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in america's cities. biden's plan includes using leftover covid relief funds to hire more police officers and to invest in community resources aimed at reducing gun violence, as cnn's kaitlan collins now reports. >> reporter: president biden is kicking off a week filled with daunting challenges for his domestic agenda. >> we recognize that we have to come together to fulfill the first responsibility of democracy, that's keep each other safe. >> reporter: first, the president sitting down with federal and local leaders to strategize ways to combat an alarming rise in gun violence. >> it seems like most of my career i've been dealing with this issue. >> reporter: new york city democratic mayor candidate eric adams was in the room after making public safety the centerpiece of his campaign while pushing back on progressive calls to de-fund the police. >> we're no longer going to normalize the level of violence that's taking place in our inner cities, particularly handgun
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violence, something we have ignored on a federal level. >> reporter: biden focusing on what the federal government can do as hopes for passing gun control legislation have all but vanished. >> there's no one-size-fits-all approach. we know there are some things that work, and the first of those that work is stemming the flow of firearms used to commit violent crimes. >> reporter: tomorrow he'll take on another urgent issue protecting voting rights. >> he will redouble his commitment to using every tool at his disposal. >> reporter: the president is giving a speech in philadelphia after being urged by civil rights leaders last week to use his presidential megaphone. >> we must have the president use his voice, use his influence, use his power. >> reporter: but after republicans used a filibuster to block voting rights, passing any voting rights legislation is a long shot. >> he is an optimist by nature, otherwise he wouldn't be sitting in the oval office that it's dead. we don't accept that.
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>> reporter: biden also weighing in on the biggest cuban protest in decades. >> i don't think we've seen anything like this protest in a long, long time, if, quite frankly, ever. >> reporter: biden surging the cuban government to meet protesters' demands as the demonstrations highlight how he has yet to fulfill his promise to lift cuban policies. >> why is the biden administration continuing that policy? >> i would say, again, even under the embargo, there are a number of exemptions i should say, humanitarian assistance, medical supplies. but i have nothing to preview for you in terms of a change of policy. >> reporter: now, obviously, jake, this is a humanitarian story first and foremost. but there are also political implications too. remember, biden lost florida to trump in the 2020 election after trump repeatedly went around the state and said if biden got into
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office, he would turn the united states into a socialist country. and those comments resonated with cuban-americans living in florida. he added cuba to the u.s. list of state sponsors of terrorism. shortly after that eight days after biden was sworn in as president, the white house said they were reviewing the trump changes to cuba policy, but of course, jake, so far that has not yielded any actual reversals that biden promised on the campaign trail in september. >> kaitlan collins, thank you so much. and with that, let us switch to our world lead and cnn's patrick otman in havana, could you bea. he's been following these protests. patrick, over the weekend the government cracked down on protesters. now the president seems to be going back to castro-era rhetoric. >> reporter: absolutely. if you closed your eyes today, you would have thought it was fidel castro, and that's certainly the image that the new president that castro's hand
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diaz-canel is going for. he is not a bureaucrat, he's not a revolutionary who fought and took power at the point of a gun. so he's got to perhaps establish his tough-guy bona fide. we heard him say last night a chilling expression that he had given the order to combat. and we saw groups of plain-clothes police and other groups cracking some heads as protesters themselves threw rocks at police. these protests which are really unprecedented never before people here tell me that they remember this as people watching images for the first time as they are now able to get online, see social media. they saw their neighbors, they saw the town down the road, people going out and protesting, so they did the same. and people have a lot to complain about. not surprisingly, the internet
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has been cut off today in much of cuba. it has been very hard for us to get online. i've not been able to reach many of the cubans i talk with regularly around the island, groups that monitor internet traffic say it appears the cuban government which controls all communications on the island is keeping cubans from posting on social media. obviously it was a big shock to the government what took place yesterday, and they're trying to prevent something like that from happening again. >> with the lack of human rights and basic democracy in cuba, the cuban people have a lot to protest about. but give us an idea of just how bad the covid situation is on the island and how much that is fueling the protests. >> reporter: it really is so much worse. the people who are outside of cuba say there have always been lines, there's always been bureaucracy, there's always been a real problem with just feeding your family. it's very, very difficult, it's
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a full-time job, i like to say, to be cuban. it has gotten downright awful. first you had increased u.s. sanctions from the trump administration. but covid has cut off all tourism to this island just about, and people are hurting, not the cuban government per se but regular people. they are having a hard time making ends meet and are getting fleet increasingly desperate. >> mr. chairman, thank you for being with us. let's start with the protests in cuba. i have a lot to ask you about, but obviously this is not just a political issue, it's a personal issue for you. you're the son of cuban immigrants. it is extremely unusual for so many cubans to take to the streets against the government. what is your response as you see these images? >> well, it's an incredible historic, i think, set of protests. it's beyond havana, which, of course, is very urban.
