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September 23rd, 2014
05:36 PM ET

White House official: Iran was notified of impending strikes in Syria

(CNN) – Iran, along with other countries, were told ahead of time about Tuesday morning's airstrikes in Syria, says a White House official.

"Specifically with a number of countries, including Iran, we indicated that we would be taking action. We obviously didn't say exactly when, or where. We wanted to make sure that no one got in our way," said White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken.

For more of our interview with White House official Tony Blinken, check out the video above.

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September 23rd, 2014
05:25 PM ET

200,000 flee in biggest displacement of Syrian conflict, monitor says

Istanbul (CNN) - The sudden, massive flood of refugees fleeing ISIS is unlike any other displacement in the 3½-year Syrian conflict.

As many as 200,000 people have left the area surrounding the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, in just four days as ISIS advances into the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday. Most have gone into Turkey, the London-based monitoring group said.

Turkey's semiofficial Anadolu news agency and the United Nations said 130,000 Syrian refugees have entered Turkey since Friday.

But the unprecedented surge that broke loose Friday has slowed, as Turkey reduced the number of open crossings from eight or nine to just two, said Ariane Rummery, a spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency.

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September 23rd, 2014
05:19 PM ET

Rubio: U.S. ground troops likely needed to ‘finish the job’ of defeating ISIS

(CNN) – U.S. strikes across Syria early Tuesday targeted ISIS, the terrorist group responsible for beheading two American journalists, and waging a terror campaign across vast swaths of Iraq and Syria.

But another target was the relatively unknown Khorasan Group - a collection of senior al Qaeda members who have moved into Syria.

"This is a group of very knowledgeable, experienced al Qaeda fighters," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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