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ISIS Claims to Execute US Journalist Sotloff

Video emerges with apparent beheading, threatens British captive next
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2014 12:22 PM CDT
Updated Sep 2, 2014 12:38 PM CDT
ISIS Claims to Execute US Journalist Sotloff
This undated image posted on Aug. 27 shows a fighter of the Islamic State group waving a flag from inside a captured government fighter jet in Raqqa, Syria.   (AP Photo/ Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group)

The captors of American journalist Steven Sotloff appear to have carried out their threat to execute him as they did James Foley, reports the AP. A new video posted online by the Islamic State, or ISIS, claims to show his beheading. A global terrorism monitor, SITE Intelligence Group, says the executioner appears to be the same one who killed Foley, reports the Daily Beast. In the video—titled "A Second Message to America"—Sotloff is seen wearing an orange jumpsuit, as Foley did. He tells the camera that he is "paying the price" for US policies, reports CNN, something Foley was forced to do as well.

The executioner again addresses President Obama. "I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State ... despite our serious warnings." He also threatens the life of British hostage David Haines next. The 31-year-old Sotloff, who grew up in Florida, was abducted while working as a freelance journalist in Syria last year. The move comes after Sotloff's mother made a video plea to the leader of ISIS on her son's behalf. (More ISIS stories.)

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