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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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national lead

October 30th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Hagel tells White House his concerns on ISIS strategy

(CNN) – The U.S. is now almost three months into the war to degrade and destroy ISIS.

The Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs Chairman gave an update Thursday on the bombing campaign and on efforts to take back ISIS gains on the ground. So far, that task has been left to forces in the region that are friendly to the U.S. Some have endured a slaughter, at the hands of these terrorists.

Secretary Hagel also apparently sent a memo to President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice, blasting parts of his Syria policy.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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October 27th, 2014
06:34 PM ET

Video shows ISIS fighters wielding anti-aircraft missiles

(CNN) – Terrorists becoming capable of shooting down aircraft has long been a security nightmare.

Now, new images posted by ISIS may show it is already a reality. The video shows an ISIS militant firing at an Iraqi helicopter with a shoulder-fired missile, identified by experts at Jane's Defense as a Chinese-made FN-6.

The next frame shows what ISIS claims was the result – the twisted wreckage of the downed chopper.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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October 14th, 2014
06:17 PM ET

Obama convenes coalition leaders as air campaign fails to halt ISIS advance

Washington (CNN) - Defense chiefs from 22 nations fighting ISIS met all day at a secure facility to discuss the current military operations against ISIS.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports

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October 10th, 2014
06:28 PM ET

U.S. Official: Iraq's Anbar vulnerable to ISIS

(CNN) – ISIS fighters are taking control of more and more key parts of the Syrian border city of Kobani, and a United Nations envoy tells Reuters that thousands of people "will most likely be massacred" if the city falls.

Human rights groups say Islamic extremists now control almost half the city – including the governmental square and the surrounding security zone. ISIS released a video that reportedly shows its forces inside Kobani, fighting Kurdish and Free Syrian Army forces. CNN has not independently confirmed the authenticity of the video.

Meantime on the other front of the war, Iraq, sources tell CNN that they are concerned that Anbar province, just west of Baghdad, could soon fall to ISIS too.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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October 1st, 2014
06:35 PM ET

ISIS advances on Turkish border

(CNN) – They are adapting and somehow still advancing despite days of coalition airstrikes. ISIS fighters in Syria are closing in on a key border town within sight of Turkey.

And while it's still unclear whether the bombing campaign has done anything to accomplish the president's goal of 'degrading and destroying ISIS,' there are new concerns about the toll the campaign's taking on innocent people who have already survived years of war from many different angles.

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