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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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Filed under: Jim Sciutto • National Security • Syria • Terrorism • Tom Ridge • Travel
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
September 20th, 2013
12:57 AM ET

Senator John McCain takes on Putin

Senator John McCain is responding to Russian President Vladamir Putin's recent op-ed in the New York Times. He's reaching out directly to the Russian people with an op-ed of his own. It was published on a Russian website, and Senator McCain questions whether Putin fulfilled his promise to restore Russia's greatness.
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Filed under: Chemical Weapons • Senator John McCain • Syria
September 20th, 2013
12:55 AM ET

Syria moves chemical weapons

The deal struck by the U.S. and Russia to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons may have just hit a major snag. CNN has learned the Assad regime has been moving its chemical weapons after the deal was struck. The plan's first deadline is this Saturday, when Syria is supposed to provide details on what they have and where it is. CNN's Jim Sciutto has the latest.

Anderson digs deeper with former U.S. weapons inspector David Kay, and Christopher Dickey, Mideast editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

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Filed under: Jim Sciutto • Syria
September 13th, 2013
09:57 PM ET

Cohen: Kerry not dealing with stronghand

Anderson Cooper talks to former Defense Secretary William Cohen about the negotiations between the United States and Russia.

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Filed under: Russia • Syria
September 13th, 2013
04:35 PM ET

Web Exclusive: Kasparov: Russia not acting in good faith

Anderson Cooper speaks with chess grandmaster and Russian dissident Garry Kasparov about Pres. Putin's Syria proposal.

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Filed under: Russia • Syria • Vladimir Putin
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