Sick ISIS extremists have hit a new low — even by their own twisted standards.
The terrorist group is reportedly trying to sell the remains of an executed Western journalist to raise money for their lost cause.
Middlemen with ties to the Islamic State terrorists told Buzzfeed the group wants to generate some cash by selling the decapitated body of James Foley, 40.
The U.S. journalist was beheaded by violent ISIS fighters in August, the first of several executions of Western hostages killed by the cowardly terrorists.
ISIS wants $ 1 million to hand over Foley’s body, Buzzfeed reported Wednesday.
The online news outlet cited three anonymous sources that it said had direct knowledge of the jihadist group’s finances and plans.
The macabre exchange would be conducted across the border with Turkey — and ISIS would provide a DNA sample in advance, Buzzfeed reported.
ISIS is well-known for funding its bloody campaigns by kidnapping Western hostages and extorting a ransom in exchange for a safe return.
But it’s also known to execute some of its captives — and release gruesome videos of the beheadings — as a way of upping the ante.
A former Syrian rebel fighter who claims to have ties to ISIS told Buzzfeed he was approached by one of the terrorist leaders and asked to broker a deal for a body.
“They ask for $ 1 million, and they will send DNA to Turkey, but they want the money first,” the source told Buzzfeed. “They will not give the DNA without the money.”
The source told Buzzfeed his motivation was purely altruistic. He wanted to give the grieving family closure, he claimed.
Another source, a businessman, allegedly told Buzzfeed he’d helped ISIS arrange hostage deals in the past.
Doing the same for a mutilated corpse didn’t faze him, he said.
“This is business,” the man told Buzzfeed.
The two sources told the online news outlet that the sale of Foley’s body was going through a point person in the Free Syrian Army — the U.S.-backed rebel coalition.
That coordinator allegedly tried to get Buzzfeed to hold back its report, claiming it could ruin the deal if word leaked out.
The biggest fear was that the U.S. government would find a way to quash the deal, the point person said.
Foley’s family said the U.S. government threatened them with prosecution if they paid ISIS a ransom to get their son back alive.
Buzzfeed’s source speculated that the U.S. would frown upon a ransom for Foley’s body.
Since Foley’s horrific death, ISIS has released tapes of other executed Westerners, including U.S.-Israeli journalist Steven Sotloff, British aid worker Alan Henning and U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig.
It’s not known exactly how many Western hostages remain in ISIS’s hands.
At least two Westerners remain in ISIS captivity: John Cantlie, a British journalist who has already appeared in a number of ISIS-produced videos, and an American woman who is a 26-year-old aid worker.
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