A gruesome video was released today by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) that claimed to be the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who went missing in Syria on Nov. 22, 2012.
The video was originally uploaded to Archive.org, but the page now reads, "The item is not available due to issues with the item's content."
That link and pictures (above) of the moments before the beheading and the actual act were posted by Twitter user Mujahid4life whose account has since been suspended.
Politico.com reporter Blake Hounshell tweeted:
Yikes: ISIS claims to have executed American freelance journalist James Foley; threatening to kill Steven Sotloff next.
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Hounshell later tweeted:
I watched the James Foley video. Mistake.
According to Salon.com the video stated in Arabic, “Obama authorizes military operations against the Islamic State effectively placing America upon a slippery slope towards a new war front against Muslims.”
The video reportedly showed President Obama announcing the recent bombing of ISIS, and then cut to Foley reading from a script that called on Americans to rise up against the U.S. government.
After Foley is beheaded, the ISIS video showed Steven Sotloff, another missing journalist, and warned that his life rests on President Obama’s “next decision," notes Gawker.com.
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According to The Global Post, in 2012, "Foley had set off toward the border in a car about an hour before his capture. A witness, a Syrian, later recounted over the phone to a journalist in Turkey that an unmarked car intercepted Foley. The witness said men holding kalashnikovs shot into the air and forced Jim out of the car."
Foley's family set up a website and a Facebook page.