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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

ISIS Beheads 2nd US Journalist, Steven Sotloff

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS, has executed a 2nd American journalist, Steven Sotloff, according to a new video released today. The video purports to show the beheading of Steven who has been held hostage by the militants for more than a year. The killing follows the beheading of James Foley, another U.S. journalist, in August. ISIS, which seeks to carve out an Islamic caliphate in an expanse of territory between Syria and Iraq, says the killings are in retaliation for the U.S. air strikes on the group in Iraq. 

In the new video, entitled “A second message to America”, a masked figure is shown together with Mr. Sotloff, who is dressed in an orange jumpsuit. According to the BBC, Mr. Sotloff reads out a text addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama saying: “You’ve spent billions of US taxpayers’ dollars and we have lost thousands of our troops in our previous fighting against the Islamic State, so where is the people’s interest in reigniting this war?” 

The hooded man then speaks: “I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State… despite our serious warnings,” he says. “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 video ends with the militant threatening to kill a captive who is claimed to be British. 

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