NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast – August 27th, 2021

NBC Nightly News Full Broadcast – August 27th, 2021

tonight the urgent terror threat to u.s forces in afghanistan the president has warned another attack in kabul is likely the next few days the most dangerous the death toll from yesterday’s suicide bombing staggering those 13 u.s service members who made the ultimate sacrifice what we’re learning about them tonight and the 170 afghans killed evacuation flights resuming the president vowing to continue the mission as he faces growing criticism the serious threat from hurricane ida taking aim at the gulf coast now on higher word for what could be a powerful category four storm al roker has the track and the timing disturbing news on the covid surge cases among children on the rise as schools reopen plus a florida judge dealing a blow to the governor’s ban on mask mandates and the growing demand for a promising covet treatment the supreme court ruling that could now put millions of americans at risk of eviction the stunning decision sirhan sirhan the man convicted for assassinating robert f kennedy recommended for parole but will he be released and inspiring america the afghan-american pilot and the refugees he’s helping right now this is nbc nightly news with lester holt good evening sworn enemies with a bitter 20-year legacy written in blood tonight the united states and the taliban facing a mutual threat anxiety high in kabul amid what u.s intelligence believes is a specific and credible threat isis terrorists will strike again on the heels of yesterday’s bombing attack outside the international airport that killed at least 13 u.s troops and left well over 100 afghans dead tonight the american pole out from afghanistan at a critical stage the long war coming to a tortured heartbreaking and uncertain end richard engel leads our coverage tonight these are the united states security partners in kabul the taliban protecting american forces at the airport their way keeping afghans from reaching the airport gate extending the security perimeter while hundreds of americans have been evacuated in the last 24 hours if you’re an afghan trying to get to the airport now the path is blocked the u.s military says it’s coordinating security with the taliban closely it’s more needed now than ever after yesterday’s suicide bombing killed at least 13 american service members most of the marines while they were doing pat downs of evacuees among them navy corpsman maxton soviet from ohio whose sister describes her baby brother as beautiful intelligent beats to the sound of his own drum twenty-year-old marine david lee espinosa born in texas the mayor of his hometown today calling him a fallen hero marine riley mccollum a former high school wrestler from wyoming expecting a baby in just a few weeks lance corporal kareem nikui and corporal hunter lopez both from southern california and lance corporal jared schmitz a marine from missouri more than 150 afghans were killed at kabul’s main hospital today the butcher’s bill of some of the dead and nearly 200 injured was posted outside coffins arrived in a steady stream muhammad safar was wounded in the blast an asylum seeker muhammad says he was standing by the airport gate playing a game on his phone when suddenly the bomb knocked him unconscious isis k an enemy of both the u.s and the taliban claimed responsibility u.s intelligence warns they’ll try more attacks as the u.s winds up its evacuation by tuesday we were at kabul airport yesterday just hours before the blast filming afghans who now that the gates are effectively shut were among the last to make it in fatima haridi played forward on a local soccer team league champions in the city of herat she got out with her coach and several relatives why are you leaving now because of coming tolerable and we couldn’t play football anymore and they didn’t allow us i know i’m sure and we shouldn’t we had to leave this country because of that down the line was halil zad daughter mehan nine months and wife cena halil zad’s brother was an air force pilot who fought with the us against the taliban thing that we want is a safe life better life and better future for our children that’s important for us yeah and we are i think we are now heading to italy yeah we saw foreign troops pax on boarding planes with the afghans a sign the end is near foreign forces brought in to protect the evacuation now evacuating themselves richard for afghans who want to get out how will they do that once the americans leave they’re going to have to wait until the civilian airport opens and that should open after the evacuation is complete and the taliban again today said that people who have visas will be free to leave the country all right richard engel thank you let’s drill down on that urgent new warning president biden was given today that another terror attack is likely it came as he defended his withdrawal strategy amid withering criticism peter alexander is at the white house tonight just 24 hours after the deadliest assault on american troops in more than a decade president biden’s national security team today giving him the dire warning another terror attack in kabul is likely but saying they’re taking steps to protect u.s troops there the president was told the next few days of this mission will be the most dangerous period to date today meeting with the israeli prime minister president biden again mourning the lives lost but standing by his operation the mission there being performed is dangerous and is now it’s come with a significant loss of american personnel and but it’s a worthy mission now after thursday’s deadly attack the administration’s execution of that mission already under withering criticism is sparking new backlash including over its reliance on the taliban to provide security for u.s troops at the airport if we’re trusting them to screen people get to the airport how did that suicide bomber get through the taliban screening point we need to hold the taliban accountable for it as well marine kareem nakuy was among those killed in the kabul attack his father today slamming the president and his administration for not protecting his son telling the daily beast they had the taliban outside providing security i blame my own military leaders biden turned his back on him meanwhile the white house will not say whether the u.s will send troops back into afghanistan after the 31st to target the isis terror group they blame for the attack but say the president’s commitment to find