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world lead

October 6th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq: Biden wasn't wrong, Turkey, UAE, Saudi Arabia need to do more to fight ISIS

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden faulted Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia for inadvertently strengthening ISIS during a speech at Harvard last week.

He apologized to U.S. allies Turkey and the UAE on Sunday, but the former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq says Biden wasn't wrong.

"It wasn't necessarily wrong. But we need to do something about it. And the question is whether calling them out publicly is the best way to do something about it," said former Ambassador Christopher Hill, who is now dean of international studies at the University of Denver.
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October 6th, 2014
05:42 PM ET

ISIS gaining ground despite airstrikes

(CNN) – Airstrikes without ground troops were Obama's only option domestically.
But after nearly as many airstrikes during the entire Pakistan drone campaign, things are going the wrong way on the ground.

ISIS raised its flag in part of Kobani Monday, pressing against a vital part of Syria's border with Turkey.

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports.

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national lead

October 6th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

CDC director: Health authorities learning from 'glitches' of Dallas Ebola case

(CNN) – President Obama called for protocols to help stop the spread of Ebola Monday, while downplaying the risk of an epidemic in the United States.

"As I've said from the start of this outbreak, I consider this a top national security priority," Obama told reporters.

Last Tuesday, the CDC isolated the first patient diagnosed with the disease inside the United States, Thomas Duncan. But it took until Friday to remove soiled towels and sweat-stained sheets from an apartment where he stayed, a place where other individuals in contact with Duncan were quarantined.

"We wish the medical waste issue had been resolved sooner. There was a glitch in resolving it, but it is resolved now," said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Thomas Frieden.
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