A video released byÂ ISISÂ shows the beheading of U.S. journalistÂ James FoleyÂ and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesnâ€™t end military operations in Iraq.
In the video posted Tuesday on YouTube, Foley is seen kneeling next to a man dressed in black. Foley reads a message, presumably scripted by his captors, that his â€œreal killerâ€ is America.
â€œI wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again,â€ he can be heard saying in the video.
â€œWe have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by (ISIS),â€ National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. â€œThe intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available.â€
Obama was briefed about the video, and â€œhe will continue to receive regular updates,â€ White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.
ISIS has carried out executions, including beheadings, as part of its effort to establish an Islamic caliphate that stretches from Syria into Iraq. In many cases, ISIS â€” which refers to itself as the Islamic State â€” has videotaped the executions and posted them online.