BOSTON, Mass. — On Tuesday, Islamic State militants released a video depicting the execution of freelance journalist James Foley, who reported for GlobalPost, Agence France-Presse and other news organizations.
The intelligence community has confirmed the video is authentic. Our deepest thoughts are with the Foley family and Jim's friends.
We ask our audience to consider refraining from watching or sharing the video of Jim's killing or its associated images. The video is a graphic work of propaganda, intending to terrorize the public at the expense of an impartial, credentialed journalist whose objective was to chronicle the suffering in Syria, where more than 170,000 people have been killed.
Jim cared deeply about the victims of war, and the rights of people living under oppressive regimes. He was an old-school reporter, who traveled light, talked to the locals and put the story first. His conflict reporting — from Afghanistan to Libya to Syria — exemplifies the intrepid and selfless work of someone willing to risk his life so the world could understand the horrors of modern war.
We'd like to share with you a sample of his finest work.
But first, meet James Foley, speaking to GlobalPost after his release from detention in Libya
May 25, 2011 — James Foley recalls his captivity under Gaddafi
Now, check out more of his fearless original reporting from the field
Aug. 28, 2012 — On Location: Syria’s casualties of war
March 28, 2012 — Exclusive footage of the Syrian Army's assault on Saraqeb
Oct. 27, 2011 — Raw Feed: Libya's missing missiles
Sept. 2, 2011 — Libya: Former Gaddafi prisoner Matthew Van Dyke
April 4, 2011 — Who are the Lybian rebels?
Sept. 17, 2010 — On Location Afghanistan: A firefight in Kunar Province
Here's a sample of James Foley's written work for GlobalPost
Syria: Rebels losing support among civilians in Aleppo
Surviving tanks, snipers and a broken economy, one Libyan family looks to the future
Without international help, a disorganized and ill-equipped rebellion would have little hope
In Libya, a young rebel army struggles to fight back
Rebels say no-fly zone not enough to stop Gaddafi
Despite string of defeats, rebels remain defiant
American man joins Libya's rebels
Libya News: Civilians flee besieged Sirte
Libya: Rebels push into central Sirte
Libya: Bani Walid families flee
Libya: Documents show cooperation between CIA and Gaddafi
Explore the full archive of Jim's GlobalPost reporting here.