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CBN NewsWatch: February 21, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Feb. 21: Death toll in Syria climbs with no end in sight; Tim Tebow backs out of church appearance; Bikers ride cross country to honor vets; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH," CIVIL

WAR IN SYRIA.

WHAT THE ONGOING BATTLE COULD

MEAN FOR THE REST OF THE MIDDLE

EAST.

PLUS WINTER WEATHER IN THE

HEARTLAND.

SNOW AND ICE TO PARTS OF THE

COUNTRY.

THOUSANDS OF RIDERS FIRE UP

THEIR HARLEYS TO HONOR AMERICANS

VETERANS, THIS YEARS RUN FOR THE

WALL.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." A BRUTAL CIVIL WAR

CONTINUES TO WAGE IN SYRIA.

GOOD EVENING I AM MARK MARTIN.

AND I AM HEATHER SELLS.

THE DEATH TOLL FROM TWO YEARS OF

FIGHTING IN SYRIA APPROACHING

70,000.

A BOMBING IN THE HEART OF

DAMASCUS.

JOHN WAAGE HAS TONIGHT'S TOP

STORY.

ONCE AGAIN SMOKE BILLOWED

OVER DAMASCUS, ANOTHER SIGN THAT

PLAGUED SYRIA FOR 24 MONTHS.

SYRIAN STATE TV PUT IT IS DEATH

TOLL AT 53 FOR THE ATTACK NEAR

THE HEADQUARTERS.

A CAR BOMB NEAR A SECURITY CHECK

POINT KILLED MOSTLY CIVILIANS

AND MORE THAN 200 WOUNDED.

THE KILLINGS ARE A ANSWER FOR

THE SYRIAN REGIME TO COME TO THE

BARGAINING TABLE.

A GROUP HAS CLAIMED

RESPONSIBILITY AND INVOLVED IN

AT LEAST 17 BOMBINGS IN AND

AROUND DAMASCUS.

THIS BOMBING TOOK PLACE NEAR

THE RUSSIAN EMBASSY AS WELL WHO

HAVE ASKED BASHAR ASSAD TO BACK

OFF FOR DECADES.

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SARGEI

SAYS THEY MUST PREPARE FOR

DIALOGUE AS IF ONLY SOLUTION.

THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT CONDUCTED

AN AIR LIFT OF 99 RUSSIAN FLYING

THEM BACK TO MOSCOW.

THE PLANE DROPPED OFF

HUMANITARIAN GENERATORS WHERE

RUSSIA HAS A MILITARY PRESENCE.

THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION IS

THREATENING TO ATTACK SHIITE

HEZBOLLAH GORILLAS.

THEY WILL ALSO ATTACK HEZBOLLAH

INSIDE LEBANON IF NECESSARY,

SOMETHING THAT COULD LEAD TO A

WIDER SUNNI SHIITE CONFLICT.

JOHN WAAGE, CBN NEWS.

WE ARE JOINED BY OUR MIDDLE

EAST BUREAU CHIEF CHRIS

MITCHELL.

IS THERE ANY END IN SIGHT?

REPORTER: MORE THAN TWO

YEARS, MARK, THERE IS NO END IN

SIGHT.

LIKELY SYRIA WILL NEVER BE THE

SAME.

PARTS OF NORTHERN SYRIA NOT

CONTROLLED BY THE ASSAD REGIME

AND PARTS OF THE WEST CONTROLLED

BY HEZBOLLAH.

REBELS ARE MAKING INCREMENTAL

GAINS THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO

PENETRATE SECURITY FORCES IN

DAMASCUS.

THERE IS NO BREAK THROUGH ON THE

REBEL SIDE TO TOPPLE THE REGIME.

NO END IN SIGHT.

HOW DOES THE FIGHTING IMPACT

THE REST OF THE MIDDLE EAST,

CHRIS?

REPORTER: RIGHT NOW THE

FIGHTING IN SYRIA IS THE FAULT

LINE BETWEEN SHIITE AND SUNNI

ISLAM.

YOU HAVE HAVE HEZBOLLAH AND IRAN

TO MAKE SURE ASSAD DOESN'T FALL.

SUNNI SIDE, YOU HAVE SAUDI

ARABIA, GUTTER AND TURKEY TRYING

DESPERATELY TO TOPPLE THE

REGIME.

THIS IS A HUGE BATTLE OF THESE

TWO HUGE GROUPS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

WHO IS GOING TO CONTROL SYRIA

AND WHO WINS IN SYRIA IS GOING

TO DETERMINE THE FUTURE AND FATE

OF THE MIDDLE EAST.

