James Foley appears in video soon before his
James Foley appears in video soon before his Screenshot

The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) has reveled in its notoriety since it swept across Iraq and Syria, carrying out countless atrocities including massacres, public executions and systematic rape of non-Muslim women.

But the jihadi group appears to have hit new lows; after failing to receive a ransom for British and American hostages it has executed over the past few months, ISIS is apparently attempting to sell the body of James Foley, an American journalist beheaded in August.

According to Buzzfeed, sources close to ISIS have claimed Foley's body is being offered for $1 million. The terror group has even offered to provide potential buyers with a DNA sample to be sure the remains are genuine.

"They ask for $1 million and they will send DNA to Turkey, but they want the money first," once source told Buzzfeed News. "They will not give the DNA without the money."

Another source confirmed the arrangement, and added simply: "This is business."

Foley was the first of four western hostages subjected to a videotaped execution over the past six months, as a US-led air campaign upped the pressure on the brutal Islamist group. 15 European hostages were released prior to the killing-spree, reportedly after their home countries agreed to pay million-dollar ransoms, but London and Washington refused to pay, in line with longstanding government policies not to pay ransom money to terrorist kidnappers.

But ISIS, described as the world's richest terrorist group, is still looking to cash-in - although the price is considerably lower than the $100 million ransom initially demanded for Foley's safe return.

The State Department says it is "seeking more information" into the latest ransom report.

Did you find a mistake in the article or inappropriate advertisement? Report to us