Slain American journalist spent time with Indiana National Guard

An American journalist killed in Syria had ties to Indiana.

James Foley was embedded with a group of Hoosier soldiers in Iraq back in 2008. The Indiana National Guard sent their condolences to Foley’s family Wednesday.

"The Indiana National Guard sends our deepest condolences to the family of James Foley.  Jim served alongside troops of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Troop in Iraq as an embedded reporter in 2008. He was able to document the war and tell the story to the American public from the perspective of the Soldier.  He was very well liked by many of the troops and had a genuine appreciation for them and the job they were required to do.  The Soldiers he served alongside in the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will certainly miss him." 

Foley’s parents spoke outside their home Wednesday and said they hope his death will have meaning.

"We just pray that Jim's death can bring our country together in a stronger way and the values that Jim held dear," Diane Foley said.

Senior administration officials said that earlier this summer, American special operation forces launched a secret rescue operation in Syria to save Foley and other Americans held by ISIS.

Officials said the mission failed because the hostages were not there.

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