those who carried it out has not changed i think he made clear yesterday that he does not want them to live on the earth anymore and peter while they’re hunting for isis fighters the pentagon also revealing how many isis prisoners were recently freed by the taliban yeah lester that’s right the pentagon for the first time says thousands of isis prisoners were released from prisons including at bagram air base after the u.s handed it over to the afghan security forces but when the taliban took over they set those prisoners free lester peter thank you back home let’s turn to hurricane ida now forecast to hit the gulf coast this weekend as a potentially life-threatening category 4 storm al roker is following its track for us what’s the latest lester ida right now a category 1 storm 675 miles southeast of new orleans 80 mile per hour winds and it’s moving at a fairly good cliff northwest at 15. what we’re most concerned about the current gulf waters are in their upper 80s that’s three to five degrees above average and that is going to lead to rapid intensification we look for in sunday afternoon sometime this making landfall somewhere along the louisiana coast as a category 4 storm and it could be higher anywhere from lake charles new orleans mobile panama city all going to be feeling its effects we have storm surge forecast of 10 to 15 feet in central louisiana coastline we’re looking for wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour and rainfall amounts isolated amounts lester could get up to 20 inches of rain i’m heading down to new orleans we’re going to be covering this all weekend long this could be an ugly wednesday safe hal thank you in a state of emergency already in effect tonight in louisiana where people are bracing for ida the devastation of katrina and other powerful storms still seared in their memories morgan chesky is there tonight tonight in louisiana a summer long sigh of relief is over hurricane ida putting new orleans on high alert supplies disappearing in an all too familiar rush we all know from katrina you know that something like this is not to be played with idah’s potential path covering nearly the entire coastline of louisiana they see all the conditions necessary for it to strengthen very very rapidly governor john bel edwards declaring a state of emergency and with hospitals already packed with covet patients urging everyone to get vaccinated the prospect of sheltering potentially thousands and thousands of people at the height of the fourth surge is very daunting to the westin lake charles daunting deja vu we don’t even have a swarm crystal fogelman lost her home exactly one year ago to laura now even a glancing blow from ida could be disaster for the trailer her family calls home if it happens again which i hope to god it does not we’ll definitely move out of the hurricane zone that’s that that’s that it’s stressful it’s tiring it takes everything out of you it really does and tonight officials have already issued voluntary and mandatory evacuations for those in low-lying areas but others tell me they’re not taking any chances remembering all too well the three hurricanes that made landfall here just last year lester morgan chesky thank you in just 60 seconds the battle over mask mandates and a major ruling in the state hardest hit by the delta variant u.s intelligence officials remain sharply divided tonight over the origins of covet according to a new report one intel agency believes the virus most likely came from a lab accident in wuhan china but four others suggest it may have begun naturally all agencies agree china is hindering the global investigation we want to turn out a covenant in the classroom and a major ruling over masks in schools for hard hit florida it all comes as many hospitals nationwide are at a breaking point miguel almaguer reports with our nation deeply divided over how to best protect children in school today a florida judge ruling the governor’s controversial ban on mass mandates in the classroom is unlawful a major defeat with similar legal challenges already underway in states like texas and arizona who were also defined cdc guidance i’m personally sick and tired of people playing politics with my child’s life as more children become infected with covid the cdc warns hospitalizations will rise a growing number of pediatric units are already overwhelmed without proper you know barriers and in place like masks social distancing we expect to see that these numbers are going to probably keep going up delta is still driving infections around the world a new study from the uk says the variant is doubling the risk of hospitalization states like alabama already at a breaking point we are really in a crisis situation i don’t know how much longer we’re going to be able to to do this as the pandemic grows more dire and more hospitals are in need of a lifeline the u.s has again surpassed 2 000 deaths in a single day breaking the grim benchmark for the first time since march a new model now suggests by december 1st 107 000 more could still die that was terrific you gotta let your child die lisa brandon lost her two sons erin and free within 12 hours of each other she was vaccinated they were not this is the most devastating thing i’ve ever ever been through tonight one mother’s preventable loss as our nation sees far too much heartbreak every day miguel almaguer nbc news meantime across several states people are lining up for promising antibody treatments like the one former president trump was given here’s gabe gutierrez with more in tampa the line for monoclonal antibody treatment stretches across the fairgrounds even before the center opens i haven’t been feeling too well the last couple days and just you know taking a precautionary measure with hospitals packed with covet patients the state of florida is opening 21 pop-up sites like this monoclonal antibodies are made in a lab and bind to viruses stopping them from infecting more cells the results have been really really positive and we want to keep up the momentum dr anthony fauci says the underutilized treatments can reduce the risk of hospitalization and death by up to 85 percent it is important to emphasize that this must be done early in infection and not wait of course until a person is sick enough to be hospitalized the effort is now ramping up in other states including texas missouri and iowa where the antibodies are being given in nursing homes it does lower the viral load for those individuals that have the infection but the treatments had usually