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September 24th, 2014
06:51 PM ET

ISIS holds its ground despite airstrikes

(CNN) – ISIS the main target of airstrikes being carried out by a U.S.-led coalition.

But what targets have been struck, and is the campaign working?

CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

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September 24th, 2014
06:37 PM ET

Roundtable: More U.S. ground troops likely

(CNN) – Lawmakers and military analysts have said boots on the ground will be necessary to defeat ISIS.

But the United States' Arab coalition allies are reluctant to put boots on the ground, so will the task ultimately fall to the U.S.?

"We need to be a little more clear about what U.S. troop presence we're talking about – advisers, special operators – it's not zero boots on the ground," said CNN political commentator Jay Carney.
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September 24th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Sen. Chambliss: Airstrikes are not going to win this conflict

(CNN) – The latest round of airstrikes in Syria are targeting ISIS-controlled oil fields, striking the terrorist group's cash flow.

U.S. surveillance had identified the targets over the last several weeks, said Sen. Saxby Chambliss, ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Hitting the oil installations "would cause the least amount of collateral damage, but yet seek to do really do damage to the infrastructure of ISIL," said Chambliss, using an alternative name for the group.
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September 24th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Obama: Fight the 'cancer of violent extremism'

(CNN) - U.N. Security Council members on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution to address the growing threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters, a measure that U.S. President Barack Obama applauded while insisting it "must be matched and translated into action" to have any effect.

"Resolutions alone will not be enough, promises on paper cannot keep us safe, lofty rhetoric and good intentions will not stop a single terrorist attack," Obama said.

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September 24th, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Military analyst: Striking ISIS-controlled oil refineries ‘a smart thing to do’

(CNN) – The latest airstrikes in Syria appear to be part of an effort to cut off money flowing to ISIS, targeting oilfields under the terrorist group's control.

"This is a smart thing to do for several reasons," said CNN military analyst Lt. Col. Rick Francona.
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