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welcome back. disturbing new evidence today that isis is adding more american-made weapons to its arsenal. so what you're seeing here this is video purportedly from isis. it shows its latest score. dozens of americanman made m 16s and machine guns and army vehicles and -- cnn cannot confirm authenticity of the video but it would create another challenge ahead of this planned u.s.-backed operations to retake the isis stronghold of mosul. joining us from the white house with more cnn's erin mcpike.
erin the administration have they commented on the new video and what they're seeing there that these are man made weapons? and they're talking about american-made weapons? >> suzanne, u.s. central command points out they do not know where or when this equipment was seized or when the video was shot. and that is an important point. because it could have been shot a very long time ago. now, regardless they do say that the american-made equipment featured there is not current, so it wouldn't be on par with what iraqi security forces will have as they continue to battle isis in the coming months. now, while it was a setback, i would point out depending on when it occurred an official from u.s. central command says they do believe they are ahead of where they thought they would be in the larger military campaign against isis. i want to lay out some of the points they gave for why. first they said that isis losses in the last eight months are equivalent to u.s. losses in 14 years in iraq and afghanistan as far as their holdings go they say three quarters of isis
equipment their infrastructure their forces in the battlefield have been depleted. and last going forward, they estimate that there are 1 to 2,000 isis forces in mosul and that is compared to the 20 to 25,000 iraqi forces that they will move into mosul potentially in april and may. so generally they think that they are outpacing the efforts -- their efforts are outpacing the efforts that isis can make to regenerate itself. that is a very important point. they do believe that they have had a significant impact on taking back isis to some degree suzanne. >> and erin talk about some of the things we note white house is talking about the successes here. but there's going to be a new mission, this involvement here retaking mosul in the spring. and the iraqis are supposed to really be leading in that effort. are we going to see potentially intelligence boots on the ground regarding the united states back in iraq in the spring?
>> reporter: suzanne certainly intelligence. and american intelligence has been key to what they have done so far. they are cautiously optimistic that iraqi security forces will be ready by april and may. u.s. forces right now are training thousands of iraqi security forces to be ready. the thing that they are still debating is whether or not american troops will have to be deployed on the frontline in the form of ground controllers. and that means basically that they would be able to call in air strikes. that's something that president obama would ultimately have to sign off on but defense secretary ash carter addressed this this morning in afghanistan. listen here. >> of course i'm open. i'm always open to advice from our military commanders about what the best way to achieve success is. that is a question that will come down the road. but i think what's important is
that campaign to retake mosul succeed. and we're committed to that success and not to a particular timetable. >> reporter: and that last point there applies to the overall effort to retake mosul, that although they are saying that they would like this to take off in april or may, that it's tentative right now, suzanne. >> all right. erin mcpike, thank you so much. appreciate your reporting as always. want to bring in phil mudd former counterterrorism official. erin brings up good points here. one thing we saw was the new secretary of defense talking about an operation that hasn't happened yet. it's going for happen in the spring. which to me is pretty unusual. give me your thoughts first of all as somebody in the intelligence community whether or not that's a good idea and what was behind that. >> look it's unusual but in my mind it's not unprecedented and it's not surprising. everybody in iraq, maybe not the united states but everybody in iraq knew what was going to happen here. the hard core presence of isis
is in western and northwestern iraq. it also happens to be the location of the second largest city in iraq that is mosul. to say that eventually iraqi forces backed by the americans and others will go on offensive to retake the city to my mind not a big surprise. surprisingly suzanne, i do think there's an opportunity here. that is having watched terrorist guys for 25 years, i think there's a lot of whom might say wow there's going to be a big battle coming on. we think we are ordained by god to win. therefore there's almost a magnetic draw in mosul. we're going to go to mosul for a fight. there might be an opportunity for the iraqis backed by the americans to take out a lot of the isis guys in this fight because we prewarn this. >> is it possible that it could backfire the other way? i mean maybe this is not in their thinking or their philosophy. but is it possible you might see defections where the guys are like i'm not up for it. this will be a hell of a battle. are these the guys itching for something like that? >> you asked the right question. there is an opportunity here to
show isis they may be a significant terrorist group that can murder people but they're not an insurgent group that can hold territory. there's a flip side of this. and we saw this last summer when isis was rolling through territory. if they come to the table in mosul and the iraqi forces prove that they can bring this fight, there is a significant downside. that is that we say look after all this training weaponry intelligence obviously u.s. is providing air power, the iraqis still can't bring the fight? i think there is a down side. i don't think that will happen. but i wouldn't bet in vegas against it. >> and phil we know that there's a psychological component to every war here. we saw isis releasing this video today showing dozens of american-made weapons, army vehicles it claim it seized from iraqi force. we also saw some dead iraqis as well. you know the last time the iraqi forces went up against a big threat they went running. could this potentially spook
