Someone who was held prisoner with the murdered journalist describes life with ISIS in The New York Daily News:
James Foley — brave until the end — was subjected to beatings and psychological torture with mock executions before he was butchered by his Islamic State captors, it was revealed Thursday.
“This group, which has a taste for the macabre, made him stand against a wall in a pose as if he had been crucified,” Didier Francois, a French reporter who had also been held by ISIS, told radio station Europe1.
A week before the Islamic fanatics released their barbaric video of Foley’s execution, they sent his family in New Hampshire a chilling email rife with misspellings and grammatical errors — but clear in its awful intent.
“Today our swords are unsheathed towards you, GOVERNMENT AND CITIZENS ALIKE!” the email states. It continues in all capitals: “And we will not stop untill we quench our thirst for your blood.”
The ugly Aug. 12 missive was released late Thursday by Foley’s employer, Boston-based GlobalPost.
François and other French journalists who were prisoners with Foley said the American was targeted for extreme abuse after ISIS discovered his brother John was a U.S. airman who had served in Afghanistan.
But Foley “never cracked, even under the most difficult conditions,” François said. Foley was “one of the pillars of the group,” he said.
Asked if the cloaked terrorist looked familiar from the video, François, 53, said: “Recognized is a very big word. I see roughly who it is.”
Nicolas Henin, another former French hostage, told ABC News the doomed American managed to briefly escape at one point before he was found wandering in a Syrian desert.