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Islamic State issues video of the beheading of American journalist, Steven Sotloff

BEIRUT | - September 03, 2014, 10h35
Par Laura Hamade
Steven Sotloff in a screen shot of a video featuring the killing of James Foley on August 19. At the end of the video, the Islamic State had warned Obama, saying that the life of S. Sotloff depended on his decision.
Following the tragic killing of American journalist James Foley on August 19, videos have yet again been surfacing, but this time of the brutal beheading of the American journalist second in line, Steven Sotloff.
The video released by the Islamic State shows the American hostage, Sotloff’s, gruesome beheading by the same masked figure that appeared in the previous video that received major coverage earlier this month.

The Daily Star reported that the executioner appeared to be the same British-accented man who appeared in a similar video killing James Foley. Additionally, the video took place in a similar desert setting while the captives wore matching orange jumpsuits.

"So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people," the executioner threatened. "I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings despite our serious warnings," he added.

In August 2013, freelance journalist, Sotloff was kidnapped in Syria. Following the first beheading, Sotloff’s mother pleaded in a video hoping the kidnappers would release her son.

The White House said it could not immediately confirm that Islamic State had released a video of Sotloff's beheading.

“We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity," National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement.

The masked killer has threatened to continue to kill “their people” if President Obama cease his bombing campaign in Iraq. The seriousness of this threat is portrayed in the video as it cuts to the third captive, known to be British journalist, kneeling in front of the camera wearing an identical orange jumpsuit.
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