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the u.s. defense secretary says our forces are on standby to unleash cruise missiles against syria while reports suggest strikes could take place as soon as thursday. washington waves away comparisons with the rug with officials insisting that past mistakes won't be repeated but as we report such promises can be hard to keep. also as floodwaters in russia's fight you showed no signs of receding one of the region's main cities a bins of soaps on it's manmade dams. a clash of cultures in the u.k. as tensions are ratchet up between vocal muslim groups and those who question the place of islam in britain.
good morning live from moscow this is r g you with me to say let's take a look at our bulletin this morning. an american military offensive against syria could start as soon as there is and missiles are already pointed at around fifty sites according to u.s. media reports citing seamy officials that no doubt from president obama is all that's needed for the bombing campaign to stud joining me live now with more details is our geezer's son thomas the son of the specifics. haven't been confirmed yet but what the officials in the u.s. been saying well certainly has been a busy week in the united states as they've been preparing trying to gather international support and information as to what and how they could respond we're
hearing that they could respond with a three day missile strike aimed at sending a message to bashar al assad not at toppling his regime or crippling his military but specifically just to send a message this was reported to n.b.c. news by top u.s. military officials now we're expecting to hear from u.s. secretary of state john kerry today to present more information and evidence linking the assad regime to these alleged chemical attacks that happened last week . in the go to area east of damascus so far the united states says they have little doubt that it was assad's regime that carried out the attack but they have not been able to present their case or make a convincing public case about exactly how they know this information was posted here a little bit more on that today now the white house has not commented at all on whether they're going to seek a u.n. mandate they refuse to answer those questions but the first secretary chuck hagel
says they are willing and ready to go to president obama's command all he has to do is give the order and they are ready to fulfill and comply in any way that he or orders and whatever option he chooses to take and we also know that the navy united states maybe has moved some of their warships into the area to be on standby as well now. the momentum is rapidly building towards a military intervention as we know from white house officials that obama and his top aides have made at least eighty eight phone calls to world leaders to discuss the situation in syria two of those phone calls to one of his arguably closest allies u.k. prime minister david cameron now speaking about a allies they saw and that means that called to david cameron does america hell does the u.s. have support from its allies given the information that you've just given us right now that you know they're not going to go through the u.n. to get a mandate we don't know that the shawl and the evidence that they say they have well we know that the u.k.
has recalled the parliament on thursday so that they can discuss the situation in syria and to take a vote cameron said that the world could not stand idly by after seeing appalling scenes of death and suffering there are also reports that the u.k.'s air base in cyprus just one hundred miles from the coast of syria there is a build up of military there's some witnesses are saying now in france. says that they are ready to punish those who took the decision to gas the innocent in syria so it seems that france is ready to be on board saudi arabia says that immediate action should be taken against assad and turkey has announced this week that they are willing to join any military coalition against assad regardless of whether there's a un mandate or not but there is a little bit of a drawback the arab league which is a big player in the region they do blame the syrian government and bashar al assad for using chemical weapons against his people but they will not back
a retaliatory strike at this point against the regime in so this leaves obama without the broad general regional support that he had back in two thousand and eleven when the coalition that went against libya and what's russia's position in all of this while russia. sickly they've been maintaining a cautious attitude at this point it should be mentioned that russia has a vacuum waited citizens from the area basically for their own safety as this momentum is gathering towards a military retaliation. have spoken sergey lavrov the foreign minister of russia has rejected john kerry's position that it was damascus that carried out the attacks he is urged the united states to maintain caution and to wait for the results of that u.n. investigation the u.n. investigative team is supposed to begin country for another six days at least and he's saying that you know this investigation has to take place and go through
proper legal channels before any decision is made now he also mentioned or russia has taken a position that there is evidence to suggest that it could be the rebels themselves that have used chemical weapons and so at this point we can possibly say that chemical weapons have been used but who actually is to blame that has not yet been determined in earlier he said it was the u.n. security council that needed to look at that evidence and make that determination and one thing while i was concerned about is the failure of the geneva two dialogue conferences that the united states and russia have been working on jointly and so right now also the deputy prime minister dmitry rogozin was a little bit more direct a little bit more harsh he said that the west behaves towards the islamic world like a monkey with a grenade so it's safe to say russia not happy with this movement towards a military retaliation at least until the united nations gets their job and they
