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Pau Barrena/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- American Jared Tucker was among the 13 people killed in Thursday's vehicle-ramming attack in Barcelona, his family has confirmed.

A spokesperson for Tucker's family said in a statement Friday, "At present Jared's wife Heidi is not issuing a statement and will issue a formal statement tomorrow. For now, she asks that the community and media hold their family up in prayer and asks for the privacy during this difficult time."

Tucker's father later revealed in an emotional interview with ABC News how the family learned of his death.

Dan Tucker said his son was vacationing with his wife Heidi in Barcelona where they were staying with a good friend. All three were out walking along the city's Las Ramblas boulevard when Jared separated from them to find a bathroom. Minutes later, a white van veered onto the crowded street and mowed down pedestrians.

Heidi and the friend weren't injured in the attack, Dan said, but Jared was nowhere to be found. Later, the Tucker family saw a video of a person laying on the ground after the attack who was wearing a blue shirt and tan pants, and Heidi told them that's what Jared was wearing at the time.

"There was a person kneeling beside him and so we thought, 'That's a good sign. He's probably hurt but not seriously injured,'" Dan told ABC News with tears in his eyes. "But ... it became more and more obvious that Jared couldn't be found."

The Tucker family learned Friday morning that Heidi had been called into the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona where officials showed her pictures of a body and she confirmed it was her husband Jared.

"Now she's on her way over to the morgue," Dan said.

The grieving father told ABC News he and his son were "really close," and their family is struggling to make sense of the tragedy.

"It's been hard, it's been bitter. But I don't know what my feelings are," Dan said." I'm not angry so much, I just don't understand it. And my wife's in shock; it's a lot harder for her."

Dan said he and his wife are grateful to be surrounded by family, friends and members of their church who are helping them get through this difficult time.

"I don't know how people handle something like this when they don't have a support group," he told ABC News. "We've got a huge support group and it's been really nice to have that."

Earlier Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that the Department of State had "received word and confirmed the death of one American citizen in the terrorist attack in Spain." U.S. officials are "still confirming the injuries and deaths of others," he added.

"Hate is not an American value," Tillerson told reporters.

Spanish authorities said they have detained four people in connection to both the incident in Cambrils early Friday that killed at least one person and the vehicle attack Thursday in Barcelona that killed 13. More than 100 others were injured.

A State Department official told ABC News another American citizen was injured in Spain.

"The U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona continues to work with local authorities to identify and provide assistance to U.S. citizens affected by the terrorist attacks in Las Ramblas and Cambril. At this time, we can confirm that one U.S. citizen was killed," the official said in a statement Friday. "We also can confirm that another U.S. citizen sustained a minor injury. Spanish authorities report that there are still several casualties who are not yet identified. Out of respect for the families’ privacy in their time of grief, we have no further comment."

According to a preliminary assessment by Spanish authorities, those injured and killed in the attacks represented at least 34 different nationalities.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday expressed solidarity with the victims and their families, describing the attack in Barcelona as "jihadist terrorism."

Those responsible for the rampage will be brought to justice, he said, stressing that the response to terrorism must be global.

Rajoy said Barcelona residents are suffering "the same pain and the same uncertainty" as their neighbors in Madrid, Paris, Nice, Brussels and London, referencing other European cities that have also been subject to deadly terror attacks.

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Staff Sgt. Steven Schneider/U.S. Army (SEOUL) -- U.S. and South Korean forces are preparing for a joint military exercise just weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened to launch missiles toward Guam.

For months, the U.S. and South Korea have been planning for Ulchi Freedom Guardian, an annual exercise that will involve 14,500 U.S. service members stationed on the Korean Peninsula and an additional 3,000 who will travel to participate. It is a "computer simulated defensive exercise designed to enhance readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula," the Pentagon said on Friday.

The exercise, which begins on Monday, will occur amidst heightened rhetoric between Kim and President Donald Trump over the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

On August 8, Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury like the world has never seen," touching off a war of words between the two governments.

Kim said he would consider sending missiles into the waters off the coast of Guam in "mid-August." Guam is a U.S. island territory that is home to two American military bases.

But, after reviewing those plans, Kim ultimately decided he would “watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees," seeming to walk back an imminent threat to the island and de-escalating tensions on the Peninsula -- at least for now.

In the week following the conclusion of Ulchi Freedom Guardian in 2016, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test. After this year's exercise concludes, the U.S. will most certainly be keeping a close eye on what the regime chooses to do.

Several U.S. officials told ABC News recently that the U.S. has not seen any activity in North Korea that would indicate an imminent missile launch. North Korea has already launched eleven ballistic missile tests so far in 2017.

As was the case in 2016, the North Koreans are expected to be informed of the "non-provocative" nature of Ulchi Freedom Guardian prior to its start.

In March, the U.S. and South Korea conducted another annual joint military exercise called Foal Eagle, which included air, naval, and special operations field exercises. In response to that exercise, North Korea threatened a "merciless attack."

