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i. i. did. a decade on from the atrocities. in iraq dozens of russian speaking children. in an orphanage. for terrorists. and we speak exclusively to the russian lawyer who controversial.
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issues. surrounding my meeting with has been manipulated by him. to this question. to the world this is r t international my names you know neil good to have your company our top story this hour the legal battle over a must occur in iraq a decade ago return to the u.s. courts judges have ordered three sentencing of three operatives from the private u.s. security contractor formerly known as blackwater indicating that the sentences were too harsh for faces a complete retrial well that day in two thousand and seven the contractors opened fire wood. machine guns and grenade launchers in baghdad where fourteen civilians
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were killed seventeen others injured the blackwater guards argue they were under fire from insurgents but no witnesses support ducting the carnage drew widespread condemnation raise serious questions about the military's accountability in iraq. but i wonder about the paradox there are. there were dead bodies everywhere in the city. seven years old.
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during a period the firm was known as blackwater and earned billions of dollars from the u.s. government secured a contract after the two thousand and three us invasion of iraq operating as part of the us occupation off dorothy's blackwater again notoriety over its conduct security flaws disciplinary problems following the massacre the company rebranded but it is still operating. little to washington's appetite for working with military contractors who are still thriving with more on that here's our. meet erik prince the founder of blackwater
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a private military company with a controversial reputation with its legacy you might expect princes career to be over but this cannot be farther from the truth there's no backlash for him no shame the man's gun for hire business is booming what i care about is its taxpayer is that large you wasting food say five billion dollars a year in afghanistan i don't think it's appropriate to pull out completely with all the wars the us is waging abroad times are lucrative for private security firms you'd struggle to find one with an untainted slate dyna corp for example for over a decade the u.s. state department was giving almost seventy percent of its funding for afghanistan to this particular firm this company's record features a sex slavery scandal in bosnia a male prostitution scandal in afghanistan and also there a botched seventy million dollar worth construction project were also means big business first sally port global who were paid nearly seven hundred million dollars to secure an iraqi base they allegedly turned
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a blind eye to alcohol smuggling theft security violations and allegations of sex trafficking and then fired investigators who uncovered wrongdoing that's all according to an associated press investigation the list of controversy goes on yet private security firms are doing just fine and filling their coffers with the spoils of war. r.t. washington d.c. political analyst dunn glazebrook believes the case proves the u.s. alone has impunity for its own forces on the mercenaries it uses. well i think it's part of a broader move by the west and especially in britain and the usa to really make it absolutely clear to the rest of the world that they have impunity so i think this is really the broad trajectory of proving to the world showing to the world that british u.s. forces have impunity and and that extends to their mercenaries as well remember this really interesting this this trial in the u.s. is it was from two thousand and seven when the u.s. forced on the iraqi government an agreement that their troops and their mercenaries
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would not have would not be able to be tried in iraqi courts so they had to make some semblance of some kind of show that they were going to try soldiers in u.s. courts and now even that seems to be being rolled back so very very troubling development i think. to another of the headline stories this hour forty eight russian speaking children are currently stranded on an orphanage in iraq after they were rescued during the battle to liberate the city of mosul from islamic state on our crew has been to the shelter to visit them. to work on. this list for the final. order of the current move caucasoids. well as you saw some of the children appear to be almost sure of their own names on indeed how old we are it's believed they were taken to
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iraq by their parents to join this law makes fate or not presumed dead russia iraq and jordan are working to track down other family members some of the children have been describing the harley or do its thing and i'm sure. that it was time that the. families. were asleep one sigil of the boy don't need a mum it's a good. bit of wood none of us. are going you'll see little english was afflicting me just. what does just leapt up like. flies i mean the list. she's too early it wasn't of each kid. i need. so. it should. not on no more. than the only. time we needed it only of. your mom what to only
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a box. on it one only needs. one thing well. he's someone else goes through it but in good school just to find someone new as over the. years clothes will money. we know that night. well if you're a cheater no one has the details of more heartbreaking stories which of emerged. there are two stories that have come to light in particular that really paint the horrors of what's happened and how innocent victims particularly children in our band and in a foreign country without those identification papers what will happen to them they've got no support of anybody no adults the first story i actually came across has a happy ending it involved two years of hell for the mother and her husband and mates of chutney and color on target of he went to fight alongside islamic state. and
