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September 3rd, 2014
11:23 PM ET

Does President Obama see ISIS as a threat to the U.S. homeland?

During a news conference today in Estonia, President Obama said his goal is to "degrade and destroy" ISIS. He then took a step back and said his goal is to ensure ISIS is "manageable." President Obama has already sent U.S. troops to Iraq to help protect U.S. personnel and embassies. Is the administration concerned that ISIS is plotting attack targeting Americans here at home? Anderson spoke with Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken.


Tom Foreman looks at who is fighting for ISIS, along with the terror group's strengths and weaknesses.

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Filed under: ISIS • President Barack Obama • Syria
September 3rd, 2014
11:04 PM ET

Steven Sotloff's secret

Steven Sotloff was Jewish and he held dual-citizenship with Israel. His ISIS captors may not have known this about him. An Israeli news organization spoke with someone who had been held captive with Sotloff who said he managed to fast for Yom Kippur by pretending to be sick and secretly prayed in the direction of Jerusalem. Anderson spoke with Jane Eisner, who is the Editor in Chief of the Jewish Daily Forward, one of the outlets that reported new information on Sotloff today.

Janine di Giovanni is Newsweek's Middle East Editor and she was a colleague of Steven Sotloff. She shared her memories with Anderson.

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Filed under: ISIS • Steven Sotloff • Syria
August 28th, 2014
11:37 PM ET

Does President Obama have a plan for dealing with ISIS?

After days of waiting to see if President Obama would target ISIS with airstrikes inside Syria, he addressed reporters today saying:

'I have consulted with Congress throughout this process.  I am confident that as Commander-in-Chief I have the authorities to engage in the acts that we are conducting currently.  As our strategy develops, we we will continue to consult with Congress, and I do think it'll be important for Congress to weigh in, that our consultations with Congress continue to develop so that the American people are a part of the debate.  But I don't want to put the cart before the horse.  We don't have a strategy yet. '

Anderson spoke to Jim Acosta for the White House response to the President saying, 'We don't have a strategy yet.'

There are serious questions about whether ISIS can hold on to and govern areas it now controls. Anderson discussed it with the New York Times' Ben Hubbard.


Filed under: ISIS • Jim Acosta • President Barack Obama • Syria
August 27th, 2014
11:43 PM ET

Report: Second American killed in Syria fighting for ISIS

An anti-ISIS group now says there was a second American killed fighting in Syria. The group that released photos of Douglas McCain's passport and his remains made the claim without providing any identification or evidence. U.S. officials estimate that dozens of Americans have tried to join ISIS. What would make them want to travel to Syria, pick up a weapon and fight for a group like that? Jason Carroll looks at the stories of other American jihadis.

Maajid Nawaz was once a member of a militant Muslim group. Today he is the author of "RADICAL: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism." Anderson spoke to him about how groups like ISIS recruit westerners.

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Filed under: ISIS • Jason Carroll • Maajid Nawaz • Syria
August 26th, 2014
10:38 PM ET

Mother of freed American journalist: We had been waiting for that call… it had been a very very long wait

How do you prepare for a reunion with a son who you believed you may never see again? Peter Theo Curtis was kidnapped by Islamic militants in Syria nearly two years ago. He was just freed through a deal brokered by Qatar. Today, his mother Nancy Curtis is preparing for his homecoming. She spoke to Anderson about the years of uncertainty and what it was like to speak to her son, whom she calls Theo, for the first time after his release.

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Filed under: Syria
August 25th, 2014
11:18 PM ET

Kidnapped American journalist Peter Theo Curtis is released, days after the murder of James Foley

American journalist Peter Theo Curtis is free, after being held for nearly two years by Muslim extremists in Syria. His release by the militant group the Nusra Front came as a surprise, just days after the execution of fellow American journalist James Foley by ISIS. Miguel Marquez has more about Curtis' ordeal.

Syria says it is ready to accept U.S. airstrikes to help stop ISIS, as long as certain conditions are met. The Muslim extremist group seized a key Syrian air base. But is it even possible that the U.S. would cooperate with the Assad regime? Anderson discussed this situation with CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend and Lieutenant General Mark Hertling who commanded U.S. forces in Iraq from 2007-2009.

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Filed under: James Foley • Miguel Marquez • Syria
July 15th, 2014
10:28 PM ET

U.S. intelligence fears Americans who fought in Syria could be preparing for a domestic attack

There are growing concerns over Americans who traveled to fight in Syria planning to return home to launch attacks here. The FBI and the U.S. Intelligence community are working to track these individuals. Barbara Starr has new details on why this investigation is so complicated.

Anderson discussed the dangers of fighters who carry U.S. passports with National Security Analyst Fran Townsend, CIA and FBI counterterrorism official Philip Mudd and counterterrorism veteran Robert McFadden.

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Filed under: Barbara Starr • Domestic Terrorism • Fran Townsend • Philip Mudd • Syria • Terrorism
July 2nd, 2014
10:07 PM ET

New airport security measures aimed at finding sophisticated explosives

Some air passengers are about to face tougher security screenings before boarding flights to the U.S. The Obama administration is tightening security in an effort to find sophisticated explosives designed to get past screeners. Terror groups smuggled a shoe bomb and an underwear bomb years ago. Both plots failed. Jim Sciutto looks at how authorities are working to stay ahead of the terrorists.

Tom Ridge served as America's first Homeland Security Secretary. He says he believes terror groups in Syria are likely behind this latest threat.

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September 27th, 2013
11:31 PM ET

U.N. approves Syria weapons resolution

In a 15-0 vote, the U.N. Security Council approved a plan demanding Syria turn over its chemical weapons. Nick Paton Walsh reports.

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Filed under: Chemical Weapons • Nick Paton Walsh • Syria • United Nations • Wolf Blitzer
September 20th, 2013
01:21 AM ET

Syria like Bosnia?

CNN has learned Syria has moved some of its chemical weapons after the U.S. and Russia reached a diplomatic deal. The first deadline under that plan is this Saturday. The panel debates whether the war in Bosnia is really a model for the current crisis in Syria.
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Filed under: AC360 Later • Andrew Sullivan • Chemical Weapons • Cornell Belcher • Syria
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