posted at 19:50
Author Name: Paul Szoldra
Report Says Obama Hesitated On James Foley Rescue Mission
The White House is pushing back on a report in the Sunday Times earlier this week that said Obama "Took too long" to authorize the mission to rescue James Foley and other American hostages held by ISIS militants, a decision that journalist Toby Harnden reported made the mission impossible. Pentagon sources said Foley and the others might well have been rescued but Obama, concerned about the ramifications of US troops being killed or captured in Syria, took too long to authorise the mission. In a later tweet that was widely circulated, Harnden said a senior Pentagon official confirmed to him "That 'hesitation' by President Obama" delayed the mission. So it seems the timeline of the rescue mission is in dispute, but the Times is holding firm. In a statement to The Hill, Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco said: "The President authorized action at this time because it was the national security team's assessment that these hostages were in danger with each passing day in [ISIS] custody." What is not really in dispute is that the operation was large, involving "Several dozen" U.S. special operations troops in helicopters that were supported by an AC-130 gunship near Raqqah, Syria. The troops landed and found a prison with no hostages, but around 100 ISIS militants fighting them. Roughly 15 militants were killed before special ops left the scene.

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