The brother of an American journalist murdered by Islamic State terrorists instructed a choose that he watched his sibling being beheaded “multiple times”, in line with The New York Post, The journalist, James Foley, was killed by knife-wielding Islamic State executioner generally known as “Jihadi John” in 2014.
The video of Foley in an orange jumpsuit was uploaded on YouTube by the fear group and shocked the world.
Testifying towards suspected Islamic State hostage taker El Shafee Elsheikh earlier than a court docket in Virginia, United States, Foley’s brother Michael mentioned on Monday that the picture of his brother’s beheading “is burned into my brain”.
Elsheikh was allegedly a member of the infamous IS kidnap-and-murder cell recognized to their captives because the “Beatles” due to their British accents. “Jihadi John” was additionally the a part of the four-member group. He was killed in a drone strike in 2015.
The group kidnapped a minimum of 27 folks in Syria between 2012 and 2015, together with numerous European journalists who have been launched after ransoms have been paid.
But Michael mentioned that the fear group made some “ridiculous” calls for, together with 100 million Euros and the discharge of Islamist prisoners, which confirmed that they have been by no means severe about sparing his brother.
James Foley’s mom mentioned she initially hoped studies her son had been executed have been “some cruel joke”.
“I didn’t want to believe it,” Diane Foley instructed the court docket. “It just seemed too horrific,” she added.
Foley mentioned it sank in later that day when US President Barack Obama went on tv to verify that James had certainly been executed by his IS captors. The journalist’s father additionally attended Monday’s listening to however didn’t take the stand.
James Foley, born in New Hampshire, labored as a contract photographer. He left for Syria in October 2012 to doc the raging civil battle within the nation.
The battle photographer was executed in Syria’s Raqqa, on the age of 40.
Meanwhile, 33-year-old Elsheikh, essentially the most high-profile IS member to face justice within the United States, has denied the costs, and his attorneys declare his arrest is a case of mistaken identification. He faces life in jail if convicted.
Elsheikh is charged with hostage-taking, conspiracy to homicide US residents and supporting a international terrorist organisation.