Mass set for Foley, journalist slain by militants

John Foley, Diane Foley

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A Mass of Remembrance is set for the journalist from New Hampshire who was slain by Islamic State militants after being held in captivity for nearly two years.

James Foley was kidnapped on Thanksgiving Day 2012 while covering the Syrian uprising. The Islamic State posted a Web video Tuesday showing his murder and said it was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday called Foley a hero for telling the stories of oppressed people in war-torn regions like Syria and Libya. The U.S. launched a raid this summer to rescue Foley and other hostages, but special forces were unable to locate the captives.

The mass at 2 p.m. Sunday is in Foley’s hometown church, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Rochester, New Hampshire.

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