them and impact their psyche right now as they go forward and look at such a big mission? >> look isis is trying to show themselves as people who bring power to the battlefield, assassinating or murdering that jordanian pilot, beheading people showing these pictures of weapons. i don't think they're operating from a position of strength. not because of the weapons, i don't think those captured weapons are significant. you look at another handful of characteristics that will define success. how many people they have in the battlefield. one to 3,000 versus 20 to 25,000 iraqis. they don't have an intelligence advantage. they don't have an air advantage. they have an advantage on the ground. they hold the territory. but i think what they're trying to say to members of the organization now that as isis members and recruits says don't worry. we got it. we got weapons and recruits. i think behind the scenes they've got to be a bit concerned because they're facing an iraqi military that is not going to be as surprised as they were when isis rolled through this territory last summer. >> all right.
we are looking at that map. and obviously there is going to be potentially a very big battle in the months ahead. phil thank you so much for your perspective as always. we know that they have laid out these horrific plans time and time again, but there are things about isis that we don't know actually. up next we're going to talk to a columnist who says he knows what isis really wants.
the brutal terror group isis on the minds of people both in the reasonablegion and across the world. but there are some things we actually don't know about isis. in a fascinating article in "the atlantic" graham wood is shedding some light on what he says isis really wants. graham we have found five things they think that our viewers probably did not expect and did not know about isis. i want to go through those. you explain it very well in your article. one of them a number of points controversy in the article is
that isis is all about -- and these recruiters are all about -- muslim beliefs. that it is very islamic. not nonislamic but very islamic based on true thesology. what do you mean? >> by that i mean they draw on muslim traditions and muslim texts. there are many different interpretations. but theirs is one of them. and they work very hard to justify it. it's not a view -- their view is not shared by almost any other muslim organization or muslims. but it is nonetheless a muslim view. >> they are specifically talking about a different time the time of the prophet mohammed and a different era. what are they talk about when they say they want to develop something that is from the early days of islam specifically? >> yes. they believe the only sources of authority are the quran, sayings of the prophet and the things the prophet's companions did in the very earliest centuries of islam. so they want to return civilization to the legal
environment of that. the way that islam was applied and practiced during those years. >> so we're talking about when you say that, it's very specifically we're talking about executions, we're talking about beheadings we are talking about slavery, we are talking about rape. >> yes. they believe it all these things were applied in a particular way. and they've got a view of what that way is. maybe someone would say it's a fantastic view. but nonetheless they think that you should turn it back to that particular -- this particular centuries of practice of islam. >> and once they do that right, when you have this caliphate if you will set up and they are instituting what they believe is an extreme version of sharia law, there's the apocalypse. they tall they actually say they are trying to get to the end of the world and win the battle. >> it means if you build it they will come. if you take a caliphate and apply sharia law and move onto the particular steps in the conquest of other territory, and
there are particular places they're thinking of like dabbaq in syria istanbul jerusalem, you will initiate an apocalypse. in all their propaganda they are mentioning this. it is a major part of the narrative there will be a fight between muslims and nonmuslims and the muslims will win and it will bring about the end of time including the return of the prophet jesus. >> one things that people dismiss and the administration has dismissed and last year compared them to a j.v. team comparing them to al qaeda they're not really taken seriously in terms of the dogma and how could they want to tlif way and exact this kind of brutality on other people? you go ahead in the article and say that's the big mistake that the united states has made we have not made the distinction
between what al qaeda is and what it stand for and what isis the islamic state is addressing here is actually promoting. >> there are two different groups. they're at each other's throat right now. the group that constitutes al qaeda, it has many of the same views but they don't have the, team hatred of other musslims and shia and don't have the same beliefses on the apocalypse. they think the apocalypse will come but not on a calendar of a few years. might be mill lena millennium or centuries. >> they want a fight. they would like nothing more than the united states to step into the mess and make this all happen a big blow out in iraq and syria. >> they want to really burn the middle ground so everybody has to stand on one side or the other. the side of islam or the side of the crusaders. so that's what they're trying do with all these grotesque videos is to alienate and polarize the world. i think they're being very successful that way. >> all right. we're going to have you stick
around. talk more about this. the article refueling much of the debate of course and the discussion regarding the muslim community and the wall of islam and what all of this means. some critics are calling -- some of these things these particulars that we've been talking about, lies one of those critics is going to join us next live.
