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Terrorists sent an email threatening to execute the journalist before murder

James Foley was kidnapped near Aleppo, Syria in 2012
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A friend of his parents said the Pope offered comfort to the Catholic couple

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James Foley family release final email from Isis militants before he was killed

The Global Post has published the email sent to Mr Foley's family in full

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