Hostage rescue attempt in Syria fails

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) — U.S. ground troops attempted but failed to rescue several American hostages in Syria, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.

"This operation involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within" territory controlled by the militant group Islamic State, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location."


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