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Islamic State releases video claiming to show beheading of US journalist James Foley

Foley has been missing since being kidnapped in Syria in 2012.

Image: Facebook/Manu Brabo/Free James Foley

JIHADIST GROUP THE Islamic State have claimed that they have beheaded an American journalist in retaliation for US air-strikes in Iraq.

The group uploaded a video to Youtube showing a masked militant beheading a man that they claim was the reporter who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012.

Free James Foley, the official campaign to find the photojournalist, have issued a short statement saying that they are monitoring the claim.

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Source: Facebook/Free James Foley

Stars and Stripes, the US military newspaper for which Foley reported from Afghanistan, is reporting that Foley has been killed.

In the five-minute video, distributed online by known Islamic State sources, the group declares that the 40-year-old was killed after US President Barack Obama ordered air strikes against IS positions in northern Iraq.

One of the IS fighters who spoke in the video, which has now been removed, speaks with a strong British accent and says that the United States, “is no longer fighting an insurgency, we are an Islamic army”.

- Additional reporting by © – AFP 2014 

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