Islamic State terrorist who 'beheaded' missing US journalist has British accent

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A VIDEO purporting to show an Islamic State fighter speaking with a British accent beheading an American journalist is being investigated by the Obama administration.

A man claimed to be James Foley, who went missing in Syria in 2012, is seen kneeling in a desert-like environment at an unknown location as an IS fighter stands by his side dressed in black and with his face covered.

The victim, wearing an orange outfit, makes a statement during the five-minute video entitled "A message to America" released by the Islamic State Al-Furqan foundation.

During the speech he said he wanted to call on family, friends and loved ones to "rise up against my real killers, the US government".

He added: "For what will happen to me is only the result of their complacency and criminality".

The statement, during which he is seen to pause and take deep breaths, ended with him saying he wished he could see his family again.

The IS fighter standing next to him is then seen brandishing a knife before accusing America of "aggression towards the Islamic state".

He said: "You have plotted against us and gone far out of your way to find reasons to interfere in our affairs."

In a chilling threat in which he singles out President Barack Obama, he says further actions in Iraq by America "will result in the bloodshed of your people".

After the victim is apparently beheaded, another man, said to be journalist Steven Joel Sotloff, who went missing near the border of Syria and Turkey last year, is shown at the end of the video, with the IS fighter saying his life depends on President Obama's "next decision".

A message posted on a Facebook page called "Free James Foley" last night read: "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."

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6:09am Wed 20 Aug 14

BMD says...

The UK Border Agency must now conduct profile screening at all ports to prevent another Lee Rigby atrocity on the streets of the Britain.

How many of the muslim gaza protesters will condemn this barbaric act? I am afraid the silence will be deafening.
The UK Border Agency must now conduct profile screening at all ports to prevent another Lee Rigby atrocity on the streets of the Britain. How many of the muslim gaza protesters will condemn this barbaric act? I am afraid the silence will be deafening. BMD
  • Score: 6

7:14am Wed 20 Aug 14

Pablito says...

Let us not forget that there are many foreign people around the world who speak English with an English accent. It is not proof that the terrorist was English. It is, however, a possibility and no doubt the security agencies in Britain will investigate this.

The profiling you suggest by the UKBA will not necessarily eliminate the threat as there are radical converts who do not fit the obvious profile. A case in point is that of the young British female convert who is being linked to the shopping mall attack (and others in the region) in Nairobi Kenya.
Let us not forget that there are many foreign people around the world who speak English with an English accent. It is not proof that the terrorist was English. It is, however, a possibility and no doubt the security agencies in Britain will investigate this. The profiling you suggest by the UKBA will not necessarily eliminate the threat as there are radical converts who do not fit the obvious profile. A case in point is that of the young British female convert who is being linked to the shopping mall attack (and others in the region) in Nairobi Kenya. Pablito
  • Score: 1

7:46am Wed 20 Aug 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

BMD is correct! Many of you may think this has lost the plot , but one of the reasons Supermarkets staff and Police (crowd control officers) were attacked in Birmingham and London, is partly due to the grounds on which caused The United Kingdom to SECRETLY be declared a future Islamic State - the Islamic State Muslims backed by yes Saudi Arabia, commissioned PhD's in studying the Islamic origins of BAGPIPES in the 1990's (Sunderland University). Also a PhD on William Shakespeare was held to have Islamic roots. (Unsure I think this was Warwick University.) Hence Scots do not think you are immune to the take over! Islamists genuinely believe they can claim ALL the UK as an Islamic State. That is ONLY ONE reason David Cameron held the threat to ALL the UK is real and imminent.
BMD is correct! Many of you may think this has lost the plot , but one of the reasons Supermarkets staff and Police (crowd control officers) were attacked in Birmingham and London, is partly due to the grounds on which caused The United Kingdom to SECRETLY be declared a future Islamic State - the Islamic State Muslims backed by yes Saudi Arabia, commissioned PhD's in studying the Islamic origins of BAGPIPES in the 1990's (Sunderland University). Also a PhD on William Shakespeare was held to have Islamic roots. (Unsure I think this was Warwick University.) Hence Scots do not think you are immune to the take over! Islamists genuinely believe they can claim ALL the UK as an Islamic State. That is ONLY ONE reason David Cameron held the threat to ALL the UK is real and imminent. somethinginsidesostrong
  • Score: 2

8:14am Wed 20 Aug 14

English lad says...

The enemy is within, until we clear our country of these scumbags and change the human rights law so we can deal with them effectively then nothing will change and there definitely will be another 7/7
The enemy is within, until we clear our country of these scumbags and change the human rights law so we can deal with them effectively then nothing will change and there definitely will be another 7/7 English lad
  • Score: 4

8:18am Wed 20 Aug 14

Stewed says...

