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Singapore strongly condemns 'horrific murder' of US journalist by IS

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says there is an urgent need for the international community to work together to counter the threat posed by terrorist groups such as the Islamic State.

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said it strongly condemns the actions of the Islamic State (IS), after the group released a video of one of its militants beheading an American journalist.

"The violent campaigns against minority groups in northern Iraq, the systematic and widespread abuses of human rights, and the horrific murder of American journalist James Foley, attest to the serious and immediate nature of the ISIS threat," an MFA spokesman said in a statement to the media on Thursday (Aug 21).

MFA said it conveys deepest condolences to the families of Mr Foley and other victims, and it is calling for the immediate release of all hostages by IS.

"There is an urgent need for the international community to work together to counter the threat posed by terrorist groups such as ISIS," said the MFA spokesman.

He added that Singapore firmly supports United Nations Security Council Resolution which "condemns in the strongest terms, the terrorist acts and violent extremist ideology of ISIS" and urges all UN member states to take appropriate measures to combat terrorism.

Earlier on Thursday, Singapore's Minister of Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim also called on countries to "rally together to stop the group's barbaric acts".

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