There are more than 28,000 U.S. service members stationed in South Korea. Their motto is "Fight Tonight," reflecting their commitment to help defend South Korea from North Korean aggression at a moment's notice.

"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on earth," Defense Secretary James Mattis said last week. "The DPRK regime's actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates."

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ABC News(BARCELONA, Spain) -- American tourist Shari Weise was walking along the popular Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona on Thursday when she suddenly heard the sound of banging metal.

A white van was mowing down pedestrians, and Weise saw "bodies fly up into the air" and a sea of people fleeing for their lives, she told ABC News' David Muir in an interview Friday on Good Morning America.

Weise was about to jump out of the vehicle's deadly path when she saw a teenage boy standing "like a deer in the headlights."

"He just froze, and I could tell in his face he didn't know what to do," Weise said. "I pulled him with me, and we crouched down together on the ground."

Another witness, Brendon Sissing, who was also on Las Ramblas at that time, told ABC News he heard some commotion before turning to see a vehicle barreling through the crowd.

"I heard screams of people to my left and when I looked up saw the white van, and it must have been doing 80 to 100 kilometers [about 50 to 60 miles] an hour down a pedestrian walkway, and just knocking people over at high speed," Sissing said in an interview soon after the attack.

"I heard the loud hum of like an engine. It sounded like the driver was flooring it. Basically before I saw the van, I heard it," Shirazinia said. "And then I saw this white van, looked like a utility vehicle, kind of going as fast as it could down the promenade in a zigzag motion, basically aiming for whatever that was in its path. I just saw it plow into everyone."

"It was like being an extra in a Hollywood movie, except it was real," he said. "When I witnessed the aftermath, then it sunk in ... I'll never forget some of the images."

At least 13 people were killed and more than 100 were injured in the Barcelona vehicle rampage, according to Spanish authorities.

Weise, a 54-year-old mother from California who was in the city with her brother, said she didn't have much time to think when she saw the vehicle racing toward her.

"There's a car coming at me, there's people everywhere. I almost didn't have time for emotion," she said in the interview on GMA. "All I thought about was, 'I don't want to get killed, I have kids, I have to get out of the way.'"

Weise said she decided to cut short her European vacation and return home following the attack.

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ABCNews.com(SEOUL) -- The motto of the more than 28,000 U.S. forces stationed in South Korea -- "fight tonight" -- emphasizes their readiness to mount a defense against a North Korean threat at any time.

ABC News' Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz saw how seriously U.S. forces take that saying while accompanying service members on a F-16 flight along the North Korean border this week.

Raddatz participated in a training operation with the 36th Fighter Squadron, a part of the 51st Fighter Wing, which simulated a North Korean invasion into South Korea.

The F-16 crew practiced giving backup to ground troops in need of close air support by conducting fake strikes on air defenses and tanks from a restricted air space known as P-518, which is just 10 miles from the North Korean border and as close as U.S. pilots can get to the regime's territory.

While no bombs were dropped during the simulation, a real Army unit was on the ground calling in the fake airstrikes.

The purpose of the restricted air space is to control aviation operations and prevent “inadvertent overflight of non-friendly borders,” according to U.S. Forces Korea.

"It must be strange, we're not really in a war zone, but it could happen at any time," Raddatz said to the pilot, call sign "True" Daniels, during the flight mission.

"I'll tell you, it definitely gives you a real purpose for waking up in the morning," Daniels responded, adding, "And that's our mission here, is to be ready to fight at a moment's notice."

The 36th Fighter Squadron flies approximately 170 sorties, or flight missions, from Osan Air Base in South Korea every week.

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Louai Beshara/GEtty Images(LA JOLLA, Calif.) -- A banned amphetamine-type stimulant linked to substance abuse in the Middle East and said to be favored by ISIS is more potent than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday.

Fenethylline, also known by its brand name Captagon, is a combination of amphetamine; a stimulant; and theophylline, a drug traditionally used to treat respiratory diseases such as asthma. The latter greatly enhances the former's psychoactive properties, making the co-drug a powerful amphetamine, according to scientists from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, who published their findings in the journal Nature on Wednesday.

“It boosts the overall stimulant activity,” Cody Wenthur, the study's co-author and a postdoctoral research associate at the Scripps Research Institute, said in a statement. “You get a faster onset than other amphetamine drugs and a stronger effect than just amphetamine alone.”

Captagon has been around for a while, Wenthur noted. It was used therapeutically before it became illegal in the United States and most countries in the 1980s. But the study's findings may explain why the illicit stimulant has gained popularity in recent years and is abused by young people in the Middle East.

Kim Janda, who co-led the Scripps Research Institute team on the study, said he first became interested in Captagon after it had made headlines around the world as a potential performance-enhancing stimulant and source of "pharmacological morale" for ISIS fighters.

The synthetic psychoactive stimulant is said to make fighters more alert, focused and resistant to fatigue. Moreover, production and global trafficking of Captagon, which is relatively cheap and easy to make, as well as counterfeit tablets are reported to be a source of revenue for militant groups in Iraq and Syria.

