US may have identified man in beheading videos

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 19: Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey addresses the Intelligence and National Security Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel September 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. After one year on the job, Comey outlined his vision for the future of the FBI, including a bigger focus on cyber and the creation of a new intelligence office within the bureau. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 19: Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey addresses the Intelligence and National Security Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel September 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. After one year on the job, Comey outlined his vision for the future of the FBI, including a bigger focus on cyber and the creation of a new intelligence office within the bureau. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey (L) talks with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson as they testify before the House Homeland Security Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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By KEN DILANIAN
WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI director says the U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker.

FBI Director James Comey told reporters at the bureau's headquarters Thursday he would not reveal the man's name or nationality.

Comey did not address whether the U.S. believes the man actually carried out the killings himself. The full beheadings are not shown in the videos, but the British-accented, English-speaking militant holds a long knife and appears to begin cutting the three men, American reporters James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British aid worker David Haines.

In late August, British Ambassador Peter Westmacott said his country was close to identifying the Islamic State group militant.

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A screen grab from a video posted to YouTube by ISIS that claims to show journalist James Foley, who was abducted in 2012 while covering the Syria civil war, being beheaded.

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