UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday strongly condemned the killing of American journalist James Foley by extremist Islamist militants, calling it "an abominable crime."
"The secretary-general condemns in the strongest terms the horrific murder of journalist James Foley, an abominable crime that underscores the campaign of terror the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continues to wage against the people of Iraq and Syria," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesperson.
"The perpetrators of this and other such horrific crimes must be brought to justice," Ban stressed.
The UN chief also extended his deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Foley.
A video released by the ISIL militants Tuesday purported to show the beheading of Foley and contained threats to kill the other in retaliation against the recent U.S. intervention in Iraq. A masked fighter was shown beheading a man kneeling in an orange jumpsuit said to be Foley, a 40-year-old freelance journalist who disappeared in northwest Syria in 2012.
Earlier Wednesday, the White House said that the video showing the beheading of Foley had been authenticated by the U.S. intelligence community.
ISIL, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or simply the Islamic State (IS), has recently claimed to have established an "Islamic Caliphate" in parts of Syria and Iraq, threatening the stability of the region.
The group, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, said their goal is to establish an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria to fight the Shiite- led Iraqi central government and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose top ranks are from the Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.
The UN Security Council has recently adopted a resolution choking off the flow of fund and fighters to the militant group.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of James Foley, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday, shortly after the authenticity of a video showing the American journalist's beheading had been verified.
Obama said he had spoken to the Foley family and told them that "we are all heartbroken at their loss, and join them in honoring Jim and all that he did." Full story
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- The White House said on Wednesday that the video released by Islamic militants to show the beheading of one American journalist and the presence of another was "authentic."
National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the U. S. intelligence community had analyzed the video posted online late Tuesday, and that "we have reached the judgment that this video is authentic." Full story
DAMASCUS/WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Xinhua) -- A video released by the Islamic State (IS) militants Tuesday purported to show the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and contained threats to kill another in retaliation against the recent U.S. intervention in Iraq.
A masked fighter was shown beheading a man kneeling in an orange jumpsuit said to be Foley, a 40-year-old freelance journalist who disappeared in northwest Syria in 2012. Full story