In the last few days I have heard rumors that the beheading of the American by ISIS was actually a staged event. Now, from the UK comes this report:
Could James Foley have been murdered by ISIS a YEAR ago? New claims over footage of beheading as spies use ‘vein analysis’ to find Jihadi John
- Assad’s official spokesman, said that the Islamic State was an ‘extension’ of the Free Syrian Army who sold Foley to his killers a year ago
- Britain’s ambassador to Washington says UK is ‘close’ to identifying suspect
- Spies studying veins of jihadist’s hands in video in ‘vein matching’ technique
- Claims however have now emerged that the video was ‘staged’ and Briton was not the killer but was instead used for propaganda purposes
Murdered American journalist James Foley was killed a year ago after first being sold by the US-backed Free Syrian Army to his killers, it has today been claimed.
Bouthaina Shabaan, President Bashar al-Assad’s official spokesman, said that the Islamic State was an ‘extension’ of the Free Syrian Army, the rebel group which led the uprising against the tyrant three years ago.
She said the United Nations had ‘information’ that the photojournalist was beheaded last year.
She added: ‘Isis [now Islamic State] is only an extension of what was happening right from the first day in Syria.
‘James Foley was first arrested by the Free Syrian Army and he was sold to Isis. You can check with the UN.
‘James Foley was killed a year ago, not now, they [Islamic State] only released the pictures now, but he was killed a year ago. We have definite information, the UN has the information.’
It comes after UK officials said they are ‘very close’ to identifying the jihadist believed to carried out the beheading.
Britain’s ambassador to Washington revealed that spies use a ‘vein matching’ technique in their bid to find the Briton.
The revelation was made however as doubts were cast on the role of the UK suspect, after experts claimed the video could in fact have been staged with the execution taking place after the filming stopped.
It has been suggested the English-speaking Briton in the video may have been used for propaganda purposes and may not have been the actual killer.
An expert in visual forensics commissioned by The Times to look at the footage said he believed the footage was ‘staged’ while the actual execution ‘may have happened after the camera was stopped.’
While no one has disputed that Mr Foley was beheaded, questions have been raised over the role of the English-speaking suspect in the video.
Aymenn al-Tamimi, a fellow at the Middle East Forum think-tank, said ‘they show it’s an English-speaking guy because he is English-speaking for an English-speaking audience.’