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basically he first went to syria and then to iraq and he actually kidnapped their son and took the son along with him that was back in october twenty fifth now four year old mother had not seen him for two years so you can imagine the trauma that she's gone through she had no idea whether he was dead or alive and actually she coincidentally saw a youtube video with her son on it and she contacted the russian authorities can you actually have to see any of this never share still or. there's a slab a good look at their list there's got religion is there but so much to. do with national. stand even if that beast. i don't know you know. the russian authorities are now seeking to cooperate in trying to repatriate
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a lot of those children there are dozens of them apparently there who are russian speaking whose parents decided to join isis and so you know at least something is going on and happening hopefully some of those children will also be saved now the second story is equally harrowing it doesn't have such a happy ending it's about a girl called my mom howie she got married in two thousand and nine and six years later her husband decided to move to turkey they had three children at the time and then later michael contacted her parents of the children grow. parents and told that told them they were moving to iraq she gave birth to a fourth child there and she apparently cried when she contacted her parents and said that her husband to threaten to take the children away from her which is why she went to iraq she then stopped calling her parents so they didn't hear from her after that and apparently her husband was recruited by ice or he had a month's training and then he was sent off to fight and then michael was told that
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he was killed in action now the grandparents have contacted the russian authorities playing for their help now and they want to find their daughter and grandchildren they know nothing about her they don't know where she is woods. is that when you get out of that this was. a moment since. the raid you know to. new deal and. i'm used to new laws and could would you call with. me. to an appeal with most to do. so as you can see there that's an example of a not so lucky family and now i would imagine there are lots of families like that dealing with this situation who knows what the outcome will be just an example of how horrendous the situation is right now. well we took a chance to get in touch with iraq's child well for
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a commission which saves the children is all militants are victims. i don't give you some children have broken legs or hands this is because they were abandoned by their parents and for a long time has stayed without any further care among them there are the iraqi children of the z.t. mothers the right chechen children chinese there is one friend child all these children have been placed in the shelters they're treated with care and attention there is no difference between them and the others our aim is to guarantee them a safe environment we consider them to be victims they are not guilty of anything if the child's father is from i so of course the child is not to blame. the special council overseeing the investigation into alleged russian meddling in the us election robert muller is reportedly using a grand jury for the case it will be allowed to interview everyone involved in the controversial meeting between donald trump jr and russian lawyer to tell you
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a vessel in need sky which drew a huge amount of media attention we all know her name now and tell us about sky talia vessel in that sky natalya vessel needs sky and the tally of the cell in the sky on italia vessel at sky i. have to wake up one morning and find you are the focus all through all the fire and kin stream media it. turns out it was nothing that's all your vessel and it's spoken exclusively to r.t. we asked her what she thought about the possibility of a grand jury being involved in the investigation into the alleged collusion between russia and team trump. yet in their store. i don't know what exactly mr miller's going to investigate regarding my meeting with his president's son i can only say
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what i know that my meeting was determined by my duties as a lawyer i was defending a russian citizen in the united states of america if it turns out the defending a russian citizen in the us is a crime in that case there is a subject for mr miller's investigation you see it's interesting how the u.s. media machine works the new york times sent me a request with the list of questions on the eighth of july i was very surprised by these questions they were focused on my meeting with mr trump at first i couldn't even remember when exactly that meeting happened it was so fleeting and in consequential but here's what's interesting after receiving a quite detailed response from me the new york times published only a short part they needed today this article has changed significantly if you open the first story they had on this matter and compare it to the original version they published on the eighth you will see how dramatic the difference is i understand
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the whole story surrounding my meeting with trump jr has been manipulated by whom i see only one answer to this question if you find the motive you'll find the explanation we got so close to the truth behind the magnitsky act who was pushing it and why for years we found out so much about what was happening in russia between one nine hundred ninety six and two thousand and six we found out so much about the real cases of them battlement of russia's budget and considering that i publicly challenge mr browder the man behind this story i think it's all orchestrated by him and his team. a little bit of background here american financier william browder emerged as a central player in the scandal between the telly of us and its guy on donald trump jr and even testified to the senate committee leaked u.s. state department e-mails reveal that broader was actively gathering information personal details a bunch of vessel she believes brought her has
