Merkel 'horrified' by apparent US reporter murder

Journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria September 2012. (AP Photo/ Brabo)

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is "horrified" about the fate of American journalist James Foley after the release of a video purportedly showing his beheading, her spokesman said Wednesday.

The spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told reporters that the video released by Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) jihadists depicted "the barbaric, truly merciless murder of a person," calling it a "repulsive document."

"It shows that this terror group has nothing to offer but cruelty and fanaticism," Seibert said.

"The chancellor is horrified about the fate of the American journalist James Foley, who was violently abducted in 2012, although there is no official confirmation that it is his murder shown in the video."

Seibert said the German government expressed its "deepest sympathies" to Foley's family for their nearly two-year ordeal "and for the suffering that this video surely inflicted."

ISIS released a video Tuesday showing a masked militant beheading a man resembling Foley, who has been missing since he was seized in Syria in November 2012.

Germany announced Wednesday that it was ready to send weapons to support Iraqi Kurds in their battle against ISIS militants.





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