A Syrian girl at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma after reported shelling by Syrian government forces. AFP PHOTO/ABD DOUMANY
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U.S. President Barack Obama called Wednesday for an international front against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, after they beheaded a second American reporter.French President Francois Hollande likewise raised the prospect of a military response to the threat posed by ISIS.Israeli media reported that the family was Jewish and that Sotloff himself had held joint U.S.-Israeli nationality, but ISIS made no mention of either in its video.A top U.S. intelligence official, meanwhile, said ISIS jihadists in Iraq and Syria posed a genuine threat to the West but were "not invincible," as had been demonstrated by American airstrikes.After the posting of the Sotloff video, the White House announced Obama had authorized about 350 more U.S. troops to beef up security at U.S. diplomatic facilities in Baghdad and protect personnel.The strike, which took place in the village of Ghareebeh, killed at least five ISIS militants, and allowed some of the people who were being held in the prison to escape, according to the Observatory.
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