Slain NH Journalist's Mother Wants Kidnappers Held Accountable - NBC10 Boston

Slain NH Journalist's Mother Wants Kidnappers Held Accountable



    "Jihadi John" IDed; James Foley's Hometown Reacts

    The name of the ISIS militant responsible for beheading journalist James Foley and several others was confirmed by a U.S. intelligence official, who said the masked man appearing in several ISIS propaganda videos is Mohammed Emwazi. (Published Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015)

    The mother of slain New Hampshire journalist James Foley says she wants two British men who were part of the Islamic State cell that killed her son to be tried and imprisoned for the rest of their lives.

    Diane Foley welcomed the capture of the men who were part of a group known as "The Beatles" because of their British accents.

    Foley told the BBC on Friday that the arrests announced Thursday won't bring her son back, but "hopefully it protects others from this kind of crime."

    She says "their crimes are beyond imagination. They really have not done anything good in the world, so I think they need to spend the rest of their life being held."

    James Foley was killed on Aug. 19, 2014, after being held hostage for several months.

    French journalist Nicolas Henin, who was held by the men for 10 months, says they should be tried in Britain, not shipped to Guantanamo Bay, because revenge will just breed more violence.

    Henin told the BBC on Friday he would like to see all foreign fighters brought back to their home countries for trial because "the worst thing we can do with the terrorist is to deprive him from his rights, because then you make a terrorist become a victim, and if you victimize someone then you just fuel his narrative and you just confirm his narrative. So everybody has a right for a fair trial and for justice."

    A U.S. military official confirmed that El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey, who grew up in London before traveling to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, were captured in early January in eastern Syria by the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

    U.S. officials have interrogated the men, who were part of the Islamic State cell that captured, tortured and beheaded more than two dozen hostages, including American journalists Foley and Steven Sotloff and American aid worker Peter Kassig.

    The two are believed to be linked to Mohammed Emwazi, the masked British insurgent known as Jihadi John who appeared in several videos that showed the beheading of Western hostages.

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