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JIM CLANCY, HOST: The fierce fight for control of Iraq moving just kilometers from Baghdad the capital. ISIS militants now battling government

forces in Baquba. We're live in Baghdad. We'll have the latest.

United Kingdom rethinks its relationship with Iran nearly three years after this protest. The British embassy is now set to reopen in Tehran.

We're going to take you there live.

And Kenya still reeling, yet another terror attack. You'll see how the group claiming responsibility has ties to others operating in Iraq and


ANNOUNCER: Live from CNN Center, this is Connect the World.

CLANCY: There's a growing sense that Iraq is on the very brink as the terror group ISIS is advancing, at least in the direction of Baghdad.

There are heavy clashes in Baquba to the north, 60 kilometers from the capital. Take a look at this map.

Now if Baquba falls, ISIS would control cities to the north, the east and the west of Baghdad, paving the way for a possible three pronged

attack on the capital if it even thought it needed to go that far.

Iraqi forces have managed to destroy 15 ISIS vehicles headed from Baiji -- to Baiji, I should say, from Mosul in the past couple of days. But

that doesn't seem to have slowed the militants' relentless advance toward the capital.

Now earlier, the UN secretary-general urged Iraq's political, military and religious leaders to join forces and confront this growing threat.


BAN KI-MOON, UN SECRETARY-GENERAL: I'm deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, including the reports of mass

summary executions by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levante, ISIL. There is a real risk of further sectarian violence on a massive scale

within Iraq and beyond its borders.


CLANCY: As for the Iraqis caught in the middle of this sectarian violence, UNICEF is reporting 500,000 have fled in just recent days, half

of them are said to be children.

Our Nic Robertson is following the latest on the fighting in Iraq. He joins us now live from Baghdad, Iraq's capital -- Nic.

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the very latest, Jim, the town of Baquba, you mentioned, 60 kilometers northeast,

about three-quarters of an hour drive away from Baghdad, an official in the governor's office there tells us that ISIS is now in control of a

substantial part of Baquba. The Iraqi state media is saying that the government still controls quite a number of suburbs and areas in that town.

What we understand is that early this morning, ISIS fighters made an advance on a police station in Baquba. We're told they got into the police

station, looted it of weapons, then left.

We're also being told by a police commander and the official in the governor's office that ISIS fighters went into a prison, threw grenades in

and killed 44 prisoners.

We're also told that nine ISIS fighters have been killed, one Iraqi security force fighter killed. To get hard, confirmable details is very

difficult. It's a fluid situation. It's ongoing. But of course in the recent background to this you have the release by ISIS of some absolutely

horrific videos of executions that are inciting sectarian hatred here, and as well potential evidence of war crimes.


ROBERTSON: These new interrogation videos shot up close and personal. But this ISIS militant's message is universal.

Islamic state is here to stay, says a bearded ISIS extremist.

This is the propaganda message he forces his Iraqi captives to repeat. Two of them comply.

The third man, who CNN has identified as 36-year-old Jaafar Mosin Ziki (ph) appears weak, dehydrated, hardly able to react to his captors abuse.

In the following video, Ziki (ph) is dead, his jaw blown off then a declaration of pride for, quote, "killing a Shia."

The bearded militant from Tunisia identified by his Facebook page as Abu Hamza al-Muhamedi (ph) posted these images of the execution on his

account before Facebook deactivated it.

This gruesome slaughtering accompanied by horrifying images of other murdered soldiers posted on jihadi Internet sites and an ISIS twitter


These propaganda videos, just the latest wave of violence following a week of ISIS attacks in Iraq, though CNN cannot independently confirm the

authenticity of the images.

As the Sunni extremist group gains ground, heading toward Baghdad, reports that Iraqi air force is fighting back.

Iraqi state TV reporting Monday that the country's air force destroyed 15 vehicles carrying ISIS fighters en route to the country's second largest

city Mosul.

