June 18th, 2014
10:32 PM ET

Anderson Cooper reports on the latest battles against ISIS

Anderson Cooper is in Baghdad where ISIS militants are just outside the city. The terror group now controls part of one of Iraq's key oil refineries. As Iraq looks for a way out of this crisis, faith and trust in the government remains low. Anderson has the latest on the battle against ISIS.

U.S. has begun reconnaissance flights over ISIS targets. What does this say about the Obama administration's plan for dealing with the Iraq crisis? Anderson discussed this with Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto and retired Major General James 'Spider' Marks.

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June 16th, 2014
10:01 PM ET

Can the U.S. use airstrikes to fight ISIS in Iraq?

U.S. officials say the Obama administration is considering airstrikes as one of the options to deal with the threat from ISIS. Anderson asked retired Major General James 'Spider' Marks whether that would require U.S. personnel on the ground to provide intelligence?

Anderson spoke with Arwa Damon in northern Iraq about how Kurdish fighters have been successful defending against ISIS attacks.

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June 13th, 2014
10:10 PM ET

Witness to the ISIS siege in Iraq

Anderson spoke with an American contractor whose air base in the Iraqi city of Balad came under attack by ISIS. He only wants to be identified by his first name Tony, and he says he only made it to safety because local villagers stood up to the militants.

Anderson discussed U.S. options in Iraq with former CIA and FBI senior official Philip Mudd and retired Major General James 'Spider' Marks.

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April 3rd, 2014
09:45 PM ET

Could PTSD have played a role in the Fort Hood Shooting?

Fort Hood shooter Ivan Lopez served in the Iraq War, but his records show he was not directly involved in combat. Lopez was being treated for depression and anxiety. He was in the process of being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder. John Berman discussed this with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and military analyst Major General James 'Spider' Marks.



April 2nd, 2014
10:29 PM ET

Life inside Fort Hood

The shooting at Fort Hood happened at around 4:30 in the afternoon. For many of the soldiers stationed there, that's the time they are finishing up training and heading home to their families. Retired Major General James "Spider" Marks spent years living at Fort Hood. He describes what the base is like at that time of day and says "the strength of our military is not just in our soldiers… it's in those amazing families."

Major General James "Spider" Marks had more poignant remarks about the Fort Hood Families.

March 6th, 2014
10:17 PM ET

What are America's military options in Crimea?

The Pentagon is sending more fighter jets to Lithuania to beef up NATO's mission patrolling the skies over the Baltic. This comes as Russia orders defense drills right on the Ukrainian border. Senior national security correspondent Jim Sciutto and retired Army Major General James "Spider" Marks look at how the military picture is shaping up across the region.

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February 28th, 2014
10:05 PM ET

U.S. military options in Ukraine

President Obama said there would be “costs” to a Russian military invasion of Ukraine. What options does the U.S. have in this situation? Anderson asked CNN Military Analyst Major General James "Spider" Marks and CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend.

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September 5th, 2013
09:31 PM ET

Attack plan on Syria

Our panel of experts discusses an ABC News report that U.S. military action in Syria could involve B-2 and B-52 bombers flying from the United States.

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August 30th, 2013
11:54 PM ET

Will U.S. action save the Syrian people?

Anderson talked about the latest developments in Syria with Fouad Ajami, Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, National Security Analyst Fran Townsend, who currently sits on the Homeland Security and CIA external advisory boards, Christopher Dickey, Middle East Editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, as well as retired Army Major General James “Spider” Marks. The panel discussed how a U.S. response may impact Assad and the future of Syria.