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October 8th, 2014
11:17 PM ET

Rep. McKeon: Obama's ISIS strategy is not working

New U.S. airstrikes against ISIS include nine in Syria and three in Iraq, according to military officials as President Barack Obama met with high level military officials at the Pentagon Wednesday to discuss the U.S. strategy against ISIS.

The United States and its allies have made at least 271 airstrikes in Iraq and 116 in Syria.

The cost? More than $62 million for just the munitions alone.

The effect? Negligible, some say, particularly in Iraq as ISIS continues to gain ground.

Republican Congressman Buck McKeon is Chairman of House Armed Services Committee and he's OutFront.


Filed under: Iraq • ISIS • News • Syria
October 8th, 2014
09:57 PM ET

FBI tracks hundreds of tips in ISIS manhunt

The FBI is now reviewing hundreds of tips in their manhunt for a masked terrorist who appears in an ISIS video speaking fluent English with a North American accent and apparently carrying out a mass shooting of Syrian soldiers.

Deborah Feyerick has this report.


Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • News
October 7th, 2014
10:32 PM ET

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta slams Obama on ISIS, leadership

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta criticizes Pres. Barack Obama's leadership style and decisions on Iraq and Syria in his candid memoir, "Worthy Fights."

Panetta's comments are a stinging rebuke of Obama at a crucial point in his administration as the President battles multiple national security threats, including ISIS, a resurgent Russia and the spread of Ebola.

Former defense secretary lays out disagreements with President Obama

In a fiery debate, Former House Speaker, Republican Newt Gingrich and Former Deputy White House Press Secretary for President Obama, Bill Burton discuss Panetta's controversial comments.

Will Panetta's comments hurt Obama's foreign policy?


Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • Politics
October 6th, 2014
11:08 PM ET

ISIS raises black flag over key Syrian border town of Kobani

Intense street fighting raged in the Syrian city of Kobani Monday as ISIS came closer to capturing a key area on the border with Turkey.

ISIS fighters continue to gain ground across the region. Militants raised their black flag over two Syrian positions in the key border town of Kobani. To the west in Anbar province, ISIS has captured the town of Heet and earlier Monday, mortar fire hit the green zone - inside Baghdad.

In the U.S., the FBI arrested an Illinois teen at Chicago's O'hare airport, charging that he was headed to the middle east.. to fight for ISIS.

OutFront, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, he's the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.


Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • Syria
October 6th, 2014
10:10 PM ET

Peter Kassig's mother implores ISIS to "show mercy"

The family of ISIS hostage and U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig released a YouTube video Saturday asking his captors to show mercy and free him.

Referring to him as Abdul-Rahman - a first name his family says he took, having converted to Islam while being held hostage - father Ed Kassig said: "We implore his captors to show mercy and use their power to let our son go."

The clock is ticking with Kassig's life in the balance after he appeared in the beheading video of British hostage Alan Henning last week.

CNN's Joe Johns is OutFront with more on his family's appeal for his safe return.


Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • News
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