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Wolf Blitzer delivers the most important breaking news and political, international, and national security stories of the day. Tune to The Situation Room weekdays 5-6:30pm ET on CNN.

July 11th, 2014
12:49 PM ET

Hamas rockets reach deeper than ever

Rocket salvos fired from Gaza, now a daily occurrence in many Israeli cities, are reaching targets deep in Israel.

June 30th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

U.S. will send more troops to Iraq

The Pentagon will send a total of 800 troops to Iraq to help the country combat ISIS. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.


Filed under: Barbara Starr • Iraq • National security • Situation Room
June 20th, 2014
09:02 PM ET

Three major pitfalls U.S. forces in Iraq face

CNN's Barbara Starr looks at some of the contingency plans that may be used if the U.S. military faces danger in Iraq.


Filed under: Barbara Starr • International affairs • Iraq
June 13th, 2014
08:09 PM ET

Obama: No troops will be sent back into combat

As the fight for Iraq continues, the U.S. is evaluating its military options. CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reports.


Filed under: Barbara Starr • International affairs • Iraq
June 12th, 2014
07:11 PM ET

Will the U.S. military intervene in Iraq?

As the world's most brutal terror group rampages across Iraq, seizing more cities along the way, the U.S. weighs what options it has to stop the violent spree and prevent the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria from establishing its own territory. CNN's Barbara Starr looks at the options.


Filed under: Barbara Starr • International affairs • Terror
June 11th, 2014
06:47 PM ET

Hagel gets fiery defending Bergdahl swap

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's fiery meeting with a House Committee.

Dangerous U.S. security gaps exposed
May 22nd, 2014
07:59 PM ET

Dangerous U.S. security gaps exposed

There are new reports that some of America's most critical and well-protected sites may be even more at risk of a devastating attack than we realized - by terrorists, deranged gunmen or hackers.

CNN has learned of three startling new reports that expose serious security problems affecting power and water supplies, federal buildings and nuclear missiles bases - the three most important public sectors that many officials warned were vulnerable to attack in the earliest days after the September 11th attacks.

Shocking nuclear missile security failure

First, at a nuclear missile site, security forces struggled to respond to a "terrorist infiltration" in a scheduled test and ended up failing miserably, according to an internal investigation. As CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr discovered, the report found that the Air Force team may not have been able "to prevent theft, damage, sabotage, destruction or detonation of a nuclear weapon."

Federal buildings may be exposed

Elsewhere, a new investigation into security at federal government buildings says that guards haven't received proper training, especially to handle a shooting rampage. After a handful of such incidents, including last fall's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, there are new concerns that federal offices and their employees are more vulnerable than previously thought.

As CNN Justice Correspondent Pamela Brown reports, millions of taxpayer dollars are spent each year paying companies to supply the more than 13,000 contract security guards - and many lack even the most basic skills needed.

Public utility's control system hacked

CNN has also learned that hackers recently broke into the computer network of a public utility somewhere in the United States. While officials will not release any more information, experts say it could have been a water-treatment plant, a gas pipeline or a power station.

Security experts tells CNN's Brian Todd that America's enemies have mapped its infrastructure for cyber-attack, and that rival governments and terrorist groups could have the capability to strike.

May 20th, 2014
06:35 PM ET

Al Qaeda targeting US using 3 strategies

CNN's Barbara Starr reports on three separate strategies that al Qaeda is using to target Europe and the United States.


Filed under: al Qaeda • Barbara Starr • National security • Situation Room • Terror • Wolf Blitzer
May 19th, 2014
06:55 PM ET

Marines prepare for embassy evacuation

CNN's Barbara Starr reports that U.S. officials are now worried that Libya is on the brink of civil war.


Filed under: Barbara Starr • Libya • National security • Situation Room • Wolf Blitzer
May 9th, 2014
07:18 PM ET

North Korean drones raise fears

Drones and offensive writings aimed at President Obama emerge from North Korea. CNN's Elise Labott has more.


Filed under: Barbara Starr • Drone • National security • North Korea • Situation Room
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