In a separate wave of air raids, state TV reporting that more than 200 ISIS militants also killed in Saqlawia, northwest of Falluja.


ROBERTSON: And an indication just of the regional nature of these sectarian tensions that the UN secretary-general mentioned there.

We heard from the Iraqi prime minister's office earlier blaming Saudi Arabia for financing the militants here saying that Saudi Arabia was

therefore responsible for the crimes that they're committing and saying that Saudi Arabia is inciting with its statements terrorism in this


Saudi Arabia put out a statement just yesterday, the cabinet saying that the government in Iraq has exclusionary policies, that it should

relook at its constitution, that it shouldn't -- that it should move away from sectarian type policies, called on the people of Iraq to help change


So we're getting into a regional spat here as the fighting gets to the door of Baghdad -- Jim.

CLANCY: Senior international correspondent Nic Robertson, Nic always great to have you with us and there from Baghdad, all the more pertinent


We're going to have much more on this battle for Iraq that Nic was telling us about a little bit later in our report.

Coming up, there are fears the recent fighting could erupt into an all-out civil war. Find out why this could end up dividing the country

right along sectarian lines.

Plus, ISIS, notorious for its extreme methods as you just saw in Nic Robertson's report, but that's just one of several ultra-violent groups

that's cropping up in the Middle East and Africa. We're going to take a look at where these groups got their start ahead.

The situation in Iraq is deteriorating so fast, neighboring Iran appears ready to step in. U.S. and Iranian representatives held what are

termed, and I'm quoting here, very brief discussions about Iraq on the sidelines of nuclear talks in Vienna on Monday.

The United Kingdom has just announced they are reopening their embassy in Tehran. Now it was closed in 2011 after this attack by anti-British

protesters. CNN's Reza Sayah is in Tehran. He joins us now live. What does this all mean?

REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Jim, I think it's important to point out that even though this UK announcement that they're

opening their embassy here in Tehran coincides with a rising insurgency in Iraq, it has very little to do with that crisis right now. This embassy

was going to open anyway. This is something that had been in the works for more than a year, but now when it comes to Iraq presumably once this

embassy opens the UK and Iran will have an easier, perhaps more formal and official line of communications.

These are two countries that have shared interest when it comes to Iraq. Neither country wants the Baghdad government to fall. And of course

the UK, they want a coalition government including Sunnis in Baghdad. And they believe that Iran can help make that happen.

But when you look at the bigger picture, the opening of this embassy, when it happens, it's going to be a strong indication that very steadily

Iran is improving relations with western powers, in this case the UK. And it's also an indication that western powers are gaining trust with Iran.

Remember, this is an embassy that shut down in 2011 when Iranian protesters stormed it to protest the increasing sanctions, the western sanctions

against Iran.

But over the past year, Iran and the UK have been improving relations, holding bilateral talks. Last year, the two sides appointed non-residents

charge d'affairs. And now the announcement that the embassy is opening, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says he still has some concerns, but Iran

is addressing those concerns.

Here's some of what William Hague had to say.


WILLIAM HAGUE, BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY: Our primary concerns when considering whether to reopen the embassy have been assurance that our

staff would be safe and secure and confidence that they will be able to carry out their functions.

The foreign ministry of Iran have given assurances. Of course, we will be continuing to discuss those issues in the runup to the opening, the

reopening of the embassy and they remain our paramount concerns.


SAYAH: Still not clear when the UK embassy is going to open here in Tehran, perhaps in the coming weeks. And we should point out that the UK

government has said it's going to be a small presence offering limited services, if the Iranian residents wants visas to the UK, they still have

to go to Dubai and Turkey.

But still a significant step, Jim. If there wasn't the insurgency in Iraq and the new talks in Vienna, this would be perhaps the biggest

headline today.

CLANCY: All right. Reza Sayah reporting with us there live from Tehran. Thank you, Reza.

