ISIS Didn’t Negotiate Before Killing Journalist

ISIS Didn't Negotiate With Journalist Before Killing Him

( – In August 2014, ISIS murdered American journalist James Foley after they held him hostage for 21 months. As his family took the stand on Monday, April 4, at El Shafee Elsheikh’s murder trial, they testified that ISIS made no real attempt to negotiate his release and the demands they did make were nothing short of ridiculous.

According to Michael Foley, James’ brother, when the terrorists reached out to his family, they made demands out of the family’s reach. One included a request to “pressure the government to release Muslim prisoners,” another was a demand for 100 million Euros. The family was incapable of executing either ransom, meaning no meaningful negotiation was possible.

In addition to Foley’s death, El Shafee Elsheikh is on trial for the murder of three other Americans: Kayla Mueller, Steven Sotloff, and Peter Kassig. He’s believed to be part of a kidnap-and-murder cell of ISIS with two other ISIS operatives, collectively known as the Beatles due to their British accents. The group allegedly abducted 27 people between 2012 and 2015, releasing some victims after receiving ransoms.

Elsheikh denies all the charges against him and faces life in prison if he’s convicted.

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