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Report: James Foley's executioner identified by former Islamic State hostage

The British jihadi who decapitated the U.S. journalist is thought to be an educated Londoner named John.

Beheading of U.S journalist James Foley
A still showing the British Islamic State militant 'Jihadi John' holding a knife to beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley in an u... / Photo by Reuters
By Haaretz
Published 15:18 21.08.14

A former hostage of the Islamic State (IS) has identified the executioner of American journalist James Foley, whose beheading was filmed and posted on social media by the terrorist organization on Tuesday.

According to the Guardian, the former hostage was guarded by the executioner, identified as a Londoner named John, in Raqqa, an Islamic State stronghold in northern Syria. "John" is purported to have been the primary negotiator in talks to release 11 hostages earlier this year, resulting in their handover to Turkish officials.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph described the militant as intelligent and "highly committed" to the IS cause, and, along with another two British nationals, is believed to be in charge of guarding the Islamist group's foreign hostages. Owing to their common nationality, the three are referred to by the hostages as "The Beatles."   


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  • 3.
    Murderer surely
    Murderer surely
  • 2.
    So clearly being "intelligent" and "barbaric" are two "qualities" that can coexist. Tough to understand, but apparently quite plausible. Tit for tat, I believe... when found, this executioner should receive barbaric and intelligent punishment...
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    British Intelligence
    Wow, they have deduced that the infamous executioner is named John and educated. This narrows down the suspects to only around 7 million. By educated does that mean he went to grade school?