British Intelligence narrowing in on suspect of James Foley murder

British Intelligence close to identifying ISIS fighter “John”

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

British Intelligence agents think they have positively identified “John”; John is the ISIS member that killed American freelance journalist James Foley. According to The Telegraph, both MI5 and MI6 have been using voice recognition technology to identify the ISIS fighter, spoke on the video with a heavy British accent.

British Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Westmacott appeared on Meet The Press; he was asked about how soon we’ll be able to have an identification of the suspect. He responded by saying that “I think we are close. I’ve been in touch, obviously, in the last day or two with my colleagues at home. We’re not yet in a position to say exactly who this is, but there is some very sophisticated voice identification technology and other measures that we have which should allow us to be very clear about who this person is before very long.”

According to Fox News, a 23-year-old rapper named Abdel Majed Abdel Bary is the main suspect in the death of Foley. The Sunday Times and Sunday People identified Bary as a member of a group of at least three British-born ISIS fighters known among former hostages as “The Beatles.” Westmacott did admit that as many as 500 British subjects have gone to Syria and Iraq in support of jihad.

ISIS is still holding American journalist Steven Sotloff hostage and has been threatened with death. On Sunday, another kidnapped American journalist was released. Peter Theo Curtis, 45, who writes under the name Theo Padnos, had been held by the al-Nusra Front, a branch of al-Qaeda in Syria.

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