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Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

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Reuters

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Islamic State insurgents released a video on Tuesday (August 19) purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, and images of another U.S. journalist whose life they said depended on U.S. action in Iraq.

The video, titled "A Message To America," was posted on social media sites. It was not immediately possible to verify its authenticity.

Foley, who has reported in the Middle East for five years, was kidnapped on Nov. 22, 2012, by unidentified gunmen. Steven Sotloff, who appeared at the end of the video, went missing in northern Syria while he was reporting in July 2013.

The White House said that U.S. intelligence agents were working to verify the authenticity of a video.

The Islamic State had not previously executed American citizens publicly. The video was p

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