Obama promises bringing ISIS to justice
Sotloff beheading: Obama promises bringing ISIS to justice
A week after his mother appealed for mercy for her son in a video message, the Islamic State on Tuesday released a video showing the beheading of the American journalist Steven Sotloff. The footage of the beheading was posted two weeks after the release of the video showing the killing of James Foley.
The executioner in the video warned US President Barack Obama that continuing airstrikes against the group in Iraq will be met with the killing of more Western captives. The Islamic State militant said, “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 and … on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings.” He threatens, “So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”
Responding strongly to the threat, US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said US is not intimidated by the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff and that justice would be served. He condemned the killing by saying that he was ‘repulsed by the barbarism of the Islamic State’.
The US has continued airstrikes targeting the Islamic State terrorists in Iraq. Obama has ordered another 350 US troops to Baghdad to protect American diplomatic facilities and staff, reported the AFP.
31-year-old Sotloff from Miami freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines. He went missing in Syria in August 2013 and was seen only in the video released last month that showed Foley’s beheading. In that video, Sotloff was threatened with death unless the US stopped airstrikes on the Islamic State.
In the recent video, before Sotloff is beheaded, he says, “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?” Media reports suggest that Sotloff may have been forced to say so.
Warning Britain and other Governments to back off, the video shows the IS terrorist threatening to kill a British hostage David Haines. David Haines is said to be an ex-British soldier who served for aid organisations. The US State Department said it is believed that “a few” Americans are still being held by the Islamic State group.
Recently, the US airstrikes has helped Iraqi government forces in breaking the Islamic State group’s two-month siege of Amirli – a town where some 15,000 Shiite Turkmens had been stranded.
The beheading of two American journalists Sotloff and James Foley has angered the US lawmakers cutting across party lines. Many are in favour of intensifying the attacks on Islamic State extremists in Iraq.
Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, called for action. “I think I can speak for all Floridians and all Americans when I say that the time for a strategy is now, and part of that strategy needs to include destroying them,” Los Angeles Times quoted him as saying.
Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Sotloff’s home state of Florida, said on Tuesday that he would introduce legislation giving Obama congressional authority for airstrikes against the militants in Syria, part of a growing chorus in Congress for more decisive action. “We must go after ISIS right away because the US is the only one that can put together a coalition that can stop this group that’s intent on barbaric cruelty,” said Nelson, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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