Those are the shocking allegations of the Syrian government, whose leader, Bashar al-Assad, has been battling rebels, including the US-backed Free Syrian Army, in a bloody civil war for over three years now.
“James Foley was killed a year ago, not now, they ISIS only released the pictures now, but he was killed a year ago,” continues Shabaan of the 40-year-old war reporter who died after the US government refused to pay a $132 million ransom.
“We have definite information, the UN has the information.”
However, past reports seem to indicate there may be some problems with Syria’s new claims, including the fact that Frenchman Nicolas Henin says that after getting kidnapped in June 2013 he was held with Foley for seven months.
In other developments, British ambassador Peter Westmacott told CNN Sunday that intelligence agencies, using advanced technology such as voice recognition software, are “close” to identifying Foley’s killer, which could shed new light on the situation.