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Gaofen-1, China's first high-resolution satellite captured 10 incredible images: Must see! 

Mikhael Love, IIO



China has released a set of ten impressive false color images of the country's landscape taken from its high-resolution Gaofen-1 satellite which was launched on April 26, 2013, by the Long March-2D (Y18) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center..

The satellite is part of the China High-resolution Earth Observation System (CHEOS) program that will "substantially strengthen the nation's capabilities in disaster relief, surveying and environmental protection," according to SASTIND, which supervises the program. 

Gaofen-1, is the first of several that China plans to put up into space. The second satellite in the CHEOS series - Gaofen-2 - was August 19, 2014 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi. It is the country's most powerful imaging satellite so far, with a spatial resolution of 1 meter.

China’s return to launch action continued with the Tuesday launch of a new high-resolution observation satellite. The Gaofen-2 (GF-2) was launched at 03:15 UTC by a Long March-4B (Chang Zheng-4B) rocket from the LC9 launch complex of the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Also on board was the Polish satellite BRITE-PL-2, also known as “Heweliusz”.

Three more satellites are to be put into orbit by 2016, and CHEOS will eventually include seven orbiting optical/microwave satellites. (more on the program)

The images show vegetation as bright red, clear bodies of water appear as dark blue, soil appear as grey. Some of the features in images have been described to as "jellyfish", "rings" and "muscles" by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND), which released the photos

Below, take a look at the 10 remarkable images that the China National Space Administration published earlier in August 2014. They're in false color, so they simultaneously look both unusual and incredible, but as you might expect, vegetation will show up as red, clear bodies of water will show up as blue, and dirt will show up as shades of gray.

Dried river valleys cut between mountains. The red and brown tones represent different types of vegetation.

Mountains and a small body of water sit at the bottom of the desert depicted throughout the top of this image.

There's a lot going on in this image of mountains near Changzhi. The pink on the left is farming. Snow is visible in the white region on the right. And vegetation, depicted in red, can be seen covering the mountains.

Farms along the beach of an estuary.

Sand on the edge of Qinghai Lake.

A desert in western China. The blue and red patches are man-made reservoirs. The ear shape is a dried up lake that's been eroded by wind.

More dry lakes. A road can be seen zagging from left to right across the image.

An alluvial fan takes a jellyfish shape in the Gobi Desert.

The crop fields at the top of this image haven't turned green yet (despite their false color). What's beneath them - a stretch of mountains that have been carved by water - are, however, covered in green.

The ground on this plateau has been cut apart by erosion. One long stream uses that valley to cut across the land.

Iceland volcano: Code Red warning issued for aviation; Subglacial eruption under way [ VIDEO's/Pics ]



Aug. 19, 2014: A warning sign blocks the road to Bardarbunga volcano, some 12.5 miles away, in the north-west region of the Vatnajokull glacier.REUTERS

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A subglacial eruption is underway at the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland. Seismic data indicates that lava from the volcano is melting ice beneath the Vatnajokull glacier. An eruption that could cause "significant emission of ash into the atmosphere."


Iceland volcano raises aviation alert, may disrupt flights
 
No-fly zone around Iceland volcano

Iceland evacuates an area north of the country's Bardarbunga volcano, as the country's civil protection agency says it cannot rule out an eruption.



Iceland raised its aviation alert to red Saturday as a subglacial eruption began at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, which has been rattled by thousands of earthquakes in the past week, the country's Meteorological Office said.

Iceland's Meteorological Office is reporting a surge in seismic activity at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, but sees no evidence yet of any eruptions. Seismic data indicated that lava from the volcano was melting ice beneath the Vatnajokull glacier, Iceland's largest, Met Office vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer said.

She said it was not clear when, or if, the eruption would melt through the ice -- which is between 100 to 400 meters (330 to 1,300 feet) thick -- and send steam and ash into the air.

The eruption led Iceland to raise its aviation alert level to red, indicating an eruption that could cause "significant emission of ash into the atmosphere."  Red is the highest alert warning on a five-point scale.

Aviation authorities declared a no-fly zone around the volcano but did not shut Icelandic airspace.



Pfeffer said scientists were flying over the glacier Saturday to look for changes on its surface. Scientists were also monitoring a hydrological station downstream from the volcano for flooding -- a common result of volcanic eruptions in Iceland.

