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The terrorist group claims the victim is James Foley who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012
A graphic video posted on YouTube Tuesday by Islamic militants appears to show American journalist James Foley being beheaded. The video, which could not be independently verified, was removed from the Internet shortly after it was posted.
The footage shows Foley, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and kneeling, as a hooded ISIS fighter stands next to him. The fighter says Foley’s execution is in retaliation for American airstrikes ordered by President Barack Obama against ISIS in Iraq.
Foley is seen reading a message, presumably written by the kidnappers, and says his “real killer” is America. “I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again,” he states.
Foley was taken hostage by armed men in northwest Syria while working on a story for the GlobalPost, an online U.S. news company, in 2012 and has been missing since.
“We know that many of you are looking for confirmation or answers,” said a statement on the Facebook page for Free James Foley, the website set up for Foley’s family in the wake of his kidnapping. “Please be patient until we all have more information, and keep the Foleys in your thoughts and prayers.”
The GlobalPost confirmed in a statement that Foley was working as a freelancer for the website in November of 2012 when he was abducted in Syria.