Posted: September 18, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Think Tank, War Room, White House | Tags: ABC News, Barack Obama, British Hostage, Cantlie, Charles Krauthammer, Foley, ISIS, James Foley, John Cantlie, Jonah Goldberg, Syria, United States, YouTube
ABCNews.com reports: A British citizen captured in Syria two years ago has resurfaced today in a new ISIS propaganda video released on YouTube. But unlike the previous gruesome beheading videos of three westerners, journalist Cantlie is seen alive, seated alone at a desk in a darkened room, delivering what he says is the first of a series of “messages” about ISIS.
Cantlie was abducted in November 2012 along with slain American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by his ISIS captors, according to a former law enforcement official and others familiar with the journalists’ kidnapping. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 5, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, War Room | Tags: Delta Force, Foley, Iraq, Islamic state, James Foley, Julian Barnes, Syria, White House
U.S. Raid on Oil-Storage Facility Was Too Late to Save Hostages
WASHINGTON—Adam Entous, Julian Barnes and Siobhan Gorman report: On a moonless night in early July, several dozen Army Delta Force commandos touched down at an oil-storage facility in eastern Syria.
The plan: Neutralize the terrorist guards, search a makeshift prison, find American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and other hostages, and fly off to safety. It was all supposed to take 20 minutes.
More than an hour later, the Army team was headed back to its launchpad outside Syria empty-handed.
“It was a dry hole,” a senior U.S. military official said, using jargon for a mission whose target couldn’t be found.
One model for the operation was the 2011 mission that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, down to choosing the darkest of nights to cloak the raiders. But this raid, the first known U.S. incursion into Syria since its civil war erupted, was in many ways a far bigger gamble, according to current and former U.S. defense and government officials.
The U.S. had limited visibility into Syria, including the suspected prison site just miles from the main operations base of Islamic State, the militant group once known as ISIS that has overrun large parts of Syria and Iraq. Weeks before the raid, the Pentagon drafted a plan for surveillance flights in Syria but dropped the idea after concluding the White House wouldn’t approve them, U.S. officials said.
A senior administration official said the only Pentagon request for surveillance flights the White House received came just before the mission.
Before the commandos’ helicopters landed in the early morning hours of July 3, the Joint Special Operations team, part of the elite Delta Force, had been practicing for several weeks at a U.S. base in North Carolina—based on intelligence showing the makeshift prison between storage containers, oil derricks and other structures in a bleak desert landscape.
They had prepared for contingencies such as booby-trapped buildings and a large militant force guarding the hostages. Delta Force took part in the ill-fated 1993 “Black Hawk Down” raid in Somalia, and some officials worried the Syria operation carried similar risks.
As they drilled, the team conducting the mission was anxious to get the green light. “There were lots of rehearsals. They were ready for a period of time. It was a matter of waiting on a decision,” said a defense official. “Once the decision was made, they went.”
They went too late. The U.S. now believes the militants moved the hostages away as little as 72 hours earlier. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 25, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Politics, War Room, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Foley, Iraq, Islamic state, James Foley, Jeanne Shaheen, Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire, Rochester, White House
(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama sent no White House representative to the memorial Mass held yesterday in Rochester, New Hampshire, for James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists.
Mourners packed Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rochester, N.H., on Sunday for a memorial Mass for journalist James Foley, who was murdered by ISIS terrorists. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
President Obama, however, did send three White House aides to Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American fatally shot in an encounter with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.
“There was nobody that represented the White House.”
The memorial mass for James Foley took place Sunday at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Foley’s hometown. Connie Hammond, an administrative assistant at Holy Rosary, told CNSNews.com that no White House officials were in attendance. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 24, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, War Room | Tags: Adel Abdel Bari, Bary, BBC Radio, Foley, Islamic state, James Foley, London, Osama bin Laden, Syria, Twitter, United States, YouTube
The Independent‘s Lizzie Dearden reports: A former rapper fighting with the Islamic State (Isis) in Syria is believed to be one of several British jihadists under investigation following the beheading of James Foley.
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 24, was known as L Jinny or Lyricist Jinn at home in London, where his rising music career saw him appear in videos and have his singles played on BBC Radio in 2012.
He came to national attention earlier this year, when he posted a picture of himself holding a severed head on Twitter after resurfacing in Syria.
The gruesome picture, believed to have been taken in the Isis stronghold of Raqqa, was captioned: “Chillin’ with my homie or what’s left of him.”
Bary reportedly travelled to the country last year from Maida Vale, west London, where he lived with his mother and five siblings.
