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(CNN) - The Iraqi air force and fighters with the Kurdish peshmerga carried out a dramatic rescue mission Monday at Mount Sinjar, taking supplies to desperate Yazidis and bringing some on board the helicopter to make it safely out.
A CNN crew was on the flight that took diapers, milk, water and food to the site where thousands of people have been driven by ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State.
CNN's Ivan Watson, who was on the chopper, described the mission as "heroic."
(CNN) – The crimes of militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – or ISIS – are nothing short of monstrous. The violent jihadists are known for executing even children, and slaughtering anyone standing in the way of their goal of building an Islamic caliphate out of the huge chunks of Syria and Iraq they now control.
There has been a concern for months now among national security officials and experts that someone from ISIS, someone with a western passport, could come to the U.S. and stage a terrorist attack.
But the former coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department said ISIS poses "an unproven threat" to the U.S.
Jerusalem (CNN) - Indirect talks between Palestinians and Israelis, aimed at ending the hostilities in Gaza, have resumed in Cairo, Egyptian state-run EgyNews reported Monday.
The talks are taking place amid a three-day cease-fire brokered by Egypt.
Israel wants Hamas, the militant Islamic group that runs Gaza, to disarm as part of a demilitarization of the territory. The Palestinian delegation's demands include the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza; a commitment to the 2012 memorandum of understanding, which called for an end to Israel's blockade on Gaza; an extension of fishing rights off the coast; and the reopening of air and seaports.
(CNN) - NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver who was walking on a track during a dirt-track race in upstate New York on Saturday night, authorities said.
Stewart has a long history of violent incidents, both on and off the racetrack.
Why is he even allowed to race?
As CNN's Rachel Nichols reports, NASCAR wants its drivers to be a bit tough, hot-headed, and rebellious... as long as nobody gets hurt.
(CNN) – Hillary Clinton, a likely presidential candidate in 2016, now seems to be putting some healthy political distance between herself and the administration she served. She weighed in on the current crisis in Iraq, tying it to President Obama's policy in Syria, in an interview with The Atlantic.
“The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad — there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle — the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton told The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg.
The Lead with Jake Tapper draws not only on Tapper’s deep knowledge of politics and national issues, but also seeks to examine and advance stories across a wide range of topics that demonstrate his own curiosities and interests. Compelling headlines come from around the country and the globe, from politics to money, sports to popular culture, based on news drivers of the day.
The Lead with Jake Tapper airs weekdays at 4 p.m. ET.
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