American journalist Steven Sotloff beheaded by ISIS in video

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BEIRUT (PIX11/AP) — An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group.

According to a family spokesman, Sotloff's relatives  are aware of the beheading video and are grieving.

Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syria in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.

Intelligence officials continue to investigate Foley's alleged killer, suspected to be a British rapper-turned-jihadist named Abdel-Majet Abdel Bary.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against the backdrop of an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff was threatened in that video with death unless the U.S. stopped airstrikes on the group in Iraq.

In the video distributed Tuesday and entitled "A Second Message to America," Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he is beheaded by an Islamic State fighter.

News of the video appears to have been broken by Site Intelligence Group, which reports on actions by jihadist groups.  In the same tweet the group claims that the group is now threatening to execute Briton David Cawthorne Haines.

Before Foley was killed, the extremist group holding him captive demanded $132.5 million or the release of Muslim prisoners in exchange for Foley's freedom, according to the GlobalPost.

There was not much negotiation on the part of Foley's captors, who made limited demands via email, according to GlobalPost President and Chief Executive Philip Balboni.

Over the July 4th holiday weekend, U.S. special forces attempted to rescue Foley, Sotloff and others held hostage in Syria.  Intelligence led the team of commandos to to an area outside the ISIS stronghold Raqqa -- but no hostages were found.

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6 comments

  • Matt K

    Another propaganda piece with no death in the video. Notice every single post about this says, “purports”, “appears”, “claims”, etc when describing what happens. Nonsense. UK gov says it may be a “terror offense” to even view the Foley video. It is no mystery why. It is not a beheading. It is a little show to get you angry.

    • JOJO

      I absolutely agree with you. There is not actual “beheading” video; not that I want to see it, but it should be obvious to people that this is staged to create more hatred and an excuse to keep kicking weak countries a$$ and exploiting their natural resources. Same old, old story.

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  • j h

    I have to admit I have not watched any of these ‘beheadings’ so I am very curious to learn if this sotloff and foley put up any kind of struggle before they were beheaded? Did they try to jump up and head butt this prick? Run away and get shot or did they just allow themselves to have their head cut off? I mean,were they told if they don’t behave themselves and let them cut their heads off that they would cut their privates off or skin them alive instead?

    I don’t understand this…

    I also don’t understand why everyone can’t get on the same page when it comes to naming these assholes((is/isis/isil).

    • lightenday

      They under went many “mock” executions before they are actually beheaded. They never know which day they would actually die. By the first “mock” execution, I could imagine the hostages showing emotion and being scared, but it is apparent that in the videos that they show no emotion, fear in their eyes, or resistance. The idea of “get it over already” probably went through their stressed minds. Which all the more makes the actual videos frightening as hell. Prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims.

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