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A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn’t end military operations in Iraq.

James Foley

James Foley

In the video posted Tuesday on YouTube, Foley is seen kneeling next to a man dressed in black. Foley reads a message, presumably scripted by his captors, that his “real killer” is America.

“I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again,” he can be heard saying in the video.

He is then shown being beheaded.

“We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by (ISIS),” NSC spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. “The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available.”

ISIS has carried out executions, including beheadings, as part of its effort to establish an Islamic caliphate that stretches from Syria into Iraq. In many cases, ISIS — which refers to itself as the Islamic State — has videotaped the executions and posted them online.

Foley disappeared on November 22, 2012, in northwest Syria, near the border with Turkey. He was reportedly forced into a vehicle by gunmen; he was not heard from again. At the time of his disappearance, he was working for the GlobalPost.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Facebook group set up to support Foley and his family, “Free James Foley,” wrote, “We know that many of you are looking for confirmation or answers. Please be patient until we all have more information, and keep the Foleys in your thoughts and prayers.”

The video also shows another American journalist. His life is said by the militant in the video, who speaks English in what sounds to be a British accent, to hang in the balance, depending on what Obama does next.

The journalist is believed to be Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped at the Syria-Turkey border in 2013. Sotloff is a contributor to Time and Foreign Policy magazines.

As a freelancer, Foley picked up work for a number of major media outlets, including Agence France-Presse and GlobalPost.

“On behalf of John and Diane Foley, and also GlobalPost, we deeply appreciate all of the messages of sympathy and support that have poured in since the news of Jim’s possible execution first broke,” Philip Balboni, GlobalPost CEO and co-founder, said in a published statement, referring to James Foley’s parents.

“We have been informed that the FBI is in the process of evaluating the video posted by the Islamic State to determine if it is authentic. Until we have that determination, we will not be in a position to make any further statement. We ask for your prayers for Jim and his family.”

Foley had previously been taken captive in Libya. He was detained there in April 2011 along with three other reporters and released six weeks later.

Afterward, he said that what saddened him most was knowing that he was causing his family to worry.

Foley grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2008. Like other young journalists who came of age after the September 11 terror attacks and American wars overseas, Foley was drawn to Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas of conflict.

Friends described Foley as fair, curious and impressively even-tempered.

“Everybody, everywhere, takes a liking to Jim as soon as they meet him,” journalist Clare Morgana Gillis wrote in a blog post about him in May 2013, six months after he disappeared in Syria.

“Men like him for his good humor and tendency to address everyone as ‘bro’ or ‘homie’ or ‘dude’ after the first handshake. Women like him for his broad smile, broad shoulders, and because, well, women just like him.”

The video of Foley was released as ISIS is being targeted by American airstrikes ordered by Obama.

“I think they may have been surprised and are doing the best they can to retaliate,” former CIA director R. James Woolsey, Jr. told CNN.

Foley’s killing recalled the murder of Daniel Pearl, The Wall Street Journal correspondent who was kidnapped while reporting in Pakistan in January 2002. His murder was captured on video and posted on line by al Qaeda.

It also harkened to the videotaped beheadings of Americans Nicholas Berg, Eugene Armstrong and Jack Hensley carried out by al Qaeda during the height of the Iraq War.


  • Kenny Powers

    Wish ISIS would go to Missouri, and take out a few of those scum bag reporters. Especially the ones that gave out the cop’s address. A nice start though.

    • Robbie

      I saw the peaceful protesters throwing rocks at one of the liberal media reporters in Ferguson on the news tonight. Serves them right! They are reporting only one side as usual.

    • Eric

      Hey, if a civillian shot another person or a cop, you’d better believe that the assailant would be publicly named right away. Being a cop makes it okay to shoot an unarmed civillian 6 times?

    • Becky

      It is “reported”, by some media outlets; that ISIS IS currently recruiting on social media amongst the “innocent” lawless rioters, mobs, and gangs of Ferguson “seeking “Justice”. Obama covert ops Media doesn’t cover or Outrage about that or that Obama is covertly forming Paramilitary Local Police. “Blurred Lines” makes it hard to tell the difference, anymore. Operatives. Spreading chaos, turmoil, and conflicts Domestically and World Wide. And, the US has its own Nobel
      Peace Prize Winner. Never fear. The Holder of Contempt is on his way. That will DO IT!

