Locals Respond to Murder of American Journalist
Written by Ian Grimley
Last updated on August 24, 2014 @ 7:35PM
Created on August 23, 2014 @ 6:55PM
The brutal murder of American journalist James Foley has sent shock waves across the country. It's yet another violent act that Iraqi terrorist group ISIS has taken responsibility for.
ISIS has been criticized throughout the international community for what some are calling a genocide of religious minorities in northern Iraq. But now, the group has shed American blood.
"When you see somebody killed in such a horrific way, that represents a terrorist attack against our country and against an American citizen, and I think all of us have the Foley family in our thoughts and prayers."
That was National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes reacting to the beheading of American journalist James Foley. Iraqi terrorist group ISIS has taken responsibility. In a video released by the group, Foley is seen reading a message which was presumably scripted by his captors. In his statement, he says the United States is his real killer. The slaying brought back memories of the beheading of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl by Pakistani terrorists just months after the September 11 attacks. But despite the two men sharing professions, US authorities have warned that ISIS is like nothing they've seen, and they have been quick to condemn their actions.
"People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy, and the world is shaped by people like Jim Foley and the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by those who killed him," said President Barack Obama.
5 News took to the streets to ask local residents if they feel Foley's killing is a direct attack on the United States.
"I think it's an attack on, really, the whole Western culture," said Harrison County resident Paul Ritchie.
"Apparently, the reporter's parents got wind from European journalists who had also been kidnapped and released. The Europeans, those who were prisoners, had mentioned that he suffered the brunt of a lot of torture and a lot of mistreatment because of the fact that he was an American," said Jose Loureiro, also of Harrison County.
ISIS declared that Foley's death happened because of the US's recent air strikes against the group in Iraq. The group is believed to also be holding another American journalist who was kidnapped at the Syria-Iraq border last year.
There are approximately 20 other journalists who are missing in northern Iraq and Syria.
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