Although using amphetamines to energize soldiers is nothing new, Janda said he wondered why Captagon was becoming the drug of choice in war zones in the Middle East. Typical amphetamines are simpler to synthesize, he added. So Janda's team developed a scientific technique they call a "dissection through vaccination," which allowed them to comb through the drug's chemical properties and test each component for its effects on the brain, while also determining a way to stop its rapid onset.

That's how Janda's team discovered that Captagon produces its combat-boosting effects from a functional synergy between amphetamine and theophylline.

As a result, the scientists developed a potentially effective vaccine that can neutralize the drug's effects in mice -- a substance that could be developed further for use in humans.

"This discovery also provides a path for combating Captagon's abuse," Janda said in a statement.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One victim is dead after several people were stabbed today in the center of the Finnish city of Turku, according to police in Finland.

Police shot a perpetrator who is in police custody, Steffan Sundqvist, police chief inspector, told ABC News.

Police did not provide any information regarding the person in custody or a potential motive. Authorities are expected to hold a news conference.

Police earlier urged people to avoid the area.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One person was killed and one person was injured in a stabbing attack in the German city of Wuppertal-Elberfeld Friday, according to police.

Wuppertal police are still searching for one or more suspects related to the stabbings.

No information has been released about the possible motive of the attack.

This marks the second reported stabbing attack in Europe Friday, as one person was killed in Finland during a stabbing attack that left several others injured.

It also comes one day after a deadly ISIS-claimed attack in Barcelona in which 13 people were killed and at least a hundred others injured after a van plowed into crowds in a busy tourist area.

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Josep Lago/Getty Images(BARCELONA, Spain) -- Following a deadly vehicle-ramming attack in Barcelona Thursday afternoon -- which left at least 13 people killed -- a police operation was carried out 90 minutes south of the city in Cambrilla, during which five "terrorists" were killed, officials said.

Police said the operation was in response to a "possible terrorist attack."

Five "terrorists" were killed in the operation, but officials initially said four people were injured and one person was wounded and detained.

On Twitter, police said they "have killed the alleged perpetrators." Catalan police told ABC News that they believe the incident in Cambrils is related to the attack in Barcelona earlier on Thursday.

Authorities confirmed early Friday morning that the explosive belts carried by the alleged terrorists were fake.

"We work on the hypothesis that the terrorists killed in Cambrils would be related to the events in Barcelona and Alcanar," police said. Alcanar is the location of the earlier deadly house explosion that police said was believed to be connected to the Barcelona plot.

Also, Catalunya’s Emergency Services confirmed that in addition to the terrorists, five people were injured. One person is in critical condition, two are in serious condition, and two more are in mild condition.

At least 13 people died and more than 100 were injured when the van slammed into pedestrians in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district.

The U.S. State Department said one American was injured in the attack, although it did not identify the individual. "We can confirm one U.S. citizen suffered minor injuries," a State Department official said. "We are monitoring the situation closely and stand ready to provide consular assistance to any affected U.S. citizens."

And men's college basketball teams from Oregon State, Clemson, Tulane, Arizona and Grand Canyon were in Barcelona at the time of the car attack, but all teams took to Twitter and said everyone was safe and accounted for.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said at a press conference Friday that four Australians were injured and one is unaccounted for. Greece's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on its website that one Greek national was injured. And Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders tweeted that one of its nationals was killed in the attack.

From team hotel in Barcelona, Oregon St. basketball coach posts somber video conveying the gravity of what took place outside his window. pic.twitter.com/s2zRktUnkk

— ABC News (@ABC) August 17, 2017

Two individuals have been detained in relation to the van incident, police said. One person is a Spanish national from Melilla, and the other is from Morocco.

Neither of those detained was the driver of the van, police said. Police confirmed early Friday that they were still looking for the driver.

A third person was detained early Friday in Ripoll, approximately 66 miles from Barcelona. The suspect was detain in connection with the attacks, according to the department of the Interior.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Las Ramblas attack via its Amaq agency, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

Catalonia's emergency services advised the community to "stay home" and "avoid going out."

Police have connected the incident to a house explosion in Alcanar, Spain, on Wednesday night. The explosion, which caused part of the building to collapse, killed one person and injured others, police said.

The two people who were arrested were detained in the same town as the house explosion, authorities said.

Police described a separate incident in which a car trying to get past a Barcelona checkpoint hit an officer and another person, police said. The incident killed one person and broke the officer's leg, police said.

Authorities said a man inside the car was shot by police, but they did not confirm whether the incident was connected to the attack in Las Ramblas.

A spokesperson for the Guardia Civil, Spain’s national police force, told ABC News the man who rented the van has been identified as Driss Oukabir. Police confirmed that Oukabir is one of the detained individuals.

An eyewitness told a Spanish television station that the driver of the van ran people over for nearly 1,000 feet before fleeing into a nearby Turkish restaurant.

The witness said the suspect had something in his hand, but he could not tell what it was.

