President Obama today condemned Islamic militant group ISIS' (also known as ISIL) murder of U.S. journalist James Foley. In a strongly worded statement, the president called the group a "cancer" that must be eliminated.
"ISIL speaks for no religion. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, or what they do everyday," Obama said from Martha’s Vineyard.
Yesterday, ISIS released a video showing the beheading of the 40-year-old Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012. Foley was a freelance journalist for the news site, GlobalPost.
Foley was among more than 80 journalists who have been captured in Syria by militant groups since the start of the conflict in 2011, according to the advocacy group Committee to Protect Journalists. His death underscores the danger journalists face working in the area.
Courtney Radsch, Advocacy Director at the advocacy group Committee to Protect Journalists, which tracks missing journalists around the world. CPJ has been following the James Foley abduction since he was kidnapped in 2012