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The US said it targeted militants from the Islamic State group
near the Kurdish-held city of Irbil - just hours after President Obama
The World Health Organisation says West Africa can not manage the Ebola
outbreak alone - and declares an international public
A ten-year old boy is killed in Gaza,
as Israel and Palestinian militants resume cross-border attacks.
Together again - an Indonesian girl feared killed in the 2004 tsunami
Almost three years after withdrawing its troops from Iraq, the United
States has carried out military action against Islamist militants
Just hours after President Obama authorised their use -
the US launched an airstrike targeting fighters
from the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, who now control large
The attack hit artillery used by the militants near Irbil.
Earlier this week, the Islamists took Qaraqosh,
Meanwhile tens of thousands of people from the minority Yazidi sect
remain surrounded and trapped on Mount Sinjar, without food or water.
Today, the government here said British forces would assist
in carrying out air drops as part of the humanitarian effort
In a moment we'll get the latest from Washington,
but first here's our Diplomatic Correspondent James Robbins.
For months, the extremists of ISIS, now calling themselves simply
Islamic State have been pumping out video
as they seize more and more of Iraq, threatening
Now for the first time, the Islamists have come under
The Pentagon says two FA18 aircraft dropped laser-guided bombs on
These are thought to be first pictures of the American strike.
America acted because this city of Irbil is now under threat.
There are US personnel there but President Obama is stressing
To stop the advance on Irbil, I directed
the military to target strikes against ISIS terrorist convoys
But Washington is also committed to helping religious minorities
These pictures of the Yazidi people fleeing for their lives
on to a barren mountain without food or water shocked the world.
And today, speaking from the mountain, one of their leaders
The clash is now very close to where I stand.
There are now clashes on the final line of resistance.
They will kill all of us and we do not think we have enough time.
Now the first supplies have reached some of the Yazidi.
Iraqi authorities say these pictures, impossible to verify,
The Yazidi religion is older than Christianity or Islam and that is
enough to make them targets of the extremists who overrun their town.
When we face a situation like we do on that mountain with
innocent people facing the prospect of violence on horrific scale,
and we have a mandate to help - in this case a request from the Iraqi
government - and when we have the unique capabilities to help
overcome a massacre, then I believe the USA cannot turn a blind eye.
Let's look at the plight of the Yazidi people,
forced to flee their homes and seek refuge on the barren slopes
As this map shows, they took what?s really the only
road up the mountains and we now have reports that some essential
supplies including food and water have been delivered from the air
But what if the extremists try to pursue them up the mountain?
The hope must be that they can be spotted and attacked by American
The other religious minority under threat is the Christian community.
Their major centre, Qaraqosh, has fallen.
Among those who escaped, some have reached Irbil.
As Christian refugees streamed into Irbil, passing Kurdish forces,
Iraq's persecuted minorities are urging the outside world to do more
In Brussels, some of the extended families of the Yazidi
trapped on the mountainside appealed to action to end the genocide.
In London, an emergency meeting of ministers is authorised.
Military involvement in relief missions is to drop aid,
Our focus is on assisting the humanitarian
mission and using our military in support of the Americans in terms
of refuelling, surveillance and underpinning their mission, and to
add to it with food drops of our own.
The focus of aid drops will be the Yazidi, still out on the mountain.
Their desperate plight has come to symbolise the wider threat to
The BBC's David Willis is at the White House.
We saw that Obama was adamant that this will not be a prolonged attack.
Is anyone buying that? I have come from a briefing and the president 's
spokesman was asked about the end date and how long this action will
continue. He said there was no specific end date and it will be
driven by the security situation on the ground. He added that military
involvements, over a prolonged period, was not on the table at the
moment for top that said, of course, these fighters are known to be well
armed, well equipped and well trained. They are capable of going
for the long haul as far as this conflict is concerned and this
raises the possibility of mission creep, if you like. The President's
spokesman has said he is adamant that this will not involve boots on
the ground. America is back in Iraq but for how long? America wants to
suggest that this is in need of a political resolution in Iraq. Yes.
It is a situation that requires solving by the Iraqis themselves.
That means getting our representative in place who is
representative of all of the abuse. They see the Iraqi Prime Minister as
the chief culprit for the deteriorating security situation in
Iraq. Nobody is making the secret that they would rather he left.
