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Obama on Journalist's Killing: 'No Just God Would Stand For What They Did'

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(NBC News) -- President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that “the entire world is appalled” by the beheading of James Foley, an American journalist, by the Islamist militant group ISIS.

He said that he had spoken to Foley's parents and told them that “we are all heartbroken at their loss.”

ISIS released a gruesome video documenting the beheading, and it threatened the life of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, if the United States does not stop the airstrikes it has carried out against ISIS since Aug. 8.

The United States struck ISIS targets from the air 11 times overnight after the video was released.

Using a different acronym for the militant group, Obama said: “ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.”

He vowed: “We will do everything we can to protect our people and the timeless values that we stand for.”

Obama spoke from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he is on vacation.

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