ISIS Posts Graphic Beheading Video of US Journalist James Foley

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | August 20, 2014 10:17 AM EST

ISIS posted the beheading video of American photo-journalist James Foley. The U.S. journalist went missing more than a year back while he was in Syria. ISIS, now known as the Islamic State, threatened U.S. President Barack Obama holding him responsible for Foley's death.

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A masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaks next to man purported to be U.S. journalist James Foley at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website. Islamic State insurgents released the video on August 19, 2014 purportedly showing the beheading of Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, and images of another U.S. journalist whose life they said depended on U.S. action in Iraq. The video, titled "A Message to America," was released a day after Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has overrun large parts of Iraq, threatened to attack Americans "in any place." U.S. officials said they were working to determine its authenticity.

The YouTube video starts with an explanation how the U.S. government is acting hostile against the Islamic army. "Obama authorizes military operations against the Islamic State effectively placing America upon a slippery slope towards a new war front against Muslims," says the message that the video starts with. Thereafter, it shows Obama as he declares his authorisation of two operations in Iraq. Obama continues to explain further why he has done the same. The video then shows the "American Aggression Against the Islamic State" by showing inside view of U.S. airstrike in Iraq.

"A Message to America," the title of the video, appears next. Foley, dressed in bright orange prison-like dress, is seen kneeling down beside a ISIS militant. Foley, equipped with a microphone on his shirt, starts delivering his speech. He addresses his friends and family to "rise up against" his "real killers - the U.S. government." He blames the Obama government for his impending death. He accuses his own government of "complacency and criminality."

Foley also addresses to his "beloved parents" and asks them to save him some dignity by refusing to accept any meagre compensation for his death from the U.S. government. Foley apparently struggles to speak by this time as his throat seems to get dry. He starts addressing his brother who serves the U.S. Air Force. Foley continues to give his speech which sounds well-written with a dramatic vocabulary.

It is the masked man with a large knife that speaks the next. He says in English that his is an Islamic army which is endorsed by a large number of Muslims around the world. "Effectively, any aggression towards the Islamic State is an aggression towards the Muslims," he says. He also says that denying the Muslims their rights to live under the security of the Islamic State will result in more bloodshed of American people.

Foley is beheaded next. His body with the decapitated head placed on it is shown. The militant holds another American "prisoner" as he threaten Obama that his life will depend on the decision he makes.

The video was deleted by YouTube as it fell under inappropriate content. However, an edited version of the video is available. Watch it HERE.

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A masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaks next to man purported to be U.S. journalist James Foley at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website. Islamic State insurgents released the video on August 19, 2014 purportedly showing the beheading of Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, and images of another U.S. journalist whose life they said depended on U.S. action in Iraq. The video, titled "A Message to America," was released a day after Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has overrun large parts of Iraq, threatened to attack Americans "in any place." U.S. officials said they were working to determine its authenticity.
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