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top of the hour. you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. breaking news from the fbi. they're issuing a new warning about possible threats from isis days before christmas and chanukah here in the united states. justice correspondent evan perez is here with the news from fbi and dhs. what is the warning? >> brooke, this comes as a result of frankly in the last couple days on pro isis weapon sites some supporters of isis have been calling for attacks on churches. they've even listed a list of thousands of churches in the united states, addresses, urging their supporters to attack and so this is the reason why the fbi has out of an abundance of caution issues this warning to law enforcement agencies around the country as well as private security companies. i'll read you a part of what the bulletin says. it ease isis sympathizers continue aspirational calls for attacks on holiday gatherings,
including targeting churches and, brooke, we've mean? the last couple of years isis has focused a lot of its attention on law enforcement, on military targets, more recently we've seen more of these calls to softer targets, churches would be the ultimate in soft targets and so we've seen that a lot lately and especially in light of what happened in berlin. the attack on the christmas market as well as a vehicle born attack in nice and columbus, ohio. this is what's on the mind of law enforcement. you and i were talking the last hour about what has happened since the berlin attack. one of the things that i've been told is law enforcement watching all the threat chatter noticed it lit up, frankly, it's come alive in the last few days. now this happens every year around this time. before the new year holiday there's always a steady stream of these type of threats so we're not sure whether there's
more of that because of what happened in berlin but certainly law enforcement is on guard and vigilance because of this. >> evan, thank you very much. we'll talk to former cia operative about how americans should interpret this in a moment but as evan perfectly points out, this warning from fbi and dhs comes after a deadly ending to that frantic manhunt in germany. the man who german officials believe took that truck, plowed it into the crowded christmas market. he's now dead, he turned up in the wee hours just during this routine police patrol in milan, italy, more than 600 miles from the scene of that terror attack in berlin. there was gunfire and ultimately 24-year-old anise amri from tunisia was shot and killed, hours after his death isis released this video which appears to show amri pledging allegiance to the leader of isis, abu bakr al-baghdadi. there is no mention of the truck attack and it's not clear when or where this particular video
was shot. let's go to nina dos santos live in milan. nina, let's go back to 3:00 in the morning here. how did police find him? >> well, it was by random, really, by happenstance, that was how he happened to have been found and killed. anise amri was stopped by police officers outside this station here in this northeastern industrial town just outside milan, asked to show his documents and instead of pulling them out what he did was pulled out a .22-caliber pistol and started firing. within two bullets he was dead and they had to use his fingerprints to identify him because remember this is an individual known for using several different aliases. so his journey, in fact, to radicalization and through radicalization, brooke, seems to have started in italy. his brother and other family members told tunisian tv just a day or so ago that they believe he was radicalized inside an italian jail when he spent four
months in jail in italy upon arrival on european soil through southern italy as many migrants make their journey through southern italy and that, of course, it ended in a blaze of gunfire on this spot behind me you can see the remnants on h s blood if you look closely enough. what investigators are trying to find out is if he had help along the way, how did he manage to evade authorities across france, germany and into italy before being arrested and shot and why was he found in this rather remote location and not somewhere else? was he looking for somebody for help? >> nina dos santos in milan, thank you. bob bear, let me bring you in, bob baer, former cia operative. bob baer, before we get to what nina was reporting in milan, i want to back up two steps from this report from dhs and fbi
