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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

How many terrorists have actually been taken out in the latest round of airstrikes?

How many terrorists have actually been taken out in the latest round of airstrikes?

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September 29th, 2014
06:41 PM ET

Hong Kong: Will crackdown become Tiananmen 2?

Thousands of protesters demanding democracy pack the streets in Hong Kong. CNN's Andrew Stevens and Jim Sciutto report.

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September 26th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Gen. Dempsey stands by statement that U.S. ground troop recommendation is on the table

(CNN) – After ten days of administration denials, today, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey stood by his commitment to recommend U.S. ground troops, if he believes they are necessary to win the fight against ISIS.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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September 25th, 2014
05:33 PM ET

Liberia's Ebola cases double every 2 weeks

(CNN) – What started as a regional crisis is now being cast as a threat to health and security around the world.

Today, President Obama warned global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly that without quick action, the Ebola outbreak could become a humanitarian catastrophe.

The hardest hit nations are Sierra Leone and Liberia, where the number of cases is doubling every two weeks.

The explosive pace of this outbreak is overwhelming government and health workers in the region, Liberia's foreign minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan tells CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper." Check out his interview in the video above.

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September 25th, 2014
05:26 PM ET

Latest airstrikes target oil, kill 14 ISIS fighters

(CNN) – In the past 24 hours coalition jets took aim at oil assets stolen by ISIS militants, who have used mob tactics – including murder and palm greasing, and robbery and extortion – to become a self-sustaining monster on their rampage across two countries.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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September 25th, 2014
04:44 PM ET

Analyst: 'Unreliable' captured ISIS fighters revealed subway terror plot

(CNN) –  ISIS fighters captured on the battlefield in Iraq told Iraq interrogators of terror plots to attack subway systems in the U.S., says a CNN terrorism analyst.

But these fighters "are notorious for providing unreliable information. It's not clear whether they cross-checked this information. Perhaps they were making it up. Perhaps they were saying this under duress," says analyst Paul Cruickshank.
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