The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claims to have beheaded an American photojournalist and has threatened the life of another American journalist if President Obama doesn’t stop airstrikes in Iraq.
A graphic video obtained by News channels purportedly shows James Wright Foley, a freelance reporter for the U.S.-based news service GlobalPost who was kidnapped while reporting from Syria two years ago, reciting threats against America before he is executed by an ISIS militant. The militant heard in the video speaks in English.
The terrorist video shows footage of Obama speaking from the White House on the day he told Americans he had authorized airstrikes in Iraq.
Foley was kidnapped at gunpoint near the town of Taftanaz in northern Syria on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. He had not been heard from during his time in captivity. “We’ve heard nothing. Nothing. We last knew that he was abducted on Thanksgiving Day in the Idlib province, but we don’t know who took him or why,” Foley’s father, John,
In the video, ISIS claims they are holding a second journalist, Steven Joel Soltoff. After the apparent beheading, an ISIS fighter stand next to the man identified as Soltoff and declares: “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.” Sotloff, a freelance who worked for several news organizations, disappeared in Syria in August 2013.
In a statement, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the “intelligence community is working as quickly as possible” to determine the authenticity of the terrorist video. “If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends,”.