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August 7th, 2014
11:09 PM ET

An Erin Burnett "OutFront" debate: ISIS, a "gang of thugs, " or "Taliban on steroids"

With the prospect of the United States waging airstrikes against Iraq a very real possibility, on Thursday evening Erin Burnett invited a vast collection of military analysts to share their insights and perspectives.

While the world was watching Gaza, ISIS was advancing rapidly in Northern Iraq. Now emboldened, the terrorist group is slaughtering Iraqi minorities. The question is, will the United States intervene?

Watch the above video as Philipp Mudd and Major General James "Spider" Marks debate the notion of U.S. airtrikes.

Meanwhile, following her initial conversation with Mudd and Marks, Burnett then asked James Zogby and Dan Senor to join the discussion for additional context.

ISIS is a "gang of thugs," said Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute.

In the second video, hear more from Burnett's panel of experts, as Zogby, Mudd, Marks, and Senor all discuss America’s capacity to fight the terrorists group Isis, while debating whether or not American intervention in Iraq is an intelligent decision.

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August 7th, 2014
10:39 PM ET

Jim Sciutto: ISIS "well positioned to keep the territory it has captured"

As the United States weighed the option of an airstrike on Iraq, Thursday evening saw Erin Burnett "OutFront" welcome CNN's Jim Sciutto for a full details on the immediate threat from ISIS.

Sciutto's report began with a detailed look at a map, with the Chief National Security Correspondent pointing out the precise regions in which the militant terror group is inserting its will.

Sciutto then followed with a report on the exact conditions on the ground, a story that included heartbreaking words from one woman collapsing amid the horror:

"Over 500 men have been slaughtered ... our women are being killed our sold as slaves," she cried out.

For much more on what's being deemed a humanitarian crisis, and a group said to be "capable of alarming brutality," watch the above video.

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August 7th, 2014
09:50 PM ET

Missile system used in MH17 takedown blamed for a second aircraft attack over Ukraine

On a day which saw a fighter jet shot down in Ukraine, on Thursday evening Erin Burnett welcomed CNN's Nick Paton Walsh to report "OutFront" from Donetsk.

Less than a month since the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, Walsh noted that the missile system used in both aircraft attacks appears to be similar, if not identical.

Additionally, the situation on the ground in Ukraine remain tenuous as fighting continues to rage near the wreckage of Flight 17, while this week also saw a rebel leader quite in bizarre and unexpected fashion.

For Walsh's full report on the latest developments, including the expected next movements from Russia, watch the above video.

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August 7th, 2014
08:39 PM ET

Brother of doctor who died treating Ebola: "You didn't die in vain ... you died for humanity, for this country"

On Thursday evening, Erin Burnett welcomed CNN's David McKenzie, the only television reporter covering the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

Joining the host and viewers from West Africa, McKenzie began with a summation of the situation, in which doctors have died:

"It's just tragic that those trying to save lives, have lost their lives," he said.

As his report progressed, McKenzie shared the story of C. Ray Khan, the brother of Dr. Sheik Omar Khan, a healthcare worker who died while treating the Ebola virus.

Asked if he had anything he'd like to tell his late broter, Khan looked skyward and said "you didn't die in vain ... you died for humanity, for this country."

For McKenzie's full report, watch the above video.

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