When American photojournalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS militants in August of 2014, he was only one of a number of hostages held by the terror group.
Captured with Foley on Thanksgiving Day 2012, was British photojournalist John Cantlie, who to this day remains in ISIS captivity.
Although Foley was the first of seven American, British, and Japanese hostages to be executed over the second half of 2014, Cantlie escaped that fate.
Instead, the Briton appeared in a series of ISIS propaganda videos published online and, as a hostage, his written work appears regularly in ISIS's monthly propaganda magazine, Dabiq.
Now Cantlie has reportedly given us Foley's last words.
According to an article Cantlie wrote under duress for the latest issue of Dabiq, just minutes before Foley was killed the American said quietly to himself:
“Great, captured on Thanksgiving day, killed on my mom's birthday.”
The accuracy of the Cantlie's allegation cannot be independently verified.
Earlier that August day, ISIS militants shaved the captives' heads and Foley reportedly said to Cantlie, “It's just a video, be good for all of us.”
“No. This isn't just a video.”
The Dabiq article is titled “The Blood of Shame,” and criticizes the American and British governments for failing to negotiate with ISIS for the release of Foley, fellow American journalist Steven Sotloff, and British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines.
All four men were beheaded by ISIS in 2014.
Despite Cantle's article, Foley's family have their own message to remember him by.
When Foley was in captivity, he was unable to write letters to his family. Instead, he asked another hostage who was about to be released to commit his letter to memory.
That former hostage dictated the letter to James's mother. In it, Foley tells his family “I have had weak and strong days,” and discusses his diet and health. He leaves individual messages with his siblings, grandmother, and parents.
Foley tells them:
“I know you are thinking of me and praying for me. And I am so thankful. I feel you all especially when I pray. I pray for you to stay strong and to believe. I really feel I can touch you even in this darkness when I pray.”
And at least those words, we know, belong to James.