Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

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Updated: 9/02 12:30 pm

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group says it has beheaded another American journalist in retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

An Internet video posted Tuesday purports to show the beading of Steve Sotloff by the militant group. He hadn't been seen in Syria since August, 2013, until he appeared in a video released last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.

In the video, the fighter who appears to behead Sotloff says, "I'm back, Obama" -- and says it's because of an "arrogant foreign policy toward the Islamic State." The fighter says, "Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."

At the end of the video, he threatens to kill a third captive, a British man -- David Haines.

A White House spokesman said he wasn't in a position to confirm the authenticity of the video, and added, "Our thoughts and prayers first and foremost" are with Sotloff's family.


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