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American Photojournalist James Foley Allegedly Executed in Video Released by ISIS

Photo by and ©Manu Brabo

Photo by and ©Manu Brabo

American freelance photojournalist James Foley was allegedly executed yesterday, an atrocity that was revealed in a horrifying video released by the militant group ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria).

Foley, 40, was kidnapped on Thanksgiving Day 2012 while working in northern Syria, and hadn’t been heard from until yesterday when the video — which we have chosen not to embed per his family’s wishes — was released.

Initially uploaded to YouTube with the title “A Message to America,” the video shows a man in an orange jumpsuit, allegedly Foley, kneeling beside an ISIS militant with a British accent. Foley is forced to recite an anti-American statement, after which the militant beheads him.

The video then shows another journalist, identified as kidnapped CNN reporter Steven Sotloff, whose life, says the militant, depends on President Obama’s next move.

Mr. Foley’s cousin, Kelly Foley, asked that people not watch or share the video, and to please respect her family’s privacy during this trying time. While his mother, Diane Foley, issued the statement above on the Free James Foley Facebook page.

The veracity of the video has not been confirmed yet, but National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden released a statement saying that “the intelligence community is working quickly to determine its authenticity.”

“If genuine,” she continued, “we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist.”

(via NY Times)


Image credits: Photograph by Manu Brabo, courtesy of Free James Foley


Correction: Kelly Foley was initially identified as Mr. Foley’s wife, when she is in fact his cousin. The article has been corrected.


 
  • pjmm

    What you call “Allies sacrifices” are in fact death people that doesn’t have any relation with the politicians in the “allied governments”, these are just fooled people sent to risk their lives and to kill others because the people in the government sitting in their comfortable rooms are too cowards to go themselves to fight and kill what you call evil and in fact these evil people are like you and me with brothers, fathers, wives, sons and friends. Respect, just respect.

  • Chang 场河

    I’m interested in much more wholesale destruction of evil than the word “assassin” implies.

  • Chang 场河

    Not really. How many people do you know who are in an “allied military”? They are none of them fools.

    As far as “evil” goes, I don’t know what other word would apply to mass executions based on religion, beheading of innocents on TV, rape and kidnapping on an industrial scale, and terrorism as a stated policy. Maybe those folks have wives and families, but they are far more deluded than you think our allied militaries are, or they are kidnapped rape victims who were forced to ‘marry’ their rapists.

  • pjmm

    Hope I don’t have to be face to face with you never in my life. People like you better to be avoided. You are far beyond any hope. I pity you.

  • pjmm

    None the less you still are an assassin.

  • Chang 场河

    Actually, people like me keep the world safe for cowards like you to have uninformed and irredeemably silly opinions. Until you outnumber us, and then we have the dark ages for a few centuries until humanity comes to its senses.

  • pjmm

    You arrogant bastard….

  • Chang 场河

    I prefer “realistic, hesperophile bastard”. But the fact that you only have name calling as a defence is telling.