With me now is an expert on US foreign policy and the
Middle East Majid Rafizadeh - he's an American political scientist
The fact that once again the USA is engaged militarily in Iraq, does
that mean US foreign policy has failed? What you are seeing here is
the remarkable advancement of the Islamic States,
the remarkable advancement of the towns in northern Iraq, particularly
in Mo is all -- Mosul, and this has proposed strategic and political
threats to the USA. I think, back to your question, the United States has
definitely failed to diplomatically push the government to allow some
kind of power-sharing government, an inclusive government, and to remove
the corruption and authoritarianism in the states, and that is the in
delaying -- the underlying reason. The United States was meant to leave
behind a strong army in Iraq, and it is obvious they cannot cope with the
ISIS extremists. That is correct. This will not put an end to the
civil war or the sectarian war, or the atrocity we are witnessing. The
military intervention from the United States is going to lead,
probably, to another Civil War. The USA is sides with the government,
and they are giving the Islamic State the tall to fight against what
they would call American imperialism. There was some support
for the insurgents in Iraq, and what is important is really finding a
political solution in Baghdad and is getting a power-sharing government
there. Widening this out, Islamic State fighters are fighting against
Assad in Syria. We are in a complicated scenario here. Exactly.
What is interesting is that you can see the emergence of the realignment
of interest, Iran, Saudi Arabia, these countries are considered to be
rivals. They have created a lot of adversity in the region. The one
thing that the USA could have done was to be a facilitator or
arbitrator between these countries in the Middle East who are trying to
take a collective action against ISIS. You are correct, I think the
remarkable advancement they had is a milestone in the movement, which was
started after the US led invasion of Iraq in 2003. OK, I figure we will
be speaking to you again, but for the time being, thank you very much
for sharing your thoughts. We will continue to monitor that situation
for you. Let's move on. "An extraordinary event" and an
international health emergency - that's what the World Health
Organisation are calling The agency also predicts that
the outbreak is likely to go on for months and things are likely to
get worse before they better. Almost 1000 people have already
died as a result of the disease. Our Health Correspondent Feargus
Walsh reports. How do you defend the world
against ebola? It is starts with more help for
West Africa. The worst affected
communities lack the basics. Adequate protective clothing,
trained medical staff The World Health Organisation says
only international support will This is an infectious disease
which can be contained. This is something
which can be stopped. This depends
on identifying everybody who has an Ebola infection,
and making sure they receive the right treatment and making sure
we stop the chain of transmission. Ebola is a viral infection
which originates in animals, It spreads between humans through
direct contact with blood The virus has an incubation period
of up to 21 days More than half
of those infected have died. Pneumonia kills 3,000 children a day
- more than Ebola has in 40 years. The number of people who have died
so far in this Ebola outbreak are dwarfed by those who died from
Tuberculous every day for example. The numbers are small
but the potential for an outbreak like this to go out of control
and to spread, and the numbers to The threat to countries
like Britain remain low. Even if Ebola did come here via
a sick air passenger, health authorities are confident
they can contain it with isolation The WHO has not called
for travel bans but is urging greater health surveillance
at airports in West Africa. In Liberia, soldiers are patrolling
roadblocks, limiting travel It all adds to the fear
among communities wondering It's been a day of renewed violence
in Gaza today after a three-day Israel is again attacking Gaza,
blaming Hamas for firing rockets And Israel has now pulled out
of talks in Cairo, saying it won't James Reynolds reports from
Gaza City. apart. The hospital may be the
safest place in this strip of land. These families, who have lost their
homes, have camped out in the hospital's grounds. This man sleeps
here with his wife and their seven children. There are so many dead
bodies in my neighbourhood, so I decided to take my family and come
here. Shoppers at the market have taken their chance to go and get
supplies. If there are rockets falling, we will have to stay at
home. We would be able to work any more. Here, this man shops for the
27 members of his immediate family. Stop this war, if you come and see
my home, my home was for flaws, but now it is on the land. The
cease-fire has been broken, so people here are going back to living
day by day. They have to buy as much as they can right now, because they
don't know what will happen tomorrow. The immediate future of
the people of Gaza may be decided through further truce talks in
Egypt. Before then, I have to prepare for anything.
With me now is Ed Husain from the American think tank
The conflict has two end and we have seen previous situations where after
three or four weeks, matters come to ahead and there is a short term
cessation of violence, but in the medium to long-term, they will come
again and again to this violence until the Israelis realise they
cannot contain 2 million people in this open-air prison in Gaza, and
when Hamas realise they cannot secure long-term peace by rocketing
innocent civilians in Israel. Unless both sides come to a recognition
that the current mindset leads them to mutual destruction, there would
be an end to this awful violence. You are talking about a complete
rethink of what Hamas is all about. Yes, we often make the mistake of
seeing Hamas as simply a terrorist organisation, but it is larger than
that. I have had the good and bad fortune of meeting their people in
various countries and they run a huge operation, from hospitals to
orphanages, they care for the widows of their fighters. Israel is at the
helm of pushing this image of Hamas as being only a terrorist
organisation. In this country, one of the benefits the Irish peace
process has offered globally is that yes, Sinn Fein had a terrorist flank
that was the IRA, but there was also the political wing with which the
Irish and British governments cut a deal.
