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ISIS beheads missing U.S. journalist James Foley

ISIS murders U.S. journalist on camera

James Foley

James Foley | CREDIT: YouTube Capture

A recent video released by ISIS extremists shows the terrorists beheading freelance journalist James Wright Foley. Politico was the first to report the horrific news over twitter.

Foley has been since November of last year, when he disappeared in Syria. The White House says that it is working to confirm the authenticity of the video. The video is being analyzed by a group within the intelligence community that specializes in media exploitation. The release comes as the U.S. continues an airstrike campaign against ISIS. Foley, 40, a freelance journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire, vanished in Syria in November 2012 while covering the Syrian civil war for GlobalPost. Four militants in a contested battle zone that both Sunni rebel fighters and government forces were trying to control stopped the car he was riding in. He had not been heard from since.

BuzzFeed confirms that two people who know Foley confirmed that the man in the video looks and sounds like Foley. Foley’s mother posted to the “Free James Foley” Facebook page saying: “We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people,” Diane Foley said in the statement. “We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world. We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim.

According to Politico, White House Deputy Spokesperson Eric Schultz said the President was briefed on the video Tuesday night by Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden released the following statement:

We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by ISIL. The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available.”

The Miami New Times reported that ISIS is also threatening to kill Time journalist Steven Joel Sotloff unless Obama stops attacking the Islamic State. The time has come to bring these scumbag towel wearing extremists to justice. President Obama must now step up the attacks and put an end to the ISIS organization.

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