Islamic State claims beheading of US journalist

Baghdad - Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media sites. It was not immediately possible to verify its authenticity.

Foley, who has reported in the Middle East for five years, was kidnapped on 22 November 2012, by unidentified gunmen.

A Twitter account set up by his family to help find him said early on Wednesday: "We know that many of you are looking for confirmation or answers. Please be patient until we all have more information, and keep the Foleys in your thoughts and prayers."

Islamic State's sweep through northern Iraq, bringing it close to Baghdad and in control of the second city, Mosul, drew US air strikes on the country for the first time since the end of the American occupation in 2011.

The Sunni militant group has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria in areas it controls.

- Reuters
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Steve Felder 2014-08-20 05:52:37 AM
Ndlovu Bigone 2014-08-20 06:24:00 AM
What time is the march and protest condemning this type of behavior.
Shireen Abbas Davids 2014-08-20 06:24:23 AM
What deranged animalS murdering an journalist , Ya Allah pray for this dunyah
Toofaan Monsoon 2014-08-20 06:25:23 AM
WTF. What is the USAs problem. IS have taken over a huge part of Iraq. Killed, tortured, and completely destroyed hundreds of families. But the USA still won't just blow them to hell. Why ?? There is no other solution. After chasing out the local iinhabitants all that is left are iSIS supporters. Why are they not blowing the whole lot up?
Louise-Roger Higham 2014-08-20 06:30:55 AM
Nkululeko Page Ngwenya 2014-08-20 06:36:51 AM
That is horrible! Can nothing be resolved in peace?! ... I fear for civilians in the area, retaliation will be brutal. whatever issues you have with a country do not murder/kidnap the journalists! Those are the good guys, came for your side of the story
Bradly Minnaar 2014-08-20 06:45:05 AM
IS must be crushed, perhaps this will be the last straw, their so called message to America will become their demise.
Bradly Minnaar 2014-08-20 06:46:35 AM
Always wearing masks.....only crooks try hide their shame.
Mohammed Salajee 2014-08-20 06:59:25 AM
Wars hatred steal the wealth of others it's the norm of the century !
Mohammed Salajee 2014-08-20 07:01:47 AM
Is the blood of a white person superior than any other????