Pentagon Announces Failed Syria Rescue Operation
An attempt by the U.S. military to rescue American hostages in Syria has failed because they had the wrong location.
A Pentagon spokesman gave few details but said the operation involved air and ground components and was focused on a “particular captor network” within the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS. The news comes a day after ISIS released a gruesome video documenting the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley.
Lisa Monaco, President Barack Obama’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, said in a statement that Obama authorized the mission because the U.S. “had what we believed was sufficient intelligence.”
“It was the national security team’s assessment that these hostages were in danger with each passing day in [ISIS] custody,” she said. While the effort failed, Obama “could not be prouder of the U.S. forces who carried out this mission and the dedicated intelligence and diplomatic professionals who supported their efforts,” Monaco said.[su_sky_ad]