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BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: The city of light on high alert. One year after the Paris Charlie Hebdo shooting, police foil an attack, this time at a police
station. Well, this hour, we are live on the scene for you with the very latest from there.
Also ahead, how low can it go? Oil prices slips levels not seen in a decade. From it's rising tension between mega producers, Iran and Saudi
Arabia. The impact for you a little later this hour.
And talk about a stab in the back and his reigning TV moment that did not exactly go according to script.
Great. Good evening from the UAE. It is just after 8:00 here. We are getting new information about the man who tried to attack a police station
in Paris earlier on the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo killing.
The Paris prosecutor says, the man was brandishing a meat cleaver and wearing what appeared to be an explosive's vest. One that later turned out
to be fake. But the attacker was also said to be carrying a piece of paper printed with the ISIS flag and the claim of responsibility.
Live from Paris, CNN's senior international correspond, Jim Bittermann, joins me now with more. Jim.
JIM BITTERMANN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Becky, in fact claim of responsibility is being flash lighted (ph). It was an Arab and --
an Arabic and he is -- that is done is being done right now. This is more information that we've all day on the assailant who apparently came at
police with this meat cleaver, almost exactly to the hour of one year ago when the attack took place at Charlie Hebdo.
And as top French officials including the Ontario administer were at a commemorative ceremony across town in the central police office, according
to the prosecutor, the guy that was responsible for the attack came at the policemen with the meat cleaver and shouted, "Allahu Akbar." The policeman
told him to back away and then fired several times. He apparently hit the assailant twice, according to news reports here. He went down and was
pronounced dead at the scene. Then a bomb squad was called in. They delicately looked at this vest he was wearing which had some wires sticking
out of it, according to some reports, and they discovered that it was a just fake bomb.
They did, however, find what you describe the flag, the ISIS flag as well as a note, some kind of a note that was in Arabic and they found, as well,
a cell phone. Now, that might be the most telling thing because they had - - he had no identification on him. The cell phone, however, may help them to further identify the person and who he was in contract with. Becky.
ANDERSON: Jim, what is the atmosphere today in the city?
BITTERMANN: I can tell you after this, it's pretty tense. The fact is that the public officials, like the Ontario administer went right away to
the scene because I think they are trying to reassure people that they are on top of it. But this is something that is now becoming almost second
nature here in the sense that something happens and the Ontario administer rushes out to see and do things because it is so politically sensitive.
People are worried about what's happening. They're not feeling necessarily that the officials have control over this situation despite their fine
words and high promises.
Now, the Ontario administer did have high praise for the way the police responded to this and said that's exactly the way that the officers should
have responded under the rules of engagement that -- at the new rules of engagement that have come about since the state of emergency has been
But nonetheless, I think on the streets, people are fearful. This would make people more on edge than they were, Becky.
ANDERSON: Charlie Hebdo, a year ago today, and then of course the attacks late last year in Paris as well. What's the latest on that investigation?
BITTERMANN: Well, on the Charlie Hebdo investigation, there is still the number of questions that are out there, was it commanded at a higher level
than we know, for example, are their accomplices that have not been caught. And part of the reason for this kind of confusion and why these questions
are still hanging out there after a year is because that there never has been a proper public investigation, by say, the Parliament into what
[11:00:13] We've had a couple of documentaries this week as the commemorations took place. It raised a lot of questions about how
efficient the police work was, what kind of failings there might have been in the intelligence work and the police work, of the administrative work,
what kind of things went wrong. And it's quite apparent from the reports that had been coming out that there were a number of things that went
And I've known more and more calls here for -- from the Parliament, from public officials that this be looked into a little closer. That would do a
lot to, I think, help reassure people about whether or not the police have control of things here. Becky.
ANDERSON: Jim Bittermann on what is our top story today. Jim, thank you.
North Korea facing re-precautions after what it claims was a hydrogen bomb test. Now, South Korea says, starting on Friday, will resume propaganda
broadcast into the North using loudspeakers along the border of North Korea, considers those messages (inaudible) to an act of war. Jong Un has
been widely criticized. But there is also widespread skepticism. Neighboring nations says they've not detected any spike in radiation.
Our senior international correspondent, Ivan Watson joining now from the South Korean Capital.
Ivan, is it any clearer yet what actually happened?
IVAN WATSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL: I don't believe so. From what we're understanding from experts, it could still take some time to try to
bring together more data. And the fact of the matter is, that there are no monitors on the ground within North Korea to be able to get closer to the
test site to figure out whether or not this was, in fact, as North Korea has claimed, its first test of a hydrogen bomb or as the North Korean State
Media put it, an H-Bomb of justice.
We do know that various militaries have had aircraft in the air, so-called, sniffing for dust particles in the atmosphere that would then presumably be
tested for radioactive material.
