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October 22nd, 2014
10:23 AM ET

A Former Jihadist Speaks Out

Why would three American teenage girls from Denver try to join ISIS?

We asked Mubin Shaikh, a former jihadist, to offer context – and he says the answer is a mix of a search for identity, adventure and a false sense of reality.

"You reinforce in yourself this idea that you can participate in something far greater than your mundane existence at home," Shaikh told CNN's Michaela Pereira.

Shaikh now works for Canada's intelligence service but says he can offer perspective on these teens because he once was a young Muslim who came to the edge of extremism.

He was brought back by a support network of parents, friends and religious elders.

"It will take a holistic effort and it can't be done by coercive forces," to reach vulnerable people who may consider extremism, Shaikh said.

In this Denver case, two families called the FBI and the teens were intercepted in Germany.

"It's better that your kid get arrested or at least talked to than be used as a sex slave," Shaikh said.

"A lot of them are living in a fantasy world and just don't understand what awaits them on the other side."

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RELATED: Officials: 3 Denver girls played hooky from school and tried to join ISIS

 

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October 22nd, 2014
09:35 AM ET

Emotional Reunion as Jeffrey Fowle, Held by North Korea, Returns to U.S.

After five months of detention in North Korea, Jeffrey Fowle arrived home in Ohio early Wednesday for an emotional reunion with his family.

Stepping off the plane at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and onto the tarmac, he was embraced by family members, including his three children.

"It's a good sign that the North Koreans released this man unconditionally," former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson told CNN's "New Day." "They usually demand a price."

Richardson has helped negotiate the release of prisoners in the past, including from North Korea.

Pyongyang's move is "a signal to the U.S. that says, 'All right, let's start talking,' " and perhaps restart nuclear negotiations, he said.

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October 21st, 2014
06:06 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Michaela Pereira – October 21, 2014

Need to get today's top stories on-the-go? Watch Michaela Pereira's morning minute now!

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October 20th, 2014
09:41 AM ET

See Photos From John King's Inside Politics Road Trip

CNN's John King recently traveled to Iowa, Kansas, and Colorado on an "Inside Politics" trip to gauge the impact of early voting, women's power and the GOP wildcards in November.

See pictures from the project on his Instagram page HERE and some examples below:

Mile 186: Jefferson County clerk Pam Anderson & team start processing mail & early ballots about 10 days out - but they aren't tabulated until polls close elxn night. #copolitics #CO #insidepolitics

Mile 186: Jefferson County clerk Pam Anderson & team start processing mail & early ballots about 10 days out – but they aren't tabulated until polls close elxn night. #copolitics #CO #insidepolitics

Mile 1070: Des Moines. Funny. #iowa #insidepolitics

Mile 1070: Des Moines. Funny. #iowa #insidepolitics

Mile 1120: Newton #iowa tiny jasper county gop office but busy w/ volunteers. #insidepolitics

Mile 1120: Newton #iowa tiny jasper county gop office but busy w/ volunteers. #insidepolitics

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