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Beheading of US journalist by IS 'barbaric': Yaacob Ibrahim

The Minister of Communications and Information says he was "shocked and appalled" at the beheading of James Foley, and the international community must rally together to stop the Islamic State (ISIS). 

SINGAPORE: In a Facebook post on Thursday (Aug 21), Minister of Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said he was "shocked and appalled" at the beheading of US journalist James Foley by Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

ISIS on Tuesday posted a video depicting the execution of Mr Foley, who was seized in Syria in November 2012, and threatened to kill a second reporter unless the US halts air strikes in Iraq. 

Commenting on the act, Dr Yaacob said: "I am shocked and appalled at the beheading of American journalist, James Foley, by the ISIS militants in Iraq. Such gruesome and inhumane acts carried out by the group on innocent civilians must be condemned.

"The international community must rally together to stop the group’s barbaric acts at once before more innocent lives are lost."

On the same day, Indonesia president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the actions of the Islamic State militants are "embarrassing" and "humiliating" Islam, and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism. 

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