Update: Pres. Obama Says U.S. will Continue to Confront ISIS

By: AP
By: AP

Aug. 20, 2014

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley.

Pres. Obama says the entire world is "appalled" by Foley's killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences.

Obama says the Islamic State abducts women and children, and tortures, rapes, enslaves and kills people. He said the Islamic State targets Christians and other minorities and aims to commit genocide.

Obama spoke Wednesday from Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he's vacationing with his family, a day after the militants released a video showing the American journalist being beheaded.

The extremists in the video called the beheading retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. They've threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.

A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday.

The official says the airstrikes were in the area of the Mosul Dam and were aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces create a buffer zone at the key facility. The strikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish troops reclaim the dam from the insurgents.


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