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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday the threat posed by the militant Islamic State group is “beyond anything we’ve seen,” because the group is “sophisticated and well funded.” Hagel said the United States “will not relent our efforts to bring our citizens home and their captors to justice,” referring to the failed mission aimed at rescuing American hostages held by the group last month. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey told reporters at the Pentagon that the rescue mission was detailed publicly because media outlets were prepared to report about it. Hagel said, “This operation, by the way, was a flawless operation, but the hostages were not there.”



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