American journalist beheaded in Syria by militants

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Journalist James Foley was captured once covering the uprising in Libya so he knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn’t matter. He was a journalist at heart, once saying he’d cover local news if it meant doing the job he loved.

The 40-year-old from Rochester, New Hampshire, was snatched again in Syria in November 2012. A video posted online Tuesday purportedly shows his execution. But officials in Washington are still working to verify its authenticity.

When Foley disappeared nearly two years ago his parents, John and Diane Foley, became advocates for him. They held regular prayer vigils and worked with diplomats to get information about him.

Foley grew up in New Hampshire and studied history at Marquette University. He was a teacher before switching careers to journalism.

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