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The Islamic State’s official media just released a graphic video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who was taken in northwest Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

The ISIS terrorist in the video says that the beheading is revenge for President Obama’s recent airstrikes on ISIS targets in Iraq.

The video, viewed in full by PJM, begins with a snippet of Obama speaking about the strikes, then shifts to images of the strikes with a title that reads, “American Aggression Against the Islamic State.” The title card then says a “A Message to America.”

Foley, with a shaved head, was kneeling on the ground in an orange top and pants next to a terrorist dressed in black, with his face covered.

“I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my real killer, the U.S. government,” Foley said, clearly reading from a script and squinting in the sun. “For what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality.”

He gives a message to his “beloved parents” to not accept any compensation for his death from those who ordered the airstrikes, the last “nail” in his “coffin.” He then addresses his Air Force brother John: “Think about what you are doing. Think about the lives you destroy, including your own family.”

“…I wish I could have more time. I wish I could have the hope of freedom, and seeing my family again. But that ship has sailed. I guess all in all, I wish I wasn’t American.”

“This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen of your country,” the terrorist says to the camera, in what could be a Londoner accent. “As a government you have been at the forefront of aggression towards the Islamic State. You have plotted against us and gone far out of your way to find reasons to interfere in our affairs.”

As the terrorist talked, his right hand clutched the shirt of Foley, who is grimacing with his eyes closed.

In his left hand, the ISIS member wields a 6-to-8-inch knife.

“Your strikes have cause casualties among Muslims. You’re no longer fighting an insurgency. We are an Islamic army and a state that has been accepted by a large number of Muslims worldwide. So effectively, any aggression toward the Islamic State is an aggression toward Muslims of all walks of life who have accepted the Islamic caliphate as their leadership,” he continues.

“So any attempt by you, Obama, to deny Muslims their right of living in safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people.”

The terrorist then stands behind Foley and begins to saw at the American’s throat. The video cuts away to Foley’s head resting on his back, his wrists still in handcuffs, sandals on the ground nearby and the knife laying in the dirt.

The same terrorist then reappears holding another man with a shaved head wearing orange: Steven Joel Sotloff, an American journalist who has written for TIME and the Christian Science Monitor, kidnapped in Syria in August 2013.

“The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” says the ISIS member.

Foley, a Boston-based freelance reporter and Marquette University grad, escaped one wartime capture. Taken by pro-Gadhafi forces in Libya in April 2011, he was released 45 days later after a global campaign spearheaded by his friends and family. He was taken in Syria while working for Agence France-Presse.

Witnesses saw a gunman take Foley, 40, in the Idlib province, and his driver and translator were later released.

“Jim is the oldest of five children. He has reported independently and objectively from the Middle East for the past five years,” the Foley family stated on their website appeal. “Prior to his work as a journalist, Jim helped empower disadvantaged individuals as a teacher and mentor assisting them in improving their lives.”

The State Department last commented on the case in November.

“We of course remain concerned about journalists’ safety and well- being, both of those journalists’ safety and well-being, or any, of course. We’re working through and continue to work through our Czech protecting power in Syria to get information on the — both of their welfare and whereabouts,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said then when asked about Foley and Austin Tice, another journalist taken in Syria by unknown abductors.

“We do appreciate the efforts of the Czech mission on behalf of our citizens. We’re in regular contact with both the Foley and the Tice families,” Psaki added. “We have long expressed, as all of you know, concern about the safety of journalists in Syria, and have strongly urged all sides to ensure their safety.”

After his release from Libya, Foley told Marquette Magazine that he found strength in the voice of a hostage American contractor reading the Bible in a neighboring cell.

“In a very calm voice, he’d read me Scripture once or twice a day,” Foley said. “Then I’d pray to stay strong. I’d pray to soften the hearts of our captors. I’d pray for God to lift the burdens we couldn’t handle. And I’d pray that our moms would know we were OK.”

UPDATE 10 p.m.: Foley’s mother, Diane, posted a statement on Facebook.

“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.

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.”

The White House said in a statement shortly before 9 p.m., “While on Air Force One, the President was briefed by Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes on a recently released video by ISIL. The President will continue to receive regular updates.” Obama flew back to his vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard, where he’ll remain through Sunday.

James Foley, Aleppo, Syria - 08/12

 

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I just sent this email to my senators and representative. Please join me.

"Having watched news of the escalating atrocities perpetrated by the self proclaimed "state" of ISIS, I've argued that we are not the world's police force, and owe nothing to Iraq or anyone else in the middle east.

