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US forces attempted but failed to rescue US hostages in Syria

WASHINGTON - US forces attempted to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages during a secret mission into Syria and exchanged gunfire with Islamic State militants only to discover the captives were not there, officials said on Wednesday.

 

The mission, authorized by President Barack Obama based on US intelligence, took place earlier this summer. Officials disclosed the mission a day after a video surfaced showing a militant beheading the 40-year-old Foley.