Beheaded journalist's mother saddened by celebration of 'Jihadi John' killing

One US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Emwazi was likely dead, but cautioned that it was too soon to make any determination.

November 13, 2015 22:46
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James Foley's mother talks to ABC News

James Foley's mother talks to ABC News


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The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded last year in Syria, said on Friday she felt no solace in the likely killing of Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John."

The United States on Thursday carried out an air strike in Syria targeting killed Mohammed Emwazi, the British citizen who participated in gruesome videos showing the killings of American and British hostages, officials said.

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One US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Emwazi was likely dead, but cautioned that it was too soon to make any determination.

In an interview with ABC News' Brian Ross, Foley's mother, Diane Foley, said she was saddened by the news of the air strike and criticized the muscle behind America's foreign policy.

"It saddens me that here in America we're celebrating the killing of this deranged, pathetic young man," Foley said.

"Had circumstances been different, Jim probably would have befriended him and tried to help him. I mean, it's just so sad that our precious resources have been, you know, concentrated to seek revenge, if you will, you know, or kill, this man, when if a bit of them had been utilized to save our young Americans," she said.

Foley said America should focus on "protecting our citizens and the vulnerable, the people who are suffering, not trying to seek revenge and bomb."

Foley said she felt no sense of justice, and her son would have disagreed with the strike as well.

"Jim would have been devastated that with the whole thing. Jim was a peacemaker. He wanted to know how we could figure out why, why all this was happening," she said.

Emwazi participated in videos showing the killings of US journalists Foley and Steven Sotloff, US aid worker Peter Kassig, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, and other hostages.

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