Diane Foley, the mother of an American journalist murdered by ISIS named James Foley, thanked President Trump and the troops for killing the brutal leader if the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
The James Foley Foundation released this official statement from his mother Diane Foley:
“I am grateful to our President and brave troops for finding ISIS leader al-Baghdadi. I hope this will hinder the resurgence of terror groups and pray that captured ISIS fighters will be brought to trial and held accountable.”
“I remain concerned about the dozen Americans held hostage in Syria, including Austin Tice and Majd Kamalmaz.”
James Foley was an American journalist who was kidnapped by ISIS in November of 2012 while covering the Syrian Civil War in Northwest Syria.
Foley was famously beheaded in an ISIS video in 2014, officially becoming the first American citizen murdered by the actual ISIS forces. His beheader was a British ISIS fighter nicknamed “Jihadi John” (Mohammed Emwazi). Jihadi John died during a drone strike in Raqqa in 2015.
President Donald Trump announced on Sunday morning that U.S. forces had tracked down and executed Islamic State leader Al Baghdadi. Baghdadi has served as the head of ISIS ever since its rise to power in the region, and his death is viewed as a huge victory against the terror group.
Trump said in his announcement that that ISIS leader “died like a dog, he died crying.” The president also said that “(al Baghdadi) didn’t die a hero, he died a coward.”
However, many on the left were apparently upset with the negative language that President Trump used in describing al Baghdadi’s death. There were multiple allegations made that his wording could inspire more ISIS fighters to attack the United States.
The Washington Post was criticized online for a seemingly respectful obituary of the ISIS leader. Their headline, which they later edited, read: “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.”
One of President Barack Obama’s former Chiefs of Staff, Navy Admiral James Winnefeld, told CNN on Saturday President Trump didn’t show Baghdadi enough respect, declaring:
“If you look back at the bin Laden raid, we treated his body with respect that is due under Islam.”
Since the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State has named Abdullah Qardash as their new leader.