can look at the evidence in a legal and more methodical manner and i mean we know that russia has been trying to push. more dialogue rather than retaliating and it looks like things are rapidly moving fast on tom as they with an update on what's happening with syria. well i was going to you came to bed as party leader nigel farage about britain's apparent eager mess to get tangled up in syria's civil war he believes the government has a thought this one through i would just say this you know number one can we please actually find out the that it was a sad that use those weapons you know it's probable that it was but please can we find out. i was everybody else that moral outrage on its own is not a good enough reason to get involved in a war that could have unforseen consequences but i have to say that it was entirely blair's time starting off with we seem to go into foreign wars with alarming
regularity often having no really clear objectives or any idea how we're going to withdraw because to prove that point you know we've now been in afghanistan for longer than the first and second world war i did up together my view is that what we've done in afghanistan and iraq in fact for many decades whatever britain's got involved in the middle east we tend to have made things worse not better and horrible that we tease ghastly they some of the crimes of the that are being committed there is nothing the british military can do my view to make things better for the us is insisting that this time around the will be nothing like iraq also or libya washington is confident that when it comes to syria the evidence is unquestionable just like it was when saddam was accused of hiding weapons of mass destruction his art is going to change again on america's rich record of missteps military. before everything went into the action in the last fifteen years there
was the hype of lies and misinformation and discrepancies but every time washington would present its case for war as the ultimate truth leading people to believe that waging war was the only way to peace as the us is preparing an attack on syria striking similarities can be found in how washington makes its case for intervention the material i will present you comes from a variety of sources some are u.s. sources and some are those of other countries we have additional information about this attack and that information is being compiled and reviewed together with our partners and we will provide that information in the days ahead some of the sources are technical such as intercepted telephone conversations and photos taken by satellites before u.s. official is telling me that there is intelligence assessment contains forensic evidence that actual chemical attack took place as well as some intercepted
communications among syrian forces that suggest the regime was responsible a separate sources also telling c.n.n.'s john king that the report contains some satellite images of activity at potentially chemical weapons depots back in two thousand and three in the run up to the iraq war the media also diligently repeated what the white house said we know that iraq and al qaeda have had high level contacts that go back a decade we've learned that iraq has trained al qaeda members in bomb making. and poisonous. and deadly gases before the u.s. that washington's saying that the government which was about to be attacked did not cooperate thus this crediting any new when investigation that was on the way saddam hussein and his regime are busy doing very possibly can to ensure that inspectors. finding absolutely nothing. well they found nothing because there was nothing but
it was an argument that couldn't be heard through the deafening sound of war drums iraq is not the only example when the u.s. effectively rendered a diplomatic solution obsolete the serbian leaders on the other hand refused even to discuss key elements of the peace agreement before the us started two month long bombing campaign of the former yugoslavia the us of government had accepted proposals in the near independence of casa worlds within the republic of serbia as well as an international peacekeeping force in cost of all that but the agreement that nato put forward had a clause that they could not accept in the words of former secretary of state henry kissinger the text which called on serbia to admit nato troops throughout yugoslavia was a provocation an excuse to start bombing runway is not a document that an angelic could have accepted years later we see diplomacy brushed off again in syria even as the way it's working on the ground at every turn the
syrian regime has failed to cooperate with the un investigation washington has bypassed the u.n. both in the case of the former yugoslavia and that of iraq in libya the u.s. and its allies have effectively carried out a regime change although the un mandate was to protect civilians we came we saw he died. because we acted quickly a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided but for many leave the n.c. humanitarian catastrophe has just started as the nation plunges deeper into chaos and pair like in iraq where the intervention was followed by a decade of terror for those wondering what awaits american politicians found to have light no weapons over there. be under here. to check on our t. washington d.c. . u.s.