Authorities evacuated several hundred people earlier this week from the highlands north of the Vatnajokull glacier as a precaution. The remote area, 200 miles (320 kilometers) east of Reykjavik, is uninhabited but popular with hikers.

Iceland sits on a volcanic hot spot in the Atlantic's mid-oceanic ridge and eruptions occur frequently, triggered when the Earth's plates move and when magma from deep underground pushes its way to the surface.

A 2010 eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano produced an ash cloud that caused a week of international aviation chaos, with more than 100,000 flights cancelled. Aviation regulators since have reformed policies about flying through ash, so a new eruption would be unlikely to cause that much disruption. ( video and pics of the 2010 even at the end of this report )

Pfeffer said the amount of ash produced would depend on the thickness of the ice.

"The thicker the ice, the more water there is, the more explosive it will be and the more ash-rich the eruption will be," she said.


How to track the eruption

The Icelandic Met Office has been offering daily — and sometimes more than daily — updates on the volcano. There are also frequent English-language updates from the Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið.

Volcano obsessives can find all the different livestreams here.

On top of that, there are plenty of volcano experts on Twitter who are watching the eruption closely — including Dave McGarvieGisli Olafsson, and Erik Klemetti. Journalist Alexandra Witze has been tracking Icelandic volcanoes for a long time and is definitely worth following. And John Stevenson has done a lot of excellent work on the impacts of volcanic eruptions on aviation.




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Iceland's Meteorological Office says a subglacial eruption is underway at the Bardarbunga volcano, which has been rattled by thousands of earthquakes over the past week.

The office reports that a 4.5 magnitude earthquake occurred Saturday afternoon local time.  On Friday, the Met Office reported:
One earthquake of magnitude 4.7 was measured in the Bárðarbunga caldera at 4 km depth yesterday evening at 23:50. This large event was at similar location as earthquakes of magnitude larger than three that were seen yesterday. Large events in Bárðarbunga are interpreted as adjustments of the caldera rim related to decompression in the caldera since the beginning of the unrest. The activity continues and an eruption can therefore not be ruled out.
Vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer said seismic data indicates that lava from the volcano is melting ice beneath the Vatnajokull glacier. She said it was not clear when, or if, the eruption would melt the ice and send steam and ash into the air.
 
Minutes earlier, Iceland raised its aviation alert for the volcano to the highest level of red on Saturday, indicating an eruption that could cause "significant emission of ash into the atmosphere." Red is the highest alert warning on a five-point scale.

Scientists had planned to fly over the glacier later Saturday to look for changes on the surface but it was not clear if that would still take place.

Authorities had evacuated several hundred people earlier this week from the highlands north of the Vatnajokull glacier as a precaution. The area is uninhabited but popular with hikers.

Iceland sits on a volcanic hot spot in the Atlantic's mid-oceanic ridge and eruptions have occurred frequently, triggered when the Earth's plates move and when magma from deep underground pushes its way to the surface.

A 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokul volcano produced an ash cloud that caused a week of international aviation chaos, with more than 100,000 flights cancelled. Aviation regulators since have reformed policies about flying through ash, so a new eruption would be unlikely to cause that much disruption.

Pfeffer said the amount of ash produced would depend on the thickness of the ice.

"The thicker the ice, the more water there is, the more explosive it will be and the more ash-rich the eruption will be," she said.

Earlier this week, scientists said there are two likely scenarios:

One is an explosion outside the Vatnajokull glacier, leading to minor ash emissions and troubles locally. The second possibility is an eruption occurring inside the glacier. Seismologist Martin Hensch says the latter could lead to ash being sent high into the atmosphere.

Met Office seismologist Martin Hensch said the risk of any disruptive ash cloud similar to the one in 2010 would depend on how high any ash would be thrown, how much there would be and how fine-grained it would be.

Bardarbunga is Iceland's largest volcanic system, located under the ice cap of the Vatnajokull glacier in the southwest of Iceland. It is in a different range to Eyjafjallajokull.