warning about threats from isis at churches and holiday gatherings. you heard evan mention the terror chatter lit up but perspective, how should americans be interpreting that? >> i think they should take it seriously. it's a clear call to attack on christmas, christmas events. it truly is a war on christianity. it's symbolic for the islamic state of the war of judeo-christianity against islam for them, they've boiled it down to that and they are making a call to any true believes to attack before christmas or on christmas and as the cia offers the advice to its people all the time, avoid crowded areas if you're worried. >> so you're not surprised by the timing that we would find this out days before christmas if this is truly an attack on christians? >> no, i'm not surprised and i also know that border patrol has been looking at people traveling
from morocco, north africa, tunisia in particular in case any operatives come from there. it's a hotbed of jihadism there, not much control and they are truly concerned. this is not a gratuitous warning. >> to berlin, the way in which this suspect, the way he was caught seems happenstance. police happened to be doing it checks and instead of pulling out his i.d. he pulls out h his .22-caliber pistol. your reaction to that? >> he's an amateur. i mean, clearly leaving your documents in that truck, if he hadn't he would have had much more time to get out of germany, he went through france into italy, maybe even get out of europe all together, he didn't know what he was doing, traveling around with a pistol, a 22 pistol can frankly get you nothing and out at 3:00 in the morning. if there had been a network --
and that was my original suspicion, they would have taken care of him, they could have gotten him out of europe easily so it's starting to look more and more he was a lone wolf inspire bit the islamic state rather than directed by them but on the other hand, does it matter at this point after the death of the -- the murder of 12 people. >> but it would matter if there were other people who were in on this and helping hide him and helping teach him and providing -- i know you're saying it was a .22 pistol but i go back to -- guys throw the map back up. the fact that he was able to get so far by himself? >> exactly. the borders are open and this is going to be an argument for the far right, we have to close the borders, we need border checks, we could have stopped this guy from traveling through france, he should have been stopped there under the old regime befo. he crossed two international borders before he was finally
caught but to go back to your point about other people in the group, i clearly think there are. the germans made more arrests yesterday and i believe today so it's a wider network and what you have to understand is they don't mind losing people in this network. the act itself is if you have for them so if he dies a so-called martyr they still in their eyes think they've won. >> bob baer, thank you very much. >> thank you. coming up next, breaking news at the united nations here where this security council resolution demanding an end to israeli settlements and disputed territories has just passed but the u.s. was the one and only abstention from the vote. we'll talk about that and how president-elect donald trump has repealed a personal letter that he received from russian president vladimir putin a week ago. this as the two leaders are going back and forth about expanding nuclear capabilities in their respective countries, coming up.
just within this past hour the u.n. security council has demanded an end to settlements in the west bank. the vote passed with 14 votes, but key here, the united states didn't take a side, it abstained. >> it's because this forum too often continues to be biased against israel, because there are important issues that are not sufficiently addressed in this resolution and because the united states does not agree with every word in this text
that the united states did not vote in favor of the resolution. but it is because this resolution reflects the facts on the ground and is consistent with u.s. policy across republican and democratic administrations throughout the history of the state of israel that the united states did not veto it. >> u.s. ambassador to the united nations samantha power explaining the why as far as the abstenti abstention. israel had urgently called on the u.s. to veto this. officials accused the obama administration of colluding in a quote/unquote palestinian initiative intended to harm israel i have correspondent oren lieberman in jerusalem with reaction but elise labott, let me go to you first. you are in the weeds on this yes it passed. most significant that the u.s. abstained and to yoet you last hour, do you see in as a parting shot from the obama administration to prime minister benjamin netanyahu? >> that's right, brooke.
