Islamic State Says It Executed US Journalist
American James Foley is reportedly beheaded
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2014 5:11 PM CDT
Updated Aug 19, 2014 6:32 PM CDT
A file photo of American journalist James Foley.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

(Newser) – The terror group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS, claims to have beheaded American photojournalist James Foley in retaliation for US airstrikes in Iraq, reports the Washington Post and NBC News. A graphic video purports to show Foley, 40, being executed after reciting a statement in which he refers to the US government as "my real killers." Another man, believed to be a US journalist named Steven Joel Sotloff, is then brought on screen. "The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," says the executioner. Foley, a New Hampshire resident who was working for the website GlobalPost, was kidnapped in Syria in 2012. Sotloff, a freelancer, disappeared in Syria last year.

The National Security Council was trying to authenticate the video. "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,” said a spokesperson. A post on a Facebook page called Free James Foley says it, too, is waiting for official word. "Please be patient until we all have more information, and keep the Foleys in your thoughts and prayers." YouTube has taken down the video, reports the Guardian.

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Aug 20, 2014 10:52 AM CDT
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Aug 20, 2014 10:51 AM CDT
Interesting that Foley was not a Jew...hmmm ? Why Is the U.S. Backing So Many Terrorist Organizations? - YouTube
Aug 20, 2014 9:21 AM CDT
I am sorry for saying this, and of course it will be taken way out the wrong way, but: ISIS is really brave when they are bullying and murdering civilians, but when faced with a REAL armed force they cower behind those same civilians, using them as human shields then murder a harmless journalist while threatening another. Since those civilians are going to die anyway, just carpet bomb the whole lot of them and give what's left back to those who had the good sense to get out when the gettin' was good. At some point, you just have to cut the Cancer out of the body. Unfortunately, you always have to take some of the unaffected tissue with it. If it comes back, you operate again. Quit dicking around with these murderous extremist's ! ! !