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Britain 'close' to identifying James Foley's executioner

Britain 'close' to identifying James Foley's executioner

Britain's ambassador to the United States said Sunday that his nation's intelligence services were "close" to identifying the ISIS militant who killed journalist James Foley.

"We're not in a position to say exactly who this is," Sir Peter Westmacott said in an interview with Meet the Press. "But there is some very sophisticated voice-recognition technology and other measures that we have got which should allow us to be very clear about who this person is before very long."

Last week ISIS released a video of an enshrouded man — who appeared to speak with a British accent — executing Foley. Britain previously said it appeared the executioner was a British citizen. --Jon Terbush