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Second American Journalist Beheaded by Islamic State Terrorists

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 Sep 02
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Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly beheaded a second American journalist. A video released by IS today (Sept. 2) shows Steven Sotloff being executed. 


The video is titled “A Second Message to America.”


Prior to the execution, a terrorist with a British accent addressed President Obama saying, “Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.” The murder follows the Aug. 19 execution of American journalist James Foley. 


Sotloff, 31, was captured in 2013 while reporting in Syria.


The life of British citizen David Haines is also threatened by the executioner. 


The video is being authenticated by American officials. White House press secretary said, “Our thoughts and prayers, first and foremost, are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff’s family and those who worked with him.” 



Publication date: September 2, 2014