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August 29th, 2014
07:30 PM ET

ISIS vs. al Qaeda: How they're different

As ISIS sweeps across Iraq and Syria and strikes fear in the heart of Westerners, many are baffled about who this group is, where they came from, and what connection they have to other Islamist jihadi groups. CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto explains the similarities and differences between ISIS and al Qaeda.


Filed under: Jim Sciutto • Terror
August 29th, 2014
07:21 PM ET

The women of ISIS, joining reign of terror

As ISIS tightens its brutal grip on vast stretches of Iraq and Syria, women are playing an active role in its reign of terror. CNN's Brian Todd has been looking into that.

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Filed under: International affairs • National security • Terror