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PENTAGON CONFIRMS: Foley rescue attempt failed earlier this summer

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Wednesday afternoon the Pentagon released information about a rescue operation to free James Foley and other U.S. hostages held in Syria by Islamist militants. Several dozen troops flew in by helicopter, but couldn't find the hostages. One of those hostages was James Foley, whose brutal execution was videotaped and released this week by ISIS. ISIS is a terror group that refers to itself as the Islamic State.

The rescue attempt happened earlier this summer. There are few other details, but the pentagon did say it was an operation that involved air and ground components, and that "many ISIS fighters were reportedly killed in a gun battle with special operations forces."

The video of Foley's killing also shows another U.S. journalist, believed to be Steven Sotloff. The ISIS agent in the video says the other American's life hangs in the balance, depending on what President Barack Obama does next in Iraq. The threat did little to curb U.S. military operations in Iraq, with American warplanes carrying out at least 14 airstrikes against ISIS targets.

On Wednesday President Obama said that no God would stand for what ISIS is doing, and the U.S. will remain relentless, adding, "when people harm Americans anywhere, we do what's necessary to see that justice is done."



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