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Old 02-14-2018, 09:34 AM
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The FBI and members of U.S. Special Forces are looking for the remains of several Americans who died after being held hostage by ISIS, according to reports.

American journalist James Foley and aid workers Steven Sotloff, Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig and Kayla Mueller all died in Syria after being captured by the terrorist group. Foley, Sotloff and Kassig were beheaded in 2014. Mueller, who was reportedly tortured and forced into slave labor, died in 2015. ISIS leadership said the 26-year-old was killed during a U.S. coalition-led bombing of Syria, but the exact cause of her death has never been confirmed.

ISIS has suffered serious military defeats over the past several months, and sources told ABC News that U.S. Special Forces are scanning the territory for the remains of the American victims. Information about the whereabouts of the remains was provided by two high-level ISIS figures, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were captured last month.

Kotey and Elsheikh were part of a group of British ISIS fighters who had tortured and beheaded the American hostages. They were the subordinates of an ISIS commander nicknamed Jihadi John who was killed during airstrikes in Syria in 2015. The two terrorists were stripped of their British citizenship last week, making it less likely they will stand trial in the U.K.

ISIS had taken over large parts of Iraq and Syria, but in October U.S. coalition forces announced that they had driven the group out of its capital Raqqa. By late November, leaders in both Iraq and Syria declared that they had reclaimed territory from the Sunni extremist group.

The U.S. and 67 other countries had formed a coalition to train and provide air support to regional forces fighting ISIS. Russia also got involved in Syria in late 2015, and began providing support for the Syrian government and militias allied with Iran. The Russians claimed to be targeting ISIS in Syria but provided most of their support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his fight against rebels and militias threatening his rule.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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