James Foley (photojournalist)

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James Wright Foley
Born (1973-10-18)October 18, 1973
Rochester, New Hampshire, U.S.
Disappeared November 22, 2012
Syria
Died c. August 19, 2014(2014-08-19) (aged 40)
Iraq
Cause of death decapitation
Nationality American
Other names Jim Foley
Occupation Photojournalist
Employer Global Post
Agence France-Presse
Parent(s) John Foley
Diane Foley[1]

James Wright Foley (October 18, 1973 – c. August 19, 2014) was an American photojournalist. He was abducted in northwestern Syria on November 22, 2012,[2] while working for the U.S.-based online news outlet GlobalPost.[3]

He was beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at an unknown desert location in August 2014 in revenge for United States airstrikes on the group.[4][5] His family, President Obama and the United States National Security Council all confirmed that a video of his death was real. Foley's beheading marked the first time ISIS had killed an American citizen.

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