The day after the publicized, brutal murder of American journalist James Foley, the Obama Administration revealed new information on how U.S. Special Forces made an attempt to rescue Foley and other Americans being held by ISIS.
Fox News reports:
Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed to find them.
“The U.S. government had what we believed was sufficient intelligence, and when the opportunity presented itself, the president authorized the Department of Defense to move aggressively to recover our citizens,” said Lisa Monaco, Obama’s top counter-terrorism adviser, in a statement. “Unfortunately, that mission was ultimately not successful because the hostages were not present.”
According to CNN, the teams sent in to rescue Foley and other Americans were equivalent to SEAL Team Six and Delta Force. When the teams reached the site, there was a firefight with ISIS and they managed to kill many of terrorists. Unfortunately, the hostages were not present at the site as was expected.
The administration revealed the rescue operation a day after the militants released a video showing the beheading of Foley and threatened to kill a second hostage, Steven Sotloff, if U.S. airstrikes against the militants in Iraq continued.
Despite the militants’ threats, the U.S. launched a new barrage of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria Wednesday. The Obama administration did not rule out the prospect of a military operation in Syria to bring those responsible for Foley’s death to justice.
It’s been confirmed that ISIS is still holding more American hostage and it’s hopeful that the response from the United States is strong enough to make a difference.
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