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ISIS terror group delivers message to President Obama before beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff

WASHINGTON — The ISIS terror group has published a video titled “A second message to America,” showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

The video also threatens the life of British captive, David Haines.

Sotloff speaks to the camera before he is killed, saying he is “paying the price” for U.S. intervention.

The masked ISIS figure in the video speaks to U.S. President Barack Obama, telling him, “Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”

Last week, Sotloff’s mother Shirley Sotloff released a video pleading with ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi not to kill her son.

“Steven is a journalist who traveled to the Middle East to cover the suffering of Muslims at the hands of tyrants. Steven is a loyal and generous son, brother and grandson,” she said. “He is an honorable man and has always tried to help the weak.”

Sotloff appeared last month in an ISIS video showing the decapitation of another American journalist, James Foley. The militant in the video warned that Sotloff’s fate depended on what President Barack Obama did next in Iraq.

Steven Sotloff disappeared while reporting from Syria in August 2013, but his family kept the news secret, fearing harm to him if they went public.

Out of public view, the family and a number of government agencies have been trying to gain Sotloff’s release for the past year.

Sotloff, 31, grew up in South Florida with his mother, father and younger sister. He majored in journalism at the University of Central Florida. His personal Facebook page lists musicians like the Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Miles Davis and movies like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Big Lebowski” as favorites. On his Twitter page, he playfully identifies himself as a “stand-up philosopher from Miami.”

In 2004, Sotloff left UCF and moved back to the Miami area.

He graduated from another college, began taking Arabic classes and subsequently picked up freelance writing work for a number of publications, including Time, Foreign Policy, World Affairs and the Christian Science Monitor. His travels took him to Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey — among other countries — and eventually Syria.

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  • Johnnie G

    Anyone that goes to that region for any reason is aware of the risks.
    ISS is a problem but it is a problem that requires “local” solutions, not just the US running in and dropping some bombs.

    • John

      I thought the same thing. If you are going to the Middle East, you should be aware that you may not come back. It doesn’t matter if you are a journalist, humanitarian, Doctor, Nurse, ambassador, etc. Is your life worth you making a news story?

  • King Obama's shoeshine pajamaboy

    AirJackie: ” waaaaaah It was all Bush’s fault !” BS, I hope Obama yawns one day so Jackie can see the sunshine or that is proctologist is able to remove her from King Obama’s backside ! The worst President in American history Barack Obama , after arming half the terrorist groups in the Middle East , doesn’t have a plan because the only thing he cares about is the 18th hole and stoking as much racial division he can. The fact of the matter is all of the people who voted for Barack “no plan” Obama are buffoons who can only cry about their Bush Derangement Syndrome. Go back to sleep Comrade AirJackie everyone has heard your tired ignorant old story you hag.

  • B Addy

    Maybe the emperor will have a plan by the time he gets off Golf Cart One today.
    But I doubt it.
    Did he really think anyone other than the blind sheep that voted for him, would believe the military does not have a plan?

  • JB

    The worst president in history? NO…His predecessor absolutely deserves that honor….I could name SEVERAL bad decisions Bush made as our president, that cost our country dearly!!! I never liked Bush 2 as president and didn’t vote for him at either elections. BUT…I respected him because he was our leader at the time…I have never seen a president disrespected the way President Obama is disrespected…..This man can’t even wear a TAN colored suit and not be ridiculed and criticized? SMH!!!

    • Manlishi

      Maybe he should try leadership. Or enforcing the constitution. Maybe something beyond community organizing. Exactly what has he done to earn respect? He is weak which a reflection of his supporters.

  • King Obama's pajamaboy

    Barack Obama according the polls is the worst and most unpopular President since WW2. Sorry the truth hurts JB but hey you are democrat , just lie and make up a false narrative shake your finger and blame someone who hasn’t been in government for over half a decade. Also yeah I’m so sure you respected GWB. I didn’t vote for GWB or the Worst President in American history Barack “no plan” Obama either. WTVR – an Obama Affiliate does a great job not covering the river of scandals from the “most transparent admin. ever” … JB the democrat party is the most openly corrupt group of people that has existed in this country in modern history and you are a bootlicking fascist .

  • alberto

    President obama was voted in based on race alone not the ability to run a country.Much like the post office,state gov and lots of major cities across the country have done and each time it has backfired.Time we start giving people jobs and control based on experience only not because of race.Its not working people,look around.For every 1 example you can give where it worked there are 10 that hasn’t.

  • JB

    KING, or whatever your name is…All i ask you, is hold Bush 2 to the same standards you hold Obama too? And to RESPECT the leader of our nation…All you want to do is POINT out President Obama mistakes? Did you do the same for Bush 2? He made some terrible decisions as president? You are exactly the reason why the Republican Party lost the last two elections..LOL…You say I am a bootlicking fascist, but the TRUTH is YOU are a BITTER Republican… As long as there are members in the Republican party LIKE YOU, the democrats will no doubt win the next election as well!