they be embraced as the solution it when they fire the rockets first
like today. Israelis say Hamas when they fire the rockets first
abandon violence and give up their arms, but in the UK, we found you
abandon violence and give up their often had to turn a blind eye to the
armed men and top to politicians, reaching a stage when
the politicians can force politicians, reaching a stage when
armed men to hand over their weapons. If we continue to ignore
the political wing of Hamas, then what happens if the armed wing of
Hamas have the strength they continue to have, because they are
the guys that are fighting and they are the guys who have the strength
to say they are fighting the resistance. So the psychological
terms of approaching this conflict means to change. -- needs to change.
Now a look at some of the day's other news.
The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has ended.
The judge announced she would deliver her verdict on the 11th
In his closing remarks, his lawyer said Mr Pistorius should have faced
a charge of culpable homicide, not murder, over the shooting
An investigation's underway after nine surrogate babies were
They are believed to share the same Japanese father.
The recent case of an Australian couple alleged to have abandoned
a baby with Down's syndrome, has prompted efforts to overhaul
Malaysia Airlines is to be removed from the stock exchange,
taken over by the state and completely overhauled.
The disappearance of a passenger jet in March and the crash of another
airliner in Ukraine last month have added to the company's already
Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have signed
a deal to form a government of national unity, four months
Dr Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani had both claimed
victory and accused the other of electoral fraud.
The US Secretary of State John Kerry,
who helped to broker the agreement in Kabul, called it an Afghan
Our correspondent in Kabul, David Loyn, says there's optimism
John Kerry, you'll remember, has been here before, and they said
similar things three or four weeks ago when he came to really broker
a deal at a time when it looked as though there may be a coup and
genuine armed violence breaking out because
But certainly the mood today was very different, very conciliatory.
Abdullah Abdullah said it is a win-win situation.
Ashraf Ghani said the time for competition was over,
the time for campaigning was over, now they needed to cooperate
together in order to build this government of national unity.
And John Kerry, who put the deal together,
said they have now agreed what he called the rules of the road.
On Sunday, Turkey will hold a presidential election.
It's the first time in the country's history that the position will be
chosen, not by parliament, but by the Turkish public.
Leading the race is the current Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip
Erdogan, a politician with Islamist roots who has divided Turks.
The star of Turkish politics continues to soar.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aiming for glory in Sunday's presidential
His firebrand rhetoric hits out at Israel and foreign interests.
The rockstar politician pulls the crowds.
Three times Prime Minister, Erdogan dominates the campaign.
Islamist leaning, he's accused of mixing religion
But fans of all ages can't get enough.
He is working for Turkey, for everyone, for us, for women like me.
Before women couldn't work in universities or other places, but
This election has become a referendum about the man who's
His backers say he has transformed this country politically
His critics call him authoritarian and intolerant and say the cult
Istanbul's skyline tells of his success.
With massive infrastructure projects and EU candidate status, he says he
But huge protests last year against a construction project
Rage boiled over human rights and Erdogan's apparent autocracy.
Eight died, including a 14-year-old, Berkin Elvan.
His father says he went to buy bread,
Without Berkin, we don't even know if we're alive or dead.
The next target was an Islamic scholar, Fethullah Gulen.
Erdogan baming his followers for leaks implicating the
Critics say he is using a smokescreen.
He is the victim and always, there are some certain enemies
Enemies, foreign and interior, who are under trying to undermine
Adored and hated in equal measure, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has polarised
His ambition is lofty, but can he take a divided Turkey with him?
A miraculous story now of a young girl seemingly back from the dead.
A mother and father in Indonesia say that they've been reunited with
their daughter ten years after she was swept in to the sea during
Finally back together again after 10 years apart, this is the moment
14-year-old Raudhatul Jannah and her family never thought would happen.
Her parents gave up hope of ever finding her alive
after she was swept from their home in West Aceh during the devastating
According to Indonesian media, she was found more than 100
kilometres away and raised by a family of fishermen.
A decade later, a family member spotted a girl in a village
walking home from school who bore a striking resemblance to lost girl.
Raudhatul's parents visited her in late June.
When I saw her, I knew she was the one and we also saw her photos from
A remarkable reunion for one little girl and her family,
One of Raudhatul's brothers, who disappeared when the tsunami
But for now from me and the rest of the team, goodbye.
Warnings are still in force. But things are settling