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places like brentwood will hit the triple digits. the threat of fire danger once again. good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm marcus washington. we have team coverage on the heat. nbc bay area cierra johnson is tracking what pg&e is doing to keep the power flowing, but first let's get a look from meteorologist kari hall. how hot are we talking about here?
>> well, we know it's going to be a hot day when it's not even noon and the fog peels away from san francisco and we know that when carlo goes on vacation, the bay area gets at our inland aree we're now in the mid 70s and it's going to heat up pretty quickly. some spots we're about 5 to 10 degrees yesterday at this time so we're going to see that trend continue into the rest of today as we reach into the mid to upper 90s in some is of those spots. there will be a wide range in temperatures. much of the inner bay in the 70s and 80s and 60s and 70s near the coast. gets hotter tomorrow and especially this weekend as those excessive heat warnings go up and we'll see that beginning tomorrow at noon. we'll be tracking all of that heat as well as more sunshine in the forecast. >> kari, for people looking to escape that heat the coast is the place to be. nbc bay area cierra johnson is live in pacifica.
talk to us about the ways that we're going it see pg&e alerting people about what's happening here. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, marcus. pg&e are going to alert folks using webinars that will be available the temperatures that kari has been mentioning continue to rise. we're at pacifica beach, this will be a location for folks wanting to escape that heat but with the heat increasing comes the risk of fire. pg&e is going to be hosting the webinars, the first one happening today, the next one happening next thursday. they're running from 6:00 to 7:30 to focus on wildfire prevention and information on the events and safety changes made to the technology that pg&e has been using. tonight those webinars will focus on al mina, contra costa
and san mateo. pg&e says any customer is allowed to join in but keep in mind it will focus on those specific regions on those thursdays. these seminars are coming at a crucial time. we have new video from the beckworth complex fire, the fire burning in plumas county near the california/nevada border keeping firefighters extremely 3,000 acres and only about 34% contained. we're getting closer to the fire season. they face serious fires there. national weather service tweeted out a photo shot by firefighters battling the tenant fire in northern california. right now, things here at pacifica beach are cool. if you're in one of the impacted areas, it's best to probably get those flex alerts so you know exactly what you can expect and how your energy may be impacted this weekend as those temperatures continue to rise.
we're live at pacifica beach, cierra johnson, for nbc bay area news. >> you still have the jacket on. looks like it's cool out there. thank you. look, there is a great way to keep track of what's happening weather wise all around you. go to our nbc bay area app. it's free and download it from the apple store or google play. s help finding a shooter this morning in an area. this is not common. in fact, in some perspective right here, the city of santa clara only sees about one murder per year. sharon cat sue ta is live where that investigation is still active. sharon? >> marcus, you can see the crime scene unit behind me an right now we saw investigators come out and check out a trash dumpster nearby. investigators have been out here all morning. police say around 1:00 this morning they responded to call of a shooting. when they got to the apartment complex on flora vista avenue
they found one victim had been shot and the suspect had fled the scene. investigators searched for evidence near a gray pick-up truck. no word on a motive for the shooting. neighbors were shocked to hear what happenedht. >> pretty scary. [ inaudible ] i would say [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: all morning long neighbors walking or jogging by looked curiously at the police activity down the parking lot here. now the name of the victim has not yet been released. reporting live in santa clara i'm sharon katsuda, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. new at 11:00, a violent week in oakland continues. police are investigating a deadly overnight shooting on bancroft avenue. saying that two people were shot near 77th avenue. one of those persons found inside the lt liquor store. that person later died at a
hpts. the other was you self-transported to the hospital. their condition not known right now. we will continue to follow this story and bring you those updates as we get them. the vta plans to resume light rail service by the end of this month. it has been six weeks since that shooting massacre at vta rail yard and service has been shut down ever since. the resumption of service is welcome news for thousands of people who rely on vta to travel around the south bay. it was may 26th when vta employee killed nine of his colleagues. since then, the transit agency has been short staffed as employees mourn and try to heal. the board of vta is set to give out more information about its reopening that could possibly set an exact date for that light reopening. >> a tough day for the stock market. days after new records. you say new covid fears may have something to do with it.