  • JB

    Alberto,
    You say President Obama was voted in based on RACE alone?? The truth is he IS continually DISRESPECTED more than any other president “ON RACE ALONE”…..

    • Sam

      JB …. it is a waste of life to try to reason with most of the losers that continuously trash Obama. Obama is not the worst president by any standards. Right wing noisy idiots will try to say anything to promote their irrational hatred.

  • LCG

    You tell’em JB!! Obama was left to clean up a mess. Lets also not forget that there is a White House full of people that help make decisions but one man is blamed for everything but we all know why that is… Racism is alive and well. .. :-)

    • B Addy

      Yes LCG , voting for a woefully unqualified candidate who has never run a yard sale, to be potus just because he is 1/2 black is racist.
      And we are all paying for it.

    • TeaPartyPolitics

      Actually this is not the first time we have blamed one idiot for a house full of idiot’s mistakes. Last time we blamed Bush alone. This time we blame Obama alone. So don’t sit there and be an ignorant bag of scum and say this is racially provoked slander. People are saying these things based on his actions and responses. He has the influence to change things, but the only thing he cares to change is the golf course he’s playing on.

  • Leftist swill

    Obama the worst President in American history only sees a white guy being beheaded , that’s practically pornography as far as he is concerned .

    • Law

      I agree with some of the posters, why go over there if you know you’re in danger?? Stay your a$$ in your own country. It’s NOT PRESIDENT OBAMA fault.

  • Barack Marshal Davis - Commutard

    Barack “no plan” Insane Obama : ” IT’S ALL GEORGE BUSH’S FAULT WAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH ! Michele will you please change my diaper ? “

  • JB

    President OBAMA was left a MESS to clean up… That is just a FACT!! My question is why is President OBAMA held to a different standard than Bush 2? Why is President Obama held to a higher accountability than BUSH 2? Where were all the negative comments when 2 wars started on Bush’s II watch, and the fall housing and automobile industry also on BUSH II watch?? I’m just saying be CONSISTENT? The republicans turned a BLIND eye to the mess that BUSH created? But have something NEGATIVE say and be DISRESPECTFUL about EVERY decision president Obama makes??

  • JB

    That’s my point B Addy……The disrespect? DId you say negative things about Bush 2 that way?? He made some awful decisions?? But you didn’t disrespect him and neither did I because he was the leader of our nation at the time???

    • B Addy

      There is no respect for a flat out liar. I know they all lie from time to time but this joke is a serial liar. I used to respect the rank not the person , but this joke deserves none. This experiment can’t end soon enough. I truly feel sorry for the first black candidate that is truly qualified to hold the position because this debacle is not going to help at all.

    • Manlishi

      Seriously, you just cited a communist progressive blog site as “facts”? David will be here in a while to give you a handy.

  • JB

    What did President Obama lie to us about B Addy? Since you said he is a SERIAL liar, I hope you have SEVERAL examples….

    • Manlishi

      Yup, your a chump.
      – “We will close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay.” Still open.

      – “If we have not gotten our troops out [of Iraq] by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do.” Didn’t happen.

      – “Today I’m pledging to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office.” Instead, the national debt increased $5 trillion on his watch.

      – “As soon as we’re out of this recession, we’ve got to get serious about starting to live within our means.” Huh?

      – “We agree on reforms that will reduce the costs of health care. Families will save on their premiums.”

      – “We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country.” Later, Obama admitted his own lie, saying, “There’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects.”

      – “We reject the use of national security … to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.”

      – We “will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid.”

      – We “will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year.”

      – “We are going to work with you to lower your [health care] premiums by $2,500,” and we’ll “do it by the end of my first term as president.”

      – “I don’t take a dime of their [lobbyists’] money, and when I am president, they won’t find a job in my White House.” In fact, Obama granted waivers at will, and more than a dozen lobbyists got jobs in the Obama administration.

      – “I pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” But Obama has ignored the constitutional amendment granting powers not enumerated in the Constitution to the states.

      – “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

      – “The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.” The truth is that the White House proposed an “automatic sequester” on July 12, 2011.

      – “I didn’t set a red line [in Syria].” And yet, at a prior news conference, using unscripted language in a statement, he said, “a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around.”

      – “It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future.” After Obama’s administration gave the company $535 million, Solyndra and its solar panels went belly up.

      – To Israel, “We have not only made sure that they [Iran] have to stop adding additional centrifuges, we’ve also said that they’ve got to roll back their 20 percent advanced enrichment … down to zero.” In fact, the deal allows Iran uranium enrichment of 5 percent.

