Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on beheading of two american journalists. ). ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or the Islamic State of Iraq and al ’Sham), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is an extremist group with its roots in Iraq and Syria (Harkin, 2014). Its drive is to establish and run an Islamic state within the Middle East via strict Sharia laws. The militant group is composed of fundamentalist Sunni Muslims, as well as some foreign Jihadists. Other branches of the ISIS group spread further to Egypt and Libya. This paper thereby analyses the latest violent activities committed by the ISIS militant group through the videos that they displayed over the internet. The two videos display the beheading of two American citizens who were executed in order to communicate with the U.S. government (Jones, 2014). These videos express how violent the group is, as well as how inhuman they are- sending videos of murder, which show how brutally they take human lives (Michael, 2014). They simply do this in order to send their messages, grievances, or warnings to their targeted enemies.
The first graphic video was quickly eradicated from YouTube and other broadcasting websites, but still available on various leaked websites. This video displays a man kneeling, wearing an orange jumpsuit and another man standing in a black cloak holding a combat knife at hand. The man kneeling, in an orange jumpsuit, was confirmed to be an American citizen by the FBI (Carter, 2014). He was an American journalist – James Foley, who went missing while in northwestern Syria on 22nd November 2012. James Foley first gives a short message to the American government and citizens, addressing the issue of antiterrorism government policies (Adam, 2014, pp. 19).
Evidently, the journalist was forced to cite the statement or read it loudly from somewhere behind the camera. Foley denounces President Obama’s recent orders of airstrikes within Iraq. Upon completing his statement, the masked man cloaked in black then personally and directly addresses the President of the United States in the English language, which appears to be in a British accent (Johnson& Barton, 2014, pp. 24).