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British Hostage Seized By Islamic State With Foley Appears In New Video

John Cantlie says he’ll make a series of videos to show the “truth” about the Islamic State and the Western media.

September 18, 2014

Foley’s Mother Felt Like ‘Annoyance’ To U.S. Government

Washington (AFP) — The mother of executed U.S. reporter James Foley said she felt her son’s case was an “annoyance” to the U.S. government. In an interview aired Thursday with CNN, Diane Foley said her family was warned it could be charged if it tried to raise ransom money to free their son. The family […]

September 12, 2014

Sen. Mark Udall Apologizes For Invoking Slain U.S. Journalists

By Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times Sen. Mark Udall (D-C0) on Monday apologized for invoking the names of two American journalists who were recently beheaded by Islamic State militants as he argued in a debate over the weekend. “Steve Sotloff and James Foley would tell us, don’t be impulsive,” Udall said Saturday at a town-hall-style […]

September 9, 2014

IS ‘Waterboarded’ Syria Captives: Report

Washington (AFP) — At least four Western hostages held by the Islamic State in Syria, including murdered American journalist James Foley, were waterboarded in the early part of their captivity, The Washington Post said Thursday. Foley, whose recent execution at the hands of the extremists provoked revulsion, and the other kidnapped Westerners, were waterboarded “several […]

August 29, 2014

Britain Raises Security Threat From ‘Substantial’ To ‘Severe’

By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times Responding to recent events in Syria and Iraq, Britain has upgraded its security threat level to “severe,” the government announced Friday, meaning a terrorist attack there is “highly likely.” The nation’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, an independent body, made the determination based on its latest intelligence, officials said. This […]

August 29, 2014

U.S. Journalist, Home From Hostage Ordeal, Gives Thanks

Boston (AFP) – A U.S. journalist taken hostage by Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Syria thanked those who supported him during his two years in captivity Wednesday, saying he was “just overwhelmed with emotion.” Peter Theo Curtis, 45, made a brief statement to reporters outside his mother Nancy Curtis’s house in Cambridge, Massachusets, the morning after his […]

August 27, 2014

Family Releases Letter James Foley Wrote In Captivity

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times James Foley was held in a cell with 18 other captives, who supported one another and invented distractions like trivia, checkers, and Risk to keep up their spirits, according to a letter released by his family Sunday. The letter was posted on the Facebook page Free James Foley shortly […]

August 25, 2014

‘Live Bravely, And With Passion’: Town Remembers James Foley

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times ROCHESTER, N.H. — For nearly 21 months after James Foley’s capture in Syria in late 2012, his family held out hope for his safe return, keeping faith that they would never see a day like Sunday with a Mass in his memory. The courageous photojournalist seemed to have nine […]

August 25, 2014

For Democratic Candidates, Iraq Becomes A Campaign Issue — Again

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times ROCHESTER, N.H. — The Iraq war was once again front and center on the campaign trail in New Hampshire last week, with a Democratic president under fire. The gruesome beheading of native son James Foley at the hands of Islamic militants thrust the issue to the fore, leading residents […]

August 25, 2014

Brother Of James Foley Says United States ‘Could Have Done More’

By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times A brother of slain American journalist James Foley said Friday the U.S. government could have done more to help him escape the militant group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, which had demanded a $132 million ransom before beheading him in a grisly video released this week. “There’s more […]

August 22, 2014

Iraq Presses Anti-Jihadist Push As United States Eyes Syria Ops

By Shwan Mohammed Sulaimaniyah (Iraq) (AFP) — Iraqi forces battled militants northeast of Baghdad Friday, as Washington said a powerful jihadist group was “beyond anything” it has seen and that operations in Syria may also be needed. Pentagon chiefs warned of the dangers of the Islamic State (IS), a slick, well-funded operation powered by an […]

August 22, 2014

For Sotloff Family, Quiet Waiting For News Of Kidnapped Journalist

By Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald It was a day of quiet waiting Thursday for the family of Steven Sotloff, a Pinecrest journalist abducted by Muslim jihadists in Syria who on Tuesday threatened to kill him. “He’s still alive, so there is nothing to say,” his mother, Shirley Sotloff, told a crowd of reporters assembled […]

August 22, 2014

Kidnappers Demanded $132.5 Million For James Foley, GlobalPost Chief Says

By Alana Semuels and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times NEW YORK — Before executing James Foley, the militant group Islamic State sent an email demanding $132.5 million in exchange for the return of the kidnapped journalist, the director of the website GlobalPost said Thursday. Foley was working for GlobalPost when he disappeared in Syria in […]

August 21, 2014

Justice Department Opens Criminal Probe Into Journalist’s Beheading

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The FBI and federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the Islamic State beheading of American journalist James Foley, with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. vowing Thursday that those responsible for the videotaped slaying will be held responsible. “We have an open criminal investigation,” […]

August 21, 2014

Families Of U.S. Journalists Missing In Syria Filled With Dread

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times Friends and relatives of Austin Tice, an American journalist who disappeared in Syria two years ago, were preparing to hold a candlelight church vigil for him in Houston on Tuesday when they received shattering news: James Foley, an American journalist whose family had befriended the Tice family, had been […]

August 21, 2014

Obama Urges Joint Effort To End Jihadist ‘Cancer’

Edgartown (United States) (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama called for a joint effort to eliminate the “cancer” of jihadist terror in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, after Islamic State militants murdered an American journalist. Obama said the entire world was appalled by the beheading of 40-year-old reporter James Foley, which the IS fighters videotaped […]

August 20, 2014

Mother Of Journalist Foley ‘Never Prouder’ Of Son

Washington (AFP) – Friends, relatives and colleagues have paid tribute to American journalist James Foley, apparently executed by Islamic State jihadists, with his mother praising him for giving his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people. Condolences and shocked messages poured in after the Islamist group released a video late Tuesday showing a […]

August 20, 2014

Video Of Journalist’s Beheading Is Authentic, U.S. Confirms

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau EDGARTOWN, Mass. — A video showing the beheading of an American journalist by the militant group Islamic State is authentic, the Obama administration said Wednesday. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said intelligence officials analyzed the video and confirmed its authenticity. The journalist, James Foley, was freelancing for the […]

August 20, 2014