More on James Foley.
The Islamic State militant group has released a video online purporting to show the killing of a US journalist.
The victim was identified by the militants as James Foley, a freelancer who was seized in Syria in late 2012.
The militants said it was in revenge for recent US air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.
The video has not been independently verified, but the White House said if it was genuine, the US would be “appalled by the brutal murder”.
Foley’s family wrote on Facebook: “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.”
Foley has reported extensively across the Middle East, working for the Global Post and other news outlets including the French news agency AFP.
A friend of Foley’s and his fellow captive in Libya, journalist Clare Morgana Gillis, wrote in a 2013 essay that captivity was “the state most violently opposite his nature.” Gillis described Foley as gentle, friendly, courageous and impatient with “anything that slows his forward momentum.”
In a January 2013 interview with local television news near her Rochester, New Hampshire home, Foley’s mother Diane said her son was “passionate about covering the story in Syria, passionate about the people there.”
A talk that Foley gave in 2011: