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US Acknowledges Unsuccessful Syria Rescue Attempt

The United States acknowledged Wednesday it launched an unsuccessful military rescue operation earlier this year to free American hostages held by Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria. The announcement came the same day President Barack Obama condemned the execution of an American journalist and called for regional action to extract the IS extremist "cancer" before it spreads. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said the United States attempted to rescue a number of...

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