Obama warns of jihadist 'cancer' as US reveals failed rescue

Anti-terrorism forces wave the national flag after securing a checkpoint from Sunni militants in the village of Badriyah, Iraq, August 19, 2014US President Barack Obama demanded Wednesday the world take action against the “cancer” of jihadist extremism in Iraq, as Washington revealed it had failed in an operation to free US hostages in neighboring Syria. It came a day after the so-called “Islamic State,” which has seized much of eastern Syria and northern Iraq, released a video showing a masked militant beheading US reporter James Foley, provoking worldwide revulsion and condemnation.

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