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

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NFL's Roger Goodell to hold a press conference, the first in 9 days. We'll have the latest.

NFL's Roger Goodell to hold a press conference, the first in 9 days. We'll have the latest.

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September 11th, 2014
04:23 PM ET

U.S. official: U.S. flying surveillance over Syria

(CNN) – The American military is already hitting ISIS targets in Iraq.

Now, U.S. surveillance aircraft are flying over Syria, gathering intelligence for impending air strikes on ISIS, a U.S. official tell CNN.
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August 26th, 2014
04:15 PM ET

Officials: American fighting for ISIS killed in Syria

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

The man's uncle, Ken McCain, said that his nephew had gone to fight as a jihadi and that the U.S. State Department told the family Monday about the death.

Douglas McCain converted from Christianity to Islam several years ago, according to his uncle.

The family wasn't alarmed by his conversion, but they became aware of Facebook posts sympathetic to ISIS, an Islamist militant group, when he traveled to what they believed to be Turkey.

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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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