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Aug 20, 2014 12:27 AM by Associated Press

American killed in Syria a journalist at heart

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Journalist James Foley was captured once covering the uprising in Libya so he knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a journalist at heart, once saying he'd cover local news if it meant doing the job he loved.

The 40-year-old from Rochester, New Hampshire, was snatched again in Syria in November 2012.

Two U.S. officials say they believe he was the person executed by Islamic State militants in a video released Tuesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the video by name.

Foley's family has confirmed his death on a webpage created to rally support for him. His mother says he "gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people."

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