With new airstrikes on targets in Syria and Iraq, Friday's Middle Eastern sky was littered with glowing projectiles, as incoming fire exploded near the Syria-Turkey border.
Having spent the evening on the ground, CNN's Phil Black joined "Anderson Cooper 360" with firsthand insight and intel.
Watch the above video as the CNN reporter explains being so close to the action that his photojournalist witnessed ISIS fighters "take casualties, take hits."
In Friday's edition of "Keeping Them Honest," Anderson Cooper explored the recent praise having been showered upon Haidar al-Abadi.
Iraq's new Prime Minster has been publicly endorsed by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. But is all the adoration premature? Can he be trusted, and is Iraq a reliable ally?
Watch the above video, as these questions, and many more, were all on the table as part of the programs continued effort towards "Keeping Them Honest."
On the surface, Friday's horrific beheading at an Oklahoma food processing plant appeared to center around a simple workplace dispute.
However, upon further investigation of the suspect – 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolen – red flags have arisen.
Was the murder an isolated incident? Or terrorism on American soil.
Watch the above video as CNN's Martin Savidge examines a story that has brought up questions regarding the potential of a "lone wolf" inspired by Islamic extremism.
What would prompt a South Carolina trooper to shoot an unarmed motorist? And, what is to come next for each of them?
CNN's Martin Savidge tells the story of an African-American man, shot by a white cop, while simply reaching for the wallet in his vehicle.
"Well, you dove headfirst back into your car," explained the officer, in audio heard via the police car dash cam.
Is this a case of an honest mistake, or an unacceptable and inexplicable error?
Watch the above clip for Savidge's full report, including video of the shooting, and updates as to the physical and legal statuses of both men.
Did abduction suspect Jesse Matthew fraternize with missing college student Hannah Graham at a Charlottesville, Virginia restaurant?
Did the pair leave together?
And what about the unaccounted for 40 hours between Graham's disappearance, and the first report of her having gone missing?
With Matthews having been extradited from Texas to Virginia, watch the above video as CNN's Jean Casarez travels to Charlottesville in search of answers.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi caused a major stir Thursday, saying his country had uncovered an imminent ISIS plot against subways in New York City and Paris. The State Department tells CNN that Vice President Joe Biden met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and there is "no specific credible threat whatsoever." Should the U.S. be concerned with the prime minister's credibility? Anderson spoke to Brett McGurk, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.
In the Wall Street Journal article, "Deal With Saudis Paved Way for Syrian Airstrikes," written by Adam Entous, he describes how the U.S. talks with Saudi Arabia were actually the linchpin in building the coalition against ISIS in Syria. Anderson is joined by Entous and David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times, each wrote pieces about Saudi Arabia's complex relationship with the United States and with ISIS ideology.
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