Britain's Hunt For James Foley's Killer

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At least 30 people were killed today when a Shiite militia opened fire inside a Sunni mosque in the eastern part of the country. In the north, Kurdish fighters and Iraqi troops are trying to retake towns controlled by the Sunni militant group, the Islamic State.

This follows the release of a video this week showing an Islamic State fighter executing American freelance journalist James Foley. The man standing next to the kneeling Foley in the video speaks in a British accent, renewing concern in Britain about the number of citizens from the U.K. who have gone to Syria to fight. Foley was captured in Syria in 2012.

The BBC's Jonathan Marcus joins Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss Britain's investigation into the beheading video and the concerns about British nationals being radicalized.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.


  • Jonathan Marcus, defense and diplomatic correspondent for BBC News. He tweets@Diplo1.

This segment aired on August 22, 2014.


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