The mother and father of beheaded journalist James Wright Foley called on ISIS militants to spare the lives of other captured hostages as the authenticity of the barbaric video of his death was confirmed by the White House on Wednesday morning.

White House National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden issued a statement to say that the ‘US Intelligence Community has analyzed the recently released video showing US citizens James Foley and Steven Sotloff.’

‘We have reached the judgment that this video is authentic. We will continue to provide updates as they are available.’

It was also announced that President Obama would interrupt his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts to make an announcement at approximately 12.45pm (ET).

This comes hours after UK Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his vacation to return to head his governments response following the brutal murder of the American journalist by an ISIS jihadist thought to be British.

President Obama had held back from making a public statement about the beheading until the video could be formally authenticated.

Despite this, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers called on the president to cut his vacation short and return to Washington to deal with the threat to US citizens posed by ISIS.

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Compounding this, it emerged on Wednesday that several senior US officials with direct knowledge of the situation said ISIS very recently threatened to kill Foley to avenge the crushing airstrikes over the past two weeks against militants advancing on Mount Sinjar, the Mosul dam and the Kurdish capital of Irbil.

Disturbing footage of the execution appeared on Tuesday in a video titled ‘A message to the US’, in which an apparently coerced Foley, 40, recites a pre-prepared script presumably given to him by his captors which he delivers unflinchingly to the camera.

Kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving 2012 while working for the GlobalPost agency, Foley brands the US government his real killers and denounces the country of his birth, while his soon-to-be murderer stands over him dressed in black robes and armed with a small knife and gun.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit, with his head shaven, Foley’s voice is strong, but he often pauses to take deep breaths and appears to struggle at times to swallow as he battles against fear.

The executioner, who speaks directly to the camera in what appears to be a British accent, then blames President Barack Obama for Foley’s death before he brutally beheads the brave reporter in front of the camera.

In a chilling warning at the end of the grisly film, the executioner parades another American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, who went missing in August 2013, saying: ‘The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.’

Speaking after the video emerged, Foley’s mother Diane issued a statement saying that she and her husband John have nothing but admiration for the bravery of their ‘extraordinary’ son, who they say gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people.

Foley, has been missing since November 2012, after being taken hostage at gunpoint by militants from the group Jabhat al Nusra while reporting from Taftanaz, northern Syria, for the GlobalPost.

Jabhat al Nusra subsequently joined forces with ISIS–which did not exist in anything like its current form when Foley was taken–which explains how he ended up in their hands.

ISIS posted the extremely graphic video shot at an unknown location, titled ‘A Message to America’ to social media as proof of their barbaric actions.

The sickening video was designed to send a clear signal to the US to halt the airstrikes that have destroyed a significant amount of ISIS’ military equipment in and around the Mosul Dam, and allowed Kurdish Peshmerga to reclaim the strategically important complex.

This morning US jets were seen in the air above the dam as the Kurdish troops who now control it were drawn into fighting with ISIS fighters who remain in the area, hoping to retake control.

The gruesome video presented President Barack Obama with bleak options that could define America’s involvement in Iraq and the public reaction to it, potentially dragging him further into a conflict he built much of his presidency on ending.

In a statement posted on the Free James Foley Facebook page last night, Diane Foley wrote that she and husband John ‘have never been prouder of our son Jim’.

Mrs Foley wrote that her son spent his life fighting to expose the suffering of the Syrian people, and pleaded with ISIS to release remaining hostages.

Foley was one of 20 journalists currently missing in Syria, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

Many of them are thought likely to have passed into ISIS’ hands either because the kidnappers have subsequently sworn allegiance to group’s self-declared caliphate, or because they were sold on.

‘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,’ Mrs Foley’s statement read.

‘We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person,’ she added.

As of 7am on Wednesday, Foley’s family have still had no confirmation from the US government of their son and brother’s death according to his former employer, the GlobalPost.

President Barack Obama was briefed on the video as he was flying back to the White House on Air Force One From his Martha’s Vineyard vacation. White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says the administration has seen the video.

However, other political leaders were quicker to react.

