ISIS Reportedly Beheads American Journalist James Foley, Posts Video

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Oct. 25 2016, Updated 7:42 a.m. ET

The Islamic State has reportedly beheaded James Foley, an American photojournalist who went missing in Syria more than a year ago.

The Huffington Post reported on Tuesday that videos and images of Foley’s beheading had emerged on Tuesday. The new media, posted to a YouTube video, showed a man on his knees. That man identified himself as James Foley and read a statement before a masked man stepped behind him, put a knife to his throat, and apparently decapitated him.

Reportedly, Foley went missing from Syria in November of 2012. Foley had been covering the Syrian civil war, and observers believed that he was being held in Damascus.

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While the video itself – entitled “A Message to #America (from the #IslamicState)” – is graphic and disturbing, the message it sends is as unsettling. Foley appears to have been forced to denounce the United States and its bombardment campaign, which has targeted the Islamic State in recent weeks.

“My message to my beloved parents,” Foley says, appearing to read from a prepared statement, “save me some dignity, and don’t accept any meager compensation for my death from the same people who effectively hammered the last nail in my coffin with their recent aerial campaign in Iraq.”

American military strikes in Iraq are the central target of the new video.

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