Both South Korea, Japan and a third country, China, their environmental ministries and agencies have all announced that they have not seen a spike
of any kind of radioactive material in their airspace. Bu that doesn't necessarily meet to a conclusion that North Korea did or did not set off a
So we're still waiting for some conclusive evidence, some final analysis, and that could still take days. Becky.
ANDERSON: (Inaudible) was reporting before I came to you, South Korea says it's starting what they called "propaganda broadcast" into the North using
loudspeakers across the border from Friday. North Korea considers this "tantamount of an act of war." How significant is this news? And what are
the consequences being in the past of this propaganda broadcasts?
WATSON: You know, from an outsider, it might look almost a little comical. If it wasn't for the fact that you've got these loudspeakers, these banks
of loudspeakers broadcasting across the most heavily fortified effectively borders in the world, the demilitarized zone, the DMZ.
The -- it's an old cold war tactic. It was resurrected in August, in September of last year after two South Korean soldiers were maimed after
hitting land mines on routes that they regularly patrol along the DMZ. South Korea blames North Korea for placing those land mines there and this
was a tactic, the loudspeakers, that was used in response of that. It very much angered the North Korean regime.
Why? Well, South Korea broadcasts, for example, news bulletins, it broadcast, of all things, pop music, Korean pop, K-pop, across the boarder.
And we've heard that the South Koreans claim that the sound can travel, if the wind is right, perhaps as much as 20 kilometers into North Korean
territory. Part of that infuriates the North Koreans is that it doesn't always reflect positively on leader, Kim Jong Un. On top of the fact that
they're sending in uncensored material into one of the most trimerically sealed and controlled media landscapes in the world, North Korea, it also
happens to be Kim Jong Un's birthday on Friday. And that is going to be seen very much as a slap in the face to the North Korean leader as well.
So that's part of where the tensions ratchet up. And it will be important to see what North Korea could do in response to this escalation from the
South Korean side. Becky.
ANDERSON: Ivan in Seoul for you this evening. Ivan, thank you.
Well, aside from the tension over North Korea, there has been more financial turmoil out of China. A short while ago, Beijing announced it's
suspending its "circuit breaker mechanism," which is what stops -- stop trading in certain points.
Now, Thursday section was called off for the day, after the market dropped 7 percent. And the effects are being felt worldwide. U.S. markets opened
with heavy losses. They have come off those loads. You can see the Dow (ph), let's bring the Dow (ph) of preview, is down 148, that's less than 1
percent. It's been down more than that. As we say, it is coloring (ph) back at this. But do keep an eye on those U.S. markets, clearly working to
the Asia close. And as we look towards the Asia open, it will be interesting to see what happens on the Dow (ph).
Well, the uncertainty also being felt here in the Middle East. On Thursday, the price of oil reached its lowest point in 11 years, just over
$32 on the barrel.
Now, markets in region all down. As a result, as you can see, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and Qatar, all falling by at least 3 percent with the
growing risk between Saudi Arabia and Iran also, of course, looming in the background.
So for more, joining me now is emerging markets editor and my colleague, John Defterios.
Let's start with China, John, suspending circuit breakers. What does that actually mean and what impact does it likely to have?
JOHN DEFTERIOS, CNN EMERGING MARKETS EDITOR: Well, it's amazing, Becky. It's a complete U-turn with a four-day window. They just introduced the
circuit breakers this week. As you know, this is the remove volatility in the market, maximum up for 7 percent and down 7 percent. But after losses
of 7 percent and back to back is within the first half hour of trading late on Wednesday night in Beijing, they decided to scrap the policy.
Now, one would say, this offers more transparency in the future, take out manipulation from the market. But it was the way it was handled which is
raising the number of question marks and why only for four days after putting $20 billion into the market to support the trading mechanism to
It also raises bigger questions for President Xi Jinping, I think, Becky, going forward. He has consolidated power. He has promised to tackle
corruption, offer more transparency, keep growth above 6 percent and also tackle bank debts. So far, his communication has failed and many are
starting to raise question marks about support of that 6 percent growth, and tackling the debt crisis that many are making comparisons to 2008 and
2009 in the United States.
ANDERSON: Yeah, fascinating. All right. Let's do oil, John. An 11-year low, not as low as it has been in the sort of, you know, recent past. You
and I were discussing this at the beginning of the 2000. Of course, it was lower than this, but still at a decade low.
What are the dynamics driving the price lower?
DEFTERIOS: It's very sentiment right across the board, Becky. Five percent loss on the international benchmark brands yesterday, another 4
percent today, and we're knocking on the door of $30 a barrel, nearly 11- and-a-half year low. And we could be pushing into the 20's, according to Goldman Sachs and UBS.
