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Published On: Wed, Sep 3rd, 2014

Islamic State beheads second journalist prisoner, Steven Sotloff, video confirmed

Islamic State Sunni Muslims have reportedly beheaded the second American journalist they held captive. In a new video, titled “A Second Message to America,” released by IS on Tuesday shows Steven Sotloff being executed.
 
The video, which was posted on Tuesday by the SITE Intelligence Group, showed Sotloff being beheaded in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes. U.S. government officials confirmed Wednesday morning that the video is authentic.
 
The terrorist leader in the video addresses President Obama directly: “Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.” This murder follows the Aug. 19 execution of American journalist James Foley. 

According to the Twitter page run by President Barack Obama’s National Security Council:

The IS leader in the video also threatened the life of David Haines, a British citizen and aid worker, who was kidnapped in March 2013.Sotloff, a 31-year-old freelance journalist for Time magazine and Foreign Policy, was abducted in 2013 while covering the civil war in Syria.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Sotloff’s murder a “despicable crime,” the BBC News reported.

Below is the White House’s Tuesday press release on the reaction to the violence in Iraq.

Steven Sotloff executed beheaded by Islamic State in new video

President authorized the Department of Defense to fulfill a Department of State request for approximately 350 additional U.S. military personnel to protect our diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad, Iraq.  This action was taken at the recommendation of the Department of Defense after an extensive interagency review, and is part of the President’s commitment to protect our personnel and facilities in Iraq as we continue to support the Government of Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  These additional forces will not serve in a combat role.

The President has made clear his commitment to doing whatever is required to provide the necessary security for U.S. personnel and facilities around the world.  The request he approved today will allow some previously deployed military personnel to depart Iraq, while at the same time providing a more robust, sustainable security force for our personnel and facilities in Baghdad.

In addition to our efforts to protect our personnel, we will continue to support the Government of Iraq’s efforts to counter ISIL, which poses a threat not only to Iraq, but to the broader Middle East and U.S. personnel and interests in the region.  The President will be consulting this week with NATO allies regarding additional actions to take against ISIL and to develop a broad-based international coalition to implement a comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners in the fight against ISIL.  As part of this effort, Secretary Kerry, Secretary Hagel, and President Obama’s counterterrorism advisor, Lisa Monaco, will be traveling separately to the region in the near-term to build a stronger regional partnership.

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