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a personal vendetta against her because he lost the court case to her which opened in two thousand and thirteen back then vestments guy was representing a cyprus based company prefacing holding owned by a russian businessman russian brother how the accused the company of money laundering the case was settled in may this year and cleared of any guilt or credit rating i mean they're. the international committee of the red cross says it's alarmed by the number of yemeni civilians being killed and injured by our strikes echoing a statement from the united nations following a deadly air strike on saturday it's not the laws of armed conflict are being broken and that civilians are paying a far too heavy price in the war after the latest aerial bombardment which was allegedly carried out by saudi arabia the stirring video emerged showing the bodies of a family being dragged from rubble please be warned it is highly upsetting the local
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officials say nine people died in the incident including six children the u.s. strike happened as a dawn raid was carried out over the rebel stronghold of sada denies it was responsible saying it does not target civilians earlier we spoke to the middle east spokesperson for the international committee of the red cross she says the situation in the country is getting worse and that more and more innocent people are being killed. what we noticed is just very disturbing trend put it past months in we the belligerent seem not to make the difference between civilian targets and military targets according to the laws of armed conflict but is at war have to meet at most efforts to make sure that their guy getting military objectives and not to be ans homes or markets here i would also like to remind the audience about the degree but could it be the meat that's going on in yemen right now over one hundred
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sixty thousand suspected cases close to two thousand dead the largest such of our day which is that they consequences or so all of the conflict and of the way it is conflict is being waged at the beginning of this year there was hog human to be seen on television it's all work or in newspapers overnight in the last months because a lot of attention and we certainly do hope that this order we ordered to with the budget of the script. conflict in yemen has been ongoing for over two years and it's left thousands dead and many more people living in dire conditions. you know if you look. at the numbers there in the. example.
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germany is to resume sending asylum seekers back to greece ending its six year moratorium it's returning nearly four hundred new comers under e.u. rules which dictate where everyone should be processed now the move comes a little over a month before germany's general election looking into all that for us here is our tease peter all over what we understand is that three hundred and ninety two asylum applicants will be returned to greece under the dublin convention. it will only affect those that have arrived here in germany and of made up locations for asylum since the beginning of the middle of march of this year well back in twenty eleven the constitutional colt's here in germany ruled that migrant asylum
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applicants would not be returned to countries like greece this was simply because in the ice of the german constitutional court greece could not cope with the numbers that the situation in camps wasn't up to standards well that has changed in the announcement that germany would be returning asylum applications to greece was made on german television by the greek my current minister. we accept the there was pressure from several e.u. countries on greece to resume returns i understand that e.u. governments want to show some results to their voters does seem there just a month ahead of germans going to the polls here to elect the new chancellor what we're going to see is germany going back to the dublin treaty and returning those asylum applicants it finds in the country but the situation in greece well it was deemed unfit back in twenty eleven it hasn't really improved so far so we're still
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waiting for the reasoning why germany has taken this decision right now to return those almost four hundred asylum applications to greece. a white house advisor has warned north korea not to test president trump seeing the country is tiny and are relevant in comparison to the us and its capabilities. this is a little peugeot of the nation if you compare it to our capabilities they don't come here to being even close to competitor all so this is blas that this is nothing else except black mail well those comments come after north korea lashed the u.s. over the latest round of sanctions imposed on. it said washington will pay dearly for what they came regime sees as crimes against the country and its people on sunday the u.n. security council unanimously approved sweeping new sanctions against north korea
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they restrict its exports of coal metals on food to other un member states it also means that countries will not be allowed to increase the number of north korean laborers they employ on foreign investment will be blocked it's thought the measures will then the north's economy to the chuen of iran one billion dollars per year. given the growing tension in south korea is no seeking permission from washington to develop more powerful ballistic missiles on bilateral agreement between the u.s. the site so all can only develop missiles with a range of up to eight hundred kilometers and with a maximum payload of half a ton on sunday side korea's leader asked president trump to change the restrictions the pentagon has indicated that it's likely to accept that request we discussed the issue with security analyst and former u.k. army officer charles hsu bridge. some talk amongst the in the south and even
