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The News Minute| August 20, 2014| 10.50 am IST ISIS militants have released a video claiming that they have beheaded 40 year old American independent photojournalist James Wright Foley. The video shows James Foley kneeling down , with a man behind him dressed in black. James Foley was reportedly kidnapped from Syria in November 2012 and has been missing since then. James Foley's mother Diane Foley has posted a tribue to her son on Facebook. It says,'We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people. We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages..like jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world. We thank Jim for all the joys he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and son.' The video of the gruesome execution was released by ISIS in retaliation to the recent US air strikes conducted in Northern Iraq. In the video before the execution, James Foley is seen reciting a message asking his friends and family to rise up against my "real killers". The executioner then gives a warning to US president Barrack Obama by saying "this man" is an American citizen and "any aggression towards the Islamic State" will result in "bloodshed of your people". Reports on the web indicate that the executioner has a British accent. The original video which was uploaded in Youtube was removed shortly after it was posted. The US authorities have still not commented on the authenticity of the video, but mentioned that they were "appalled" by what was posted.

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