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it's a battle that is drawing foreign fighters from across the globe, preparing for a fight for the end of the days. we are talking isis in a new article that claims to know the path they plan to take. the author graham wood he says the quran outlines exactly what will happen. a battle in northern syria followed by a desperate fight in jerusalem. only to be led to victory by jesus, the second most revered prophet in islam. but is this just islamic history or is it a reality for isis? we've got hurun mogul a fellow at the institute for social policy and understanding and author of the upcoming book "how to be muslim" we're also joined again by graham wood contributing editor of "the atlantic" and phil mudd senior cnn analyst and former counterterrorism official. i want to start off with you and basically tell us is this a
historical look at islam here? is this reality? is this symbolic? why do you take issue with what graham has written? >> well i want to make an important distinction. and it's very clear to me isis believes they're muslim and believes what they're doing is islamic. i don't buy for a second that islam is a religion of peace, that violence has nothing to do with islamic history. i'm not white washing or faith washing anything. my concern is that isis's relationship to islam is like intelligent design or creationism to science. to a lay person it looks islamic because they play with the ideas and the text. but what they end up doing is ins inch verting islam. for someone not familiar with the islamic tradition this looks like islam sounds like islam but it's not islam. it's the opposite of islam. it's a heresy within islam that advocates things that no muslim scholar, liberal, secular,
religious, sunni, shia would ever accept. murder ethnic cleansing, no tolerance for these things across the board. isis thinks they're islamic and we need to take that seriously. i think graham is entirely on point. but it is important for people to also know that the muslim community at large, not reflexively or out of a desire to be politically correct is rejecting these arguments because they're not consistent with our faith. >> graham you talk in your article very specifically there are points in the quran that state during a time of prophet mohammed these were the expectations, this was the law of the time of the land and these are the things specifically in the quran that this organization these people will follow and it's attracted people around the world. do you believe it is based in the text of islam this call for what isis is doing today? >> it's certainly drawing from these text. that's the distinction i would like to make between a tradition that draws from the text of islam and a tradition that draws from these text well properly in a way that a muslim scholar would for example be pleased with from any part of the world
of islam. i would describe the islamic state as perhaps having the relationship to the rest of islam that maybe the branch davidians might have to christianity. the branch davidians were certainly a christian sect. were they unpopular? extremely. but drawing from some of the same traditions. >> hurum, do you believe as graham has written there is this notion that people are attracted to this because there's a these theology they're seeing something going to be a part of the end of days apocalypse the winning side of the apocalypse? does that ring true to you? >> it's a mixed bag. i think at the senior levels of isis leadership it is hard to know whether they really believe what they're saying. a lot of the people around the leader are former baath party officials. secular baath, religious baath. they like to commit genocide.
