The FBI has confirmed to the family of James Foley that the video of his barbaric killing is in fact real. Film of the beheading of American journalist Foley was released with a warning to the United States from members of ISIS. The Boston Global Post, who employed Foley as a freelance journalist, reported that the video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday and then later removed.
James Foley disappeared in November 2012 while reporting on the political unrest in Syria. In the video posted Tuesday, a man believed to be Foley is wearing a bright clean orange jumpsuit and is kneeling next to a robed and hooded man believed to belong to the terrorist group ISIS.
The murder of American journalist James Foley has been attributed to retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against militant groups in northern Iraq. He is the 70th journalist killed in the region since the civil war started.
According to reports released on Wednesday, the ISIS militant seen in the video with James Foley has been identified as British. Officials both in the United States and the United Kingdom have been scrambling to uncover the identity of the unknown man who is believed to be British due to his accent on the recently released video.
Another American journalist who disappeared in 2013 was also seen in the video. He has been identified as Steven Sotloff. A warning was issued in the video that Sotloff would meet a similar fate if the U.S. did not stop attacking the group in Iraq. The unidentified murderer in the video had only his eyes and hands uncovered. He said on the recording in regard to Sotloff, “Today your military air force has attacked us daily… Your strikes have caused casualties amongst Muslims." He continued, “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”