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just saying. >> don't challenge him. he will do it. >> i felt mickey was too smart to get on my shoulders. >> if you want to help out, check out beast mode for brave. that's the number 4.org. time for the "newsroom" with carol costello. >> i'm trying to unsee that and i can't. >> you know you're jealous. >> oh, my god. i think i'll start the "newsroom" now. you guys have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom," asking congress for war authority in the mission against isis. >> american leadership including our military power, is stopping isil's advance. >> from a state of the union promise. >> we are leading a broad coalition including arab nations to degrade and ultimately destroy this territory. >> to a congressional request. >> it is isil that is under pressure in this corner of
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northern iraq. >> the big question will the president ask for american boots on the ground? >> as another western hostage sends an ominous message from isis. >> also is this journalist john cantilli's last appearance? and shattering snow records again. >> it has been weeks and not inches but feet of snow here in boston. >> millions buried by a monster storm. >> the amount of snow we have could fill up gillette stadium 90 times. >> under snow. >> the ceiling and everything started buckling underneath. >> where the heck is massachusetts going to put all that snow? will they dump it in the harbor? plus we're on the front lines of the war in ukraine. >> the streets are littered with damaged armored vehicles. >> america weighs sending weapons to troops there. >> the 21st century cannot have us stand idol and simply allow
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the borders of europe to be redrawn at the barrel of a gun. >> as the kremlin warns, don't put putin in a corner. let's talk. live in the cnn "newsroom." good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. earlier today president obama could make a big request to congress to wage war on isis. the proposal comes six months after the white house launched its first military action against the terror group and will set new limits that could further test a deeply divided congress. our chief congressional correspondent dana bash joins us for more. >> reporter: good morning, carol. that what you just said there is the thing to keep in mind about the time frame. this is a move to authorize a mission that is already underway and has been since august and
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that has some of the president's fellow democrats very frustrated. they say this is not the right thing to have been doing while congress has not been involved. listen to what democrat tim kaene told me on sunday. >> i'll tell you what offends me. we've already lost american service members lives in this operation. we've done it without congress being willing to do the job to have the vote. if we're going to ask people to risk their lives then congress ought to do our job and put our thumb print on this and say it's in the national interest. i think they will send an authorization up. there will be hard questions. the president will find strong support in both houses for taking appropriate military action. >> reporter: so strong support, carol, but the question is support for what? and that is going to be the very intense debate as we go forward once the white house does actually send this to capitol hill. first of all, how long is this going to be? we understand that the white house will likely ask for it
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just to last about three years and that it will end but there are a lot of people on capitol hill who don't want that kind of time frame. then the key question is the middle one there, ground troops. will there be some ban, silent on ground troops? that is probably going to be the flash point in the debate on capitol hill. the geographic restrictions. should the troops be going into syria, should it be luck if isis expands if it expands in the region. those are things that are big question marks as we go forward with the debate. >> we're going to talk more about this in the next two hours in the "newsroom." dana bash thank you so much. >> thank you. isis releases a new hostage video and in it a british journalist says this is quote, his last in the series. john cantilli is the last known western hostage held by isis. he was kidnapped two years ago along with slain american james foley. we're hearing from the parents of another man taken hostage in
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syria. american freelance journalist austin tyce is not believed to be held by isis. it's unclear who has held him for more than 900 days. for his parents, part of the frustration is the lack of answers from washington. >> we've experienced what other families have experienced in the course of austin's captivity working with the government that there are not clear guidelines clear directions or accountability for bringing hostages home safely. >> there's little doubt more american families will face the agony of a loved one taken captive. new intelligence shows isis is developing plans to abduct more westerners from around the region. the united arab emirates resuming its airstrikes on isis. they suspected their role after the capture of the jordanian pilot. it argued that washington had not adequately formed a search and rescue plan for captured allies.
