We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.
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.
We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim.
UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond called the video "appalling."
We’ve been saying for a very long time that there are a significant number of British nationals, both in Syria and Iraq, operating with extremist organisations. And that is one of the reasons why this organisation represents such a direct threat to the UK’s national security. Many of these people may seek at some point to return to the UK and they would then pose a direct threat to our domestic security. This is a poison, a cancer, what’s going on in Iraq and Syria, and it risks spreading to other parts of the international community and affecting us all directly.
Here are some fast facts about ISIS
The Islamic State is also known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, it aims to create an Islamic state across Sunni areas of Iraq and in Syria.
Here is a timeline.
“The barbaric murder of James Foley by the Islamic State group
underlines the depths of its depravity as it wages its campaign of
terror across Syria and Iraq," said Secretary General Noble.
"This public slaughter of an innocent man has appalled citizens
worldwide, and it highlights the ongoing plight of other innocent people
across the region at the hands of bloodthirsty terrorists who know
neither compassion nor mercy,”
Israel's prime minister called ISIS and Hamas, the group that controls Gaza, "branches of the same tree." Israel and Hamas have been embroiled in a bloody conflict this summer.
"We have long memories and our reach is very wide. We will not forget what happened, and people will be held accountable, one way or another."
-- Attorney General Eric Holder
Another day of airstrikes in Iraq
The U.S. military's Central Command says there were more U.S. airstrikes Thursday in northern Iraq. There have been 90 airstrikes since August 8, with 57 of those near the Mosul dam.
Fighter and attack aircraft conducted six airstrikes in the vicinity of the dam Thursday, Central Command said. "The strikes destroyed or damaged three ISIL Humvees, one ISIL vehicle, and multiple IED emplacements. All aircraft exited the strike area safely," the command said.