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New leader of the Free Syrian Army: We warned the Americans about ISIS​

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by Henry Hullah The Free Syrian Army is on the verge of collapse. Fighting on two fronts, it is not only battling the Assad regime but must also stop the march of the barbaric militant group ISIS across Syria. For General Abd al-Ilah al-Bashir, the newly appointed leader of the FSA, continued American airstrikes could be key to aiding his army's fight against ISIS. "The American airstrikes could help the revolutionaries to destroy this organization and make them step back," he told the program. Christiane Amanpour asked the leader of the Free Syrian Army if he had been in contact with the American government as the threat of ISIS began to grow in Syria, were they made aware of just how big a threat this group could have grown to be? "We met with the Americans a few times and we warned them of the danger of this organization and we showed our readiness to fight against them because it's dangerous, not only for the region, but the whole world," the General said. "We are ready to defend the whole world. But we did not get much support or help to do that." Earlier in the week, The U.K.'s Ambassador to the United Nations told the program that "ISIS is a monster that the Frankenstein of Assad has largely created". The General made clear that he also believed the government of Bashar al-Assad is to blame for this barbaric organisation. ​ "We are convinced that it is part of the Assad regime. And they have complete coordination with members of this regime and they lead and they coordinate with the Syrian regime."

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks about a world in crisis

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A tense stand-off in Ukraine, the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, devastation in Gaza - and all the while, ISIS grows in strength in the heart of the Middle East and racial tensions come to a head in the United States. A fractured world and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is the man tasked with picking up the pieces. "The world is confronting multiple crises at this time," Ban Ki-moon told Christiane Amanpour. "The situation in Iraq, we have a very serious crisis in Ukraine but we still have very serious crises in Libya, South Sudan, Central African Republic. On top of this we are now being hit by Ebola epidemics." Amanpour first asked him about the increasing threat of ISIS: an extremist militant group whose seized territory across Iraq and Syria has been said to be larger than the United Kingdom. Can the U.N. help those affected and to stop the threat before it spreads even further? "The United Nations cannot do it alone in addressing international terrorism and extremists. The way they have been terrorizing the international community and its people by kidnapping the women, children and particularly journalists, this is totally unacceptable. These are against the international humanitarian law and against the international human rights law and we saw this horrendous killing of Mr. James Foley, that we have condemned in the strongest possible terms." Amanpour asked if the horrors of ISIS that he had just described were due to an escalation of the Syrian crisis because, as he had told her in a previous interview, there was no "Plan B". ​ "That is why I have always been urging, the number one priority should be that that the parties stop the violence unconditionally and return to political dialogue."

Obama talks about investing in Africa’s future

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Rev. Al Sharpton talks about Pres. Obama hosting nearly 50 African heads of state at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

Cheney sounds off about remarks

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Liz Cheney: Obama's take on CIA interrogations a 'disgrace'

Dana Bar-On opens up about the conflict

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Israeli citizen on living life in fear on Gaza border

About that Cuomo anti-corruption commission…

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised his panel to investigate political corruption would be independent, but Cuomo's office reportedly had other ideas.

When will more clues about Malaysian jet emerge?

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Col. Jack Jacobs, Jim Cavanaugh and retired airline captain Jay Rollins talk about whether Russian Pres. Putin will lend a hand in the investigation into Malaysian flight 17, which U.S. officials say was shot down with a missile.

Envoy ‘reasonably confident’ about Afghan political future

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As the U.S. brokers a deal to try to stave off political calamity in Afghanistan, the American special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan said he was hopeful and “reasonably confident” that the country can hold together politically. “I think it will depend first of all on the leadership exercised by the two candidates” – Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani – “in forming a national unity government and then working together over the next several years. “It will also depend on their ability to hold their supporters to this agreement as well. I think they have the capacity to do that. I think they are committed to working together.” Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise trip to Kabul this weekend to broker a deal between the rival presidential candidates, who have both claimed victory in their country’s election and alleged massive fraud.

Why the GOP won’t about Obama’s request

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Chris Hayes looks at the Republican's sudden appreciation of the presidential photo-op.

Questions surface about mother in hot car case

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Police investigating the death of a 22-month-old boy, who was left in a hot car by his father, have questions for the boy’s mother, who has not been named a suspect.

U.K.: We warned Iraq about extremist threat

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Amanpour’s full interview with Ambassador Simon Collis airs at 2pm ET, 7pm London, 9pm Baghdad time on CNN International. The United Kingdom consistently warned the Iraqi government about the threat posed by ISIS before that group swept across large swaths of the country, UK Ambassador to Iraq Simon Collis told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday. “I’m not suggesting that anybody saw quite the speed and scale of the advances that took place, which were in part also a result of the collapse of very significant numbers of Iraqi security forces.” “But the fact that Mosul was vulnerable was known. The fact that ISIL were already holding territory from last year in parts of western Iraq, in Anbar and elsewhere, was well known.” “We were aware of the threat and we gave clear advice at the time and throughout about the best way to tackle it, the only effective way to tackle it.” The UK told Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government that the only way to defeat ISIS was through a “comprehensive counterterrorism strategy,” involving political, economic, and security measures, Ambassador Collis said.

Keystone permit about to expire in SD

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline will mark an important victory Sunday when the permit to build in South Dakota expires. Ed Schultz, Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska and Wizipan Little Elk of Rosebud Sioux Tribe discuss.

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