Now there's been a second night of vicious attacks in Kenya. Reuters news agency is reoprting at least 15 people were killed, houses burned in a

coastal town along the Indian Ocean.

It comes one day after the brutal killing of nearly 50 people who were simply watching a World Cup match on television.

al Shabaab, the Somali terror group, has reportedly claimed responsibility for both attacks.

Kenya's president, though ,saying that there's evidence that points to local political networks and criminal gangs as the real culprits. He's

pointing a finger in the direction of his political opposition.

Nima Elbagir joins us live from London with more on this surprising new development -- Nima.

NIMA ELBAGIR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, it was an unexpected statement, to say the least, Jim. It is an attack that bears

all the hallmarks of al Shabaab and in an area that has suffered from the violence wrecked by extremist networks -- al Shabaab and local grown


But President Uhuru Kenyatta is saying that that isn't the case. Take a listen to this, Jim.


UHURU KENYATTA, PRESIDENT OF KENYA: The attack in Lamu was well planned, orchestrated and politically motivated ethnic violence against the

Kenyan community with the intention of profiling and evicting them for political reasons.

This, therefore, was not an al Shabaab terrorist attack. Evidence indicates that local political networks were involved in the planning and

execution of the heinous crime.


ELBAGIR; What he's effectively describing, Jim, is a land grab. He's accusing political groups, as he calls them, of orchestrating the violence

to scare people off this land, out of this territory. But many of those that we've been speaking to in the intelligence community and within the

international community based in Kenya a little skeptical of this. They say it really doesn't look good for the Kenyan government that they haven't had

any decisive results in their investigation in Westgate, that there has been al Shabaab and other extremist violence in Kenya since that attack

back in September. And they're concerned that perhaps the Kenyan government is looking in the wrong direction.

But for now, Jim, what you're hearing is their official position that this is not al Shabaab as the Kenyans believe.

CLANCY: Well, it was Mr. Kenyatta himself who was accused of using political violence for just those very ends. He still has those political


But the question emerges that again and again we are seeing Kenya's military seems incapable of securing that area where al Shabaab is known to

be acting along that coastline down to Mombasa.

ELBAGIR: Absolutely, Mpeketoni where the violence first erupted on Sunday is only three hours away from Somalia. And there has been other

violence further south down that coast.

And indeed back in May, the Brits actually evacuated their tourists from Mombasa Island where a lot of British tour operators have actually

placed a moratorium on any of their package flights heading out, to the Americans have high threat levels for the Kenyan capital itself.

So there are a lot of concerns about the Kenyan security apparatus's handling of their insecurity issues and the fact that while the Kenyan army

is inside Somalia fighting off al Shabaab on the ground, is the homefront being reinforced enough? And at the moment, the sense is that that just

isn't the case, Jim.

CLANCY: Some important perspective to keep in mind there. Nima Elbagir, as always, great to talk with you.

Well, still to come right here on Connect the World, the growing view that the world is losing this war against terrorism. The author of a

recent opinion article spells out just why.


CLANCY: This is CNN. Welcome back, everyone. I'm Jim Clancy in for Becky Anderson this day and Connect the World.

The sectarian violence in Iraq setting off alarm bells, everyone can see that.

The country's neighbors are certainly alarmed. The United States is worried too. This map shows all the areas that ISIS now controls. Just

today, it made advances into Baquba, which lies just 60 kilometers from the capital. It's just north of the capital.

Neither the U.S. nor Iraq's neighbors want to see the country fall into the hands of ISIS, this very violence Islamic militant group. Iran recently

held separate talks with Great Britain and the U.S. on the situation. The United States has begun moving several naval ships into the Persian Gulf.

Washington promised to help combat the militants, but it hasn't said how it plans to do that.

Most of the recent fighting has been fueled by these deep sectarian divisions within the country. Earlier, we talked to Gerard Stansfield, the

director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. He was inside Iraq. And we asked him whether Iraq's Prime minister

Nuri al-Maliki really has the ability at this point to counter the insurgency.


