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James Foley Beheading Video Is Real Thing: White House

August 20, 2014

EFE Ingle

Washington, Aug 20 (EFE).- The Obama administration on Wednesday confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the decapitation of a U.S. journalist who was abducted in November 2012 while covering the civil war in Syria.

"The U.S. Intelligence Community has analyzed the recently released video showing U.S. citizens James Foley and Steven Sotloff. We have reached the judgment that this video is authentic," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a brief statement.

Produced by the Islamic State group, which has proclaimed a caliphate in parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq, the clip features the execution of Foley, 40, who was reporting for U.S.-based online outlet GlobalPost at the time of his abduction.

"The FBI on Wednesday morning told the Foley family they believe the video is authentic," GlobalPost said prior to the release of the White House statement.

Titled "A Message To America," the video includes footage of President Barack Obama's announcement authorizing U.S. airstrikes against IS in northern Iraq.

"I call on my friends, family members and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the U.S. government," Foley says to the camera. "For what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality."

Speaking in English, the black-clad executioner warns that Obama's authorization of airstrikes against IS places the United States "upon a slippery slope towards a new war front against Muslims."

"Any attempt by you, Obama, to deny Muslims liberty and safety under the Islamic caliphate, will result in the bloodshed of your people," the militant added before decapitating Foley, whose severed head appears over his lifeless body.

Next, an ISIS fighter appears standing next to Sotloff, a free-lance journalist who went missing in Syria about a year ago.

"The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," the fighter says. EFE

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Original headline: White House says beheading video authentic


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