officials say a direct hits on chemical weapons storage sides would be too dangerous and so insistent they want to quibble assad's forces capable of delivering the warheads and such damage to the minute she would give a huge boost to the rebels who have recently been losing ground argues contributor afshin rattansi says this is all playing into the hands of terrorist groups the national security council of britain is meeting because david cameron the prime minister here to foreshorten this is a holiday it's interesting that national security council was set up in twenty ten to talk about national security of this country britain and most of that was about al qaida that may be a concept and britain and the united states are now validly supporting al-qaeda linked groups if anything one would see in a normal scenario that countries should come to the aid of the assad government against. al-qaeda linked brigades that certainly call upon the u.n.
weapons inspector a few months ago said were responsible for chemical attacks. american lawmakers are say they should have the last word when it comes to u.s. strikes in syria not the president the political stand of brewing in washington is being addressed in cross talk the full version of the program is coming your way at seven thirty g.m.t. . the u.s. military that supposed to be deployed for u.s. interests and it's supposed to be approved by congress congress has the constitutional authority to declare war not the president of the white house and if congress had abdicated its constitutional authority there we wouldn't be so close to the precipice and that's a huge problem you know just the other day speaker boehner spokesperson said you know the speaker made it clear that he wants congress to be can be in consultation well and he doesn't need congress because a little dish less to the western media and western media is going floor so that people know who to blame when there's a war. floodwaters in russia
will keep one of the region's main business hub submerged for the next month according to local officials residents are keeping their fingers crossed hoping the manmade dams of protecting the city don't overflow and that the delusion continues to slowly recede out as paul scott tested the waters at the sea. well up until now it had been the remote rural areas that had been worst affected by these flood waters but as you can see now the waters are beginning to encroach on to the city of how about a loss canal just twenty yards behind the camera is a residential area and some residents are being evacuated as we speak in deciding to go to the temporary accommodation centers that have been set up for the first thing you notice about the city actually is the amount of hills that there are meaning that is communities and streets in the lowlands but are most at risk of being worst affected communities in areas like this one and there's a surprising number of residents although many are going to the accommodation
centers in the hundreds there are still boys who are resolutely staying with their properties. leave now those that stay on those that guy basically those who have their properties ruined attention is slowly turning to the future and what happens when this water subsides when it receives and the extent of the damage is revealed when the authorities have said that they will give compensation of up to one hundred thousand rubles to people whose properties have been damaged the compensation will range from fifty to one hundred thousand rubles depending on the severity of the damage now russia's emergency services minister is also heading to this region imminently choose day to assess not only the damage but also the work of the emergency services in terms of evacuations on the dam building all that building and that are continuing apace twenty four hours a day around the clock to prevent this situation reaching the parts of the city where you had a lot of my family has been evacuated from my home but i decided to stay today the
electric power supply his vision pumps are working and there's no water in the stairwell any more water evaporates and the pavements become visible so we're still living here while the severity of the situation is clear to see we are just thirty yards away from a number of residential blocks here in the city of how about ask and all that separates us on those houses is a hastily erected mind made in the hope is that it will stand for in the face of ever increasing water levels. a russian business magnate has been whisked into custody in belarus he was invited to the capital of the country's prime minister in our faces ten years in prison reportedly for breaking his fertilizes company's partnership with irish and state. so websites for the full details. and blowing in the way and tropical still less as the mexican the east coast is forcing residents inside their homes and schools to close you can find
there's a saying with us you're watching r t now in the u.k. police have launched a probe into his responsible for sending a cd with pornographic images and pictures all the prophet muhammad's to several mosques in london it's just the latest in a chain of provocative actions that has heightened tensions between muslims and other parts of british society. went to find out what it will take to bridge the religious divide. my name is gavin bobi and i'm the lawyer behind on freedom foundation we still. we help local neighborhoods resist planning applications for mosques and we went that's now sixteen wins out of eighteen cases a controversial them somewhere further to the mosque buster objections raised by locals pertaining to mosques and clued traffic congestion on the journal noise and disturbance which does concern people on the first one was the loss of
