ISIS beheads NH journalist
“His murder was a cowardly act of terrorism and underscores the threat that ISIL poses to the freedoms we hold dear,” U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said in a statement. “My thoughts are with the Foley family and everyone who knew and loved James, both in New Hampshire and around the world.”
Foley had been working as a freelance journalist in the Middle East — including in Afghanistan — for five years when he was kidnapped in November 2012 while working as a videographer for Agence France-Presse near the city of Idlib, Syria. At the time, he was 39.
The video was posted after the United States resumed air strikes in Iraq for the first time since the end of the U.S. occupation in 2011.
A person identified as James Foley and wearing an orange outfit is seen kneeling in the desert as a man in black dress with a black mask stands beside him, holding a knife.
“Think about who made the decision to bomb Iraq recently and kill those people, whoever they may have been,” he continued. “I died that day, John, when your colleagues dropped the bomb on those people. They signed my death certificate.”
“The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” the masked man says.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.
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