WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- A new video surfaced Tuesday, appearing to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a second American, by a self-professed member of the Islamic State (IS), media here reported.
According to reports, in the video, which appeared online on Tuesday, Sotloff told the camera: "I am sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing."
The video then cut to the militant who said as long as U.S. missiles "continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people," said the reports.
At a briefing at noon Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said he has not seen those reports yet and "I am not in a position to confirm the authenticity of that video or the reports at this point."
He also noted that the United States has dedicated significant time and resources to trying to rescue Sotloff and the administration has obviously been watching very carefully, since this threat against Sotloff's life was made a few weeks ago.
DAMASCUS/WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Xinhua) -- A video released by the Islamic State (IS) militants Tuesday purported to show the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and contained threats to kill another in retaliation against the recent U.S. intervention in Iraq.
A masked fighter was shown beheading a man kneeling in an orange jumpsuit said to be Foley, a 40-year-old freelance journalist who disappeared in northwest Syria in 2012. Full Story
WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of James Foley, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday, shortly after the authenticity of a video showing the American journalist's beheading had been verified.
Obama said he had spoken to the Foley family and told them that "we are all heartbroken at their loss, and join them in honoring Jim and all that he did." Full Story