  • Glen Allen

    I cannot imagine any human being able to behead another human being. Why do we even bother over there, we cannot fix that. These things appear to be nothing more than savage animals. I say leave them to their own self destruction, wait for them to all kill each other, and forget they ever existed. If we need the oil that bad, then shame on us.

      • Becky

        Isn’t it a known and verifiable Fact that the Islamic/Muslim Religion of Peace has Vowed, Sworn, the
        exact same thing for any and all Infidels, anywhere? Who’s First? US Finances it all?
        US weapons Freely Given Syria “rebels” are now in the hands of ISIS, Hamas, and Al Qaeda.
        US left behind all of Gaddafi’s infamous Amory and Chemical Weapons Arsenal. Could they be
        the Chemicals used in Syria to start a Conflict with Russia?
        Know Obama loves and obeys UN Sanctions, while the US Pays UN Dues, theb UN and UN Forces disappear and let US Tax Payers PAY for all the fighting, wars. conflicts, weapons World Wide.
        Can’t tell the Operatives anymore; Domestically or World-Wide, and the Confusion IS purposed.

  • Stephen A. Larson

    They should show the video on every news program, without further comment, so people can see what really happens to innocent people.

  • Keith Kearns

    All police should be drug and alcohol tested at the end of their shift;where is the cops toxicology;is Sharpton and Jackson calling for that ?
    For all we know the cop was a user and the kid threatened to expose him so the cop shot him six times to keep him quiet.
    Where’s the beef ? Where’s the test !!

  • steve

    Enough of this pc war conduct. We need to go over there, kill them all,and wrap them in pigskins, and leave them lay. No one will touch them, and no Muslim will want the same fate. War over.

    • Unknown

      Or we could simply withdraw our forces from abroad that serve us no benefit in regards to defense (we’re not under attack, seriously!) and stop meddling in foreign nation’s affairs. How many dictators have we put in, only to deliver “aid” to so they can buy old US military hardware (from us, on a loan), only for us to wait 10-20 years, and revolution time again. We spend more money (bombs/bullets/men/women) to topple a dictatorship, only to prop another, and the cycle repeats. The only victors are the ones who net interest from the loans, those who manufacturer arms, and those who are in the pockets of industry (basically, every elected official, as well as appointed ones).

    • Unknown

      What’s he going to do? Come back from the grave and bite everyone? That man was as powerful as you or I.

  • Becky

    It’s time for Obama to clearly, transparently, Stand Up, Own Up, Fess Up, Grow Up, and Man Up,
    to publically Declare who he is, what he is, and whose side he is on. He’s never been able to do
    That, His Operations, tactics, objectives, mission, purposes, goals, objectives,Governance and
    funding don’t, historically, speak well for him.

  • KG

    I am with you Becky, the only way they know how to play is to take out those that threaten their agenda, Rick Perry is their lastest victim.

  • leigh917

    What people continually fail to understand is that the religion of Islam is not radical. There is a small sect of people who have radicalized the teachings of Islam, much in the same respect that the Westboro Baptist Church has radicalized the teachings of Christianity. Thus, yes, Islam is a religion of peace, but there are radicals who spoil the name of the religion. Would you want everyone outside of the U.S. to think that Westboro Baptist Church represents the entire faith of Christianity? No, I don’t think so. Thus, stop making generalizations about persons who follow a different faith than you. Most Muslims are trying to live out their days peacefully and would rather not be part of a war-torn region. Get your facts straight. Take a class on terrorism and learn about the different terrorist groups, how they came about, and how badly they are smearing the name of religion to further their cause.

    • Becky

      Nope. Not Buying that Propagandized Piece of Pravda, anyone.
      There is just too, too much documented long, long history, evidence, of, popping up
      every day, world-wide, and no one can tell one from the other. It’s become as intense
      as Whack a Mole. Words are impotent to quash the world-wide chaos, turmoil, and conflicts
      and now Domestically Demonstrated on our streets Nationwide.
      Having just as much problem with Obama Double Talk versus his actions.

  • Becky

    And Obama was worried/concerned/and miffed that his Domestic Media forces were restrained from his/their Mission Objectives in Ferguson.

  • angel2

    Here’s the kicker…ISIS has ops on U.S. soil. This is almost a “catch-22” situation, as it stands right now. I feel we should put every amount of effort and $$ possible into thwarting another “9-11” scenario.

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