Shortly after calling the parents of the American savagely beheaded by the jihadists in Iraq, President Obama condemned what he called a “cowardly act of violence.” President Obama, however, said not one word about US air strikes which ISIS claimed provoked the execution.
According to one senior U.S. official, ISIS had warned the U.S. that they planned to kill Foley to avenge air strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq. Prior to his execution, U.S. officials say, they used Turkish, Russian and Czech intermediaries to advocate for his release.
ABC’s Ann Compton joined us with details.
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