Police said there is no proof that the man who left the car was armed but described the incident as a terror attack that attempted to kill as many people as possible.

Some of the injured went to the hospital on their own, said Catalonia's interior minister, Joaquim Forn, in a press conference Thursday night. The number of dead and injured victims could go up, Forn said.

Authorities are in the process of identifying the deceased, he said.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy expressed solidarity with the victims and their families, describing the attack as "jihadist terrorism."

Those responsible for the attack will be brought to justice, Rajoy said, stressing that the response to terrorism needs to be global.

Barcelona residents are suffering "the same pain and the same uncertainty" as their neighbors in Madrid, Paris, Nice, Brussels and London, Rajoy said.

Forn declared three days of mourning, and a moment of silence will be held on Friday at noon local time at the Plaza de Catalunya, Forn said. The king of Spain, Felipe VI, will be present for the moment of silence, the palace's official Twitter account announced.

El Rey estará hoy en la plaza de Cataluña de Barcelona para unirse al minuto de silencio en solidaridad con las víctimas del atentado.

— Casa de S.M. el Rey (@CasaReal) August 17, 2017

Las Ramblas is a popular tourist area in Spain's second-largest city and was filled with people at the time of the attack, police said. Catalan police ordered an evacuation of the area.

Emergency services for the Catalonia region, of which Barcelona is the capital, posted tweets in multiple languages advising individuals to use social media to inform relatives of their whereabouts.

#Barcelona #Rambles If you are ok, please Inform your family using social networks to avoid the collapse of phone lines

— 112 (@112) August 17, 2017

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David Ramos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An attacker killed at least 13 people and injured dozens more in Barcelona on Thursday using what has become a hallmark of recent terror attacks: a vehicle.

Local police say a rented van jumped the curb and plowed into pedestrians in the city’s famous Las Ramblas tourist area, and two people, one from Morocco, the other a Spanish national, are in custody in connection with the attack. Authorities say neither of them was the driver of the vehicle.

Asked if the driver remains on the loose, a Catalonia police official replied, “That is right. He is neither of the two detained.”

For more than a year, ISIS has urged its followers to carry out such vehicle attacks, even providing specific instructions on choosing the ideal vehicle and the ideal targets, including large outdoor festivals and pedestrian-congested streets.

According to John Cohen, the former principal deputy coordinator for counterterrorism at the Department of Homeland Security and an ABC News contributor, attacks on so-called “soft targets” are difficult to prevent and relatively easy to carry out.

“ISIS promotes these types of attacks because they're easy,” Cohen told ABC News. “You can take people who have received no training, who are using items that are easy to acquire. And they can still commit mass murder.”

Thursday’s attack is the just the latest in a string of deadly incidents throughout Europe in which terrorists have drawn from that playbook, using vehicles to inflict casualties.
In August of last year, 86 people were killed on by a speeding truck driven by an ISIS follower in Nice, France. In December, 12 people killed in a vehicle attack on the Christmas markets in Berlin. And 14 people were killed in two separate incidents in London this year, one on the Westminster Bridge and the other on the London Bridge.

According to the SITE Intelligence Group, ISIS took responsibility for the Barcelona attack, calling those involved “soldiers of the Islamic state” in a statement released by its ‘Amaq News Agency
“Security source for ‘Amaq Agency: The executors of the Barcelona attack were from the soldiers of the Islamic State, and the operation came in response to calls to target coalition states,” the message reads.

U.S.-backed fighters have recently driven ISIS militants from their strongholds in Raqqa and Mosul. As ISIS continues to struggle on the battlefield, Cohen says, the group could increasingly turn to these kinds of attacks.

“We have seen a dramatic increase in attacks by individuals who are inspired by ISIS or are loosely connected to ISIS in Europe and even in the U.S.,” Cohen told ABC News. “As ISIS suffers more defeats in Iraq and Syria we can only expect to see more attacks.”

The events in Barcelona have put American law enforcement officials on high alert for similar attacks, especially in New York, where the challenge of protecting the city’s many popular pedestrian walkways, like Times Square, is particularly daunting.

Nicholas Casale, a retired NYPD detective, former deputy director of counterterrorism for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and an ABC News contributor, said preventing a similar attack in Times Square would be extremely difficult.

“You can put up concrete barriers, you can have cameras all over the place and officers with heavy weapons, but the bottom line is Times Square, 7th Avenue, is filled with traffic, and if you have just one operator who has a sympathy, who is a lone wolf, who is an independent actor, it’s all but impossible to stop them from crashing into a crowd,” Casale told ABC News.
James Waters, the NYPD’s chief of counterterrorism, said his office is ready to meet the challenge.

“We consider NYC a target all the time,” Waters told ABC News. “We’re always ready and prepared to responds to anything that we face. We know that we’re in the crosshairs of the terrorists all the time.”

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JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images(BARCELONA, Spain) -- A tourist who witnessed the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday that left at least 13 dead and more than 50 injured, told ABC News he saw a driver "knocking people over at high-speed."

