James Foley beheading
James Foley beheading Screenshot from Youtube video

War journalist, James Foley, was kidnapped in November, 2012 while traveling for work in the North of Syria and no one had heard of him since. Tragically, this was the case until last night, when terrorist group ISIS posted a YouTube video of his beheading. The group also threatens to take the life of another U.S. journalist if President Barack Obama doesn’t end all military operations in Iraq. Foley appears on his knees next to his executor and seems to be forced to state a message scripted by his capturers: “My real killer is America.”

U.S. intelligence analysts immediately started an investigation to verify the authenticity of the video, and early Wednesday morning, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden, confirmed it. President Obama was briefed on Air Force One yesterday and is said to release a statement this Wednesday. Foley’s family had started a Facebook page back in 2012 after his kidnapping, in an effort to receive any information about their loved one. This is the same page where his mother said he "gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people." And the family confirmed the beloved journalist’s death with a statement that read: “We have never been prouder of him.”

The two subjects on the video remain unidentified as Anti-Terrorist British Police continues an investigation, since one of the two subjects has a British accent. The British government estimates suggest there may be as many as 500-880 British nationals involved in jihad activities for IS. "But we don't really know what that means. We don't know if that is nationals that have gone out there, stayed.”

The threat which concludes the video states that, journalist Steven Joel Sotloff’s life depends on President Obama’s next decision. For now, the President stated that, “the entire world is appalled and the nation heartbroken by the news of Foley’s murder.” He vowed, “We will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace it with a sense of hope.”

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