Editor's note: This story was first published on Aug. 20, 2014.
On Tuesday, Islamic State militants released a video depicting the execution of freelance journalist James Foley, who reported for GlobalPost, Agence France-Presse and other news organizations.
The intelligence community has confirmed the video is authentic. Our deepest thoughts are with the Foley family and Jim's friends.
We ask our audience to consider refraining from watching or sharing the video of Jim's killing or its associated images. The video is a graphic work of propaganda, intending to terrorize the public at the expense of an impartial, credentialed journalist whose objective was to chronicle the suffering in Syria, where more than 170,000 people have been killed.
Jim cared deeply about the victims of war, and the rights of people living under oppressive regimes. He was an old-school reporter, who traveled light, talked to the locals and put the story first. His conflict reporting — from Afghanistan to Libya to Syria — exemplifies the intrepid and selfless work of someone willing to risk his life so the world could understand the horrors of modern war.
We'd like to share with you a sample of his finest work.