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isis later murdered that pilot in one of its most barbaric acts yet. in northern iraq they're holding on to mosul and irbil. for kurdish fighters making gains, the toughest fighting still remains. cnn's phil black is in irbil. >> reporter: carol, as we've been touring the front lines of this region it is very easy to see the confidence that kurdish peshmerga are feeling. they believe that the military momentum in this region is with them and very much against isis. in the latest important development those kurdish fighters with the help of international air power have gained three military objectives bridge head to the north of the city of mosul which remains under isis occupation. this is all part of the ongoing effort by the kurdish fighters on the ground first of all to halt the isis advance in this region which they have achieved to roll back a lot of those isis gains. again, significant achievement there. now their efforts are to dig in
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these defensive lines and hold them. what they believe they have done with the assistance of international air power is really reduce it not take away entirely the ability of isis to launch offensive action and claim new territory, which it was doing so effectively, so quickly, looking so unstoppable when it first moved into this region last year. all of this it is significant and it very much changes the nature of the battle zone here but it is only the first step the next stage in this campaign will be as difficult if not more so. and it is an expected offensive action led by the iraqi army em bolding those peshmerga fighters and of course the international commission to clear the remaining isis controlled territory and that includes that major city of mosul. that will be a difficult street-to-street fight. one that isis is said to be building up defenses in preparation for. the time frame is not entirely clear. it is entirely dependent on efforts to rebuild, retrain,
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remote vat the iraqi army because that is the fighting force that fled this region that really gave it up without any sort of a fight when isis first invaded here last year. carol, back to you. >> all right. phil black reporting from irbil this morning. syrian president bashar al assad said when it comes to fighting isis on his home turf the u.s. does not directly tell him anything. he tells the bbc he has to rely on third parties to keep from being left in the dark. >> do you talk to the merges? there are american planes in the air at all time. do you coordinate? >> no. they don't talk to anyone. they easily trample over the international law, which is about our sovereignty now. they don't talk to us, we don't talk to them. >> i'm curious at a time when there are, as the american military in the air above syria and your people are in the air, your air force, the syrian air
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force is in the air, that there haven't been any incidents between the two. no shots seem to have been traded. no planes are being shot down. that suggests to me surely there's someone talking to someone. >> again, there's no direct operational -- >> direct. is it via iraq? that's what some people have said. >> that's through a third party. more than iraq and other parties. sometimes they convey message, general message, but nothing tactical. >> so they're telling you we're going to be bombing at raqqa at 10:00 this evening, please keep out. way. >> we knew about the campaign before it started. >> is that a continuing dialogue that you have through third parties? >> there's no dialogue. there's let's say information but not dialogue. >> they tell you things? >> sometime like that. >> do you tell them things? >> no. >> okay. so let's talk about this. cnn military analyst colonel
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peter monsoor is joining us. good morning, sir. >> good morning, carol. >> i'm glad you're here. the united states is saying oh, poor bashar al assad. the united states has no interest in talking to him, right? >> no. the united states is not talking to bashar al assad. we probably informed syria through third parties when the air campaign was beginning. any sort of major changes to the air campaign get communicated but as he said there's no tactical details. there's no coordination in the air space. the fact that planes haven't shot at each other is simply explained by the fact that they're told not to shoot at other planes. isis doesn't have an air force. there's no reason to shoot at anything in the sky. >> it is kind of strange if you step back and look at it. here's the leader of a country, syria, and he's not even being informed what's happening in his own skies, not by the united
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states or by jordan. >> well, of course we -- our president has said that bashar al assad must go. he's a president of a country who's committed war crimes. i don't think the united states or our allies are going to communicate too much with him over our actions to destroy isis on his turf. >> he could complicate things though right? because in that same interview with the bbc assad denied using barrel bombs. they're filled with explosives and other objects like nails even though activists say otherwise. so that could complicate things if he continues to fight whoever he's fighting on the ground in syria. >> well his -- his battle against both isis al nusra front, the moderate opposition is at the heart of the civil war tearing syria apart. it's not surprising he doesn't claim he is using barrel bombs. no one is going to claim he's
