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White House confirms beheading of the US journalist Steven Sotloff by ISIS
Islamic State (ISIS) has beheaded yet another American journalist, Steven Sotloff after beheading James Foley two weeks before. Yesterday ISIS released a video, titled 'A second message to America' in which Sotloff's beheading was recorded. He was dressed in the same orange jump suit as worn by Foley. White House today confirmed the authenticity of the video.

US' National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden in a statement, as reported by Fox News, said, "The U.S. Intelligence Community has analyzed the recently released video showing U.S. citizen Steven Sotloff and has reached the judgment that it is authentic."

In the latest Internet video Sotloff was looking into the camera and said that he paid price for American President's interference in Iraq, "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 ISIS terrorist standing by side then said that as long as the United States continues to strike ISIS, American people would continue to suffer like Foley and Sotloff. After this message, the terrorist beheaded Sotloff using a knife.

A week before Sotloff's mother Shirley Sotloff, in a video message had made a mercy appeal to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State.

She had said, "I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State. I am Shirley Sotloff. My son Steven is in your hands. You, the caliph, can grant amnesty. I ask you please to release my child. I ask you to use your authority to spare his life.As a mother, I ask your justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over.I ask you to use your authority to spare his life and to follow the example set by the Prophet Muhammad, who protected People of the Book. I want what every mother wants, to live to see her children's children, I plead with you to grant me this."

Foley's executioner had made a similar threat, but air strikes against ISIS positions in Iraq have continued, and now expanding beyond in and around Mosul Dam to also cover Amirli and Erbil. The central command had said on Monday that it had carried out 123 air strikes across Iraq since the start of the air-campaign on August 8, as reported by media.

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