ISIS Claims To Have Executed ANOTHER American Journalist Steven Sotloff In New Video

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ISIS Claims To Have Executed ANOTHER American Journalist Steven Sotloff In New Video
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ISIS has released a video in which journalist Steven Sotloff appears to be beheaded, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
ISIS has released a video in which journalist Steven Sotloff <a href=appears to be beheaded, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
Handout / Reuters

Sotloff, 31, an American journalist freelancing for Time and Foreign Policy was kidnapped in northern Syria last year by ISIS, an extremist group that now calls itself the Islamic State. He was last seen in Syria in August 2013.



In the video, titled "A Second Message to America," Sotloff said he is paying the price of Obamas interference with his life.


I am Steven Joel Sotloff. Im sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing before you. And now this time for my message:

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 paying the price of your interference with my life. Am I not an American citizen? You've spent billions of U.S. tax payers dollars and we've lost thousands of our troops in our previous fighting against the Islamic State, so where is the peoples interest in reigniting this war?

Form what little I know about foreign policy, I remember a time you could not win an election without promising to bring our troops back home from Iraq and Afghanistan and to close down Guantanamo. Here you are now, Obama, nearing the end of your term, and having achieving none of the above, and deceivingly marching us the American people in the blazing fire.

ISIS had threatened to execute Sotloff in a video showing the beheading of journalist James Foley last month.
AP Photo

"The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," the executioner said as a man believed to be Sotloff kneeled next to him. The extremist group said Foley's beheading was a response to recent American operations in Iraq.

In the new video, a masked executioner stands beside Sotloff and says, "Im back, Obama, and Im back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State."


I'm back, Obama, and Im back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and [unclear] on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings. You, Obama, have but to gain from your actions but another American citizen. So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people


We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State to back off and leave our people alone."

The masked fighter threatened to execute another hostage, Briton David Cawthorne Haines, at the end of the video.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the intelligence community was working on verifying the authenticity of the video.

Psaki said in todays press briefing: "If the video is genuine, we are sickened by this brutal act."

She could not confirm if the State Dept. was in contact with the Sotloff family or with the UK but added that UK would be one of the first calls. Psaki also said that "a few" other Americans are being held by ISIS but did not specify a number.

National Security Council spokesperson, Bernadette Meehan, said in a statement,

"We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available."

The Sotloff family was aware of the video, a family spokesman said in a statement to the Associated Press.

The family "knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately," Barak Barfi said in a brief statement.

Sotloffs mother, Shirley Sotloff, had appealed to his captors for her sons release on Aug. 27 in this emotional video.

In the video, she directly addressed the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, asking him to spare her sons life.

"I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State. I am Shirley Sotloff. My son Steven is in your hands. You, the caliph, can grant amnesty. I ask you please to release my child. I ask you to use your authority to spare his life."

She said Sotloff had no control over the actions of the U.S. government and was "an innocent journalist."

In a recent New York Times profile, Sotloff was described as a selfless and caring friend who "deeply loved the Islamic world."
Handout / Getty Images

He described himself as a "stand-up philosopher from Miami" on his Twitter profile. He was deeply interested in the Middle East and spoke good Arabic. He covered conflicts in Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, Libya and Syria for TIME, Foreign Policy, The Christian Science Monitor and World Affairs Journal.

Friends and co-workers fondly remembered Sotloff’s sense of humor and his life’s work.





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Sotloff, 31, an American journalist freelancing for Time and Foreign Policy was kidnapped in northern Syria last year by ISIS, an extremist group that now calls itself the Islamic State. He was last seen in Syria in August 2013.



In the video, titled "A Second Message to America," Sotloff said he is paying the price of Obamas interference with his life.


I am Steven Joel Sotloff. Im sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing before you. And now this time for my message:

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 paying the price of your interference with my life. Am I not an American citizen? You've spent billions of U.S. tax payers dollars and we've lost thousands of our troops in our previous fighting against the Islamic State, so where is the peoples interest in reigniting this war?

Form what little I know about foreign policy, I remember a time you could not win an election without promising to bring our troops back home from Iraq and Afghanistan and to close down Guantanamo. Here you are now, Obama, nearing the end of your term, and having achieving none of the above, and deceivingly marching us the American people in the blazing fire.

