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James Foley, the American photojournalist beheaded by ISIL in August of this year, will posthumously receive the 2014 Oxi Day Award at the organization’s fourth annual Washington Oxi Day Foundation Gala tonight. Foley was nominated by President Bill Clinton, who is expected to introduce Foley as the award recipient in a video. Oxi Day writes that Foley was selected “for his extraordinary courage in the defense of freedom and democracy.”
In advance of formally receiving the award this evening, Foley’s parents Diane and John Foley, who will accept the award on his behalf, sat down with FOX5′s Steve Chenevey to discuss their son’s career, his legacy, and their fight to bring him home.
At 9:01pm Wednesday evening from the State Room of the White House, President Barack Obama addressed the nation on the threat of ISIS.
“Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy,” said Obama.
His strategy consists of four parts to combat ISIS: ”conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes,” “increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground,” “draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks,” and “provide humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced.”
In closing out his 14 minute statement, Obama said, “Our own safety, our own security, depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation and uphold the values that we stand for –- timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.”
Click on over to this White House for full text of Obama’s statement or watch below via Fox News.
Chuck Todd debuted as the 12th moderator of the nation’s longest running TV program Sunday. For his first “Meet the Press” Todd landed a one-on-one with Pres. Barack Obama.
The two discussed several national and international concerns for the U.S., including the threat of ISIS, the Ebola outbreak, and the optics of golfing after his statement on the beheading by ISIS of American journalist James Foley, among other topics.
At the start of the interview, Todd asked Obama whether he was preparing to go back to war to combat ISIS, with President Obama announcing a Wednesday speech on his game plan. Read more
During a speech on the economy today at the Portsmouth Naval Yard in New Hampshire, Vice President Joe Biden addressed the beheadings of two American journalists by ISIS, Steve Sotloff in a video released yesterday and James Foley two weeks ago.
“As a nation, we’re united, and when people harm Americans, we don’t retreat. We don’t forget,” said Biden, joined by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). ”They should know we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice. Because hell is where they will reside.”
For more, click on over to CNN.
During today’s White House press briefing with Josh Earnest and moments after initial reports that American journalist Steve Sotloff was beheaded by ISIS, TIME’s Zeke Miller asked Earnest about the reports or for reaction, which the White House press secretary had yet to learn or see.
“This is something that the administration has obviously been watching very carefully since this threat against Mr. Sotloff’s life was originally made a few weeks ago,” said Earnest this afternoon. “Our thoughts and prayers, first and foremost, are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff’s family, and those who worked with him. The United States, as you know, has dedicated significant time and resources to trying and rescue Mr. Sotloff.” Read more
On Sunday, Al Jazeera America first reported that Curtis was released from captivity by Jabhat al-Nusra to the UN, facilitated by Qatar.
According to a Washington Post, “Bradley said he became involved in the case after meeting a cousin of Curtis’s, Amy Rosen, at a benefit dinner last year in New York. Rosen appealed to him to help find the missing man, and Bradley agreed. Key members of the team he put on the project included his general counsel and a Syrian researcher who could monitor jihadi Web sites and translate Arabic.” Read more
In memory of James Foley, the American photo journalist beheaded this week by ISIS, Reporters Without Borders created a tribute page to serve as a forum where anyone, including colleagues and members of the media, can share memories and leave messages.
“To us, he was an extraordinary journalist, who abhorred violence and was motivated by the desire to highlight the plight of the victims of war,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “As an internationally renowned journalist, James’ work took him to Libya and Syria. While being held captive by the Islamic State, he remained impassive in the face of threats, clinging to the hope that he would eventually return home. Courageous and composed, he communicated his hope to his fellow prisoners.”
In a statement on Foley’s taped murder – that was posted to YouTube on Tuesday by ISIS – President Barack Obama described Foley as ”a man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings, who was liked and loved by friends and family” and concluded by vowing “we will do everything we can to protect our people and the timeless values that we stand for.”
Visit the tribute page, here.
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Following President Barack Obama’s statement yesterday on the beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS, Attorney General Eric Holder announced an open criminal investigation into the murder at a speech given at the Department of Justice on Thursday.
“The Justice department is actively pursuing justice in this case,” said Holder. “We have an open criminal investigation. And those that would perpetrate such acts need to understand something. This Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation; we have long memories and our reach is very wide. We will not forget what happened and people will be held accountable, one way or the other.”
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