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(CNN) – In January President Obama told The New Yorker magazine that ISIS, the militant group which has taken control of parts of western and northern Iraq, was like a junior varsity basketball team.
"The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant," Obama said.
Obama authorized "targeted airstrikes" against ISIS Thursday. The military began a second round of airstrikes against ISIS near Irbil on Friday, U.S. officials told CNN.
But Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken denies the White House underestimated the threat of the militant group.
"The President was right. They did not pose a threat like al Qaeda central to us in the homeland," Blinken said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
Washington (CNN) - U.S. fighter jets repeatedly bombed Sunni Islamic extremists in northern Iraq on Friday, targeting what officials described as ISIS artillery units and convoys advancing on the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil.
At least two rounds of airstrikes ramped up America's involvement in Iraq where ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State, is seizing control of towns and key infrastructure in an advance that has forced hundreds of thousands to run for their lives.
(CNN) – A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacts to the end of the cease-fire in Gaza, dismissing the notion that the rockets from Gaza that broke the truce could have been launched by anyone other than Hamas.
"Hamas controls the Gaza strip with an iron fist," said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev. "Hmamas' own leadership said it wasn't going to extend the cease-fire, that sends a green light to all sorts of other people."
(CNN) – The Middle East cease-fire is over, as are peace talks between Israel and Hamas.
The Israeli delegation left Cairo this morning, soon after the truce ended and rockets started flying back into Israel.
The Israelis are now responding with airstrikes in Gaza.
CEO and founder of the israel-palestine Center for Research and Information Gershon Baskin has previously been involved in negotiations with Hamas, notably talks that led to the release of Gilad Shalit, an israeli soldier held in captivity for five years.
He joins CNN's Jake Tapper to discuss next steps in this ongoing crisis.