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White House: Intel agencies examinig Islamic State execution video

"The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity," White House National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said Tuesday evening regarding a YouTube video showing the execution of American journalist James Wright Foley by the Islamic State.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   Updated Aug. 20, 2014 at 7:41 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The White House has issued an interim response to a graphic video posted online of American journalist James Wright Foley being beheaded by an Islamic State militant.

"We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by ISIL," National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said Tuesday evening.

"The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity," Hayden noted, adding "If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends."

Earlier Tuesday, a four-minute video entitled "A Message to #America (from the #Islamic State) was posted to YouTube, apparently showing the execution of American journalist James Wright Foley for America's military action in Iraq, and warning that U.S. involvement in Iraq will determine whether another captive, American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff, will live or die.

Editor's note: UPI will not reproduce, in part or in whole, the video posted by IS. This is out of respect to the Foley family and because the video constitutes propaganda for a group designated as terrorist organization by several countries, including the United States.

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