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Foley family releases full contents of ISIS email

With the family's encouragement, GlobalPost, the online newspaper where American journalist James Foley was employed before he was kidnapped in Syria in 2012, released the full contents of the email that ISIS sent to the Foley family on August 14, 2014, one week before Foley's murder.

According to the CEO of GlobalPost, it was the last of six emails, in which ISIS made no demands, but began with a question -- 'HOW LONG WILL THE SHEEP FOLLOW THE BLIND SHEPPARD?' -- and concluded with the threat to kill their son, which ISIS called 'a DIRECT result of your transgressions towards us.'

The GlobalPost article notes that the email contains some inaccurate facts, including ISIS's accusation that the Foley family was given many chances to negotiate.

'After more than a year without contact, the Foleys received their first message from Jim's captors on Nov. 26, 2013, asking for money, fast,' GlobalPost said.

The next time the family heard from ISIS was the Aug. 14th email below.

[Warning: The contents of this email may be extremely upsetting.]


A message to the American government and their sheep like citizens:

We have left you alone since your disgraceful defeat in Iraq. We did not interfere in your country or attack your citizens while they were safe in their homes despite our capability to do so!

As for the scum of your society who are held prisoner by us, THEY DARED TO ENTER THE LION'S DEN AND WHERE EATEN!

You were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactions as other governments have accepted,
We have also offered prisoner exchanges to free the Muslims currently in your detention like our sister Dr Afia Sidiqqi, however you proved very quickly to us that this is NOT what you are interested in.

You have no motivation to deal with the Muslims except with the language of force, a language you were given in "Arabic translation" when you attempted to occupy the land of Iraq!
Now you return to bomb the Muslims of Iraq once again, this time resorting to Arial attacks and "proxy armies", all the while cowardly shying away from a face-to-face confrontation!


You do not spare our weak, elderly, women or children so we will NOT spare yours!

You and your citizens will pay the price of your bombings!

The first of which being the blood of the American citizen, James Foley!

He will be executed as a DIRECT result of your transgressions towards us!

The murder, filmed and released online Tuesday, has shocked the world, and has also laid bare the debate about the US stance towards paying ransom to terrorists.

'The United States government believes very strongly that paying ransom to terrorists gives them a tool in the form of financing that helps them propagate what they're doing,' the State Department's deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said. 'And so we believe very strongly that we don't do that, for that reason.'

The murder has also surfaced the truth that hundreds of Americans are among the roughly 12,000 fighters backing Islamic state's terror reign, leaving the U.S. concerned over 'the inability of Western governments to stop these individuals from returning home radicalized and ready to strike.'

'Some have both the intention and some capability to attack the United States homeland... we're doing all we can to understand the outflow of foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq, many of them with Western passports,' Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the outgoing director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told the National Journal.

Despite ISIS's threat to kill a second American hostage, believed to be journalist Steven Sotloff, the killing is reportedly doing little to stop U.S. airstrikes on Iraq, who are using the attacks to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain control of certain territories, including Mosul Dam, in Iraq.

According to the Defense Department, six airstrikes hit ISIS positions Thursday -- 90 airstrikes in total since August 8, which have helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces push back ISIS militants.

During a news briefing Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel relayed the gravity of the situation.

'They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess,' Hagel said.

"...This is beyond anything we have seen, and we must prepare for everything. And the only way you do that is that you take a cold, steely hard look at it and get ready.'

More on Foley killing:

Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

Pentagon: Islamic state militants will regroup

Obama: US will 'do what we must to protect our people'

'It's not worth your life,' James Foley says while speaking at former journalism school in 2011

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rstrickland August 22 2014 at 4:51 AM

Time to blast the little MF'ers off the face of the earth. There is no place for them - they are worthless bullies that produce nothing but hate. Unfortunately, the US is under the power of the weakest and most stupid administration ever, so nothing will be done - Michelle Obama said she hated the United States, so I guess she is getting what she wants!

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frankiegallo33 August 22 2014 at 6:40 AM

Many have said all along, Barack Hussein Obama will get us all killed.
People elected him because of his race. Votes must be based on integrity, honesty & intelligence and for the candidates love of our Nation the way it is.
This is what we get when the basis for a voting for a person is based on race or gender. A person being a woman is also no reason to vote for someone.
Obama is in way over his dumb head, and his giant ego keeps him from following what the intelligent people like the Generals etc. tell him.
Hillary, from the family of liars, cheaters & scum is no different.
God Help Us, PLEASE.
We've made a giant mistake. (TWICE) !

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kgreiner58 August 22 2014 at 4:54 AM

Bring it on - ISIS freaks. The US needs to adopt your twisted thinking. How about if the US snatches ANY and ALL that even smell like ISIS?
We lead them out one by one and execute them ALL (leaving the women and children to be treated human).

THE US WILL get your asses one by one...........and keep the air strikes exculating daily.

Wanna see a pack of mean Marines coming to get you? The Marines kick ass and take names later,

Sucks to be a rag head!

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terrihieber August 22 2014 at 5:44 AM

Consider that Obama wants to treat this as a criminal case AGAIN? He has Holder charging the terrorist for crimes as if he was a US citizen. Then consider what Obama and Holder want to do is bring this terrorist back to the USA for a trial in which he would get the same rights as a US citizen?

THIS IS INSANE! This is a terrorist who deserves to be blown away like any other terrorist. Not treat as a mere criminal. He did a hell of a lot more than rob a 7 11!

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joe.bagofdonuts August 22 2014 at 6:46 AM

Mr. President, there is no talking to these animals , no coming to an a agreement ,no trading hostages , no negotiation's and certainly no bowing to these savages. This is No time to be a World Community Organizer. Please do your Job and Kill these Savages or Step Down and Let someone else do it before they kill no Americans.!!

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jbroskoski3 August 22 2014 at 5:44 AM

Islam, in any form, is simply incompatible with modern civilization. It is a brutal, savage religion.

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jsinvent August 22 2014 at 5:05 AM

Evil is gaining strength under Obama's weak ledership. He should take less Vacations, Less Golf, and bring the fight to ISIS. If he doesn't this serpent will only grow larger and the World will become unsafe.

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Joe August 22 2014 at 4:57 AM

The Muslim extremists want this to be a holy war. They want this to be East against West. They believe that it is Islam against Christianity. They are wrong. It is none of these things. It is simply criminal, misguided, radical behavior against world powers that it will never be able to defeat. Each of these people will die in the street or be brought to justice. Clearly, there is no other way. If they prefer death over peace, then a swift death they shall have. Let all who stand with them, die with them. It shall be done if it is their wish to be martyrs.

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esqlevine August 22 2014 at 5:12 AM

'They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess,' Hagel said.
"...This is beyond anything we have seen, and we must prepare for everything. And the only way you do that is that you take a cold, steely hard look at it and get ready.' Just a few months ago, our President told us ISIS was JV. Looks like they've been promoted to first string.

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threetoyo August 22 2014 at 6:37 AM

So what they are saying is they won't kill Obummer because he is one of them

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cbza3600 threetoyo August 22 2014 at 9:51 AM

they didn't say that AT ALL. you must've been reading, oh who am I kidding, you don't read.

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fullsrvlaw threetoyo August 22 2014 at 4:44 PM

You must have voted for that bobblehead Bush. Racists like you cannot stand the fact that a majority of Americans voted for President Obama. He beat Republicans McCain and Romney fair and square. Get over it. BTY, you do know that Romney is not a Christian. Mormons are not Christians but none of you Repubs seemed to have a problem with that fact.

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