Terrorist who murdered James Foley is British National “John”

Foley executioner known as John by previous held hostages

James Foley Execution | CREDIT: YouTube
James Foley Execution | CREDIT: YouTube

Global investigations are underway to identify the man who executed journalist James Foley. Foley is the journalist who was beheaded in a YouTube video. The suspect spoke with a distinctive British accent, causing people to believe he may be one of the many British citizens who have joined up with extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

In a Guardian Newspaper exclusive a former hostage of ISIS describe the ISIS fighter in the video as “smart, well-schooled and a true believer in radical Islam.” The hostage called his captors The Beatles because of their accent and up-bringing. Ironically the man in the video calls himself John. He claims to be the main negotiator during talks earlier this year to release 11 ISIS hostages. FBI, MI5 and Scotland Yard are racing to put a name to the face of Foley’s killer. The Guardian believes that Scotland Yard’s involvement hints that Foley’s executioner may have some type of criminal past.

Both Britain and the US have a massive pile of clues to sort through in hopes of identifying him, including images, voice recognition, social media postings and testimony from former hostages. According to the National Post, the man sounds like he is in his 20s and was raised or educated in Britain but had a more formal Standard English pronunciation.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday that he has launched a criminal investigation into the death of Foley. During a speech Holder gave in Washington he spoke directly to the ISIS fighters responsible for Foley’s death saying “Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something — this Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation, we have long memories and our reach is very wide,” Holder said. “We will not forget what happened, and people will be held accountable, one way or the other.”  Holder continues to support the use of the criminal justice system as a tool to try terrorists, highlighting past convictions in both Bush and Obama administrations.

Holder would not say what kind of action he would take in this investigation to capture the suspects. History has shown us that American investigators have trouble investigating on foreign soil such as Libya.

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