By Rakesh Raman
The recent issue of Dabiq, the flagship magazine of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), has given its version of the execution of the American journalist James Foley.
It has been extensively covered in the media that James Foley, who was abducted in November 2012 in Syria, was murdered last month (August 2014) by the Islamic State militants.
While explaining the cause of Foley’s death, the militant group says in Dabiq that his execution was a retribution for the recent American aggression against the Muslims of Iraq.
In the headline, the Dabiq article says “Foley’s blood is on Obama’s hands.”
The article reveals that James Foley was an American who spent large part of his career travelling exclusively to war zones embedded with the American military at war with Muslims.
Meanwhile, the mother of James Foley said she was not allowed by the U.S. administration to save her son from the Islamic State militants who had demanded 100 million euros ($132.5 million) for his release.
Giving Islamic State’s views, Dabiq says that Foley was not discharging his duties as a journalist honestly. “His work entailed documenting the wars through crusaders’ eyes, reporting all that serves their foreign policy and agenda whilst withholding any news that could expose their evils.”
The magazine further reveals that in the archive of photographs that he had personally taken, there were images glorifying the American crusaders in Afghanistan and Iraq. There were also photos showing the capture of many poor Afghani and Iraqi Muslims at the hands of the crusaders. “Alas for James, this archive was with him at the time of his arrest,” Dabiq reveals.
The Islamic State says that Foley knew that Americans were not welcome in Muslim lands because of their government’s shameless and lengthy record of aggression against Muslims. Nevertheless, he entered Syria carrying along with him items used for espionage, which were also found on his possession at the time of his capture.
Dabiq reveals that the Obama administration was aware of Foley’s detention as early as November 2013.
“The simple solution for his release was clearly stated to the Americans. All that Obama had to do was release our Muslim brothers and sisters from their prisons,” according to Dabiq.
“From this point up until James’ execution, there were many attempts by the Islamic State to reach a solution concerning the fate of James Wright Foley, but the arrogant, foolish, and defeated US government turned away from their citizen with apathy,” claims Dabiq.
Dabiq magazine, which is published by the Al Hayat Media Center of the Islamic State, is named after the Dabiq town in northern Syria. The town is famous for the battle of Marj Dabiq between the Ottoman Empire and the Mamluk Sultanate in 1516.
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Photos courtesy: Dabiq