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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.

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We are live on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, with the latest news and analysis.

We are live on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, with the latest news and analysis.

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August 8th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

How much will U.S. be pulled back into Iraq?

(CNN) – A second round of U.S. airstrikes began in Iraq Friday.

CNN's Jim Sciutto has been following the american response to ISIS – the deadly al Qaeda offshoot – that has sunk its teeth into a huge swath of the country, and sent hundreds of thousands of civilians literally fleeing for their lives.

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August 7th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

U.S. considers air strikes in Iraq

(CNN) - The United States is considering air strikes in Iraq in response to a militant surge in northern areas that has left minority groups trapped by fighting, a U.S. official told CNN.

The official said the possibility of such military action "has been something" the Obama administration "has been talking about for some time and the latest news just might meet the threshold for action."

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August 5th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

U.S. general killed, other troops wounded in Afghanistan attack, Pentagon says

Washington (CNN) - A gunman believed to be an Afghan soldier opened fire at a training facility in Kabul and killed an American general - carnage that a Pentagon spokesman said marked the death of one of the highest-ranked U.S. military service members since 9/11.

The Pentagon did not formally release the name of the slain general, but U.S. officials identified him to CNN as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby declined to identify the general, citing a policy of waiting 24 hours after the family is notified, but described him as a "very experienced officer" with "a lot of staff tours" and an "expert in infrastructure improvement, logistics."

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July 31st, 2014
04:57 PM ET

Warning from American bomber in Syria

Before he blew himself up in Syria, an American-born jihadist made one more stop home.

U.S. officials are now acknowleding the frightening fact that the first known American sucide bomber in Syria returned to the U.S. after going through terror training overseas.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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July 22nd, 2014
06:06 PM ET

International outrage, but little action over MH17

(CNN) – From Australia, to London, to Ukraine, where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 lies scattered, international outrage is mounting.

"What we have seen is evidence tampering on an industrial scale," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday.

UK leader David Cameron spoke of "sickening reports of looting of victims' possessions, and interference with evidence."

"This is barbarian style," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said of the handling of the remains.

There is growing fury at the thought of a commercial airliner being shot down in plain sight, and at the pro-Russian separatists now lording over the crime scene.

"What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama said Monday.

So far, however, aside from voicing anger, no country has taken significant action to wrest control from the rebels.
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