and also to the settlement policy. president obama has long held that the settlements were an impediment to peace. you remember secretary of state john kerry trying to get a peace deal between israelis and palestinians, spent many months doing that and the settlements were issues that held up. for sam power, ambassador power, to say the u.s. wasn't supporting the resolution by abstaining i think -- look, by allowing the resolution to go through it's very significant and a rare -- not unprecedented but rare abandonment of israel at the united states at the united nations. the israelis clearly we've been hearing from the israelis and or ren will talk about that but they see this as an abandonment of a core us tenet to protect israel at the united nations from a body that the administration itself has considered very anti-israel but
the reverberations for this and how significant it is are going to go on for a long time, now the international community, the united nations has declared israeli settlements a flagrant violation of international law. how will that affect future middle east peace deals and something the u.s. might broker. that's why you saw interference by president-elect donald trump. the israelis said if you go through this w this we'll reach out to the president-elect and the argue system if he does what he says he wants to do which is to get involved in a middle east peace process that this could tie his hands and clearly it would give leverage to the palestinians and that's what you saw him do yesterday and i think you'll see a swift reaction from the president-elect today. >> waiting for the reaction. we got a reaction from the u.s. house speaker calling the vote absolutely shameful but before
we get into the politics of this looking ahead to a trump administration, oren, how is -- this about abandonment? how is israel feeling about the abstention? >> well, the israeli government and prime minister benjamin netanyahu's administration feel like they were abandoned. they've been furious over the last 24 hours once we got word the u.s. might abstain or vote for it. and they issued a statement that was unprecedented in how harshly critical it was of president obama and secretary of state kerry saying -- accusing them of colluding with the palestinians which the u.s. and palestinians deny. israel was furious before and they're furious after. here is part of a statement from israel's ambassador to the united nations. he says neither the security council nor unesco can sever the tie between the people of israel and the land of israel. it was to be expected israel's greatest ally would act in accordance with the values we share and vetoed this resolution. i have no doubt the new u.s. administration will usher in a
new era in terms of the relations with israel. it seems obvious the way the israeli government is already looking, they're looking to president-elect trump. they talked to him throughout this process and urged him to do what he could to avert this. he was able to pull it yesterday but not today. too many of those countries on the security council wanted to see this introduce ed and it passed with u.s. abstaining. we have palestinian reaction. the palestinian prime minister saying "this is a victory for people and the cause and it opens doors wide for the demand of sanctions on settlements. this is a move towards justice and international law." no surprise there, the palestinians hailing what they've been pushing for not only now but the past eight years. president obama stopped any u.n. security council resolution on israel and the palestinian territories until now, until his last few days in office when he let this go through. it doesn't seem like the israelis and netanyahu are even close to being ready to forgive him for this. >> as we've been talking the president-elect has tweeted so elise i'll go to you on this.
trump has just said. as to the u.n., things will be different after january 20. the day of his inauguration. "things will be different." how do you interpret that? >> well, first of all, donald trump has made very clear -- and this is something the obama administration up till now has said that dealing at the united nations is not the place for negotiations between israelis and palestinians and i'm told by some of the president-elect's advisers that work with him on the campaign they they do expect he's going to be intimately involved but you have seen in his appointments, in his statements he is going to be much friendlier to israel. he's talked about moving the u.s. embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. his ambassador is a controversial pick, david friedman who sports settlements, calls for expanding them and even annexing the west bank. we don't know how that will play into policy but i think donald
trump and the israelis feel this administration has not always stood by israel. particularly on the iran deal now this particular vote and i think this could harden the president-elect's position as he comes in and dealing with israel to kind of compensate for what they feel is a slap by the obama administration. >> we mentioned, last question to you or ren, the israeli government officials had ask for president-elect donald trump to intervene ahead of this vote. tell me just about the relationship between netanyahu and trump. >> well, it seems from everything we're seeing now that this relationship is incredibly strong, certainly when you compare it to the strained relation and strained relation is the nicest thing you can say about the relation between netanyahu and obama. it seems trump and netanyahu will have a fresh start, a strong start. they've been in contact. and certainly the choice of
friedman as ambassador is a choice the israeli government sees as promising. he's promised to move the embassy. and that almost certainly is why netanyahu -- officials working with netanyahu reiched out to trump to see what he could do. his efforts effective but only for 24 hours until this resolution was reintroduced and it's possible with trump in the white house this resolution won't have teeth. trump could keep this resolution from having any real practical effect so we may not see a true effect on the ground while trump is in office. he can stop any further movement on this resolution at the u.n. if he so chooses. >> like you said, things will be different after january 20. or r oren and elise, thank you both so very much. coming up on cnn, president-elect trump sets up this firestorm with a tweet about nuclear weapons. how russia is responding to that coming up. pical day. there is nothing typical about making movies. i'm victoria alonso and i'm an executive producer...
