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by Dave + Jesposted Aug 20 2014 7:12AM
Islamic State video claims to show
beheading of U.S. journalist
(Reuters) - Islamic State militants posted a video on Tuesday that purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley in revenge for U.S. air strikes against the insurgents in Iraq.
The video, titled "A Message To America," also showed images of another U.S. journalist, Steven Sotloff, whose life Islamic State said depended on how the United States acts in Iraq.
The gruesome video presented President Barack Obama with bleak options that could define America’s involvement in Iraq and the public reaction to it, potentially dragging him further into a conflict he built much of his presidency on ending.
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Palestinians say Israeli strike hit home of top Hamas commander in Gaza
JERUSALEM — Palestinians on Wednesday accused Israel of firing a missile at the home of the top Hamas military commander in the Gaza Strip, killing his wife and child a day after negotiations for a permanent truce broke down amid renewed rocket fire from Gaza and retaliatory strikes by Israel.
The Israeli attack against the Gaza City home of Mohammed Deif raised the stakes. As the top commander of the Hamas military wing, the shadowy Deif is reported to be the mastermind behind extensive tunnel networks in Gaza. Israeli officials say he has waged terrorist campaigns and an asymmetric war against Israel for decades, and he has survived repeated Israeli attempts to assassinate him, earning him the moniker “the cat with nine lives.”