According to The New York Post, the brother of an American journalist killed by Islamic State militants told a judge that he had seen his brother beheaded “several times”. The journalist, James Foley, was killed in 2014 by an Islamic State executioner known as “Jihadi John”. The video of Foley in an orange jumpsuit was uploaded on YouTube by the terror group which shocked the world.
Foley’s brother Michael testified on Monday in a court in Virginia, United States, against al-Shafi Elsheikh, a hostage hostage for Michael Islamic State. Elsheikh was reportedly a member of the infamous IS kidnapping and murder cell, known as the “Beatles” because of his British accent. “Jihadi John” was also part of a four-member group. He was killed in a drone attack in 2015.
abduction of 27 people
The group kidnapped at least 27 people in Syria between 2012 and 2015, including several European journalists, who were released after a ransom. But Michael said the terrorist group made some “strange” demands, including 100 million euros and the release of Islamic prisoners, which showed they were never serious about sparing Foley.
‘I didn’t want to believe’
James Foley’s mother said she initially hoped that the news of her son being killed was “some cruel joke”. Diane Foley told the court, “I didn’t want to believe it.” “It looked awful,” he said. Foley said that hope was later lost when US President Barack Obama confirmed on television that James had indeed been killed by his IS militants. The journalist’s father also attended Monday’s hearing but did not take a stand.
Born in New Hampshire, James Foley worked as a freelance photographer. He left for Syria in October 2012 to document the raging civil war. The war photographer was killed at the age of 40 in Raqqa, Syria.
Elsheikh denies the allegations
Meanwhile, Elsheikh, 33, the most high-profile IS member to face court action in the United States, has denied the allegations, and his lawyers claim his arrest was a case of mistaken identity. If found guilty, he could face life imprisonment.
Elsheikh is charged with hostage-taking, plotting to kill American citizens, and supporting a foreign terrorist organization.
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