Former cellmates of murdered American photojournalist James Foley say he and other ISIS beheading victims were tortured by their captors. According to a report published by the New York Times Sunday, the hostages were "routinely beaten and subjected to waterboarding." "It was when there was no blood, that we knew he had suffered something even worse," said one released captive.
Diane Foley, whose son James was beheaded by ISIS earlier this month, told ABC News that an Obama official threatened her and her family over his ransom payments. According to Diane, a high-ranking military officer in President Obama's National Security Council told her she'd be prosecuted for supporting terrorism if she paid the ransom to ISIS.
The clip depicting American James Foley's beheading at the hands of an ISIS jihadi may have been staged, according to forensic video analysts commissioned by the UK Times. The experts don't dispute that Foley was murdered, however, and believe his death may have occurred after the camera stopped rolling.
James Foley was courageous, and his murder by an apparently English-accented zealot of the Syria-based Islamic State was so horrific that no simple narrative can do it justice. Unless, that is, you're a conservative political opportunist of a special sort, eager to pin the crime on liberal policies.
ISIS militants released gruesome video footage this afternoon of the beheading of American photojournalist James Wright Foley as a message to the U.S. to stop intervening in Iraq. Foley, a freelancer who contributed to the Global Post, was first captured in Libya in 2012, released, and then kidnapped again around Thanksgiving 2012 by unidentified gunmen in Syria. He was 40 years old.
American journalist James Foley is missing in Syria after being kidnapped six weeks ago, his family announced today. According to witnesses, the 39-year-old freelancer was taken by unidentified gunmen on Thanksgiving Day in Idlib, the same turbulent northwest Syrian province where NBC foreign chief foreign affairs correspondent Richard Engel was kidnapped last month. Engel and his team were freed on December 18th, but Foley's condition is unknown.