As James Foley’s family release letters he wrote as a hostage, experts warn his beheading video was ‘staged’


Metro

James Foley was abducted from northern Syria, where he was working as a photojournalist, in November 2012 (Picture: AP) James Foley was abducted from northern Syria, where he was working as a photojournalist, in November 2012 (Picture: AP)

A letter written by James Foley, the journalist murdered by the Islamic State, has been released by his family.

His parents were given the message by a freed hostage, who had memorised it on the American’s behalf. Their extremist captors confiscated any notes they wanted to send home.

It comes as experts say Foley’s filmed execution was ‘staged’, and that it is possible he was beheaded off-camera later by someone other than ‘Jihadi John’.

In the correspondence, published on Facebook, Mr Foley said dreaming about his friends and family had helped him escape the reality of living in captivity.

He also described how he was sharing a cell with 17 others – and having ‘endless long conversations about movies, trivia and sports’. The photographer revealed they passed the time with a…

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