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using that. i think the facts on the ground speak differently given what we know about the operations of the syrian armed forces and the various militias that support his campaign. >> so as jordan's -- as jordan continues using its military the uae is also conducting airstrikes. we're using their fighter jets right? so as those things ramp up might bashar al assad go? would they retaliate, those two countries retaliate against him? >> it's doubtful that bashar al assad would pick a fight with jordan or the uae. you know he has enough enemies as it is and if he wants to bring the arab world in against him, then -- then if he shoots down a jordanian or a uae jet, that's exactly what's going to happen. i think he'll look the other way as the campaign against isis continues. it's a campaign that really
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supports him because isis wants to topple him as well and while we're taking care of isis he'll focus on destroying the moderate opposition and solidify his hold on the western portion of syria. >> all right. colonel peter mansoor, thank you for your insight. i appreciate it. yesterday we led a debate on whether to send weapons to ukraine. our banner read wrong. it's whether we should send arms to the ukrainian military which is trying to protect its territory from separatists whom the government says are backed by russia. the recipients of any military equipment and aid would be the national military of ukraine, certainly not pro u.s. troops. i regret that error. i'll be right back. [ female announcer ] take skincare to the next level with roc® multi correxion® 5 in 1. proven to hydrate dryness illuminate dullness lift
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i just want you to look at that picture. imagine, you open your door and this is what says hello. a giant wall of snow. it is unbelievable. needles to say, boston and all of massachusetts is in a state of emergency. they are buried and i'm not exaggerating. so far more than 70 inches of snow has fallen. to put it in perspective, that's enough plowed snow to fill gillette stadium 90 times over. it's crazy. that's almost an entire gronk high wall of snow. all of boston is reeling. fire crews scrambling to clear
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snow from hydrants. public schools are closed again. according to a 2014 study, one, one major snowstorm with impassable roads will cost the state of massachusetts $265 million. as you know they've had three such storms. that's rosa flores. that's her cleaning off a car, unburying the car on the streets of boston. there she is live. rosa how long did that take you? >> reporter: it took me about 20 minutes, carol. i've got to say, it was quite the workout, my friend. i feel muscles that i didn't know i had anymore but on a very serious note that's exactly what bostonians are dealing with this morning. they're having to dig out. one of the biggest questions is where does the snow go. that's why i want to show you what's behind me because an hour ago we were able to walk down this sidewalk. right now you really can't because it's impassable.
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it's forcing pedestrians onto the street. you can see there folks walking can't use this sidewalk. so these homeowners i'm not sure how they're accessing their homes. this is just one example of how the snow is wreaking havoc in boston. >> reporter: this morning history is blanketing boston. millions wake up to over 6 feet of snow falling in the city since mid january making the past 30 days the snowiest month in history. >> no city administration has ever dealt with this much snow in a very short period of time. >> reporter: the region bearing the brunt of the third snowstorm in just three weeks sending them into a statewide emergency and closing schools again. >> i've learned one thing over the course of the past two weeks, it's mother nature makes the rules. >> reporter: so much snow in fact the massachusetts governor
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says you could fill up the patriots' home stadium 90 times over with the snow they've already removed. on the road vehicles buried as near whiteout conditions leave transportation at a stand still. this commuter train stuck after snow piles onto the tracks forcing the more than 50 passengers to wait for a bus. >> they were sending a rescue train in to try to push it back into the quincy station then that got stuck also. >> reporter: the massive snowfall weighing down roofs. with collapses inevitable. >> the guy i was working with just started yelling, get out, get out, get out. >> reporter: south of boston construction workers say they had mere seconds to get out before this flattened building caved in behind them. >> the weight of the snow on buildings now is getting critical. >> reporter: the city working around the clock. plows desperately trying to transfer snow to what's called snow farms.
