BREAKING NEWS: Islamic State says it beheaded NH journalist
Screen grab from a video purporting to show New Hampshire photojournalist James Foley of Rochester being beheaded at the hands of ISIS.
Foley, who has reported in the Middle East for five years, was kidnapped on Nov. 22, 2012, by unidentified gunmen.
“I’ve been in touch with the State Department, which is looking into the origin and authenticity of this vile video showing a savage murder and cowardly act of terrorism,” Shaheen said in a statement. “I’m praying for the entire Foley family right now.”
“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,” according to a statement posted on a Facebook account, “Free James Foley,” created to raise awareness about his kidnapping.
Steven Sotloff, a freelance journalist who has worked for Time, appeared at the end of the video. He disappeared in northern Syria while he was reporting in July 2013.
The video opened with a clip of U.S. President Barack Obama saying he had authorized strikes in Iraq.
“Obama authorizes military operations against the Islamic State effectively placing America upon a slippery slope towards a new war front against Muslims,” words appear in English and Arabic on the screen.
A person identified as James Foley and wearing an orange outfit is seen kneeling in the desert as a man in black dress with a black mask stands beside him, holding a knife.
At the end of the video, words on the side of the screen say “Steven Joel Sotloff” as another prisoner in an orange jumpsuit is shown on screen.
“The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” the masked man says.
Islamic State also released a video on Tuesday that gave the strongest indication yet it might attempt to strike American targets.
The video with the theme “breaking of the American cross” boasts Islamic State will emerge victorious over “crusader” America.
The latest footage spoke of a holy war between the al-Qaeda offshoot and the United States, which occupied Iraq for nearly a decade and faced stiff resistance from al-Qaeda.
Unlike al-Qaeda, Islamic State has so far focused on territorial gains designed to eventually establish a full-blown Islamic empire.
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