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(CNN) – Their brother was beheaded by terrorists. Now, the siblings of American journalist James Foley say more could have been done to save him from ISIS, and they hope more will be done to save another American hostage, Steven Sotloff.
"Even take the money aside, there's more that could have been done directly on Jim's behalf, and I really hope in respect to Steven, they do something quickly," Michael Foley told Yahoo! News.
"There is things that can be done, we're sitting on prisoners for example in Guantanamo, it doesn't even have to be financial," he said.
The White House responded today, saying "as a matter of policy, we do not provide ransom or any funding for terrorist organizations."
But does Foley's family have a point? Could the U.S. have done more?
CNN counter terrorism analyst and former FBI and CIA official Phil Mudd and Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero (Ret.) discuss.
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