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vacant parking lots that house massive melting machines. now you saw those snow farms and how that machine melts the snow. hear this. the city is telling us they've already melted about 6,000 truckloads of that and you can see around me there's still a lot of snow to go. and, carol, are you there? >> yes. >> reporter: you know how we showed that the car was under one of those mounds? it's not always something so sexy my friends. look at this. this is trash because, of course just the basics are a little tough here in boston right now because of the amount of snow. >> yeah because the garbage trucks can't get through so they're just going to have to wait right? >> reporter: yeah. i mean they're going to have to be very very patient. i know that some pickups happened here and there but, you know i saw postings from the city saying people are going to have to be really patient. they're going to have to wait a bit. there are going to be delayed pickups because of the obvious. there's a lot of snow. you can see that the roads are
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very very narrow. very difficult to maneuver in between these. we also saw some emergency vehicles carol, kind of maneuvering in and out. very difficult for them. >> you know, bostonians are known for their patience. so good luck with that. i'm sure everyone's behaving. rosa flores, thank you so much. still to come on the "newsroom," the u.s. military is not a one size fits all solution to the world's problems. that's what president obama says guides his foreign policy. but with isis and ukraine, does he need to rethink that strategy? we'll talk about that next.
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president obama perhaps today will ask congress for new war powers. he wants the united states on the same page when it comes to fighting isis. the president's proposal comes six months after the white house launched its first military action against the terror group and would set new limits that could further test a deeply divided congress. that's because many lawmakers are confused about mr. obama's quote, doctrine or his vision about how america will win the war against isis. it's not exactly through american military mite. here's the president in an interview with fox. >> what i do think is accurate in describing my foreign policy is we don't have military solutions to every problem in the 21st century. the biggest challenge that we have right now is disorder. ending two wars was important,
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not because i was under any illusions that that would mean we wouldn't have any terrorist threat it does mean though that by not having 180,000 people in iraq and afghanistan, it frees us up to be able to send a team to prevent ebola, double down on our investments in things like cyber security to look at the new threats and opportunities that are out there. that's in no way a concession to this idea that america is withdrawing or, you know there's not much we can do. it's just a realistic assessment of how the world works. >> here to talk about the obama quote, unquote, doctrine cnn global affairs analyst bobby ghosh, general mark hertling and david gergen. welcome to all of you. bobby, i want to start with you. does president obama have a doctrine? >> it's hard to find one in all of his actions. it would seem that he's a naturally cautious person when it comes to international
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affairs. given america's recent history, i suppose that caution is understandable. he's also reflecting a larger national sort of reluctance to get involved in far away conflicts, but that doesn't quite amount to a doctrine. that's much more of a wait and see what happens next view of things. >> wait and see what happens next. so david, the president is going to go to congress. he's going ask for a new power. then we'll decide. it's understandable. >> what he would do that effort is the way the world expected.
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more importantly, the coalition with countries that are on the ground. many of our friends in the persian gulf area we do have friends there who have stood with us on numerous occasions are asking us to stand with them. i think they're scratching their heads saying what is their plan to defeat and degrade isis? how are we going to put this effort down? yes, we can do education and empower and do all of the things for pluralism but that's a five or ten year project. >> general, when the president presents his plan to congress it seems to include the limited use of ground troops. what does that mean do you think? >> i think it's a very smart approach to applying the elements of national power, carol. this has been one of those centuries so far where the military has appeared to be the