>> good morning. i don't think investors fear another total shutdown, but it would appear some are thinking maybe we got ahead of ourselves. running the stock market higher and higher on exuberance over the freedom of masks and return to travel and people back to work, all of those things. a lot -- [ no audio ] industrials down 323 points. it was down 500 on the start of the day. so strange to see people gathered together. the concern over covid as the w.h.o. and the oecd, organization for economic development, warning covid is getting worse, the delta variant. we have data showing we're going to go straight to a special report and the president of the united states talking about afghanistan.
this is an nbc news special report. here's peter alexander. >> good day to you, we are coming on the air right good day we are coming on the air with breaking news. president biden about to update the draw down in afghanistan. the taliban is making large gains. here's the president. by our ser military, and national security leaders on the status of the draw down of u.s. forces and allied forces in afghanistan. when i announced our draw down in april, i said we would be out by september. and we're on track to meet that target. our military mission in afghanistan will conclude on august 31st. the draw down is proceeding in a secure and orderly way, prioritizing the safety of our troops as they depart. our military commanders advised me that once i made the decision to end the war, we needed to move swiftly to conduct the main elements of the draw down. and in this context, speed is
safety, and thanks to the way in which we have managed our draw, no one, no one u.s. forces or any forces have been lost. conducting our draw down differently would have certainly come with an increased risk to our safety personnel. to me, those risks were unacceptable. and there was never any doubt that our military performed this task efficiently, and with the highest level of professionalism. that's what they do, and the same is true of our nato allies, and partners, we have supporting and supporting us as well as they continue their retrograde. the u.s. military mission in afghanistan continues through the end of august. we retain personnel and capacities in the country, and we maintain the same authority under which we have been operating for some time. as i said in april, the united
states did what went to do in afghanistan. to get the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and to deliver justice to osama bin laden, and keep from becoming a base attacks continued against the united states. we achieved those objectives. that's why we went. we did not go to afghanistan to nation build, and it's the right and the responsibility of the afghan people alone to decide their future, and how they want to run their country. together with our nato allies and partners we have trained and equipped over -- nearly 300,000 current serving members of the military, the afghan national security force and many beyond that who are no longer serving. add to that hundreds of thousands more afghan national defense and security forces, trained over the last two decades. we provided our afghan partners
with all the tools. let me emphasize all the tools, training equipment of any modern military. we provided advanced weaponry, and we're going to continue to provide funding and equipment and we'll ensure they have the capacity to maintain their air force. but most critically as i stressed in my meeting two weeks ghani and chairman, afghan leaders have to come together and drive toward a future that the afghan people want and they deserve. in our meeting, i also assured that u.s. support for the people of afghanistan will endure. we will continue to provide assistance including speaking out for the rights of women and girls. i attend to maintain our diplomatic presence in afghanistan, and we are coordinating closely with our international partners in order to continue to secure the international airport and we're going to engage in a determined
diplomacy to pursue peace and a peace agreement that will end this senseless violence. i've asked secretary of sta blinken and our special representative for afghanistan holders to support a negotiated solution. to be clear, to be clear, countries in the region have an essential role to play in supporting a peaceful settlement. we'll work with them, and they should help step up their efforts as well. we're going to continue to work for the release of detained americans, including mark -- excuse me, farick, i want to pronounce the name correctly. i misspoke. so he can return to his family safely. we want to take on the afghan nationals who work side by side with u.s. forces including
interpreters and translators since we're no longer going to have military they've been very for special immigrant visas to bring them to the united states. since i was inaugurated on january 20th, we have already approved 2,500 special immigrant visas to come to the united states. up to now, fewer than half have exercised their right to do that. half have gotten on aircraft and commercial flights, the other half believe they want to stay, at least thus far. we're working closely with congress to change the authorization legislation, so that we can streamline the process of approving those visas, and those who have stood up for the operation to physically relocate thousands of afghan and their families so if
they choose they can wait safely outside of afghanistan while their u.s. visas are being processed. the operation has identified u.s. facilities outside the continental united states as well as third countries to host our afghan allies if they so choose, and starting this month, we're going to begin relocation flights for afghanistan siv applicants and their families who choose to leave. we have a point person in the white house and at the state department led task force coordinating all of these efforts. but our message to those women and men is clear. there is a home for you in the united states. if you so choose, and we will stand with you just as you stood with us. when i made the decision to end the u.s. military involvement in afghanistan, i judged that it was not in the national interest of the united states of america