GARETH STANSFIELD, UNIVERSITY OF EXETER: Maliki is facing a very difficult situation. He faces this extremely determined powerful ISIS

threat just north of Baghdad and now Baquba. He faces the Kurds that have carved out even more autonomous areas in the north. So the future of

Maliki is very grim, indeed.

He has to show to survive his ability not only to stop the ISIS insurgency, but to defeat it with security forces which seem incapable of

doing so. And he's also got to show that he is capable of bringing together Iraq's different communities in a way that he's never done before.

So his future, to me, looks pretty dire.

CLANCY: You talk about the strength of ISIS, but are they really that strong? They haven't been tested in Iraq. This has been more a matter of

various elements of the Iraqi military simply laying down their uniforms and their arms and their helmets and walking off the battlefield, leaving

it to ISIS.

STANSFIELD: I would certainly agree with you that the Iraqi security forces did turn and run. And four divisions of the ISF run way from Mosul

along with two police units as well.

But then ISIS has been tried and tested in Syria. We shouldn't forget that, they control a large area of Syria around the Euphrates, Raqqah, for

quite some time.

ISIS is also just one part of this insurgency. They are a very important part, and (inaudible) jihadist elements. But what we're also

seeing are former regime elements, many of them being engaged in what is a widespread uprising against Maliki's Shiite government as they see it.

With these elements being former Republican guard, special republican guard, different security elements from Saddam's old regime organized under

different insurgents groups and they've been operating for years like this.

We also see various Sunni tribes joining this insurgency, particular from Anbar, but also from other places as well.

So we shouldn't just talk about the 3,000 to 5,000 guerrillas of ISIS, we're looking at a much broader spread of insurgents groups that are

fighting often for different opportunistic reasons, but unified right now in their opposition to Maliki and the Shia dominated government.

CLANCY: Mr. al-Maliki has talked about, you know, fighting for every square inch of territory. Does it appear like it's shaping up to be a

civil war, or is it shaping up closer to something like a breakup of Iraq?

STANSFIELD: Well, right now I think it looks like a civil war, but the fighting has gone down in Baquba and in Samarra with ISIS forces

getting closer and closer to Baghdad.

I think a lot now depends on how this develops in Baghdad itself. If ISIS decides to consolidate its hold on territory north of Baghdad, control

it from Mosul, Tikrit and other places, then we could be facing a three way partition of Iraq.

If ISIS instead decides to go into Baghdad, or even attack the holy cities of (inaudible), then this is a problem sectarian civil war the likes

of which we probably haven't seen before. But a lot depends upon ISIS's next move and the ability of Maliki to counter them.

CLANCY: Many people look back on the U.S. entry into Iraq, they look at the occupation, they look at how Iraq became a magnet for foreign

fighters, jihadist from all over the world flocking to Iraq. And many of the networks used by Syria were developed during that conflict.

Today, people are saying, well, the U.S. is going to have to go back in, but wouldn't it produce the same scenario?

STANSFIELD: Well, U.S. involvement would probably make matters considerably worse, because it's not at all clear what the U.S. would be

getting involved in or with who. If you support Prime Minister Maliki against this insurgency, then in effect you will be continuing the same

pattern of political power that has led us to this point.

Perhaps the U.S. could support the Kurds in the north, but they don't need too much support right now. They're doing very well.

But there is going to be a question of a Kurdish autonomy and independence in the future that will have to be dealt with and


So, yes, the U.S. probably feels the pressure to get involved, but how to get involved and modalities of getting involved, what the end game will

look like will surely be weighing upon the decision makers in the Beltway, especially with their experience of being engaged in Iraq for such a long

time and this being the end result.


CLANCY: Gareth Stansfield there from Urbil.