where they're islamists who have converted themselves over to whatever it is. for the foot soldiers it's about the end of the world, this is about standing up for the truth and creating utopia and the vision that jesus is going to return jesus being the messiah in islam is really powerful an incredibly powerful lure for people. >> if i could just for a moment bring phil into the conversation. phil, how do you counter something like this? we've heard from the president or the summit that happened the last couple of days talking about some of it is poverty and jobs and opportunity and people are disillusioned in some of the middle eastern countries. and that there need to be another way. propaganda also being a very powerful force in this. but if you have folks who believe that this is going to be the next coming are going to be a part of the end of the world on the good side on the winning side how do you counter something like that? >> let's take out that word you use, folks, and let's separate out the leadership in what was
referred to a moment ago as the foot soldiers. in my experience those are vastly different people in terms of how they believe and how you can potentially divert their beliefs. right now if you look at the leadership of isis my judgment based on what we at the cia used to interrogate al qaeda guys not the same as i dis, but they are true believers. once they go down that path of indoctrination over the course of years or decades, you can't turn them back. they are never going to go home again in that case to be blunt that's a kill or capture operation at the upper 1% of an organization like isis. to contrast that with the fool soldiers in my experience both in the united states and overseas the foot soldiers may believe that they understand the message of isis including the senseless killing. they don't. i do believe over the course of years that there will be thousands or even tens of thousands of members of isis who you can bring back to some sort
of political process because they are not true believers. they're signed up because they get a paycheck, because they may have some superficial belief. let me take one final step to offend about 80% of the people listening today. if you look at the history of insurgency the way to strip off the sort of foot soldiers from the leadership is in the -- if the iraqi military starts to win you start offering things like amnesty programs. you tell the foot soldiers you don't have to stay with the isis guys. we will give you an opportunity down the future in a future government if you separate off from the organization. so to be clear, strip away the leadership from the foot soldiersers different story. >> all right, phil we've got to leave it there. phil hurun, graham thank you so much. very good discussion. i wish we had more time. and very extensive article in "the atlantic" been reading over it a couple of days now. it's really quite fascinating. great discussion. we'll have you guys both on later. really appreciate >> it thank you. we'll have much more after a quick break.
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ride. imagine your insurance company scheming with the body shops to save them money and potentially putting your life at risk. this has happened to thousands of people across the country. our senior investigative correspondent drew griffin is going to show us how the scam works and what is being done to stop it in its tracks. >> reporter: to see what's really going on you've got to do something you probably can't do at home. lift what you think is your repaired car, get out something called a boroscope, and check inside the car. inside the frame. to see if the auto body shop actually fixed it. the auto body shop your insurance company most likely recommended. >> there's the rip in the rail right here. >> reporter: bill burn, a national auto repair expert testifies in court about bad repairs. and this he says is one of them. the result of a system designed to save money for insurance companies. >> what they did was they replaced the new end cap on there. and the end cap actually covers
that. so the consumer would never see this. it is unsafe. >> and yet they put it back on the road. >> correct. >> reporter: vern is now part of a major lawsuit involving more than 500 auto body shops in 36 states all suing dozens of insurance companies across the country. the shops believe the insurance industry is involved in a deliberate system to send you and your car to shops that are preselected by insurers to do the absolute bare minimum to fix it. even telling body shops to use used or recycled parts because they're cheaper. matt parker is an auto shop owner in monroe, louisiana who says he sees the same problem. he says state farm told him to use a remanufactured headlight in a toyota tacoma. this is what he got. >> so it's got a hole in it here. and then you can see where they screwed this bracket back on the vehicle. now, you can see here where all these parts where these were
knocked off and glued back together. you can also see here where the top corner in the lens is busted and this part of the headlight is broken. >> this came out of a box wrapped like it was supposed to be -- >> absolutely. it's supposed to be like a new part. the insurance company wants us to put this stuff on our car. now, if we refuse to put it on the car then they label us as a shop not willing to go along with their program and then they try to steer our business away from us. >> reporter: attorneys general jim hood of mississippi and buddy caldwell of louisiana, they believe it too. mississippi is preparing a lawsuit. louisiana has filed. claiming state farm's practice is putting drivers in danger. >> and what is the practice? what's being put in their cars? >> well after-market parts. junk yard parts. and all of this without any communication with the consumer. and that's the main issue, the safety issues and the knowledge
that their product is being devalued by the practices of the insurance company. >> i mean buddy's found numerous cases here in louisiana. we found them in mississippi. where they would force a body shop to put junk parts and weld and patch. >> reporter: and when auto shops don't go along, mississippi's attorney general says those auto shops' business gets cut. it's called steering. insurance companies steering business elsewhere. >> they say we're going to blackball you. we won't put you on our select service list. and we're going to make you send us estimates five different times just to aggravate you. that's what they do. they use their economic power to grind down porkworking people. >> reporter: u.s. senator richard blumenthal says not only there is a potential for small businesses businesses to be hurt he believeses these cars pose a safety risk.