British foreign secretary Phillip Hammond today said the footage ‘appears to be genuine’, which would make it the first time ISIS has killed an American since the conflict broke out in Syria in 2011.

As the disturbing video unfolds, Foley, dressed in orange and on his knees, is unflinching to the end as he addresses the camera before his death.

It appears the journalist has been coerced into blaming the United States by his brutal captors.

Foley also leaves a haunting message for his brother, John, who he is heard to say is either a past or serving member of the US Air Force.

Referring to airstrikes launched nearly two weeks ago in Iraq, Foley says: ‘I died that day, John, when your colleagues dropped that bomb on these people. They signed my death certificate.’

Foley goes on to blame the ‘complacency and criminality’ of the US for his impending death.

Speaking today British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the video appeared to be genuine, adding it was ‘an appalling example of the brutality of this organization’.

A spokeswoman for British Prime Minister David Cameron, added: ‘If true, the brutal murder of James Foley is shocking and depraved.’

The UK would oppose the Islamic State ‘with every breath in our body’ and could send British troops to Baghdad to train Iraqi forces to fight the ‘evil organization’, he added.

In his tragic final message to the world, no doubt prepared for him word-by-word by his captors, a resigned says he wished he’d been able to see his family again.

And in a last insult from his vengeful executioners before his brutal beheading Foley is made to deny his birthright as a citizen of the United States.

‘I wish I had more time, I wish I could have the hope of freedom and see my family once again, but that ship has sailed. I guess all in all, I wish I wasn’t American,’ he says.

Foley then stops speaking and his executioner steps forward. The masked, armed and robe-clad man speaks in perfect English in what sounds like a London or southern English accent.

Some experts have since suggested the executioner’s accent also has mild North African intonations, which could well mean he moved to Britain at a young age.

‘This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen of your country. As a government you have been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State,’ begins the executioner.

‘You have plotted against us and gone far out of your way to find reasons to interfere in our affairs. Today, your military airforce is attacking us daily in Iraq,’ the executioner says.

‘Your strikes have caused casualties amongst Muslims. You are no longer fighting an insurgency.

‘We are an Islamic Army and a state that has been accepted by a large number of Muslims worldwide.

‘So effectively, any aggression toward the Islamic State is aggression towards Muslims from all walks of life who have accepted the Islamic Caliphate as their leadership.

‘So any attempt by you, Obama, to deny the Muslims their rights of living in safety under the Islamic Caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people.’

At this point the executioner beheads Foley, who is kneeling bravely with hands tied behind his back.

Sotloff has been missing since the middle of 2013 and last tweeted on August 3rd, 2013 about his hometown basketball team the Miami Heat.

According to his Twitter account he was in Libya at the time of his disappearance.

Steven Sotloff’s parents and family are having a hard time coming to terms with the release of the video, a relative told Mail Online.

‘How could we be doing?’ Steven’s aunt, Rhona Forgang, said from her Pennsylvania home on Wednesday.

Mrs Forgang, whose brother is Steven Sotloff’s father Arthur, added that for more than a year the family had been advised to remain silent about his disappearance and whether Steven’s captives had been in touch with them.

The public release by ISIS of the gruesome video does not appear to have changed that. ‘We’ve been told to say nothing at all,’ she said today.

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  • DaveMed

    Her messages sparked a trend among young Twitter users who used to hashtag #ISISMediaBlackout to deny militant group the attention it so clearly craves.

    One young woman using the Twitter handle @LibyaLiberty wrote: ‘Amputate their reach. Pour water on their flame.’

    ‘From here on out, I won’t share any photo or video of violence intentionally recorded & released by ISIS for propaganda. #ISISMediaBlackout’ she added.

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    How mind-numbingly naive are these people?

    They actually believe that Muslims act this way for “attention”?

    I really can’t stand the stupidity of my generation. Western civilization is in big trouble.

    • Epiminondas

      This journalist was a liberal and obviously comes from a liberal family. Even when confronted with brutal reality, they can’t quite see the real picture. They always fall back on their worldview. Liberalism is a religion. Some would call it a mental illness.

  • MekongDelta69

    As if NoBama gives a damn about this poor guy – or anyone else, for that matter.

    • IstvanIN

      He wasn’t Blaque.

