(IraqiNews.com) WARNING CONTAINS GRAPHIC VIDEO AND IMAGES BELOW. The terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, released the video which appears below of one of its members beheading American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff and threatening another captive, a British citizen, David Cawthorne Haines.
The British hostage may already be dead after sources in the US suggested that the Sotloff and Foley murders may have been carried out at the same time and released weeks apart to increase their impact.
Both videos appear to have been filmed in the same location, and unnamed US government sources quoted by the Wall Street Journal said some officials believe that Mr Sotloff was killed immediately after Mr. Foley, whose death was made public on Aug 19.
The 2 minute, 46 second video titled ‘A Second Message to America’ was produced by ISIS’ al-Furqan Media Foundation and uploaded to a file-sharing website on September 2, 2014.
The video opens with Steven Sotloff stating:
I am Steven Joel Sotloff. I am sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing before you. And now this time for my message:
Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for the preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life. Am I not an American citizen? You’ve spent billions of U.S. tax payers dollars and we’ve lost thousands of our troops in our previous fighting against the Islamic State, so where is the people’s interest in reigniting this war?
From what little I know about foreign policy, I remember a time you could not win an election without promising to bring our troops back home from Iraq and Afghanistan and to close down Guantanamo. Here you are now, Obama, nearing the end of your term, and having achieving none of the above, and deceivingly marching us the American people in the blazing fire.
The ISIS captor states:
I am back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings and [unclear] on Mosul Dam, despite our serious warnings. You, Obama, have but to gain from your actions but another American citizen. So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people…
We take this opportunity to warn those governments that enter this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State to back off and leave our people alone.