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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.

PastedImage-91082 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.

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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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