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solution to every problem, and i think even from my own experience in iraq while the military was winning the tactical and the operational fight, there were discouraging events occurring in the diplomatic fight. the government of iraq would not come around. you have these failed states all over the place, and if you continue to place military personnel there to just try and find a force solution it's not going to happen. you need a government that provides for the security and well-being of their people in most of the areas where we are with military forces it's because of either failed states or horrible dictators, carol. >> i think the american people don't have much patience right, bobby? when the general explains it i get it you get it david gets it but i'm not sure that -- and i'm sure the american people would get it but they're not very patient. they want things handled now. they want the isis threat wiped out now. in their minds the way you do that is you flood an area with
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the american troops and they get the job done. >> well they're two different arguments here. on the one hand, yes, we would all like to see the end of isis. the president has promised to degrade and destroy it. on the other hand the same american people who want that do not necessarily want american boots on the ground, do not want the cost -- to incur the cost in blood and treasure that it would take to do that. we'd rather be -- we'd rather see a coalition, we'd rather see arab countries take more responsibility because after all they are in the front lines of the war with isis they are the ones who are paying the largest price and we'd like to help from the air through a bombing campaign through training through intelligence through supplying of equipment and weapons, but we don't want to see american boots on the ground. we don't once again want to see american soldiers dieing in a foreign land. the president has to grapple with these very conflicting signals that he's getting, and i
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suspect he's feeling himself. all of his actions over the last two or three years have suggested that he has -- he does not want to commit american troops to any kind of foreign military adventure, and that's not a -- it's not hard to see why. >> right. but, david, when the president starts you know they're going to debate this in congress right? so there are hawks in congress right, that says like john mccain, you have to go all out. there are democrats in congress who say we don't want a repeat of the iraq war. we don't want to happen in 2002 what happened again. so how do you reconcile that those two lines of thinking? >> well listen it's a false choice to say either we have to go all the way in with american boots on the ground or we have to stay all the way out. i think bobby was pointing us towards a middle way, which would be very constructive and that is for the united states to take the lead in putting together a coalition of nations that really are willing to fight on the ground that live in the neighborhood and that we provide the air support and the
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logistics and the intelligence to make that helpful. you may have to put a few more special forces on the ground but it would not flood the zone. rather we would leave it to the neighbors. you can put together a coalition presumably and i think there's a lot of interest in this in the gulf area of the saudis of the jordanians of the emirates. the jordanians want to go in and go all out. turkey might want to go in. let's do something. let's not just sit here and dither saying we can't go all the way in but we have to stay all the way out. we need a strategy a strategy that's actually going to do what the president vowed he would do and live up to that pledge. that's what the -- what other countries traditionally when the president of the united states goes on national television and declares in effect a war, they expect action and a plan to win. >> so why doesn't the president come up with a better way to
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explain it to the american people, you think? anyone? >> i'm not sure where that's going. >> no, i mean i heard what the president said on vox and i understand what he's saying but i don't think he's communicating well with the american public. >> i -- i listen -- the president's interview on vox, it was interesting but it's a gush of words. it's hard to sort of come out of that -- i understand his impulses he doesn't want to use force. the american people totally support him. he doesn't want to put american boots on the ground. american people are very much in his corner on that. in that gush of words it's hard to find a plan. >> that's what i came away with myself. so general, i suppose the best thing that could happen is if a country like jordan maybe would decide to use ground troops to fight isis in either syria or iraq right? >> well we saw earlier last
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week carol, several other arab countries seemingly wanting to get deep -- more deeper -- deeply involved, jordan being one of them. uae is back into the fight. i'd suggest that in fact the president has been attempt to go do all the things that david just mentioned. he has general allen circling the world trying to figure out who will join this coalition willingly and provide forces. he has had secretary kerry all over the globe trying to do the same thing. and, you know as an amateur student of history, i know that all insurge genesissis, isis is one, last an average of 14 years before they're defeated and that's with the means of a good government taking over. the good government is just getting its feet under them. the government in syria is awful right now.
