The US military made two attempts "to rescue British hostage Kenneth Bigley and the two Americans he was held captive with."
US troops made two failed attempts to rescue British hostage Kenneth Bigley and the two Americans he was held captive with, it has been reported.
The American soldiers, possibly joined by US intelligence agents, were deployed on two occasions to locations in Baghdad in an attempt to find and free the men.
But each time, there was no sign of the hostages, who were all eventually beheaded, CNN said.
The revelation came after Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, told the Commons that an intermediary had passed messages to the terrorists, urging them not to kill Mr Bigley, a 62-year-old civil engineer.