Thursday, August 21
(Arlington, VA) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expressing deep condolences over the beheading of veteran American journalist James Foley. During a Pentagon briefing, Hagel noted that Foley was "savagely murdered" by a ruthless Islamic terrorist group that has been rampaging through Syria and Iraq. Hagel expressed regrets about a failed rescue of Foley and others in Syria, earlier this summer. U.S. officials say the mission was unsuccessful because the hostages weren't at the targeted location. Hagel also praised the effectiveness of targeted U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and said the actions will continue.