ISIS had threatened to execute Sotloff in a video showing the beheading of journalist James Foley last month.
ISIS has released a video in which journalist Steven Sotloff <a href=appears to be beheaded, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
Handout / Reuters

Sotloff, 31, an American journalist freelancing for Time and Foreign Policy was kidnapped in northern Syria last year by ISIS, an extremist group that now calls itself the Islamic State. He was last seen in Syria in August 2013.



In the video, titled "A Second Message to America," Sotloff said he is paying the price of Obamas interference with his life.


I am Steven Joel Sotloff. Im sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing before you. And now this time for my message:

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 paying the price of your interference with my life. Am I not an American citizen? You've spent billions of U.S. tax payers dollars and we've lost thousands of our troops in our previous fighting against the Islamic State, so where is the peoples interest in reigniting this war?

Form what little I know about foreign policy, I remember a time you could not win an election without promising to bring our troops back home from Iraq and Afghanistan and to close down Guantanamo. Here you are now, Obama, nearing the end of your term, and having achieving none of the above, and deceivingly marching us the American people in the blazing fire.

ISIS had threatened to execute Sotloff in a video showing the beheading of journalist James Foley last month.
AP Photo

"The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," the executioner said as a man believed to be Sotloff kneeled next to him. The extremist group said Foley's beheading was a response to recent American operations in Iraq.

In the new video, a masked executioner stands beside Sotloff and says, "Im back, Obama, and Im back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State."


I'm back, Obama, and Im back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and [unclear] on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings. You, Obama, have but to gain from your actions but another American citizen. So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people


We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State to back off and leave our people alone."

The masked fighter threatened to execute another hostage, Briton David Cawthorne Haines, at the end of the video.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the intelligence community was working on verifying the authenticity of the video.

Psaki said in todays press briefing: "If the video is genuine, we are sickened by this brutal act."

She could not confirm if the State Dept. was in contact with the Sotloff family or with the UK but added that UK would be one of the first calls. Psaki also said that "a few" other Americans are being held by ISIS but did not specify a number.

National Security Council spokesperson, Bernadette Meehan, said in a statement,

"We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available."

The Sotloff family was aware of the video, a family spokesman said in a statement to the Associated Press.

The family "knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately," Barak Barfi said in a brief statement.

Sotloffs mother, Shirley Sotloff, had appealed to his captors for her sons release on Aug. 27 in this emotional video.

In the video, she directly addressed the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, asking him to spare her sons life.

"I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State. I am Shirley Sotloff. My son Steven is in your hands. You, the caliph, can grant amnesty. I ask you please to release my child. I ask you to use your authority to spare his life."

She said Sotloff had no control over the actions of the U.S. government and was "an innocent journalist."

In a recent New York Times profile, Sotloff was described as a selfless and caring friend who "deeply loved the Islamic world."
Handout / Getty Images

He described himself as a "stand-up philosopher from Miami" on his Twitter profile. He was deeply interested in the Middle East and spoke good Arabic. He covered conflicts in Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, Libya and Syria for TIME, Foreign Policy, The Christian Science Monitor and World Affairs Journal.

Friends and co-workers fondly remembered Sotloff’s sense of humor and his life’s work.





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"The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," the executioner said as a man believed to be Sotloff kneeled next to him. The extremist group said Foley's beheading was a response to recent American operations in Iraq.

In the new video, a masked executioner stands beside Sotloff and says, "Im back, Obama, and Im back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State."


I'm back, Obama, and Im back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and [unclear] on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings. You, Obama, have but to gain from your actions but another American citizen. So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people


We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State to back off and leave our people alone."

The masked fighter threatened to execute another hostage, Briton David Cawthorne Haines, at the end of the video.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the intelligence community was working on verifying the authenticity of the video.

Psaki said in todays press briefing: "If the video is genuine, we are sickened by this brutal act."

She could not confirm if the State Dept. was in contact with the Sotloff family or with the UK but added that UK would be one of the first calls. Psaki also said that "a few" other Americans are being held by ISIS but did not specify a number.

National Security Council spokesperson, Bernadette Meehan, said in a statement,

"We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available."