been administered through ivs the one at these sites in florida are injected through four shots one in each arm and two in the stomach they’re meant for people who’ve already tested positive for covet and patients must wait an hour to observe any adverse reactions the ones we spoke with had not been vaccinated and yet were eager to get this treatment i feel very tired natalie santiago tested positive days ago after her husband got sick what’s the difference in your mind between getting this treatment versus getting the vaccine well i think now that i’m sick i just want to get better so i’m willing to do what i need to do to do that the fda has authorized these treatments for emergency use in adults and children over the age of 12 but public health experts stress they are not a substitute for getting vaccinated lester all right gabe gutierrez with that thank you millions of americans at risk for eviction are on edge tonight after a supreme court decision ended pandemic protections morgan radford now on the impact for renters and landlords demia burst could soon have nowhere to go we’ll be staying at the car if we can’t get any assistance we first spoke to her during the pandemic when the cdc moratorium was extended it’s stressful it’s hard she is one of more than 8 million americans who were behind on their rent overnight the supreme court blocked an eviction moratorium issued by the centers for disease control meant to protect renters like her until early october my heart dropped it was like wow on top of everything that’s going on this added more pressure in a six to three opinion the court said the cdc does not have the authority to keep the moratorium going a reversal the white house calls disappointing what we’re trying to do here is prevent people from being evicted from their homes but a group of realtors argued before the supreme court that landlords have lost as much as 19 billion dollars a month since the moratorium began i will be going down to the courts on monday and i will be actually submitting eviction paperwork on every single tenant that owes me money to date deb pusateri owns 70 buildings in albany new york and says the supreme court decision is passed due where do we get the money to keep paying the bills where do we get the money to keep supporting the tenants who’s going to pay back the debt that i’ve incurred meanwhile states are currently working to distribute the first half of the 46 billion dollars of emergency funds that have been approved by congress but the treasury department announced wednesday that only 20 percent of that money has actually made it to renters leaving renters like burst racing against the clock for the moratorium to be reinstated the supreme court says congress would need to vote to extend it meanwhile experts say landlords could begin the eviction process as early as next week lester all right morgan thank you coming up for us breaking news on the man who killed robert f kennedy sirhan sirhan could he go free we’re back with breaking developments about the man who killed robert f kennedy sirhan sirhan was recommended for parole late today after more than five decades in prison our stephanie goss has late details fifty-three years ago moments after robert f kennedy won the california primary sirhan saron fatally shot him in la’s ambassador hotel today in a stunning decision the parole board recommended the gunman be released from prison something few had predicted how surprised would you be if the parole board lets sir uncertain out on parole i would be astonished the parole hearing sir hans 16th drew scrutiny because for the first time ever no prosecutor from l.a county attended d.a george gascon’s office saying in a statement the role of a prosecutor ends at sentencing adding if someone is the same person that committed an atrocious crime that person will correctly not be found suitable for release on the one hand it’s surprising because sirhan sarhan is such a notorious criminal but on the other hand there has been a trend away from locking up criminals and throwing away the key as the recently elected gascone told lester in may he hopes to be transformative in his new role my priorities are really how do we reimagine the way that we bring security and safety and public health to our community critics worried the prosecutor’s absence from sirhan’s parole hearing could open the door to letting a dangerous criminal who changed the course of u.s history back on the streets sirhan is not out yet there will be a 90-day review before the decision lands on the governor’s desk when rfk’s killer could become a free man stephanie gosk nbc news up next for us tonight the afghan-american pilot who’s inspiring america finally i’d like you to hear the story of inspiration from an american seeing himself in scenes of desperation in afghanistan and decided to help here’s andrea mitchell they often arrive with just the clothes on their backs weary from their hazardous journey families with frightened children starting over in a foreign land watching the news reawaken childhood memories for zach kogiani of feeling lost displaced as a refugee to the u.s from kabul you were nine years old when you left as a refugee did all this bring it back to you it all came rushing back especially the scenes of the people hanging on to that c-17 as it was taxing out a pilot for united he volunteered for flights from ramstein to dallas as a translator on the crew to reassure frightened passengers i knew what was going through their minds i knew what they had left behind i knew what they had endured a sense of relief overcame them that they knew this was actually really happening and they were flying to safety you define yourself as a son of afghanistan what does that mean we are dignified we are proud and you will never meet an afghan who is willing to give up what’s your message to americans about how welcoming they should be to all of these afghans please be a good neighbor be a good citizen be compassionate and how many more flights will he take i will take as many as i can till the last evacuee arrives in the united states this proud afghan american flying out again tonight from dulles destination ramstein air base on a rescue mission of hope andrea mitchell nbc news washington thank you for watching everyone i’m lester holt please take care of yourself and each other good night thanks for watching our youtube channel follow today’s top stories and breaking news by downloading the nbc news app you
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