He also called for a “common effort” across the Middle East to “extract this cancer so it does not spread.” This was the first time when the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) killed an American citizen. Supposing that the group will try to attack New York City, Washington and other American targets, military preventive actions are announced. “We do have the ability to start walking back ISIS, we can’t wait,” said to the media Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, a former military intelligence officer now with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies.
Foley, 40, from Rochester, N.H., disappeared in northern Syria in November 2012. His car was stopped by four militants in a contested battle zone that both Sunni rebel fighters and government forces were trying to control. On the video presenting his execution, another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped near the Syrian-Turkish border in August 2013. is announced as the next victim.
“The United States of America will do what we must to protect our people,” concluded the President Obama in his televised speech.