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U.S. fails in hostage rescue operation in Syria
Last Updated: 2014-08-21 07:46 | Xinhua
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The United States had recently attempted to rescue a number of American hostages, including slain journalist James Foley, held in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but the mission failed, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby on Wednesday said.

This operation involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL. Unfortunately, the secret mission this summer in Syria was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location, the official said.

The news came one day after a video released Tuesday by ISIL showed the beheading of American journalist Fames Joley by the Islamic State extremist group.

"As we have said repeatedly, the United States government is committed to the safety and well-being of its citizens, particularly those suffering in captivity," Kirby said.

"In this case, we put the best of the United States military in harms' way to try and bring our citizens home," he added.

The United States government uses the full breadth of its military, intelligence and diplomatic capabilities to bring people home whenever it can, Kirby said.

"The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will work tirelessly to secure the safety of our citizens and to hold their captors accountable," he said.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the ISIL forces believed to be behind the beheading of James Foley, labeling the group a "cancer" and calling on Muslims around the world to reject its brand of "hateful terrorism."

He pledged that the U.S. will be vigilant and relentless in protecting Americans. "We'll do what's necessary to see that justice is done," he said.

Obama said Wednesday that the entire world was "appalled" by the execution of Foley by jihadist militants of the so-called Islamic State.


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