Obama: world is ‘appalled’ by James Foley killing

BY Associated Press  August 20, 2014 at 1:20 PM EST

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley.

Obama says the entire world is “appalled” by Foley’s killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with Foley’s family and offered condolences.

Obama says the Islamic State abducts women and children, and tortures, rapes, enslaves and kills people. He said the Islamic State targets Christians and other minorities and aims to commit genocide.

Obama spoke Wednesday from Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he’s vacationing with his family, a day after the militants released a video showing the American journalist being beheaded.

The slain journalist’s parents, Diane and John Foley, spoke to reporters outside their home in Rochester, New Hampshire, in an appearance where wrenching grief over their son’s death mingled with laughter over his life.

Diane Foley said her son was courageous to the end and called his death “just evil.”

“We are just very proud of Jimmy and we are praying for the strength to love like he did and keep courageous and keep fighting for all the people he was fighting for,” Diane Foley said Wednesday. “We pray for all the remaining Americans.”