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British fighter appears to have role in Foley beheading

LONDON (AP) - The black-clad Islamic militant fighter who appears in a video beheading American journalist James Foley appears to be British, the U.K. foreign minister said Wednesday - a development that underscores the insurgents' increasingly sophisticated use of Western fighters to mobilize recruits and terrorize enemies.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the man in the video with Foley "appears to have been a British person."

He spoke after U.S. officials confirmed as authentic the grisly video showing an Islamic State militant beheading Foley and threatening to kill another hostage.

The masked militant in the clip speaks fluent English with what Lancaster University linguist Claire Hardaker said sounds like a London accent.

Hammond told the BBC that Britain was aware that U.K. nationals were involved in committing atrocities with Islamic State extremists and other organizations.

Hammond says the possible involvement of a Briton underscored the risks that those now fighting with Islamic militants could return to Britain and carry out attacks at home.

British officials have said that several hundred people from Britain have traveled to Syria to join the battle against President Bashar Assad, and some may have crossed into Iraq as part of the rapid advance of the Islamic State group. French and German officials have recently put the combined total of those countries around 1,300.

Shiraz Maher of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King's College London, said the video was evidence that British jihadis were "some of the most vicious and vociferous fighters" in Syria and Iraq.

"Unfortunately the British participation in the conflicts now raging in both Syria and Iraq has been has been one of full participation, one that has seen them at the front lines, taking part in the conflict in every way," Maher told BBC radio. "So we have seen British fighters out there operating as suicide bombers, we have seen them operating as executioners."

The group has previously used Western fighters in its recruitment videos. In June, it released a video showing British and Australian militants exhorting compatriots to join them in violent jihad.

Nigel Inkster, a terrorism expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said the videos reflected an increasingly sophisticated media strategy designed to energize recruits and deliver to Western governments and citizens a message "of fear and a perception of inevitability."

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ohogwash August 20 2014 at 9:35 AM

Cowards - dressing in black and not exposed to the world and run and hide and threaten people … then beheading an unarmed defenseless man and stating to the world how " great you are ". Kidnapping, suicide bombers, raping women and children and burying people alive … all nations should get together in 1 coalition and wipe these scum from the earth …

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Dennis August 20 2014 at 8:55 AM

Lets drill our own oil, which we have plenty of right here in the USA, and get out of the middle east altogether and let them kill one another.

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gurusoldier August 20 2014 at 9:59 AM

Anybody ever wonder how it is that we have our first quasi-black president who cherishes the Muslims company but shuns the Christians though he says he is a Christian but yet he allows groups like ISIS to flourish and kill as many Christians as they can and in fact he has in the past given ISIS money, weapons and medical supplies (these are those Syrian rebels he talked about), he is anti-Israel and pro-Hamas/Hezbollah but no one seems to mind in America's media? Anyone wonder how it is we have a black president but we have more racial divide than we did in the 1960s, more violence in our nation period with illegals flooding through our borders putting a greater burden on our already maxed out system and our president does nothing to stop any of it and how it seems that every time there is more racial tensions he inflames it instead of soothing it or when the borders overflow with illegals he pulls away the guards to allow more illegals to run through? How is all of this happened?

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conceptsiw August 20 2014 at 9:04 AM

1. The first big mistake is the media giving these scum a stage upon which to spread their insanity. Never use their name in print, never make printed reference to their deeds in any manner other than derisive and condemnation.
2. Use every means at our disposal to wipe them from the face of the earth as they have no place amongst humanity.

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gem646 August 20 2014 at 9:21 AM

Hey Great Britain, how do you like having all those muslims in your country now? Stop letting muslims from any middle eastern country into America. Put FBI agents in every mosque in this country. Members of the 9/11 commission are saying the threat of another terrorist attack is higher than pre 9/11. Wake up Obummer, we need to destroy these animals before they come over here.

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porter August 20 2014 at 9:03 AM

I hope Obama enjoys his vacation while our enemies consume the middle east.
I hope he has a plan for when they get here in the USA.

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kimmer0310 August 20 2014 at 9:04 AM

This is incredibly disturbing. I have no doubt that we are just witnessing the tip of the iceberg with these monsters. We should have been backing Assad instead of these rebels. He is certainly the lesser of the two evils.

Time to rapidly step up our bombings. Maybe now that Obama is back from Martha's Vineyard he will show some serious muscle out there.

My condolences to Mr. Foley's family and loved ounces. So heartbreaking.

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S321Saint August 20 2014 at 10:28 AM

It doesnt matter which country the coward in the black garb hiding his hideious countenance from the world comes from. He is ISIS and should be be taken out. Plain and simple.

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Bill August 20 2014 at 9:24 AM

So what will BO do now? These people have vowed to kill Americans and they are now doing it in videos, "containment" is not working.

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Mike August 20 2014 at 9:44 AM

Good grief. These kooks want the entire world under their "order"!!! The end of the world FOR SURE. Religion, they call it? Some forgiving god they live up to. Hardly--a poor excuse for murder and true prejudice.

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vision1214 Mike August 20 2014 at 1:54 PM

They use religion as their excuse for their actions. It is pure BS they kill because of their God. These people have no souls. They are simply pure evil.

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KING JOHN vision1214 August 20 2014 at 2:17 PM

they just down right EVILand evil needs to be destroyed

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