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president trump on saturday issuing a serious threat to iran. let this serve as a warning we have targeted 52 iranian sites. >> any further action against iran requires congressional authorization. >> iran continues to be in a state of mourning, at the same time it's vowing retaliation. the secretary of state said that the u.s. remains committed to de-escalation. >> i think the administration understands that there's a serious risk of consequences here. it's unlikely that the iranian regime is going to now come hand
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in hand to the negotiating table. you killed our number two guy, let's talk. we're ready to surrender. this is "new day weekend" with victor blackwell and christi paul. >> good morning to you. happening now, thousands in iran are flooding the streets, countries paying tribute to the top general killed in a u.s. drone strike. >> president trump is sending another loaded warning to iran saying if they attack again, quote, we will hit them harder than they have ever been hit before. >> also in washington, skepticism is mounting about the evidence used to justify killing soleimani. breaking news out of kenya where al qaeda affiliate al shabaab is claiming
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responsibility for a strike near an airstrip. we are spread out across the globe covering all angles of these stories. let's start this morning with cnn's kristin holmes traveling with the president in south florida. kristin, the president laid out a sharp warning to iran. tell us about it. >> reporter: victor, this is a serious escalation. i cannot stress enough, this is the complete opposite of what the administration said it wanted to do. not only did the trump administration say that it wanted to de-escalate this crisis. world leaders were begging both leaders of iran and of the united states to de-escalate this situation. there is a lot of global concern and president trump went on a twitter tirade. i'll pull up what he said earlier in the evening. essentially saying, let this serve as a warning that if iran strikes americans or american assets, we have targeted 52 iranian sites. then he went on to warn iran it
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will be hit very fast and very hard. again, a clear escalation here. he also said that a lot of those sites, 52 sites were important to iran and iranian culture. he didn't stop there. he said, they attacked us and we hit back. if they attack again, which i would strongly advise them not to do, we will hit them harder than they have ever been hit before. this is all coming after the administration warned congress they expect retaliation within weeks and it comes as skepticism over whether there was an imminent threat. this is all around washington as the president leaves later today to head back to the capitol. >> is there any question about this? >> reporter: there's been a lot of talk of this being a threatening of war crimes. if you break it down, here's
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why. the series of tweets, the 52 sites president trump talks about iran and iranian cultural sites. that is a clear no-no. if you look at the law of war, essentially there are a lot of parts of it that refer to cultural sites. they are off limits. cultural property should be safeguarded. that's one part of the law of war. i do want to mention one caveat which is that president trump does not exist in a vacuum. this is a huge decision and it will be unlikely that military officials would allow this to happen. remember, he has to consult with the pentagon. if he's going to continue strikes like this, he would likely have to go through congress. but that is not stopping democrats. elizabeth warren saying he's threatening to commit war crimes and the last one is the former
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director of the government ethics and they say they should take president trump off of twitter because he is threatening war crimes. i cannot stress enough that this is a serious escalation at a time when world leaders and the administration say they want this to de-escalate. >> kristin, thank you very much. we know, diane, speaker pelosi said the war powers act that was delivered to congress according to her, quote, raises more questions than it does answers. what do we know about any congressional briefing since that strike? >> reporter: i think it's important to point out that that was a classified document. they're not able to have any discussion about it. it leaves the american people in the dark. we do know that defense secretary esper is expected to brief the full congress sometime
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next week. in the meantime, members of congress, specifically democrats, have been relying on briefings to staff and information there. sources say that several democrats have been unconvinced that this was a necessary attack. that there was any threat from soleimani that required his killing. sources tell us on sunday when president trump was presented with a host of options about what to do in terms of iran, that some left the room surprised that he had chosen killing soleimani, one of the more extreme options presented to him. skepticism from democrats has been rebuked by those associated with the administration and other republicans saying that the threat was, indeed, imminent and trying to lay out as best they can at this point why they felt this way. take a listen to national security advisor ambassador robert o'brien. >> i can tell you it was very solid intelligence.
