Obama says world appalled by beheading of US journalist James Foley (video)

      President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the world is appalled by brutal murder of journalist James Foley. (ABC News)
      EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley.

      Obama says the entire world is "appalled" by Foley's killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences.[App users:{} Click here to watch Obama's news conference on the death of James Foley] Obama says the Islamic State abducts women and children, and tortures, rapes, enslaves and kills people. He said the Islamic State targets Christians and other minorities and aims to commit genocide.

      Obama spoke Wednesday from Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he's vacationing with his family, a day after the militants released a video showing the American journalist being beheaded.

      In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP Photo/GlobalPost, File)