Mother of US Hostage Pleads to Leader of ISIS
'Please release my child,' says Shirley Sotloff
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2014 1:45 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Shirley Sotloff isn't relying on intermediaries to appeal for her son's release from ISIS—she released a video today appealing directly to the group's leader, reports the New York Times. “You, the caliph, can grant amnesty," Sotloff says after addressing her message to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. "I ask you please to release my child." She says her son, Steven Sotloff, is an "innocent journalist" who should not be held responsible for decisions by the US government that he cannot control.

“I ask you to use your authority to spare his life and to follow the example set by the Prophet Muhammad, who protected People of the Book,” which the Times explains is a reference to Christians and Jews. When militants released a video showing the beheading of James Foley, they also showed Steven Sotloff and threatened that he would be next unless the US stopped its airstrikes in Iraq. The 31-year-old grew up in Florida and had traveled to Syria as a freelance journalist before his abduction last year, notes CNN. "I want what every mother wants: to live to see her children's children," says Shirley Sotloff. "I plead with you to grant me this." (Newly released US journalist Peter Theo Curtis is back on American soil.)

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Gueorgui Gueorguiev
Aug 28, 2014 10:11 AM CDT
The Animals from ISIS have always somehow managed to cross the pat of level headed people . Try that move with my son and see how far is that going to get you . They would of already have had my personal war upon then .
Jhon_P
Aug 28, 2014 7:02 AM CDT
“I ask you to use your authority to spare his life and to follow the example set by the Prophet Muhammad, who protected People of the Book,” ' White people are not people of the book, the only white people in the book were the romans and the philistines and they were villains
tpvero
Aug 27, 2014 5:07 PM CDT
ISIS is actually worth billions already. It would be interesting to see if they can manage some world class humanity and stop the amateur beheading dramatics. They have gotten themselves on the world stage. It is time to start acting like adults with an education.