The US military has failed in a recent attempt to rescue US hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State, the Pentagon said in a statement, after journalist James Foley was killed by militants.
.@pentagonpressec: The United States attempted a rescue operation recently to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by ISIL (1/4)
.@pentagonpressec: This operation involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL. (2/4)
.@pentagonpressec: Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location. (3/4)
.@pentagonpressec: We put the best of the United States military in harms way to try and bring our citizens home. (4/4)
A British family have told ITV News of their devastation after discovering a close relative is fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq.
A French journalist who was held hostage with James Foley in Syria has told ITV News it was "devastating" to see his murder.