Video of a volcano in 25 March 2010 at Eyjafjallajoekull in southern Iceland continues to erupt under an ice sheet


RELATED: 2010 Pics of the region

Eyjafjallajökull's eruption in 2010 caused mayhem with travel plans around the world. Photograph: Arctic-Images/Getty Images

Smoke and steam hang over the volcano under the Eyjafjalla glacier in Iceland, early Thursday April 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Brynjar Gaudi)

Tourists gather to watch lava spurt out of the site of a volcanic eruption at the Eyjafjallajökull volcano on March 27, 2010. Up to 800 people were evacuated in Iceland early on April 14, 2010 due to a volcano eruption under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in the south of the island, police and geophysicists said. (HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)

North view of the Eyjafjallajökull on 4 April 2010 from an altitude of 10.000 meters. This picture was taken minutes after taking off, heading east towards Copenhagen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Plane flies near to assess activity

Ash darkens sky

Full text of the last email the Islamic State sent to the Foley family - www.ofINTEREST.net




Full text of the last email the Islamic State sent to the Foley family

Mikhael Love, IIO

James Foley's parents heard from their son's captors was on Aug. 12, 2014 via an email. That was the last time till the VIDEO surfaced of his execution. Below is copy of the email they received the message to the American public.


The Islamic State, which is now holding three American hostages in Syria, has since threatened to kill one of them, freelance reporter Steven Sotloff, if the US continues its bombing campaign in Iraq.

The Foley family has agreed to release the email from Foley’s captors. GlobalPost has chosen to publish it in full in the interest of transparency and to fully tell Jim's story. We believe the text offers insight into the motivations and tactics of the Islamic State.

In addition to the extreme views it espouses, the email contains factual inaccuracies. For example, the Foley family was not “given many chances to negotiate” for Jim’s release. After more than a year without contact, the Foleys received their first message from Jim’s captors on Nov. 26, 2013, asking for money, fast. After the militants had proved to the Foleys and investigators that they were in fact holding Jim, they made their sole demand for a ransom of 100 million euros (about $132 million) or the release of unspecified prisoners held by the United States.

The next time the Foley family heard from the captors was on Aug. 12, 2014.

James Wright Foley's captures demanded payment or release of others to spare Mr. Wrights life. The State Department's position is that they don't pay off Terrorist and/or those strong arming, but they do! Their payment method is unto those they are looking to set up in positions to help their financial cause and/or agenda(s).

It's sickening that ISIL doesn't fit into one of the State Department's list of those they are seeking to set up in business to fuel their causes because not all of their causes are worthy of all inhabitants of the Earth. 

They received this email:



HOW LONG WILL THE SHEEP FOLLOW THE BLIND SHEPPARD?

A message to the American government and their sheep like citizens:

We have left you alone since your disgraceful defeat in Iraq. We did not interfere in your country or attack your citizens while they were safe in their homes despite our capability to do so!

As for the scum of your society who are held prisoner by us, THEY DARED TO ENTER THE LION’S DEN AND WHERE EATEN!

You were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactions as other governments have accepted,

We have also offered prisoner exchanges to free the Muslims currently in your detention like our sister Dr Afia Sidiqqi, however you proved very quickly to us that this is NOT what you are interested in.


You have no motivation to deal with the Muslims except with the language of force, a language you were given in “Arabic translation” when you attempted to occupy the land of Iraq!

Now you return to bomb the Muslims of Iraq once again, this time resorting to Arial attacks and “proxy armies”, all the while cowardly shying away from a face-to-face confrontation!


Today our swords are unsheathed towards you, GOVERNMENT AND CITIZENS ALIKE! AND WE WILL NOT STOP UNTILL WE QUENCH OUR THIRST FOR YOUR BLOOD.

You do not spare our weak, elderly, women or children so we will NOT spare yours!

You and your citizens will pay the price of your bombings!

The first of which being the blood of the American citizen, James Foley!

He will be executed as a DIRECT result of your transgressions towards us!

UPDATED: "He would have gone first, that is who he is": Brave parents of James Foley match their son for dignity and courage [VIDEO's/Pics] - www.ofINTEREST.net


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"He would have gone first, that is who he is": Brave parents of James Foley match their son for dignity and courage

  • Parents of James Foley speak for an hour to offer tributes to their son
  • John and Diane Foley believe their son saved the life of fellow hostage, Seven Sotloff
  • The Foleys have five children and James, 40, was the eldest
  • Displaying rare dignity and courage the Foleys heaped praise on James
  • Spoke to President Obama before they faced the media
  • A visibly angry Obama said that the world was shocked by ISIS
  • Photojournalist James Wright Foley beheaded by ISIS forces on Tuesday
  • Went missing in Syria in 2012 while working for GlobalPost news agency
  • ISIS posted extremely graphic video 'A Message to America' online


They lost their eldest son in the most barbaric manner just yesterday, but in an inspiring display of dignity and bravery, the parents of James Foley spoke to the media outside their home on Wednesday to pay tribute to him.

