Iraqi forces have done little to slow ISIS' march toward Baghdad. Anderson spoke with The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins about the state of Iraq's military and America's role in creating the current government they are supposed to protect.
Peter Bergen explains to Anderson how "there is no longer a border between Syria and Iraq" because of ISIS.
U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan are set to end at the end of the year. Now, President Obama is laying out his plan to leave nearly 10,000 troops there through 2015. That is contingent on the new Afghan government signing off on a security agreement. Even if this plan does win approval, President Obama admits Afghanistan "will not be a perfect place." National security analyst Peter Bergen has the latest.
The words are appalling, and they are sparking outrage around the world. A man who says he is a leader of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram is threatening to sell some 200 young Nigerian girls taken at gunpoint from their school. The U.S. State Department says the video appears to be legitimate. There is a worldwide campaign going on right now that’s working to secure their freedom. How did their ordeal begin? What if anything can be done to help them now? Vlad Duthiers reports from Nigeria.
Anderson discussed this tragic situation with Vlad Duthiers and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.
A video that was recently posted on a jihadist web site shows an al Qaeda leader telling at least 100 followers that he wants them to attack the United States. It was shot in Yemen and it is raising serious questions about what the U.S. really knows about al Qaeda's operations. Barbara Starr has the latest.
Anderson discussed this with national security analyst Peter Bergen.
The top U.S. intelligence chief says al Qaeda has morphed into at least five factions in a dozen countries. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also warned that one of the groups has set up training camps in Syria to plan attacks on the United States. Anderson discussed all of this with National Security Analyst Peter Bergen.
We are learning more about the intercepted al Qaeda messages that triggered the closure of 19 U.S. Embassies around the world, and a string of drone attacks. Intelligence sources tell CNN, American code breakers recognized words they believed signaled an attack was imminent. Anderson discussed this latest information with national security analysts Fran Townsend and Peter Bergen and former senior CIA and FBI official Philip Mudd.
CNN has learned that a message sent from Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri to an affiliate leader was the deciding factor that led to the closure of American embassies, and triggered a global travel alert. But that was not the only intelligence that has U.S. counter-terror officials concerned. Anderson gets the latest from Philip Mudd a senior official with the CIA and FBI, National security analyst Peter Bergen, and terrorism analyst Paul Cruikshank.
Peter Bergen and Bob Baer discuss how the brothers accused of the Boston marathon bombing could have learned about the explosives they allegedly used to kill and maim innocent people.
Editor's note: Peter Bergen and Bob Baer discuss reaction to interrogation scenes in a film that portrays the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
"Zero Dark Thirty" is a likely shoo-in, deservedly, for Oscar nominations for best director (Kathryn Bigelow) and best screenplay (Mark Boal) and perhaps a slew of other categories.
Jessica Chastain, who plays Maya, a CIA analyst who in the film is the key player in finding Osama bin Laden, is reminiscent of Cate Blanchett in both looks and talent. The movie is beautifully filmed, and the propulsive score moves the action forward effectively.
Leaving aside its obvious merits as a film, how well does Zero Dark Thirty tell the complex tale of the decade-long hunt for bin Laden after 9/11? It's a valid question to ask since, after all, Bigelow told The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins, "What we were attempting is almost a journalistic approach to film," and Boal told the Los Angeles Times, "I wanted to approach the story as a screenwriter but do the homework as a reporter."
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