This is the CBS news special report a statement by President Obama. I'm Dan relieve the president who's back and his family vacation on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts is about to speak. We turn live to CBS news White House correspondent Peter -- you're on the scene a school and Edgar town of Peter the main topic we expect. Well the president is going to give his first public reaction Dan to the execution of an American journalist James fully by Islamic state terrorists in a brutal protest of US military action in Iraq now -- was forty years old. A native of New Hampshire he'd been missing for nearly two years in Syria. We look for the president to issue a statement of condolences to the Foley family we confirm that he spoke with them just this morning. Mr. Obama I think can also be expected to voice resolve to continue the US operation in Iraq here's the president of the United States. There. Today the entire world is appalled. By the brutal murder Jim Foley by a terrorist group by us. -- was journalist. Son. A brother. And a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places bearing witness took the lives of people. A world away. -- taken hostage nearly two years ago with Syria and it was. Courageously reporting of the time on the conflict there. -- was taken from us an act of violence that shocked the conscience of the entire world. It was forty years old. -- -- five siblings. The son of a mom and dad worked tirelessly for his release. Earlier today I spoke to the Foley and told them that we are all heartbroken after a loss and join them. And honoring gym and all that he did. -- Jim Foley's life stands in stark contrast. To his killers. Let's be clear about -- They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent on armed civilians and cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children. And subject them to torture. And rape. And slavery. -- murdered Muslims. Both Sunni and Shia by the thousands. They target Christians. -- religious minorities. Driving them from their homes. Murdering them when they can't. For no other reason. And they. Practice a different religion. They declare their ambition to commit genocide. Against -- mention people. So I soul speaks for no religion. The victims are overwhelmingly Muslim. And no faith teaches people to massacre in -- No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single thing. I -- has no ideology. Many valued -- human beings. Ideology is bankrupt. They may claim. Out of expediency that they are at war with the United States. Where the west but the fact is that terrorism rise there neighbors. And offer them nothing but an analyst slavery to their division. And the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior. And people like Chris. Ultimately fail. They failed because the future is one by those who build them not destroy. The world that shaped by people like Jim forward. The overwhelming majority of humanity were appalled by those who killed. United States America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless. When people harm Americans anywhere. We do what's necessary to see that justice is done it. And we act. Against -- standing alongside others. The people of Iraq -- our support our take in the fight Tyson. Must continue coming together to expel these terrorists from their communities. The people of Syria. The story. Jim Foley told. Do not deserve to live under the shadow of a tyrant or terrorists. Never supported their pursuit. In the future rooted in dignity. From governments and peoples across the Middle East. There has to be a common effort to extract this cancer so that it does not spread. That's to be a clear rejection. Of these kind of moralistic. Ideologies. One thing we can all agree on is that a group like arsenal has no place. In the -- for central. Friends and allies around the world. We share a common security and a common set of values. That are rooted in the opposite of what we saw yesterday. And we will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace it with a sense of hope. And stability. That's what Jim -- stood for. A man who lived his work. Who courageously told the story is this fellow human beings. Who was liked and loved by friends and family. Today the American people all say a prayer for those who loved Jim. All of us feel -- -- his absence. All of us mourn his loss. We keep our prayers those other Americans were separated from their families. We will do everything that we can to protect our people. And the timeless values that we stand for. May god bless and keep gyms memory and may god bless the United States of America. The president is chosen not to take any questions mr. Obama speaking from Edgar town Massachusetts. Which is on the island -- Martha's Vineyard. Live coverage from CBS news. Let's get a quick wrap up from CBS news White House correspondent Peter -- the president that -- wanted to respond. To the murder on the video released by Islamic extremists the murder of journalist James Foley. How would you summarize the president's message. Strong words -- the president said there has to be a common effort to quote extract this cancers so it doesn't spread unquote. The president said the US will continue to work to see that justice is done. He did not say so directly in terms of the ongoing a US military effort in Iraq. But CBS news the State Department correspondent. Margaret Brennan has reported that though there have been at least a dozen at least a dozen. US air strikes over the past 24 hours in Iraq including some actions after the release of the video of the execution of the reporter James fully. Mr. Obama. Was obviously very grim very serious here. As CEO spoke to reporters in a school here and Edgar town Massachusetts and he said. We will continue to confront this hateful terrorism -- CBS news White House correspondent Peter -- But the president indeed indicated that the fight against -- -- he calls that group that is often gold prices. That fight will continue to replace it with civility. He said that's with a journalist Jim fully stood for. And mr. Obama spoke with James Foley's parents and we're hearing from them. Outside their home in Rochester, New Hampshire so it's sad day for the Foley family. The president says the American fight against Islamic extremism in the Middle East is continuing. This has been a CBS news special report a statement by President Obama I'm Dan repeat CBS news.