> reporter: without expert training the odds are zacked against them. >> it's one of the largest parks in the united states and one of the most rugged areas in this country. the temperature even at night, even in june we're talking about
hypothermic conditions. if they don't have the proper clothing. i'm sure they are dehydrated and malnourished and exhausted. >> reporter: it's likely they will duck in and out of the woods trying to find resources and go back in to cover ground. if they can navigate the adirondack trail system can lead them wherever they want to go. experienced hikers cover eight to 15 miles a day. >> that means looking under every rock and structure until we find these men. >> reporter: he trains people to recognize signs that are not noticed. >> we look for disturbances on the landscape and follow that trail. >> reporter: we'll try it. >> and this is where you went
in. i'm looking at the very few patterns and the leaf pops you are leaving up. >> reporter: in the adirondacks the search area is vast and the hunt already days long. >> we are back to the search method men or women standing abreast of each other and hoping to see something, stumble upon something or discover something. >> reporter: to track these suspects the officials need a recent sighting to find telltale sign. the united states is increasing its commitment in iraq with a plan to send hundreds more american troops to the region to train and advise local forces. the white house hopes to bring about another so-called sunni uprising this time aimed at isis. this time besides the troops, weapons will be sent to sunni crimes and peshmerga fighters.
jim sciutto has more. >> reporter: u.s. troops on the ground, soon the u.s. will add 450 trainers and support teams to the 450 trainers already on the ground. an effort to turn the iraqis into an effective fighting force after a series of debilitating losses to isis. one year after the terror group swept into iraq almost unchallenged -- the battle remains at best a stalemate on the key urban battlegrounds, ramadi, lost to isis in late may. baiji, home to a keep oil refinery still contested. and mosul, the largest city in northern iraq, an isis stronghold. plans by iraqis to retain the city on hold indefinitely. >> the islamic state is still on the move. yesterday they were in baghdad
and they're on the move in syria and everywhere else. we need a change in strategy. more trainers is a start but not enough. >> reporter: in washington, the president's move failed to satisfy iraq hawks or doves. some see half measures. >> it's a step in the right direction because but as the president admitted the other day he has no strategy to win. this is another tactical move. >> reporter: some democrats see mission creep. >> this is exactly how vietnam started. and if you don't think you've putting them in harm's way, then you're not living in the real world. >> reporter: u.s. officials believe the sunni tribes are ready to take the fight to isis in anbar with the help of u.s. forces advising them. the addition of 450 brings the total number of u.s. forces on the ground to 3500 up from close to zero just a year ago.
jim sciutto, cnn, washington. and earlier, john borgs asked how effective the push will be. he says the u.s. does have a strategy in place despite what president obama said days ago. take a listen. >> it was hailed that we were going to see a major strategic shift putting in 400 trainers in isn't going to change much on the ground. it may allow more training but it's not major nor a strategic shift. >> is this more to do with the president's remarks when he said that the u.s. does not have a complete strategy for training iraqi forces. he got a lot of flak for that. >> i didn't understand where that came from. i spend a lot of time in iraq. there seems to be an active training effort going on right now. and it's a little bit slower. there is fault on both sides of the equation but there is a
strategy. americans provide the money and the equipment and the trainers. iraqis provide the troops. the fighting is done by, with, and through the iraqis. that strategy hasn't changed and isn't changed by this announcement today. >> although the u.s. is adding to the total number of advisers and trainers in iraq, the iraqis say they need more than just training. for the latest we go to ian lee who is live in cairo. the u.s. decision to add 450 trainers doesn't appear to have made anyone happy. it's viewed as a drop in the bucket by many and not amounting to a strategic shift. what impact is this likely to have, big picture? >> well, first off, we haven't seen that much portion by the sunnis in the fight against isis. so this -- to train and arm them
is going to help put them on course to control the area that they have and take the fight to isis which is a crucial part of the fight against isis. but there has been a lot of criticism that the u.s. isn't doing enough a defeat isis in iraq. the iraqi foreign minister has said they just need more. >> i don't think this has the -- frankly, the only answer. this may be part of the answer. and a small part of the answer. i know that we are in need of training. we are in need of equipment. we are in need of weapons. we are in need of intelligence to get intelligence -- proper intelligence, to know where the strong parts isis. where are the weak points of isis? what to do. this is unfortunately not available yet. >> rosemary, iraq's prime
