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American Journalist Beheaded In Iraq

Written by Associated Press on August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to continue to confront Islamic State militants despite the beheading of an American journalist in Iraq, standing firm in the face of the militants’ threats to kill another hostage unless the U.S. military changes course.

Obama’s remarks affirmed that the U.S. would not change its military posture in Iraq in response to the killing of journalist James Foley. Since the video was released, the U.S. military has pressed ahead by conducting nearly a dozen airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq.

Calling the Islamic State a cancer, Obama forcefully condemned the group that seized territory in Iraq and Syria, and he called for a vigilant, relentless and global effort to curtail an organization he said is torturing, raping and murdering thousands of people in “cowardly acts of violence.”

“ISIL speaks for no religion,” Obama said, using an alternative name for the Islamic State. “Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just god would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.”

James Foley in Aleppo, Syria in July, 2012

James Foley in Aleppo, Syria in July, 2012

Obama spoke at a media center set up by the White House on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, where Obama is in the second week of his annual summer vacation.

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1 reply to “American Journalist Beheaded In Iraq

  1. Jan Standfield

    My heart is so destroyed to think that we as human beings can do this to each other. What an amazing man. His life was only to give and present both sides of a story. He was there to help get their side out also. They unknowingly destroyed an allie who was just trying to bring out the truth. What a shame, what a waste of a beautiful, strong and amazing spirit. He was trying to help you to. And you did this. Love, and grace and blessings to the family of this wonderful man who apparently had an amazing family behind him. You should be very proud of you son and secure in the knowledge that he is there waiting for you and you will be together again. God bless you and give you strength. You have not lost him. You will be be together again.


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