      – “Eighty percent of Americans support including higher taxes as part of the [debt ceiling] deal.” However, that same week, a poll by Rasmussen showed only 34 percent supported a tax hike as part of the deal.

      – In 2006: “America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” But as president, Obama has led the charge each year to increase America’s debt.

      – And, let’s not forget PolitiFact’s 2013 Lie Of The Year: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what. … You can keep your family doctor.”

  • JB

    B ADDY
    Did he lie when he said he would catch and destroy Bin Laden? Did he lie when he said he would fix the automotive industry? Did he lie when he said he would end the war in Iraq? Did he lie when he said he would fix the failing housing industry? Remember you said he was a SERIAL liar, which would mean NOTHING he says is true?

    • B Addy

      JB , Osama Bin Laden was killed in spite of Obama Bin Lyin. He left Iraq with no exit strategy and now we are back. The housing industry would have been back years earlier with any qualified person at the helm. He is a pitiful excuse for potus.

    • Manlishi

      ” Did he lie when he said he would end the war in Iraq?” I guess your plastic bobble head messiah forgot to tell ISIS.

  • B Addy

    Maybe the first time he hasn’t lied is the other day when he said he had no strategy.
    We already knew that. You drooling sheep were the only ones to buy that line. He then tried to play it off on the military at which point they laughed in his face. Like the Admiral said; “anyone who knows anything about the U.S military knows we have a plan.

    • joe

      you have nothing to say punk b*tch! BOYlishi is more appropriate! Good thing your opinion doesnt matter and nothing you say goes beyond this website!

  • JB

    Wow…The repubs are so BITTER and Angry…As I said earlier as long as the repubs remain this way, you will LOSE the next election…lol…Such hatred and bitterness towards President Obama… Maybe one day your party will WAKE UP and GET IT….SMH….

  • JB

    B ADDY…You still have not provided an example where the President lied…AGAIN you said he was a SERIAL liar…You should have MULTIPLE to examples to back up you accusation?? You are just a HATER…I get it….lol…

    • Manlishi

      No B addy didn’t. I handed your a** to you. Just because your small, weak, and insignificant. Obviously, your the one that doesn’t get it.

    • B Addy

      JB , I posted several lies from your messiah ,but they did not post for some reason. Manalishi has more than compensated though. The fact that you need them posted shows what a blind sheep you are. Finding lies Obama has told is easier than finding people to accept free cheese.

      • JB

        B ADDY, I in NO way see our president as a MESSIAH? I know who GOD is and I love and serve him!!! I just respect our current president in the same way I did Bush 2, Clinton, Bush 1, Reagan, and Carter……….Why can’t you do the same? That’s because of the HATRED you have towards President Obama…..VERY SAD

      • Manlishi

        You respected carter? Now we know you are a Flaming perv with a false god. Barry Soertoro’s got you on your knees.

  • JB

    Manlishi,
    Really seriously?? I will say it again…Your HATRED towards President Obama is so apparent….LOL…SO bitter….It is really sad….AGAIN…This is exactly why the repubs lost the last two elections….The repubs are just and ANGRY BITTER PARTY….You all continue to HATE a president that has done SO MUCH good for this country….You can’t even RESPECT the man??? AGAIN we all know Bush 2 made some terrible decisions?? But we as a country respected him for the position he held as our leader….Why can’t President Obama receive that same respect that was given to Bush 2 and previous presidents? Why is there such HATE and distain for him?? Even president Clinton with all his scandals was NEVER disrespected like this??? He wasn’t hated the way President Obama is hated by republicans??? SMH!!!!

    • Manlishi

      Of course i despise every anti American. anti constitutional Islamic sympathizer intent on perveying poverty. Seems as if your the only one with all the HATE spewing with every HATEFUL tirade you spew. Your HATE filled personal attacks on those who disagree show your weakness. Now go tell your master that the independents served it up cold again.

  • Get it Already

    Obama’s message to ISIS as read between the lines:

    [ISIS, never ever harm Americans!!! Are you crazy??? They are like blood hounds, like bulldogs. They'll chase you to the very bottom pits of hell for eternity, even for saying the wrong word to them. They don't even need America. They have a disease and the nastiest human nature on the face of the planet. Harming Americans is the dumbest idea ever. Never do shit like this again. You'll do better, if you just ignore them completely even when they invade your country and throw around bombs in your backyard. ]

    I know it sounds just a tad bit ignorant, but Obama delivered his message in a truly clever way.

  • Eker

    Many people living in the US are terrified of Americans because Americans use harm as a mechanism to create and maintain what has been established. that’s what makes America a particularly evil country. Americans are extremely prejudiced people, and discriminate ruthlessly. Americans in the US are even dangerous to approach, not to mention to mess with in terms of making change and introducing new original things.

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