National Security Advisor Susan Rice responds to James Foley's mother, Diane Foley, on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer:
"Well, Wolf, I've gotten to know Diane Foley well. And she and I have met on a number of occasions when I was ambassador in New York and here in Washington at the White House. She's an extraordinary woman. She did an job on behalf of her family and with her husband and - and other children, to do everything possible, leave no stone unturned to try to bring Jim home safely.
We're all heartbroken that there was not possible. But I and others in the U.S. government worked very hard with Diane Foley and her family to try to be supportive, to try to provide what information we could. And, of course, as you know, the president ordered a very daring and very well-executed rescue operation when - on the only occasion we had what we thought was fresh and we hoped actionable intelligence about the whereabouts of Jim Foley and the other hostages.
Unfortunately, they were no longer there. But I think that effort, which involved hundreds of American personnel in a very sophisticated effort, underscores the importance that we attach to doing everything we possibly can to bring Americans in captivity back home."
As President Obama gears up to reveal his strategy for containing ISIS, Jim Sciutto reports on what is known of the plan.
Around one dozen U.S. Special Forces spent the last 24 hours on Iraq's Mt. Sinjar, where many Yazidis are stranded.
A full transcript of The Situation with Wolf Blitzer will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html.
Blitzer's report aired in CNN’s 1 p.m. hour and an in-depth report will air in the 6 p.m. ET hour of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. A transcript is after the jump.
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CNN's Wolf Blitzer reports from the region as the Israel-Gaza crisis continues.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewed Hamas spokesperson Osama Hamdan about the ongoing conflict with Israel and the likelihood of a ceasefire. The full interview aired on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 5-7 p.m. ET.
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Blitzer: “Clearly the Israelis are going to continue striking in Gaza in the rockets come in from Hamas in Gaza. Is there any effort underway right now to achieve a ceasefire?”
Hamdan: “I believe the Israelis are targeting the civilians from the first day. They believe this will cause heavy pressure on Hamas because the civilians are very precious and valuable for Hamas. But its clear also that when they started the attacked they did not get any attention to the civilians.”