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it is the breadth and scope of different parts of the island that are in protest. and this is the frustration of years of a regime whose policies ultimately do not allow the cuban people to realize their hopes and dreams and aspirations and have a better life. and covid has only going to head as in our own country we saw the inequities that were shown by covid to exist. and in cuba the failure of the regime to deal with covid has only shown the greater consequences of the cuban people. so it's an historic moment. it's a time for the united states and others in the world to give echo to the cries of the cuban people and to create an opportunity for them to realize change in their own country. >> after president obama restored diplomatic relations in
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2015, president trump, he reversed those policies on the campaign trail joe biden pledged to go back to the obama-era policies, but he hasn't changed anything yet. why do you think that is? >> well, i think the president has had a time to review the actual policies under president obama. and all of the openings that president obama made which were one-sided unilateral in terms of concessions, showed themselves to create absolutely no change inside of cuba. the regime still arrested peaceful protesters. the regime still put political dissidents in jail. the regime still rationed the cuban people even as they had dollar stores bursting with food, but the cuban people could not get access to that unless they had access to dollars. so, the regime showed no change, but what it did do is profit dramatically by the revenues that flowed into the regime
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because the regime controls all tourism and all agriculture sales inside of cuba. raul's castro's son and son-in-law control the two major corporations, which are part of the cuban military. so the regime enriched itself. the cuban people never saw any benefit from it. so the result of that i think is the biden administration said that didn't seem to work, we have to think about what we should do in this regard. >> when we were down in cuba in 2015 for the re-opening of the embassy, dissidents said this was not going to work because obama was not requiring any reform. trump came in, reversed it all. it seems to be that you're saying biden should not just go back to obama's policies, he needs to require some concessions by the cuban government before returning to normalized relations. >> yes, i don't think the administration should just return to the obama policies,
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which show themselves not to succeed in the aspirations that they had. in fact, i have given the white house a white paper on a whole host of policy options that they should consider as it relates to how do we embrace the cuban people but at the same time make it clear to its dictatorship. because diaz-canel is a different name than the castros, but he is cut of the same cloth. his verbiage and his features are all of the same thing. and so when the cuban people say that in fact they want to see change, [ speaking foreign language ] what does that mean? it means country and life. yes, they can have a life and their country. but it doesn't have to be under the circumstances that exist now. >> let's talk about some democratic priorities because today president biden met with attorney general merrick garland and local law enforcement leaders and mayors about reducing violent crime. the new biden plan includes using some excess covid relief funds to hire more police officers. do you support that? >> sure. i mean, look, the police
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officers are incredible part of law enforcement. it's one element of it. but i like the comprehensive plan that the president has put out, and that is considering engaging, and that's one element of it. but at the end of the day as much as i embrace the president's initiative, congress needs to act. my legislation, for example, to eliminate high-capacity magazines, high-capacity magazines are about high-capacity killing. universal background checks. these are simple common sense gun safety measures that the president cannot do simply by the stroke of a pen. it needs the action of congress. and i don't know how many more must die before congress must act. >> thank you so much. good to see you again, sir. quote, love in the air. that's how former president trump characterized this, what you're seeing right now, the deadly attack on the capitol. a look at how trump is using the
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babbitt. >> who shot ashli babbitt? why are they keeping that secret? who was the person that shot an innocent, wonderful, incredible woman? >> ashli babbitt was killed by a capitol police officer after she, among others, tried to squeeze through a smashed window o of a barricaded door. the justice department cleared the officer of any wrongdoing. but none of that apparently matters to the former president. >> who shot ashli babbitt? who? who shot ashli babbitt? >> reporter: in speeches online, even on t-shirts, the effort to turn ashli babbitt into a martyr is steaming ahead with pushers of the big lie of a stolen election demanding to know who shot her and why. >> boom, right through the head, just boom.
