Islamic State`s e-mail to James Foley`s family: Won`t stop until we quench our thirst for your blood

In another chilling revelation, the online news publication that employed James Foley has published the full text of an e-mail sent by the slain US journalist`s Islamist militant captors.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2014, 23:32 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Washington: In another chilling revelation, the online news publication that employed James Foley has published the full text of an e-mail sent by the slain US journalist`s Islamist militant captors.

In the e-mail sent to Foley`s family a week before the video of his execution was released on Tuesday, the Islamic State had warned that the journalist would be killed soon in retaliation for US airstrikes in Iraq.

On Thursday, Boston-based GlobalPost said that the Foley family had agreed to release the e-mail.
The publication said it chose "to publish it in full in the interest of transparency and to fully tell Jim`s story. We believe the text offers insight into the motivations and tactics of the Islamic State."

Foley was beheaded by the group in an act shown in a video released in which Islamic State called for the United States to end its airstrikes in Iraq.

The e-mail addressed as "a message to the American government and their sheep like citizens," said: “We have left you alone since your disgraceful defeat in Iraq. We did not interfere in your country or attack your citizens while they were safe in their homes despite our capability to do so!”

“As for the scum of your society who are held prisoner by us, THEY DARED TO ENTER THE LION’S DEN AND WHERE EATEN!,” said the e-mail.

"You were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactions as other governments have accepted."

The group added that it also offered prisoner exchanges for "Muslims currently in your detention like our sister Dr Afia Sidiqqi...however, you proved very quickly to us that this is NOT what you are interested in.”

The group further mentioned: “You have no motivation to deal with the Muslims except with the language of force, a language you were given in “Arabic translation” when you attempted to occupy the land of Iraq!”
Instead, the note added, "now you return to bomb the Muslims of Iraq once again, this time resorting to Arial attacks and “proxy armies”, all the while cowardly shying away from a face-to-face confrontation!"

“Today our swords are unsheathed towards you, GOVERNMENT AND CITIZENS ALIKE! AND WE WILL NOT STOP UNTILL WE QUENCH OUR THIRST FOR YOUR BLOOD,” the e-mail further threatened.

Asserting that the United States did not spare women, children or the elderly, the group added: "We will NOT spare yours!"

The e-mail ended with a declaration that Foley "will be executed as a DIRECT result of your transgressions towards us!"

Highlighting what it called inaccuracies in the e-mail, GlobalPost said the Foley family "was not `given many chances to negotiate` for Jim’s release."

"After more than a year without contact, the Foleys received their first message from Jim’s captors on November 26, 2013, asking for money, fast," the publication added.

"After the militants had proved to the Foleys and investigators that they were in fact holding Jim, they made their sole demand for a ransom of EUR 100 million (about USD 132 million) or the release of unspecified prisoners held by the United States," it said.

The Foleys did not hear back until the threatening e-mail this month, GlobalPost said.

The family passed the message on to the US government, GlobalPost`s chief executive, Phil Balboni, said in an interview earlier on Thursday, adding that the FBI helped craft a response, pleading for mercy.

(With Agency inputs)