While their son's cowardly killer hid his face from the camera, John and Diane Foley fought back their tears and even managed to laugh and joke while they remembered their 40-year-old son, who was so brutally butchered on Tuesday.

And as they matched their indomitable son for heroism, his father John said he was certain his boy would have courageously offered to be executed first to save his colleague and fellow hostage Steven Joel Sotloff.

Displaying remarkable grace, John said that his son, "was a martyr for freedom. His brother Michael and I are both sure he volunteered to go first."

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Dignified: Diane and John Foley talk to reporters after the death of their son, James Foley at the hands of ISIS

Speaking through their tears: John and Diane Foley talk to reporters after speaking with US President Barack Obama on Wednesday, August 20, outside their home in Rochester, New Hampshire

"I am sure he wouldn't shrink from the situation and said someone has got to go first. That is who he was."

'He met the most horrific end and it haunts me how much pain he must have been in and how cruel this method of execution is as opposed to so many others.

"He was courageous to the end and he accepted his situation and he gathered his faith."

The dignity of the Foleys, who have been campaigning for their sons release since he was kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving, 2012, shone through during the hour they spent with reporters.
"We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person," Diane Foley said.

The weight of grief became too much for John Foley at one point as he recalled his son's last words; how he wished he could have had more time with his loved ones.

He broke down in tears and then stopped to compose himself before beaming with pride at his son.

"We're very proud of Jim," said the Foleys, who have four other children. "He was a courageous, fearless journalist. A very compassionate American."

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Courageous: John and Diane Foley, parents of journalist James Foley, speak outside their home in Rochester and remember their son who was killed after being held hostage for almost two years

Speaking under bright sunshine outside their New Hampshire home, the Foleys revealed they had just come off the phone with President Obama who called them from his vacation on Martha's Vineyard.

Indeed, while the Foleys spoke the president made a sombre public announcement and denounced the journalist's beheading as 'an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the whole world".

The president's anger was palpable and he turned it on ISIS, who have waged a campaign of chaos across Syria and Iraq which has intensified in the past three months.

'No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day,' he said.

"ISIS speaks for no religion," he said, aiming his words at the Islamist faction that claims to have established a Muslim caliphate in portions of Syria and Iraq. "Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents."

Foley stood "in stark contrast" to his captors and executioners, he said, blaming them for a series of "cowardly acts of violence."

Watch Global Post Video Here: Email had threatened Foley's execution
 


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CENTURY.TODD KAZAKIEWICH, WCVB NEWSCENTER5. AND NEWSCENTER5 LEARNED TODAY THAT FOLEY'S EMPLOYER THE GLOBAL POST RECEIVED AN E-MAIL FROM ISIS THREATENING HIS EXECUTION JUST LAST WEEK. JANET WU CONTINUES OUR COVER EDGE AND SPOKE WITH THE NEWSPAPER'S PRESIDENT TODAY AND SHE IS LIVE IN BOSTON. FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS THE GLOBAL POST HAS BEEN DESPERATELY SEARCHING FOR AND TRYING TO GAIN THE RELEASE OF THEIR REPORTER JIM FOLEY AS WAS HIS FAMILY. HE HAD BEEN KIDNAPPED IN 2011 AND RELEASED 45 DAYS LATER. THE PRESIDENT WAS ALWAYS HOPEFUL THAT HE WOULD SOME DAY WRAP HIS ARMS AGAIN AROUND THE FUNNY BUT INTENTLY DEDICATED JIM FOLEY. AND THEN THE FINAL COMMUNICATION FROM THE CAPTORS TO THE FOLEY FAMILY, A MESSAGE THAT WAS FULL OF RAGE. WE REC RECEIVED AN E-MAIL FROM THE CAPTORS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT OF LAST WEEK STATING THEIR INTENTION TO EXECUTE JIM. AND WHAT DID YOU DO AT THAT POINT? WELL, WE DID A LOT OF THINGS, BUT WE RESPONDED TO THEM MOST IMPORTANTLY. AND WAS THERE A NEGOTIATION THAT WENT ON? THERE WAS NO NEGOTIATION. BALBONI SAID EVEN THEN HE WAS STILL HOPEFUL AND HAD TO BELIEVE IT WAS A BLUFF. HE SAID THEY BLEED FOR MERCY BUT

