Journalist's killing spurs U.S. launch of criminal inquiry

‘Our reach is very wide,’ Holder says

Posted: August 22, 2014 at 4:31 a.m.

FILE - In this May 27, 2011, file photo shows American Journalist James Foley, of Rochester, N.H., as he poses for a photo in Boston. The beheading of Foley has forced a new debate over how the United States balances its unyielding policy against paying ransom to terrorist groups and saving the lives of Americans being held hostage by some of the worlds most dangerous extremists. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

WASHINGTON -- The FBI and federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the beheading of American journalist James Foley by militants from the Islamic State extremist group, with Attorney General Eric Holder vowing Thursday that those responsible for the videotaped slaying will be held responsible.

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