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this as trump characterized a very nice letter comes on the heels of what feels like it could be a redux of the cold war. the president-elect expanded on the comments he's expand the country's nuclear capability telling nbc "let it be an arms race, we will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all." putin today addressing the issue with reporters at his annual news conference. >> translator: the tactical arms of the united states are outdated so if someone accelerates and speeds up the arms race, it's not us. >> let's talk this over with joe doherty, a fellow for the woodrow wilson center and daryl kimball, the executive director of a nonprofit organization supporting arms control measures. welcome to both of you. daryl, from what i understand you have spent your entire career trying to get rid of
nuclear weapons so to hear mr. trump say it's an arms race how do you respond? these are disturbing comments, number one, because he's said them in a way, on twitter, that has led to confusion. when it comes to nuclear policy, you want to be clear, you want to be precise. you don't want there to be doubts about what you're trying to achieve. number two, the united states presidents, republicans, democrats since ronald reagan even before have sought to work with russia to engage with russia to reduce the enormous nuclear arsenals these two countries have. both countries still have about 1, 800 strategic nuclear weapons that could be fired hundreds of which can be fired within minutes of a launch order by either president. so this is serious stuff and for president-elect trump to be talking about reversing decades of policy, threatingen, hinting at a new nuclear arms race sends
us in the wrong direction and is not consistent with what the military says is required for u.s. deterrence purposes. >> some republicans appreciate mr. trump's bravado, specifically the congressman from arizona, trent franks, a member of the arms services committee. this is what he just told cnn. >> donald trump has not even been sworn into office, should he be starting an arms race? >> i don't think that's what he's doing. i think sometimes donald trump's municipal kmagss may not always be the most diplomatic or the most elegant but he's got the principle right if he makes it clear that america will always deal from a position of strength that we at once tell the world that we have no designs on hurting anyone but there is no point in trying to force any sort of a major offensive against us because we have the capacity and the commitment to take care of ourselves. >> i wanted our viewers to hear another perspective. when you hear "position of
power" or "coming from a position of power" what's wrong that? >> it's clear the united states is the most powerful diplomatic and military power in the world. but what trent franks is ignoring is that president-elect trump said in his tweet yesterday that he wants to expand and strengthen the capacity of the u.s. nuclear arsenal. and that he is inviting a new nuclear arms race in his comments on msnbc earlier today. that's different whfrom what trt frank's interpretation is and you have to remember the united states is on the path to replace and in some ways upgrade our cold war arsenal at a cost of $1 trillion so it's not as if the united states is in a weak position or on a track to be in a weak position. the u.s. and russia have a response to reduce the nuclear excess that both countries still have and that threaten one another's existence? >> jill doherty, you are one of the smartest people i know on russia. you sort of speak putin, given
everything we have outlined and especially in this four-hour opus from mr. putin, what's this about? is it posturing or more than that? >> i think they're both sending messages yesterday -- i think it was yesterday donald trump had this phrase, it was very interesting, he said this is like a little dance and it was about bargaining companies, boeing and another company on building a new military jet but what he's saying is this is a little dance. in other words i think there's a pattern which is incoming president trump makes a statement, kind of over the top, it's his first valuely, he waits probably for some type of response but the problem here -- that could be good bargaining if you're buying a rug at a market or something, at a bazaar. but when you're talking about nuclear weapons, what that says
is let's do it, let's have a nuclear war, we don't care. and that is so highly destabilizing. people don't talk about nukes that way. what it does is it makes the other guy -- even if he's -- you know, putin is smart, he knows what the game is but there might be this idea that yes, trump would continue to build up and build up so it just is very destabilizing and dangerous and i don't think he can do nuclear policy in 140 words. >> if trump truly wants a better relationship with russia, what would be the best way to go about that do you think? >> well, it's important as donald trump has said, to have a working relationship with russia even if we have deep differences over human rights and many other issues. he has at least five big issues he has to sort out if the united states is going to have a better
relationship with russia. number one is russia's infringement on the sovereignty of ukraine and the sanctions that are in place, u.s. and european sanctions. that is a tough issue to resolve. another one is russia's concern about u.s. missile interceptor capabilities that are really supposed to be to counter iranian or north korean missiles if they emerge but the russians are concerned this could counter their strategic nuclear retaliatory potential. putin talked about that earlier in his press conference. another issue is the question of the military-to-military flights nato and russian forces that could cause a serious and dangerous military incident over the baltics and european airspace. then there is the issue of nuclear weapons and how and to what extent to reduce the enormous stockpiles the two sides have. those are tough issues. the wrong way to start out is with this nuclear saber