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soleimani was traveling around the region working out a plan to attack americans with his proxy allies, with iran's proxy allies and syria and lebanon and in iraq. we had the intelligence. we knew he was in the process of planning these attacks and we acted to defend american lives. >> reporter: it's important to point out when asked what imminent means it was everything from days to weeks to months. victor, kristie, there is a disagreement or squabbling on the definition of imminent and whether or not your definition warranted that attack. >> so let's talk about the potential for retaliation. most analysts believe there will be as iran has promised s. there a time line or window declared
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by this administration? >> reporter: we're told the administration has privately been talking and they expect retaliation within the next few weeks. once again, the time line seems to be in question. discussions within national security and defense agencies range anywhere from within the next few days to potentially a long-term plan that iran is sort of, again, playing the long game here. now we were talking about what could happen. there's, again, not a whole lot of answers here. it could range anything from cyber attacks, something department of homeland security has already warned americans to be vigilant about, the potential of cyber attacks, to watching equipment, machinery move in near u.s. interests in the region. we're talking about airbases in iraq, potentially kuwait, qatar, and then there is also the potential for the iran proxy sleeper cells here within the united states and europe.
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i have to stress that at this point they do not know and they are simply trying to rely on whatever intelligence they can get on this. iran is pretty bold about the fact they expect retaliation to come. don't know if it's the next couple of days or if it could be a year from now. >> diane gallagher, thank you so much. >> let's go to cnn's arwa damon in baghdad. arwa, there was an extraordinary session of parliament that was scheduled for today to happen about this time. there was confusion. what are you learning? >> reporter: yeah, it has not started yet. let's preface all of this by saying that that's not entirely unusual. whenever you have something controversial that is meant to be debated quite often particle la men tarns fail to show up because they haven't quite sorted out or ironed out their positions just yet or quite
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simply because there are a series of closed door investigations. there are a number of different and competing bills being put forward. you have some of the more hard line shia parties that want to see legislation that will end america's presence in iraq. these parties are saying for quite some time now they have been asking for this quite simply because america's presence here generally speaking is viewed as being by them at least controversial and inflammatory, and then you have other parties, mostly the kurds and the sunnis who want to see a more measured approach. some of them are floating ideas that perhaps they could draft something that would lift immunity. others are saying, look, we need to keep the status quo going because of the vital role in the fighting of isis and the training of iraqi security forces. all of this, of course, is coming against a backdrop of
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something that is quite unprecedented. this type of strike happening in a sovereign nation is having a significant blow back, one that is potentially not only going to affect the relationship between washington and tehran militarily, but politically as well. >> arwa damon there in baghdad. arwa, thank you. let's go down to the terror attack we mentioned at the top of the broadcast. at least four terrorists were killed attempting to attack an airstrip near a u.s. military base. >> this was in kenya. we are live in the capitol of nairo by. what happened? >> reporter: good morning. lamu county is where the airstrip is. it sits very near an army base which houses many partners trying to fight al shabaab, including the kenya defense forces, including the u.s.
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africa command. the americans released a statement which i should give you a taste of. the base is secure and al shabaab has been issuing various statements that they have some kind of victory over there. that is not the case. four terrorists were killed. kenya defense forces tell us. we are learning from the county commissioner of lamu who tells us several suspects have been arrested, carrying weapons and improvised explosive devices. to give you a bit of background, u.s. and somali people attacked al shabaab in their bases. on saturday last week an al shabaab truck bomb killed 85 people in the capital of somalia, mogadishu.
