Update: Agencies confirm beheading of American photojournalist is real
UPDATE- On Wednesday, President Obama said the “entire world is appalled” by the murder of U.S. journalist James Foley.
Foley disappeared on Nov. 22, 2012 in Syria, near the border of Turkey.
U.S. Intelligence agencies have confirmed the video is real.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham(ISIS) claims to have beheaded an American photojournalist and has threatened the life of another American journalist if President Obama doesn’t stop airstrikes in Iraq.
A graphic video obtained by NBC News purportedly shows James Wright Foley, a freelance reporter for the U.S. based news service GlobalPost who was kidnapped while reporting from Syria two years ago, reciting threats against American before he is executed by an ISIS militant.
Foley was kidnapped at gunpoint near the town of Taftanaz in northern Syria on Thanksgiving day in 2012.
He had not been heard from during his time in captivity.
Foley traveled extensively in the Middle East and North Africa.
He reported about conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, where he was once held captive for 44 days.
In May 2011, Foley recorded a video interview with the Boston Globe about his arrest and captivity in Libya.
“You don’t want to be defined as that guy who got captured in 2011.” he said. “I believe that front-line journalism is important.”
In the video, ISIS claims they are holding a second journalist, Steven Joel Soltoff.
A man on the video is identified as Soltoff and his life is threatened if the United States does not pull out of Iraq.
GlobalPost has a partnership with NBC News.