The organization of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant announced on Tuesday evening the beheading of the American journalist James Foley, who was abducted in Syria, and killed in retaliation for the American air strikes against its fighters in Iraq.
An Islamist website broadcast the graphic video below showing a masked person slaughtering the American journalist who was abducted by gunmen in Syria in November 2012.
Foley was a freely reporter who participated in the coverage of the war in Libya before heading to Syria to cover the conflict in favor of the “Global Post” and other media. He also provided press reports to the France Press Agency during his presence there.
The witnesses confirmed the kidnapping of Foley in Syria on 22 November 2012. There was no news about him since then, despite a campaign to get information.
The ISIS video titled “A Message To America” begins with footage earlier this month of Obama announcing his decision to authorize military airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS targets.
“I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against the real criminals, the U.S. government, for what will happen to me is only the result of their complacency and criminality,” the man, who the masked man later identifies as Foley, said.
“My message to my beloved parents: save me some dignity and don’t accept any meager compensation for my death from the same people who effectively hit the last nail in my coffin with their recent areal campaign in Iraq,” the man, who is dressed in orange clothes, said.
“I call on my brother John, who is a member of the U.S. air force, think about what you are doing, think about the lives that you destroy including those of your own family. I call on you John: Think about who made the decision to bomb Iraq, to kill those people, whoever they may have been. Think John: who did they really kill? Did they think about me, you or our family when they made that decision?” he said.
“I died that day John: when your colleagues dropped that bomb on those people, they signed my death certificate. I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope of freedom to see my family again but that ship sailed.
“I guess all in all: I wish I was not an American,” he concludes, before the masked man, pointing a dagger at the reporter’s head, identifies his captive as Foley.
“This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen of your country. As a government you have been at the forefront of the aggression toward the Islamic State [ISIS]. You have plotted against us and gone far out of your way to find reasons to interfere in our affairs,” the masked man said in a British or North African English accent.
“Today, your military air force is attacking us daily in Iraq, your strikes have caused casualties amongst the Muslims,” the man, speaking in what sounded like a British accent, said.
“You [the United States] are no longer fighting an insurgency, we are an Islamic army and a state that has been accepted by a large number of Muslims worldwide.
“So effectively, any aggression toward the Islamic State, is an aggression toward Muslims from all walks of life, who have accepted the Islamic caliphate as their leadership,” he said.
At this point the executioner beheads Foley, who is kneeling bravely with hands tied behind his back. His body is displayed with the head atop the body.
Then in another chilling warning, the executioner holds another man, on his kness with his hands tied behind his back, by the scruff of the neck. A caption claims it is Steven Joel Soltoff.
A Twitter account set up by his family to help find him said early on Wednesday: “We know that many of you are looking for confirmation or answers. Please be patient until we all have more information, and keep the Foleys in your thoughts and prayers.”