WAS WHA DOES THE VIOLENCE

MEAN FOR SYRIA?

REPORTER: CHRISTIANS ARE IN

THE MIDDLE.

A SIMILAR SITUATION IN IRAQ

UNDER SADAM.

IT IS A DESPERATE SITUATION,

MANY FLEEING.

WE TALKED TO AN AUTHOR OF A BOOK

CALLED "SATURDAY PEOPLE AND

SUNDAY PEOPLE" MEANING SATURDAY

PEOPLE, JEWS AND CHRISTIANS,

SUNDAY PEOPLE, MANY ARE FLEEING,

IN A DESPERATE SITUATION.

BETWEEN A ROCK AND HARD PLACE IN

SYRIA.

MANY COUNTRIES HAVE BACKED

REBEL FORCES DO YOU THINK THE

U.S. SHOULD BE DOING MORE?

REPORTER: MANY OF THE REBEL

FORCES ARE CONTROLLED BY

JIHADIST.

I TALKED TO AN EXPERT EARLIER

TODAY ABOUT SYRIA, HE SAID THE

WHOLE SPECTRUM OF THE REBEL

FORCES ARE INFLUENCED BY

JIHADIST FORCES FROM MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD TO SILAFIST, IT

COULD BE COUNTER PRODUCTIVE.

THEY ARE EVENTUALLY TURNING

AGAINST THE WEST AND

PARTICULARLY AGAINST ISRAEL.

ONCE AGAIN, CHRIS MITCHELL,

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSIGHTS,

STAY SAFE.

REPORTER: THANK YOU, MARK.

RISING TENSION BETWEEN

POWERFUL MILITARY.

MILITARY HAS DROPPED HINTS IT

MIGHT SEIZE POWER AGAIN.

SINCE MORSI TOOK OFFICE, SEVERAL

TIMES HAS OPENLY DEFIED ORDERS

FROM THE COUNTRY'S PRESIDENT.

LATEST AFTER RUMORS PRESIDENT

MORSI WAS GOING TO REPLACE

DEFENSE MINISTER.

THE BROTHERHOOD DENY IT IS

CLAIMS.

MORSI'S OFFICE REASSURES

COMMANDERS OF HIS APPRECIATION.

TALIBAN WILL CONTINUE TO

TARGET AFGHAN OFFICIALS AND

CIVILIANS LINKED TO THE U.S.

THIS COMES THAT SUCH ATTACKS

COULD VIOLATE INTERNATIONAL LAW.

ANNUAL REPORT PUBLISHED BY THE

UN MISSION SHOWS THAT THE

KILLING OF CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT

EMPLOYEES UP 700%.

A TALIBAN SPOKES PERSON SAYS

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ARE NOT

CONSIDERED CIVILIANS BUT

CRIMINAL.

KILLING THEM IS CONSIDERED AN

OBLIGATION.

AMERICA'S NEW SECRETARY OF

STATE SAYS THE GREATEST THREAT

ISN'T MIDDLE EAST OR EMERGING

CHINA.

HE SAYS IT IS CONGRESS.

JOHN KERRY MADE THAT SPEECH AT

THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

TALKING ABOUT THE LOOMING BUDGET

CUTS KNOWN AS SEQUESTRATION.

I AM PARTICULARLY AWARE IN

MANY WAYS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE

TO AMERICA'S FOREIGN POLICY IS

NOT IN THE HANDS OF DIPLOMATS

BUT POLICY MAKERS IN CONGRESS.

IT IS OFTEN SAID WE CAN'T BE

STRONG AT HOME IF WE ARE NOT

STRONG AT HOME.

FIRST MAJOR SPEECH SINCE

TAKING OVER AT THE STATE

DEPARTMENT.

NEARLY A DOZEN REPUBLICAN

LAWMAKERS JOINED THE FIGHT

AGAINST THE 'OBAMACARE'

CONTRACEPTION INSURANCE MANDATE.

NINE SENATORS AND TWO HOUSE

MEMBERS CHALLENGED BY FORMALLY

BACKING HOBBY LOBBY.

HOBBY LOBBY'S OWNERS FILED A

LAWSUIT AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT

SAYING THE MANDATE REQUIRES THEM

TO PICK.

UTAH SENATOR ORIN HATCH FILED A

FRIEND OF THE COURT BRIEF.

HOBBY LOBBY IS AMONG THE FEW

ORGANIZATIONS NOT GRANTED

TEMPORARY RELIEF.