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they have actaed lamu county which is a beautiful, pristine white beaches, huge tourist attra attraction. had they succeeded it would have been very bad news. not just for the u.s. and its allies but of course the many innocent tourists that visit countries like kenya. at the moment we understand that that attack has been repelled. we are seeing black smoke and kenyan defense told us that the ships had been hit. >> thank you so much for the update. we appreciate it. jake tapper will have a lot to talk about on "state of the union" today. he has the absolute right guest starting with secretary of state mike pompeo, pete buttigieg, senator elizabeth warren and
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adam schiff. be sure to watch it right here at 9:00 a.m. senate is back in congress. senate and -- they are deadlocked. they're challenging president's airstrike that killed iran's leader. coming up, how foreign policy could shake up the race for the white house. the fires that are just devastating australia are still racing endangering scores of residents, the country's precious wooild liildlife. we'll show you how they're trying to protect both. i wish i had gone into aspen dental much sooner. when you're not able to smile, you become closed off. having to live with bad teeth for so long
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lawmakers return to washington this week to face a standoff over the senate impeachment trial over president trump. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and chuck schumer have not budged on their positions. house speaker nancy pelosi, she's not handing over the articles of impeachment, an action required to start the trial. according to the "new york times," the trump administration is withholding emails about frozen military aid to ukraine. let's talk about this now with political reporter for
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washington examiner, emily larson. emily, welcome back. >> reporter: thank you. >> so, first, let's start here. this week starts with far more information than last week started. there's a reporting from "the new york times" about the emails from mick mulvaney and the confrontation of the president in the oval. that was on monday. then the just security emails that were released. are republicans concerned as this goes on that their job becomes harder in the senate? >> republicans do not appear to be outwardly concerned right now although the move here for democrats and one of the reasons why pelosi might be choosing to withhold articles of impeachment is to get some more movement from some of the more moderate senators so hopefully that they would side with democrats in whatever senate trial would
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continue as far as creating the rules for the senate trial and also what witnesses would come about or if any at all. so there's already been a little bit of discontent from senators collins and rakowski. there would have to be four republicans to have movement on that. so far mitch mcconnell has been good at keeping his caucus together. it's unclear how long this withholding of impeachment articles would be politically good for the democrats. >> let's talk about that because mcconnell says that he's going to start this week and intends to, quote, continue the ordinary business of the senate. pelosi, shu muchumerschumer, th received or secured any confirmation. give us the information they have of holding onto the
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articles until they can get something for them. >> well, one thing be that is going to increase confidence for democrats a little bit is so much attention being directed now towards the situation with iran, which is going to be distraction for impeachment trials and place less pressure on democrats to hand those over. the one thing that will be very troubling is this was based off of principle and this was important and that was one of the reasons why it was important to get this rushed through so now depending on how hung th this -- these articles are withheld, that lessens what the democrats were doing off of principle and it makes it look like a political exercise rather than one they're trying to project. >> let's talk about the potential of maybe more articles of impeachment.
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let me read for you this exchange between federal appeals judge thomas griffith and this is doug led derer, house general counsel on friday. judge griffith asks, there have already been two articles of impeachment that have been acted upon. are you here to say there may be a third. lederer says, there might be, yeah, absolutely. >> the judge says they may not be finished and lederer says, nor has the house committee. expanding this to the mueller report, is there any more su poor for this? >> i would say right now the chances are a little bit low. there are moderate democrats in the house who did not budge on impeachment when there were only revelations of the mueller
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repo report. it will be something politically troubling for the house members that ultimately tips the needle over to pursuing impeachment. but the house is still pursuing some legal action relating to mueller report findings and also still investigating it, so there's always a potential for it but right now it doesn't seem incredibly likely. >> emily larson with us from washington. thank you. >> thank you. next we are seeing anger and outrage in iran overnight. iranian lawmakers with fists in the air chanting death to america in parliament after the u.s. drone strike took out one of their top commanders. we are live when we come back. plus, after years of lgbt gay clergy members, they have come up with a plan to split the
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so good to have you here with us. 25 minutes past the hour. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. >> thousands of people are in iran together as the body of the slain general qasem soleimani makes its way through the
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streets. >> earlier dozens of iranian leaders chanted death to america as they met in parliament. >> let's go to cnn's fred pleitgen. he's joining us from tehran. fred, those chants are a bit of a dramatic moment from the session. we have the exclusive reporting from you on what the potential response will be from iran. >> reporter: yeah, exactly, victor. one of the things we've heard pretty much from all levels of politics here in iran and the military as well is that iran is going to retaliate. there will be response, revenge. we've heard that from the
