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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

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

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November 13th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

ISIS shows off secret network of tunnels

(CNN) – ISIS is burrowing in for the long fight.

In a new video the terror group shows off its latest strategy to survive – ISIS fighters in an underground tunnel system in Iraq, sheltered from coalition airstrikes.

CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

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November 10th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Was ISIS leader wounded?

(CNN) – There is a flurry of conflicting accounts on the fate of the evil mastermind behind the terror group ISIS, as the U.S.-led coalition seems disturbingly under-informed, shall we say, about where its bombs are going and whom exactly they are hitting.

What we know for sure is that the Pentagon says U.S. airstrikes took place targeting ISIS leaders near Mosul. But what has not been confirmed is whether the head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, survived those strikes, or if he was in the convoy to begin with.

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November 6th, 2014
06:35 PM ET

U.S. strike in Syria reportedly kills key bomb-maker

(CNN) - A U.S. airstrike in Syria appears to have killed a key French jihadist who is part of the militant Khorasan Group, a U.S. defense official said Thursday morning.

The strike happened overnight Wednesday near Idlib, according to the official, who has access to the latest information about the strikes.

The U.S. fired at a vehicle it believed carried David Drugeon, a skilled bomb-maker in his 20s who also has ties to core al Qaeda members in Pakistan, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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October 27th, 2014
06:36 PM ET

U.S. General, troops quarantined after Ebola aid trip

(CNN) - Army Major General Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, and approximately 10 other personnel are now in "controlled monitoring" in Italy after returning there from West Africa over the weekend, according to multiple U.S. military officials.

The American personnel are effectively under quarantine, but Pentagon officials declined to use that terminology.

William's plane was met on the ground by Italian authorities "in full CDC gear," the official said referring to the type of protective equipment warn by U.S. health care workers.

There is no indication at this time any of the team have symptoms of Ebola.

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September 24th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

U.S. resumes airstrikes in Syria

(CNN) – U.S. and coalition warplanes have resumed airstrikes in Syria, targeting oil installations in order to cut off terrorist group ISIS' cash flow.

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reports.

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