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August 22nd, 2014
09:29 PM ET

White House: James Foley killing first ISIS terrorist attack on U.S.

The Obama administration is calling the beheading of American James Foley by ISIS a terrorist attack.

The U.S is now considering more airstrikes against Iraq and perhaps even inside Syria to stop the terror group. On Friday, One of the president's top National Security Advisers made it clear that Foley's horrific murder was an attack against all Americans.
"Clearly, the brutal execution of Jim Foley represented an affront, an attack, not just on him, but he's an American," Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said. And we see that as an attack on our country when one of our is killed like that."

Is the White House making a case for war?

OutFront, Bob Baer, a Former CIA Operative who lived and worked in Syria; and retired General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.


Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • James Foley • Terror Attack
August 22nd, 2014
08:45 PM ET

ISIS wanted "Lady Al Qaeda" freed for James Foley

The Obama administration, under questioning over how it handles hostage negotiations, reiterated Friday that it will not pay ransom to terrorists groups.

"We will not provide funds for terrorist organisms," Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said, confirming a long-standing Washington policy amid claims from Islamic State jihadists that other countries had paid to have their nationals freed.

But in the case of James Foley, we also know that ISIS was demanding more than just money. The Islamic state also asked the United States to release a prisoner known as "Lady Al Qaeda."

Jean Casarez has more on the world's most famous female terrorist.


Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • James Foley • Terrorism
August 21st, 2014
10:57 PM ET

ISIS wanted $132M ransom for James Foley

As the United States continues airstrikes in northern Iraq, CNN is learning more about the demands of ISIS.

The terrorist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley demanded $100 million euros, roughly $132 million dollars as ransom.

James Foley's final months: Mock executions, failed rescue attempt

The United States government would not negotiate with ISIS and many of the communications with the group fell to Foley's family and his employer, the GlobalPost.

OutFront, CEO Phil Balboni was Foley's boss on his fateful assignment in Syria.


Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • James Foley • Syria
August 20th, 2014
09:35 PM ET

Former Taliban hostage: U.S. and Europe failed James Foley

At least one other American remains in the hands of ISIS.

In the video of ISIS beheading American journalist James Foley, the terror group showed American journalist Steven Sotloff, and threatened to kill him too if the United States doesn't stop airstrikes in Iraq.

David Rohde is another American who was held by a terror group.

He was a reporter for the New York Times when the Taliban took him hostage for more than seven months in 2008.

Rohde escaped thanks to the help of a local journalist.

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Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • James Foley • News • Syria • Taliban