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Tag: James Foley

New York Times: The Horror Before the Beheadings

James Foley

 By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
New York Times

The hostages were taken out of their cell one by one.

In a private room, their captors asked each of them three intimate questions, a standard technique used to obtain proof that a prisoner is still alive in a kidnapping negotiation.

James Foley returned to the cell he shared with nearly two dozen other Western hostages and collapsed in tears of joy. The questions his kidnappers had asked were so personal (“Who cried at your brother’s wedding?” “Who was the captain of your high school soccer team?”) that he knew they were finally in touch with his family.

It was December 2013, and more than a year had passed since Mr. Foley vanished on a road in northern Syria. Finally, his worried parents would know he was alive, he told his fellow captives. His government, he believed, would soon negotiate his release.

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AG Eric Holder Pledges to Bring Justice in Case of Beheaded Journalist

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The extremist from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will be held accountable for beheading American journalist James Foley, Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, CBS DC reports.

“Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something,” Holder said. “We have long memories and our reach is very wide and we will not forget what happened. People will be held accountable one way or another.”

What remains unclear is whether the U.S. will change its approach to handling American kidnappings.

“The president’s rhetoric was excellent, but he didn’t outline steps to stop the slaughter,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of Obama’s harshest foreign policy critics, said in a telephone interview. “The strategy should be to launch all-out air attacks in Iraq and Syria to defeat ISIL,” he said.

FBI Confirms Authenticity of Video Showing Beheading of American Journalist

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A video purporting to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley is real, the FBI said Wednesday.

“The FBI on Wednesday morning told the Foley family they believe the video is authentic,” according to GlobalPost, a Boston-based online publication that employed Foley as a freelancer, the Huffington Post reports.

FBI Director James Comey called the Islamic State extremists “savages.”

Comey said the bureau has been investigating Foley’s kidnapping for two years.