The Sotloff family was aware of the video, a family spokesman said in a statement to the Associated Press.

The family "knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately," Barak Barfi said in a brief statement.

Sotloffs mother, Shirley Sotloff, had appealed to his captors for her sons release on Aug. 27 in this emotional video.

In the video, she directly addressed the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, asking him to spare her sons life.

"I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State. I am Shirley Sotloff. My son Steven is in your hands. You, the caliph, can grant amnesty. I ask you please to release my child. I ask you to use your authority to spare his life."

She said Sotloff had no control over the actions of the U.S. government and was "an innocent journalist."

In a recent New York Times profile, Sotloff was described as a selfless and caring friend who "deeply loved the Islamic world."
ISIS has released a video in which journalist Steven Sotloff <a href=appears to be beheaded, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
Handout / Reuters

Sotloff, 31, an American journalist freelancing for Time and Foreign Policy was kidnapped in northern Syria last year by ISIS, an extremist group that now calls itself the Islamic State. He was last seen in Syria in August 2013.



In the video, titled "A Second Message to America," Sotloff said he is paying the price of Obamas interference with his life.


I am Steven Joel Sotloff. Im sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing before you. And now this time for my message:

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 paying the price of your interference with my life. Am I not an American citizen? You've spent billions of U.S. tax payers dollars and we've lost thousands of our troops in our previous fighting against the Islamic State, so where is the peoples interest in reigniting this war?

Form what little I know about foreign policy, I remember a time you could not win an election without promising to bring our troops back home from Iraq and Afghanistan and to close down Guantanamo. Here you are now, Obama, nearing the end of your term, and having achieving none of the above, and deceivingly marching us the American people in the blazing fire.

ISIS had threatened to execute Sotloff in a video showing the beheading of journalist James Foley last month.
AP Photo

"The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," the executioner said as a man believed to be Sotloff kneeled next to him. The extremist group said Foley's beheading was a response to recent American operations in Iraq.

In the new video, a masked executioner stands beside Sotloff and says, "Im back, Obama, and Im back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State."


I'm back, Obama, and Im back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and [unclear] on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings. You, Obama, have but to gain from your actions but another American citizen. So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people


We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State to back off and leave our people alone."

The masked fighter threatened to execute another hostage, Briton David Cawthorne Haines, at the end of the video.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the intelligence community was working on verifying the authenticity of the video.

Psaki said in todays press briefing: "If the video is genuine, we are sickened by this brutal act."

She could not confirm if the State Dept. was in contact with the Sotloff family or with the UK but added that UK would be one of the first calls. Psaki also said that "a few" other Americans are being held by ISIS but did not specify a number.

National Security Council spokesperson, Bernadette Meehan, said in a statement,

"We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity. If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will provide more information when it is available."

The Sotloff family was aware of the video, a family spokesman said in a statement to the Associated Press.

The family "knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately," Barak Barfi said in a brief statement.

Sotloffs mother, Shirley Sotloff, had appealed to his captors for her sons release on Aug. 27 in this emotional video.

In the video, she directly addressed the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, asking him to spare her sons life.

"I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State. I am Shirley Sotloff. My son Steven is in your hands. You, the caliph, can grant amnesty. I ask you please to release my child. I ask you to use your authority to spare his life."

She said Sotloff had no control over the actions of the U.S. government and was "an innocent journalist."

In a recent New York Times profile, Sotloff was described as a selfless and caring friend who "deeply loved the Islamic world."
Handout / Getty Images

He described himself as a "stand-up philosopher from Miami" on his Twitter profile. He was deeply interested in the Middle East and spoke good Arabic. He covered conflicts in Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, Libya and Syria for TIME, Foreign Policy, The Christian Science Monitor and World Affairs Journal.

Friends and co-workers fondly remembered Sotloff’s sense of humor and his life’s work.





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He described himself as a "stand-up philosopher from Miami" on his Twitter profile. He was deeply interested in the Middle East and spoke good Arabic. He covered conflicts in Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, Libya and Syria for TIME, Foreign Policy, The Christian Science Monitor and World Affairs Journal.

Friends and co-workers fondly remembered Sotloff’s sense of humor and his life’s work.






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