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Mother mourns US journalist purportedly beheaded by militants in Syria

Published on Aug 20, 2014 10:33 AM
 
A masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaks next to man purported to be US journalist James Foley at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website. Foley's mother said on Tuesday that her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday that her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives.

"He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person," Diane Foley said in a post on a website set up by the Foley family.

James Foley was abducted in Syria in November 2012 while reporting on the conflict there for GlobalPost.

A video released on Tuesday by Islamic State, an Al-Qaeda offshoot that has overrun large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria, appeared to show Foley being beheaded.

 
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