The Islamic State (IS) had apparently beheaded, Steven Joel Sotloff, another freelance American journalist, in an unverified video of unknown origins. However. Sotloff’s family and several US intelligence agencies believe that the video of the beheading is authentic.
The video once again showed the masked figure with a British accent, who held on to Sotloff who was wearing an orange suit, similar to James Foley’s attire when he was beheaded earlier.
Britain’s increasing tendency to support the US in delivering air strikes against ISIS in Iraq urged the group to threaten David Haines, an individual with an unknown history except for his British citizenship. The masked figure warned the world governments to avoid “this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sotloff’s mother Shirley had appealed to the Islamic Caliphate of the IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, for the release of her son.
The audio transcript of the video spoken by the masked man is as follows:
“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and in Amerli, Zumar and the Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings,” the masked man said in the video, addressing U.S. President Barack Obama.
“So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”
Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari condemned the beheading as he said it was a form of “savage killing, an example of savagery and evil.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius had condemned the actions, stating that it was barbaric and indicated the true nature of ISIS as savages.