It's really quite simple. This is a simple equation of over supply. Let's take a look at a chart that I built to tell the story. OPAC has boosted
its production above 31-and-a-half million barrels a day for the last seven months, Becky, adding one-and-a-half million barrels a day and that's
coming in competition with the United States.
You see Saudi Arabia above 10 millions barrels a day and Russia, at a record, 10.8 million barrels a day, the UAE, Kuwait, QATAR, all hitting
right near record level highs, and then Middle East ministerial source only today, this is now a matter of principle. The low cost producers are not
going to give up market share and will going to try to smoke out the U.S., the Canadian, the Mexicans and the central Asian producers.
So what's going to happen here? We're are going to be probably closer to $30 a barrel rather than moving closer to $40 a barrel. Three key factors
to watch, just trying to really slowdown. So their imports of oil go down as well. We have records stockpiles in the United States with some 2
billion barrels. And thirdly and the big question, if we're closer to $30 a barrel right now, does it mean that the U.S. production drops off even
The expectations over 700,000 barrels coming off the U.S. market was closer to $30 a barrel. You could almost see that his in a million barrels so far
in 2016. But it's going to be a long drawn out fight for sure.
ANDERSON: John Defterios, my colleague, of course, here in the UAE. John, thank you.
JOHN DEFTERIOS: Thanks.
ANDERSON: The fall out between Saudi and Iran drawing in more countries in the region. That's -- it will be affecting oil as well.
Still to come, we'll return to Paris for more on the (inaudible) attack on a police station, France (inaudible) anniversary.
Friction between Iran and Saudi deepening even further. We are going to take a look at the very latest escalation in what is an already tense
situation there. That is up next, taking this very short break, back after this.
ANDERSON: This is CNN in Connect the World with me, Becky Anderson.
Seventeen minutes past 8:00 in the UAE. Welcome back. There is yet more friction between Saudi and Iran, Tehran (ph) now accusing Riad of
intentionally striking its embassy in Yemen's capital.
There's an air strike SANAA late on Wednesday damages the Iranian embassy and injured several guards, for its part Iran has been -- has, sorry,
banned the import of all products from Saudi Arabia and suspended all pilgrimages to holy cities in the kingdom.
Well, just this week, Saudi Arabia cut all ties with Iran, officers embassy in Tehran was ransacked. Now, remember these violent demonstrations
triggered by the execution of a prominent Shia cleric in Saudi Arabia at weekend.
Well, for more on these rising tensions, I'm joined by a regular guest on this show, Vali Nasr, from New York, dean of the School of Advance
International Studies at John Hopkins University. Thanks for joining us.
A number of Arab Muslim say to downgrade the ties or even cut relations with Iran. Bit a tip perhaps. But are we seeing a new era of sectarian
driven regional politics here?
VALI NASR, ADJUNCT SENIOR FELLOW FOR MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS: We are. Sectarianism was already there. We saw it
play out in Iraq, we saw it play -- playing out in Syria. But now, it's gone to a whole new level because, you know, Iran and Saudi Arabia are now
very unabashedly poised against one another.
And the starting point for this latest clash was the execution of the Shia cleric in Saudi Arabia, which was interpreted across the region as a very
sectarian act. And therefore now, all regional parties has become focused on this issue.
ANDERSON: How are we, though, at times, read slightly too much into the Sunni-Shia divide prism when looking at this story, do you think?
NASR: Well, look, this is not about Shias and Sunnis disagreeing theology. This is about identity. It's kind of like an ethnic conflict. So Shia and
Sunni have dispute over sharing power. The Sunnis in Irag want a greater share of the power, the Sunnis in Syria believe they should have control of
power. In Saudi Arabia, the Sunni dominated government doesn't want to give Shia its much representation.
So Shias and Sunnis identity in the region has become kind of an ethnic identify and it's playing out like ethnic identities the way we saw in the
Balkans or in other regions of the world. And then, in the case of the Middle East, you have the two biggest power players, essentially both, you
know, using this division to their own advantage, but also being driving by it.
[11:25:00] Iran is dominantly Shia, Saudi Arabia is dominantly Sunni. That identity is part of their power...
NASR: ... and part of their legitimacy.
ANDERSON: Iraq has offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran, despite protest in Baghdad against the Saudi world family. And won't you
and I view, just have to listen to what the Iraqi foreign minister had to say.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
IBRAHIM AL-JAAFARI, PRIME MINISTER, IRAQ: The Assad relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is neighbors, initial interest, history and social
relations. We also relations with our Arab brother and therefore, Irag cannot stay silent in this crisis.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ANDERSON: They may not be able to stay silent according to him. But are they the right mediator at this point?