minister, haider al abadi has also said they need more intelligence to watch and see where isis is moving so they ask strike them on their own teams. ben wiedemann has been on the front lines talking to commanders as well. and what we're hearing from ben is they are saying forget the training. they know how to fight. they just need the weapons as well. one iraqi commander told him that he has worked with the u.s. military when they were occupying iraq and said that he knows the u.s. has the weapons and the intelligence and the means to defeat isis and he wonders why they haven't given them those means and weapons yet. >> you mentioned the front lines. what is the latest information you have about what is happening on the battlefield? these efforts by iraqi troops and their supporters to push isis out of baiji, ramadi, and fallujah? >> you may remember, a couple
weeks ago, officials both in iraq and the united states were saying that it is going to take days and they would recapture ramadi. it's turning into weeks and that shows how formidable a foe isis is. they have dug in well. they don't give back ground that they have taken. and forces are slowly pulling out. they said it was cleared. but there are remnants of isis still in control of areas there. the fighting is slow go. they are dealing with roadside bombs, booby-traps, snipers and that is difficult for them. and that underscores the lack of intelligence to know exactly where all this is so they can mitigate each circumstance but it's we haven't really heard much about retaking ramadi, at least in the terms of in the near future, an operation to retake it. >> it is indeed a tough fight. many thanks to ian lee reporting
live from cairo. an american citizen has been killed fighting isis in syria. on wednesday, the u.s. state department confirmed the death of massachusetts native keith broomfield, a kurdish officials said he was fighting alongside the kurds when he was killed. broomfield's sister posted on facebook the last word she received from her brother. in a text he said, don't worry about me, i got this. british actor michael enwright has traded action films for battlefield action by joining kurdish forces in the fight against isis. he said the thing that motivated him was the murder of james foley in august. he is serious about exterminating isis from the face of the earth. but his comrades say he is a
liability to the cause. enwright rejects those claims. south korea is taking measures to protect its people and economy from middle eastern respiratory syndrome. this comes as several more people have contracted the virus and thousand remain quarantined. cnn senior correspondent ivan watson joins us. nine dead and 122 confirmed cases and 3800 have been quarantined and now hospitals are being closed. talk to us about that. >> reporter: that's right. one of the hospitals that was believed to have been visited by someone who later tested positive for the middle east respiratory syndrome has been closed. it's a medium-sized hospital with a bit more than 100 beds. it's in seoul. but it is a rather dramatic step
that the authorities are taking, sending 70 patients home and dozens of medical workers who believed to have come in contact with the patient who had mers, being sent home for basically self imposed quarantine and the hospital being closed from any further patients from being able to go there. one of the unnerving things act this outbreak in south korea which is relatively small considering. it's 122 cases in the course of the last three weeks. but they are all believed to have come in contact with the virus at hospitals. that means people are going to hospitals, rosemary, to get treatment for an ailment or visit a loved one who is a patient there or people working there, they are the ones who have subsequently tested positive for the illness. among the nine people who have succumbed to the illness, all
were described as elderly with serious pre-existing medical conditions. it's people whose immune systems are already quite weak. we have heard from people who are beginning from a healthier foundation and they describe the similar comes as being not much worse than the common flu. >> and ivan not only are people in south korea unnerved by this, those neigations in the region, china is concerned and it's having an impact on tourism. >> we are hearing about people canceling tour groups to south korea and is a popular tourist destination. we have heard travel advisories from macaw and hong kong. hong kong university announcing that academic exchanges would be cancels. and the government saying if
it's not urgent, please do not travel there. and part of hong kong's sensitivity is rooted in the fact that in 2003, hong kong suffered from an outbreak of the sars virus and hundreds of people died as a result of that. the hong kong medical authorities have been testing at least 33 people for the possibility of mers, people who traveled from south korea. none of them, thus far, have tested positive. that's very important. in the meantime, in south korea there have been additional steps being taken. the city government in seoul have announced that sports events will be cancelled or postponed. and reserved military training is being postponed right now and the head of the central bank there has announced a .25% rate cut. that was anticipated by panel analysts. but what we were not expecting
was for it to be linked to the mers outbreak. and that just gives you a sign that the authorities are expecting it to have an impact on the economy. >> indeed. and w.h.o. team is there to try to help. we know a saudi delegation will add their advice to authorities. we'll be keeping an eye on this and how well they contain it. many thanks to ivan watson reporting live from hong kong. germany is mourning once again. dozens of victims of the germanwings plane crash aright back home. and one family's harrowing journey, fleeing from three countries all in search of a better life. we're back in a moment. many wrinkle creams come with high hopes, but hope... doesn't work on wrinkles. clinically proven neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair
