Terrorist group ISIS beheads second American reporter
Terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has beheaded a second American reporter, according to a video released on Wednesday morning (local time).
The latest video shows a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of the US captive.
It also shows the 31-year-old reporter Steven Sotloff calmly addressing the camera to say he is a victim of President Barack Obama's decision to press on with air strikes against the jihadists.
At the end of the five-minute video, the militant, clad in black, threatens to kill another captive who was identified on screen as a British citizen.
The jihadist said: "I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards Islamic State."
Just last month, a video was released showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley in a similar fashion. The militant in the earlier video spoke in a London accent.
In the latest video, the fighter condemns recent US air strikes on the area around the Mosul Dam in Iraq.
He declared: "So just as your missiles continue to strike the necks of our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."
Sotloff's family, who live in Miami, believe that the video is authentic.
The issued a statement that said: "The family knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately. There will be no public comment from the family during this difficult time."
Sotloff freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines.
A US spokeswoman said Washington was trying to authenticate the “sickening” footage.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said it depicted an “absolutely disgusting, despicable act.”
This video comes admidst an Amnesty International report that accused the terrorist group of war crimes and ethnic cleansing.
In June, it swept through much of the Sunni Arab heartland north of Baghdad before storming minority Christian and Yazidi areas.
The extremist faction has carried out beheadings, crucifixtions and public stonings, and Amnesty accused it of "mass summary killings and abductions" in areas it controls.- Reuters