At work: James Wright Foley, had been missing since November 2012, after being taken hostage at gunpoint by militants from the pre-ISIS group Jabhat al Nusra while reporting from Taftanaz, northern Syria

Sombre occasion: President Barack Obama speaks about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria on Wednesday having broken away from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts

Difficult speech: President Barack Obama arrives to speak in Edgartown, on Wednesday about the killing of American journalist James Foley

Stoic: Diane and John Foley talked to reporters for almost an hour about their son James, who was butchered by ISIS terrorists on Tuesday

Back in New Hampshire, answering the most difficult of questions, Diane Foley admitted that the family has not watched the gruesome video of their son's execution. 

She said they found out about its existence in a call from the Associated Press looking for her reaction to the atrocity.

'I had been avoiding her for days because she knew something was happening. She was in tears. 

"But basically we found out the way everyone else did. We knew it was Jim, we didn't watch the video."

Talking about their son's death, Diane said that they are praying to God for help.

"Jim would never want us to hate or be bitter. We’re praying for the strength to love like he did."

Even though Pope Francis is due to call the family soon, husband John said he agreed with their family priest, the Rev Paul Grousse, who said he could not make sense of something insane.

"This particular group,' he said regarding ISIS 'has cut a path through Iraq and Syria of terrible suffering that is not part of our human  nature."

'There is no reason for this slaughter,' Diane Foley said. 'Jim was just a symbol for our country. Jim was there to hear the truth and bear witness to the love and suffering...and they knew that,' she said about his ISIS murderers.

"Jim had a big heart and that is what we shared with President Obama. We just pray that Jim's death can bring our country together in a stronger way."

During the two years of campaigning for his release, Diane Foley said the family had learned from released hostages that their son had been a leader of the captives. 

'In their suffering he was helping the other prisoners. There were a couple of much younger people in the cell and we were told he would just hold them. 

"We continue to feel weak but when we think of what Jim did we feel strong."

Bravery: John and Diane Foley told the press that their son was the best of America and that they hope his death will bring people together across the nation

Tragedy: James Wright Foley has been missing since Thanksgiving, 2012 and was beheaded by ISIS forces in a recorded message to President Obama on Tuesday

The barbaric footage emerged on Tuesday of Foley's execution in a video title, "A Message to the US", in which Foley, 40, was coerced into denouncing his country in a pre-prepared script given to him by his brutal killers.

"We thank God for the gift of Jim. We are so, so proud of him," his mother Diane Foley said in front of the gathered cameras on a sunny day in New Hampshire.

"So many people were praying for Jim," she said, and hoped that his sacrifice brings the country together.

Diane said her son was loved by everyday Syrians. 'He ate with them, he lived with them. He had this way of getting people to tell their story - how he did it I don't know, he didn't speak a word of Arabic. 

"One of the videos we have of him is teaching Syrian people how to take video on their cellphones."
'He was putting himself out of a job,' added her husband.

Desperate: Friends and family of journalist James Foley, listen as his parents John and Diane Foley, give emotional comments to the media in the aftermath of his death on Tuesday

Grief: Friends and family of James Foley's parents listen as they eulogize their son to the media on Wednesday outside their home in New Hampshire

Respect: A ribbon is seen on the front door of the family home of freelance journalist James Foley, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in Rochester, New Hampshire


A proud John Foley said that his son was powered to report on the 'suffering of the children' in his dispatches from Syria.

'He was a courageous, fearless journalist. The best of America,' both the Foleys said during their time with the media.

In a direct message to their sons killers, the Foleys pleaded to ISIS to release the other hostages being held, such as Steven Joel Sotloff.

Asked what he thought of his brother's decision to return to another war zone after having already been kidnapped in Libya in 2011, Michael Foley only had admiration.

"There was a lot of value in what he was doing,' said James Foley's younger brother.

Backing his sons up, John Foley said that James was 'not crazy' to return and 'was motivated by doing the right thing."

However, Jane Foley did admit that some of her family thought James was "mad' to travel to Syria.

Ultimately, the Foley's are taking solace in knowing that their sons suffering is now over and that they now know 'he is in God's hands."