to continue fighting this war indefinitely. i made the decision with clear eyes. and i'm briefed daily on the battlefield updates, but for those who have argued that we should stay just six more months or one more year, i ask them to consider the lessons of recent history. in 2011, the nato allies and partners agreed that we would end our combat mission in 2014. in 2014, some argued one more year. so we kept fighting, and we kept taking casualties. in 2015, the same, and on and on. nearly 20 years of experience has shown us that the current security situation only confirms that just one more year of fighting in afghanistan is not a solution. but a recipe for being there indefinitely. it's up to the afghans to make the decision about the future of their country. others are more direct, their argument is that we should stay
with the afghan and afghans indefinitely, and in doing so, they point to the fact that we have not taken losses in this last year. so they claim that the cost of just maintaining the status quo is minimal, but that ignores the reality, and the facts that already presented on the ground in afghanistan when i took office. the taliban is at its strongest militarily since 2001. the number of u.s. force in afghanistan had been reduced to a bare minimum. and and the united states in the last administration made an agreement with the taliban to remove all of our forces by may 1 of this year. that's what i inherited. that agreement was the reason the taliban had ceased major attacks against u.s. forces. if in april, i had instead announced that the united states is going back on that agreement made by the lastnd allied
forces would remain in afghanistan for the foreseeable future, the taliban would have again begun to target our forces. the status quo was not an option. staying would have meant u.s. troops taking casualties, american men and women back in the middle of a civil war. and we would run the risk of having to send more troops back into afghanistan to defend our remaining troops. once that agreement with the taliban had been made, staying with the bare minimum force was no longer possible. so let me ask those who want us to stay, how many more, how many thousands more americans, daughters and sons are we willing to risk. how long would you have them stay? already we have members of our military whose parents fought in afghanistan 20 years ago. would you send their children and their grandchildren as well? would you send your own son or daughter? after 20 years, a trillion
dollars spend in training and equipping hundreds of thousands of national security and defense forces. 2,448 americans killed. 20,722 more wounded, and untold thousands coming home with unseen trauma to their mental health. i will not send another generation of americans to war in afghanistan with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome. the united states cannot afford to remain tethered to policies creating a response to a world as it was 20 years ago. we need to meet the threats where they are today. today the terrorist threat has metastasized beyond afghanistan. so we are repositioning our resources and adapting our counter terrorism posture to meet the threats where they are
now. significantly higher in south asia, the middle east, and africa. but make no mistake, our military and intelligence leaders are confident they have the capabilities to protect the homeland and our interests from any resurgent terrorist challenge emerging or emanating from afghanistan. we are developing a counter terrorism over the horizon capability that will allow us to keep our eyes firmly fixed and any direct threats to the united states and the region and act quickly and decisively if needed. we also need to focus on shoring up america's core strengths to meet the strategic competition which china and other nations that it's really going to determine our future. we have to defeat covid-19 at home a sure we're prepared for the next pandemic or biological threat. we need to establish international norms for cyber
space and the use of emerging technologies. we need to take concerted action to fight existential threats of climate change, and we will be more formidable to our adversaries and competitors over the long run if we fight the bats of the next 20 years, not the last 20 years. finally, i want to recognize the incredible sacrifice and dedication that the u.s. military and civilian personnel serving alongside our allies and partners have made over the last two decades in afghanistan. i want to honor the significance of what they have accomplished and the great personal risk they encountered. and incredible cost to their families. pursuing the terrorist threat with some of the most unforgiving terrain on the planet. i have been throughout almost that entire country, ensuring there hasn't been another attack on the homeland from afghanistan
in the last 20 years, taking out bin laden, i want to thank you all for your service and the dedication to the mission so many of you have given, and to the sacrifices that you and your families have made over the long course of this war, we'll never forget those who gave the last full measure of devotion for their country in afghanistan. nor those whose lives have been immeasurably altered by wounds sustained in the service of the country. we're ending america's longest war. but we'll always, always honor the bravery of the american patriots who served in it. may god bless you all. and may god protect our troops. thank you. >> mr. president, did you press the taliban, mr. president? >> is the taliban takeover of afghanistan now inevitable? >> no, it is not. >> why?
