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world lead

October 7th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

FBI wants help identifying ISIS jihadist in execution video

(CNN) - The FBI on Tuesday asked for the public's help in identifying an English-speaking militant who appeared to help execute Syrian soldiers in an ISIS recruitment video released last month.

In the 55-minute video titled "Flames of War," the jihadist switches from classical Arabic to perfect English with a North American accent, and appears to orchestrate a mass execution of Syrian soldiers.

The FBI reached out to the public on its website Tuesday, posting a portion of the video and asking whether anyone has information about the jihadist's identity.

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October 7th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

UK police arrest 4 men suspected of terror plot

London (CNN) - Four men were arrested Tuesday in London on suspicion of involvement in a terrorist plot, the city's Metropolitan Police said.

Police didn't release details about what the four were alleged to be plotting or where the attacks were to happen, but said the arrests were part of "an ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism."

The arrests come nearly two weeks after police arrested at least 10 other men in the United Kingdom on suspicion of terror offenses, including supporting a banned organization and encouraging terrorism.

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October 7th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

Former Defense Secretary lays out disagreements with President Obama

New York (CNN) - A former senior member of President Barack Obama's national security team is panning the administration's decision to rule out the use of ground troops to fight ISIS and questioning Obama's leadership style.

"I take the position that when you're commander in chief that you oughta keep all options on the table...to be able to have the flexibility to what is necessary in order to defeat the enemy," former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta told CNN. "We're conducting air strikes. But to make those air strikes work, to be able to do what you had to do, you don't– you don't just send planes in and drop bombs. You've gotta have targets. You've gotta know what you're goin' after. To do that, you do need people on the ground."

Panetta's comments are a stinging rebuke of Obama at a crucial point in his administration as the president battles multiple national security threats, including ISIS, a resurgent Russia and the spread of Ebola.

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money lead

October 7th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Is Google liable for hacked nude pictures?

(CNN) – Is Google liable for the content it shares?

Attorney Marty Singer says potentially yes, to the tune of $100 million. Singer said he represents several female celebrities whose personal pictures were stolen in late August and shared on Google.

"You do nothing - nothing but collect millions of dollars in advertising revenue from your co-conspirator advertising partners as you seek to capitalize on this scandal rather than quash it," Singer wrote in a letter to Google.

Today, Academy Award-winning movie star Jennifer Lawrence is leading the charge against hackers.
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October 7th, 2014
01:44 PM ET

Were Israelis behind sabotage of alleged Iran nuclear site?

(CNN) – As the U.S.-led coalition presses airstrikes against ISIS, a less publicized struggle is going on in nearby Iran.

President Obama has repeatedly said he is determined to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and both the U.S. and Israel have carried out sabotage attacks against Iranian facilities.
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