American journalist James Foley has been beheaded by ISIS militants, a new video shows.
Foley, 40, had been missing for the last two years. The last time his location was known was in 2012, when the photojournalist was in Syria snapping photos of the gruesome civil war that has been gripping the Middle Eastern nation for three years now.
The video, which was uploaded to Youtube by members of Isis before it was removed for its graphic content, shows Foley with his head shaved, wearing orange prison garb.
Foley can be seen in an unknown desert, on his knees, with a merciless executioner wearing all black behind him. The executioner is holding a knife, which he uses to behead Foley after forcing him to read anti-American rhetoric.
“I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the US government. My message to my beloved parents: Save me some dignity and don’t accept any meager compensation for my death from the same people who effectively put the last nail in my coffin,” says Foley in the video.
He continues, “I call on my brother, who is in the Air Force. I call on you, John. Think about who made the decision to bomb Iraq. Who did they really kill? Did they think about me, you and our family when they made that decision? I died that day, John. When your colleagues dropped that bomb, they signed my death certificate. I wish I had more time. I wish I had the hope of seeing my family one more time.”
Finally, he blankly states, “I guess, all in all, I wish I wasn’t American.”
“Any attempt by you, Obama, to deny Muslims liberty and safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people,” says the masked killer before slitting the throat of the American citizen he holds prisoner.
After the execution, the video shows the gruesome image of Foley's detached head laying on his back near his chained hands.
In the stomach-churning final moments of the video, we can see Steven Joel Sotloff, a journalist for Time Magazine, in chains on his knees. Isis is threatening to murder Sotloff as well if the United States does not pull out of Iraq altogether.