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

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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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September 22nd, 2014
05:11 PM ET

Military: U.S. ready to strike ISIS in Syria

(CNN) – The terrorist group ISIS, which currently controls huge chunks of Iraq and Syria, isnow issuing a new, sick threat in an audio tape, calling for lone wolf attacks against Americans, British, the French - anyone in the U.S.-led coalition.

An ISIS spokesman even offered instructions on how to kill random civilians, saying "smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car."

The Obama administration acknowledged that some Americans fighting with terror groups have returned to the United States.

For the past six weeks the U.S. has been launching airstrikes on ISIS targets in Iraq, now the world is waiting to see if the U.S. military opens up a new front and takes the fight into Syria.

The military says it's ready to go, and is waiting on the President's call.

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reports.

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September 4th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Struggle to define U.S. mission against ISIS

(CNN) – The President has been very frank about not having a comprehensive strategy on ISIS.

For now the U.S. mission is mostly defined by a series of "What if" questions.

CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

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September 2nd, 2014
06:37 PM ET

U.S. official: Attack targets Al-Shabaab leader, but his fate is unknown

Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) - The U.S. military went into Somalia with one goal in mind: Kill Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of Al-Shabaab.

One day later, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said flatly, "We certainly believe that we hit what we were aiming at."

What he did not say is whether Godane is dead.

The United States is "assessing the effectiveness right now" of the attack launched hours earlier, Kirby said Tuesday, including who, if anyone, was killed.

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August 29th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Should the U.S. raise terror alert, like the U.K.?

(CNN) – According to AAA, 35 million Americans will be traveling this labor day weekend, the highest number in six years.

So pack the kids in the car, board a flight, or take a seat on the train - and don't worry too much about ISIS terrorists committing an atrocity on U.S. soil, according to the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, who are unaware of "any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland" from ISIS.

This, despite the British government raising the alarm about ISIS within its own borders.

On this holiday weekend, why is London so worried, and Washington not?

CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

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