Islamic militant group ISIS claims to have beheaded another American journalist – Steven Joel Sotloff, a freelance journalist who was abducted in August 2013 in Syria.
In a video made public overnight by a jihadist monitoring organisation, a masked man dressed in black describes the act he is about to commit as retribution for the US air strikes.
“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State… despite our serious warnings,” the executioner says in a London accent.
In the most recent video, Sotloff speaks to the camera before he is killed, saying he is “paying the price” for US intervention.
The ISIS militant issues a threat against a British hostage, and also warns governments to back off “this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State”.
“We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State to back off and leave our people alone.”
The executioner appears to be the same man, known as ‘Jihadi John’, who killed US journalist James Wright Foley in a beheading video last month.
Sotloff’s life was threatened in that first public video.
AP reportedly has spoken to the family of Steven Sotloff, who say they are aware of the video and are grieving.
On August 27th the world watched his mother, Shirley bravely appealed directly to ISIS via YouTube for her son’s release.
“Steven is a journalist who traveled to the Middle East to cover the suffering of Muslims at the hands of tyrants. Steven is a loyal and generous son, brother and grandson,” she said.
“He is an honorable man and has always tried to help the weak.”