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Video showing beheading of American journalist 'is authentic', US confirms

Published on Aug 21, 2014 12:05 AM
US journalist James Foley (front), after being released by the Libyan government in Tripoli, in a picture taken on May 18, 2011. The US government confirmed on Wednesday that a video released online Tuesday by Islamic State militants that purported to show the beheading of Foley in revenge for US air strikes in Iraq is authentic. Foley had earlier been kidnapped and released in Libya. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Analysis of a video showing American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff indicates that the video is authentic, a US National Security Council spokeswoman said.

"The US Intelligence Community has analysed the recently released video showing US citizens James Foley and Steven Sotloff," spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

"We have reached the judgment that this video is authentic. We will continue to provide updates as they are available."

Islamic State militants posted a video purporting to show Foley being beheaded and also showing Sotloff.