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Mother of James Foley Forgives Jihadi John for Beheading Son

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 Feb 27
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American journalist James Foley was beheaded in Syria last August by ISIS militant “Jihadi John,” now identified as Mohammed Emwazi. Christian Today reports Foley’s mother Diane has now told the Times that she has forgiven her son’s killer. 

 

"It saddens me - his continued hatred. He felt wronged, now we hate him - now that just prolongs the hatred. We need to end it,” she said. 

 

"As a mum, I forgive him. You know, the whole thing is tragic."

 

Foley’s father had previously said that he knew his son was in Heaven. 

 

“We know Jimmy's free. He's finally free. And we know he's in God's hands...and we know he's in Heaven,” John Foley said at the time of the murder. 

 

According to Attorney General Eric Holder, the United States is now considering how a method to kill or capture Emwazi. 

 

“I think there is something to be said for holding accountable [and] getting at the people who are responsible for these barbaric acts,” Holder said. 

 

“The vow that I can make to the American people, along with our allies, is that we will hold accountable all of the people who have been responsible for these heinous, barbaric acts...That is something that we are focused on each and every day.”

 

 

Publication date: February 27, 2015

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