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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.

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Following Scotland's historic vote on independence from the U.K.

Following Scotland's historic vote on independence from the U.K.

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August 8th, 2014
06:42 PM ET

Palestinian leader: We want cease-fire more than anybody else, we are the ones being killed

(CNN) – The calm of a three-day cease-fire between Israel and Gaza ended Friday. Islamic militant groups said they fired rockets into Israel before the truce had expired this morning, blaming Israel for refusing to meet Palestinian demands. The war resumed, and Israel commenced bombing.

"Palestinians want cease-fire more than anybody else, because they are the ones who are being killed," said Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian parliament.
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August 8th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Fmr. Israeli intelligence chief: There should be no preconditions to cease-fire negotiations

(CNN) – Hamas, but also the Palestinian factions, have said that one of the conditions they want in order for the cease-fire to continue is a lifting of the blockade so the people of Gaza, the Palestinians who mean Israel no harm and want to have their lives back, can rebuild.

The former chief of Israel's intelligence service says it sounds like a reasonable request, but if should not be a precondition for negotiations.
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August 8th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Iraq's Yazidis and Christians trapped, hiding from ISIS in the mountains

(CNN) - No food. No water. And as they pass the hours in the scorching summer heat, no escape for 40,000 desperate people hiding in the mountains of northwestern Iraq from the killers surrounding them on the ground below.

When fighters from ISIS, which refers to itself as the Islamic State, stormed Sinjar over the weekend, the Yazidi minority who call the area home fled into the nearby mountains in fear of their lives. Some of them didn't make it.

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August 8th, 2014
06:19 PM ET

Fmr. Ambassador: Air strikes in Iraq will not be enough

(CNN) – Defeating the militant group that has gained a foothold in northern and western Iraq requires more than just U.S. air strikes, says a former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.

"Air strikes in combination with work with the Kurds, with the local forces – Sunnis and Shias – would be enough," said Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan.
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August 8th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

How much will U.S. be pulled back into Iraq?

(CNN) – A second round of U.S. airstrikes began in Iraq Friday.

CNN's Jim Sciutto has been following the american response to ISIS – the deadly al Qaeda offshoot – that has sunk its teeth into a huge swath of the country, and sent hundreds of thousands of civilians literally fleeing for their lives.

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