In the incident local police called a "terror attack," a van slammed into pedestrians near Catalunya Square in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district, a busy tourist area.

Brendon Sissing told ABC News he heard screams of people to his left, and when he looked up, he saw a white van driving at what he estimated to be 50 to 60 miles per hour down a pedestrian walkway.

The van knocked people over, and some people were under the van, but the driver "just kept going," Sissing said.

The driver stopped opposite to where Sissing was standing, he said, and then the driver kept going.
Sissing ran into a shop, he said. When he left, he heard about five gunshots, so he ran into a second building where construction workers took him in.

One witness told a Spanish television station that after the suspect ran over people in his van for nearly 1,000 feet, the suspect fled into a nearby Turkish restaurant.

Police said one man is in custody in connection with the attack.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered condolences for the "loss of life and injuries" of "so many innocent people, yet again."

Tillerson said this incident has "the hallmarks, it appears, of yet another terrorist attack."

To terrorists around the world, Tillerson said, we are "resolved to find you and bring you to justice."

Tillerson added that the U.S. stands ready to assist authorities in Barcelona.

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Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump tweeted a condemnation of the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday.

 

The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

A van drove into pedestrians on a boulevard and public square popular with tourists in Barcelona earlier in the day on Thursday, leaving at least 13 people dead and 50 more injured. Law enforcement in the city labeled the incident an act of terror.

The president faced criticism over the weekend for not labeling a similar incident in Charlottesville, Virginia as "terrorism." In Virginia, one woman died and 19 were injured when a car drove into a crowd during protests in the city.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told ABC News Monday, that that incident met "the definition of domestic terrorism."

Trump's tweet follows comments by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who offered U.S. condolences and assistance in remarks earlier Thursday.

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Josep Lago(WASHINGTON) -- As an attack in Barcelona, Spain, on Thursday left 13 people dead and more than 100 injured, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered condolences for the "loss of life and injuries" of "so many innocent people, yet again."

In the incident local police called a "terror attack," a van slammed into pedestrians near Catalunya Square in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district, a busy tourist area.

Two people have been detained, police said.

Tillerson said this incident has "the hallmarks, it appears, of yet another terrorist attack."

ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack. To terrorists around the world, Tillerson said we are "resolved to find you and bring you to justice." He added that the U.S. stands ready to assist authorities in Barcelona.

Here's what other politicans said on Twitter following the incident.

President Donald Trump

The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence

Sickened by horrific terror attack in Barcelona. U.S. will work w/ allies to find those responsible & bring to justice. Praying for victims. https://t.co/Z4YcbtwRcy

— Vice President Pence (@VP) August 17, 2017

Pence said on Thursday while on a trip to Panama, "Whatever inspired today's terror attack, the United States stands ready to assist the people of Spain and find and punish those responsible.

"On this dark day," Pence added, "our prayers and the prayers of all the American people are with the victims, their families and the good people of Spain."

First lady Melania Trump

Thoughts and prayers to #Barcelona

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 17, 2017

Former President Barack Obama

Michelle and I are thinking of the victims and their families in Barcelona. Americans will always stand with our Spanish friends. Un abrazo.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 17, 2017

Speaker Paul Ryan

Pure evil in #Barcelona. We stand with the people of Spain, and send our prayers to the victims of this horrible terrorist attack.

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 17, 2017

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise

Jennifer and I are praying for those killed and injured in the terrorist attack in Barcelona. This evil has no place in our world.

— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 17, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

My thoughts are with all suffering after the terror attack in #Barcelona. Praying for the victims, their loved ones and the people of Spain.

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) August 17, 2017

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

Heidi and I send our deepest condolences to the victims of this horrific terror attack in Barcelona and their families.

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) August 17, 2017

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

I condemn today's horrific terrorist attack in #Barcelona. My thoughts and prayers go to the victims and their families.

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 17, 2017

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Praying for the victims of the #BarcelonaAttack & their families - the US stands with the people of #Spain

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 17, 2017

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.

We must destroy evil & #terrorism wherever it exists. Tonight we stand w/ our allies in #Barcelona & pray for the victims & their families.

— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) August 18, 2017

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.

Praying for the victims, families and first responders in Barcelona.

— Jim Inhofe (@JimInhofe) August 17, 2017

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona right now. The NYPD is closely monitoring the incident.

— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 17, 2017

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JEFF J. MITCHELL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William has revealed how he felt walking behind his mother's casket in a new BBC documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death.

"It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, that walk," William, 35, said in “Diana, 7 Days,” which airs on Aug. 27. "It felt she was almost walking along beside us to get us through it."

William's brother, Prince Harry, recalled being consoled by members of the public and being struck by the fact that they, too, were grieving for his mother in their own way.

"I remember people’s hands were wet because of the tears they had just wiped away," Harry, 32, shared.

William and Harry were just 15 and 12, respectively, when their mother died at the age of 36 in a Paris car crash on Aug. 31, 1997.

