U.S.: Foley Killing a ‘Terrorist Attack’

    U.S. journalist James Foley (R) arrives with fellow reporter Clare Gillis (not pictured), after being released by the Libyan government, at Rixos hotel in Tripoli, in this picture taken May 18, 2011. Islamic State militants have posted a video that purported to show the beheading of American journalist Foley in revenge for U.S. air strikes in Iraq, prompting widespread revulsion that could push Western powers into further action against the group. Foley, 40, was kidnapped on November 22, 2012, in northern Syria, according to GlobalPost. The video was posted after the U.S. resumed air strikes in Iraq in August 2014 for the first time since the end of the U.S. occupation in 2011. He had earlier been kidnapped and released in Libya. Picture taken May 18, 2011.     REUTERS/Louafi Larbi (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR434C0

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    Just in case this wasn’t already clear, the U.S. considers ISIS’s murder of James Foley a terrorist attack, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said at a press briefing on Friday. Foley’s beheading “absolutely…represents a terrorist attack against our country and against our citizens,” Rhodes said. He later added, “We’re actively considering what’s going to be necessary to deal with that threat and we’re not going to be restricted by borders.” As for a possible attack on U.S. soil, Rhodes says while the White House has “not seen them focus on [the] kind of planning” it would take to pull off something like the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, ISIS could choose to develop those capabilities.

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