"We miss his joy and his love but he is free now in Heaven."

Earlier,  John and Diane called on ISIS militants to spare the lives of other captured hostages as the authenticity of the barbaric video of his death was confirmed by the White House on Wednesday morning.

In the disgusting footage, Foley brands the US government his real killers and denounces the country of his birth, while his soon-to-be murderer stands over him dressed in black robes and armed with a small knife and gun.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit, with his head shaven, Foley's voice is strong, but he often pauses to take deep breaths and appears to struggle at times to swallow as he battles against fear.

The executioner, who speaks directly to the camera in what appears to be a British accent, then blames President Barack Obama for Foley's death before he brutally beheads the brave reporter in front of the camera.

In a chilling warning at the end of the grisly film, the executioner parades another American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, who went missing in August 2013, saying: "The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision."
 
Speaking directly after the video emerged, Foley's mother Diane issued a statement saying that she and her husband John have nothing but admiration for the bravery of their "extraordinary" son, who they say gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people.

Beheaded: James Wright Foley in a grab taken from YouTube and posted online by ISIS

Terror: Photojournalist James Wright Foley spoke before his beheading to say ''I call on my friends, family members and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the U.S. government.'

Threat: A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to a man purported to be US journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website

Foley, had been missing since November 2012, after being taken hostage at gunpoint by militants from the group Jabhat al Nusra while reporting from Taftanaz, northern Syria, for the GlobalPost. 

In a statement posted on the Free James Foley Facebook page last night, Diane Foley wrote that she and husband John "have never been prouder of our son Jim"
 
Mrs Foley wrote that her son spent his life fighting to expose the suffering of the Syrian people, and pleaded with ISIS to release remaining hostages.

Foley was one of 20 journalists currently missing in Syria, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

Many of them are thought likely to have passed into ISIS' hands either because the kidnappers have subsequently sworn allegiance to group's self-declared caliphate, or because they were sold on.

'We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world,' Mrs Foley's statement read.

"We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person," she added.


"FRIENDLY, COURAGEOUS AND IMPATIENT": REMEMBERING JAMES WRIGHT FOLEY

Remembered: James Foley, reporting from Syria in 2012 before his disappearance
The friends of photojournalist James Foley are mourning his loss online, following the 40-year-old's execution by ISIS terrorists.

Foley, from Rochester, New Hampshire, was a seasoned reporter who went missing two years ago while covering the Syrian conflict.

'James Foley was a generous colleague & friend. We had beers in Antakya a week before he was taken. We talked about marriage/kids,' Buzzfeed's Middle East correspondent Sheera Frenkel tweeted.

Following a video posted online showing Foley's graphic beheading, his former employer GlobalPost issued a statement.

'On behalf of John and Diane Foley, and also GlobalPost, we deeply appreciate all of the messages of sympathy and support that have poured in since the news of Jim's possible execution first broke,' Philip Balboni, GlobalPost CEO and co-founder, said.

Mother Diane Foley talked about her son in a January 2013 interview with a local television station and said her son was "passionate about covering the story in Syria, passionate about the people there."
He is the oldest of five children.

According to a bio on the website Free James Foley, the journalist had traveled extensively in the Middle East and North Africa on assignment and had covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Foley helped 'empower disadvantaged individuals as a teacher and mentor, assisting them in improving their lives,' the website says.
He had been previously held captive while covering the uprising in Libya, and was released by Gaddafi's forces after six weeks.

Foley spoke about the 44 days of captivity in a video for the Boston Globe in May 2011.

'You don’t want to be defined as that guy who got captured in 2011,' he said. 'I believe that front-line journalism is important."
Journalist Clare Morgana Gillis was also held captive with Foley in Libya, and wrote a 2013 essay in which she said captivity was 'the state most violently opposite [Foley's] nature."
She also described him as gentle, friendly, courageous and impatient with "anything that slows his forward momentum".
A May article in Vanity Fair about the dangers for journalists in Syria described Foley as "affable" and devil-may-care". 

At the time of his disappearance, Foley was working as a freelancer for Agence France-Presse's Global Post, but he previously contributed to Stars and Stripes and other outlets.



Earlier article with VIDEO/Pics:

WARNING: Graphic James Wright Foley BEHEADING Video by ISIS Authentic says US officials, Prompts Controversy [VIDEO/Pics]