  • Larry Klein

    Already the neocon chickenhawks are saying that we should sacrifice another trillion $, and thousands of red state boys to avenge the death of a middle east thrill-seeker. Though the real sacrifice is for Mother Israel.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Did somebody say ISIS?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2728624/How-democracy-treating-guys-ISIS-militants-social-media-encourage-Ferguson-protesters-embrace-Islamic-extremism.html

    Really, ISIS is starting to lose ground. The legitimate Iraqi military has already taken back a major and strategically crucial dam on the Euphrates (?) that ISIS had previously stolen.

  • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

    Muzzies seem a particularly brutal race or religion. I’m thinking the religion grew so popular in that region because it justifies the brutal, savage monster that lurks beneath the surface of most middle easterners. Even if these people were atheists, they’d be cooking up excuses to brutalize others. It’s genetic, in other words. My opinion, for what it’s worth.

    • benvad

      Assyrians made a form of accounting to take heads after their enemies surrendered. New age same tactics.

    • Pro_Whitey

      It’s interesting that there are ethnic as well as religious distinctions between the Ay-rabs and the Yazidis. I wonder if the Chaldean Christians can also be considered ethnically distinct from the Ay-rabs. More reason to kill the Ay-rab muslims and take their oil. Even the Persians seem a large degree less bloodthirsty despite being moo-slimes.

    • Cid Campeador

      Islam is more of a cult than a religion.

  • dd121

    It doesn’t give me warm fuzzy feelings that Hillary sings the praises of ISIS.

  • dd121

    I’m not blaming the victim but that moth got a little too close to the muzzie flame.

  • kjh64

    I love how they say he was executed by a “British man”. The man who killed him may have a British accent but he’s no more “British” then I am Japanese. No, he is a foreign alien who managed to get British citizenship or live in Britain but he is not, nor can he ever be British.

    • David Ashton

      How I agree with that, as an Englishman. I respect anyone whatever their “color or creed” who gives 100% support to Britain, especially in war service, but this semantic attack on our identity is another matter, especially when these people are enemies of Britain. I do not wish to prejudice the issue, and despite comments on another thread am no expert on ebionics, but the accent I detected was lowlife London inner-city “black”, although most of our blacks are not Muslim by tradition.

  • MoMo

    Before you criticize my only solution perhaps you should look at You Tube.

    There is only one solution when dealing with people who are always willing to play the “death card”! And that is:

    Find them, trap them, kill them. All of them – men, women, and children. Exterminate them from the face of the earth. They are coming here and will attack this country (in force) prior to the 2016 election. It will happen because this country has a weak, inept, President that intimidates absolutely no one.

    Along with destroying the economy this President has single handily destroyed the security of this country for which far better men than either he (or I) have died face down in the mud in countless, unnamed battles, in forgotten countries, with unsupported causes.

    MoMo

    • IstvanIN

      You are right. We either fight to win or we lose.

  • IstvanIN

    I thought the same things, good looking, no doubt bright (no common sense), could have married a nice girl and had a few kids and a nice, long life. Why in heaven’s name would he go back to the Middle East, just to die a horrible, agaonzing, dragged out death? Didn’t he see Daniel Pearl’s execution? (The muslims have a manual on how to extend the suffering for the enjoyment of the executioner). All he accomplished was to destroy his parents. And why bother reading the statement? He was getting killed no matter what, why give them to satisfaction? He was white and the US government could not care a wit about him. Stupid. Very stupid. He was no hero, simply a fool. A fool like most white people.

    • M.

      He may have read that anti-American statement under threat of torture, maybe a slower death, or as suggested in the article, maybe they threatened to kill another of his fellow journalists if he didn’t.

      • Diana Moon Glampers

        Yeah, I was thinking they probably held the knife to the other guy right in front of him and told him to read the speech or the other guys blood is on his hands. Also he has probably been tortured for two years.

