James Foley was a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a freelance journalist. In 2009, he embedded with the U.S. military’s 4-4th Infantry division and 1-10th Mountain division in the Afghanistan provinces of Nuristan, Nangahar and Kunar. The previous year he embedded in Iraq with the the 101st Airborne Division. He was captured and killed by Islamic State militants in Syria in 2014.
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