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James Foley's father says cruel execution 'haunts' him

The father of murdered US journalist James Foley has said the "cruel" method of execution haunts him.

Foley is believed to have been beheaded by Islamic State militants in a video designed to "send a message" to the United States.

In an emotional statement, John Foley said his son's demeanour was a testament to his courage.

It haunts me how much pain he was in and how cruel this method of execution is.

It testifies to his courage. He was courageous to the end.

– John Foley

Obama: 'No just God' would stand for Foley's murder

US President Barack Obama has condemned the murder of American journalist James Foley, saying "no just God" would stand for it.

Obama said the Islamic State, which is believed to have carried out the killing, would "fail" in their mission because they only want to destroy, while the US would "continue to do what we must do to protect our people".

ITV News' James Mates reports from Washington:

PM: 'Deeply shocking' British citizen could be involved

US journalist James Foley's murder, apparently at the hands of a British Islamic State (IS) fighter, shows clearly the depravity and violence in Syria and Iraq - the killing filmed and released as propaganda by IS.

The footage is too shocking to show.

You may find some of the details distressing in this report by ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship:

David Cameron has ordered the security services to try to identify the killer.

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Murdered journalist's family: Killers are 'not human'

The family of murdered US journalist James Foley have described the Islamic State militants who are believed to have beheaded him on camera as "not human".

Speaking to journalists, his father John said the Islamic State had cut a "path of destruction and suffering", the likes of which was "not in human nature".

And his brother, also named John, described how Foley's final words to him were that his "last hope" was to one day be with family again.

Israeli troops and tanks pictured near the Gaza border

Israeli troops and artillery movement was filmed near the border with Gaza, as the conflict with Hamas militants continued following the breakdown of the latest ceasefire.

An Israeli armoured vehicle near the border with Gaza.
An Israeli armoured vehicle near the border with Gaza. Credit: RTV

So far there have been no reports of direct combat although rockets have been fired into Israel, who responded with air strikes.

Troops filmed marching near the border with Gaza.
Troops march near the border with Gaza. Credit: RTV

There have been no reported Israeli casualties while Palestinian health officials say at least 19 people have died in Israeli air strikes since the latest ceasefire ended yesterday.

An Israeli tank kicks up dust near the Gaza border.
An Israeli tank kicks up dust near the Gaza border. Credit: RTV

Obama: We all feel the ache of James Foley's loss

President Barack Obama said all Americans "feel the ache" of the loss of James Foley, the US journalist beheaded in a video released by Islamic State militants.

Obama said Foley was "a man who lived for his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings and was liked and loved by friends and family."

"All of us mourn his loss," the President said.

Journalist James Foley's family: 'We are so proud'

The family of a journalist who was beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria have spoken of their pride in their son.

John and Diane Foley speaking outside their New Hampshire home.
John and Diane Foley speaking outside their New Hampshire home. Credit: AP

At a tearful press conference James Foley's father John said: "You know Jimmy's free and we know he's in God's hands and we know he's in heaven, so we're so proud of him."

He added that his son had viewed front line journalism as his job and had not been put off by a previous 41-day capture in Libya.

John said: "He said to me: 'Dad, why do firemen keep going back into blazing homes?' He felt this was his job. This was his passion."

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