A spokesperson for the Pentagon has revealed the U.S. attempted a rescue operation in Syria earlier this summer not only to free U.S. journalist James Foley but also other American hostages being held in Syria by Islamic State militants.
It was a secret, major rescue operation launched by U.S. Special Forces against the Islamic State.
The Pentagon's statement on Wednesday said the operation "involved air and ground components" but, did not succed "because the hostages were not present at the targeted location."
This new information came.. as the U.S. launched a wave of new airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq.
On the same day, President Barack Obama stated that the U.S. will be "relentless" in the fight against the militant group, following the "brutal murder" of Mr. Foley.
President Obama who said he was "heartbroken" over the incident said the U.S. will "do what's necessary to see that justice is done"
and compared the militant group to "cancer" whose spread must be stopped.
The president's message came less than a day after the militants released a video of the American journalist being beheaded.
The Islamic State is believed to be holding several American hostages, including journalist Steven Sotloff.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.