President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James Foley, but did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday.
US forces tried but failed to rescue reporter James Foley and other US hostages held in Syria by the so-called Islamic State (IS), officials and reports said. The Pentagon and the White House did not say if the covert mission was to rescue Foley, who was kidnapped in northern Syria in November 2012. The video of Foley's killing also showed a second US reporter, Steven Sotloff, being paraded by a black-clad IS militant who warned that he would also be killed if US President Barack Obama does not stop air strikes on IS positions in Iraq.
Tejay Van Garderen attacked in the final kilometer of the Monarch Mountain summit finish to seize the third stage and overall lead at the USA Pro Challenge cycle race. The American BMC rider pulled away from the lead group Wednesday, taking Tour de France rival Rafal Majka with him. Romania's Serghei Tvetcov was third, enough to move him into fifth overall. Garmin Sharp rider Tom Danielson tried to push the pace before American compatriot Matthew Busche (Trek Factory) launched an attack that was reeled in.