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Special forces attempted to rescue Americans – including James Foley – held hostage by ISIS in Syria earlier this summer but failed, it was revealed today.
The mission to save the journalist and others was carried out in early July but was unsuccessful because the hostages – being held by a group of British jihadists known as ‘The Beatles’ – could not be found.
‘This operation involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL [also known as ISIS and IS],’ the White House said in a statement last night.
‘Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location.’
It came as President Obama’s conduct attracted growing criticism after he played golf immediately after he gave a speech condemning the murder of Mr Foley.
Four minutes after leaving the podium Obama teed-off and was seen laughing with friends and fist-bumping them during a five-hour round at Farm Neck Golf Course on Martha’s Vineyard – his seventh 18-holes in ten days.
Meanwhile his administration was briefing on its rescue attempts this summer and said it would not release more details on the raid, but sources told the New York Times that the mission was carried out by two dozen special-ops members, who were dropped off in Syria in early July and were met with gunfire.
‘While on site, it became apparent the hostages were not there,’ one of the officials said.
The sources wouldn’t say where the raid was held, but pointed out that if it had happened in a heavily-populated area – it likely would have already made news. They also wouldn’t comment on how many hostages were believed to be held captive at the location, or their names.
During the fight the ISIS forces suffered ‘a good number of casualties’ while only one American was slightly wounded. The American team was then able to retreat back to their helicopters and escape.
The administration kept the raid a secret until now in order to ‘preserve future opportunities’ for another mission.
Read more: Daily Mail
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