NASR: No, I don't this so. Largely, because Saudi Arabia has barely relations with Iraq. In fact, what of the longest period of time, it
didn't even have an embassy in Iraq. It views the Shia government in Iraq hostile to the Sunni minority that it defends it.
So I don't think that Saudi's -- and also, Saudi's don't look at Iraq as significant enough to listen to. So I don't think they'd be the right
ANDERSON: What's your take on the domestic political uses of this band off? I think on both sides. Let's talk about (inaudible) for Saudi
Arabia. We're in a low oil environment, the war in Yemen is still raging, did Saudi need this crisis to rally support?
NASR: I think Saudi Arabia needs sectarianism in order to stabilize itself. When the Arab spring started, Saudi's basically characterized all
demands for political reform sectarian and were able to rally the majority Sunni population to clamp down on demands for reform.
You have low oil prices, you have austerity package, you have an succession crisis within the house of south. So Saudi Arabia is using the war in
Yemen and using the view that there is an uprising instigated by Iran within its own borders and on the Shia in order to create a rally to the
So you know, at the time of crisis, you want the majority population to think that there is a higher issue that they should focus on and that's
fighting against Iran and pushing back against the Shia. So this very much serves Saudi Arabia's needs for stability and also prominence in the
ANDERSON: Let's take a look Iran then and domestic politics there. An incredibly important time, we got parliamentary elections coming up towards
the end of the next month, and those are crucial because there is a disconnect, isn't there, or divide in Iranian politics, between the hard
line as a Reformist, the Reformist being that of President Rouhani and his govern.
They condemned the attack on the Saudi embassy at the weekend. Basically saying it was own goal for Iran. Do you think this whole thing will
backfire for the Iranian hard liners who have traditionally been behind these sort of moves?
NASR: Well, Iran is having elections in late February, and it's probably one of the most significant elections since, at least, mid 1990's. And
that the moderates are trying to use the victory they got at the nuclear deal in order to translate that into much greater power in Iran and the
Conservatives are trying to stop the moderates from getting any more gains.
Street agitation of the kind we saw on the Saturday serves the hard liners because it mobilized their base, it harkens back to the revolutionary era
and it embarrasses and weakens President Rouhani internationally.
However, something interesting happened in Iran. The Conservatives, even with the backing of the supreme leader were first out of the game. But
very quickly, President Rouhani took control of Iran's foreign policy. I think one of the reasons he was successful in doing so, I think everybody
including the Conservatives realized that the Saudi's had over reach and were vulnerable. And if Iran actually acted more pragmatically, it would
Saudi Arabia on the defensive.
And I think Rouhani is playing that game now, that Iran essentially is the greatest party in the region. It didn't start this crisis and is acting
much more rationally now. And that's puts the pressure on Saudi Arabia. So there's some degree of calculation in that regard there as well.
ANDERSON: Always a pleasure, sir. Thank you.
NASR: Thank you.
ANDERSON: Three besieged cities in Syria will finally get much needed aid in the coming days. The U.N. says that the Syrian government has agreed to
allow humanitarian access to those areas including Madaya, which has not received any aid since October. There are (inaudible) dire reports from
there that its residents are starving. Well, the U.N. says tens of thousands of people are at risk.
You're watching Connect the World with me, Becky Anderson, live from Abu Dhabi. Twenty-five past 8:00 here in the UAE.
Coming up, our team in Paris tracking a foiled attack on a police station. Note now, that the assailant was carrying a piece of paper printed with the
First up though, we are heading out to see in search of the so-called gold of the north. Find out why the demand for amber is higher than ever.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SUMNIMA UDAS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: After every storm, Franz Christianson takes his net and heads out to the beach in the search for
"You need a storm that blows the wind onto the shore. It is the big waves that sort of push it off the ocean floor. And once the weather settles
after the storm, sort of like now when you have these slow swells rolling onto the shore, that will push the amber in."
Christianson has been collecting amber over 50 years. He describes collecting it as a gold fever, a rush and for him, his livelihood.
Christianson owns a small workshop where he polishes, shapes and eventually sells the amber. And surprisingly in this small store on the northern tip
of Denmark, his biggest customers come from China.
"In the last year-and-a-half, we have had a lot of Chinese visitors, and they buy a lot of amber. Amber has become very popular."
One of those customers is Peng Wan, a student in Denmark. She recently launched an amber exporting business to China, because of the growing
interest back home.
PENG WAN, CHINESE STUDENT: In China, because the market -- amber market, is very big there is that a lot of -- there have been some people they make
the fake amber, and so some consumers, they are afraid to buy directly from Chinese markets and -- because they know that I'm in Denmark, so I can just
buy for them because there is no quality problem.