russia's 2018 and qatar's 2022 world cup bids. the bids for the 2026 world cup will be delayed as the u.s. and swiss continue their investigations into corruption. and fifa's executive committee meets next month to discuss dates for a congress to elect a new president. zico has announced his candidacy. he admitted his chances are slim but he is willing. and the secretary-general was in russia meeting with the sports minister. volcker says that plans for that world cup in 2018 are on track. and he defended $10 million worth of bank transfers that are at the center of the u.s. investigation and said that the media were out to get him. take a listen. >> none of the chairman of both of these committees have found any wrong doings and anything
was found to secretary-general of fifa, to blame me. i'm sorry. i don't know what to say about that. i have no answer about this case. i have no more thing to say. you decided that after blatter i'm the head to be cut. fine. >> separately the swiss justice ministry says one of the administrators arrested is appealing plans to extradite him to the united states. that official was not named. standard and poor's is downgrading greece's credit rating saying that greece will likely default on its debt in the coming years. it moves it into junk territory. the greek prime minister met with the leaders of france and germany to discuss measures
greece needs to adopt for more bailout loans. the talks are deadlocks over greece's refusal to cut pensions and labor market reforms. grooeece is not turning awa migrants. tens of thousands have arrived there this year. issa suarez has the story of three families who had to flee europe to make a better life. >> reporter: at the hotel, life isn't what it used to be at least not for its new guests. here is an image that inspires little today. migrants sleeping on stained mattresses with no electricity or sanitation. i meet a family who have been living and sleeping and eating
on the hotel veranda for ten days. this afghan father with a life full of hardship. >> when i was little, some group come around our house and and had the guns. >> reporter: he was six years of age back then but it's he remembers it like it were yesterday. >> if i don't go out from this land, we will call all of your children. your wife, your sons. >> reporter: having heard those words, his family flees afghanistan to pakistan. but they didn't feel safe there either as a member of a minority shia islamic sect in a majority sunni country. so they moved to iran. >> you don't accept it. iran is islamic country. they are islam. >> reporter: now a grown man he returns to afghanistan but it's soon after he arrives. >> they kill my brother.
>> who killed your brother? >> reporter: so he leaves with his family,d through iran to geo turkey. here, carrying bags and children they walk knees deep in mud and crawl for another three hours. >> it was so terrible. it was -- >> reporter: istanbul gives the children a sense of normality but that is sort lived. >> and then we decided to make land in a boat but in a veryery small boat for 20 person in one boat. and you -- >> reporter: now safe. he is the link between the migrants and the greeks here. his kindness has not made him lose sight of what he wants,
asylum in sweden. but the truth no longer hurts. >> i have at least 14 years, i must go by foot. >> reporter: what pains this man are the marks on his children. >> my son saying where is my motorcycle? i answer for him. i say we are on trip, we are on holiday. nothing. i just lie. >> reporter: a life on the move. a refugee three times over, a future uncertain. issa suarez, cnn. the u.n. refugee agency says more than 100,000 migrants have crossed the mediterranean into europe so far this year. for the same period last year, the u.n. says around 76,000 migrants made that journey. you are watching "cnn newsroom." coming up, what pope francis is doing now to help fight against child sex abuse in the catholic
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police in upstate new york are searching door to door for two escaped murderers. authorities say the men may have fled to vermont. the two broke out of the clinton correctional facility over the weekend. police say they are armed and very dangerous. south korean officials have closed a second hospital linked to an outbreak of middle eastern respiratory syndrome. this comes as 14 more people contracted the virus. raising the total number of confirmed cases there to 122. nine people have died so far. south korea's central bank has cut interest rates out of concern for the economy. the u.s. is expanding its presence in iraq. u.s. officials now say up to 450 troops will head there to train and advise local forces. weapons will also be sent to sunni tribes and kurdish peshmerga fighters. a white house official said they
are hoping for another sunni uprising, this one aimed at isis. delegates from around the world are attending an extremism summit in australia right now to brainstorm ways to combat isis recruiting. australia's foreign minister says 100 australians are fighting for isis and other terror groups. he calls isis a death cult. >> the government is look at what can be done to deal with australian citizens who have betrayed our country by fighting with terrorists. this modern form of treason. we need ideaistic is not a way to address this problem.
