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August 21st, 2014
05:45 PM ET

U.S. strikes ISIS again as more details emerge about failed rescue of James Foley

(CNN) - The captors of American journalist James Foley had demanded a ransom of 100 million euros ($132.5 million) for his release, according to GlobalPost spokesman Richard Byrne.

The New Hampshire native, 40, was a freelancer for the online news outlet. He was on assignment when he disappeared on November 22, 2012, in northwest Syria, near the border with Turkey.

Philip Balboni, the president and chief executive of GlobalPost, told CNN that the company "never took the $100 million seriously" because ransoms paid for other hostages in ISIS captivity were "dramatically less." He did not say what those lower amounts were, but that there was an attempt to raise money that was more in line with the lower sums.

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August 21st, 2014
05:32 PM ET

Does Obama's 'no boots on the ground' fail to address Hagel's call to alarm about ISIS?

(CNN) – Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Thursday that the militant group responsible for beheading an American journalist "beyond just a terrorist group."

"They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. Oh, this is beyond anything that we've seen. So we must prepare for everything," Hagel said Thursday.

But then the secretary of defense went on to say there will be no mission creep, and the operation in Iraq will continue to be President Obama's limited mission of airstrikes in Iraq.

CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

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