American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded In New Islamic State Video
Steven Sotloff, the American journalist who had been held captive with James Foley, has also reportedly been beheaded by the Islamic State in a new video.
Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded By ISIL
Sotloff appears in the video in the orange jumpsuit he appeared in during the video of Foley’s gruesome beheading. Introducing himself, Sotloff said, “I am Steven Joel Sotloff, I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now, and why I am appearing before you. And now it is time for my message.”
Sotloff’s message, in a similar vein as Foley’s, began, “Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for the preservation of American lives and interests. So why is it that I am having to pay the price of your interference with my life? Am I not an American citizen?”
“You have spent billions of US taxpayers dollars, and we have lost thousands of our troops in our previous fighting against the Islamic State. So where is the American interest in reigniting this war?” Sotloff continued in what was likely a speech scripted by the Islamic State. “From what little I know about foreign policy, I remember a time where you couldn’t win an election without promising to bring our troops back home from Iraq and Afghanistan and to close down Guantanamo.”
Sotloff concluded, “Here you are now Obama, nearing the end of your term and having achieved none of the above and deceivingly marching us, the American people into a blazing fire.”
The jihadi beside Sotloff, masked and dressed head-to-toe in black, implies that he is the same man that took Foley’s life. In the British accent that’s been helping to identify him, the Islamic State terrorist says, “I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State. Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”
The White House has extended its thoughts and prayers to the Sotloff family, but has stated that the video’s authenticity has yet to be confirmed. “Our thoughts and prayers, first and foremost, are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff’s family and those who worked with him,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
Last week, Sotloff's mother Shirley Sotloff pleaded for her son's life in a video addressed to the self-styled caliph of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. "My son is in your hands,' Ms. Sotloff said. 'As a mother I ask Your Justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over. I ask you to use your authority to spare his life."
Sotloff was working as a freelance journalist covering the unrest in Syria when he was kidnapped by militants in August 2013.
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