    • Cid Campeador

      I don’t think that there’s any doubt that the Progressive agenda’s mission is the marginalization and reduction of the White race using the “useful idiots” that are causing the destabilization of the society. The irony is that most of THEM are also White and have this fantasy that they are going to be the elite leadership of some Utopian paradise.
      They and their families will be tortured, raped and murdered by thei

  • Paleoconn

    We need to stay out of these savage, backward countries. If journos still choose to go there to cover a story, I won’t shed a tear if one of them shuffles off this mortal coil in a manner similar to Foley’s demise. We’d probably not hear of it if our country’s government had nothing to do with these people.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    “Executioner speaks with a British accent.” – Isn’t diversity just great? We get the privilege, Ehhmmmm, the White privilege that is, to raise up our very own enemies! Diversity, Diversity, Diversity, Where Even Your Allies Are Your Enemy, Can’t You Just Feel The Strength?

  • benvad

    What can you say? I want isolationism to be implemented, all 3rd world/muslim cults or cultures immediately deported from Europe and North America.

    Isolation and ceasing of petroleum purchases from foreign dumps. When they try to enter our territory, I want mass amounts of deadly weapons raining down on them.

    Yazidis? Middle East Christians? Whatever majority minority, fight yourselves and stay away from us.

    I’ve known Middle East Christians, frankly speaking, they’re not my problem. Europeans are!

  • Peter Connor

    British head-chopper, leftist moslem enabler American head choppee. As suggested elsewhere, maybe we should bomb London, not Iraq.

    • rightrightright

      He is as British as my dog is a rabbit.

      • Peter Connor

        True, he and millions of others. Hence bombing London, which contains few real Brits….

  • http://www.antenna.com Wholly Unconvinced

    How brave and courageous of her. I’m sure the Muslims will immediately see the error of their ways.

  • Haereticus

    Maybe I’m naive and missing something here, but do those muslim morons really think beheading an unarmed and helpless journalist will frighten us? Personally they just disgust me, but they did already. I’ve seen more than enough of their behaviour. The only effect of this sort of sordid brutality will be to wake up a few apologist ‘leftists’ and ‘liberals’ from their stupor and infatuation with islam.

    Of course there’s nothing “British” about that clown in the Ninja costume. He’s just a symptom and proof of the blight that has been imported and which has infested Britain and the rest of the previously civilised world. Some of those responsible for inflicting this scourge upon us will face justice and retribution for their crimes.

  • JohnEngelman

    When visiting a Muslim country, do not surrender to Muslims. Kill several before they kill you. It is more honorable to die fighting, than to be executed.

  • Cid Campeador

    Is the beheader an ethnic Brit or a Muslim scum immigrant or spawn of scum?

    • John R

      WHAT DO YOU THINK?????

  • Epiminondas

    He put himself in harm’s way for no good reason. His family now gets to suffer for his narcissism.

  • Charlie

    Zionists have total control over the Western World…they are the ones who have successfully brainwashed millions of unwitting Whites…

  • Malgus

    I know I’m gonna catch hell and blowback from this… but I have to speak my mind..

    Elsewhere on the web, we’ve been batting this around and getting into some heated arguments…

    My thoughts on the matter are: Bombing folks doesn’t accomplish anything except piss them off, kill their kids and make them fight harder. As a veteran (US Army) I personally don’t care what those insane head-chopping (redacted) do to each other.. so long as they leave the Republic alone, then leave them to slaughtering each other…

    As far as the reporter who got head-chopped, well… sorry, but there’s things you don’t do in life. Going into Injun Territory where we’re downright unpopular and the locals have a habit of head-chopping people – looking for some “story” – is just asking for trouble… you’re gonna get dead. The head-choppers finally get around to someone the MSM cares about – one of their own – and the wailing and gnashing of teeth is deafening…

    If reporter guy wasn’t derping around where he wasn’t supposed to be, he wouldn’t have gotten dead…

    My solution to this cluster is to eject every “religion of peace” potential head-chopper from the US and Europe and send them packing back to whatever (redacted) country they came from… don’t much care about what happens to them. They don’t belong here. Never did, never will and the thing is, we KNOW they have no intention of assimilating whatsoever into Western civilization. They’re just here to soak up free… stuff… and then agitate and make trouble when they get enough guys together…

    So, the solution is to get rid of them. One way trip to any muzzie nation they want. Dump them on the tarmac and blow town for cornflakes… let them deal with it.

