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this is a great and defining truth about powerour nation andr people we do not break. we never give in we never back down >> a prime time announcement al qaeda's top leader is taken out by a drone strike. we're live with details ahead. >> more than three dozen people have died in kentucky floods, with more rain in today's forecast and rescue attempts going around the clock. two dozen women accused him
of sexual misconduct deshaun watson will be sidelined for six games. is this a fair judgment? it's primary day in multiple states and we're seeing the impact of tiktok's strength in reaching voters. and "early today" starts right now. >> good tuesday morning. i'm phillip mena >> i'm frances rivera. break overnight, a high-stakes operation takes out one of the most notorious terrorists. a key architect of the 9/11 attacks was killed in a drone attack jay gray has the latest in d.c this operation was months in the making >> reporter: yeah, it really
was. the reclusive al qaeda leader had been on the run since he escaped u.s. forces in 2001. his whereabouts really unknown until he was located earlier this year. administration officials saying authorities spent months identifying zawahiri's patterns to avoid civilian casualties the official say it is was so precise it killed him on a balcony at his safe house in kabul, without harming any family members in the building president biden detailed the operation last night >> after carefully considering the clear and convincing evidence of the location, i authorized the precision strike that would remove him from the battlefield once and for all we make it clear again tonight, that no matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the united states will find you and take you out.
>> reporter: al zawahiri was on the most-wanted list for decades and formed an alliance with osama bin laden in 1998. he was indicted for a series of embassy bombings that killed 12 americans. he was closely linked to the bombings of the "uss cole. he became leader of al qaeda after u.s. forces killed bin laden. in his final video, zawahiri continued calling on muslims to attack america while it is a major victory for the biden administration it does raise some questions officials say his presence in kabul was a violation of the 2020 peace agreement between the taliban and the u.s. which lid to the withdrawal of american troops about a year ago. the taliban have gone on to say that it is a violation of international principle. frances?
>> jay gray for us, thank you. let's turn now to eastern kentucky, where more rain is hitting already-devastated communities. flood watches are in effect after entire towns were already washed out and the death toll has grown to at least 37, with fears that number will continue to rise nbc has exclusive access to the national guard and the rescue efforts. >> reporter: in eastern kentucky, flood survivors getting food, water, even diapers by air the national guard delivering supplies, including dhoonationst people cut off this main road was obliterated you can see there's a home down there tucked between the hills the roadway has been completely cut off. they need food and water, and this helicopter is going to
bring it to them the deadly once in a thousand year flood destroyed bridges, ripped down power lines and snapped homes like toothpicks. overhead it's clear much of the water has receded, but the desperate searches continue. >> i don't think we still know how big the situation is it could go on for a couple weeks. it could go on for months. >> reporter: at least 37 killed. the death toll likely to climb among the lives lost, four children, all siblings the ghoefrn said they'll be fin finding bodies for weeks >> we aren't going anywhere. all right national guard already rescuing nearly 1,000 people by air, including an 83-year-old woman and her family trapped in their attic. >> reporter: kristy turner and her father-in-law were trapped on the porch when the waters ripped her home from the foundation >> i was just thinking how am i going to survive how am i going to not drown. >> reporter: 12,000 people
remain without power, 25,000 without water and 44,000 under boil advisories. all as more rain continues soaking the legion, making cleanup for survivors even harder some areas hit with another round of flash floods. >> everything that's already been destroyed, it couldn't destroy much anymore >> our thanks to jesse for that report we head west to where the severe flooding is across southern california passed across across after roads were destroyed. in the san bernardino national forest, heavy rain caused mudslides. >> in northern california, two people have been found dead in a burned-out car, as the mckinney fire continues to rage 0% contained. it's the state's largest land
wildfire this year, currently at more than 55,000 acres the forest service says a number of buildings have been destroyed and more than 4,000 structures are currently at risk. president squjoe biden has signed off on more aid for ukraine. it includes advanced missile systems for trucks it totals nearly $9 billion since russia invaded in late february lloyd austin already briefed the ukrainian defense minister about the aid on friday. brittney griner appeared in a russian court again today. her attorneys were expected to question an expert witness and intended to submit new evidence, though it's unclear what that new evidence is. the defense has petitioned the judge that griner's belongings be examined in court
she's been held on cannabis charges since february 17th. in the past few days her case has seen a dramatic escalation on the diplomatic front. for the first time in the 246-year history of the u.s. marines, the u.s. senate has unani unanimously affirmed the first black general in the marine corps. he will head up u.s. african command overseeing all u.s. troops on the continent. is he a more than 35-year veteran of the corps he has served as general of fleet marine force atlantic and served in somalia and afghanistan. former president trump threw some last-minute confusion int today's missouri senate primary. in a statement, mr. trump gave his complete and total endorsement of eric. problem is, the republican
primary race includes three erics. two quickly took credit for the endorsement. eric greitens was asked why he thinks he was the trump-backed eric >> i had a conversation with the president, and i thanked him for his endorsement. you've seen donald trump jr. came out and said we're all getting behind eric greitens >> we did reach out to mr. trump's team for comment they didn't provide any clarity. only saying that the endorsement speaks for itself. as midterm season heats up, candidates are using a new tool at their disposal, tiktok, to reach young voters hallie jackson takes a look. >> reporter: sure, you've seen the dances, the lip synch, the trick shots, but it's different type of content starting to trend on tiktok ahead of the midterm. political campaigning. >> this is the year we can find out if tiktok can affect the
u.s. elections >> reporter: he's jumping on viral challenges and trending audio to get views and a message out. >> really, whatever is happening in the day, a lot of things i see on tiktok that i want to respond to but it's a blend of humor and wit and acceptability. >> reporter: take this for example. russell dropping it to remind people to register to vote, seen by 6 million people and counting you, labeled absolutely unhinged by one meme account with russell responding, campaign promise, less hinges. and he likes the back and forth with people. >> somebody who hears them respond and takes their concerns into a policy contest, it's very engaging for people. >> reporter: not everyone's so into this tiktok trend marco rubio is on attack about it, going after his democratic
opponent, congresswoman val demings for her campaign videos on the app w a new rubio ad online accuses demings of posting despite major security concerns. and says rubio fights back against china, demings makes tiktoks. his campaign tells nbc every time demings shares a tiktok she irresponsibly encourages americans to use a platform that uses their personal information more vulnerable to china tiktok says all their user data is stored in the u.s. and backed up in singapore, not china >> and our thanks to hallie jackson for that report. more rain is in the forecast for kentucky and surrounding states michelle michelle grossmann is tracking all of that for us >> we'll see lots of lightning, really heavy downpours
where you see the green is a flood wash in the red are flash flood warnings we're going to see them pop up the orange over there is a severe thunderstorm warning. we're seeing severe thunderstorms even at this hour. that's going to dissipate after sun rise and we'll see another round later today. can you see heavy rain moving in from illinois, ohio, into west virginia and we're looking at another round later on this afternoon. that's going to return to the upper midwest and the risks are for gusts up to 60 miles per hour, dagingma looking at the 90s, 90 in d.c. and 93 in richmond all right, we are tracking heat and looking toward 100 degrees by thursday in the northeast.
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