he's asked the u.s. department of justice to investigate. >> salvaged parts, inferior or counterfeit parts certainly raise safety concerns. and often those kind of parts are involved in this practice of steering. and that's why i have been concerned for years about it. and why i think the department of justice should be investigating. >> reporter: louisiana's attorney general chose to sue state farm insurance because state farm is the biggest insurer in his state. and legal filings, the company denies all the allegations, including the allegation that state farm mandates using after-market parts. state farm would not grant an interview, but sent a statement instead. it says "our customers choose where their vehicles are going to be repaired. we provide information about our select service program, while at the same time making it clear they can select which shop will do the work." state farm told us to bring our specific questions to neill ulrich with the national
association of mutual insurance companies. >> it is just not in the economic interests of the insurer to have a car go in and out of an auto body shop three or four times to get it right. >> why would insurance companies require or recommend used parts, fixed parts, off-market parts? >> sure. most companies don't require this. most companies offer a choice to consumers. most of the -- any sort of after-market part that you might hear about are usually cosmetic parts. so they're nothing related to the safety the mechanical parts of the operation of the vehicle. there are laws in almost every state that require consumers to be told if they're after-market parts are going to be used and what those parts are. >> we found that notice on page four of this estimate. on page six of this one. >> in many cases, these parts are no different. they're made on the same -- in the same factories. one just comes out with an auto manufacturer's name on it and others don't. >> neill, that's not true.
>> oh, it is true. >> reporter: it certainly isn't true in the case of this replacement hood for a honda. it's made in taiwan but already coming apart. this after-market bumper doesn't fit and the fasteners have been glued back together. then there's the question about that broken and repaired toyota tacoma head lamp. >> it's obviously a repurposed part from a junk yard. if you look closely you'll see how it was glued together snapped together in some cases even welded and screwed together. and this is what the insure er insurer told the preferred body shop to put on a car. you wouldn't want that in your car? i wouldn't want that in my car. >> i don't note circumstances of the picture so i really can't comment on them. >> so are the attorneys general wrong in saying that the insurance industry on the whole and state farm in particular is steering their customers to preferred body shops, preferred because they save the insurance
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and that's their choice. >> reporter: that is certainly what progressive insurance told us happened for this car. remember it's the car we told you about earlier with the ripped tail frame that you could only spot with the boroscope. it was hit from behind. repaireded at a preferred insurance company shop. and sent back on the road with a ripped and hidden tail frame. it turns out the ripped tail frame isn't all that wasn't repaired. three or four tire rims are still damaged. the undercarriage of the car has been pushed in according to this auto expert and outside the paint job is filled with pock marks. progressive insurance says they didn't choose the body shop the owner did. well this is the owner, eugenia randall, a single mom who needs the car to carry around her 2-year-old son roman. she remembers the conversation with progressive much differently. >> they didn't give me a choice as to where i wanted to take it. they just told me to take it to
their preferred body shop. >> reporter: randall says she thought because it was a preferred shop it would actually be repaired to a higher standard. but when she picked it up she immediately knew something wasn't right. >> cosmetically to me it looked fine. but once i got in and got down the street it just started driving really crazy. and i immediately took it back. >> reporter: so how crazy was randall's car driving? i decided to find out for myself by getting behind the wheel. >> anything over 50 miles per hour this thing just shakes. this baby is really shaking now. >> reporter: not only was the tail section ripped and unrepaired three of four tire rims were damaged. and as i drove, the steering wheel was shaking so violently i had to grip down to keep the car from veering to the right. the front left tire was just wobbling. i carefully drove this shaking car right back to the insurance
company aes company's preferred auto body shop where the general manager promptly told us to leave. >> don't turn that on without service king's permission if you don't mind. >> reporter: suzanne, service king the auto body chain that supposedly fixed that car, says they fixed it to exact standards of what the insurance company told them to do and that their work is lifetime guaranteed. they also said they had no idea anything was wrong with that car, even though it was eventually totalled. as for senator blumenthal he is renewing his request with the department of justice to open up a federal investigation to find out if this steering and the use of used auto parts is widespread enough to warrant a federal investigation. suzanne? >> all right. thank you, drew. next hour, cnn news room starts right now.