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(CNN) - There was no suggestion in President Barack Obama's remarks Wednesday about the terrorist beheading of an American journalist that the United States was backing down in its airstrikes in Iraq.
The President blasted ISIS and said that the world was "appalled" by the videotaped execution of James Foley that surfaced Tuesday.
Around that time came word that U.S. military forces struck ISIS in Iraq by employing fighter, remotely piloted and attack aircraft, unleashing 14 airstrikes near Mosul Dam.
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports.
(CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday and made a pledge to the community that the federal investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager would be "fair and independent."
Holder will meet with the family of 18-year-old Michael Brown to hear their concerns about how this investigation might play out.
"At a minimum, I think they want to be assured that the process will be fair, that it will be transparent which is what they've been calling for from the very beginning. So they're hopeful that this meeting will add that reassurance that they've been looking for since day one," said Anthony Gray, co-counsel for the Brown Family.
(CNN) – There are no announced plans for President Obama to visit Ferguson, Missouri.
But now, 11 days after a white police officer, Darren Wilson, fatally shot unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown in the street, a member of the Obama administration, Attorney General Eric Holder, is in Ferguson meeting with the FBI, community leaders, students, and law enforcement.
Holder met with highway patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is tasked with coordinating authorities, after police were accused of heavy-handed tactics.
"You are the man," Holder told Johnson, hugging him.
The attorney general is walking into the middle of an enormously tense situation. Just today, CNN was at a church next door to Ferguson in Dellwood, where the highway patrol confirmed St. Louis County police officers came to a school.