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August 6th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

Democratic congressman on civilian casualties: ‘I do not know what more Israel could have done’

(CNN) – The White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department have all said that Israel could have done more to prevent civilian casualties.

But Rep. Steve Israel, D-New York, disagrees.

"I do not know what more Israel could have done," he said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper." "In any war, you're always going to get the tragedy of those casualties."
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August 6th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

State Dept. on strained relations with Netanyahu

(CNN) – Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied strained relations with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a press conference Wednesday.

"We work very closely with him and the US administration, with president Obama throughout this operation and before. The reports of the substance and the tone of our relationship are distorted," Netanyahu said.

But just last week, Netanyahu told Kerry and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro not to second-guess him on Hamas, sources told CNN, fueling indications of a tense relationship between Netanyahu and the Obama administration.

But a State Department spokesperson said the relationship is simply an "honest" one.
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August 6th, 2014
04:48 PM ET

Russia retaliates against latest sanctions

(CNN) – On the border between Russia and Ukraine, the violence continues unabated.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin tried his best Wednesday to swing back at fresh sanctions from the United States and the European Union with his own attempt at causing economic havoc for his enemies.

All of this, as explosions echo across the region, and Russia bolsters its troop levels along the border.

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports about Putin's latest move, and the kind of destruction he is witnessing in Ukraine.

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Why hasn't Obama said a word about the death of Gen. Greene?

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August 6th, 2014
02:17 PM ET

Why hasn't Obama said a word about the death of Gen. Greene?

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – The killing of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene in Afghanistan – the highest ranking officer to have been killed in that war, and the first time a general has been killed on the battlefield since Vietnam - has met with many statements mourning his loss, with one notable exception: the commander in chief.

Why?

A national security source tells CNN that the administration does not like to signal that the particular rank of a casualty merits a different response – every loss of life is equally tragic; every sacrifice is equally heartbreaking.

The source notes that President Obama has tended to go out to comment on military losses based more on when the U.S. loses a significant number of our troops – as when the helicopter was downed in the summer of 2011.

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August 6th, 2014
12:18 PM ET

Israel spokesman: Senior member of Hamas arrested

(CNN) – A man arrested in the kidnapping of three Israeli teens is a "senior member of Hamas," Mark Regev, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

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