UDAS: Recent growing demand from China has pushed the price of amber up so much so that its price can be compared to gold. And this has opened up a
valuable market for Danish jewelry makers.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's very natural to go into China. The House of Amber has always, for a long time, been selling a lot of amber to Chinese
customers here. And amber is one of the five or seven British treasures. That means a lot Chinese already understands a lot about amber before they
even see the amber.
UDAS: From the rugged landscapes of Scandinavia, to the vast provinces of China, the trading ties of the ancient Silk Road are being rebuilt as
commercial avenues of tomorrow.
Sumnima Udas, CNN, along the Silk Road.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
[11:31:55] BECKY ANDERSON, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back. You're watching Connect World with me Becky Anderson out of the UAE, your top stories these
South Korea says, starting on Friday will resume propaganda broadcast into North Korea using loudspeakers along the border. Now, the move comes up to
North Korea claiming the tested hydrogen bomb. Now, the North has faced widespread condemn nations is what it's skepticism over that claim.
Here is market, stock markets open with heavy loses this Thursday, responding to more financial turmoil in China. Now, the Big Board in New
York apparently looks like this down, about 1 percent underneath 57 points off. This follows Beijing's plan has suspend it's mechanism that tops
markets trading. If they pull more than 70 percent, so it's already happened twice this week and that has a clearly an understandably rattled
the global markets.
Meanwhile, oil prices hit their lowest point in 11 years, this Thursday just over 32 cut (ph) from the barrel. Markets here in Middle East is all
down as a result Saudi Arabia, Dubai and (inaudible) Opel by at least 3 percent, will be growing with between Saudi and Iran looming have causing
Well, police in Paris have shot and killed a man who tries to attack a police station in the north of the city. The Paris prosecutor says the man
was brandishing a meat cleaver and wearing what appeared to be an explosives vest, one that's late turned out to be fake. He was also says
to be carrying a note bearing the ISIS flag.
With Atika Shubert joining me now by phone from Paris. Atika, what are your sources are telling you at this point?
ATIKA SHUBERT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, what we've learned from the ground is that it happened shortly afternoon exactly as you said, a man approach
the police station.
According to police brandishing a meat clever but otherwise when she spoke to (inaudible) although they did say that he did have some cables or wires
sticking out of his jacket and that maybe what led police to be believe that could have been an explosive vest, that's how it's been described by
prosecutors as fake.
Either way, it all comes of course on the anniversary of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices then on that (inaudible). So, it is a very tense
time for the city. Take a listen to what French's Interior Minister have to say at the scene of the attack.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BERNARD CAZENEUVE, FRENCH INTERIOR MINISTER (through translation): In a country where the threats that is extremely high the police (inaudible) are
in the front line as the person (inaudible) said. And so I'd like to thank them today, a very great courage and this (inaudible) test me for their
commitment to protect the French people and the fight of which I'd like to speak about the -- speaking about this particular circumstances express my
solidarity, my gratitude for their remarkable work.
SHUBERT: Now, he also made very clear that the investigation is still on going, they do not know if the man acted alone or he was connected to any
other terrorist suspects. And it's also important to point out that the police and prosecutors have not identified it as a terrorist attack just
[11:35:00] They are calling it an aggression (ph).
And I think that shows that they'd still feel they need to find out more about exactly who this man is and why he apparently carried out this
apparent attack today.
ANDERSON: Atika, clearly a deserving incidents, one that is likely when it seems to destabilize people's feeling of sort of security in Paris. Is
that you all sense? I mean, we talked earlier to Jim Bittermann about the atmosphere in Paris today, how would you describe it?
SHUBERT: I think people are trying to get back to normal life. From most people, it was just another day, they were able to go about their business,
that go in. But still hanging over them is the fear or the possibility of an attack like this. There were also memorial of events today for the
victims of last year's attack.
And in addition to that, there are a lot more police on the street. There's a lot more security. We are the highest level of possible
terrorist right here. And so, it does put the city on edge. The government even puts out the information out about what to do in the event
of an attack, how to find shelter, (inaudible) engage from the crossfire as quickly and is basically as possible.
And then, that just sad reality now in Paris, but it's not going to stop people from going on with their daily lives, going to the cafes and doing
the best they can to get on with their daily lives.
ANDERSON: Atika Shubert in Paris for you this evening. Atika, thank you. I want to get to you, viewers, to a story out of Libya now, another country
feeling the effects of terrorist.
On Thursday, truck bomb at a police training center in the west of Libya, killed at least 60 people. Most of the dead were police officers or
trainees. This is not yet clear who was behind the attack but Islamist militant including ISIS have expanded their presence in Libya.
Nick Paton Walsh, he is following the story for and he joins us now live from Beirut.
