BOSTON (CBS) — The mother of an American journalist killed by ISIS in 2014 said she was “grateful” that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was tracked down. Diane Foley, mother of James Foley, a New Hampshire native whose beheading was captured on video and spread on the internet by ISIS, has become an unofficial ambassador for hostages and their loved ones.
“I’m grateful, however, I hope we will continue to stay vigilant. I don’t think we could have done this unless we had been in country. So I’m also very grateful that the president is keeping some troops in country. I just feel our leadership is very much needed,” Foley said.READ MORE: 3-Year-Old Boy Pulled From Plymouth Pond Dies
President Donald Trump mentioned her son several times during his announcement Sunday that al-Baghdadi had been killed.
A statement on her behalf was also tweeted. It said: “I am grateful to our President and brave troops for finding ISIS leader Al-Bagdadi. I hope this will hinder the resurgence of terror groups and pray that captured ISIS fighters will be brought to trial and held accountable.”
.@FoleyDi statement on Bagdadi's death: "I am grateful to our President and brave troops for finding ISIS leader Al-Bagdadi. I hope this will hinder the resurgence of terror groups and pray that captured ISIS fighters will be brought to trial and held accountable."READ MORE: First VaxMillions Giveaway Drawing To Take Place Monday
— JamesFoleyFoundation (@JamesFoleyFund) October 27, 2019
In a second tweet she asked Trump to make hostages in Syria a priority.MORE NEWS: Provincetown Board Of Selectmen Unanimously Approves Reinstatement Of Indoor Mask Requirement
“I remain concerned about the dozen Americans held hostage in Syria, including Austin Tice and Majd Kamalmaz,” she said. “And I ask President Trump to make them, and all American hostages, a priority.”