a retail facility all of which are legal objections but he says his motivation is deeper than that islamic doctrine there's a wrong doctrine now exactly it's called for retiring the shuttle if a company church was passing death sentences if a synagogue was blessing armies to commit acts of war all you would immediately say that has to be stopped when you have a man who is soon ideologically opposed knows little about these numbers faith even if what he is suggesting that it doesn't give credence to some of those views really in terms of traffic congestion impacting the local area if people have those objections to really genuinely feel that it's going to create an impact raise them but the gruesome murder of a british soldier by self-confessed islamic fanatics fueled anti muslim sentiment on the muslim myself and and and speaking to muslims across print and across london people are feeling vulnerable because the they do feel as if
the muslim community is being picked on we have had instances where a local mosque had sausages thrown into it last year after a decade of dispute the new and council rejected an application for a so-called mega mosque the site of which is just down the road over here it would have accommodated up to ten thousand worshippers the group that had campaigned against it called themselves mega mosque no. oh thanks and some muslim groups have also opposed the project but beyond just the construction of mosques the polarized opinions but the spotlight once again on why this is happening in the first place the polarization of opinion we see i think is poor little to the failure within multiculturalism people become invested in a very particular notion that britain is characterized by first of all a white christian dominant culture which historically is certainly true but may be
less the case today most simply become the symbol i think for this greater anxiety that a recent you gov poll compared answers given by respondents in event by two thousand and twelve and may twenty thirteen and showed an increase in the number of people who agree that there will be a clash of civilizations between british muslims and native white britons we really need a more frank and open and detailed discussion about what islam is about what britishness is and about how we manage social change and evolution in recent times a growing number of voices have stated that multiculturalism has failed as a concept in britain which is a controversial way to put it but what's certain ignoring this issue both make a clash of cultures and less likely just or so you r.t. london. leaving a plane make his side gathering just outside of moscow for one of the world's top air shows the next twenty thirty has one of the highlights of the exhibition.
right now as you can see the t. of fifty five to jazz is exceptional speed and agility have made it a source of interest ever since it was unveiled at last year's match the jets' development was closely watched by enthusiasm all over the world despite most of their work being kept under wraps right it's capable. of reaching twice the speed of sound and avoiding weighted action as well as a requires only a short runway for take up the t. fifty doesn't come cheap at a current price tag of fifty million dollars and plenty more to see with around a thousand firms are from more than forty countries participating and it's not just the latest military technology now civilian aircraft builders are also showing off
their crowning achievement in terms of both speed and passenger comfort there's even a prototype space ship that on display the organizers hope to beat the mags or twenty eleven records with ten billion dollars worth of contracts was signed and when most of the deals have been struck the air show will add to the general public with some breathtaking performances by aerobatics a team from russia and abroad actually is the way for you throughout the week to keep you posted on the max. time for a look at some more news stories are from around the world two people have reportedly
been shot dead in egypt as military forces dispersed april morsy rallies south of the capital eight more were injured where soldiers broke up a brawl between supporters of the deposed president mohamed morsi and some local residents in front of a mosque ministry officials and says that no protesters were fired at but medical sources report that all of the did and injured died of gunshot wounds egypt has been under a state of emergency for months now after hundreds or killed in fighting following the ousting of president morsi and the protests that followed. in brazil at least six people have been killed and scores wounded in the collapse of a building under construction in sao paolo rescuers have managed to pull eleven people safely from the rubble and say at least two other survivors i down the however it's not known how many others remain under the debris authorities say the majority of
those killed are where construction workers are the cause of the collapse remains unclear. on to the u.s. state of california where five fido's have contained twenty percent of the wildfires was continued to super through the cemetery national park according to reports of the blaze has a close up to a larger reservoir that provides some francisco's water supply the flames have also damaged to a hydroelectric plants forcing the city to switch to other possible says more than three thousand five hundred firefighters are battling to control the blaze which has been raging for eleven days now. right coming up next here on our did every mogs in the with the breaking of the set don't go away.
from the fog of war to the drums of war washington and its western regional allies are again agitating for senseless conflict in the middle east this time against syria again it's all about weapons of mass destruction an echo of the catastrophe called iraq through western military intervention in syria only make things worse. in cuba is not a failure of the cuban people it's just failure of sidel castro on the. one assumption nation on sabotage backed by the officials both hostility and suspicion encouraged by the government these operations against cuba were known to the attorney general of the united states to present a united states himself the defendants intelligence arms how do infiltrate to resist. national agencies freedom fighters to terrorists.