Reuters: Mother mourns U.S. journalist purportedly beheaded by Sunni militants

Eric Beech reports on reaction to the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives.

"He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person," Diane Foley said in a post on a website set up by the Foley family.

James Foley was abducted in Syria in November 2012 while reporting on the conflict there for GlobalPost.

A video released on Tuesday by Islamic State, an al-Qaeda offshoot that has overrun large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria, appeared to show Foley being beheaded.

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff of California said the video "adds to the appalling parade of horrors perpetrated" by the Islamic State militants who have declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria they control.

"Seldom is the descriptor 'evil' applied with perfect accuracy as it is with this monstrous group that glories in death," Schiff said in a statement.

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By:  Eric Beech
Source: Reuters