rattling, this bravado that does send different signals not just to vladimir putin but to our allies in europe, to other countries that have nuclear weapons. they're starting to wonder what kind of direction mr. trump might take the united states in. is it consistent with the past or radicalally different. >> listening to barbara star our pentagon correspondent saying in all the high ranking d.o.d. folks, not a single one of them believes a word from vladimir putin. that said, joe doherty, your final take away? >> i think that's shortsighted. we ought to be paying a lot of attention to exactly what president putin is saying because he does not speak without having some type of thought most of the time and we should be understanding what he's saying and what he's saying is he's blaming a lot on president obama, pop disappears from the scene and now it's the new guy and so mr. putin will be
dealing with trump and he is sending messages right now. we're willing to deal but we can give it back to you, he said they can overwhelm the missile defense of the united states in europe so i think we ought to pay attention. >> jill doherty, daryl kimball, appreciate you both. thank you so much. coming up next, boeing and the other company, lockheed martin. lockheed martin's stock taking as by hit after yet another tweet from president-elect trump. why he's going after this defense contractor coming up.
from president-elect trump. he writes "based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the lockheed martin f-35 i have asked boeing to price out a comparable f-18 super hornet." he's talking about these jets here. and while lockheed tumbled, shares of boeing got a boost. let's go to richard quest in his role as cnn aviation correspondent, host of "quest means business." richard quest. we know ceos of both boeing and lockheed martin were down at mar-a-lago speaking to mr. trump and it seems a day later he's almost setting off a bidding war between the two companies. >> that's exactly what he's doing. look, the f-35 for lockheed martin is a 400 or $500 billion project. yes it's years late and billions over budget but this is super stealth technology and it's widely believed to be cutting edge state-of-the-art.
what trump is saying maybe we don't need all this even though the pentagon has been buying more than 2,000 of them, up to $100 million each. what trump is saying hang on, the f-18 super hornet, boeing has spent many millions updating it, it's doing a good job. there's a new version. we could have that one instead. the problem is he's negotiating in public and this is the result of what you see. >> is there any advantage of that? there's a lot that's been happening whether talking about nuclear capabilities or the cost of a jet public. could there be an advantage? >> i think no matter how much one wants to give donald trump the benefit of the doubt for doing things differently doing everything differently -- d.i. d., do it different -- you have to say that this is untrammelled territory. >> yes. >> we don't know. you see the market go down. remember he beats up on boeing
over air force one but the ceo comes back and immediately says "the bill won't be more than $4 billion." so yes you could chalk that as a victory for the president-elect but when you're dealing with 400 or $1500 billion worth of state-of-the-art aircraft that you're hoping to sell to the rest of the world as well, let's face it here, put in the context, israel's just taken four of the f-35s. if the u.s. doesn't buy them, well, everybody else is going to pull out as well and then lockheed martin has a really serious problem on its hands. >> richard quest, big decisions with those ramifications around the world. thank you, sir, very much. that's just one of the storylines that's erupted from donald trump tweet in the last 24 hours. the much bigger uproar coming from comments i mentioned a second ago. nuclear weapons. in a statement to nbc mr. trump said "let it be an arms race,
question will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all." his newly named press secretary sean spicer was on "new day." >> he will do whatever it takes to protect this country and if another country wants to threaten our safety or sovereignty he'll do what it takes. >> sure but he's not waiting until another country threatens us. >> he's making its very clear that other countries and other companies you've seen with carrier and others, he'll make it clear he will be an active president that will get things done. >> meaning he will use nuclear weapons if need be? >> he won't take anything off the table. it means he won't sit back and let another country act. he needs to send a clear and concise message which he's done that he is going to be a president that defends america's interest and defends the american people. >> let's bring in chief political correspondent dana bache. dana bash, good to see you. i want to begin big picture. you have trump tweeting about
expanding the country's nuclear capability. i was talking to quest about tweeting about boeing and this bidding war then you have this christmas letter from putin to trump and all the while he's golfing with tiger woods today. unorthodox approach. should we be surprised to all of the above? >> of course it's unorthodox and absolutely not we should not be surprised. anybody who paid attention for five minutes to donald trump on the campaign trail never mind watching his actions on the campaign trail just vis-a-vis how he took an approach to his campaign rivals but also more importantly listening to his rhetoric, this is what he said he was going to do. now when i say "this" i'm talking as you said big picture change. i'm going to change everything, i'm going to do things differently so whether it is as you said getting allies,
potential rivals at a very dangerous arena which is the nuclear arena back on their heels unsure of what he's going to do which obviously has potentially dangerous consequences or something that is different but potentially dangerous as richard was just talking about economically on trying to get a bidding war going between two pretty big u.s. companies. but to the benefit, he hopes, of the u.s. taxpayer because a loath of these companies do have, as he was saying, hundreds of billions of dollars of government work around a lot of them are over cost and over time so all of this is his mo. the question we don't know the answer to is how the reaction is going to be.
