As promised by the murderous and brutal militant terrorist group ISIS, or ISIL, that unless President Obama seize bombing their key targets in both Iraq and Syria, they will continue to retaliate by executing captured American citizens. Such was the fate of American Freelance Journalist Steven Sotloff, as ISIS, this afternoon, Tuesday, Sept. 2, released yet another horridly graphic video with what appears to show Steven Sotloff's beheading.
The video, which begins with President Obama holding a White House press conference delivering the message that: "The U.S. will continue to do what we must do, to protect our people," moves on to a message by Steven Sotloff blaming President Obama's foreign policy for his execution. "Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for the preservation of American lives and interests. So why is it that I am having to pay the price of your interference?" Those were some of the last words spoken by Steven Sotloff before his execution, as the same executioner from the James Foley video stood closely beside him with knife in hand.
After Steven Sotloff's lifeless body with his severed head was displayed laying on the ground, the same executioner then introduces another captive, former British officer David Cawthorne Haines. The executioner, known only as "John," clenched on to David Haynes' orange jumpsuit and delivered a direct message to President Obama saying: "back off and leave our people alone."
In a White House press briefing this afternoon, Spokesman John Earnest extended a message of condolence to Steven Sotloff's family saying "Our thoughts and prayers, first and foremost, are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff's family and those who worked with him." However, Spokesman Earnest also added that there is yet no confirmation on the authenticity of the video, and made no mention of any immediate U.S. response -- "It is something that will be analyzed very carefully by the U.S. government and our intelligence officials to determine its authenticity," he said.
State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki also held a press briefing where she doubled-down on working "as quickly as possible" to validate the authenticity of the video. She strongly stated that if the video is authenticated, and Steven Sotloff's death is confirmed, the United States "would be sickened."
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