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government. i spoke to the military leader. i asked them, what exactly is the response going to be? he said it will be a response that will be a military response and it will be against military targets but iran does not want a wider war with the united states. let's listen in. >> translator: the response for sure will be military and against military sightes. we will never be seeking more, we will not be seeking more. it is america that started the war and they should expect appropriate reactions. the only thing to end is for americans to receive a blow that is equal to the blow. afterwards, they should not seek a new cycle. >> reporter: so the iranians are
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essentially saying they are going to retaliate but they do want it to end there. the president has been tweeting a very different tune overnight into the night. he says if the iranians do retaliate against the u.s. that they will be hit harder than they have ever been hit before. the other thing that's enraged tensions here in iran is the fact that the president also tweeted that he had designated or the u.s. had designated 52 targets in iran including sites that are important to iranian culture. i put that to this military advisor as well. he said if that were the case, they would consider it to be a war crime and if that were the case the gloves would come off and there would be a direct war confrontation. just as qasem soleimani's body makes its way through iran today. we saw some of the pictures of when it was in the southwest of iran as hundreds of thousands of people turned out there. really a day of mourning here in
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iran of course also a day of heightened anger at president trump and the united states, victor. >> frederick, i wonder if you gleaned from your conversation with the advisor to the ayatollah if the response will be something that, as we've seen from iran in the past, has a bit of distance, a bit of deniability, or does iran want a bold exclamation point that the u.s. and the entire world will know it is in response to the attack that killed soleimani? >> reporter: that's a very good question. very important one. you're right. in the past what we've seen from the iranians, a lot of it did have the air of deniability. there were other actions as well. for instance, when they shot down the u.s. drone that it was pretty clear. i think in this case they want the action to be very clear. they say they are going to do
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something that is in direct response to the killing of qasem soleimani that will be proportionate. they don't want things to escalate. they don't want a wider war. they don't want the conflict to escalate any further. what that will be no one knows at this point. certainly the two things that we gleaned from that interview that seemed extremely important is they say they are going to use their military to respond and they are going to hit military targets. it's unclear where the military targets would be in this region. one of the things we've heard from the defense department, from the trump administration is that the u.s. in the region here is hardening its defenses. >> fred pleitgen for us in tehran. thank you. >> thank you, fred. let's talk to retired air force colonel cedric leighton now. colonel leighton, thank you. want to get your reaction. >> good morning, christie.
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it's pretty sobering to hear the general say the things he said to fred pleitgen. the iranians are going to probably target u.s. military installations, perhaps u.s. military personnel in the middle east would be my guess at this point in time. if they do that, that could affect military installations throughout the gulf region, it could affect senior officials. there could be an effort to go after american intelligence targets or american diplomatic targets. those are the kinds of things i would be looking for. i would agree with fred. this is going to be a very public response because it needs to be a public response from the iranian point of view. >> we heard fred say the intention here is they will retaliate and their hope is that that will be the end of it.
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how realistic is it? >> not very at all. i think what would happen is the natural tendency would be to escalate. we would not allow the death of an american official or an attack on an american base to go unanswered. president trump said that in his tweet with the 52 targets that we have to go for iran. that would be the kind of thing that we would perhaps see and the danger of escalation given this kind of talk is still very hi high. both sides seem to be seeking an off ramp. >> the president of the u.s. just sent 2800 troops from ft. bragg, north carolina, yesterday back into the middle east. do you anticipate that plan may be modified in some way in terms of where they would be doing their work? >> that's an opg.
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we have standard bases in qatar, kuwait, bahrain. we could use bases in other regions if we get local permission to do so. that's basically it. the possibility would exist that they could potentially enter iraq although that would be a sensitive and fraught issue with the iraqis if they did that. seems to me we would be based outside of iraq in any type of action that would occur as a result of this would put the host country at risk as well. >> this has brought a lot of anxiety to leaders across the world. i want to talk to you about the international ramifications here. the governor of germany has raised their threat level. president macron has had conversations with others. italy's foreign minister said, quote, the use of force has never led anywhere. is there a leader, germany,
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u.k., france that could intervene and mitigate some of this at this point? >> well, i think the europeans would certainly try to do that. so all of the leaders you've mentioned whether it's chancellor merkel, president macron, prime minister johnson in the u.k., all of those leaders could potentially play somewhat of a mediating role in this area. they, of course, are much more interested in maintaining a relationship with iran. they still want the iranian nuclear deal to remain in place. they want to have a way to get out of this particular crisis at home. whether or not they can do that is a really big question and i think it's unlikely they will succeed in the short term. perhaps in the long term they'll have a chance to do so. >> colonel, we appreciate your service and your insights. thank you. >> any time.
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thank you so much. the department of homeland security says a website run by the government was hacked. the hacker posted an image of president trump bleeding from his mouth with an islamic revolutionary guard fist in his face. the official did not comment on who could be behind that act. we are less than a month from the first contest of the 2020 presidential race and foreign policy now front and center. coming up, how the democratic candidates are reacting to president trump's confrontation with iran.
