Obama to speak after militants behead American reporter

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A picture taken on November 5, 2012 in Aleppo shows US freelance reporter James Foley, who was kidnapped in war-torn Syria six weeks ago and has been missing since, his family revealed on January 2, 2013. Foley, 39, an experienced war reporter who has covered other conflicts, was seized by armed men in the town of Taftanaz in the northern province of Idlib on November 22, according to witnesses. The reporter contributed videos to Agence France-Presse (AFP) in recent months. AFP PHOTO / NICOLE TUNG

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Wednesday, the day after Islamic State militants released a video showing an American journalist being beheaded.

Obama will speak from Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he’s currently in the second week of his annual summer vacation.

The White House isn’t saying what topics Obama will address. But the statement comes as the White House is saying that U.S. intelligence officials have determined the video showing the execution of journalist James Foley is authentic.

The extremists in the video called the beheading retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. They’ve threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.

 

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