Nick, I want to step back for a moment and set what we reporting into the wider context fro what is happening in Libya. Just before Christmas, end
of November, I think it was beginning of December, we got watch -- was announced as a coming together at peace (inaudible) between the two rival
governments that work in Libya. And a process at least in principle, we was told a beginning to heal the wounds as it wearing, get on with sourcing
the country out, a classic example of just how (inaudible), correct?
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, certainly, and that process of healing is far from underway at this point, that political negotiation
We step back, four and a half years now, since kind of the Gaddafi was killed, swarm of militia, the force face ouster (ph) on now pretty much
concretize into two key rival governments. One, based out of Tripoli known as Libya Dawn, Islam in nature and the other with more international
recognition fro the East based out of Tobruk.
They are fighting each other, they were supposed to be coming to a reconciliation style national unity government, and that December deal you
outlined. But the fighting, the turmoil continues with the most part. And the key point here, is the exploit team (ph), that chasm, the vacuum of
power inside Libya arises.
They first moved in to the town of Sirte (ph) on the coast, now day by day, they are expanding both east towards the oil fields and west, some sites
towards end, where this attack on the police academy occurred, quite devastating reports, saying it may have been a fuel tanker, in fact, driven
(inaudible) the U.N. representative to Libya. It was said, it was suicide bomber that detonated outside this training center.
Over 70 wounded and a list on most of the (inaudible) the wounded, that showed quite how young so many of this men were. Those hoping to try and
restore law and order in some parts of Libya, perhaps many as 60 dead, the most deadly attack in years at this days. And I think many concern that
ISIS capabilities while they're expanding in territory that came good at this two growing, although no one claims this attack yet, Becky.
ANDERSON: Yes. And this is a time when the coalition and the Iraqi government is telling us that they've got ISIS on the run in Iraq.
Coalition telling us that they, you know, they believe they've got them on the run to a certain extent in Syria.
How big is the scope? I mean, you talk about the footprints towards the west and towards the east of the country, how many militants are we talking
about? And how much support is there for ISIS in Libya?
PATON WALSH: Well, the specific numbers of ISIS is unclear, which certainly talking in the thousands at this stage. And there are militia
there, Islamist in nature, some of whom just want (inaudible) to ISIS in Libya.
[11:40:00] Now, the territory is expanding, I mentioned (inaudible) that they are initially strong, how will they moved east as I saying towards the
oil fields. They appeared to be trying to get a much stronger presence of a town Sabratha, which is key because it's very close to Tunusian border,
Tunisia the target of ISIS inspired attack last year as well, in the beach town of -- holiday town of Sousse.
So they are increasing in that presence there. Many say that's because yesterday, see the heat coming toward them in Iraq and Syria where they are
down by 14 percent to 30 percent depending on when you listen to amount of territory they controlled. And the Libya was there in pull back position,
where they are preparing themselves a bootle (ph) to run back to. I think they're traveling offshore for many European officials because it is
basically a long stretch off coastline that adjust right on to Europe, which is mainly hours away on a boat.
So a deep strategic challenge at the heart of European security here probing, Becky.
ANDERSON: Yes. And for the average Libyan just trying to get on with life in country that is already rattled by complex, a very disturbing
Nick, finally, ISIS is nothing without a supply chain, without a supply route, without support. Where is that coming from for these militants
fighting in and taking territory in Libya?
PATON WALSH: Well, there are plenty of weapons leftover after the Civil War there, which still in there hands. There is a large coast line
(inaudible) our own confirmed reports of ISIS militants trafficking up and down the coast line, getting between those complex enclaves that they hold
in between the militia who are positive.
And then of course, while there is their west in Tunisia, a growing wall along the border trying to isolate Libya, that's on in (inaudible) East
Egypt who is pretty substantial armies doing its best to try and isolate that border for us as it stillest. So the south, there's of course all of
that (inaudible), and not as a potential gateway for them to receive further recruits. There are the black market material.
But still at this stage, I think it's the wealth of oil in Libya that they have ISIS have their sites upon. There's plenty of materials there to keep
them going. There seem to be a lot of recruits coming in at this stage now as well. And I think that's the concern that really the Europe is trying
to get it back together in a cohesive security response to booster whatever it can do to get hold of their coherent Libyan government, that not even in
place yet. And each month of that process slips, ISIS affiliates be getting stronger, Becky.
ANDERSON: Nick Paton Walsh showing the story out of Beirut for you this evening. Of course, it's been a awful lot of time in Libya over the past
few years Nick, thank you.
Live from Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World with me Becky Anderson.
Taking a very short break, after that a surprising stab in the back. An Israeli report that got more than he (inaudible) for, where he volunteers
to test a protective jacket, that was, folks, is still ahead for you.