it's one thing for lockheed's stock to go down and they hope it will go down, it's another thing to say "you want an arms race? bring it on" when you're rolling back decades and decades of nuclear arms control. >> on that, let it be an arms race, which is what we heard from a pajama clad anchor on another network -- >> we'll leave that alone. >> we'll leave that to the side. that has concerned some americans. we just played a clip from a republican congressman saying hey he's coming from a position of strength, what's wrong with that? i know everyone is on vacation but people in washington, members of congress and even republican republicans. >> well, is he coming from a position of strength? we don't know. his experience, his only experience which obviously he had been for the most part successful at with some declarations of bankruptcy but we'll put that aside but his experience in business has been
to keep his adversaries or the people sitting across the table in negotiations on their toes, keep them guessing so that he has leverage and so this seems to be his m.o. both again something as potentially dangerous as nuclear arms and something potentially dangerous to a lot of american jobs as threatening a huge american company but you know what? this is what voters wanted. they didn't want business as usual with politicians being worried about what their -- people are going to think and people are going to be fearfulover. they wanted somebody to shake things up and that's what they got. >> he's shaken. speaking of inauguration day, i wanted to ask about inauguration. i had boris epstein on yesterday who is the communications chair of the whole inauguration bit with trump and beyond the
significance, of course, of being inaugurated as the nation's next president, there's the pomp and circumstances and he said yes. and the big resupreme was that the rockettes would be performing for trump's inauguration and there's been criticism they haven't been able to book anyone a-list. so this is what trump tweeted. "the so-called a-list celebrities are all wanting tickets to the inauguration, but look watt what they did for hillary, nothing. i want the people." what do you think inauguration will be like? >> you know what? >> i think we need to look at his convention. the democratic convention did -- as he said, had a-list celebrities who at the end of the day were not successful in helping to elect their candidate. he had people who are near and dear to our heart from our -- maybe growing up like scott baio but not necessarily people who are on the front of "people"
magazine every week so i think it's going to be quite different and he's foreshadowing that in the tweet. >> all right. dana bash, thank you so much. >> thanks, brooke. >> thank you. coming up next, she says she has already welcomed a syrian refugee into her home and now this woman from berlin is planning a 2,000 mile march, she says, to aleppo, in solidarity with the people there. she'll join me live to discuss why she's doing this and, of course, also her reaction to the terror attack in her hometown.