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the iowa caucuses less than a month away. president trump's airstrike may have shifted some of the focus now to foreign policy. >> yeah, some of the candidates, senator bernie sanders, elizabeth warren prioritized economic issues over foreign policy. the tension with iran has shaken up the race. we have more. >> reporter: foreign policy has come front and center to the presidential campaign trail since tensions with iran has come front and center after president trump ordered the strike that killed qasem soleimani. they have been very critical of president trump over the weekend.
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joe biden warning that any future military action taken against iran must go through congress. take a listen to what he had to tell voters. >> any further action against iran requires congressional authorization, and i support the efforts by congress to insist and assert their congressional prerogative. they have to send the message, he does not have the authority to take it to war and other war in the middle east and they'll oppose him if he intends to do so. >> reporter: that's an argument that has been done by other presidential contenders as well. the president's actions could take him to the brink of war.
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president trump is 34ruplunging nation into yet another war. >> yes. donald trump has taken us to the brink of war. we don't need more war in the middle east. we need to stop endless war in the middle east. >> reporter: pete buttigieg was talking about this in new hampshire as well. he used the term assassination when it came to the killing of soleimani. joe biden's the lone top contender not to describe that as an assassination. sanders, warren, and biden all continue on in iowa on sunday while pete buttigieg remains in new hampshire as foreign policy has become a hot topic with less than a month to go before the iowa caucuses. cnn, des moines, iowa. >> we'll continue with all the breaking news that's happening this morning and politics, but we've got to talk about the weather. this winter is settling in and
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bringing some travel concerns in the northeast and wind and snow. >> cnn meteorologist allison chinchar, what are you seeing? >> in and around boston, new york, washington, d.c., today you have gusty winds. that could cause delays as we go throughout the rest of the morning. wind gusts up around 47 miles an hour in new york. 28 miles per hour in washington, d.c. just about 30 around the boston area. there are other places that are going to be dealing with some windy conditions. for that forecast, it's brought to you by celebrity cruises. visit for your award-winning vacation today. you have potential for very high winds for portions across the southern appalachian mountains and across the portion of the midwest. that's all due to the next system making its way from the midwest, crossing over the great lakes and into the east. not only is it bringing very
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strong winds but the potential for pretty heavy bands of snow. some of it could be enhanced by lake effect. you could get some very narrow bands in states like michigan, new york, even pennsylvania. you could get 6 to 10 inches of snow out of this. most areas will not get that much, only an additional 2 to 4 inches. fast forward to the next system. a potential nor'easter coming up for the middle of the week. it will initiate in the mississippi valley. by the time we get into, say, tuesday, you start to see rain across portions of washington, d.c., but not too far to the northwest of d.c. they could be looking for the potential of mixed precipitation, mixing in with some snow. then by wednesday, now you start to see the potential for areas of western massachusetts, maybe even closer to the great lakes, victor and christie, that could get some potential snow as well. >> allison, thank you so much. the fire danger across
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. we've been following this dire situation in australia. the deadly bush fires. they are worsening. authorities say people are still trying to escape the flames that pushed them out of their communities. they say an elite team of firefighters from california's angel's national forest are heading in to help on the front lines. australia's military is increasing its presence. >> the country's -- welfare of the wooiildlife is a major conc. kangaroos are trying to get out. koala bears are trying to find cover from the scorching flames. stewart brandt is in new castle
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in the state of new south wales. he's worked as a conservation scientist for 20 years. dr. blanch, we appreciate it. help us first of all understand what you are seeing, what you are feeling there. >> well, i feel like we're in the middle of a war. i feel like there's a war on our wildlife, forests, communities, people living in the bush and whatever we try to do, pretty much nothing is stopping the fires and i've never seen anything like this before and i'm used to bush fires. i'm used to living in the bush and so many of the people i work with say they've never seen anything like this. this is not normal. fires on steroids. it's not normal. >> you described it as looking like anatomic bomb went off which brings us to what so many people are concerned about, not just the people there but the
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wildlife, particularly the koalas. what do you know about how successful efforts to save them have been? >> there's great work by community groups, volunteer firefighters, and they're going out and rescuing koalas and that's having an impact. by our estimates perhaps as many as 900 million native animals have died or will die in the next few weeks or months because of the fires. the fires have covered 14 million acres almost. i think that's almost twice the size of massachusetts. we've never had fires this big and fires are getting bigger and hotter and more frequent and in the forests and they're not having time to recover. >> when you've got people who are running out of communities to save their own lives, how do you get to the wildlife and get them to safety? >> well, a lot of people are
