So sad. After watching her son get killed in a video posted on YouTube by ISIS on Aug. 19, Diane Foley released a statement, begging the militant group to ‘spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents.’
American journalist James Foley’s mother, Diane Foley, penned a heartbreaking statement Tuesday evening, Aug. 19, after a video posted online appeared to show her son being beheaded in Syria by militant group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
James Foley’s Mom Releases Heartbreaking Statement After Militants Behead Her Son
“We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people,” Diane said in a statement posted on Facebook.
“We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world,” she continued.
“We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us,” James’ mother concluded. “He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim.”
James Foley Beheaded By Savage ISIS Executioner
The 40-year-old journalist disappeared in Syria in 2012. On Aug. 19, a video posted on YouTube, titled “A Message to America,” depicted a man, believed to be James, being beheaded by a member of the Islamic State terror group.
At the end of the video, ISIS threatens to kill Time contributor Steven Sotloff if airstrikes in Iraq do not stop. “The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” the ISIS executioner says.
President Barack Obama spoke on this matter during a press conference at 12:45 PM ET on Aug. 20. James’ parents, who are completely devastated, spoke about their son during their own press conference the very same day. (Watch it here.)
Our thoughts go out to James’ friends and family during this difficult time and we hope to see the safe return of Steven Sotloff and other kidnapped Americans on Syrian soil.
— Chris Rogers