Video purportedly shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist; White House, family react

(CNN) — A video released by ISIS purportedly shows the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who disappeared in November 2012 in Syria.

The video posted on YouTube contained a message to the United States to end its military operations in Iraq.

In a statement issued Tuesday night, Foley’s mom praised her son.

“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,” she said in a post on the Free James Foley Facebook page.

“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.”

In the video, Foley is seen kneeling next to a man dressed in black. He reads a message, presumably scripted by his captors, that his “real killer” is America.

“I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again,” Foley can be heard saying in the video.

He is then shown being beheaded.

The National Security Council is aware of the video.

“The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available,” the agency said.

Foley disappeared in November 2012 in northwest Syria, near the border with Turkey. He was reportedly forced into a vehicle by gunmen; he was not heard from again. At the time of his disappearance, he was on a freelance assignment for GlobalPost.com.

The video also shows another American journalist. His life is said by the militants in the video to hang in the balance, depending on President Barack Obama does next.

The journalist is believed to be Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped at the Syria-Turkey border in 2013. Sotloff is a contributor to Time and Foreign Policy magazines.

CNN’s Brian Stelter contributed to this report.

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16 comments

  • Skip

    The US needs to increase the bombing of the ISIS positions in Iraq and on into Syria. There’s no other solution to this problem.

    • Rob

      Wow skippy. You sure have a different tone in some of your other postings. Would you say this if Bush was in office? I agree with you btw. I’m just saying. You usually sound more liberal than this.

  • Mark

    The answer is to pull every freaking American from over there out. These bastards have been killing each other for 10’s of thousands of years. There is not a bomb big enough to neutralize that. Get out of the way and soon enough they will forget about us and hate each other again. We need to quit getting in the middle of sibling rivalries. EFF that place! Or turn it into glass. Either way make a decision you political spineless a-holes.

  • Joe

    Obama acts stupid and inept so that democrats will keep falling for it believing his intentions are good, but they’re evil his plan is to make America burn next.

  • themarkodom

    Lets all get our heads above water here. It has never been Obama. I do not like Obama but, without the consent of the 535 legislative branch Obama would be capable of nothing. Get with it people. It is not about the President, It is about the sellout of America by the elite minority. Deal with it.

  • Daisy

    Do not draw back… ISIS is but a cancer that needs to be taken out from the very roots and core or else it will only grow and become dangerous for all nations. ISIS is about lawlessness, being barbarian, and ISIS is right from the pit of HELL itself and this ISLAM SATAN… don’t ever listen to ISIS… but bomb the hell out of them and go dig out the core root of BARBARIAN ISIS… anyone that does these kind of things to human beings is demon possessed from HELL itself…

  • ted baker

    if the usa bombs someone else doesnt that make usa terrorists also?

    funny how everyone thinks there can only be one terrorist,

    do some research and look in dictionary to understand what terrorist means.

    the usa have killed more civillians than all the other countries put together,

    Barrack Obama is the real terrorist