How horrific. Before James’ head was cut off by ISIS, he was treated like a ‘whipping boy,’ a French fellow hostage has revealed. James was allegedly subjected to beatings and psychological torture with mock executions.
Militant group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) allegedly singled out American journalist James Foley, 40, for mock executions, brutal beatings and a staged crucifixion when they learned his younger brother served in the US Air Force, Nicolas Henin, a French journalist who was held captive with James before his violent beheading on Aug. 19, recently revealed.
James Foley Tortured By Islamic State Terrorists Before Beheading — Mock Executions
“Because of [his brother’s military affiliation] and he was American, he got extra bad treatment,” Nicolas told France’s Express magazine. “He became the whipping boy of the jailers, but he remained implacable.”
During one horrific incident, James was “made to pose as if he was being crucified against a wall,” French journalist Didier Francois, who was also held hostage with James, told the French i-Tele TV network, The Telegraph reported.
The terrorists allegedly learned about James’ family ties to the US Military through photos found on his laptop of his younger brother, John Foley, 35.
James was kidnapped on Thanksgiving Day 2012, while leaving an Internet cafe in Syria, Didier claims.
Didier was held hostage with James from last August until April, when he was released with three other French captives, the New York Post reports.
“[James] was an extraordinary person with a strong character. He was a pleasant companion in detention because he was solid and collective. He never gave in to the pressure and violence of the kidnappers,” Didier told Reuters.
Didier, who shared a cell with James, said he might be able to identify the jihadist in the video of James’ death.
When asked if he could recognize the masked captor, Didier told radio station Europe 1, “Recognized is a very big word. I see roughly who it is.”
Meanwhile, the Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation into James’ murder, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Aug. 21.
“We will not forget what happened, and people will be held accountable, one way or another,” he said.
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