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Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014 6:30 pm

The beheading of an American journalist by Islamic extremists the past week angered Americans and our government. When a video on the beheading was released, our government revealed a secret mission by a special operations team to rescue him, and others held inside Syria by forces of the Islamic State. The mission failed to find him and the others being held, including other journalists.

It was the first mission of its kind into Syria by the U.S. forces since the start of the civil war. Officials kept the mission secret in an attempt “to preserve future opportunities” to conduct another one. Another reason to release information about the raid was to let Americans know that the administration is concerned about all hostages held by terrorists.

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