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amongst. us politicians and military that south korea should be encouraged even let alone allowed to actually develop its own nuclear arsenal some talk about that in the last few days and again of course that again would no doubt ratchet up tension increase instability but of course can count as a as a deterrent or could possibly come into town against the north assuming of course the north every intends to use its weapons and of course assuming that the target of those weapons would be the south rather than targets further afield they will lash out. and will i'm certainly not put a halt to their. missile and nuclear weapons program at least not for the forseeable future. to the middle east the syrian army is clearing the eastern time . of terrorists it was captured by government troops at the weekend and is regarded as one of their most significant victories in recent months we spoke to the syrian
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army's information chief. military units of encircled also in the suburbs palmira or advance in the last i saw a stronghold they may see. the arsenal terrorists as usual leaving behind land mines and unexploded making it difficult for the syrian army to me throughout troops and monitoring the city and tracking every move the ice and snipers in from the syrian military is quite the last i saw the terrorists from the city as soon as your permission to wipe out the militants is going. to lead to the liberation of the city. video news agency has film from inside providing us with exclusive video is the last islamic state stronghold in homs province the recaptured town is about fifty kilometers from the border with terrorism or province which is still mostly under control believe a tranquil explains the significance. syrian war geography the south east is where the color coded key is least complicated government controlled red vs
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eisel held black divided by one long desert front line and it's just shifted to the right of a town called no. there's plenty to so great for these close. their commanders saving. edges them closer to their ultimate goal in this part of syria dare as zoar where one to two hundred thousand people are completely surrounded by islamic state and a few more months the siege will have been ongoing for three years in strategic terms is the last stop on the way to dare as zoar province taking control of this province will mean why being out impromptu or production no more cash for the terrorists from. the government troops can also push to the north and if they
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can we night with fellow soldiers in the rocket province isolates forces will end up kettle and the geographical heart of syria. is definitely the beginning of the absolute and devices in syria with definite to potentiality of so many is only fifty kilometers away from that is a retaking not particular city is of vital importance to the reopening of the route and the road to that is or now the other option is to actually link up with the forces coming in from the northwest now that would create a huge. remaining force that is i think the army you potentially with what's left of the polls is the same time of the push for the vote in the quickest reform possible we've seen the syrian army gaining ground and then relinquishing some tough lessons in war geography have been learned those trapped in there as zoar can
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breathe momentarily with relief but there's still a long way to go. yeah ilya mentioned during the war has been under siege for years locals told us about the dire conditions they face by living in the shadow of isis. as isis terrorists raided our house my thirteen year old cousin was staying with us i hid her in a water tank so that the terrorists didn't take her as a slave terrorist from iraq execute civilians in the streets and leave bodies lying there for up to five days i secretly drove my sons out of the city otherwise isis militants would recruit them by force inject psychotropic substances and use them as suicide bombers to begin don't have access to regular good the commodities. planes are always able to reach their lives or iraqi power through the equipment of the food which is needed as though it is on the outskirts is one front line you've got thousands of syrian forces fighting i think some of the bases there in constant
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need of wreath of blood. a devastating six point five magnitude earthquake count's hit a region inside west china officials have confirmed that five people have lost their lives but hundreds more are feared dead. as well a preliminary analysis says that over one hundred thirty thousand homes may be damaged it happened near the son of a similar quake back in two thousand and eight the time it registered eight on the richter scale leaving eighty seven thousand people dead or missing. hate filled graffiti has been sprayed outside twitter's offices in the german city of hama but it's not the work of political extremists it's instead part of a stunt to highlight the abundance of offensive posts on twitter the company's seeming reluctance to tackle it the artist behind the action used real tweets of
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racist anti-semitic and homophobic messages to make his point. on public hate speech more to fear or to shock shapiro say zees reported three hundred hateful tweets to twitter but the social media giant has failed to delete most of them prompted him to take around a collection to get the company's attention the law forces companies like twitter and facebook to delete those kind of comments after twenty four hours or to at least process them twitter is a huge company in the have a bunch of wrist resources and i think considering how much how many resources they actually have i feel like they're not doing everything in their power to stop this problem which is the big problem isn't it interesting that i have to spray those things on the whole street for people to actually notice them while those tweets some of those tweets it's been on have been on twitter for.


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