Tuesday, September 16, 2014


ISIS Beheads U.S. Journalist — James Foley

WARNING GRAPHIC: Video surfaced late Tuesday that purportedly shows Islamic militants beheading an American journalist in response to U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq. James Wright Foley, who once worked for the Defense Department's Stars and Stripes newspaper, among other outlets, was killed by militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the al-Qaida inspired Islamic group that controls portions of Iraq and Syria, according to video posted on social-media websites. The news was later reported by other news and intelligence organizations. In the almost 5-minute segment, entitled, "A Message to America," Foley is wearing an orange shirt and pants and pleads with his family members against the U.S. military intervention in Iraq in what is clearly a scripted speech, according to a copy and transcript of the video was posted online by the SITE Intelligence Group, a company that tracks terrorist activity.

R.I.P. — James Foley — R.I.P.


ISIS Beheads U.S. Journalist — Steven Sotloff, A Second Message to America

WARNING GRAPHIC: Islamic State extremists released a video posted Tuesday showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people." The footage - depicting what the U.S. called a sickening act of brutality - was posted two weeks after the release of video showing the killing of James Foley and days after Sotloff's mother pleaded for his life. Barak Barfi, a spokesman for the Sotloff family, confirmed the death. In the video distributed Tuesday and titled "A Second Message to America," Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he is beheaded by a fighter with the Islamic State, the extremist group that has claimed wide swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq and declared itself a caliphate. The organization threatened to kill another hostage, this one they identified as a British citizen.

R.I.P. — Steven Sotloff — R.I.P.

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