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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

New audio of the Ferguson shooting. Plus, Obama approves reconnaissance flights over Syria.

New audio of the Ferguson shooting. Plus, Obama approves reconnaissance flights over Syria.

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August 28th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

2 American jihadis with ties to Minnesota

(CNN) – Abdirahmaan Muhumed is the second American said to have been killed while fighting for ISIS in Syria over the weekend, a U.S. official tells CNN.

The other American ISIS member killed was Douglas McAuthur McCain. Various reports have indicated that Muhumed, like McCain, had ties to Minnesota.

There has to be something besides a warmer climate that would draw Americans like these from Minnesota to the battlefield in Syria.

CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.

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August 28th, 2014
05:31 PM ET

Analysis: What message is Obama sending ISIS?

(CNN) – President Obama is the president that doesn't beat the war drum. But exactly what message was he sending today? Because ISIS was listening.

CNN's Jim Sciutto, Barbara Starr, Jim Acosta, and Gloria Borger discuss.

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August 27th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

From American kid to jihadi in Syria

(CNN) - Douglas McAuthur McCain is not the only American killed while fighting for ISIS in recent days, a coalition of Syrian opposition groups said Wednesday.

A second American was killed in a battle with rival opposition groups as well, said the coalition, which calls itself the Nahrawan of Syria.

The coalition did not offer any evidence of a second American's death, but it released photos of McCain's body and his passport.

The California man has become part of the disturbing phenomenon of Americans joining terrorists who want to kill Americans.

McCain's family has been talking to CNN, and they seem blindsided by the news.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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August 26th, 2014
05:47 PM ET

American student missing in Israel

(CNN) - Israeli police have stepped up their search for a New Jersey man who went missing while hiking in a forest outside Jerusalem.

Aaron Sofer was reported missing on Friday by a friend who he was hiking with in the Jerusalem Forest, Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN.

"We hope to find our brother ... and (we're) just praying hard and doing everything we could do," Sofer's brother Joel Sofer tells CNN.

Sofer, 23, from Lakewood, New Jersey, is a Yeshiva student studying in Israel.

"He's serious about studying," said Joel Sofer. "He's a very good boy."

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August 26th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

State Dept.: Western passport holders fighting with ISIS is a 'growing threat'

(CNN) – An American named Douglas McCain was killed last weekend in Syria, where he was fighting for ISIS (also known as ISIL), two U.S. officials told CNN.

"Reports like this do raise this issue, which is our concern about the growing threat from ISIL, the growing concern we have about individuals who have Western passports, who are able to gain access whether it's the United States or other allies in western Europe," said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.
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