TEBOW HAS BEEN PRESSURED TO

BACK OUT.

JEFFERS RECENTLY DEFENDED

HIMSELF SAYING TO SIMPLY SAY

THAT JESUS CHRIST OFFERS

SALVATION TO ANYONE WHO BELIEVES

IN HIM AND SEX SHOULD BE BETWEEN

A MAN AND WOMAN AND MARRIAGE

THAT THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED

HATE SPEECH?

I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

TEBOW TWEETED HE WAS CANCELING

THE APPEARANCE DUE TO NEW

INFORMATION BROUGHT TO MY

ATTENTION.

ANOTHER MAJOR WINTER STORM

HITTING THE COUNTRY THIS ONE IN

THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA.

TWENTY STATES UNDER WARNINGS

BRINGING SNOW, ICE AND EVEN

TORNADOS.

SOME SCIENTISTS SAY GLOBAL

WARMING IS BEHIND THESE STORMS.

HERE IS EPHRAIM GRAHAM.

REPORTER: RESIDENTS ARE

BRACING FOR UP TO A FOOT OF

SNOW.

EVERYBODY IS GETTING READY

FOR THE STORM.

LINES ARE LONG

REPORTER: MASSIVE SNOWSTORM

STARTED IN CALIFORNIA, MIX OF

SNOW, RAIN AND WIND MAKING

CONDITIONS DANGEROUS.

TRYING TO GO DOWN THE STREET

FROM MY HOUSE AND STARTED TO GO

SIDEWAYS DOWN THE HILL.

AFTER WE GOT HIT HERE, WE HIT

A CAR AND 70 CARS HIT US.

OFFICIALS FEAR THIS COULD BE

THE WORST STORM IN THE NATION'S

HEARTLAND IN TWO YEARS.

FURTHER TO THE SOUTH, SEVERE

WEATHER POSSIBLE.

TORNADOS PREDICTED ACROSS TEXAS,

AND OKLAHOMA.

HUGE AMOUNTS OF SNOW PROVE THE

EARTH IS HEATING UP.

NEW STUDY FROM PRINCETON SAYS

GLOBAL -- WATCH OUT.

EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE A BIG

STORM.

A KNOCK OUT PUNCH.

THEY PREDICT MOST OF IT WILL

COME DOWN AS RAIN.

WHEN IT GETS COLD ENOUGH, IT

WILL TURN INTO MONSTER

SNOWSTORMS.

GET OUT YOUR SNOW SHOVELS,

SNOWSTORMS THAT WERE HIGHLY

UNUSUAL WILL BECOME MORE TYPICAL

REPORTER: EPHRAIM GRAHAM,

CAPITOL HILL NEWS.

COMING UP, WHY A GROUP OF

CHRISTIANS COULD BE FACING THE

DEATH PENALTY IN LIBYA.

FOUR FOREIGN MISSIONARIES ARE

THE TARGET OF THE LATEST

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN LIBYA.

LIBYAN OFFICIALS SAYS THEY

ARE CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTING

CHRISTIAN LITERATURE.

GARY LANE REPORTS THAT CARRIES

THE DEATH PENALTY.

WE FOUND 45,000 CHRISTIAN

BOOKS.

REPORTER: FOREIGNERS WERE

PRINTING PAMPHLETS EXPLAINING

CHRISTIANITY.

MATERIAL MOSTLY DIRECTED TO

CHILDREN.

PROSELYTIZING IN LIBYA IS A

CRIMINAL OFFENSE PUNISH ABLE BY

DEATH CARRIED OVER FROM GADHAFI.

IT IS AN ENTIRE MUSLIM

COUNTRY.

REPORTER: THE FOUR

MISSIONARIES ARE IN PRISON IN

BENGHAZI.

THIS MAN HAS BEEN TREATED

RESPECTFULLY AND NOT ABUSED.

RAMSEYS WENT ON TO ADMIT THE

GROUP WAS IN LIBYA TO SPREAD

CHRISTIANITY.

THERE WAS ES PEPIONAGE CHARGES.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

FLORIDA'S CONSERVATIVE

REPUBLICAN SENATOR MARCO RUBIO

SAYS JERUSALEM IS THE CAPITAL OF

ISRAEL.

THE FATE OF THE CITY IS AN ISSUE

BETWEEN THE PEOPLE.

IN MARCO RUBIO'S FIRST VISIT, HE

BELIEVES JERUSALEM BELONGS TO

ISRAEL.

