ISIS Wants $1M for Body of James Foley

Islamic State now trying to ransom his remains
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2014 8:25 AM CST
ISIS Wants $1M for Body of James Foley
A 2011 file photo of James Foley.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The Islamic State couldn't get a ransom for James Foley while he was alive, but now the group wants to collect one for his remains, reports BuzzFeed. The website quotes three sources as saying that ISIS will turn over the American journalist's body for $1 million and provide DNA evidence that the remains are Foley's. BuzzFeed talks to three potential middlemen for the deal, including an official with the Free Syrian Army. US officials say they are trying to confirm the report, and Foley's family chose not to comment. "Disgusting," says a US diplomat. Hostage-taking is a major source of revenue for terror groups. (More ISIS stories.)

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