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American Journalist James Foley beheaded on camera by Islamic State member with British accent

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A brutal and violent video has been released to social media sites by Islamic State militants which appears to show American journalist James Foley being beheaded. Foley had been missing for almost 2 years after being kidnapped while on duty in Syria in 2012.

In the footage, Foley is seen on his knees in a desert and dressed in an orange jumpsuit with his head shaved while a man wearing a mask stands over him. The masked man speaks to the camera in what appears to be a British accent and he said that Foley was dying because Barack Obama ordered airstrikes on strategic Islamic State positions in Iraq.

Foley spoke briefly from a script in front of him before his beheading and was fully aware of his horrific fate saying "I wish I had more time, I wish I could have the hope of freedom and seeing my family once again, but that ship has sailed." The video footage has been deemed too brutal by the majority of news networks with many having taken the decision to not show the footage in news reports.

The militants in the video also appeared to be holding a second prisoner believed to be Time magazine journalist Steven Sotloff. The masked man says "The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision."

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that the footage was "an appalling example of the brutality of this organisation" while a statement from the White House read "We are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends."

A statement by Foley's mother implored the militants to "spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents." She went on to pay tribute to her son saying "We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person." Foley's sister Kelly also appealed to people not to watch or share the video before tweeting a tribute which reads "Life is the most precious thing and its unfathomable how quickly it can be taken away. I love you James Foley. Rest peacefully, you're free."

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