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that's going to be a long time coming. in yemen the government is faltering. until you get the governments to stand up and contribute to this kind of threat no matter how many so-called boots on the ground you have and for those of us who have been the boots on the ground it's very difficult to continue to fight without the support of a government where you're fighting. so that's the difficulty and i think that was what the president was trying to say in the vox interview when he claimed he was somewhere between being an idealist and realist. he was picking the middle ground. i think the strategy has come through loud and clear to those listening. >> mark hertling bobby ghosh thank you all. i appreciate it. the boycott grows. will benjamin netanyahu stick with his plans to address congress next month? we'll talk about that next. [ male announcer ] at northrop grumman, we've always been at the forefront of advanced electronics. providing technology to get more detail... ♪ ♪
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israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu insists he is moving forward with his controversial iran focused speech on capitol hill next month. sources tell cnn that some changes might be in the works, including potentially moving his speech out of the house chamber. debate over that speech started heating up last month after house speaker john boehner invited the israeli leader to speak in washington without consulting with the white house. more than a dozen congressional democrats have already vowed to boycott netanyahu's speech
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arguing his message could jeopardize talks over iran's nuclear program. others say timing two weeks before the election in israel is inappropriate. cnn's alexandra jaffe joins me now with more from washington. so how many democrats say they'll boycott netanyahu's speech? >> reporter: we're hearing an increasing number of democrats. i think there are a dozen. the first democratic senator came out to say he wouldn't attend that was bernie sanders of vermont. he's an independent but he caucuses with democrats. that may purn it into more of a political issue than it has been. yesterday we heard from president obama at his press conference to address this situation and he emphasized that while relations with israel remain strong he does have a difference of opinion with netanyahu over iran. he asked why now? >> the prime minister and i have a very real difference around iran iran sanctions. it does not make sense to sour
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the negotiations a month or two before they're about to be completed. >> what's the rush? >> reporter: now that's long been his answer but we'll see if there's any movement of the speech. it doesn't look like they're going to delay. >> so if netanyahu's speech is moved from the -- from the -- you know from capitol hill, where would he speak? >> reporter: see, that's the question. at the end of the day, how much difference would that make? he's not necessarily on obama's home turf but he's still addressing congress addressing congressmen running it past the president so we're not expecting there to be a movement out of the house chamber at this point. >> all right. alexandra jaffe, thank you so much. i appreciate it. still to come on the "newsroom," on the eve of potential ukrainian peace talks, the kremlin offers a stern warning to world leaders, do not put mr. putin in a corner. talk about that next.
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europe's bloodiest war in decades continues to spiral out of control. on the eve of a potential crunch meeting between world leaders who are hoping to broker peace in eastern ukraine, but despite
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all the efforts to date the deadly battle wages on. this is the attack of a soup kitchen. you can hear the glass shattering the tears, and the sheer terror of what it's like to live in a war zone. >> ah! on this and on russia's reaction to talks with germany and france and kind of the united states. fredrik pleitgen. i'll start with you fredrik. what's the latest on the ground in ukraine? >> reporter: certainly, you're absolutely right, carol. the battle here certainly goes on unabated.
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one of the big incidents is a major headquarters of the ukrainian military was shelled. so far the casual at thisty numbers are 16 were wounded. we have heard from the ukrainian security officials that apparently one military officer is among those killed and 10 military personnel could be among those who were wounded. they say that the rockets that hit this area hit both civilian area as well as this main military base and did cause a lot of carnage. for the ukrainians for their parts, they have offensive operations going on in the southeast of the country where they're trying to win back land. it appears, carol, as these peace talks or the cease-fire talks inch forward that both sides are trying to create facts on the battlefield. one of the things the government in kiev is hoping for is a cease-fire to take place very very soon and to freeze the conflict in its current state. there are still many many
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questions that remain there. how much territory would the separatists de facto be able to keep? would all heavy weapons have to leave the area? would there be a demilitarized zone? there are many many questions. the weapons speaking on the battlefield in eastern ukraine, carol. >> the question many lawmakers are asking in the united states is will president obama agree to arm the ukrainian military? there's a complication to that right, fredrik? because apparently there are russian spies within the ukrainian military? >> reporter: well that certainly could be one of the complications, carol, is what kind of military are you actually giving these weapons to. the ukrainians for their part are saying they need these weapons. they feel that they're not only out gunned on the battlefield but the pro russian separatists have better technology. they acknowledge they have a big problem with infiltration of their military by what they call pro russian spies. this goes as high as their own general command, that there's
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people there who have given information to russia. they say it includes everything from troop movement to the kind of military hardware that is on the front lines there in eastern ukraine all the way to detailed battle positions. for instance checkpoints that have been given to the pro russian separatists as well as to russia itself carol. >> let's talk about russia and let's go to matthew chance. so there's a rumor going around that angela merkel the german chancellor will give an ultimatum to vladimir putin and that has not made him happy. the kremlin spoke out saying, oh, no you don't give mr. putin ultimatums. can you expand on that matthew? >> reporter: yeah the report was that angela merkel said to vladimir putin during negotiations last week look unless we find a compromise and deal on the negotiations we'll attend in belarus on wednesday, i'm not going to be able to hold the united states back from supplying weapons and i'm not going to prevent more stinging
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sanctions being implemented and by the european unions. what we had from the kremlin's press secretary is word that you know a denial essentially that any such language playing down the idea that this discussion was an ultimatum. he said something along the lines of you don't speak to the president of russia in that tone. nobody does. and so it was also a kind of veiled threat or a warning as to what tone the negotiations on wednesday should take if leaders of france and germany and ukraine that will be attending along with vladimir putin want him to respond positively carol. >> all right. frederik pleitgen and matthew chance thank you. i appreciate it. a young family missing for years found murdered in the desert. what their accused killer is saying next.
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from their home in san diego, california. four years later their remains were found in two shallow graves in the mojave desert. randy kaye spoke exclusively to the man accused of those murders. >> four murder charges. >> police call him a cold blooded killer. >> killing a california family burying their bodies in the mojave desert. >> eligible for the death penalty. >> reporter: november 12th, 2014 chase merritt's first day in court. the first time he responds to the charges against him. not guilty. not surprising given what he told us a year earlier. in your gut, what do you think happened? >> i have absolutely no clue. >> reporter: words that patrick mcstay trusted for so long. >> i trusted him because my son believed in him. >> reporter: now he sees a very different chase merritt. >> to me it looked like a broken
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man. he knew he was done. when the jury hears the evidence and we put this all together for them they will find him guilty. >> reporter: could the case be that solid and could one man have done it all? >> he's the only person the only suspect in this murder case. >> i was honestly a bit shocked. especially that it was one person alone. >> i don't believe that. >> why not? >> there's just too much there. >> reporter: could one person kill a family of four bury the bodies a hundred miles north in the mojave desert drop the car 250 miles south at the mexico border could one person do all that and then return home to make it look like he was home that night to receive a phone call from joseph mcstay? >> yes. we have the evidence to prove that. yes. >> randi kaye joins me now to talk about this. it seems like it's a clear cut
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case but is it? >> the d.a. certainly hopes so. the question comes down to what happened at the house because the d.a. says that they were killed at the house. all four of them. so the san diego authorities weren't alerted that the family was missing until 11 days after they were missing, and they didn't even get search warrants for another three days after that. the house sat unlocked and anybody could go inside. family members went inside. joseph mcstay's brother went in with chase merritt, the suspect in the killing. they went in together. michael mcstay took a computer laptop and video card from the camera. joseph mcstay's mother went in. she cleaned the counters. who knows what went on in the case and chase merritt said he was at the house. what did he do if they were killed at the house? did he spend days cleaning it up. >> mr. merritt is representing
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himself. >> at first it wasn't like that. recently he decided he wanted to represent himself. he believes he has six to eight months to live at the most. he wants to get out of jail and he doesn't think he has a lot of time left so he decided to take it on himself. >> thank you for being with me. you can catch randi's entire documentary "chasing a killer inside the mcstay family murders" tonight at 9:00 eastern on cnn. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" after a break. just about anywhere you use sugar, you can use splenda®... ...no calorie sweetener. splenda® lets you experience... ...the joy of sugar... ...without all the calories. think sugar, say splenda®
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we begin with the war on isis and new developments on several fronts. the uae is resuming its air strikes on isis. back in december the uae suspended its role in the coalition strikes after the capture of that jordanian pilot. isis releases a new video of the british journalist believed to be one of the last western hostages. according to new intelligence isis is developing plans to abduct more westerners from around the

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