ISIL video shows beheading of American photojournalist

Wed Aug 20, 2014 07:34:30

Radical terrorists with the ISIL Takfiri group has posted a video purporting to show them beheading missing American photojournalist James Foley in what could be an escalation of the terrorist group’s activities targeting the US.

On Tuesday evening, Foley’s family confirmed that he is the man being killed in the video.

Much of the video, which was posted to YouTube briefly Tuesday afternoon, consists of Foley in an orange jumpsuit next to a black-clad jihadist railing in English against the US and President Obama’s foreign policy, including the airstrikes Obama ordered against the ISIL earlier this month.

“Any attempt by you, Obama, to deny the Muslims of living in safety under Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people,” the terrorist says in a thick British accent.

The video then shows the terrorist taking a knife and starting to cut at Foley’s throat as the image fades to black. It then shows a headless body with a severed head resting on the torso. The video was quickly taken down by YouTube, but images of the killing quickly spread across social media.

Speaking before the family’s confirmation, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said if the video is genuine, “we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist, and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

Just before he is killed, an obviously coerced Foley says his death is the fault of the US government and calls on his friends and family to “rise up against my real killers, the US government.”

Foley, a 40-year-old freelance journalist from New Hampshire, had been missing since 2012, when he went to Syria on behalf of GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse to cover the war between extremist insurgents, who formed the core of what would become the ISIL, and the Syrian government.

The terrorist group’s video also said that Steven Joel Sotloff, a journalist who worked for Time, would be executed next unless the US ceases its military operations in the region. He is seen at the very end of the video in a similar orange outfit with a black-clad ISIL fighter standing over him.

“The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” the terrorist says.


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