It's no surprise that James Foley's murderer had an English accent
The shocking beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State (IS) has appalled many around the world, but especially audiences in Europe and North America. The fact that the executioner had a strong British accent has also generated cause for concern. This does not come as a surprise, though. Indeed, the choice to have a British national to carry out the execution is an obvious one, since the video was clearly made for a Western audience. It seeks to instill fear in the minds of Western policymakers with a view to deterring them from military intervention in the region.
Seattle murder suspect tied to former terrorism ring
A Seattle man accused in a nationwide murder spree told investigators that he had launched his own "jihad" against Americans, according to sources familiar with statements made by Ali Muhammad Brown after his arrest.
Within hours of his apparent execution being broadcast on the internet, the mother of Jim Foley, the kidnapped American photographer, paid tribute to her son via a Facebook page, which had initially been set up to campaign for his freedom. Brief and to the point, Diane Foley’s statement said her boy “gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people” and that she had “never been prouder” of him.
President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday.
World Humanitarian Day this year brought grim news: More aid workers died in 2013 than any year since records began. In total, 155 were killed, while another 305 and were either seriously wounded or kidnapped, according to newly-released data from the Aid Worker Security Database. The number of victims was 66 percent higher than in 2012.