THANK YOU, WONDERFUL TO BE

HERE, SPIRITUAL CAPITOL OF MANY.

JERUSALEM'S ISRAEL MUSEUM HAS

UNVEILED THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF

KING HEROD THE GREAT.

IT SHOWS WHY HEROD IS ONE OF

HISTORY'S GREATEST BUILDERS

REPORTER: IF YOU ASK MOST

CHRISTIANS WHO WAS KING HEROD.

THEY WOULD SAY HE WAS THE KING

THAT TRIED TO KILL BABY JESUS

THAT ORDERED THE SLAUGHTER OF

ALL BABY BOYS.

IT FOCUSES HIS ACHEIVEMENT AS

A BUILDER AND HIS CAPABILITY AS

A DIPLOMAT BALANCING THE NEEDS

OF EMPIRE WITH THE NEEDS OF

LOCAL CULTURE.

THERE WAS WORK FOR EVERYONE.

NO DISEMPLOYMENT.

PEOPLE LIVED IN PROSPERITY

REPORTER: KING HEROD GOVERNED

FOR 33 YEARS.

MANY OF HIS BUILDING BLOCKS WERE

STONES LIKE THIS ONE.

SNIDER SAYS DISCOVERING HIS TOMB

TRIGGERED THE EXHIBIT.

THAT OPENED THE OPPORTUNITY

TO THINK ACROSS THE WHOLE OF HIS

HISTORY, HOLE OF HIS

ACHEIVEMENT, AND HERODIAN AS A

PALACE AND BURIAL SITE.

PEOPLE ARE GOING FROM JERICHO

AND TALKING ABOUT THE PERSON

DURING THEIR FUNERAL PROCESSION.

THE GOOD AND THE BAT

REPORTER: INTRICATE

RESTORATION INCLUDED PUTTING

TOGETHER HEROD'S SAR COUGH KAS

INCLUDING MOSAICS AND FLOORS.

JUGS USED TO IMPORT WINE, APPLES

AND OTHER FOOD FROM EUROPE.

AND A VIP GUEST ROOM AT THE TOP

OF HIS THEATRE LIKELY USED TO

ENTERTAIN DIPLOMATIC GUESTS.

THIS HAS TAKEN NEARLY THREE

YEARS TO CONSTRUCT AND 3D

ANIMATION TO SHOW WHAT HIS

COLOSSAL BUILDINGS WOULD HAVE

LOOKED LIKE.

SNIDER SAYS IT IS THE MOST

AMBITIOUS ARCHAEOLOGICAL

EXHIBITION EVER TAKEN.

MILLION DOLLAR EXHIBIT WILL BE

ON DISPLAY UNTIL OCTOBER.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

CROSS COUNTRY MOTORCYCLE RUN

TO HONOR AMERICA'S FIGHTING MEN

AND WOMEN.

EVERY YEAR THE RUN FOR THE

WALL, PURPOSE IS TO HONOR THE

NATION'S MILITARY VETERANS.

GARY BIRD IS WITH A MINISTRY

CALLED MISSION M25.

SENIOR CHAPLAIN FOR THE RIDE,

WELCOME, GARY.

THANKS FOR HAVING US, MARK.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, WE

APPRECIATE.

IT IS A MINISTRY THAT REACHES

OUT TO ALL KINDS OF GROUPS

INCLUDING BIKERS.

YOU SAW A NEED, TELL US.

IN 2005, I SAW THERE WERE ALL

KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS THANKING

THE VETERANS AND OUR MISSION IS

TO HOLD OUR COUNTRY ACCOUNTABLE

FOR POW'S AND MIA'S THE CHURCH

WASN'T SAYING VISUALLY THANK

YOU.

WE BEGAN TO ASK GOD FOR A

DIRECTION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

ON RUN FOR THE WALL.

WHAT DOES RUN FOR THE WALL

MEAN?

RUN FROM CALIFORNIA ALL THE

WAY TO D.C. THAT MEANS WE ARE

RUNNING TO THE VIETNAM WALL ALL

ACROSS THIS COUNTRY.

TALK ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL

MINISTRY.

AT FIRST YOU WEREN'T WELCOME,

WERE YOU?

THE LORD GAVE US THE WORDS,

BE A LIGHT, NOT A MOUTH.

WE WEAR THIS SLOGAN, BOLD MAN ON

OUR VESTS AND THEY SHOULD ASK US

TO PRAY FOR THEM.

WE SERVE THEM WATER.

