In our news wrap Tuesday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls addressed the French National Assembly, saying France is at war with terrorism, not Islam or Muslims. Meanwhile, investigators probed deeper into the weapons and financing behind last week’s terror attacks. Also, President Obama renewed a push to improve American cyber-defenses. Continue reading
One of the brothers involved in the Paris attacks received al-Qaida training in Yemen. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to explain why that country is a hotbed for jihadism, and to examine the competition and cooperation between al-Qaida and the Islamic State. Continue reading
How worried should Western nations be about future attacks in the same vein as the Paris shootings? Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Peter Neumann of King’s College London and former White House counterterrorism official Juan Zarate about what security officials should focus on now and why terrorists have moved to soft targets like shopping malls and office buildings. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — From the early stages of the CIA’s coercive interrogations of terror detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved.
Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas gnawing at them, according to this week’s Senate intelligence committee report. Senior CIA medical officials helped the agency and the White House under President George W. Bush. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, two months of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong ended after police cleared the main protest site. Also, a powerful storm was expected to dump up to 8 inches of rain on the West Coast, knocking out power, disrupting flights and raising fears of landslides. Continue reading
The White House said American officials had not known about efforts to win the freedom of South African school teacher Pierre Korkie before a failed U.S. commando raid to rescue Korkie and the American photographer Luke Somers from al-Qaida captors in Yemen. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
In the wake of the failed mission to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, Brian Jenkins of the RAND Corporation joins Judy Woodruff to explore the risks of such raids, as well as what other alternative options the U.S. has to consider. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — American embassies and other U.S. interests abroad are bracing for possible security threats related to Tuesday’s planned release of a report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques, the White House says.
U.S. special forces tried to rescue photojournalist Luke Somers from al-Qaida militants on Saturday, but the kidnappers shot Somers and another hostage, South African teacher Pierre Korkie, before the soldiers could get to them. Both hostages died. Adam Entous of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington to discuss the failed mission. Continue reading
American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African aid worker Pierre Korkie died during a failed U.S.-led rescue mission in Yemen on Saturday. Both men had been held hostage by al-Qaida militants since 2013. Eric Schmitt of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan from Bahrain via Skype with the latest. Continue reading