Full Text of last message to the Foleys

Full text of the last email the Islamic State sent to the Foley family

The GlobalPost releases last email the Islamic State sent to family of journalist James Foley – @GlobalPost


August 21, 2014 17:56

Full text of the last email the Islamic State sent to the Foley family

The last time James Foley’s parents heard from their son’s captors was on Aug. 12. They received this email.

BOSTON, Mass. — American journalist James Foley was murdered by Islamic State militants, who on Aug. 19 publicized the killing in a graphic video uploaded to YouTube.

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, Foley’s parents received an email from their son’s captors stating that Foley would be “executed.” The Foley family, GlobalPost, government authorities and private security consultants had been investigating Foley’s whereabouts and attempting to secure his release since he was kidnapped on Thanksgiving Day nearly two years ago.
The terrorist group declared Foley’s death would be in retaliation for recent US airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq.
The Islamic State, which is now holding three American hostages in Syria, has since threatened to kill one of them, freelance reporter Steven Sotloff, if the US continues its bombing campaign in Iraq.
The Foley family has agreed to release the email from Foley’s captors. GlobalPost has chosen to publish it in full in the interest of transparency and to fully tell Jim’s story. We believe the text offers insight into the motivations and tactics of the Islamic State.
In addition to the extreme views it espouses, the email contains factual inaccuracies. For example, the Foley family was not “given many chances to negotiate” for Jim’s release. After more than a year without contact, the Foleys received their first message from Jim’s captors on Nov. 26, 2013, asking for money, fast. After the militants had proved to the Foleys and investigators that they were in fact holding Jim, they made their sole demand for a ransom of 100 million euros (about $132 million) or the release of unspecified prisoners held by the United States.

The next time the Foley family heard from the captors was on Aug. 12, 2014. They received this email:



A message to the American government and their sheep like citizens:

We have left you alone since your disgraceful defeat in Iraq. We did not interfere in your country or attack your citizens while they were safe in their homes despite our capability to do so!

As for the scum of your society who are held prisoner by us, THEY DARED TO ENTER THE LION’S DEN AND WHERE EATEN!

You were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactions as other governments have accepted,
We have also offered prisoner exchanges to free the Muslims currently in your detention like our sister Dr Afia Sidiqqi, however you proved very quickly to us that this is NOT what you are interested in.

You have no motivation to deal with the Muslims except with the language of force, a language you were given in “Arabic translation” when you attempted to occupy the land of Iraq!
Now you return to bomb the Muslims of Iraq once again, this time resorting to Arial attacks and “proxy armies”, all the while cowardly shying away from a face-to-face confrontation!


You do not spare our weak, elderly, women or children so we will NOT spare yours!

You and your citizens will pay the price of your bombings!

The first of which being the blood of the American citizen, James Foley!

He will be executed as a DIRECT result of your transgressions towards us!

I am an American Patriot.  I take that as a direct and personal threat to my friends, family, colleagues and country and  I will act accordingly.
While I am no longer an active duty military man, I was and I took an oath of office that I believe in and will continue to keep.  If these animals come across the border to hurt American Citizens, I will act and so will many others.  And I urge you to consider acting as well.
If they come to our soil to act upon their threats, this is no longer “just the President’s problem” and it’s not just “the military’s problem”.  It’s ALL of our problem.  If you’re NOT prepared to defend yourself and your family, and you somehow think that “discussion” and “talks” and “ransom” is the right thing to do, you’re NOT an American.
It is time to defend this country.

I am an American fighting man. I served in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist.

If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information, or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades.

If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am bound to give only name, rank, service number and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.

I will never forget that I am an American fighting man, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.


One thought on “Full Text of last message to the Foleys

  1. Reblogged this on Arlin Report and commented:
    Collective as a nation, I mean We the People, are not taking the threats of the ISIS serious enough. What will wake us up, when they show up in one of our wealthiest neighborhoods? The threats are real. They threatened to behead James Foley, then followed through. War has been declared on us as a nation. These barbarians will kill any and all Americans. I am not stating this as a scare tactic, this is a fact we must be prepared for to defend our freedom or lives. This is a gradual 9/11 like strategy by a terrorist nation. They are in our streets.


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