Obama, Putin 'exchange views' on Ukraine in phone call
February 21st, 2014
06:52 PM ET

Obama, Putin 'exchange views' on Ukraine in phone call

By Adam Aigner-Treworgy

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin "exchanged views" on the need to quickly implement the political agreement reached on Friday in Ukraine and for all sides to "refrain from further violence."

 
A White House statement said the two leaders spoke by phone and also discussed Syria, including the "importance of efforts to advance a political solution" to the civil war.

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Officials: Al Qaeda tries to recruit Americans in Syria
February 21st, 2014
12:22 PM ET

Officials: Al Qaeda tries to recruit Americans in Syria

By Barbara Starr

Intelligence increasingly shows al Qaeda is encouraging American and other western fighters in Syria to undertake special training to prepare them for possibly returning to their home countries to carry out attacks, U.S. officials told CNN.

National security officials are concerned that amid the mayhem of Syria's civil war, the global terror group has found a safe haven and a place where it again can recruit, plot and train operatives to carry out attacks on the U.S. homeland.

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