U.S. Intelligence Confirms Authenticity of Video Showing Americans Foley, SotloffPosted: August 20, 2014
Mr. Foley was one of dozens of journalists kidnapped and missing in Syria
“You are no longer fighting an insurgency. We are an Islamic army.”
Militants from the group Islamic State released a video on Tuesday that appeared to show the beheading of Mr. Foley in an act of retribution for U.S. airstrikes on the group in Iraq.
U.S. intelligence agencies have analyzed the video and judged it to be authentic, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council said Wednesday. President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a statement Wednesday afternoon addressing the apparent murder of Mr. Foley.
“I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope of freedom and seeing my family again. But that ship has sailed.”
The graphic video raised new dangers for Mr. Obama’s Middle East policy. It showed a masked militant, speaking in British-accented English, threatening to kill more Americans if the U.S. military campaign continued.
“You are no longer fighting an insurgency,” the militant said in the 4½-minute video. “We are an Islamic army.”
The video was posted online one day after Mr. Obama commended American and Iraqi forces for routing Islamic State fighters who had seized Iraq’s largest dam.
Mr. Foley, a freelance journalist for the online news outlet GlobalPost, was one of dozens of journalists kidnapped and missing in Syria.
The video begins with footage of Mr. Obama on Aug. 7 announcing plans for airstrikes in Iraq and shifts to aerial footage released by the Pentagon of the U.S. military’s recent airstrikes on Islamic State, a Sunni militant group that has captured large parts of Iraq in fighting since June…(read more) WSJ
—Tamer El-Ghobashy in Baghdad contributed to this article.
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