A video released Tuesday by militant Islamic extremist group ISIS depicts the violent execution of a man alleged to be missing American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria last year. Foley, 39, was taken while working for Agence France Presse. AFP has no comment at this time, AFP’s Chief Editor for North America told Newsweek in a phone interview. Its team in the Middle East is still investigating, he said.
Foley, who was also captured and imprisoned for six weeks in Libya in 2012, was thought by his family and former employer GlobalPost to have been aducted by a militia group in Syria and turned over to government forces there. In May, GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni said Foley was likely at a detention center near Damascus.
Tuesday’s video features three men: the man who is identified as James Foley, a man who appears to be an IS militant, and a man who is identified as Steven Soltoff, another journalist. In the video, both the man who appears to be Foley and the IS militant say the execution is in retaliation for the Aug. 9 U.S. bombing of ISIS fighters near Irbil, Iraq. The video shows footage of President Barack Obama announcing the strikes and what appears to be Pentagon footage of the strikes themselves.