A new video attributed to the Islamic State terrorist organization purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, marking the second such execution in recent weeks by an group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria and has threatened to kill other captives.
The video shows a bound Sotloff being held at knifepoint by a black-clad militant against a desert backdrop that appears similar to the one shown in a video released last month depicting the beheading of American journalist James Foley. The video was obtained by the SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that tracks the online postings of Islamist militant groups.
Sotloff, a freelance journalist, had written Time magazine, Foreign Policy and other publications. He was believed to have been taken captive shortly after entering Syria in 2013.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes the Obama administration to respond to this report in light of their response to the Foley beheading.