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IS claims beheading of journalist, warns U.S. against Iraq strikes
Wed 20 Aug 2014 at 12:23
NNA – Jihadists released a video apparently showing the beheading of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria, in the most direct retaliation yet to nearly two weeks of U.S. air strikes on Iraq.
As calls mounted for Washington to expand its military intervention against the Islamic State, the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group threatened to kill another U.S. reporter if bombings did not stop.
The video posted on the Internet Tuesday showed a masked militant beheading a man resembling James Foley, who has been missing since he was seized in Syria in November 2012.
“We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people,” Foley’s mother Diane said in a Facebook message to supporters.
“We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.”
The White House said U.S. intelligence was studying the video, and that President Barack Obama had been briefed on it as he flew from Washington to resume his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.
“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,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.
Foley was an experienced correspondent who had covered the war in Libya before heading to Syria to follow the revolt against Bashar Assad’s regime, contributing to news site GlobalPost, Agence France-Presse (AFP) and other media outlets.
AFP chairman Emmanuel Hoog described Foley “as a brave, independent and impartial journalist” whose work in Syria and other war zones was “widely admired”.
According to witnesses, Foley was seized in the northern Syrian province of Idlib on November 22, 2012.Regional – IS claims beheading of Journalist, warns U.S. against Iraq strikes