Diane Foley spoke exclusively with Anderson Cooper about the kidnapping and murder of her son, journalist James Foley. She put the blame squarely on ISIS, but she also said that she felt "our country let Jim down." She also spoke to Anderson about her son’s time in captivity, the handling of an e-mail demanding an impossible random, the release of Bowe Bergdahl and the launch of the James Foley Legacy Fund and Foundation.
Justice Correspondent Pam Brown reports on the government's response to Diane Foley's allegations.
When her son, journalist James Foley, was kidnapped in Syria by ISIS, Diane Foley, along with the rest of her family, became tireless advocates for his safe return. For 21 months, they showed strength and grace, even as they learned the very worst happened to him.
Diane Foley spoke exclusively to Anderson Cooper about the son she loved and the James Foley Legacy Foundation. She also candidly discussed her belief that the U.S. government did not do enough to bring James and Steven Sotloff home safely.
She explained the situation saying:
'Jim was killed in the most horrific way. He was sacrificed because of a lack of coordination, lack of communication, and a lack of prioritization.'
We invited the White House to provide someone to comment on Diane Foley's assertions, but they declined. However, during an interview with National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Wolf Blitzer asked about it. You can watch her response, along with Anderson's conversation with Dan O'Shea, a former hostage negotiator at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and Maajid Nawaz, a former jihadi recruiter.
American journalist Peter Theo Curtis is free, after being held for nearly two years by Muslim extremists in Syria. His release by the militant group the Nusra Front came as a surprise, just days after the execution of fellow American journalist James Foley by ISIS. Miguel Marquez has more about Curtis' ordeal.
Syria says it is ready to accept U.S. airstrikes to help stop ISIS, as long as certain conditions are met. The Muslim extremist group seized a key Syrian air base. But is it even possible that the U.S. would cooperate with the Assad regime? Anderson discussed this situation with CNN National Security Analyst Fran Townsend and Lieutenant General Mark Hertling who commanded U.S. forces in Iraq from 2007-2009.
James Foley's death at the hands of ISIS terrorists in Syria was brutal and horrifying. The American journalist put himself in harm’s way frequently over the course of his career. He was committed to helping those less fortunate and shining a light on the stories that many other journalists were unable to tell.
His brother Michael spoke to Anderson. They discussed James' career, how his family is coping with his death, and how he would like to see his brother's legacy carried on.
Click here if you would like to help the James Foley Scholarship Fund.
What would it take to free the three other Americans that ISIS is holding captive and threatening to kill? Anderson discussed the situation with former Navy SEAL Daniel O'Shea. He's also the former coordinator at the U.S. Embassy's Hostage Working Group in Baghdad.
James Foley was kidnapped in November 2012 while reporting on the conflict in Syria. Today we are learning that the U.S. launched a failed attempt to rescue him and other hostages earlier this summer. Foley has now been beheaded by ISIS terrorists. We want to look back on the courageous way in which he lived his life and the work he was so passionate about.
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