NEW YORK (CNN) – The race is on to identify the man who killed James Foley. His face is hidden. But there are clues. Especially his voice, spouting militant propaganda, in an unmistakable British accent.
Jim Foley’s killer: “Any attempt by you, Obama, to deny Muslims liberty and safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people.”
Atika Shubert: “Now, we will not show the video. It’s too graphic. But, we did ask a number of voice analysts to listen carefully to the audio. Here’s what they said.”
Peter Kerswell: “He spent his formative years in London, maybe was born in another country. He may well have learned another language as his first language but he’s ended up speaking very much in the same way as people in the east end and south London.”
Our experts all agree the man is under 30 years old and grew up in Britain from a very young age.
John Olsson: “He comes from a well educated, professional class family, which some people might find very shocking.”
There are other clues. His height and build. Even the boots he wears. And the way he holds the knife, indicates he may be left-handed.
British investigators are now analyzing the video and comparing it to their database of video and audio recordings of known jihadists. They are also reaching out to Britain’s Muslim community hoping someone, somewhere recognizes his voice.
There are an estimated 400 to 500 British nationals that have volunteered to fight in Syria and Iraq. One of them may be the man who killed James Foley. And the British government says it is determined to find him.