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April 22nd, 2014
07:05 PM ET

U.S. aids Yemeni counter-terror mission

News that broke in "The Situation Room": U.S. personnel helped Yemenis conduct a counter-terror operation, including helicopter missions and drone strikes, that may have killed al Qaeda's top bomb maker. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Filed under: al Qaeda • Barbara Starr • Yemen
April 18th, 2014
07:55 PM ET

Latest terror threat: 'We will blow you up'

New video from al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab shows the terror group calling for recruits and more attacks - just months after they murdered dozens in a Kenyan mall. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Filed under: al Qaeda • al-Shabaab • Barbara Starr • Terror
April 16th, 2014
07:08 PM ET

New video reveals details about al Qaeda

U.S. officials are combing through new al Qaeda video to learn as much as they can about the group and any planned attacks. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

MORE: Massive al Qaeda meeting caught on tape

Filed under: al Qaeda • Barbara Starr
April 15th, 2014
08:00 PM ET

Puported al Qaeda meeting caught on tape

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on a supposed meeting of scores of al Qaeda leaders, which was filmed and posted on YouTube, that may have somehow escaped U.S. officials at the CIA and Pentagon.

MORE: Why the unsettling video matters so much

MORE: House Intel Chairman: al Qaeda "more aggressive" than pre-9/11

Filed under: al Qaeda • Barbara Starr • Drone
March 25th, 2014
07:56 PM ET

Deliberate action or deadly accident?

While the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 resumes in the southern Indian Ocean, government authorities and airline officials are telling the world, "All lives are lost."

Citing complicated math and satellite communications technology, Malaysian officials are even saying they know how and when Flight 370 ended. It crashed into the Indian Ocean, on March 8 between 8:11 and 9:15 a.m. local time, they say.

But what still remains a mystery, vexing investigators and gripping the world, is why.

The uncertainty is overwhelming for relatives of the 239 people aboard the plane, some of whom even marched to the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing to denounce the airline, the country and just about everything involved with the investigation.

As authorities in Malaysia and across the world are working around the clock to piece together just what happened, two primary theories are emerging - each with their own supporting evidence.

CNN's Barbara Starr on the evidence it may have been deliberate action.

U.S. officials confirm that a deliberate act has still not been ruled out. Whoever was at the controls appears to have deliberately abandoned the original flight path for Beijing and made a deliberate left-hand turn just before Vietnam, sources tell CNN's Barbara Starr.

There has been no claim of responsibility by any terrorist organizations, and there was never a mayday warning from the cockpit of a hijacking.

Still, if there had been an accident or technical failure, why didn't the pilots reach out?

"If you had an emergency, if you had an explosive decompression, if you had a fire... you want to get that airplane on the ground as quickly as possible at the nearest and suitable airport at the nearest point in time," says CNN Aviation Analyst Mark Weiss.

CNN's Joe Johns on the evidence it may have been a deadly accident.

Other experts say a deliberate act doesn't add up and the evidence really points to an accident.

According to this theory, sometime after the famous "All right, good night" transmission, a "catastrophic decompression" of the plane takes place, caused by anything from a partially open door to sudden smoke or fire.

As the pilots alter their course and seek safe harbor, they are overwhelmed by the lack of oxygen. There may never have been time for a mayday call, experts tell CNN’s Joe Johns.

"I think in the first few minutes, the pilots had to change course for an emergency airport. They were overtaken by whatever it was - smoke, fire. The plane was left to fly itself after being reprogrammed," says Clive Irving, a contributor to The Daily Beast and senior consulting editor at Condé Nast Traveler.

This would also explain the changes in altitude, as the pilots tried to return oxygen to the cabin, and why the plane flew in a straight course over the Indian Ocean, as the plane - with no one to guide it - remained on autopilot and flew until it ran out of fuel.

Whatever the answer is, the world may never know. Without any debris or the all-important flight data recorder, theories about what happened aboard Flight 370 are just that.

Authorities caution that despite narrowing the search area, it could still be some time before crews find any sign of the plane.

March 4th, 2014
07:30 AM ET

The U.S. awaits Russia's next move

CNN's Barbara Starr has the latest U.S. intelligence on what military options the Russians are considering taking against Ukraine.

Filed under: Barbara Starr • Military • NATO • Russia • Ukraine
February 21st, 2014
07:58 PM ET

Obama to award 24 overdue Medals of Honor

The White House will award the highest military honor to 24 veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. CNN's Barbara Starr profiles the brave soldiers.

Filed under: Barbara Starr • Medal of Honor • Military • President Obama
February 19th, 2014
06:49 PM ET

VIDEO: U.S. bomb drops on U.S. base

The U.S. Air Force calls a bomb they almost dropped on an American outpost in eastern Afghanistan a 'major target mistake.' CNN's Barbara Starr has the dramatic, new video of the near disaster.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Air Force • Barbara Starr • Military
February 19th, 2014
12:02 PM ET

Will U.S. swap terror suspects for soldier?

There are new reports that the United States is considering a trade with the Taliban: five terror suspects for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who is being held captive. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Barbara Starr • Bowe Bergdahl • Taliban
February 14th, 2014
07:06 PM ET

NSA: Snowden used colleague's password

A new memo from the NSA to Congress reveals that Edward Snowden got a colleague's password that allowed him to obtain even more information. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Filed under: Barbara Starr • Edward Snowden • NSA
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