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(Reuters) - President Barack Obama will make a statement at 12:45 p.m. EDT (1645 GMT), the White House said on Wednesday. The statement is in reaction to a video showing the execution of an American journalist by Islamic State. (Reporting by Steve Holland and Mark Felsenthal in Washington; Editing by Jim visit site Loney) Politics & Government
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"The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," a black-masked militant with a British accent says in the video. Family Called Obama, who interrupted his vacation on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts to speak to reporters, said he called Foley's parents today to offer condolences. "No God would stand for" what the terrorists did, he said, and the Islamic State's claim to be religious is belied by its slaughter of fellow Muslims. On a website maintained by supporters of the Foley family, freejamesfoley.org, a message posted last night from the journalist's mother, Diane Foley, spoke of his death. "We have never been prouder of our son Jim," the message said. "He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.
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soldiers attempted to rescue Foley and other Americans held in Syria earlier this summer, but were unsuccessful, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. "The effort to roll (Islamic State) back into (Syria) is a commitment the administration has been unwilling to make," said Faysal Itani, a Middle East expert at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank. "The death of this man, however tragic, will not cause a fundamental recalculation of that policy." While chances of deeper involvement are slim for now, the United States risks being pulled further into the Iraq-Syria conflict if the threat from Islamic State grows. That may force U.S.