News Wrap: U.S. forces kill Abu Sayed, ISIS leader in Afghanistan
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JUDY WOODRUFF: And in the day’s other news: The U.S. military announced the death of Abu Sayed, head of the Islamic State group in Afghanistan.
It happened Tuesday in a drone strike on ISIS headquarters in Kunar Province in Northeastern Afghanistan. A Pentagon statement says that several other militants were killed as well.
At least seven people died today in Egypt in a pair of attacks that bore the hallmarks of Islamist militants. Five policemen were killed in a shooting south of Cairo near some of the country’s famed pyramids. Later, two German tourists were stabbed to death and four others wounded at a Red Sea resort hotel.
In Jerusalem, Arab attackers struck at Israeli police today in one of the holiest sites of both Islam and Judaism. Three gunmen killed two police officers before being shot dead themselves.
Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner has the story.
MARGARET WARNER: A security camera captured the opening of the assault, gunmen coming from behind to attack two Israeli officers, then, a running gun battle, seen on cell phone video. Police gave chase, and one attacker jumped up and lunged at an officer before being shot himself.
MICKY ROSENFELD, Israeli Police Spokesperson: We can confirm that there was a terrorist attack that took place. Three terrorists used an automatic weapon and a knife in and around in the area.
MARGARET WARNER: All this at the holiest site in Jerusalem, the Temple Mount to Jews, the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims.
The ancient complex includes the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Western Wall surrounding part of it.
All three assailants were identified as Arab citizens of Israel. Relatives say they were devout Muslims who frequented the area often.
Israel police quickly closed the site, a move rarely taken since the Six-Day War in 1967, when the Israelis captured East Jerusalem and its Old City from Jordan. Previous closures have provoked rioting by Palestinians.
Today, Muslims had to pray outside the shrine after the closure canceled noon prayers at Al-Aqsa. The grand mufti of Jerusalem had called for Palestinians to defy the closure.
MOHAMMAD HUSSIEN, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (through interpreter): We have to enter the mosque to attend the Friday prayers. Al-Aqsa Mosque is our mosque, so it is not allowed, under any circumstances, to be prevented from reaching the mosque.
MARGARET WARNER: Israeli police detained the Mufti for several hours.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to condemn the attack. But he also called for reopening the holy site. Seeking to ease tensions, Netanyahu quickly issued a statement that the status quo on access to the site will be preserved.
But the leader of the militant Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza City welcomed the attack.
KHALED AL-BATSH, Leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement (through interpreter): Jerusalem is an Arab and Islamic land, so when the Zionist enemy seeks to turn it into a Jewish temple, one of our people will come out and stand in the face of this plan and confront it as it happened today.
MARGARET WARNER: In the end, Israelis and Palestinians were left to bury their dead amid fears that the attack is a harbinger of more violence to come.
For the PBS NewsHour, I’m Margaret Warner.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Back in this country, the U.S. Justice Department says that it will appeal directly to the Supreme Court, after a federal judge dealt another blow to President Trump’s travel ban. The judge in Hawaii ruled last night. He said the list of bona fide relationships that allow entry to the U.S. must include grandparents, among others.
A federal appeals court ruled today that county commissioners in North Carolina violated the Constitution by starting meetings with Christian prayers. The Fourth Circuit case is also likely headed for the Supreme Court. The ruling says prayers at public meetings are not inherently unconstitutional. But, in this case, no prayers from other faiths were permitted.
President Trump today pushed Senate Republicans today to approve a revamped health care bill. In a tweet, he said — quote — “Republican senators must come through as they have promised.”
Already, Rand Paul and Susan Collins have said that they will vote no. That means GOP leaders cannot afford to lose another vote.
The president spent much of his day taking part in France’s celebration of independence. This year, Bastille Day coincided with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I. Mr. Trump joined President Emmanuel Macron at a military parade in Paris, complete with a flyover.
Macron thanked the U.S. for its role in what the French commonly call the great war.
PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON, France (through interpreter): We have also found sure allies, friends who have come to our aid. The United States of America is one of them. That is why nothing will ever separate us. The presence today of the American president by my side, Mr. Donald Trump, and his wife is a sign of friendship which has endured time.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Macron later traveled to Nice, France, to mark one year since a terror attack there killed 86 people.
Former President Jimmy Carter is back building houses, after being released from a hospital in Canada. He became dehydrated yesterday while working on a project for Habitat for Humanity. Today, he returned to the work site in Winnipeg, Manitoba, smiling and wearing work clothes. Mr. Carter is 92 years old.
And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 84 points to close at 21637, a new record. The Nasdaq rose 38 points. And the S&P 500 added 11, also reaching a new record high. For the week, the Dow and the S&P were up 1 percent. The Nasdaq gained 2.6 percent.