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world lead

December 8th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

What went wrong in failed hostage rescue mission

(CNN) - The element of surprise was lost in a failed U.S. military raid to rescue two hostages being held by al Qaeda militants in Yemen, a senior Defense Department official said Saturday.

American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African Pierre Korkie, a "respected teacher" who was to be released on Sunday, were fatally shot in the compound by a terrorist as the secret mission unfolded, a U.S. official said.

The relief group Gift of the Givers, which was helping secure Korkie's release, had recently informed his wife that "the waiting is almost over."

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December 1st, 2014
06:10 PM ET

FBI warns military of ISIS threat

Washington (CNN) - The FBI issued a warning Sunday to members of the U.S. military that ISIS is calling for attacks against them, according to a law enforcement source, saying that "overseas based individuals are looking for like-minded individuals in the U.S. to carry out these attacks."

"We also request members of the military review their online social media presence for any information that might attract the attention of violent extremists," the bulletin said, advising that members of the military "use caution and practice operational security when posting."

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November 10th, 2014
05:47 PM ET

Why did North Korea release U.S. hostages now?

(CNN) - Right now, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller are getting adjusted to life back in the U.S., after – in Bae's case – years in North Korea, including at a labor camp. Both men returned to their families over the weekend.

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world lead

November 7th, 2014
06:39 PM ET

More U.S. troops going to more dangerous locations in Iraq

(CNN) – President Barack Obama is sending up to 1,500 more soldiers to Iraq to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight ISIS, in a deployment that would almost double the total number of American troops there to 2,900.

Up until now, U.S. military advisers in Iraq have been confined to Baghdad and Erbil, two relatively safe locations in Iraq well-protected by Iraqi Security Forces and the Kurds.

To date, Anbar province and Taji district have been considered as two likely locations for operations centers outside of Baghdad and Erbil. CNN reported last week that the military was preparing plans to deploy U.S. advisers to Anbar, much of which is under the control of ISIS.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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politics lead

November 4th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Kansas race rocked by VP Biden's comments

(CNN) – Kansas Independent candidate Greg Orman refuses to say which party he would caucus with if elected to the Senate.

But Vice President Joe Biden seemed to suggest he knows the answer.

"I think ya know we have a chance of picking up an independent who will be with us in the state of Kansas," Biden said in a radio interview earlier today.

Did the vice president just blow up Orman's spot?

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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