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Airstrikes continued after Foley's execution

President Obama
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The beheading of journalist James Foley on Tuesday has caused Prime Minister David Cameron to cut short his vacation in Great Britain and a spokesperson for the Prime Minister called the beheading "shocking and depraved". President Obama stated in a news conference yesterday that “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday.” The president continued, “Their ideology is bankrupt and that “and that “the fact is they (ISIS) terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision, and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.”

Now information released about Foley’s kidnapping and possible rescue have come to light. Reports have been released that President Obama authorized the “complex" rescue operation after officials said intelligence led the U.S. to believe the hostages were being held in a specific location in the embattled Middle Eastern nation. Reports state that several dozen" U.S. special operation members landed in Syria, but were then, met with gunfire at the site where it was believed that Foley and other hostages were being held. It became apparent that the intelligence was incorrect in the position. The American forces were able to escape on helicopters without loss of life. The daring mission is still shrouded in mystery as certain facts have not been released to the public.

Foley was abducted in northern Syria while covering that country's civil war and had not been heard from since 2012. According to reports that have just been released about a week before Foley was executed his family received emails from his captives. The New York Times has reported that ISIS militants had pressed the U.S. to pay a $100 million ransom in exchange for Foley's release. That demand was refused. The newspaper is also reporting that ISIS is holding at least three other Americans hostage, including Steven Sotloff, also a journalist, and has threatened to kill all of them if their demands are not met.

Since the video of Foley being beheaded, the U.S. launched more strikes overnight against ISIS near the Mosul Dam. The latest airstrikes were aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces create a buffer zone at the dam. The airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish troops reclaim the dam from the rebels. According to the video of Foleys’ execution, Steven Sotloff is shown and the insurgents warn that he could be next hostage killed. Sotloff was kidnapped near the Syrian-Turkish border in August 2013 and freelanced for Time, the National Interest and MediaLin.