His father Adel Abdul Bary, an Egyptian refugee thought to be one of Osama Bin Laden’s closes lieutenants, was extradited from Britain to the United States on charges of terrorism in 2012 for his alleged roles in the bombings of two US embassies in east Africa in 1998. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 22, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, War Room, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Foley, ISIS, Islamic state, James Foley, Obama, United States, Washington
WASHINGTON — He had just hung up the telephone with the devastated parents before heading in front of the cameras. Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist, James Foley…(more)
DNC Public Relations Arm & NYT ‘Tactical Nuance’ Unit
Posted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Diplomacy, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, Dr Strangelove, Foley, Global Panic of 2014, hostage, Islamic state, Islamic State of Iraq, James Foley, Pentagon, Special forces, Syria
‘Flawless’ Except That the Hostages Weren’t There
“Was this a failure of intelligence? No…This operation, by the way, was a flawless operation, but…”
National Review Online
Posted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Global, War Room | Tags: Aleppo, Foley, International Committee of the Red Cross, Iraq, Islamic state, James Foley, Levant, Syria, United States
Greta Ramelli (L) and Vanessa Marzullo – kidnapped in Syria. Photo: Facebook
The group which killed American journalist James Foley have many more hostages
For the Telegraph, Gordon Rayner and David Chazan reporting: As well as the journalist Steven Sotloff, who was threatened with beheading by the same man who murdered Foley, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) is holding a number of aid workers, thought to include Vanessa Marzullo, 21, and Greta Ramelli, 20, both Italian.
“Can you go back on all the teaching and the values you have tried to instill for a lifetime?”
Three aid workers employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are also being held hostage after they were abducted last October.
“Can you change your daughter, who has these values and has strong ideals about solidarity and human empathy?”
— Ramelli’s mother, Antonella
As fears grew that Isil could make good on its threat to murder more hostages, families of those being held defended their loved ones’ decisions to travel to Syria.
Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, EUROPE, Foley, Iraq, Islam, Islamic state, James Foley, Journalist, Middle East, Obama, Syria, United States
Reporters Released by Islamic State Say They Spent Several Months With Beheaded Journalist
PARIS – David Gauthier-Villars reports: Former French hostages in Syria said they spent several months in captivity with James Foley, the American journalist whose beheading was videotaped and posted on the Internet this week, and had shared the information with U.S. authorities.British Broadcasting Corp.
Didier François, a reporter with French radio Europe 1 who was kidnapped by Islamist insurgents in Syria in June of last year, said he shared a cell with Mr. Foley from September 2013 to April, when he was released by the group that calls itself Islamic State.
“He was an extraordinary man, an impressive journalist, an extremely strong man who never cracked down despite the incredibly difficult conditions.”
Mr. François told Europe 1. Upon his release with three other French reporters, Mr. François said he contacted Mr. Foley’s family, as well as U.S. authorities, to share information about the American correspondent.
[U.S. Intelligence Confirms Authenticity of Video Showing Americans Foley, Sotloff]
U.S. Special Operations forces mounted an unsuccessful mission inside Syria earlier this summer to try to rescue Mr. Foley and other Americans held by the Islamic extremists, senior Obama administration officials have said. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Barack Obama, Foley, Global Panic of 2014, Islamic state, James Foley, Jihadism, Syria, Terrorism, Twitter, United States, YouTube
See Tom Rogan’s recent piece on the Islamic State and James Foley’s murder, “A Man of Courage and ISIS’s Face of Evil.”
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Think Tank, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, Foley, GlobalPost, ISIS, Islamic state, Islamists, James Foley, Jihadists, MSNBC, Philip Balboni, Terrorism, United States
“I would say this: Something needs to be done to respond to this brutal murder. I think we have to take a stronger stand with the Islamic State.”
Via The Corner:
GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni told MSNBC he is confident that the U.S. government “tried very hard,” and he has communicated with officials since Foley was kidnapped in November 2012. In light of Foley’s death, though, the government must do more, he said.
“I would say this: Something needs to be done to respond to this brutal murder.”
“I’m not an expert — I don’t know what exactly should be done — but this brutal murder of an American citizen cannot go unanswered,” he said…(read more)
National Review Online
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Global, War Room | Tags: Foley, Iraq, ISIS, Islamic state, James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Syria, United States, YouTube
The Independent‘s Heather Saul reports: A militant from the Islamic State (Isis) who appeared to have beheaded American journalist James Foley has threatened to kill another journalist, believed to be Steven Sotloff, whose life the fighter said depends on how the US responds.