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there was no reason for that. >> reporter: they get this part correct. babbitt, a 35-year-old air force veteran, was unarmed and killed during the capitol insurrection by a police officer whose identity has been kept quiet. >> you can just kill people, unarmed women and you don't have to admit who did it. >> reporter: but beyond that exaggeration and speculation are running wild. >> i've heard also that it was the head of security for a certain high official, a democrat. >> reporter: not true, officials say. but the outrage rolls on. >> if this country can demand justice for someone like george floyd, then we can certainly demand justice for ashli babbitt. >> reporter: the facts, investigators say babbitt joined the mob at the capitol expressing fervent belief in president trump's lies about election fraud. she was in a group trying to smash into the speaker's lobby outside the house chamber and was climbing through a broken window close to where members of congress were hiding when --
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>> it sounds like a [ bleep ] gunshot. >> reporter: she was shot in the shoulder, not the head as trump claims by a capitol police lieutenant. they found insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution against that officer. still. >> somebody up in d.c. knows, i think a lot of people know, but nobody's telling us. and the silence is deafening. >> reporter: that did not stop her widower from filing a lawsuit, nor the steady drum beat for more information. >> i think one of the reasons why they are hiding his identity is they don't have a good explanation for this shooting. >> reporter: authorities say facing the violent mob, which at that point included ashli babbitt right in front of them, the officer had reason to believe he was firing in self-defense or the defense of others. and political analysts say the motivation for this conservative uproar over babbitt is equally clear to draw attention away
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from donald trump and other republicans as investigations get underway into the cause of this riot. jake? >> all right, tom, thanks so much. let's discuss with my panel, stephanie, let me start with you. babbitt was not the only trump supporter who died during the riot or insurrection. roseanne boyland also died. there are some others as well who had health effects or whatever during this incident. why do you think trump is focusing so much on the death of ashley babbitt? >> he is a tv superstar and he knows what sells and who shot ashli babbitt is catchy just like who shot jr. and it's going to be something that people unfortunately glom onto. i feel like we are watching a george orwell novel that we are
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willing to rewrite history that we saw with our own eyes. >> one of the things that we see in this town, and it's regrettable, but when people do violent things and go places where they're not supposed to be, such as bursting into the capitol or jumping onto the white house grounds, they get shot, they get killed. maybe there should be some sort of national conversation about use of force. i mean, i think there are a lot of people in the african-american community who have been trying to do that for centuries. but that's not really what's going on here, is it? >> well, i think former president trump understands that the incident on january 6th for a moment really shook his standing in the republican party but that over time a lot of republicans have tried to forget about it. and by sort of bringing this back up, i think what he's trying to do is sort of force republicans into an uncomfortable position where they're either with him or against him. i think he knows that something like talking about ashley babbitt is going to personalize or humanize his side of the
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story. and i think that's why he wants to keep bringing this up, even though it's been so long since january 6th. i think that's why you've seen this way in the change he's talking about it. >> he just started talking about this. but meanwhile the lie about the insurrection continues and when he tries to make republicans choose, and i don't doubt that we're going to start hearing republican members of congress in the senate start taking on this cause as well. he's also asking people to embrace this alternate reality that we know is not the case. take a listen to him talking about january 6th. >> there was such love at that rally. you had over a million people there. they were there for one reason, the rigged election. they felt the election was rigged. that's why they were there. and they were peaceful people. these were great people. >> now, the rally is different from what happened at the capitol. and most of the people there were at the rally did not go to the capitol. but what happened at the capitol was violent.
