Obama says journalists’ deaths only unite Americans

September 03, 2014 03:18 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 05:40 pm IST - TALLINN, Estonia

US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama on Wednesday said Americans will not be intimidated by the “horrific” violence of Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second U.S. journalist.

Mr. Obama vowed that “justice will be served” after the U.S. verified the authenticity of a video of journalist Steven Sotloff’s killing. The video comes just two weeks after another video showing the beheading of another U.S. reporter, James Foley.

Mr. Obama said at a news conference in Estonia that their deaths only unite Americans. He said Americans will not forget and the country’s reach is long.

In the Sotloff video, a masked militant warns Mr. Obama that continuing airstrikes against the group in Iraq will be met with the killing of more Western captives.

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