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world lead

June 16th, 2014
05:23 PM ET

Expert: 'Dozens' of Americans fighting with ISIS in Iraq

(CNN) – Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continue an offensive that has seen vast swaths of northern Iraq fall out of government hands.

And there are likely Americans fighting alongside the militant group. Acting director for the Rand Corporation's international security and defense policy center says "dozens" of Americans are fighting with ISIS in Iraq.

Check out the video above for our interview with Rand Corporation's Seth Jones.

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June 16th, 2014
04:15 PM ET

Extremists put Baghdad in their sights

The U.S. has bolstered security at the American embassy in Baghdad, adding between 50 and 100 marines and Army personnel, according to a U.S. official.

The Sstate Department strongly warns against all but essential travel to the country, adding that U.S. citizens in Iraq "remain at high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence."

CNN international correspondent Nic Robertson reports.

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Rep. Miller calls on acting VA secretary to investigate if laws were broken

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June 16th, 2014
03:43 PM ET

Rep. Miller calls on acting VA secretary to investigate if laws were broken

(CNN) – Following a report from CNN, the chair of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Jeff Miller, R-Florida, is calling on the acting secretary of Veterans Affairs to investigate whether VA employees broke the law.

Last week, CNN reported that officials within the national Department of Veterans Affairs tried to stall, if not block, two Pennsylvania congressmen's attempts to find out about hundreds of veterans on wait lists for years, waiting for health care appointments at the Pittsburgh VA.
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