President Obama calls the parents of slain journalist James Foley and condemns his killers.
WASHINGTON — "Justice will be done" to the Islamic State militants who beheaded freelance journalist James Foley, President Obama said Wednesday, calling the murder "an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world."
"Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group," Obama said.
Obama said he called Foley's parents Wednesday to say the nation was "heartbroken" at their loss. He eulogized the 40-year-old freelance reporter as a man "who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings."
"His life stands in stark contrast to his killers," Obama said. The Islamic State "speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just god would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day.
"Their ideology is bankrupt," he said.
There has been a request for 300 military personnel to provide extra security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, said two government officials speaking on condition of anonymity because the issue was not authorized to be discussed publicly.
There's no indication of an imminent threat to the embassy in Baghdad, the officials said. The request is being reviewed at the Pentagon and is viewed as precautionary, the officials said.
Obama renewed his call for Iraq to unify around a new government to fight the extremists, saying, "There has to be a common effort to extract this cancer, so it does not spread."
As Obama spoke, the United States continued its attacks against the Islamic State near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq. U.S. Central Command in Tampa said it conducted 14 airstrikes by fighters, attack planes and remote-controlled aircraft against militant vehicles and encampments.
Obama's statement came after U.S. intelligence officials examined videos purporting to show militants beheading Foley and threatening another hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff.
"We have reached the judgment that this video is authentic," said Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council.
Obama spoke from Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he is vacationing with his family.
Contributing: Tom Vanden Brook
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