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to go to syria -- as in walk to syria. she is anna albutt, she lives in berlin. she and her family have invited a syrian refugee into her home and donated money but she said she could no longer sit there and watch the retracing the steps of the refugees who managed to get out. and she joins me now live from berlin. so you're there at the christmas market where we had 12 people killed earlier in the week. how does it feel to be walking around there? i understand you went to the market the next day. >> yes. i did. i think that's the best we can do. not be afraid. >> german chancellor angela
merkel has been criticized for her policy, open borders. here you are. you took in a syrian refugee from aleppo. what is your response to people who look at that berlin attacker, a tunisian refugee, and say you shouldn't let them in. >> reporter: i took in a place who needed a place to sleep. i don't care if he's syrian or not. he was sleeping on the street like 70,000 other people in berlin at this time. and i had a free room. it was the most natural thing ever to give him place to sleep. what is my response? i mean, i don't like putting people into boxes and saying those are refugees and those are not refugees. i have a feeling if we want to close europe for somebody, maybe we should close it for all the men. mainly men were terrorists last year. however, as stupid as it sounds. >> it's one thing to take in a
refugee. it is quite another to embark on this journey. 2,000 miles walking to aleppo. not to mention the dangers involved in that. why do you want to do this? what is this about? >> reporter: you can say that i'm crazy, that it is a crazy idea. i have a feeling that it is more crazy to watch it and not do anything anymore. me and many people who feel same, we just had enough of this watching. just watching and sending money or going to the demonstrations. we did all of this in the last months and it didn't work. and there is something more we can do. walking. it is for everybody. everybody can join us. and we decided to put together all this power of us and go and try to change something. >> how many people have reached out to you to join you? >> reporter: we are planning to
start 3,000 people from berlin. we're going to walk through many countries of europe and we get information from our coordinators that people will join us on the way. so i don't know what will be the number. we have confirmation from very different celebrities or vip people who support our idea and i guess they will still bring more people. we want to show to the people who make decisions that we are not watching anymore. just sitting and watching. >> let's follow up with you as you're walking. i have a feeling that 3,000 numbers will grow. anna alboth in berlin. thank you. coming up, back to the top story that we've been following. the fbi issuing a warning about possible threats from isis in the u.s., specifically regarding churches and holiday gatherings. also ahead, police in chicago make a heart breaking discovery. three little girls, abandoned, living in deplorable conditions.
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more than 100 passengers and crew are free after being threatened by two men threatening to blow up the plane. the hijackers forced the plane to land in malta where military negotiators refused their demands and got them to surrender. one of the hijackers waved a green flag outside the aircraft suggesting loyalty to the late leader moammar gadhafi, and they showed the guns used in the hijacking were fake. love this. three little girls found dirty
and hungry and all alone have some new hope. ryan young has their story in this week's beyond the call of duty. three young girls from schlichting getting a fresh start at life. they're known as the ingle woothd angels and the love they receive now is all thanks to a 911 call. >> we have a situation where there are some children left alone inside this abandoned building. >> inside the home, they said the children, 7, 2 and 1 sat together with nothing but each other. >> they were all huddled up together in the bedroom on a very dirty mattress inside one of the bedrooms there. the whole house was very uninhabitable. no running water, no heat, no electricity. dirty garbage spread throughout the apartment. >> the father was accused of striking his children and charged with eight counts of battery. he has pleaded not guilty. the mother's role in the children's lives is unclear. it is also not clear how long
the girls had been abandoned. but officers found the girl's grandmother, delores anderson, who hadn't seen her grand kids in years. anderson said she quit her jobs to take full time care of the girls. >> they were very small. they were dirty. they haven't been bathed in a while. they weren't used to real food at first. >> despite finding a loving home, officers wanted to help even more so they started stopping by the apartment to check on the children. bringing furniture and other donated items. a go fund me page they established raised over $100,000. >> 25 daughters myself. so it just, it was heart breaking. to see them and the conditions they were living in. so yeah. we knew we needed to do something more. >> we started bringing over some milk and some diapers. >> the oldest child who is now 8 had never, ever attended school. the officers helped get her
enrolled. a christmas blessing that doesn't know color or rank but just love and caring. >> there are so many people in this world that care. for everybody to reach out, to donate when they can, food, money, clothing for the girls. and they tried to help me, too. but i don't want anything. my babies are okay and i have a roof over my head. i'm fine. >> cnn chicago. >> thanks for being with me today. breaking news, the fbi is warning u.s. churches of isis threats this holy weekend. the lead starts right now. a new terror warning in the united states as the christmas market terrorist has stumbled upon and shot dead and isis releases a video proving he was one of them. more breaking news. president obama shocking the nation and the world in taking a parting shot at israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and