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MARTHA’S VINEYARD, MA (RNN) – President Barack Obama praised the work of executed American journalist James Wright Foley and denounced the group that beheaded him during brief comments Wednesday.

In a video that ISIS posted online a day earlier, Foley gave a prepared statement that blamed the president’s authorization of air strikes in Iraq for his own death. He was executed shortly afterward.The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – referred to as ISIS or ISIL – threatened to kill another captive journalist, Time magazine contributor Steven Sotloff, who went missing in 2013 after being kidnapped near the Syria-Turkey border.

After speculation about the authenticity of the video, U.S. intelligence confirmed it was real Wednesday.

Foley, 40, had been missing since November 2012 when he was abducted in a Sunni rebel battle zone. His family had not heard from him since. Foley was freelancing for the U.S.-based online newspaper GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse and had been covering news in the Middle East and North Africa for five years.



Article Courtesy of RNN and WOIO 19 Action News

Picture Courtesy of ISIS/CNN, RNN and WOIO 19 Action News

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