But, with the news today of the brutal torture and murder of of US citizen; James Foley and formal threats against this nation, I urge and implore you to draft a formal declaration of war against this "state".

Having a son and two nephews, who, together, have served seven combat tours in the war on terror, I do not make this request lightly, or in jest. This movement of pure evil must be completely crushed, and now, we have the Constitutional authority to do it properly and completely.

We can not avoid a war we are already in. We must name our enemy openly and eradicate them to the last."
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Not fair to judge Foley on the script he was forced to read. The other hostage journalist, Sotloff, was shown in the same setting with the same executioner, so they may have threatened off-camera to kill him if Foley didn't read the script.
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Good thing islam is so peaceful.
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These guys are really, really bad news.
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He was always an enthusiastic mouthpiece for Arab terror gangs.
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The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has just described Foley's execution as "absolutely sickening and pure evil." the awhile House says it can't authenticate the video.
Just wondering, when an enemy has declared war and for some years has been carrying it out, why would the President continue to not realize it?
Even Chamberlain realized Britain was at war when Hitler failed to notify him that he was pulling his troops out of Poland. Will it take another. 9/11 to wake Obama up?
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The first 9/11 didn't wake Obama up. Why would another one?
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Foley supported Islamist al Qaeda in Libya, and he was contributing videos to Agence France-Press while in Syria.

Agence France-Press supply the AP with the propaganda photos and video often used against Israel in defense of Palestine (Pallywood).

Don't get suckered by the AP garbage provided to other journalists in order to re-paint this internationalist as some middle-American-boy-turned-photo-journalist-hero.

Look him up on YouTube. Look at the media outlets who employed him, and listen to his own descriptions of his adventures before you decide my neighbors should die for what this man chose to do with his life.
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His politics be damned. Being an apologist for the sickos didn't mean s**t when they needed a victim to hammer home their point. Liberal, conservative, libertarian, communist? Does not matter. These psychos will saw everybody's heads off and the leftard cheer squad always bleating about the "religion of peace" would do well to note that before its their turn.
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Being a journalist is tough work and it doesn't get any tougher than that. And since our prez doesn't much care for journalists I'd hate to be in Steven Joel Sotloff's shoes. He hasn't got much of a chance. I'd say we have a better chance that Obumbler will resign office and spare us his troubles than Steven Joel Sotloff will live to die of old age. I wish him well but I think his goose is cooked.

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My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Foley's family.

This barbaric cruelty by these lethal lunatics must end. Truman warned Japan that if they did not surrender they faced destruction. We dropped the bomb on Hiroshima and they still would not surrender. Only after Nagasaki did the the Japanese realize that if they did not surrender Japan would be utterly destroyed.

We need to send a one sentence letter to the Mullahs in Iran, the emirate of Qatar that if ISES, Hamas and all the other radical Islamist groups don't immediately stop their aggression and march toward world dominance, we will destroy their countries within a week. This is the only way that these animals can be stopped.






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President Walking Eagle was briefed, then back to his taxpayer-funded vacation. Deja vu Benghazi. The dead are the wrong color for anything resembling leadership, let alone caring, or even common decency.
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Hmm. Well, there you go. When the Obamy/Holder team get done reaming the STL area, they might get around to a statement about the killing of another Amerikkan citizen - urging caution.
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Not fair to judge Foley on the script he was forced to read.


Of course it's fair. My speculation about his motives is at least as valid as yours. Moreover, read his mother's statement. Sounds like he's his momma's son.

This guy put himself in the situation SPECIFICALLY so he could propagandize for the Syrians. He and his mother blame America's policies, not our military actions.

This is a case of blame America first meets reality. What's the result? Fanatical devotion to Marxism right to the predictable end. Follow the reality with Mom's continuing fanatical dedication to that same ideology, immediately followed by now respect my privacy.

Sounds like Louise Lehrner taking the 5th after telling her side. She holds America responsible and doesn't mention the horrific actions of the actual murderers.

No.
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Are you for real? Foley is no Bergdahl. Let's see how you behave when your head is about to be separated from your body.
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Yep. I'm totally real.

Your emotional diarrhea sways me not at all.
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I want our President - any President - to announce a policy that if anyone kills an American anywhere in the world, the country where it happened has 24 hours to investigate and fess up the perp. If they don't, we step in and take care of it.
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If there was a youtube video producer to blame it on you'd see some action from 0bama. The guy would be in cuffs right now.
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