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James Foley’s parents say ‘Jihadi John’ killing does nothing to bring back their son

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MILWAUKEE -- The Pentagon says the face of ISIS terrorism was the target of a recent airstrike in Syria. Mohammed Emwazi, known as "Jihadi John," was a brutal executioner, whose videotapes of beheadings horrified the world.

While this news is reaching throughout the world, it is especially important in Milwaukee -- where one of Jihadi John's victims, James Foley, used to live as a Marquette student.

James Foley

James Foley

Now, the most wanted terrorism target of the Western world, Jihadi John, may be dead.

U.S. airstrikes reportedly sent a drone that bombed Emwazi as he sat in a car in Syria -- the U.S. says he was vaporized.

"We are still assessing the results of this strike but the terrorists associated with Daesh need to know this: your days are numbered. and you will be defeated," said United States Secretary of State, John Kerry.

On the Marquette campus, Robbie Cowles is a student journalist and thought about Foley on Friday when he heard the news.

"I kind of always believed going to trial kind of upholds beliefs of a fair jury, at the same time he's a bad guy," said Cowles.

Another victim's mother echoed that thought, saying she wanted to see and understand what kind of man would do what Emwazi did.

In a statement issued by James Foley's parents in New Hampshire, they say, "The death does nothing to bring their son back."

Marquette issued a statement saying the university continues to focus on celebrating Foley's life and hopes his family and friends continue to heal and find peace.

Many of course, are waiting for confirmation that it was Jihadi John who was killed. The U.S. and British officials are trying to get that confirmation.


  • Lorett

    So they rather have him out and alive killing more innocent people? Of course your son is not coming back,think about others!

  • .

    I agree, if it was my family i would want to watch him being beheaded and use it to play kickball and then watch it get crushed under a car and then hang his body up for everybody to do what they want with it includingfruitsandnuts having their way with it and then feed it to the pigs. I would also take his eyeballs and put them up where he could see how americans live everyday.

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