Horror - and a social media frenzy - are exactly what ISIS wanted

Journalists like James Foley risk becoming part of the horror themselves, writes Joseph Willits.

24th August, 2014
A still from the video recording of James Foley's execution by ISIS.

Daniel Pearl, Ken Bigley, Nick Berg, and now James Foley. How does one online image always rise above all the other images of deaths from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq? The method of James Foley’s killing is tried and tested by many extremists, with global success. To find a newspaper that did not have James Foley on the front page was almost an impossibility. With minimal effort, have ISIS pulled off the most dramatic extremist PR...

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