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This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H., a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya. A Libyan government spokesman says four journalists detained since early April have completed an administrative hearing and will be released Tuesday or Wednesday.(AP Photo/GlobalPost, File)

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The parents of an American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State group say they are surprised a college-educated, London-raised man is the masked militant known as "Jihadi John" from the video of their son's slaying but also realize stopping him won't end the bloodshed.

"The point is if we capture him and bring him to justice, what does that do? ISIS is still doing its thing. It's a very narrow approach. We will be happy when ISIS is defeated," John Foley, father of slain freelance journalist James Foley, said during an interview with reporters Thursday in Tucson, Arizona. "The next 'Jihadi John' is on the way."

The Foleys spoke about the front man for IS murder videos with reporters before they participated in a forum at the University of Arizona on the growing dangers journalists face in conflict areas. James Foley was captured by the Islamic State group in November 2012 and killed last August. (AP)


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