WE SERVE 13,000 BOTTLES OF WATER

AND SPORTS DRINK ACROSS THE

COUNTRY.

WE PICK UP MOTORCYCLES AND

WRECKS AND PEOPLE AND TAKE THEM

TO THE HOSPITALS AND CONNECT

THEM WITH THEIR FAMILIES.

WE DO A LOT OF THINGS JUST IN

SERVICE.

MATTHEW 5:14-16, BEING A SERVICE

TO THEM.

I ACTUALLY HAD ONE GUY ASK ME, I

SAID WHAT IS WRONG?

HE SAID I HAD SO MUCH BITTERNESS

IN ME FROM WHEN I CAME BACK FROM

VIETNAM.

IT IS EATING ME UP.

I SAID WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP

YOU?

HE SAID CAN YOU PRAY FOR ME?

I SAID WHEN?

HE SAID NOW.

THEY CALL ME SHEPHERD.

HE SAID SHEPHERD, I AM FREE.

THANK GOD I AM FREE FROM THE

BITTERNESS.

THE GROUP DID A RIDE IN

ISRAEL A YEAR OR SO AGO TO HONOR

IDF VETERANS.

DO YOU PLAN ON DOING THAT AGAIN?

YES, WE DO.

PLAN ON GOING THIS OCTOBER,

21-31.

WE TAKE THESE BANDANNAS AND HAND

1200 OUT.

WHEN THE RECENT BATTLE IN THE

GAZA STRIP HAPPENED.

I GOT E-MAILS SAYING WE ARE

HOLDING ON TO OUR BANDANNA.

IT HAS THE SOLDIERS PRAYER IN

HEBREW AND ENGLISH.

MARK, ONE OF THE INCREDIBLE

THINGS WAS WE HAD THE PRIVILEGE

OF STANDING WITH ORTHODOX JEWS,

SECULAR JEWS, ARABS ALL PEOPLE,

IDF SOLDIERS, US AS CHRISTIANS

IN BLACK WEATHER IN FRONT OF THE

WESTERN WALL AND TOOK BREAD

TOGETHER AND BLEW THEM AWAY.

HOW IS YOUR MESSAGE OF JESUS

CHRIST BEING RECEIVED BY THE

VETERANS AND RIDERS?

THEY EMBRACE US SO MUCH.

JUST A FEW SO OFFENDED BECAUSE

THEY WEREN'T WELCOMED BY THE

CHURCH AND BY ANYBODY BACK WHEN

THEY CAME HOME.

WE ARE SO EMBRACED ON RUN FOR

THE WALL.

SO MUCH OPPORTUNITY TO MINISTER

TO THEM.

OUT OF THIS WHOLE THING HAS COME

A WHOLE THING WE WENT TO CANADA

AND STOOD WITH THE JEWS THERE.

ROAD OUR MOTORCYCLES THERE.

MOTORCYCLES ARE LIKE A SPEAR

HEAD.

THEY BREAK OPEN THE WALLS AND WE

CAN GO IN, SHARE OUR HEART.

THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE NEEDING.

WE STOOD ON PARLIAMENT HILL AND

PRAYED A CHRISTIAN PRAYER THERE

WOULD NEVER BE A HOLOCAUST.

WE ARE GOING TO DO THAT IN

DALLAS.

GARY BIRD WITH MISSION M25.

THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US.

YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE AT

CBNNEWS.COM.

UP NEXT, WHY MICRO CHIPS

BEING USED IN ONE OF THE MOST

BASIC OF SURGICAL TOOLS.

PATIENTS LEAVING THE

OPERATING TABLE WITH MORE THAN

THEY STARTED WITH.

I HAVE HEARD ABOUT PEOPLE

LEAVING SURGICAL EQUIPMENT

BEHIND.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, NEARLY

4,000 OBJECTS LEFT INSIDE

PATIENTS AFTER SURGERY.

THAT IS SCARY.

USUALLY SPONGES AND GAUZE WHICH

CAN CAUSE INFECTIONS.

RESEARCHERS ARE IMPLANTING MICRO

CHIPS INTO SPONGES AND GAUZE.

IT HELPS ENSURE THERE ARE NO

SPONGES.

IT IS QUICK AND GIVES US ALL

THE INFORMATION.

THE SURGEON CAN WAVE A WAND

OVER THE AREA, IF IT BEEPS

SOMETHING HAS BEEN LEFT INSIDE.

I NEED THOSE MICRO CHIPS FOR

MY SOCKS.

THAT IS VERY TRUE.

THAT IS ALL FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH."

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