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Was beheading of James Foley faked for the cameras?

Was the execution of American journalist James Foley by ISIS terrorists faked for the cameras? That is what some experts are alleging today, in a report from The Times of London.

A scene from the recent ISIS execution video
ISIS Video

The newspaper hired a firm with experience in analyzing video and their conclusion is that the actual execution of Foley likely took place off camera.

“After enhancements, the knife can be seen to be drawn across the upper neck at least six times, with no blood evidence to the point the picture fades to black," the analysts told the paper.

The grim video ends with an extended shot of the journalist’s severed head sitting atop his lifeless body, leaving little doubt that the captured American has been killed. But the question of exactly how it happened still remains somewhat in doubt.

"I think it has been staged," another expert told The Times. "My feeling is that the execution may have happened after the camera was stopped."

The firm also noticed several other points at which it believes the video has been edited, including a blip during Foley’s pre-execution speech in which he may have had to repeat a line.

Some are speculating that Foley agreed to read a statement by the jihadists in exchange for avoiding a live beheading, while others wonder if the execution may have gone wrong at some point and that’s why the terrorist organization decided to edit it out of their final product. Without the full and unedited tape, it seems unlikely that we will ever learn the whole truth about the murder of James Foley.