It was clear that the beheading of freelance journalist James Foley was revenge for the US air strikes against the Islamic State (IS), halting their advances in different areas. Meanwhile, the US had recently failed in trying to free US hostages held in Syria. The Pentagon said that they involved air and ground components focusing on a captor network within ISIS, the former name of the Islamic State.
The mission failed because the hostages were not present in their target location.
Senior Obama Administration officials said that several dozens of special troops have been deployed into Syria to try and rescue American hostages, which included Foley. These special forces have encountered and exchanged fire with the IS militants.
James Foley was kidnapped in Syria in 2012.
Meanwhile, the video of the beheading was condemned by the United States, UK and France. They had condemned the “barbaric” act and US President Barack Obama pointed at it as an “act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world.” The UK is planning to step up its actions in Iraq after the video.
The Committee to Protect Journalists had expressed their condemnation of such actions and said they are worried about all other journalists kidnapped by the IS.
By the end of the video, another photo of a journalist was shown to be next if the United States does not halt its military operations in Iraq.