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taking really their lives into their own hands and going out into the bush before, after, sometimes even during the fires and rescuing animals, particularly koalas, from trees. so it's incredible the bravery of people and their commitment because they're putting their lives at risk. but most of the wildlife is being saved by people. nobody knows how many animals are being killed but many, many hundreds of millions are dieing. we have probably three weeks before good rains hit the east coast so we will have to wait and count the wildlife impact in the months ahead. >> and when you describe it looking like anatomic bomb went off, what does that mean for the habitat that would have to be rehabilitated for the animals that would go back into that
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habitat? >> well, if you can imagine healthy forests, you might have seen on television or movies or if people have visited australia. massive trees full of undergrowth and wildlife and after the fire just completely patched dirt. not a single grass. not a single plant left alive. not a sound. just quiet. the quietness of the bush with no wildlife and that's what we're seeing. that's what i've seen. i've seen fires from a few kilometers away, 10 kilometers away, flames very high and clouds reaching perhaps 10,000 feet in the air. massive cloud plumes and even if animals are not killed by the fire or the radiant heat, they get very confused or die from just the very poor air quality.
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the impact travels further than the forest. millions of australians and hundreds of millions of animals are choking on that bush fire smoke as well. >> stewart blanch, we appreciate you taking time to talk with us this morning. best of luck to you. keep in touch with us. we want to know how things continue to progress there. >> thank you. more information on how you can help the victim's of australia's devastating busch fires. still to come, the controversy over splitting the united methodist church over gay marriage and lgbt clergy members. we'll go behind the scenes of this historic divide next. more! but with the new lending tree app you can see your full financial health, monitor your credit score, see your cash flow and find out how you can cut your monthly bills. download it now to see how much you can save. i signed up because i was curious.
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leaders of the united methodist church are proposing a split to resolve years of debate over lgbt clergy and same-sex weddings. >> we take a look at the conflict and the proposal that if adopted would have an historic impact. >> reporter: there's been little unity in the united methodist
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church on the subject of homosexuality. >> it's not an authorized group. it's been an ad hoc group put together. >> reporter: the ad hoc group of 16 includes bishop thomas biggerton of new york. they met up after a contentious conference. >> on the plan voting is now closed. >> the majority voted for the traditional plan continuing to prohibit same-sex marriages and lgbtq people from being ordained. the traditional plan values unity in doctrine. for united methodists, the clarion call of the inspired word of god burns in our hearts. >> reporter: then in the fall the ad hoc group came together with representatives from all factions of the church. in december they unanimously agreed to allow international churches to adopt their policies and in the united states they
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will repeal the traditional plan. give $25 million over four years to the traditional list regions. >> this provides a pathway for us to eliminate a 47 year debate that's been happening in this church and, frankly, our people are tired. >> reporter: another member of the negotiating group represents the traditionalists. he described the agreement as the most hopeful development in a dispute that has undermined the health and vitality of local churches and the denomination in general. reverend brittney isaac who identifies as queer says she's still in limbo. they're still guided by the traditional plan which took place february 1st. >> i keep waiting for charges to be filed against me. >> reporter: she's concerned but hopeful and it reminds her of
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the old testament conflict. >> they come together and they bless one another in part. i hope that even though we have to separate that it can be goodwill towards each other as we go. >> reporter: natasha chen, cnn, atlanta. >> we've got some news this morning. some clarity now on how iran might retaliate against the u.s. we'll talk about that more in our next hour.
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president trump on saturday issuing a serious threat to iran. let this serve as a warning that if iran strikes any americans or american assets, we have targeted 52 iranian sites. >> any further action against iran requires congressional authorization. >> iran continues to be in a state of mourning but at the same time is vowing retaliation. the secretary of state said that the u.s. remains committed to de-escalation. >> i think the administration understands that there's a serious risk of consequences here. it's unlikely that the iranian regime is now going to come hat in hand to the negotiating table and saying,


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