The United States, United Kingdom and France have all condemned the beheading of freelance journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS). The IS released a video that portrayed a prisoner wearing an orange jumpsuit. Beside him was an IS fighter with a knife in hand, mentioning that it is the United States’ fault the man named James Wright Foley will be beheaded.
Another slide in the video showed another journalist the IS targets to behead if the United States will not withdraw air support for Iraq and Kurdish forces.
France said that the IS’ beheading was “barbaric.” UK mentioned that it was a depraved act.
James Foley, a 40-year-old freelance journalist who previously worked for GlobalPost, had remained in the Middle East for five years. Former Libyan Leader Muammar Qadaffi had imprisoned him during his coverage of the crisis in the country. He had also worked with AFP and other media outlets worldwide.
US Intelligence Agencies are still verifying the authenticity of the video. If proven true, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said “we were appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist.”
Meanwhile, the UK Foreign Minister pointed out that the IS fighter beside Foley in the video was British, indicating the IS’ use of western fighters who practice the same fight who continue to recruit others into the extremist faction.