DEVELOPING: An Internet video purports to show the beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State extremist group.
The global terror intelligence firm SITE first reported the release of the 2-minute video, titled “A Second Message to America,” in which Sotloff, a 31-year-old freelance journalist, speaks to the camera before a cloaked Islamic State fighter decapitates him.
“I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing,” Sotloff said under apparent duress. “Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?”
The video then cuts to the masked militant warning that as long as U.S. missiles “continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.” He also threatens the life of British captive David Cawthorne Haines.
“I’m back Obama,” said the left-handed executioner with a British accent who appears to be the same man who killed Foley. “And I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State.”
The grim video comes just days after Sotloff’s mother, Shirley, directly addressed the leader of the Islamic State last week, saying her son shouldn’t pay for U.S. government actions in the Middle East and that he cared about the weak and oppressed as a journalist.