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November 17th, 2014
05:52 PM ET

Terror analyst: ISIS has resources 'to unleash carnage' in the West

(CNN) – Officials are taking threats from the latest ISIS video very seriously, says a CNN terror analyst.

"To Obama, the dog of Rome, today we're slaughtering the soldiers of Bashar. And tomorrow, we will slaughter your soldiers. And with Allah's permission, we will break this final, and last crusade, and the Islamic State will soon, like your puppet David Cameron said, will begin to slaughter your people, on your streets," says a hooded ISIS militant with a British accent.

"ISIS have about 1,000 Westerners in their ranks. They have training camps on a significant scale. They have deep financial pockets," said CNN terror analyst Paul Cruickshank.

"In other words, they have everything they need to unleash carnage back in the West," he said.

For more of our interview with CNN terror analyst Paul Cruickshank, check out the video above.

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November 17th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Brown family lawyer: Gov. Nixon is preparing for war, not peace, in Ferguson

(CNN) – Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Missouri, just declared a state of emergency in the state, calling in the national guard to better prepare for the response to the grand jury decision on whether or not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

But the governor's preemptive move could spur the very response he wants to avoid, says a lawyer for the Brown family.
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November 17th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

Third American executed by ISIS

(CNN) - American aid worker and former soldier Peter Kassig was beheaded by ISIS terrorists, the White House confirmed Sunday, hours after a video claiming to show the victim surfaced online.

ISIS held Kassig as a hostage and in previous communications had threatened his life.

The video shows the aftermath of a beheading in which the victim is not clearly recognizable.

President Barack Obama confirmed the 26-year-old's beheading, saying Kassig "was taken from us in an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity."

Kassig, who converted to Islam in captivity, also went by the name Abdul-Rahman Kassig.

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