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August 19th, 2014
07:49 PM ET

Who was American beheaded by ISIS?

American freelance journalist James Foley is reported to have been beheaded by ISIS, in a gruesome video posted online. CNN's Brian Todd looks back at his life and his work.

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Filed under: International affairs • National security • Terror
August 19th, 2014
07:46 PM ET

ISIS terrorists behead American

A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn't end military operations in Iraq.

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August 18th, 2014
07:16 PM ET

U.S. airstrikes drive ISIS from Mosul dam

Are the latest round of airstrikes against ISIS an expansion of the U.S. mission in Iraq? CNN's Barbara Starr reports.


Filed under: International affairs • Iraq • Situation Room
August 14th, 2014
07:05 PM ET

How U.S. forces deliver aid to Mt. Sinjar

CNN's Gary Tuchman joins U.S. forces as they deliver humanitarian aid to Yazidis trapped by ISIS on the Sinjar Mountains.


Filed under: Gary Tuchman • International affairs • Iraq
August 12th, 2014
07:46 PM ET

U.S. military weighs humanitarian options in Iraq

More than one hundred additional military advisers will be sent to Iraq, Pentagon sources confirm to CNN's Barbara Starr, as they consider new options for humanitarian relief for the Yazidis trapped by ISIS.


Filed under: Barbara Starr • International affairs • Iraq • Military
August 12th, 2014
07:35 PM ET

ISIS leader: "See you guys in New York"

While U.S. airstrikes in Iraq have damaged the ruthless terrorist group known as ISIS, there are fears it may also be elevating the status of their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - and turning his attention towards Western targets. CNN's Brian Todd profiles the mysterious figure, aiming to inherit the mantle of Osama bin Laden.

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Filed under: International affairs • Iraq • National security • Terror
August 12th, 2014
07:23 PM ET

U.S. to expand military role in Iraq, again

As the U.S prepares to send more advisers to Iraq, there are new concerns that the U.S. is entering the murky waters of "mission creep." CNN's Jim Sciutto reports on the growing number of U.S. troops on the ground in the war-torn country.


Filed under: International affairs • Iraq • Jim Sciutto • National security
August 11th, 2014
07:09 PM ET

U.S. airstrikes push back ISIS

Intense airstrikes have slowed ISIS's advance, but Pentagon officials tell CNN's Barbara Starr it might not be enough.


Filed under: Barbara Starr • International affairs • Terror
August 11th, 2014
02:26 PM ET

"Heroic" mission rescues desperate Yazidis from ISIS

The Iraqi air force and fighters with the Kurdish peshmerga carried out a dramatic rescue mission Monday at Mount Sinjar, taking supplies to desperate Yazidis and bringing some on board to make it safely out.

A CNN crew was on the flight that took baby diapers, milk, water and food to the site where thousands of people have been driven by ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State.

CNN's Ivan Watson, who was on the chopper, described the mission as "heroic."

Teams hurled out bags and boxes of food from as high as 50 feet before approaching the ground. Once the chopper landed, some of the trapped families rushed the helicopter. Soon, numerous people - including babies and the elderly - were packed into the flight.

As it took off, evacuating the sobbing, hungry people, fighters on board had to open fire at the ground in order to make it away from ISIS.

"They flew in shooting; they flew out shooting," Watson reported.

"There was not a dry eye on the aircraft."


Filed under: International affairs • Ivan Watson
August 11th, 2014
11:58 AM ET

"The most effective and ruthless terrorist organization in the world"

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the group known as ISIS that now calls itself the Islamic State, is employing the most brutal tactics of any terror group. What is this unknown group that is now under fire from U.S. airstrikes?


Filed under: International affairs • Terror
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