[Also see – ISIS Beheads Photojournalist James Wright Foley in Warning Message to U.S. – punditfromanotherplanet.com]
In a video posted on YouTube, entitled ‘A Message to America’, the man purported to be Mr Sotloff was filmed being held by the militant who had apparently executed Foley.
The footage claimed Foley’s death is a revenge killing for the ongoing US air strikes in Iraq.
The jihadist, who speaks with a British accent, then addresses the US President, saying: “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.”
The man is wearing an orange shirt similar to that worn by the executed man.
[Also see – Steven Sotloff: Five Facts You Need to Know – Heavy.com]
Mr Sotloff, from Miami, was kidnapped near Aleppo in August 2013 and was believed to be held in Raqqa. His family was reportedly made aware of his disappearance but had chosen not to go public on the advice of officials.
He has worked for TIME, the National Interest, Media Line and the Christian Science Monitor and had apparently gone missing near the Syrian-Turkish border. His Twitter bio suggests he was based in Libya before his disappearance.
“My girlfriend Lauren Sotloff’s brother Steven Sotloff was taken hostage by ISIS on August 04 2013 and up to this point it has been all under wraps as due to a media blackout.”
This morning, his sister Lauren Sotloff’s boyfriend released a Facebook post urging people to sign a White House petition calling on the US government to “do everything possible to free American reporter Steven Sotloff from ISIS in Syria and save his life”.
“My girlfriend Lauren Sotloff’s brother Steven Sotloff was taken hostage by ISIS on August 04 2013 and up to this point it has been all under wraps as due to a media blackout,” his post reads.
“People please not only sign the following petition, but PLEASE SHARE so the more the better. Thank you in advance and pray for his safe return home.”
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists estimated on Tuesday that about 20 journalists are missing in Syria, and has not released their nationalities. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, Foley, GlobalPost, Iraq, Islamic state, James Foley, Syria, United States
Mr. Foley was one of dozens of journalists kidnapped and missing in Syria
WASHINGTON— WSJ‘s Andrew Grossman reporting: U.S. intelligence agencies have confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley.
“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. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, War Room, White House | Tags: ABC News, Barack Obama, Foley, Iraq, ISIS, James Foley, United States, White House
Arlette Saenz reports: ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.
“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.”
— Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council
The White House had been aware of the threat prior to the release of a video Tuesday night that appears to show the beheading of Foley and warns that militants will carry out a similar act against U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in August, the official said.
[Also see – U.S. Works to Authenticate Purported James Wright Foley ISIS Execution Video]
President Obama was briefed on the video aboard Air Force One Tuesday night as he returned to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, from Washington to resume his August vacation. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 19, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, ByronYork, Foley, Islamic state, James Foley, Syria, United States, Washington Post
York’s message prompted twitchy.com to thread further in. Go here for more.
From The Washington Post article:
A European intelligence official said the British government was examining the video, and the speech of the purported executioner, to compare it with former Guantanamo Bay prisoners and other British residents believed to have joined the Islamic State.
In the video the terrorist who killed Foley spoke in what sounded like a British accent.
@ByronYork There’s going to hell to pay if it turns out true—
Tom Hannan (@tomh2739) August 20, 2014
From who, exactly? The majority of the country Does. Not. Care. Sad, but true. @tomh2739 @ByronYork—
Deb (@contrarian35) August 20, 2014
Sadly that’s probably true. Outrage now occurs along party lines and the party that owns the media wouldn’t be outraged by this.
@ByronYork So we had him. Released him. And surprise ,he did more evil stuff. Blood on the admins hands. Sickening.—
Chris Tsotsoros (@ctsotsoros) August 20, 2014
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Posted: August 19, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, War Room | Tags: Foley, Iraq, Islamic state, Islamic State of Iraq, Islamism, James Foley, Jihadists, Syria
foxnews.com reports: The Obama administration said Tuesday that it was working to confirm the authenticity of a newly-released video that purportedly shows the killing of American freelance journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.
“We know that many of you are looking for confirmation or answers. Please be patient until we all have more information, and keep the Foleys in your thoughts and prayers.”
White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the administration has seen the video. She said that if it’s deemed genuine by the intelligence community, the U.S. would be “appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist.”
Fox News has learned that the video, which is being taken seriously by U.S. officials, is being analyzed by a special group within the US intelligence community that specializes in media exploitation. The group, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is believed to have other Americans in their custody.
The release of the video allegedly showing his death comes amid a U.S. airstrike campaign against Islamic State targets in Iraq. ISIS has declared an Islamic state in the territory it controls in Iraq and neighboring Syria, imposing its harsh interpretation of Islamic law. Read the rest of this entry »