pope francis and russian president vladimir putin met wednesday at the vatican. their first meeting since 2013. they talked for nearly an hour about the crisis in ukraine and persecution of christians. a key goal was to promote unity and peace. cnn's nic robertson reports. >> reporter: this was always going to be a finely balanced meeting. pope francis, a man of peace. president putin, increasingly isolated amidst accusations of isolation and aggressive in ukraine. the last time the pope described ukraine he described the conflict there as fratricide drawing criticism from the catholics who felt let down by the pontiff.
outside the vatican ukrainians came to press the pope for condemnation of russia. >> to proclaim every time the truth and have to no the truth. >> reporter: what they got was this. a vatican statement saying there must be a commitment to a sincere and great effort to achieve peace and they agree the importance of building a climate of dialogue and that all parties commit themselves to implement the minsk accords. the deep subtext of this meeting, the pope's desire to unite all christians, catholic and orthodox. putin increasingly influential with many of the world's more than 225 million people on the eastern side of christianity's great schism almost a millenia ago. most pressing now the plight of all christians in the middle east. the pair discussing this the vatican saying they confirmed
the issue of pursuing peace with the help of the international community and ensuring in the meantime the necessary conditions for life for all members of society including religious minorities, especially christians. for putin was an increasingly rare chance to stand on the world stage. and for his clutch of supporters -- an excuse to wave russia's flag, and bring up his image back home. none of them worried putin kept the pontiff waiting, arriving over an hour late. nic robertson, cnn, rome. >> and one more note regarding pope francis this hour, the pope has created a tribunal to judge bishops who fail to protect children from sexually abusive
priests. since 2001, that group has judged priests accused of sexual abuse. but until now, there hasn't been an vatican office with a similar role to judge bishops. the pope will appoint a secretary and staff for that tribunal. in israel a fierce boycott movement is causing some business owners to brace for the worst and it's making prime minister benjamin netanyahu admit he plans to ten step up efforts to fight back. we look at the growing movement and the financial toll it could take on israel. >> reporter: the latest harvest is ready for bottling at a winery on the west bank. the business is growing and so is a boycott movement against his wine. >> it's not the majority of the
world that believe in those things. it's really a very, very small organization. few organization. the problem is that they have a lot of power and a lot of money. >> reporter: that organization is bds, the boycott divestment and sanctions movement. the co-founder started bds a decade ago to force israel to end a system of discrimination against palestinians. the movement has activists in many countries and tens of thousands of followers on social media, growing in part because of netanyahu's government. >> israel is realizing that bds is serious as a human rights movement as a non seq.tarian movement it is effective. >> reporter: the ceo of orange said in cairo he would pull orange out of israel if he could. bds activists called the remarks
a success. but he said he opposes a boycott of israel. and two people pledged to fight bds and spoke about the orange ceo and the boycott movement. >> this isn't over. this is the beginning. and any company that chooses to boycott business in israel is going to look at this case and once we're done they're going to think twice whether they want to take on israel or not. >> reporter: israeli politicians have united against bds. benjamin netanyahu promised to go on the offensive. we will gather forces to shatter the lies of our enemies.
anti-bds activits have charged them with anti-semitism. >> we are targeting a system of injustice. this is not an attack on a group of people. bds targets institutions, not individuals. >> reporter: israel's economy will take a hit from the bds movement. a $15 billion hit according to a study by the rand corporation. the palestinians will take a hit, nearly $2.5 billion, a price that he says is worth it. we'll take a short break now. a former texas police officer goes into hiding after receiving death threats. hear what his attorney has to say now about that infamous pool party video.
