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First name:  James

Last name:  Foley

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Freelance
  • Born:  United States

  • Died:  19 Aug 2014 Syria
  • War zone:  yes
  • Targeted? yes


James Foley was beheaded by the Jihadi armed group known as ISIS who released a video online. A masked man dressed in black is seen in the video cutting the throat of a man wearing the same kind of orange jumpsuit as detainees in Guantánamo. The man in black said Foley was being executed in revenge for the recent US air strikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq.

  • A veteran reporter, Foley, 40, was kidnapped near the town of Taftanaz, in northern Syria, on 22 November 2012. He covered the conflict in Libya in 2011 before going to Syria to cover the uprising against the Assad regime for the US news site GlobalPost, the French news agency AFP and other media. His is the first execution of a foreign journalist to be claimed by Islamic State, which has killed Syrian citizen-journalists in recent months.


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