Nothing can justify this barbaric murder. Insanity prevails again.
Nothing can justify this barbaric murder. Insanity prevails again. Stewed
  • Score: 5

9:04am Wed 20 Aug 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

"THERE WILL BE RIVERS OF BLOOD" - Enoch Powell - This was NOT a racist statement by Enoch Powell but a strategic statement. Enoch Powell was raised in the days of the Raj and had hoped to be The Viceroy of India. - Prior to partition. First and Foremost Jinna was a Muslim a good and great politician yes, but a Muslim first and foremost. Ghandiji was disappointed at the Partition ideal and felt such a violent amputation of that vast Country was too severe, with severe consequences he believed in his Philosophy of SATYAGRAHA - Peace Force NOT VIOLENCE. So in the 1960's Enoch Powells Rivers of Blood speech aims and objectives was that Integrating people from Pakistan especially would result in Bloodshed as it was NOT a workable solution. No I am not an Enoch Powell fan , but this is a statement of the reality of his speech.
"THERE WILL BE RIVERS OF BLOOD" - Enoch Powell - This was NOT a racist statement by Enoch Powell but a strategic statement. Enoch Powell was raised in the days of the Raj and had hoped to be The Viceroy of India. - Prior to partition. First and Foremost Jinna was a Muslim a good and great politician yes, but a Muslim first and foremost. Ghandiji was disappointed at the Partition ideal and felt such a violent amputation of that vast Country was too severe, with severe consequences he believed in his Philosophy of SATYAGRAHA - Peace Force NOT VIOLENCE. So in the 1960's Enoch Powells Rivers of Blood speech aims and objectives was that Integrating people from Pakistan especially would result in Bloodshed as it was NOT a workable solution. No I am not an Enoch Powell fan , but this is a statement of the reality of his speech. somethinginsidesostrong
  • Score: 2

9:31am Wed 20 Aug 14

Pablito says...

English lad wrote:
The enemy is within, until we clear our country of these scumbags and change the human rights law so we can deal with them effectively then nothing will change and there definitely will be another 7/7
I agree with all the outrage being posted here.
Unfortunately a large number will have British passports so there is no where to send them (other than jail). Past governments have given us a problem to deal with. But the solution, whilst staying within acceptable moral boundaries, is something that I think will evade us for a long time. Acceptable moral boundaries can always change, but the majority need to change them.
[quote][p][bold]English lad[/bold] wrote: The enemy is within, until we clear our country of these scumbags and change the human rights law so we can deal with them effectively then nothing will change and there definitely will be another 7/7[/p][/quote]I agree with all the outrage being posted here. Unfortunately a large number will have British passports so there is no where to send them (other than jail). Past governments have given us a problem to deal with. But the solution, whilst staying within acceptable moral boundaries, is something that I think will evade us for a long time. Acceptable moral boundaries can always change, but the majority need to change them. Pablito
  • Score: 0

12:23pm Wed 20 Aug 14

BMD says...

Last week in Tower Hamlets, East London, the ISIS and Palestine Flags were flown beside each other.

The residents claimed it was youths whom had displayed the flags, but the same residents failed to remove this symbol of hatred, it fell to a Nun to show courage and human decency.

Great Britain - Wake Up!!!!
Last week in Tower Hamlets, East London, the ISIS and Palestine Flags were flown beside each other. The residents claimed it was youths whom had displayed the flags, but the same residents failed to remove this symbol of hatred, it fell to a Nun to show courage and human decency. Great Britain - Wake Up!!!! BMD
  • Score: 3

1:17pm Wed 20 Aug 14

somethinginsidesostrong says...

BMD confirms what I said about the Secret plot for ISIS/HAMAS to "retake" the U.K. To base this secret take over via the origin of the Scottish pipes, and Sheikh Spear is tendentious, and shows limited intillect. Trust a G-dly woman to be needed to remove the ISLAMIC FLAG! This is reminiscent of Wesleys era in Newcastle when a raucous gang/crowd of drunken men were going to set about John Wesley. A Large woman in a hessian pinny stood in front of little John Wesley and his horse, with her sleeves rolled up and her fists raised and shouted to the crowd/gang "Come on you cowards touch him if you dare". They all turned tale and fled. It only takes a light to get a fire burning. I hope this BARBARIC act on this poor journalist is a touchstone, so that he has not been murdered so cruelly in vain.
BMD confirms what I said about the Secret plot for ISIS/HAMAS to "retake" the U.K. To base this secret take over via the origin of the Scottish pipes, and Sheikh Spear is tendentious, and shows limited intillect. Trust a G-dly woman to be needed to remove the ISLAMIC FLAG! This is reminiscent of Wesleys era in Newcastle when a raucous gang/crowd of drunken men were going to set about John Wesley. A Large woman in a hessian pinny stood in front of little John Wesley and his horse, with her sleeves rolled up and her fists raised and shouted to the crowd/gang "Come on you cowards touch him if you dare". They all turned tale and fled. It only takes a light to get a fire burning. I hope this BARBARIC act on this poor journalist is a touchstone, so that he has not been murdered so cruelly in vain. somethinginsidesostrong
  • Score: 1

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