Revealed: ISIS ‘Whipping Boy’ James Foley’s Existence In Captivity
August 21, 2014 11:42am PST
The horrific death of American photojournalist Jim Foley at the hands of ISIS has shaken the world. As the Islamic extremist organization makes plans to behead another captured member of the press, unsettling new details surrounding Foley’s time in captivity are beginning to emerge.
Jim Foley was taken prisoner by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. He was captured by a gang of armed terrorists in Syria. His grief-stricken parents learned of his brutal death as they were preparing a vigil to mark the two years that their son had been in the hands of terrorists.
The military service of his family members originally inspired Foley to travel overseas in order to expose the realities of the situation there.
Other prisoners who were held captive along with Foley have come forward since his death to reveal the merciless way he was treated. According to French journalist Didier Francois, 53, Foley received the harshest treatment out of all the prisoners. This was in response to ISIS militants discovering that Foley’s brother is an officer in the U.S. Air Force. His captors were able to ascertain this sensitive information through a search of his laptop, which contained pictures of his 35-year-old brother. This is the sibling whom Foley was forced to denounced in the video of his beheading.
Members of ISIS found this photo of Jim Foley’s brother, John, on the journalist’s laptop computer. His likeness has been protected, as he is an active member of the U.S. military.
The torture Foley suffered at the hands of ISIS was incredibly brutal. He was made to participate in mock executions and was at one point crucified to a wall. A second French hostage, Nicolas Henin, spent seven months in captivity with Foley in Syria. The two were even handcuffed together for an entire week. Henin, who was released in April, told the BBC:
“Being an American he was probably more targeted by the kidnappers. Well, he would be beaten a bit more probably, he was some kind of scapegoat. And the kidnappers knew that his brother was in the U.S. Air Force. He became the whipping-boy of the jailers but remained unperturbed.”
Henin went on to describe the dismal conditions in which they were made to live:
“The conditions were often quite basic and were sometimes quite difficult. We were in extremely narrow rooms and were taken to the bathroom two to three times a day. For emergencies we had a few bottles and a bucket in the corner.”
Foley has been regarded as a pillar of strength by all of those who spent time with him. Francois said that he “never cracked even under the most difficult conditions” and that “He was an extraordinary guy, an extremely nice companion in detention, very solid.” He was generous, often times sharing his food and blanket with other prisoners who were cold or hungry.
Foley’s killer is a British man who goes by ‘John’. He is the ringleader of a band of terrorists who have dubbed themselves “The Beatles”. They are the individuals appointed by ISIS to guard foreign hostages. Francois claims to have a rough idea as to the real identity of Foley’s left-handed murderer.
ISIS demanded a ransom of $132 million in exchange for Foley, but the U.S. did not negotiate.
Before he was beheaded, his captors made Foley denounce America and his family, in a final callous act of indignity. The journalist recited, just before being brutally slain:
“Think about what you are doing. Think about the lives you destroy, including those of your own family. I call on you, John. Think about who made the decision to bomb Iraq recently and kill those people, whoever they may have been. Think, John. Who did they really kill? And did they think about me, you and our family when they made that decision? I died that day, John, when your colleagues dropped that bomb on those people, they signed my death certificate. I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope of freedom and seeing my family once again, but that ship has sailed. I guess all in all, I wish I wasn’t American.”
This is confirmation that Obama’s decision to bomb Iraq is the impetus which led to Foley’s death.
The U.S. Air Force told MailOnline that Foley’s brother, John, who he speaks to before dying in the video, was transferred to a post in Europe just three weeks before the execution. He served at the Air Force base in Grand Forks, North Dakota as a logistics officer during most of James’s captivity.
What do you think must be done to avenge the death of Jim Foley and prevent the same fate from befalling other hostages? Give us your opinion in the comments section.
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