Now the fanaticism that drives ISIS could in the end prove to be its fatal flaw, that's the argument at the center of one of our most popular

articles online. It examines whether the Sunni uprising has what it takes to retain popular support in the areas that it controls. And how it's

happening in neighboring Syria is closely connected to the situation we're watching in Iraq.

Find out more, leave your own thoughts at

Live from CNN Center, this is Connect the World an age old problem in China, how the United States might be able to help solve it. We'll



CLANCY: Welcome back, everyone. I'm Jim Clancy.

It's time to take you to the Global Exchange where we introduce you, the people, and to the places paving the way forward in the world's

emerging economies.

China's one child policy has forced many families there to think of new ways to try to care for the elderly. John Defterios tells us the

American concept of senior living may be just the solution.


JOHN DEFTERIOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's mid-morning in Beijing and the seniors are making their presence felt whether it's a Tai Chi routine

or taking over a park table for a robust hand of cards.

China's population is aging rapidly. Back in 1950, the median age was 24, that's projected to double by 2050. And this has broader implications

for social policy, including housing.

It's being labeled China's golden era and those in the senior living business, like developer Sino- Ocean are embracing it. Out in Beijing's

equivalent of suburbia, I answered this high end compound for retirees. Inside, there's a group of potential tenants receiving a sales pitch of

what retirement would look like for a cost of $1,200 to $4,000 a month.

PENG GAO, SINO-OCEAN (through translator): Our industry is focusing on the Chinese market as the senior population in China has exceeded the

number of the total population in the U.S.

DEFTERIOS: The senior living business is born out of China's one- child policy with siblings migrating to urban centers in search of higher wages.

Sino-Ocean signed a joint venture with a leading American continuing care group to cherrypick the best service from more advance countries such

as the U.S. and Japan.

LIANG WANG, SINO-OCEAN: We tried to incorporate for advantages, all the best practices of our foreign countries, of those mature markets. And

then, we localize it to fit to our cultural norms.

DEFTERIOS: This means, for example, an on site executive chef who trained in a five star hotel, combined with traditional Chinese acupuncture


The Confucian way of life is adapting, allowing children to offer a better quality of life to their parents instead of caring for them.

After a more than doubling of per capita GDP over the past decade, this 78-year-old resident says she's happy to break with tradition.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): It's true that traditional culture in China thinks that parents should leave with their kids when they

age. Now, there's a radical change in the social sentiments when thinking about how you take care of yourself after you age.

DEFTERIOS: A golden era for China's senior citizens who can afford to live in luxury.

John Defterios, CNN, Beijing.


CLANCY: The latest world news headlines are straight ahead.

Plus, we're going to take a closer look at all the branches of this new wave of terrorism that is sweeping across Africa and the Middle East.


CLANCY: This is CONNECT THE WORLD, I'm Jim Clancy, and here are your headlines.

Sunni Islamist militants in Iraq advancing within 60 kilometers of the capital of Baghdad. There are heavy clashes reported in the city of

Baqubah, and many Shia families are fleeing that city. Officials say ISIS now controls some western areas of Baqubah, but they add that the city has

not fallen, and the government remains in control of a number of neighborhoods.

Britain announcing plans that it will reopen its embassy in Tehran. It was shut down in 2011 after an attack by protesters. Both countries

have taken steps to improve relations in the last several months.

In South Korea, the lawyer for the first mate of the Sewol ferry has asked for leniency. His client is one of four crewmembers charged with

murder for failing to save some 300 passengers onboard that ship as it sank in April. He says his client has been ridden with guilt and even tried to

commit suicide. Fifteen crewmembers are on trial in the disaster.

At least 15 people are dead after a second night of attacks in Kenya. This comes one day after the brutal killing nearby of nearly 50 people.

The Somali terror group al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility, but Kenya's president says evidence points to local political networks and

criminal gangs instead.

Regardless, the terror groups al-Shabaab, that's in East Africa and Kenya, and Boko Haram, now in Nigeria in West Africa, and now ISIS there in

Iraq and Syria, are seeing a swift rise in influence and in capturing headlines. Let's take a closer look at this new wave of terrorism. But

first I must warn you, you may find some of these images disturbing.


