Foley describes captivity in letter to family

August 24, 2014 - 11:04 PM
Journalist Slain Memorial

Mourners pack Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic church during a special Mass for slain journalist James Foley in his hometown of Rochester, N.H., Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Foley was kidnapped on Thanksgiving Day 2012 while covering the Syrian uprising. The Islamic State group posted a Web video on Tuesday, Aug. 19, showing his killing and said it was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The parents of slain American journalist James Foley have released a letter they say their son wrote during his time in captivity.

Foley was kidnapped in 2012 while covering the Syrian uprising. The Islamic State group posted a Web video Tuesday showing his killing.

In the letter, Foley says he was being held with 17 other hostages, and they passed the time by discussing movies, sports and trivia and playing games made up of scraps found in their jail cell.

Foley says the hostages were fed daily and given tea and coffee.

His parents say letters Foley wrote were confiscated by his captors. So he asked another hostage who was about to be released to memorize his letter and recount it to his family after he was freed. The family posted the letter Sunday on a Facebook page called "Find James Foley."