William, now a father of two young children, and Harry walked behind their mother's coffin as the procession made its way through the streets of London on Sept. 6, 1997. They were accompanied in the procession by their father, Prince Charles, and their grandfather, Prince Philip, in addition to Lord Charles Spencer, Diana's brother.

At one point during the procession, Spencer could be seen patting Harry on the back, appearing to give him emotional support.

"My mother had just died and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television," Harry told Newsweek magazine in an interview published in July. "I don't think any child should be asked to do that under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today."

"Diana, 7 Days," which airs four days before the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, includes tributes from many people who have rarely opened up since Diana's death, including her brother, Spencer, and sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

McCorquodale talked about the lasting impact of Diana's death, saying, "My sister's dying has provoked this national, international reaction."

William and Harry have organized several tributes to their mother this year, including a special sunken garden at Kensington Palace and a fashion exhibit that chronicles Diana's life and includes some of her most iconic dresses.

William and Harry have also spent the last year campaigning for mental health awareness through their charity, the Heads Together Foundation. They shared for the first time publicly their own struggles as a result of their mother's death.

Harry told the U.K.'s The Telegraph in April he "shut down all [his] emotions” for almost two decades due to the grief over Diana's death.

He also described feeling completely overwhelmed having to live his life so publicly.

"I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” said Harry, who credited William with encouraging him to seek mental health support to help him deal with his anger and pain.

William, who has generally been more guarded in sharing his emotions, has taken over as royal patron of his mother's charity, Child Bereavement UK, which seeks to help families struggling with the loss of a family member.

It is unclear how William and Harry will spend the 20th anniversary of Diana's death.

In July, on what would have been Diana's 56th birthday, William and Harry joined family members at a re-dedication service at their mother's grave at Althorp House on the Spencer estate in Northamptonshire.

William also recently reflected on how he hopes to keep his mother's memory alive for his two children, 4-year-old Prince George and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte, with his wife, Princess Kate.

"I think constantly talking about Granny Diana, so we've got more photos up around the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff," William said in a documentary that aired last month. "And it's hard because obviously Catherine didn't know her, so she cannot really provide that level of detail."

He continued. "So I do regularly, putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try and remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in in their lives, and so it's important that they know who she was and that she existed."

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iStock/Thinkstock(JILIB, Somalia) -- The U.S. conducted three airstrikes against al-Shabaab in Somalia, killing seven fighters, U.S. Africa Command confirmed Thursday.

The strikes, which took place over the past two days, occurred in Jilib, about 200 miles southwest of Mogadishu.

"U.S. forces work closely with Somali military forces against al-Shabaab in Somalia to degrade the al-Qaeda affiliate's ability to recruit, train and plot external terror attacks throughout the region and in the United States," U.S. Africa Command said in a statement on Thursday.

Al-Shabaab has been an al-Qaeda affiliate since 2012. It has been designated as a terrorist organization by a number of nations, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

According to a U.S. official, one strike against the group was conducted in self-defense after a group of armed al-Shabaab fighters posed an imminent threat to Somali-led and U.S. forces, leading the U.S. to conduct the strike to neutralize the threat.

The other two strikes were conducted under a new authorization granted by President Trump in March that allows for offensive airstrikes against al-Shabaab if prior notification is given to the Somali government.

Before the new authorization was granted, the U.S. military could only carry out defensive airstrikes against al-Shabaab in situations where Somali troops and their U.S. advisers came under fire.

These air strikes bring the total number directed under the new offensive policy to seven.

Last week, the U.S. confirmed two additional offensive strikes against al-Shabaab fighters. Three other offensive strikes were carried out in June and July.

"Al-Shabaab has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and is dedicated to providing safe haven for terrorists," U.S. Africa Command said in its statement. "We continue to work in coordination with our Somali partners and allies to systematically dismantle al-Shabaab and help achieve stability and security throughout the region."

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ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- "Upheaval" describes everyday life in Venezuela.

The South American country has been mired in an economic, political and humanitarian crisis that has spilled into the streets, with almost daily protests affecting the lives of 30 million people who either participate in them or are forced to navigate through roadblocks and debris.

In cities and towns across the country, people have come out by the thousands since early April to protest a government many no longer recognize as legitimate.

Since then, the streets of the capital, Caracas, have become the backdrop for a deadly battle of wills between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and a coalition of opposition groups intent on ousting him.

Maduro has called the protests a violent attempt to overthrow his government. But behind the protests are a large number of Venezuelans who feel they've reached a breaking point. The shortage of basic goods, skyrocketing inflation and what they call the repression by government forces have all contributed to the opposition's desire to see Maduro and his government replaced.

Also at stake is control of the country's vast oil reserves and an economy that, once strong, has descended into chaos as inflation soars to triple digits and the value of the currency plummets, according to analyses by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

At least 124 people have been killed, and thousands more have been injured, according to an August report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Government security forces and pro-government armed groups, called colectivos, are behind at least 73 of those deaths, according to the report, which adds, "It is unclear who the perpetrators in the remaining deaths may be."

