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Shaheen Leads Letter to Trump Urging Justice for James Foley & American Victims of ISIS

**Letter sent on behalf of victims’ families requests that ISIS terrorists be tried in criminal or international courts** 

**James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire was kidnapped and murdered by ISIS terrorists in 2014**

(Washington, DC)—  Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a letter to President Trump with Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) urging the President to take steps to ensure that two recently captured ISIS fighters are brought to justice for the murders of American citizens James Foley, Peter Kassig, Steven Sotloff and Kayla Mueller. The Senators sent the letter on behalf of the victims’ families.

The Senators wrote, “The family members of James, Peter, Steven and Kayla have publicly requested that your administration take steps to ensure that these two men are held responsible for their crimes, including by trial in the U.S., UK or through an appropriate international justice mechanism.”

The Senators reiterated the families’ requests to prosecute the ISIS fighters in a fair and open legal system, or in a court of international justice, which the families believe is what their children would have wanted. The Senators continued, “We agree that both of these men should face charges for their crimes in a manner that demonstrates the U.S.’s commitment to justice, and we are offering our voices in support of the request made by the Foley, Kassig, Sotloff and Mueller families.”

The two ISIS fighters, El Shafee El-sheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey, were captured by U.S.-supported forces in Syria in January and are believed to be members of the notorious ISIS group known as, “The Beatles.” Both men are alleged to have been intimately involved in the imprisonment, torture and murder of the four Americans. James Foley was a freelance journalist and New Hampshire resident. During a Senate Foreign Relations hearing last week, Senator Shaheen asked former Ambassador Kevin Moley, who is the President’s nominee to serve as the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, for his commitment to bring James Foley’s killers to justice.

The letter can be read in full here.