CLANCY (voice-over): Shocking images of mass executions in Iraq, blamed on jihadists from ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In

Kenya, militants believed to be from Somalia's al-Shabaab slaughtered dozens of civilians in a coastal resort.

Just two examples of the recent wave of brutal attacks by radical militant groups tied together by a common cause: each seeks an Islamic

state in their own corner of the world.

AYHAM KAMEL, DIRECTOR, MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AMERICA EURASIA GROUP: They're not necessarily connected, but they learn from each other, from

each other's experiences, and there are private funders that keep these groups going.

CLANCY: Al Qaeda might well be the roots of this ideological tree, founded in the late 1980s by Osama bin Laden. The Taliban established

their own Islamic state in Afghanistan and sheltered al Qaeda. Al Qaeda offshoots have surfaced in recent years, like al Qaeda in the Arabian

Peninsula, based in Yemen, and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb operating across North Africa.

Al Qaeda has inspired groups like Somalia's al-Shabaab, that launch brutal attacks like this one on a shopping mall in neighboring Kenya. And

in Nigeria, Boko Haram, the group behind those mass kidnappings of more than 200 teenage girls two months ago. Experts say these groups are trying

to promote an ultra-conservative Islamic identity and redraw the map of parts of the Middle East and Africa.

JOSHUA LANDIS, CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA: This ethnic and religious struggle has begun. It's going to be very

bloody, and they're going to be reshaped. These countries are going to be reshaped, and the United States cannot really adjudicate this kind of

ethnic and sectarian tension.

CLANCY: The newest branch on the ideological tree is ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. It began as al Qaeda in Iraq, but even al

Qaeda considered them too radical. ISIS broke away and now has thousands of battle-hardened fighters from Syria and its own strong support networks.

KAMEL: The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is by far the world's most dangerous organization. Well-funded, committed troops, and has over $400

million from Mosul banks.

CLANCY: ISIS is fueled by a legion of recruits from abroad. Terror experts fear it will become not just a threat to Iraq in the Middle East,

but when and if those recruits return home as battle-hardened veterans, they could pose the most serious threat yet to Europe and the United



CLANCY: All right. It's a fact at this point, ISIS is in control of a huge swathe of Iraq. And while it's been especially ruthless in its

campaign in both Iraq and in Syria -- don't forget that -- it's also been especially effective. All that takes, really, is some money behind you.

Randi Kaye looks at how and where the militant group gets its financing.



RANDI KAYE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In Mosul, Iraq's second- largest city, ISIS struck gold -- literally. They robbed that city's central bank, taking a large amount of gold and an estimated $430 million.

A smash-and-grab like that, some experts predict, could make them the richest terror organization in the world. The Council on Foreign Relations

reports most of ISIS's financing comes from smuggling, extortion, and other crimes.


KAYE: ISIS is even cashing in on oil, selling crude from oil fields they took control of in northern Syria right back to the Syrian government.

"The New York Times" reports ISIS Is also selling electricity from captured power plants back to the government, too.

JOSH ROGIN, SENIOR CORRESPONDENT, "THE DAILY BEAST": They also do a lot of the traditional terrorist fundraising activities: kidnapping,

robbing, thieving, involved -- they're involved in the drug trade, they have money laundering schemes.

KAYE: In "The Daily Beast," Josh Rogin reports that ISIS has also been funded for years by wealthy private donors living in countries the US

considers allies. Countries like Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. And that those governments, says Rogin, know it's happening but choose to look


ROGIN: The governments could have some plausible deniability and say they weren't funding them directly. At the very least, they were looking

the other way.