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what people did in the capitol was violent. you see these images. these are not peaceful people, the ones i'm showing right now. nobody begrudges of the rally itself. when you see president trump, former president trump, continue to win straw polls, what goes through your mind? >> to me it just is a wake-up call for democrats because it's clear to me that the republicans are going to -- they are ride or die for trump. and we have democrats that are willing to cancel, so what if they screw up someone's pronoun? we have to figure out what we're going to do in this midterm election, and we have to be serious about aligning ourselves with candidates, getting on board, getting everyone on board because the republicans are all in for trump. >> and, kristen, i want you to take a listen to something else that happened at cpac. very interesting, south dakota governor kristy noem took a shot
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at some governors. >> we've got republican governors across this country pretending they didn't shut down their states that, they didn't close their beaches that, they didn't mandate masks, that they didn't issue shelter in places. now i'm not picking fights with republican governors. all i'm saying is that we need leaders with grit. >> south dakota doesn't exactly rank in a good place when it comes to the effects of the pandemic. but it's true that she had a much more hands-off approach than other governors. who was she specifically targeting, do you think? >> well, initially, you would think it would be republican governors in the northeast, people like charlie baker. those states tended to take pretty tough lockdown measures. but then she uses the word beaches. and that to me says florida, my beloved home state and potentially a veiled swipe at governor ron desantis. his fighting style, his focus on the sorts of battles that republicans love to see fought.
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but he also sort of prominently became the governor of a state that was a haven for many folks during the coronavirus pandemic. and florida had a better record on covid than a state like south dakota. and i think for a governor like desantis, i don't know that necessarily being set up as someone who was too tough on the coronavirus pandemic is something that's necessarily going to sell with republican voters. he's doing quite well right now in the way-too-early primary polls that i've been seeing. it strikes me that if you're someone like christi noem who wants to maybe make a bigger name for herself, you take a swipe at someone who's currently on top. >> you said something just a second ago that i thought was interesting and i just want to bring it back because we've talked so much about republicans in this panel. you talked about how democrats cancel somebody for using the wrong pronoun while republicans are all in for donald trump.
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there has been a lot of talk, especially eric adams, who is not one of the woke brigades, if you will, won the democratic primary in new york. do you think democrats are too beholden to what you're talking about, these kind of social issues that might alienate suburban voters as opposed to uniting around something that can help win an election in 2022? >> i definitely think democrats focus on issues, and even though we have a big tent, we allow certain issues to divide us in a way that we just cannot afford to do in these upcoming midterm elections. just take a look at what's happening with the infrastructure bill and how certain factions of the party want to fight with biden when he's really trying hard, i think, to get something passed. they're willing to -- they're trying to make it perfect and they're willing to sacrifice
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progress. and we're going to be left empty-handed. we are fighting efforts to suppress the vote, and we're dividing ourselves, you know, in these camps. i think we're setting ourselves up for the republicans to take the house back in two years. >> great to see both of you. thanks so much for being here. i appreciate it. next i'm going to talk to a doctor at a hospital that is overwhelmed with covid patients, virtually all of them are unvaccinated. he's going to come to us from one of these hot spots that we've been covering for the last few weeks. stay with us. ecognize that enery demand is growing, and the world needs lower carbon solutions to keep up. at chevron, we're working to find new ways forward, like through our venture capital group. backing technologies like electric vehicle charging, carbon capture and even nuclear fusion. we may not know just what lies ahead, but it's only human... to search for it.
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in our health lead, an explosion of covid cases as the
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pace of vaccinations significantly slows in the united states. daily cases are up, on average 47% in just one week. one cnn medical analyst says five hot spots are driving the numbers. >> florida, louisiana, arkansas, missouri, and nevada. and those five states are generating a third of the cases in the united states right now. >> my wife's home state of missouri on that list. and that's where the ceo of cox hospital group said just today that they've taken in 125 new covid patients in the springfield area. the same hospital group reported just 14 two months ago. doctors there said the highly contagious delta variant is mostly to blame. and in some cases it's those vaccinated getting sick in so-called breakthrough cases. i want to bring in an army veteran and an emergency medical physician. he's one of those breakthrough cases. but listen before you make a
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judgment. you're back at work, you had a mild case of covid. you're vaccinated. do you think that the vaccine prevented you from getting much, much sicker than you got? >> i absolutely do. after a year of seeing very sick covid patients, my covid symptoms were so mild i didn't even know. i would have never known i had covid if i hadn't lost my sense of taste and smell and that's when i got tested. i didn't miss a day of work and i'm back at work seeing patients. the covid vaccine keeps people out of the icu. >> so let me ask you a question. missouri, one of the areas of the country where vaccination rates are very disappointingly low. why? you are meeting these people. you are meeting them. these are good people, they're smart people. why are they not getting vaccinated? >> well, i think, you know, the
