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Report: U.S. Opens Criminal Investigation Into Beheading of American Journalist James Foley

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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 3, 2014, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2015 for the Justice Department. Holder said the government needs to deal differently with the heroin epidemic than it did with the crack cocaine crisis decades ago. Holder told the subcommittee that a "balanced approach" involving treatment, education and enforcement is needed to confront the country's heroin crisis and avoid mistakes made during the widespread use of crack. Police at that time focused on large-scale arrests and imprisonment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the brutal execution of American photo journalist James Foley, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday morning, according to Fox News.

Holder made the announcement in Washington Thursday, according to Fox News, as the administration considers a plan to send a small number of additional American troops into Iraq and continues a campaign of airstrikes against the terrorist group Islamic State, which was responsible for Foley's death

"Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something -- this Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation, we have long memories and our reach is very wide," Holder said, according to Fox. "We will not forget what happened, and people will be held accountable, one way or the other."

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