ISIS is believed to be holding at least two other Americans hostage, one a young woman, as well as a British citizen. The British national appeared in the ISIS video of Sotloff’s death. Gavrilis said the special operations forces are likely eager for a second chance to get the remaining hostages back.
“A lot of times with our forces, when you hit a dry hole or you don’t actually achieve your objective, you have a stronger desire to get it right the next time,” he said. “It’s not factored in that it has to be perfect. There’s always a chance we will lose somebody, but that’s just part of the job and part of our mission… We want to send a message to them [ISIS] that they can’t conduct these types of crimes against Americans with impunity.”