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US attempted rescue of hostages including reporter

US freelance reporter James Foley (L), pictured on the highway between the airport and the West Gate of Sirte, in Libya, on September 29, 2011US forces tried but failed to rescue reporter James Foley and other US hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State (IS), officials and reports said a day after the militants released a video showing the journalist’s beheading. The Pentagon and the White House did not say if the covert mission earlier this summer was to rescue Foley, who was kidnapped in northern Syria in November 2012 and whose murder has provoked revulsion and condemnation. The video of Foley’s killing also showed a second US reporter, Steven Sotloff, being paraded by a black-clad IS militant who warned that he would also be killed if US President Barack Obama does not stop air strikes on IS positions in Iraq.

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