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Authorities are investigating the possibility the South Korean ferry was off course, reports that few of its lifeboats made it into the water and that the captain was among the first to escape.
September 9th, 2013
08:45 PM ET

U.S. top secret "bomb lab" on lookout for Syria retaliation

CNN has obtained exclusive access to the lab where the U.S. intelligence community analyzes the remains of nearly every explosive device being used against U.S.

From the Boston marathon, to the underwear bomber, to IED's being used in Iraq or Afghanistan, analysts at this secret lab use the latest technology to identify the bomb makers and will likely be called into action if Syria launches an attack on America.

Outfront: Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has the exclusive.


Filed under: National Security • News
September 6th, 2013
09:20 PM ET

FBI: Hunting targets can fuel homemade explosives

Federal authorities have issued a warning about a common type of hunting target that may provide too much bang for the buck.

These products are legal and accessible, but in the wrong hands, they can be converted into weapons for home-grown terrorism.

CNN's Rene Marsh has the story OutFront.

Filed under: National Security • News • Terrorism
September 6th, 2013
08:46 PM ET

Official: Iran may be plotting retaliatory strike if U.S. strikes Syria

The United States has intelligence showing Iran may be planning retaliatory attacks against Americans if the U.S. strikes Syria, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

He said that Iran has "a lot of Shi'a friends" in Iraq that would be willing to carry out an attack.

Iran may be planning to retaliate if U.S. strikes Syria, official says

The official was responding to a Wall Street Journal report that the United States intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the embassy "and other American interests in Baghdad," if the United States struck Syria militarily for alleged chemical weapons use.

The State Department had no comment on the report, but added it had not taken any action in terms of security at U.S. diplomatic posts in Iraq.

OutFront: Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr and Wall Street Journal's Adam Entous.

Filed under: Iran • National Security • Syria
September 3rd, 2013
08:51 PM ET

Sen. Rand Paul on Syria vote: "What comes after limited strikes?"

The Obama Administration is in the midst of a full-court press to try and garner support for striking Syria in response to the chemical weapons attack that occurred last month.

The President has picked up the support of key Congressional leaders, and today his senior officials made the case for action before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

How did it go? OutFront tonight is Senator Rand Paul, who sits on the committee and had a number of exchanges with Secretary of State John Kerry.

Filed under: International • Military • National Security • News • Syria
September 3rd, 2013
02:04 PM ET

President Obama takes the case to Congress as the Pentagon prepares

Is America going to war?

Yesterday, President Obama met with two key Republican senators who want military strikes AND regime change РJohn McCain and Lindsey Graham. Last night the senators say they still prefer a more significant military effort, but understand the president's position. And this morning, the President picked up the support of the leaders of both parties in the House.

But is "upgrading" the opposition really in America's national interest? George Little is the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and the Pentagon Press Secretary, and he's OutFront with more.

Filed under: National Security • News • Syria
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