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British military aircraft carried out their first airstrikes against ISIS positions in Iraq today, Britain's defense ministry said. Erin Burnett has the latest.
September 30th, 2014
09:31 PM ET

Paul Ryan: Obama cannot keep promise of no boots on ground

(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan doubts President Barack Obama will be able to maintain his promise that there will be no American boots on the ground in the fight against ISIS.

"I'm supportive of what the President has done going into Syria and Iraq, but you have to see this thing through," the Wisconsin Republican said Tuesday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."

Obama suggested in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that his policy of sending no U.S. combat troops will stay in place. The situation in the region is more a political problem than a military one, he said.

According to a CNN/ORC International poll, the overwhelming majority of Americans (73%) support the current airstrike campaign but less than four in 10 favor sending combat troops into Iraq and Syria.

If Obama's administration ultimately comes to Congress with a plan to send combat troops to Iraq and Syria, Ryan said he would support it.

"I think the President should come to Congress with an authorization of force resolution and I would support it," he said. "And I would help the President pass that because I think it's necessary to see this threat through."

"We need to destroy ISIS, and we need to do what it takes to destroy ISIS," he continued.


Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • News • Politics • Syria
September 29th, 2014
09:05 PM ET

Fears of widespread crackdown in Hong Kong

Tens of thousands of protesters bracing for more violent clashes with police in Hong Kong. In defiance of the Chinese government, the demonstrators are blocking Hong Kong's major highways in historic political protests.

Hong Kong protesters dig in and brace for possible crackdown

Police have fired tear gas and pepper spray in a crackdown, but demonstrators are not backing down. The pro-democracy protesters say Hong Kong should be allowed to elect its own leader.

CNN's Andrews Stevens has the latest from the main protest site in Hong Kong's financial district.

Filed under: China • International • News
September 29th, 2014
01:32 PM ET

"The Truth About Benghazi: An Erin Burnett OutFront investigation"

On the night of September 11, 2012 Ambassador Chris Stevens, former Navy Seals Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods and Information Officer Sean Smith were murdered in Benghazi, Libya. What happened that night? Could it have been prevented? And who was to blame? Erin Burnett hosts CNN’s exclusive documentary, “The Truth About Benghazi”.


Filed under: "The Truth about Benghazi" • Benghazi • International • News
September 26th, 2014
09:10 PM ET

Are U.S. airstrikes on ISIS helping Assad?

The U.S. has conducted 200 airstrikes in Iraq and 43 in Syria since the war against ISIS began. The strikes have hit the enemies of Bashir al Asaad. Earlier Friday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the U.S. still wants Assad gone.

There has been no coordination, "nor will there be," between Washington and al-Assad's government regarding U.S. airstrikes in Syria, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Friday. The United States hasn't shifted its approach to al-Assad, who has "lost all legitimacy to govern," according to Hagel.

But will airstrikes ultimately end up helping the Assad regime?

CNN's Tom Foreman has the report OutFront.

Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • News
September 25th, 2014
09:33 PM ET

Pentagon: ISIS still controls a wide swath of Iraq and they want more

FBI director James Comey says he is "not confident at all" that airstrikes in Syria disrupted an imminent plot to attack America. The administration said stopping that plot was the reason for its first major strikes on Syria.
Comey went on to say an attack in the U.S. could happen at any time, as soon as "tomorrow."

OutFront, Pentagon Spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.

Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • News • Syria
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