And as the issue of gun control is reignited in the United States, CNN attends a simulation of active shooter situation.
[11:55:21] ANDERSON: This is CNN's Connect the World with me Becky Anderson, you all back with us.
Just days after reigniting a debate on gun control in United States, the President Barack Obama will appear on CNN for a live town hall on the
Now, country's largest gun right organization, the NRA has declined to participate. CNN's Miguel Marquez travel to take, to see a simulation of
an active shooter situation. Have a look on this.
MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN: That's an AR-15 likely gun used in San Bernardino, the Aurora Colorado Movie Theater Massacre and Sandy Hook Elementary to
name a few.
That's a 9 millimeter, pocket handgun used in San Bernardino and many other shootings.
The Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training at Texas State University trains law enforcement agencies nationwide in handling active
shooter incidents. ALERRT runs the largest training program in the country. It is the go-to (ph) organization for law enforcement agencies
nationwide in preparing for mass casualty and specialize emergencies.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's body armor. That's s standard body armor that I (inaudible) would work.
MARQUEZ: They run a scenario, the gun's firing rounds made of soap. I was the good guy, legally carrying a concealed weapon when a shooting breaks
I hear shooting down a long dimly lit hallway. I take peek then shoot my own producer, Ryan Catalihano (ph), hitting him once in the chest.
As I moved down the hallway, another shooting pops out. I don't shoot him and enabled to stop the gunman.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We hear the shots, we know the problem is down here so we start and I'm kind of request you, "Let's go, let's go" because, again,
if were common shot stop active shooter, we go to get to the active shooter, from 2000 to 2013, there were 160 active shooter incidents in 40
of the 50 states, both rural and Urban areas. In the first seven years of the study, there were about 6 incidents each year. Then, the frequency
increase sharply more than doubling to roughly 16 incidents every year.
Pete Blair who runs ALERRT authored that report. He says, "Active shooter situations are so chaotic and only tiny number of incidents did someone
with a gun stop a shooter.
PETE BLAIR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALERRT: Now, out of all the events we've looked at, there are about 3 percent of the events where it was somebody
with a firearm stop the shooter.
MARQUEZ: In 2014, a Darby, Pennsylvania doctor shot a killed a gunman who had killed one person, and in 2008, a man with a concealed weapon stop the
gunman in Winnemucca, Nevada after the gunman had killed two people and injured two others.
BLAIR: I'm not anti-gun at all. I have concealed handgun license myself.
MARQUEZ: But an active shooter situation, you would not want just anyone pulling out a gun and trying to save the day.
BLAIR: Yeah. What we say is, there's a lot that's goes into it and so, they're looking at the situation saying, "What's happening right now?"
MARQUEZ: ALERRT emphasize a good guy with a gun could killed innocent people, they could be shot by police or other civilians mistaking them for
the attacker, or...
BLAIR: All right, (inaudible) now, we have it as a malfunction.
MARQUEZ: Three times the 9 millimeter jammed while I was firing it, and that was just practice.
BLAIR: You literally have to drip the magazine out work it like this, reinsert the magazine and then, you can shoot again.
MARQUEZ: Without hundreds or thousands of hours of training, a rookie mistake like a jammed weapon is a few seconds to clear it could be a good
guy with a gun becomes another victim.
Miguel Marquez, CNN, San Marcos, Texas.
ANDERSON: Remarkable stuff there. Well, joining us for a special look at guns in America with U.S. president Barack Obama with Anderson Cooper has
an inclusive one hour live town hall events. It happens at Thursday night in U.S. date in Washington. That is 1:00 A.M. Friday in London, 5:00 A.M.
You are with us, out at the UAE, this is Connect World, I'm Becky Anderson. Coming up a plan to provide Israelis with lightweight anti-stabbing
protection, he's going to take the hit when a demonstration goes wrong. That story is up next.
Also ahead, tuning in to Netflix around the world, why you can now watch from almost everywhere on the map?
[11:40:00] Stay with us.
ANDERSON: Welcome back. Doing what it says on the book (ph), connecting the world. I'm Becky Anderson.
Years after first launch, Netflix is now available in the nearly every country in the world. Including right here in the UAE. And that is new.
The company rolled out its streaming service in 130 countries, Wednesday. It was already available in about 60, the one major market is missing is
China where media content remains heavily sent.
Our Senior Media Correspondent Bryan Stelter joining now from New York.
I guess, the obvious question is, why they have taken so long to roll it out across the world?
BRYAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: They actually said, they've been pretty quick about this. But, you know, you're right. This service
became available in the United States almost a decade ago. It is been snowballing in popularity getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger. In order
for Netflix to continue is remarkable speed of growth, it's got to expand to the rest of the world.