KAYE (on camera): Now back to the numbers. If you do the math, ISIS may be worth at least $500 million after that last attack on that bank in

Mosul. In 2011, the Taliban was said to be worth an estimated $70 million to $400 million. Even al Qaeda can't compete. Al Qaeda had an operating

budget of about $30 million a year before the 9/11 attacks.


KAYE (voice-over): And all of this cash on hand only allows ISIS to attract more extremist fighters, who are drawn to higher salaries. Big

money also helps ISIS finance large-scale prison raids, liberating hundreds of fighters who then join their ranks.

ROGIN: ISIS is a group that can't be negotiated with. The more resources they have, the more aggressive they'll be, the more violent

they're going to be.

KAYE: Elevating the risk in the Middle East and potentially around the globe.

Randi Kaye, CNN, New York.


CLANCY: Now, this just coming in to CNN. A US official says a suspect in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi has been arrested.

He's identified as Ahmed Abu Khatallah. We are told that he was arrested over the weekend in a US-led raid and is now being held in a location

outside Libya.

The ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, was among four Americans killed in that attack on September 11th, 2012. We'll have more details as

they become available.

Live from CNN Center, you're watching CONNECT THE WORLD. And coming up, the car chase that captivated America. It's been 20 years since police

pursued OJ Simpson down the streets of Los Angeles in this low-speed chase. We're going to look back at the double-murder case and how attitudes about

it have changed over the years.


CLANCY: It may be a little hard to believe, looking back, but it has been 20 long years since the police pursuit of OJ Simpson captivated

Americans watching their television screens. It was broadcast live on every single major television network, all the 24-hour news channels.

The former football star was accused of murdering his ex-wife and her male friend. Ted Rowlands takes us back to the days leading up to that



DAVID GASCON, COMMANDER, LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT: At approximately ten minutes after midnight, a witness discovered the body of

Nicole Brown Simpson.

TED ROWLANDS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): A brutal double murder. Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman, were killed on the night

of June 12th, with all signs pointing to her ex-husband, OJ Simpson.

At 10:15, the estimated time of the murders, Simpson claims he's at home. But at 10:25, limo driver Allan Park, who waited nearly an hour to

take Simpson to the airport, says no one answered the downstairs buzzer. And Park says he saw a man that looked like OJ walk towards the house at

10:55, shortly before Simpson eventually emerges to catch a flight to Chicago.

ALLAN PARK, LIMO DRIVER: He told me that he overslept and he just got out of the shower.

ROWLANDS: The next morning, detectives looked for Simpson at his house and find what appears to be a match to a bloody glove found at the

crime scene. They also find blood on his driveway.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's a blood trail from the Bronco right on into the house.

ROWLANDS: When Simpson returns the next day from Chicago, he agrees to talk to detectives and tries to explain the cut on his left hand.


OJ SIMPSON, MURDER SUSPECT: I broke a glass. I just was -- you had - - one of you guys had just called me, and I was in the bathroom and I just kind of went bonkers for a little bit.

ROWLANDS: Simpson then hires attorney Robert Shapiro on June 15th and stops talking to police. On June 16th, four days after the murders,

Simpson attends the funeral for his ex-wife, Nicole. Ron Goldman is also buried that day by his family.

FRED GOLDMAN, RON GOLDMAN'S FATHER: Any parent that's ever had to do that knows what a painful, horrifying -- gut-tearing feeling it is.

ROWLANDS: The next day, June 17th, at 2:00 PM, the LAPD announces that OJ Simpson is wanted on charges of double murder.

GASCON: The Los Angeles Police Department right now is actively searching for Mr. Simpson.

ROWLANDS: Simpson was supposed to have turned himself in that morning, but he doesn't show up, and in fact, hasn't been seen in public

since the funeral the day before. District attorney Gil Garcetti puts the pressure on anyone who may be helping OJ.

GIL GARCETTI, DISTRICT ATTORNEY, LOS ANGELES COUNTY: If you assist him in any way, you are committing a felony.


CLANCY: We're interrupting this report to go live, now, to CNN USA.