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reasons i run into patients are really -- and i think there may have been an overemphasis on political reasons. a lot of people just have jobs and they're not thinking about this stuff and they're not watching the news every day. we were under the impression in late spring that we were done. i wasn't even really testing patients for covid in april and may. and on may 10th, the delta variant was detected in branson. and within a month we exploded. so i think part of it is we are a little bit behind the curve so people had a false sense of security. but i do think there is an education component and there's certainly some misinformation that we were having to battle. >> misinformation about the vaccine, misinformation about what? about bill gates wanting to put micro chips in people's arms? i've heard all sorts of nonsense. >> there is all sorts of nonsense out there and misinformation about the vaccine. people need to understand the vaccine is safe. i've been vaccinated, my wife's
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been vaccinated. my children will be vaccinated. all my family are vaccinated. and all of the sick patients we're seeing right now, almost all, there's a handful that have been vaccinated. but other than that, every sick patient we've had has been unvaccinated. and 99% of the covid deaths in the last week were unvaccinated. >> researchers at georgetown university say that your area is among five clusters in the u.s. with low vaccination rates that are breeding grounds for the deadly covid variants, especially the delta variant. why do you think so many people in the region do not want to get vaccinated? do you think it's people who just had a false sense of security? look, i'm in washington, d.c. where this is one of the most highly vaccinated parts of the country, and we do consume a lot of news here. why do you think it is, people just didn't think they had to worry anymore? >> i think that was part of it. i'm sure for every citizen in this country who is not vaccinated, their reasons could be unique.
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i certainly do think that to a degree there is some personal belief there. but to a degree, i think people were kind of under the impression that, well, we're heading in the right direction and that could potentially be why. >> and what are you now hearing from people, patients of yours, people in the emergency room, people who did not get vaccinated and are now incredibly sick? what are they now saying? are they expressing the desire that they had listened? i mean, what are they saying? >> most of the patients i see are regretful that they didn't get vaccinated. i'm not there to wag a finger at that at that point when people are that sick. if you haven't been around someone that's extremely sick with covid and they're struggling to breathe, it's one of the most miserable feelings i think you could imagine someone having. and so when people are that sick, they wish they had done anything they could to avoid being that sick. unfortunately, once people get covid and if they're going to get sick with it, there's not a
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whole lot we can do to treat it. we have some monoclonal antibodies that might help a little bit. but once people are critically interview with covid, they are on oxygen support. the patients i run into are past that point where the vaccine could've helped them and they're very regretful. even if they're not critical in the icu, we're at the point of having to transfer patients five or six hours away from their family to get care because we're beyond our capacity to care for them and there's a financial strain and being separated from your family. it's a bad deal. >> if you're watching and you're not vaccinated, please get vaccinated. almost all of the deaths these days in the united states due to covid are preventible, almost all of them. dr. morrison, thanks for your service for the united states army and thanks for your service on the front lines in missouri today. >> thank you, jake. the heartbreaking personal items now being found in the rubble of the surfside collapse. that's next. nds feel dry?
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in our national lead today, as the death toll mounts in surfside, florida, the town's mayor today announced that they are tightening security of the collapse site, only allowing authorized personnel in the area for the near future. so far, 94 are confirmed dead with 22 others still unaccounted for. the youngest victims, three children, 5 years old, 6 years old, and 9 years old. how have recovery efforts gone today? >> reporter: today weather was a bit of a problem, jake. and that's because we had heavy rain as well as lightning. any time there's lightning, that forces a pause on those rescue teams. rescue teams, by the way, that are working with fewer folks. we know that the virginia task force one was sent home this morning. so that's about 80 people that are not assisting here on the debris pile. but we can tell you that we have
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seen heavy machinery pulling out cars, towing them away, and the mayor of surfside today confirmed that teams have been able to get down into the garage. and here is why that's significant. several engineers have told cnn based off of the video of the collapse that the failures appear to begin near the structure's foundation. so the idea that they are down near the bottom could really be critical to the investigation into what caused this to happen. now, officials today also assured people that nothing has changed in terms of their mission that they are making every effort and they will not stop until they can bring every victim back home to their loved ones. they're being very strategic, very methodical about this. they're even finding and collecting personal belongings. >> when they found a business card in the debris that listed
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the occupation of the cardholder as an artist, they as a result of that clue, began looking around and found paintings in the area, which they were able to pull out of the rubble and preserve for the family. >> reporter: but here's the thing about those belongings, jake. all of that is being tagged, collected, and sent for the investigation. so that's part of answering the question of what went wrong here. so no telling yet, anyway, if and when the families will be able to be near those personal belongings again. >> leyla santiago, i appreciate you so much. afghan commandos executed by the taliban moments after surrounding. new video that you'll see first on "the lead," next. just wearo crazy, remember it's a business dinner not a costume party.
