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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

New audio of the Ferguson shooting. Plus, Obama approves reconnaissance flights over Syria.

New audio of the Ferguson shooting. Plus, Obama approves reconnaissance flights over Syria.

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August 28th, 2014
05:34 PM ET

Obama on ISIS: 'We don't have a strategy yet'

(CNN) - It's too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama said. "We don't have a strategy yet."

Obama said he's asked U.S. military leaders to prepare "a range of options" about what the United States could do to go after ISIS in Syria, which he said has become "a safe haven" for the Islamist group.

In Syria, he said, it's a political issue as well as a military one - and something regional leaders need to address.

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August 28th, 2014
05:47 PM ET

Obama: Russia's actions will have costs, consequences

(CNN) – President Barack Obama placed blame for the violence in Ukraine on Russia Wednesday.

"The violence is encouraged by Russia. The separatists are trained by Russia; they are armed by Russia; they are funded by Russia," he told reporters in Washington.

Calling sanctions against Russia already in place "effective," he said it would face additional costs and consequences for its ongoing incursion.

"Russia is already more isolated than at any time since the end of the Cold War," Obama said.

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August 28th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

2 American jihadis with ties to Minnesota

(CNN) – Abdirahmaan Muhumed is the second American said to have been killed while fighting for ISIS in Syria over the weekend, a U.S. official tells CNN.

The other American ISIS member killed was Douglas McAuthur McCain. Various reports have indicated that Muhumed, like McCain, had ties to Minnesota.

There has to be something besides a warmer climate that would draw Americans like these from Minnesota to the battlefield in Syria.

CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.

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August 28th, 2014
05:31 PM ET

Analysis: What message is Obama sending ISIS?

(CNN) – President Obama is the president that doesn't beat the war drum. But exactly what message was he sending today? Because ISIS was listening.

CNN's Jim Sciutto, Barbara Starr, Jim Acosta, and Gloria Borger discuss.

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August 27th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

From American kid to jihadi in Syria

(CNN) - Douglas McAuthur McCain is not the only American killed while fighting for ISIS in recent days, a coalition of Syrian opposition groups said Wednesday.

A second American was killed in a battle with rival opposition groups as well, said the coalition, which calls itself the Nahrawan of Syria.

The coalition did not offer any evidence of a second American's death, but it released photos of McCain's body and his passport.

The California man has become part of the disturbing phenomenon of Americans joining terrorists who want to kill Americans.

McCain's family has been talking to CNN, and they seem blindsided by the news.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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