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Second American journalist allegedly beheaded by Islamic State

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Following the beheading of US photojournalist James Foley last month by an executioner of the Islamic State, a second US reporter is alleged to have been given the same drastic treatment, complete with video footage of it going live online this morning, but since having been taken down.

The recent clip, shot in the same high definition quality as the first, is captioned “A SECOND MESSAGE TO AMERICA” and starts with a snippet of Barack Obama stating he would be “relentless” in protecting US citizens from IS attacks.

Again, the victim, dressed in prison-uniform orange, speaks very calmly and clearly in English, saying he is “paying the price” for Obama’s persistent actions in air-striking.

The executioner, who also speaks in fluent English, says the following:

“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State. Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”

The executioner then proceeds to slash his prisoner’s throat.

Steven Sotloff, aged 31, was a freelance writer for Time magazine, and had appeared in last month’s video that showed the beheading of James Foley as a “warning” he would be next if Obama didn’t cease air strikes in Syria.

American “experts” are currently analysing the latest video to gauge its authenticity. Meanwhile, US attacks on the Islamic State continue, with an ISIS vehicle convoy north of the city of Mosul, Iraq, and IS have warned that a British hostage will next be beheaded.  Antonino Tati

 

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