September 16th, 2014
10:06 PM ET

British Ambassador: U.K. will take "whatever steps are necessary" to defeat ISIS

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey made a startling admission to Congress saying U.S. troops could join the ground war against ISIS.

"If we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific (ISIS) targets, I will recommend that to the President," Dempsey said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

Dempsey's admission forced the administration to do some major damage control because President Obama has insisted that there will be no U.S. boots on the ground.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Dempsey was just responding to a hypothetical situation. The policy - no boots on the ground - remains.

"What he said was that if he felt that the strategy as it was being proposed and executed was failing that he would not hesitate to change his advice to the commander-in-chief," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

But who should put boots on the ground?

Britain has agreed to help arm Kurdish forces, support the Iraqi government, keep supplying humanitarian help and coordinate with the United Nations to battle ISIS. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said "this is not about British troops on the ground."

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, British Ambassador to the U.S. Sir Peter Westmacott discusses his country's fight against ISIS and the pending Scottish independence vote.

Filed under: International • ISIS • News • Syria
September 16th, 2014
09:34 PM ET

Audio of terrorists recruiting Americans to fight

CNN has obtained tapes of American terrorists recruiting friends in the U.S. to join terror groups like ISIS. We hear the voice of a Boston man whose friend is now wanted by the FBI for possible ties to ISIS. He's lured by a fellow American to fight jihad overseas.

The recruiter promised a good life with everything taken care of and even offered a wife. CNN'S Deborah Feyerick is OutFront with this chilling audio.

Audio of terrorists plotting attacks against the U.S.

Filed under: ISIS • News • Terrorism
September 16th, 2014
09:15 PM ET

NFL Players Union appeals Ray Rice's indefinite suspension

The National Players Association says it has filed an appeal of Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL.

NFLPA Statement below:

Today, the NFL Players Association formally filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice by the NFL. This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players.
The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that reveal a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL. We have asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the proceeding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators.
- NFL Players Association

The president of the association told CNN's Erin Burnett that the organization has an obligation to defend its members. He was clear that Rice has been disciplined multiple times by the NFL commissioner and should be able to play again.

NFL players union: Ray Rice should play again

CNN's Miguel Marquez is OutFront with more on why the Association feels it has a case against the league and its commissioner Roger Goodell.

Filed under: News • NFL • Ray Rice • Sports
September 16th, 2014
09:04 PM ET

Obama sends 3,000 U.S. troops to fight Ebola

American Ebola survivor Kent Brantly had a dire warning Tuesday while testifying for members of Congress.

"It is a fire," he said. "It is a fire straight from the pit of hell. We cannot fool ourselves into thinking that the vast Atlantic Ocean will protect us from the flames of this fire."

Brantly, who had been working in Liberia when he became infected with the virus, urged Congress to look at ways to stop Ebola.

He pressed Congress to provide the extra funds to fight the outbreak. Earlier in the day, he met with President Obama who told him about the expanded U.S. efforts.

President Obama announced he is sending 3,000 U.S. troops to the hot zone. U.S. officials are concerned the virus could mutate into an even more dangerous form that could be transmitted through the air.

The U.S. has faced this threat before. CNN's Athena Jones has the report.

Filed under: Ebola • Health • International • News
September 16th, 2014
08:49 PM ET

Hired journalist recounts how ISIS abducted him and Steven Sotloff: "I did my best to save him"

Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) - American journalist Steven Sotloff began his last journey into Syria with a surprise gift for his fixer, Yosef Abobaker. It was a small camera.

"Happy birthday!" Sotloff told his guide, whom Sotloff had befriended a year earlier by interviewing Abobaker's father about the Syrian civil war.

Then came the real surprise for the two men: about 15 masked ISIS gunmen jumped out of three cars and took them captive, beginning a dark tale that eventually led to Abobaker's release, but ended in Sotloff's beheading.

In an interview with CNN this week, Abobaker provided a detailed account of how he, Sotloff and three armed guards were abducted in Syria by ISIS fighters in August 2013, but since then, never once did U.S. officials try to interview Abobaker about his first-hand experience with ISIS and its captivity of Sotloff.


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