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The UK raised its level in response to events in Iraq and Syria, where ISIS militants have seized a swath of territory. Ashleigh Banfield is in for Erin Burnett.
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
August 28th, 2014
01:42 PM ET

The threat of ISIS: Facebook Q&A with Jim Sciutto

Evil. Merciless. Barbaric. Those are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the terror group ISIS, or the “Islamic State.” In the eyes of the United States and its Western allies, ISIS is the new face of international terrorism.

The Obama administration called the brutal execution of American journalist James Foley by ISIS militants a “terrorist attack” and promised to capture his killers.

What is the U.S.’s strategy to defeat ISIS? CNN’s Jim Sciutto hosted a Facebook chat on Wednesday to address your questions on the issue.

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Filed under: Facebook Q&A • International • Iraq • ISIS • News • Terrorism
August 27th, 2014
10:05 PM ET

Former jihadist: U.S. needs to be smarter about stopping Americans from turning into extremists

CNN has learned a second American may have been killed while fighting for ISIS. According to a coalition of opposition groups in Syria, the second American died in the same shootout where Douglas McAuthur McCain was killed this past weekend.

McCain's relatives, meanwhile, say they are still in shock over the 33-year-old's death.

The question - why are Americans leaving for jihad?

Some 100 other Americans are believed to have either fought in Syria since 2011 or been arrested before they could get there.

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So what could cause someone to turn against their own country, leave their family and friends behind to become a jihadist on the battlefield?

OutFront, Ed Husain – was a teenage Muslim growing up in England when he became radicalized in the early 1990's. He is now the senior fellow at the council on foreign relations


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