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September 24th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Coalition airstrikes in Syria leave civilian casualties, activists say

(CNN) – Opposition activists, as well as opposition groups like the local coordination committees and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, tell CNN that air strikes that took place in Aleppo and Idlib provinces caused civilian casualties.

The airstrikes did not against ISIS, but other Islamist groups that the U.S. designates terrorist organizations, and the opposition does not view as such.

If the campaign continues, and the U.S. and allies continue to go after non-ISIS targets, the civilian toll could potentially rise significantly. People are expressing their fear that another wave of refugees is on the horizon.

Moderate opposition activists tell CNN that America and its allies need to be very careful about who they strike, and where.

CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

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September 24th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

U.S. on lookout for 'lone wolf' terrorists

(CNN) – In the wake of U.S. strikes on terrorist targets inside Syria, federal officials sent out a nationwide bulletin warning law enforcement agencies across the United States to be on high alert for retaliatory attacks on the homeland.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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September 24th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

U.S. resumes airstrikes in Syria

(CNN) – U.S. and coalition warplanes have resumed airstrikes in Syria, targeting oil installations in order to cut off terrorist group ISIS' cash flow.

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reports.

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September 24th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Terror experts: The difficulties in fighting ideology

(CNN) – Terrorists are often initially initiated into extremist Islam not by preachers who preach violence, but by preachers who preach hatred without violence, British Prime Minister David Cameron said at the United Nations Wednesday.

How can Western powers combat such a problem?

Former Homeland Security adviser and CNN national security analyst Fran Townsend, and Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discuss.

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