So their goal is to do this by the end of 2016. It was New Year surprise actually, do it yesterday. And like you mentioned, China is the only big
country where the services still not available. They've said they are working on that. They are trying to make inroads into that market.
They're also not available in North Korea and Syria and Crimea, those because of restrictions against American companies operating in those
ANDERSON: I've been watching a Netflix production of like making (inaudible), quick remarkable.
STELTER: Yes. They are.
ANDERSON: I know you've been watching too, right? I'm (inaudible) who do you think or where do you think he did it after this. But is this part of
the secret domestic sense that content production...
STELTER: They have on a remarkable screen...
ANDERSON: Is it relatively new, isn't it?
STELTER: Yeah. They have come up with a number of programs first drama like "House of Cards", comedies like (inaudible), now documentaries series
like "Making a Murderer" that have received critical acclaimed in which have gotten a lot of people to Ben's watch. CNN, the BBC, there's a number
of global T.V. network that could pull something like this off.
But it's new in this age of streaming, the Netflix could create this on- demand series, 10 episodes about a murder case in Wisconsin that now you and I can both watch in very different parts of the world at the same time.
So "Making a Murderer", it's a case of a man in Wisconsin who was exonerated for a crime he didn't commit, then he was locked up on a murder
charge that many people also believe he is innocent of. I ask the film makers what their position is, because people who watch this documentary
come away believing that there's been a miscarry of justice.
But they say, take a look, they don't know for sure weather he is innocent or guilty.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
LAURA RICCIARDI, "MAKING A MURDERER" DIRECTOR: We did not reach a conclusion. I mean, we were -- that was really no consequence to us. We
were not concerned with weather or not Steven Avery had committed this crime. What we were there to do is to document the process, and really
question whether Steven when he was hold back into the system, was entering the same system that had failed him in 1985 or whether he was stepping back
into a system that had, you know, meaningful progress over the intervening 20 years
(END VIDEO CLIP)
STELTER: Now, just makes it more interesting to watch and see for yourself. You know, it's remarkable, Becky, when these filmmakers started
this project 10 years ago, Netflix was still a DVD by mail business. There was no such thing as a internet streaming video company, but not there's a
perfect home for the series.
ANDERSON: This one is exactly what we've been talking about. I just did it in 2005, like you say, when they started.
ANDERSON: Netflix, you've got DVD in a bad, didn't you? Just how this erupted, is this company to what we would consider main stream media
STELTER: In some ways, they're just like HBO, just like Showtime, right? They're making great shows, they're creating a collection of them and
they're selling it to you every month. On the other hand, they are instigating this trench word on-demand viewing.
[11:55:04] News and sports are probably the only two exceptions to the rule of on-demand television. Netflix is leading the way, Amazon video services
only available in a few courtiers. Hulu is only available in the United States. But many other companies are going to have to have this worldwide
reach the way Netflix now has.
ANDERSON: I'm not going to spoil it, in a word, yes or no. Did he do it?
STELTER: I'm going to pass. I'm afraid to say. I don't want to ruin it. I don't want to ruin it for the viewers.
ANDERSON: Hitting on the fence, I know he didn't. Thank you.
In today's (inaudible) shops, we are bringing you a safety demonstration that almost went very, very wrong on national T.V. no less and it growing
fear of stabbing, an important story in Israeli city's reporter got a surprise when he volunteer to test some of the latest protective clothing.
Take a look at what happened.
ANDERSON: After phase of attacks on Israelis streets, targeting not only soldiers but civilian too, one company came up with an idea to allow people
to feel safe going about their everyday lives, lightweight and discreet protective clothing.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What you see is something very thin and flexible, very light and it is possible to get to a high level of protection. And its
advantage is that, if can also use it not only for the army and the police, but also for the civilian market.
ANDERSON: They went on national television to demonstrate, the television reporter...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translation): This is a commando knife. It is used by soldiers around the world. It is a knife made of iron and steel.
I will stab you assessment an experiment with your permission.
(SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
ANDERSON: The quick joke he goodbye to his girlfriend, the demo begins.
The reporter was in fact stabbed in the back, receiving a surface wound that made his (inaudible). Interviewed later, the reported was generous
towards his inverting resilience.
EITAM LACHOVER, ISRAELI REPORTER (through translation): I have to say that the jacket you saw me in the picture is not a product of the shop that
would finish properly. It's not something that is resold. It is something could (inaudible) in order to do experiment.
ANDERSON: And earlier off camera demonstration did work and all was OK and another taping on a different channel. But the company credibility did
take a hit.
Still a happy ending for that reporter who said he won't be volunteering to be a victim anytime soon again.
ANDERSON: I'm Becky Anderson, that's Becky Anderson, that was Connect the World, thank you for watching. The (inaudible) is a very good.