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CNN reported U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded hours ago in the same manner as James Foley, who was killed on August 19, 2014. Judging by his British accent and physical build, Sotloff’s executioner is believed to be the same one as two weeks ago. British officials believe they know his identity but have not released his name.
Minutes before the masked, black-clad member of ISIS took a sharp knife across Sotloff’s throat, the executioner said this killing was being done in direct response to recent bombings in northern Iraq, ordered by President Obama. Increased airstrikes have caused ISIS to retreat from previously captured sites like an important dam in Mosul, Iraq.
Sotloff, dressed in an orange jumpsuit similar to detainees in “Gitmo” and knowing he was about to die, was almost expressionless as he said he was being killed for no reason other than revenge.
A video of the actual execution is available on the internet. But in keeping with America’s policy not to promote terrorists, a link will not be provided in this article to the brutal killing of another innocent man.
Sotloff was kidnapped in Aleppo by Islamic militants last year. Since his disappearance efforts by the U.S. had been unsuccessful in securing his release. The United States has a standing policy of not negotiating with terrorists, which precludes paying a ransom.
Last week Steven Sotloff’s mother sent an impassioned plea to his captors. She begged for mercy. Mrs. Sotloff reminded the ISIS captors that her son was a journalist and not responsible for any military activity against their desires for an Islamic State.
Following this most recent heartless killing, the same spokesman for ISIS said that a British journalist would be killed if retaliation continued.