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ISIS didn’t negotiate for James Foley before beheading: family

American journalist James Foley’s terrorist captors by no means made severe makes an attempt to barter for a ransom earlier than brutally beheading the New Hampshire native in 2013, his household testified on Monday.

The revelation got here throughout testimony from Foley’s brother on the federal terror trial of El Shafee Elsheikh — an alleged member of the British-born ISIS executioners dubbed “The Beatles” who’s charged within the kidnapping scheme that resulted within the deaths of Foley and three different People Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller.

Foley, a contract photographer, had left for Syria in 2012 to doc the raging civil conflict within the nation. He was conversant in the risks of the journey, having been held captive protecting the First Libyan Civil Warfare the 12 months prior.

Foley’s mom, Diane Foley, mentioned she first turned involved when her son didn’t name on Thanksgiving. They lastly discovered he’d been taken hostage after they obtained an electronic mail from his captors in late November making an attempt to ascertain a line of communication.

Emails exchanged in Nov. 2012 and Jan. 2013 demanded the discharge of Muslim prisoners or 100 million euros in alternate for the journalist, based on Michael Foley, his brother.

“We had no capacity to safe both of these calls for,” Michael Foley mentioned Monday. “It’s not an inexpensive demand. It’s not a negotiation, in my thoughts.”

This file photo posted on the website freejamesfoley.org shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria.
Foley, a contract photographer, had left for Syria in 2012 to doc the raging civil conflict within the nation.
AP/Nicole Tung

The captors proved that Foley was of their possession and alive by offering private particulars about his life that solely his household would know.

For eight grueling months, the Foleys obtained no response to a number of emails requesting to talk with the abductors. 

Then in August 2013,  they obtained an electronic mail titled: “A message to the American authorities and their sheep-like residents,” criticizing a current U.S. bombing marketing campaign in opposition to the Islamic State.

Diane and John Foley, the parents of James Foley, a US journalist slain by Islamic State militants, return to the Alexandria federal court house after a break in the trial of IS member El Shafee Elsheikh.
Diane and John Foley declare their son’s captors by no means made severe makes an attempt to barter for a ransom earlier than brutally beheading him.
OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP through Getty Photos

“As for the scum of your society who’re held prisoner by us, THEY DARED TO ENTER THE LION’S DEN AND WHERE (sic) eaten,” the message mentioned. It promised retaliation, ”the primary of which being the blood of your American citizen, James Foley. He will probably be executed as a DIRECT results of your transgressions in direction of us!”

Foley was beheaded in a sickening video shared broadly on the internet a couple of days later.

His mom and brother each mentioned that they first discovered of James’ demise when reporters referred to as in search of the household’s response.

A masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaks next to man purported to be U.S. journalist James Foley at an unknown location.
The execution video was broadly unfold on-line.
Reuters

Michael Foley mentioned he discovered the video simply on the web and watched his brother’s execution a number of occasions. 

Diane Foley couldn’t consider it, hoping it was some form of horrible joke.

She discovered her son’s destiny when then-President Barack Obama confirmed the beheading in a tv handle.

Elsheikh and terrorist pal Alexenda Kotey — one other member of “The Beatles” — have been captured collectively and delivered to Virginia to face trial. Kotey pleaded responsible final 12 months and obtained a life sentence, avoiding the demise penalty.

This file photo combination of pictures created on February 11, 2018 from two handout images provided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on February 10, 2018 shows captured British Islamic State (IS) group fighters El Shafee el-Sheikh (L) and Alexanda Kotey (R), posing for mugshots in an undisclosed location.
British Islamic State (IS) group fighters El Shafee el-Sheikh, left, and Alexanda Kotey, proper, have been delivered to Virginia to face trial for the homicide.
Syrian Democratic Forces/AFP through

A 3rd Beatle, Mohammed Emwazi, served as executioner within the video of Foley’s execution. He was killed in a drone strike.

Elsheikh’s protection attorneys declare there’s inadequate proof to show he was a member of the group that took half within the hostage-taking scheme. Prosecutors plan to current proof that Elsheikh confessed to his function in interviews with authorities and the media.

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