threats. he had been caught on video pulling his gun on teenagers at a pool party. and now his attorney is trying to shed some light on why eric casebolt acted the way he did. >> reporter: a show of support for the former mckinney police corporal seen in this now viral video. and tonight, five days after eric casebolt slammed a teenaged girl to the ground and pointed his gun at other teens at a pool party, an apology on his behalf. >> he never intended to mistreat anyone but was only reacting to a situation and the challenges that it presented. he apologizes to all who were offended. >> reporter: casebolt resigned from the police department yesterday after being placed on administrative leave. his actions in this suburb, the subject of intense criticism and ongoing investigation by the mckinney police department. >> i don't want my members to
paint police officers with one brush just like i don't want police officers to paint my community with one brush. >> it is his hope that his resignation will facilitate the kooptive relationship between the citizens and police officers of mckinney. when the incident came over the radio, eric casebolt was reluctant to respond. however once the call was escalated and responded to possible violent assault he felt it was his duty to respond. >> reporter: and also saying before he responded to the pool party he had responded to two suicide calls one involving a man who shot himself in the head. >> the nature of these two suicide calls took an emotional toll on eric casebolt. >> reporter: casebolt who was
named officer of the year in 2008 allowed the emotions to get the best of him. she says he didn't face reporters today over concerns about his safety. >> the death threats. he's worried for his family. he is worried he may be followed. and until that threat subsides he's going to be in an undisclosed location. >> reporter: cnn, dallas. the train engineer involved in a deadly amtrak crash in the united states was not talking or texting on his cell phone during the incident. federal investigators say they have analyzed brandon bostonian's phone reports and show he didn't make calls or send messages or use the internet while operating the train. eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured when that train derailed near philadelphia on may 12th. the remains of dozens of
victims from the germanwings plane very have been brought home to germany. this comes two months after the plane crashed in the french alps, killing everyone on board. our robyn curnow has more. >> reporter: 44 victims of the germanwings plane crash have returned home. a plane carried the remains to the airport from marseille, france. they are the first to be repatriated. 150 people were killed when germanwings flight 9525 was deliberately crashed into the french alps by the plane's co-pilot. it was headed to dusseldorf from barcelona in march. in the weeks since, french investigators have been sifting through evidence recovered from the crash site.
last month they finished identifying the remains of all those on board. the victims families held a memorial at the hangar prior to bringing the people to their home cities. tenth graders and two teachers were returning from an exchange trip to spain. a motorcade of hearses passed by the school where the students attended. it's been a long wait for the families who can now seek closure in this tragedy. robyn curnow, cnn. >> we do want to move to the weather now and the aftereffect of fires and floods are the stories in the united states. we have derek van dam to explain to us what is going on here. >> residents on the east coast
can see a spectacular sunrise this morning if they are watching. but there is an update on the flooding in shreveport, louisiana. this is all along the red river. it crested earlier this week and residents are still having to deal with scenes just like this. catastrophic stuff here as the flood reached its flood stage and inundated homes and livelihoods. that is the red river in blue. it crested at 37 feet. it should be 30 feet for flood stage. even though it is expected to recede over the days ahead we have several days and weeks to go before all that water completely evacuates and they can dry out completely. they have flood warnings all along the red river before it leads into the mississippi. this is on top of the wettest month ever reported in the con dig use united states.
on average the u.s. received 4 inches of rainfall for the entire month and the rivers and streams leading into the red river are responsible for the flood stage moving down stream. this is an image taken from a satellite from nasa. that is smoke from a fire in canada. 50 fires and that smoke is being picked up by the jet stream and moving to the mid atlantic states, the nation's capital and new york city and philadelphia. this smoke and haze will create sunrises and sunsets similar to that. if you are watching, thank you, but get outdoors and check this out. it will be phenomenal to see the vibrant reds and oranges as the haze helps to filter. >> very cool. many thanks to you. we'll take a very short break and be back with more news in just a moment. but that hasn't stopped me from modeling. my doctor told me about stelara®
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>> reporter: prepare to keep your eye on the bunny. the one so frightened by a snowboarder that it hopped into an avalanche. technically it's probably a hare and not a rabbit. but who cares when it's an unusual situation that bugs is usually in. the camera was following a snowboarder for a movie shot in russia. the snowboarder triggered the avalanche but the bunny ended up riding it like rapids, sub merging and resurfacing. ♪ run rabbit >> the bunny's fight for survival went viral. the shooters were focused on the danger of the avalanche and they didn't appreciate what they captured when they looked a it the footage later.
when they saw it, they started rooting for the rabbit. >> stay up, stay up. run, continue run. >> reporter: the bunny illustrated advice receive. move to the side of the avalanche. start swimming, try to stay afloat by kicking your feet and thrashing your arms in a swimming motion. and the good news, they imagined to pull a rabbit out of a hat. >> did you give him a nickname? >> no. maybe superrabbit. >> reporter: it was a mad dash to put the hair in hair-raising. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> thanks for watching cnn. i'm rosemary church. "early start" is coming up for our viewers in the u.s.
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manhunt expands for two dangerous killers who broke out of prison. the search now moving in vermont. the new clues in that case ahead. the president obama reveals his strategy for isis. more troops to iraq. is it enough? we have team coverage. good morning. i'm christine romans. it is thursday, june 11th. it is