Update — August 19, 2014, 5:33 p.m. ET:
A man who appears to be James Foley has been beheaded by members of ISIS, apparently in retaliation for Obama’s authorization of airstrikes and a humanitarian operation in Iraq. ISIS released footage of the killing on Tuesday afternoon, 635 days after Foley first went missing.
Two people who knew Foley told BuzzFeed that the man in the video appears to be him, and that the voice sounds like his.
Foley was last seen on Nov. 22, 2012 in northwestern Syria, where he worked on contributing videos from the civil war to Agence France-Presse for the media company GlobalPost, who had been working to locate his whereabouts.
Foley’s parents celebrated their son’s 40th birthday on Oct. 18, 2013. “We remain hopeful that James will be found and safely brought home to his family,” they said. His family did not respond immediately to BuzzFeed’s inquiry about the Aug. 19 video, but his mother posted a statement on Facebook late Tuesday night:
We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.
We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.
We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim.
His Twitter bio read, “i’ve reported from iraq, afghan, libya, syria. a lot of questions, no answers.” His last tweet was sent on Nov. 22.
3. Edouard Elias, French
Edouard Elias is a photographer who worked for Agence France-Presse in Syria alongside French photographer Olivier Voisin, who died in Turkey after being injured in Syria on Feb. 24.
Elias then began working for French radio station Europe 1.
The photojournalist was reportedly abducted on June 6 by four armed men while traveling to Aleppo in Syria.
4. Didier Francois, French
Didier Francois worked as an investigative reporter for Libération before joining Europe 1.
He was kidnapped alongside Elias as the two journalists made their way to Aleppo on June 6; in July French officials said they believed the two men were still alive.
5. Marc Marginedas, Spanish
Veteran Spanish war correspondent Marc Marginedas was kidnapped by insurgents near the city of Hama in western Syria on Sept. 4., 2012, his newspaper El Periodico reported.
“According to various sources, Marginedas was traveling by car with his driver when they were intercepted by jihadi combatants,” an article in the newspaper reported.
There has been no contact with him since his abduction.
Marginedas tweeted last on Sept 3.
“Obama habla, pero no hace nada” #Syria http://t.co/WWph8cwlIn và»š @elperiodico_cas
8. Nicolas Henin, French
Henin was documenting municipal elections in the northeast city of Raqqa for Le Point Magazine, where he had worked for 10 years, when he was taken hostage on June 22.
In his Twitter bio he describes himself as an “optimistic revolutionnary” who is “always up for a cup of coffee.”
He last tweeted on June 11.
@RoxanneDARCO Je suis en Syrie. AccÃ¨s Ã internet intermittent. email@example.com
10. Austin Tice, American
Austin Tice was working as a freelance journalist for the The Washington Post and satellite news channel Al-Jazeera English when he disappeared on Aug. 14, 2012, while working in Damascus.
On Aug. 14, 2013, Tice’s family posted a statement on their website.
“It has been 365 days since we last heard from our precious son, beloved brother, adored uncle, and faithful friend, Austin,” it says. “None of us want to place special significance on this date because we know that every one of those days has been unimaginably challenging for Austin.”
Tice’s Twitter bio reads: “#USMC infantry vet, #Georgetown Law stdnt, freelance #journalist. Currently in #Syria”
This was Austin’s last tweet.
Spent the day at an FSA pool party with music by @taylorswift13. They even brought me whiskey. Hands down, best birthday ever.
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