The Daily Beast: “Weeks before Foley’s abduction in 2012, alleged members of a jihadi kidnapping network tied to ISIS were arrested and held in London for kidnapping Western journalists, only to later be released by Britain’s legal system.”
Some analysts believe ISIS did not murder Foley to get Obama to stop attacking them, but rather to draw the United States deeper into their regional and potentially worldwide war.”
Opinion: I listened to James Foley’s brief speech prior to his execution late yesterday and could not escape the notion that this just might be another Bowe Bergdahl scenario.
In his obviously pre-planned speech, Foley spoke directly to his bother John (US Air Force) and cautioned him to “think about who made the decision to bomb Iraq and kill those people.’ Foley said he wished he could see his family again, and added “I wish I wasn’t American.”
And his executioner was British.
What is driving British men to join the Islamic State?
In this video, Shiraz Maher, expert on radicalisation, warns that young British men are being seduced by high-profile apparent victories for ISIS and desire to be at the forefront of what they regard as a holy war.
And it’s not just Brits:
U.S. intelligence, law enforcement, and military officials have for months declined to discuss the possibility that Americans had joined the Islamic extremist group. In fact, FBI Director James Comey said last week that his agency cannot be certain of even the range of Americans who’ve traveled to Syria.