Two US officials say they believe American journalist James Foley was the man executed by Islamic militants as shown in a horrific video released Tuesday.
The extremists called the move retribution for U-S airstrikes in Iraq.
Foley's family confirmed his death in a statement posted on the "Free James Foley" facebook page. The following was posted by his mother, Diane Foley:
"We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.
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.
We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim."
A very shocking video is making the rounds on social media.
It's called "A message to Americans," and it allegedly shows islamic militants beheading US freelance journalist James Foley.
The photographer was last seen November 22nd, 2012 in Syria.
However, the US State department has yet to confirm the video's authenticity.