>> because you have the afghan troops have 300,000 well equipped, as well equipped as any army in the world, and an air force against something like 75,000 taliban. it is not inevitable. >> mr. president, do you trust the taliban, sir? >> is that a serious question? >> absolutely a serious question. do you trust the taliban. >> no, i do not trust the taliban. >> mr. president, will you amplify that question, please? will you amplify your answer, please, why don't you trust the taliban. >> it's a silly question, do i trust the taliban, no, but i trust the capacity of the afghan military, who is better trained, better equipped and more competent in terms of conducting war. yes, ma'am. >> reporter: thank you, mr.
president. given the amount of money that has been spent and the number of lives that have been lost, in your view making this decision, were the last 20 years worth it? >> you know my record. i can tell by the way you asked the question. i have posed permanently having american forces in afghanistan. i argued from the beginning, as you may recall, it came to light after the administration was over, last in our administration, no nation has ever unified afghanistan. no nation. empires have gone there and not done it. the focus we had and i strongly supported, and you may remember, i physically went to afghanistan. i was up in that pass where osama bin laden was allegedly
escaped or out of harm's way. we went for two reasons, one, to bring osama bin laden to the gates of hell as i said at the time. the second reason was to eliminate al qaeda's capacity to deal with more attacks in the united states from that territory. we accomplished both of those objectives, period. that's what i believe from the beginning why we should be, why we should have gone to afghanistan. that job had been over for some time. and that's why i believe that this is the right decision and quit overdo. >> >> reporter: mr. president,
thank you very much, your own intelligence community has assessed that the afghan government will likely collapse? >> that is not true. >> reporter: can you please clarify what they have told you aboutnclusion. >> reporter: so what is the level of confidence that they have that it will not collapse? >> the afghan government and leadership has to come together. they clearly have the capacity to sustain the government in place. the question is will they generate the kind of cohesion to do it. it's not a question of whether they have the capacity. they have the capacity. they have the forces. they have the equipment. the question is whether they do it. and i want to make clear what i made clear to ghani that we are not going to walk away and not
sustain their ability to maintain that force. we are. we're going to also work to make sure we help them in terms of everything from food necessities and other things in the region. but there is not a conclusion that, in fact, the only way the going to be -- this is now je biden, not the intelligence community -- the only way there's going to be peace in afghanistan, is if they work out a moe tus adendi with the taliban and make peace. the likelihood of one unified government in afghanistan controlling the whole country is highly unlikely. >> reporter: we have talked to your own top general in afghanistan, general scott mill e he told abc news, the conditions are so concerning at this point that it could result in a civil war, so if kabul falls to the taliban, what will the united states do about it?
>> look, you've said two things, one, that if it could result in a civil war, that's different a number one. two, the question ot will be done is going to implicate the entire region as well. there's a number of countries that have a grave concern about what's going to happen in afghanistan relative to their security. the question is how much of a threat to the united states of america and to our allies is whatever results in terms of a government or an agreement. that's when that judgment will be made. >> reporter: mr. e vietnamese veterans see echoes of their experience in this withdrawn afghanistan. do you see any parallels between this withdrawal and what happened in vietnam with some people feeling -- >> none whatsoever. zero. what you had was entire brigades breaking through the gates of
our embassy. six, if i'm not mistaken. the taliban is not the north vietnamese army. they're not remotely comparable in terms of capability. there's going to be no circumstance where you're going to see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy of the united states from afghanistan. it is not at all comparable. >> reporter: mr. president. >> we'll go to the other side. hang on a second. >> reporter: mr. president, how serious was the corruption among the afghan government to the mission failing there. >> first of all, the mission hasn't failed yet. there is in afghanistan and all parties, there's been corruption. the question is can there be an agreement on unity of purpose. what is the objective, for example, it started off there were going to be negotiations between theorces
and the afghan government that didn't come to fruition. so the question now is where do they go from here. the jury is still out. but the likelihood there's going to be the taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely. yes, ma'am. >> reporter: will the united states be responsible for the loss of afghan civilian lives that could happen after the military exits? >> no, no, no, no. it's up to the people of afghanistan to decide on what government they want, not us to impose the government on them. no country has ever been able to do that. keep in mind as a student of history as i'm sure you are, never has afghanistan been a united country, not in all of its history, not in all of its history. >> reporter: mr. president, if
this isn't a mission accomplished moment, what is it? >> there's no mission accomplished. the mission was accomplished in that we got terrorism is not emanating from that part of the world. >> reporter: mr. president, speed and safety as you said in your remarks, are you satisfied with the time line of relocating afghan nationals? is it happening quickly enough to your satisfaction if it may not happen until next month at the ♪ ♪ >> lot of it has happened. people got on aircraft and have come to the united states on commercial aircraft. there's 2,500 people from january to now have gotten those visa, and only half decided that they wanted to leave. the point is that i think the whole process has to be speeded up period in terms of being able to get these visas. >> reporter: mr. president, why can't the u.s.