James Foley killing decried, US says rescue bid failed

President Obama said the US would keep up the pressure on the Islamic State, which has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria but did not elaborate.

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American ground forces had attempted to rescue the N.H. reporter and other Americans earlier this summer in Syria.

Relatives grieved for Widad Mustafa Deif, wife of Hamas’s military leader, at her funeral in Gaza on Wednesday. Deif and her 8-month-old son died in an Israeli airstrike Tuesday.

Israeli airstrike kills wife, child of Hamas leader

Hamas’ shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said.

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Hamas official says group abducted, killed Israeli teens

It is the first time anyone from the group has said it was behind a June attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.

Pope calls James Foley’s family, according to Vatican

A Vatican spokesman gave no details about what Pope Francis said to the family of the slain American journalist.

James Foley’s killer likely from London area, linguists say

Officials are using voice-recognition software and other technology to identify the militant, experts say.

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