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national lead

November 28th, 2014
07:03 PM ET

Who wants to be Secretary of Defense?

Washington (CNN) – One of the big guessing games around Washington, D.C., this holiday weekend is who is in, and who is out for the job of Secretary of Defense.

Since learning the White House pushed out Sec. Chuck Hagel last week, a growing list of possible replacements has emerged, with some candidates immediately taking themselves out of the running.

One prominent front runner, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, has already said, 'No, thanks.'

And now the scramble is on for a nominee.

CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

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world lead

November 13th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

ISIS shows off secret network of tunnels

(CNN) – ISIS is burrowing in for the long fight.

In a new video the terror group shows off its latest strategy to survive – ISIS fighters in an underground tunnel system in Iraq, sheltered from coalition airstrikes.

CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

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world lead

November 10th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Was ISIS leader wounded?

(CNN) - There is a flurry of conflicting accounts on the fate of the evil mastermind behind the terror group ISIS, as the U.S.-led coalition seems disturbingly under-informed, shall we say, about where its bombs are going and whom exactly they are hitting.

What we know for sure is that the Pentagon says U.S. airstrikes took place targeting ISIS leaders near Mosul. But what has not been confirmed is whether the head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, survived those strikes, or if he was in the convoy to begin with.

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November 6th, 2014
06:35 PM ET

U.S. strike in Syria reportedly kills key bomb-maker

(CNN) - A U.S. airstrike in Syria appears to have killed a key French jihadist who is part of the militant Khorasan Group, a U.S. defense official said Thursday morning.

The strike happened overnight Wednesday near Idlib, according to the official, who has access to the latest information about the strikes.

The U.S. fired at a vehicle it believed carried David Drugeon, a skilled bomb-maker in his 20s who also has ties to core al Qaeda members in Pakistan, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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October 27th, 2014
06:36 PM ET

U.S. General, troops quarantined after Ebola aid trip

(CNN) - Army Major General Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, and approximately 10 other personnel are now in "controlled monitoring" in Italy after returning there from West Africa over the weekend, according to multiple U.S. military officials.

The American personnel are effectively under quarantine, but Pentagon officials declined to use that terminology.

William's plane was met on the ground by Italian authorities "in full CDC gear," the official said referring to the type of protective equipment warn by U.S. health care workers.

There is no indication at this time any of the team have symptoms of Ebola.

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