‘Nothing was done to save US hostages from Isil’, says mother of murdered journalist

The mother of the first American beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has accused the US government of doing “nothing” to save her son or a young female aid worker the jihadists now say was killed by a Jordanian airstrike.

Diane Foley, whose son James Foley was the first of three Americans murdered in front of Isil’s cameras, said the White House had failed her son and Kayla Mueller, the last known US hostage held by the group.

“Kayla, along with our son and others were held for nearly two years and there were many opportunities along the way: several times when the captors reached out, several times when returning hostages brought sensitive information. And yet nothing was done to save our young Americans,” Mrs Foley told ABC News.