Islamic State (IS) which had declared the forming of Caliphate in Iraq and Syria have beheaded second American journalist, Steven Sotloff according to Press Trust of India. The group warned President Barack Obama that as long as US airstrikes against the militant group continue, “our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”
The footage still being checked for authentication but if history has taught anything, this gruesome video would be the proof of the murder of Steven Sotloff. Barak Barfi, a spokesman for the family said “The family knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately. There will be no public comment from the family during this difficult time.”
Sotloff was kidnapped in August 2013 and was only seen after the video of his execution emerged. The US President who is currently is out of the country visiting Estonia would probably make a comment later in the day. However the comment about not having a definite plan to deal with IS will be used against him.
Meanwhile in Washington, state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said “If the video is genuine, we are sickened by this brutal act, taking the life of another innocent American citizen,” and also “Our hearts go out to the Sotloff family.”
In the video the killer said “I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy toward the Islamic State … despite our serious warnings,” and “So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”
It may seem like the United States is right now in a state of indecision but with the growing tension in the Ukraine and the second beheading of an American journalist would certainly add more resolve and an even more deadly attack is on the horizon by America to Destroy IS.
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