Video Appears To Show ISIS Execution Of U.S. Journalist
War correspondent James Foley disappeared in Syria in November 2012. Media outlets are working to verify a video that appears to show his execution.By Zach Toombs | August 19, 2014
A video released Tuesday appears to show the execution of American war correspondent James Foley by militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The 41-year-old Foley was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in November 2012 in Syria while on assignment for GlobalPost. He'd previously worked for AFP. (Via FreeJamesFoley.org)
The people behind the video posted Tuesday said they had executed Foley in response to American airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. They also threatened the life of another American in captivity if U.S. involvement continued. We're choosing not to air the propaganda film, and it's been pulled from major online video sites.
Tuesday evening, the United Nations Security Council and Western media outlets were still working to verify the video's authenticity. Foley had been captured once before, by pro-Gaddafi soldiers in Libya in 2011. After his release, he spoke to the Medill School of Journalism about the experience.