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in our world lead, today the top u.s. general in afghanistan handed over control to u.s. central command in an important milestone end to america's involvement in america's longest war. his warning that the withdrawal could lead to civil war. we're in kabal with new evidence of the taliban's atrocities. we want to warn our viewers what you are about to watch is disturbing. >>. >> reporter: after two hours of heavy fighting, afghan commandos
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walk out with hands in the air. surrender, commander surrender yells a tall ban member. but the rules of war don't exist on this battlefield. seconds later, more than a dozen members of the elite special forces have been executed. the red cross confirmed the bodies of 22 commandos were retrieved. a villager pleads with the taliban to stop killing. cnn has spoken to five eye witnesses to this massacre, which occurred last month in a district of fayed province in northern afghanistan. all confirm these events took place. the commandos called for air and ground support, but none came.
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then they surrendered, but the taliban shot them. among the dead, the son of a retired afghan general. this born leader did his military training in the united states and was due to marry his american fiance next month. his father said sir rob tried to call in air support during the attack, but it never came. >> anyone would be angry if that happened to their son, he tells me. why didn't they support the operation? and why did someone tell the taliban they were coming? >> ever since the u.s. announced its withdrawal, the taliban has launched offenses across the country. the militants have gone to great lengths to show they are showing the surrender of troops. but that is contradicted by the commando execution. a week before the massacre, this video was taken of afghan
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special forces in the same district attempting a clearing operation. when that proved unsuccessful, sir rob's unit was called in. >> the taliban said when foreigners lead they will stop fighting. how long will they continue killing our brothers in this country? >> eye witnesses say they did not understand the language spoken by the militants, evidence the fighters weren't local or that some may have come from outside afghanistan. just last week the red cross collected two dozen more bodies, the result of the fighting. u.s. president biden says he beliefs believes in the capability of forces. but when dying in such high numbers, many people in this traumatized country are questioning whether the military can defeat the taliban on its own. these young afghan warriors
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stretched thin and dying at an alarming rate. and now the last line of national defense. without u.s. troops sum porting intelligence, they alone are fighting for this country's survival. jake, we contacted the taliban to get their response to this execution video. they say the footage was fake, that it was fabricated and that it was government propaganda. they're in complete denial these war crimes ever took place. >> how is this affected afghans? the taliban tactics, going in and out accepting surrenders, the taliban taking over the country, especially the most vulnerable afafghans, women and girls? >> we have been in touch with local journalists operating in those areas taken over by the taliban, and they say that notices have gone up of recent
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days saying that women must stay home. they're not allowed outside with a male chaperone. one of these journalists witnessed a woman on a phone outside and that she was whipped as fpunishment. this does not compute with what the taliban delegation was saying in moscow when they met with the russian government last week. spokes people there were saying we want girls to go to school. we want women to be educated and to work. but clearly what we are hearing in the districts that have fallen to the taliban is certainly not that. it is something that harks back to 2001, jake. >> thank you so much. appreciate it. coming up next, royal reaction to the vile and racist attacks that came after england's big soccer loss. stay with us. we recognize that energy demand is growing, and the world needs lower carbon solutions to keep up. at chevron, we're working to find new ways forward,
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in our sports lead, three black members of england's national football team are facing discriminatory abuse and racist attacks on social media after they missed penalty kicks and lost the euro 2020 championship to italy. twitter announced it has removed more than 1,000 tweets and permanently suspended a number of accounts due to racist posts directed at some of england's players. and star marcus rashford's mural was defaced. police have opened an investigation into the vandalism. rashford saying he apologizes for his penalty kick not going in, but he'll never apologize for who he is, nor should he.
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