Video of journalist beheaded in Iraq is authentic, U.S. confirms

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Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley

Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James FoleyA video showing the beheading of an American journalist by the militant group Islamic State is authentic, the Obama administration said today.

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said intelligence officials analyzed the video and confirmed its authenticity.

The journalist, James Foley, was freelancing for the website GlobalPost when he was kidnapped in Syria almost two years ago.

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  • Greg

    Surprise ISIS is here in America.

    Ed Donovan, a spokesperson for the federal law enforcement agency, told ABC News that the Secret Service is “aware” of a photo tweeted on August 9 that appears to show the flag of the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, displayed on a smart phone being held near the fence on the north side of the presidential residence in Washington, DC.

    "We have an intelligence division whose mission is to assess information that we receive every day for dangerousness or potential threat level," Donovan told the news network. "We are aware of the image and will take the necessary and appropriate follow up steps."

    The image was one of two attached to a tweet sent last week by Twitter user @Sunna_rev, alongside another photograph of a handwritten note in Arabic, dated June 20, 2014, taken outside an unknown building adorned with American flags.

    "Soldiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon," ABC News translated the note, which is accompanied by a Koran verse that reads: "and Allah is perfecting His Light even though the disbelievers hate (that)."

    The tweet itself included both images along with a message in English:

    "We are in your state / We are in your cities / We are in your streets.”

    According to an unnamed senior US intelligence official who spoke to ABC, Twitter use is consistent with ISIS tactics, but the authenticity of the images has not been verified. Nevertheless, the @Sunna_rev Twitter account has continued to post social media dispatches as recently as Friday this week.

  • Steve

    Time to vacation in Canada?

    Wednesday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum," Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) was asked if there is any current interaction between ISIS and Mexican drug cartels he said "yes" and added they are "talking to each other."

    The member of the House Judiciary Committee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security said, "In my opinion, yes there seems to be a talking to each other"

    He added, "The drug cartels use the same operational plan as terrorist groups do … They kill their opponents, they behead their opponents, they brag about it and they have operational control of many portions of the southern border of the United States. They're vicious as some of these other terrorist organizations."

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