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Islamic State beheads second US reporter

Posted by on Sep. 2, 2014 at 6:34 PM
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http://news.yahoo.com/islamic-state-claims-beheading-second-us-reporter-video-172930076.html


An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on September 2, 2014, purportedly shows 31-year-old US freelance writer Steven Sotloff
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Washington (AFP) - The so-called "Islamic State" released a video on Tuesday showing a masked militant with a London accent apparently beheading an American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive.

The footage, seen by AFP after it was found online by private terrorism monitor SITE, shows 31-year-old freelance reporter Steven Sotloff dressed in orange and on his knees in a desert landscape.

The masked militant addresses US President Barack Obama, condemns air strikes against the Islamic State -- a Sunni jihadist group that operates in Iraq and Syria -- and cuts Sotloff's throat.

He then introduces a second captive, identified in a caption by name as a British citizen.

"I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State," the militant says, speaking in British English with a London accent.

This was an apparent reference to a previous video in which US journalist James Foley was murdered, again by a suspected British foreign fighter and in an almost identical fashion.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the latest video depicted an "absolutely disgusting, despicable act."

The previous video was released last month after Obama ordered air strikes against the Islamic State.

It showed 40-year-old Foley's death at the hands of a masked militant who then threatened Sotloff, a Miami-born freelance reporter who has written for Time magazine, Foreign Policy and other outlets.

US officials said they were working to confirm the authenticity of the latest video, and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington would be "sickened" if it proved genuine.

American air strikes against IS forces continued in the wake of Foley's death, and more than 120 have been carried out, most of them hitting targets around Iraq's largest dam north of Mosul.

The video, shot with the same high production values as its predecessor, is entitled: "A second message to America."

It opens with a clip of Obama vowing to be "relentless" in his determination to protect US citizens from IS attacks.

Sotloff identifies himself in English and calmly explains that he is paying the price for Obama's policy. His killer also speaks in English.

Sotloff was kidnapped in northern Syria more than a year ago, on August 4, 2013. His family only publicly revealed his captivity last month, having previously requested a media blackout.

The reporter's former employers paid tribute to a man widely respected for his intrepid reporting in Syria and the wider region, including a previous stint in Libya.

"We are shocked and deeply saddened by reports of Steven Sotloff's death," said Nancy Gibbs, editor of Time.

"Steven was a valued contributor to Time and other news organizations, and he gave his life so readers would have access to information from some of the most dangerous places in the world."

Sharing on Twitter a piece Sotloff had once written from a besieged rebel enclave in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Foreign Policy's Middle East editor David Kenner dubbed him "a brave and talented reporter."

Sotloff's family lives in Miami. When the threat to his life became public, his mother Shirley Sotloff made a direct video appeal to IS commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to spare his life.

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cjsix
by Member on Sep. 2, 2014 at 6:44 PM
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May God comfort his family.

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Sep. 2, 2014 at 9:00 PM

BUMP!

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Sep. 2, 2014 at 11:17 PM
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 How many more Americans are we going to see decapitated before Obama stops his love affair with radical Muslims?  SMH.  I honestly don't know how he sleeps at night.  Any normal person with a conscience wouldn't.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on Sep. 2, 2014 at 11:54 PM
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these videos seem so fake to me...

im sorry but I believe its propoganda and the US media is giving them exactly what they want: Airtime.
Sweet_Faith
by Gold Member on Sep. 3, 2014 at 3:58 AM


Quoting Mommy_of_Riley: these videos seem so fake to me... im sorry but I believe its propoganda and the US media is giving them exactly what they want: Airtime.

You actually think no one is being beheaded? That's it's all made up?

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Sep. 3, 2014 at 8:16 AM
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So even with intelligence on ISIS for over a year, Obama comes out and says the administration doesn't have a plan on dealing with ISIS....Even if he really does have a plan beneficial to the US, he should have used a different set of words....Anywho,  who's up for another round of golf.....

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Sep. 3, 2014 at 8:21 AM

The media made him President, the Media has protected him at every turn, as long as they are just killing media people, I dunno if I can get all worked up over it.

We reap what we sow.

Quoting grandmab125:

 How many more Americans are we going to see decapitated before Obama stops his love affair with radical Muslims?  SMH.  I honestly don't know how he sleeps at night.  Any normal person with a conscience wouldn't.

 

vic270
by Vic on Sep. 3, 2014 at 10:28 AM
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My heart goes out to his family, to have to see this. That being said how brave is this man. I would be screaming , running, kicking etc. knowing what was going to happen to me. I can't imagine having this much dignity at the hands of such evil.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on Sep. 3, 2014 at 10:31 AM
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yes I actually do.

I've watched the videos and there is just too much that looks faked. Sorry.


Quoting Sweet_Faith:

Quoting Mommy_of_Riley: these videos seem so fake to me...

im sorry but I believe its propoganda and the US media is giving them exactly what they want: Airtime.

You actually think no one is being beheaded? That's it's all made up?

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Sep. 3, 2014 at 10:34 AM
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Quoting Mommy_of_Riley: these videos seem so fake to me... im sorry but I believe its propoganda and the US media is giving them exactly what they want: Airtime.

Obviously you haven't watched the videos. Horrifying reality. Absolutely no respect for the sanctity of human life. May God have mercy upon their souls. My only comfort is Steven and James are @ peace now with Jesus.

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