In breaking news today, ISIS has allegedly beheaded Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist held captive in Syria. This criminal act follows the recent brutal beheading of James Foley, a freelance journalist captured by ISIS in the region.
The Telegraph reported just a few minutes ago that ISIS has allegedly made good on its promise to execute a second American captive as revenge for U.S. military attacks on their positions in Iraq.
ABC News also reported on the beheading, which has allegedly been posted online by ISIS in the last few hours, although there is no immediate confirmation of the video.
Steven Sotloff, 31, disappeared while reporting in Syria in August 2013. His kidnapping wasn’t reported widely until the video of the James Foley beheading surfaced recently in which Sotloff was shown.
In the footage, a masked militant beheads US reporter James Foley, then parades Mr Sotloff, warning he will meet the same fate unless US President Barack Obama ends air strikes against the group in Iraq
The video is entitled ‘A Second Message to America.’ Sotloff is dressed in an orange jumpsuit. He is then beheaded by the Islamic State thug. The executioner appears to be ‘Jihadi John,” the same man who murdered Foley. He tells the camera: “I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State.”
The MailOnline reports that he also threatens to kill a British hostage next but it declines to identify the hostage.
British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the video, calling it “an absolutely disgusting and despicable act.”
The Inquisitr reported on August 27 that Steven Sotloff’s mother, Shirley Sotloff, made a heartfelt video plea to her son’s captors, begging them not to execute her son as they did James Foley. In that video, Steven’s mother extolled her son’s virtues and pleaded with the ISIS terrorists holding him not to do the unspeakable.
In the video, she said: “He is an honorable man and has always tried to help the weak.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sotloff family at this difficult time.