Diane Foley

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US to Back Off Threat to Hostage Families Who Pay Ransom

Won't face jail time; James Foley's mom says gov't 'trying to make it right'

(Newser) - In the wake of James Foley's murder in the Syrian desert, his grief-stricken mother very publicly berated the American government for not doing all it could to free him—and for threatening the Foleys "very clearly three times that it was illegal for us to try to ransom... More »

James Foley's Mom Rips US Over Son's Death

Says government threatened to prosecute if family paid a ransom

(Newser) - James Foley's mother has some blistering words for the US government in how it handled her son's abduction . In an interview with Anderson Cooper that airs tonight on CNN , Diane Foley says she is "embarrassed and appalled" at how American officials acted. Officials threatened family members with... More »

Sotloff Family Rep Challenges ISIS Leader to Debate

Says slain journalist wasn't a 'war junkie' or a hero, just a 'mere man'

(Newser) - The family of Steven Sotloff has broken its silence in the wake of the journalist's execution with a message equal parts tribute and defiance. Sotloff was neither a "war junkie" nor a "hero," says family spokesman Barak Barfi. "He was a mere man who tried... More »

Foley's Dad: 'Did Not Realize How Brutal They Were'

Parents still had hope even after last email

(Newser) - The last email that the captors of James Foley sent to his parents condemned the US airstrikes in Iraq and said Foley would be executed in retaliation. But his parents were actually happy to get the message on Aug. 12 because they had heard nothing at all in eight months... More »

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