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Jihadists 'Behead' US Journalist in 'Message to America'

Jihadist group the Islamic State has claimed to have executed American journalist James Foley in revenge for US air strikes against its fighters in Iraq.

"Find James Foley," the campaign run by his family to secure the 40-year-old freelancer's release, posted a public message online following the release of the video asking for time "to seek answers."

Foley was an experienced correspondent who had covered the war in Libya before heading to Syria to follow the revolt against Bashar al-Assad's regime for the Global Post, AFP and other outlets.

According to witnesses, Foley was seized in the northern Syrian province of Idlib on November 22, 2012. His family has not heard from him since, despite a public campaign for information.

In the five-minute video, distributed online by known Islamic State sources, the group declares that Foley was killed after US President Barack Obama ordered air strikes against IS positions in northern Iraq.

The purported execution is carried out in an open desert area with no immediate signs as to whether it is in Iraq or Syria, by a black-clad masked militant who speaks in English with a British accent.

The Islamist group released a video showing a masked militant purportedly beheading the reporter, who has been missing since he was seized by armed men in Syria in November 2012.

The reported video opened with Obama announcing airstrikes against the Islamic State and cuts to a title "A Message to America."

Foley is shown kneeling next to the jihadist.

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33/D-81
Aug 23, 2014
12:37 PM
RSM, Delhi
32/D-77
Aug 23, 2014
12:22 PM

ISIS beheads a journalist in the most gruesome manner and our Teesta Setalvad tweets a picture of ISIS beheading comparing with goddess Kali and equates ISIS with Hindu gods and consequent Hindu fundamentalism. Although she deletes the tweet after giving the most idiotic excuse, one can see how this bigot thinks and why she is has been the favourite of the seculars, congressis and jihadis over the last 12 years.

RSM, Delhi
31/D-119
Aug 22, 2014
05:57 PM

January 2014: US said ISIS is not a threat and are a bunch of local thugs

August 2014: US says ISIS is now the greatest threat to US.

So the assessment changed. What has not changed is Obama's holidaying habits. I used to think that the President of India has the most relaxing "job" in the world. He enjoys a lot of perks for doing nothing.

Obama has a much more relaxing job than Pranab Mukherjee.

Akash Verma, Chennai
30/D-118
Aug 22, 2014
05:43 PM

Obama got the message from ISIS. He is working very hard on his swing.

Akash Verma, Chennai
29/D-62
Aug 22, 2014
01:10 PM


D.L.Narayan,

>> "Only a moron will call it "gloating" when concerns are expressed about the genocides taking place in the name of religion."

Your attack was on religion and not just on terrorists. You have consistently attacked Islam and consistenly glorified Hinduism. Your attacks have become much more strident since your arguments have been shown to be hollow again and again. You are a sore loser!

Anwaar, Dallas
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