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US says journalist Sotloff beheading video is authentic

This image made from video posted on the Internet by Islamic State militants purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff before he was beheaded.  

The White House on Wednesday said it has determined that a video showing the brutal killing of journalist Steven Sotloff is authentic.

Islamic State extremists released the video showing Sotloff’s beheading on Tuesday. It comes two weeks after the militants released a video showing the killing of > James Foley, another American journalist.

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

Sotloff freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines. He vanished in Syria in August 2013.

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden announced the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment of the video in a statement on Wednesday.


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