For Claudia Vivas, a 29-year-old mother living in Caracas, the violence of the protests and the government's response to them have added to an already hard life.

"They're massacring us," Vivas told ABC News in Spanish. "I've breathed in tear gas like you don't have any idea. I've never been hit, thank God. Neither me nor my husband has been hit, but we've breathed in that gas."

"I've seen rubber bullets fly right by me and hit people next to me," she added.

A country in crisis


Witnesses to the clashes as well as international human rights groups and regional organizations monitoring the situation have said that Venezuelan security forces have been firing tear gas canisters and buckshot at short range and using marbles, nuts and bolts as ammunition against anti-government demonstrators. In addition to the U.N. findings last month, reports from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have told of these repression techniques, which the groups say are aimed at injuring protesters.

Alfredo Romero is the director of Foro Penal Venezolano, a Venezuelan legal aid group that documents human rights abuses and represents people who have been detained at demonstrations. He told ABC News the detentions have added to the calamity in a country that already had more than 670 political prisoners, many of them students and other young people, according to the group.

Of the approximately 5,300 people detained in this year's protests, about 650 — the majority of them civilians — have been tried in military court, according to Romero. Foro Penal Venezolano's work has been certified by the Organization of American States.

Venezuela's Ministry of Information did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment on these allegations.

Detainees say that beatings, sexual abuse and torture are common, and there are numerous allegations that the government planted evidence and denied detainees legal representation, Romero said.

"Speaking about the law here, it's nonsensical. Here, you talk about what the government wants to do, who they want to jail and who they want to free," Romero said. "Behind all this, there's a great policy of fear that's hard to understand when you don't live it. This is a regime that has stayed in power through fear."

Venezuela's unraveling has been a long and painful one. Lines for food get longer as food gets scarcer; diseases become deadlier as medical supplies wane. A meltdown of government institutions has consolidated power around Maduro's party and served to criminalize dissent, the Organization of American States, an international body made up of 35 countries from the Americas, said in its July report on the country's crisis. Earlier this month, a National Constituent Assembly was elected to rewrite the country's constitution. The opposition chose to boycott the elections, which many world leaders denounced.

Assembly members were tasked with writing a new constitution to stop what they called the imperial aggression from the fascist groups against the government, Fernando Soto Rojas, a pro-government politician elected to the assembly, said in a live broadcast of the swearing-in ceremony. Maduro and his government blame the country's woes on an economic war being waged by the political opposition, the private sector and foreign powers.

Economic woes

Oil is the country's main industry, and Venezuela's oil production has plummeted to its lowest levels since oil prices started to crash in 2014, according to an OPEC report released in July.

"[Even] when Chavez was alive, things started to get worse," Vivas said, referring to the country's President Hugo Chavez, who died of cancer on March 5, 2013. "But I can assure you, things were better with Chavez than what we have now with Maduro."

From 1999 to 2013, Chavez led the country and developed a number of oil-subsidized social programs aimed at helping the poor. His supporters were known as Chavistas, and after he died, his vice president, Maduro, took over. Maduro was elected president after defeating opposition candidate Henrique Capriles less than six weeks after Chavez's death.

But as oil prices stay under $50 a barrel, Venezuelans are bearing the brunt of their country's lack of money for imports and the corruption involved in distributing food. The Chavez-built social programs have grown too costly for Maduro's cash-strapped government.

"Venezuelans are living — it's sad to say — they are living to eat," Vivas said. "I often prefer, just like my husband, to not eat but to make sure my children have their meals."

"Economists project that by the end of 2017, the Venezuelan economy will have shrunk by around 30 percent in three years," reads a report from the International Crisis Group, a nongovernmental organization that carries out field research on violent conflict. The population living below the poverty line is growing fast, the group said.

The Venezuelan government has set price limits for some basic goods, including personal hygiene products and many food items. As supply decreases, black market prices for those products have soared — hitting Venezuelans hard.

"You cannot fall sick. You cannot be injured. You cannot even suffer a stomachache," Vivas said. "You also depend on the harvest. If there's mango harvest, you eat only mangoes. If there's tangerine harvest, you eat only tangerines."

For Vivas — who lives in a working-class neighborhood in Caracas with her two young children, her husband and her aging father — finding food is a struggle often tainted by politics. In theory, her family should get food from the local provision and production committees (abbreviated CLAP in Spanish), but Vivas told ABC News that organizers informed her she had been taken off the census for CLAP-supplied food bags because she supports the opposition.

Maduro's government started the CLAP program to distribute food in the country. Venezuelans looking for food need to sign up for CLAP and pay a monthly fee to get bags of often hard-to-find products, which are distributed by the military. Sometimes the bags include noodles, flour and oil — now prized staples in a Venezuelan diet that has become more restricted, according to Vivas.

The family now relies on her father's food bag. He still has access to it because, unlike Vivas, he supports the government. The bag lasts four days for the five of them.

