James Foley killer ‘unmasked’ by U.S. forensics

The images also showed the suspect, who had appeared in a video executing Foley earlier this month covered by a black hood. (Photo courtesy: ABC News)

U.S. forensic experts have unmasked the alleged British ISIS militant who killed American photojournalist James Foley in a computer reconstruction of his face.

With Arab features and seemingly in his late 20s or 30s, the reconstruction of Foley’s killer appeared in two images reported by ABC news, which added that experts consulted with the U.S. government.

One image showed him with a moustache to give an idea of how he would appear with facial hair.

The images also showed the suspect, who had appeared in a video executing Foley earlier this month covered by a black hood, as having a downward sloping mouth.

The experts reportedly “carefully viewed” the execution video and used specialized computer software to work out what the rest of what his face would look like.

Foley, 40, was last seen on Nov. 22, 2012 in North Western Syria

British newspapers, which have dubbed Folley’s killer as “Jihadi John,” said investigations are focusing on at least three suspects, including Abdel Bary, 24, who is thought to have rapped under the name “L. Jinny.”

Abdel Bary, who also went by the rapper name “Lyricist Jinn,” was identified via voice comparisons and that his music career had been used as part of the investigation.

British rapper ‘L Jinny’ suspect in Foley killing

British rapper ‘L Jinny’ suspect in Foley killing

But the unmasked computer generated images of the killer may throw these speculations into further doubt.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed "justice will be done" against the ISIS killers of Foley as the United States sought to identify targets for potential airstrikes in Syria.

Obama's tough talk followed his decision to approve U.S. surveillance flights to gather intelligence on Islamic State units in Syria should he decide to order airstrikes in the country, which has been embroiled in a three-year civil war.

"America does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done," Obama told veterans gathered at a convention of the American Legion in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"Rooting out a cancer like ISIL won't be easy and it won't be quick," he said. ISIL is the acronym the United States uses for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an offshoot of al-Qaeda which has declared a caliphate in a large swath of territory in Syria and Iraq.
 

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