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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
August 28th, 2014
07:43 PM ET

American jihadis' Minneapolis connection

Two close friends from a high school near Minneapolis were both killed fighting for extremist groups overseas. CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.

Filed under: National security • Ted Rowlands • Terror
August 28th, 2014
07:41 PM ET

Ukraine: "Full-scale invasion" by Russia

U.S. officials say 1,000 Russian troops have entered Ukraine as Ukrainian military slam Russia for a "full-scale invasion." CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

Filed under: Barbara Starr • International affairs • Russia • Ukraine
August 28th, 2014
07:38 PM ET

Does Obama have a strategy for ISIS?

Pres. Obama was slammed by critics after saying, "We don't have a strategy yet," on Syrian airstrikes. In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, White House press secretary Josh Earnest follows up and explains what the President was trying to say.

Filed under: International affairs • Interviews • President Obama • Terror
August 28th, 2014
07:29 PM ET

New video of U.S. suicide bomber

He was a normal American man from south Florida, but when video appeared of him blowing himself up for al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, he shocked the world. Now, new video has surfaced of Moner Mohammad Abusalha, the American suicide bomber, and CNN's Tom Foreman explain what insight it gives us inside homegrown terrorists.

Filed under: National security • Terror • Tom Foreman
August 28th, 2014
07:18 PM ET

ISIS recruiting fighters from Minnesota?

U.S. officials have identified a second man who may have been killed fighting along ISIS terrorists - and there has been a recent rise in the number of radicalized Americans heading overseas to fight for jihadist organizations. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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Filed under: National security • Terror
August 27th, 2014
07:50 PM ET

Gov. Perry battles with drunken driving D.A.

As Texas Governor Rick Perry and his legal team ask a judge to throw out a felony indictment alleging he abused his power, CNN is digging deeper into the charges against him - and finding a web of partisan politics, old grudges and a drunken driving arrest. CNN's Drew Griffin investigates.

Filed under: 2016 election • Drew Griffin • Politics • Rick Perry • Texas
August 27th, 2014
06:18 PM ET

ISIS growing stronger, more capable

As the Obama administration weighs airstrikes against ISIS terrorists in Syria, officials are concerned at the jihadist group's growing strength, impressive tacticts and "uncanny" discipline. Brian Todd reports on ISIS becoming stronger and more capable.

Brian also took to Twitter to answer your questions on ISIS. Here's a recap.

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Filed under: National security • Terror
August 26th, 2014
07:31 PM ET

Obama on VA: We're going to fix what's wrong

In a speech before the American Legion, President Obama details how his administration will rectify shortfalls in caring for veterans - even as a new report slams the VA for its deadly wait lists. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Filed under: Jim Acosta • President Obama • veteran
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