Echoing the horrors and brutaility with the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002the ISIS militants have beheaded journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria about two years ago.
The beheading was placed on video and posted to YouTube and could not be verified. It has since been taken down.
The NY Times report that the video was entitled “A Message to America,” the video shows the journalist kneeling in a deserted landscape, clad in an orange jumpsuit — an apparent reference to the uniforms worn by prisoners at the American military detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Standing to his left is a masked ISIS fighter, who says that Mr. Foley’s execution is in retaliation for the recent American airstrikes ordered by President Obama against the extremist group in Iraq.
“I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers — the U.S. government — for what will happen to me is only a result of their complacent criminality,” Mr. Foley says in the video, which was uploaded to the online account of the al-Furqan Media Foundation, according to SITE, an organization that follows jihadist groups.