"Once we have consumed the food from the bag, things change because we have to wait 21 days — sometimes 31 — and the bag doesn't come. So we have to buy on the black market, or a friend of ours tells us where there's food available, and we try to help one another," Vivas said. "You'll find a price today, and tomorrow it will be another. The amount is never accurate, what we are sure of is that it's not enough."

Raising two children is a struggle for her.

"I want my children to have what I couldn't, but in this economy, I think they will have much less than what I did," she said.

Zero hour

This is not the first time Venezuelans have taken to the streets to protest Maduro. Demonstrations in 2014 also calling for his resignation left dozens of people dead, many others injured and several opposition leaders jailed.

By late 2015, the opposition had won a majority in the National Assembly, the country's legislature.

But by 2016, the government-aligned Supreme Court curtailed the National Assembly's powers, calling its resolutions unconstitutional — including one to speed up the recall referendum process in order to oust Maduro.

Efforts to hold a recall referendum that year were squashed, and that, along with a restricted legislature and worsening economic and humanitarian crises, resulted in this year's waves of protests, which many among the opposition have called Venezuela's "hora cero" (zero hour) — the breaking point, when the Maduro government must go.

Cynthia Arnson, the director of the Latin America program at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., said the Supreme Court's 2016 decision was a turning point in what she called Maduro's move toward a dictatorial regime.

"Once he saw he could lose power through an election, he has curtailed all the institutional mechanisms that handle the electoral system," she told ABC News. "Now that they see that they're going to lose elections, they're putting away any means to do them."

But Alexander Main, a senior associate for international policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, disagreed.

"The only thing [the opposition] seems to be able to agree on is that the government needs to go," he said. "They're not very persuasive to the general population as a viable alternative to the government, so even if a lot of people are disenchanted with the government, they don't have much confidence in the opposition at all."

Splintered opposition leadership has given rise to small pockets of radicalism, as people grow frustrated with the government's repression of the protests and the lack of change.

Armed with Molotov cocktails, rocks and makeshift shields, groups of opposition protesters have waged war on security forces, throwing tear gas canisters back at the national guard and hurling rocks at pro-government groups. More radical opposition factions were responsible for a July 30 bombing in Caracas that injured seven members of the national guard.

"There are numerous examples historically in Latin America where the closing off of any peaceful means for political means radicalizes the opposition and leads some people to embrace violence, and that is happening as well in Venezuela," Arnson said. "There's a small group of people who say, 'We can't just continue to go into the streets and have people killed at point blank … We need to meet fire with fire.'"

Vivas, who said she went to the demonstrations every day for almost a month, is fearful. While she said the violent groups among the protesters are small, she needs to put her children first.

"I want to fight for my country. I want to fight for my children. But to be killed or hit by a rubber bullet or get hurt from that — that scares me a lot," she said.

The fact that the opposition is a coalition of parties united only in their discontent with the government has failed to reassure many.

"There's a great deal of jockeying for position in terms of who is the leader of the opposition. There are a number of personalities that are important that have had a hard time speaking in one voice," Arnson said.

An uncertain future


Venezuela's turmoil has garnered international attention and provoked fiery rhetoric, such as when President Donald Trump said U.S. military intervention in the country was on the table.

The Trump administration has sanctioned Venezuelan government officials it believes are linked to international drug trafficking and human rights violations, including Vice President Tarek El-Aissami and several government ministers.

For the first time since Maduro's election in 2013, the majority of countries in the Organization of American States have issued strong condemnations of his government. Although OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro has called Maduro's efforts to sew up power "treason" against the Venezuelan people, the organization has failed to pass any resolutions against the Venezuelan government.

International pressure can do only so much. It's a combination of internal dynamics and external factors that bring about change, Arnson said.

Attempts at formal dialogue between the Maduro government and the opposition — often brokered by former world leaders or other neutral parties — have so far proved fruitless.

Late last year the Vatican tried to mediate talks between leaders from both sides without success.

Opposition leaders and other critics of the Venezuelan government, including Arnson, maintain that dialogue just buys Maduro time.

Four months into the protests and with a new, powerful Constituent Assembly working to rewrite the constitution, it seems that possible solutions to the Venezuelan crisis are growing scarcer.

"The only alternative to dialogue is civil war," Main said. "Because the situation has reached such a gravity, there's kind of an opportunity now."

The Venezuelan military could prove an important factor in determining the country's future.

"The principal arbiter of power will be the armed forces — the extent to which people in the military are no longer willing to go into the streets and repress opposition protesters," Arnson said. "The splintering of the armed forces would create a moment in which negotiations once again become viable. It's those kinds of cracks in the Chavista movement that can contribute to more dramatic change."

For her part, Vivas said only Venezuelans can resolve this crisis.

"Something needs to really happen, because if we don't end up shooting each other dead, we'll starve to death, or we'll die from an illness for which you can't find medicines," Vivas said. "International help — I think we should just forget about that. We're going to have to do our own dirty laundry here."

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