The United States are shocked by the brutal murder of American journalist in Iraq

Wed, 20.08.2014 12:45

KYIV/Ukraine in arabic/  The White House has said it is assessing the validity of a video purporting to show the murder of a US journalist by “Islamic State” militants. The group says it has beheaded the missing freelance reporter James Foley.

The video opened with a clip of Obama saying he had authorized airstrikes in Iraq, with words appearing in English in Arabic. “Obama authorizes military operations against the Islamic State effectively placing America upon a slippery slope towards a new war front against Muslims,” reads the text.

White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the administration had seen the video and that its authenticity was being analyzed by intelligence officials.

“We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of US citizen James Foley…” deputy Hayden said. “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.”

The release of the video came amid a United States airstrike campaign against “Islamic State” (IS) targets in Iraq.

In the video, a person identified as James Foley is beheaded, before another man is shown in an orange jumpsuit, with the name “Steven Joel Sotloff” written onscreen. “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” said a masked man in the video.

Following the release of the video, Foley’s family tweeted an appeal for patience to well-wishers.


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