    I wash my hands of the whole stinkin’ mess…. we don’t need to be there. Never did. Just let them fight it out and then trade for oil with the winners…

    That’s pretty much it… flame away, y’all…

    • Malgus

      Hey Moderator..

      I noticed your change to my post… thanks. I feel pretty strongly about this whole thing, being as me and a bunch of my buddies had a vested interest over there… still walk with a hitch in my step because of those folks, and probably always will… Not a big fan of the muzzies, ya know?

      I’m struggling mightily to keep my posts “acceptable” :) Apologies if I caused y’all any inconvenience… don’t want y’all thinking you have to follow me around, cleaning up my messes…

    • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

      I won’t be throwing any hell your way for having said this.

      My only microaggression is that our decision whether or not we bomb folks in Decapistan should be about what’s good for us, whether it will help our security or not. I don’t particularly care whether they’re mad at us or not, and don’t care if whatever we do or don’t do makes them mad or happy or sappy. Oderint dum metuant.

      You just might be right in the best course of action is if the civilized world gets together and decides to box out and box in the 7th century throwbacks in their own playpens, so they can do whatever they want while inside but aren’t allowed outside.

    • Cid Campeador

      Totally on target.
      As I finishing touch, all immigration from Muslim countries all ALL immigration from Subsaharan Africa whether they worship ALLAH or BOOGABAH UNGAWA should be banned. LEt them stay where they are and slaughter each other as suits their fancy. Let’s remove that saying from the Statue of Liberty. We have had it with the nouveau wretched refuse of their teeming shoes. Our wretched ancestors came to make a better life and contributed to the betterment of society. These creatures came to make a worse life for us and/ or take life from those who welcomed them.

      It’s time for the West to get tired of being murdered , raped and exploded by them and our home grown savages.
      Just curious but where is OUR GOD?
      Is he also golfing?

      • Malgus

        In hindsight, bad poetry is a horrible immigration policy…

        Unfortunately, I feel it is much too late to do anything about it now. Barn door’s been left open too long. At some point in the not-too-distant future, It’s going to come down to Them vs. Us…

        Perhaps something good can be salvaged from the train wreck that is our future…

  • gsrider

    “These savages have got to be stopped. It’s coming west’, the family friend added.

    Yes it is. And how many of these animals have simply waltzed across our southern border? They’ll be greeted with open arms, amnesty and generous benefits courtesy the dwindling American tax payer.

  • David Ashton

    My memory fails me as to the exact date and government concerned, but I do remember that when there was a complaint about the shortage of home-grown mullahs for “our” mosques, an effort was made to send out for more, of course also more “radical”. There has been so much madness that there must be a method in it somewhere.

  • MoMo

    To Mekong Delta 69

    I no longer understand the world. During our day things were much more simple. Find them, trap them, kill them.

    We have a gutless President, a gutless Congress, and gutless Americans. There is only one solution as old guys like us know all too well.

    MoMo
    Fifth Group S.F. Hue 69-71

  • Ultimate187

    More British Muslims fight for the Islamic state than Britain.

    • Cid Campeador

      British and Muslim is an Oxymoron.

      • Haereticus

        In the 1980s we supported the wrong side in Afghanistan. We should never have armed and trained the crazy islamist muppets. We should have stepped back and let the Soviets take care of them. Now it’s clearly apparent we and Russia have the same enemy.

  • Cid Campeador

    We’re doing the same damned thing! I will NEVER understand what these cretins in power here and in the UK think is going to happen to them or their progeny when the Muslims control events in both countries.
    Why has the European man given up his desire to survive?????????????
    Bush paid a visit to a NYC mosque right after 9/11 if I’m not mistaken. What was he thinking?????? They were probably laughing at his wanting to “make nice” with people who cheered as the towers fell. WTF is wrong with us. Why wasn’t there rioting and burning of Mosques and “Cultural Centers” that I would wager, are places where they meet to plan violence against us. A mass deportation should have been initiated immediately.

  • Cid Campeador

    One should read what they’re doing to the UK. A member of the opposing party stated that all they bring there is murder, rape and human trafficking of underage and teen White girls.