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A stunning admission from the president. The administration has no strategy to defeat the terror group ISIS in Syria. Jim Sciutto is in for Erin Burnett.
August 28th, 2014
09:10 PM ET

Mother of American jihadi: He was manipulated

CNN is learning new details about another American who died fighting for the terror group ISIS.

A friend tells CNN that Abdrackman Mohammed is the second U.S. citizen killed in the fighting last weekend, along with Douglas McAuthur McCain.

A U.S. official says they are trying to confirm his identity.

Like McCain, Mohammed had ties to Minnesota.

CNN is also learning about McCain's childhood friend who was also killed fighting for extremists overseas.

Troy Kastigar is seen in a video trying to recruit others from Minnesota to join the terror group al Shabaab.

"If you guys only knew how much fun we have over here, this is the real Disneyland. You need to come here and join us and take pleasure in this fun. We walk amongst the lions. We sleep under the moon and the stars, they're our lamp. And the wind rocks us to sleep. He places so much tranquility and happiness in your heart when you're amongst these people here. And uh, we can't thank Allah enough."

The mother of Troy Kastigar talks to CNN's Jason Carroll about what may have led her son to join a terror group.


Filed under: International • ISIS • News • Terrorism
August 28th, 2014
09:04 PM ET

Ukraine: "Full-scale invasion" by Russia is under way

A top Ukrainian army officer said a "full-scale invasion" of his country was under way Thursday, as a U.S. official said up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed Ukraine's southern border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels.

NATO released satellite images which it says show Russian self-propelled artillery units moving inside Ukrainian territory.

And new video shows what the Ukrainian government says is a Russian tank farther south, where a new front is opening up in the conflict.

OutFront, Senator Ben Nelson, who just returned from a fact-finding mission to Ukraine.


Filed under: International • Russia • Ukraine
August 28th, 2014
08:45 PM ET

Lawmaker: We have to execute a smart strategy to defeat ISIS

(CNN) - It's too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama told reporters during a White House news briefing. "We don't have a strategy yet."

Obama said he's asked America's top defense officials to prepare "a range of options" about what the United States could do to go after ISIS in Syria, which he described as "a safe haven" for the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

The President's remarks follow days of speculation about whether the United States had a plan to go after ISIS in Syria.

"We need to make sure that we've got clear plans, that we're developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard," Obama said. "But there's no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done."

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Filed under: Iraq • ISIS • Israel • Syria
August 28th, 2014
08:36 PM ET

Texas man pleads guilty for sinking Bugatti

A Texas man has finally come clean about a car insurance scam. But the guilty plea probably wouldn't have happened if a 24-second video hadn't surfaced of his spectacular effort to plunge a million dollar car into a salt marsh.

CNN's Jeanne Moos reports the pelican DIDN'T make him do it.


Filed under: Jeanne Moos • OffBeat
August 28th, 2014
08:29 PM ET

FDA greenlights Ebola vaccine for human safety trial

The Ebola outbreak is getting worse. The death toll has now risen to more than 1,550 people.

The World Health Organization warned Thursday that more than 20,000 Ebola cases before the outbreak ends. In the meantime, the Food and Drug Administration has given researchers the greenlight to start testing a new Ebola vaccine in humans.

Human trial of experimental Ebola vaccine to start next week

CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Doctor Sanjay Gupta.


Filed under: Ebola • Health • News
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