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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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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?

world lead

September 24th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Obama: Fight the 'cancer of violent extremism'

(CNN) - U.N. Security Council members on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution to address the growing threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters, a measure that U.S. President Barack Obama applauded while insisting it "must be matched and translated into action" to have any effect.

"Resolutions alone will not be enough, promises on paper cannot keep us safe, lofty rhetoric and good intentions will not stop a single terrorist attack," Obama said.

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world lead

September 5th, 2014
06:05 PM ET

Kurdish forces make gains on ISIS in Iraq as NATO leaders promise help

(CNN) - Kurdish forces backed by U.S. air cover made gains Friday against ISIS fighters in Iraq's Mosul province as NATO leaders concluded a summit in Wales, pledging to help defeat the radical Islamic forces.

The Kurdish fighters, known as the Peshmerga, retook several villages seized this summer in ISIS' lightning assault in Iraq as well as high ground overlooking plains on the approach to Mosul, CNN's Anna Coren reported.

"It is a duty of everybody who loves democracy and freedom and human rights to struggle against the terrorists," said Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Rowsch Shaways, a Kurd.

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September 2nd, 2014
06:37 PM ET

U.S. official: Attack targets Al-Shabaab leader, but his fate is unknown

Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) - The U.S. military went into Somalia with one goal in mind: Kill Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of Al-Shabaab.

One day later, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said flatly, "We certainly believe that we hit what we were aiming at."

What he did not say is whether Godane is dead.

The United States is "assessing the effectiveness right now" of the attack launched hours earlier, Kirby said Tuesday, including who, if anyone, was killed.

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world lead

August 28th, 2014
05:34 PM ET

Obama on ISIS: 'We don't have a strategy yet'

(CNN) - It's too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama said. "We don't have a strategy yet."

Obama said he's asked U.S. military leaders to prepare "a range of options" about what the United States could do to go after ISIS in Syria, which he said has become "a safe haven" for the Islamist group.

In Syria, he said, it's a political issue as well as a military one - and something regional leaders need to address.

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national lead

August 19th, 2014
08:51 AM ET

'This has to stop': 31 arrested after fresh confrontation in Ferguson

(CNN) - More violence. More tear gas. No answers.

Stun grenades and tear gas canisters arced through the night sky and into crowds of protesters overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, after police said they had been targeted with rocks, Molotov cocktails and gunfire amid continuing demonstrations over the death of Michael Brown.

Two people were shot - not by police, authorities said. Four officers were injured. Police arrested at least 31 people.

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