ISIS is claiming it beheaded another American journalist, increasing pressure on President Obama to take stronger action against the terrorist group, with decisions possibly pending as the president arrives in Europe this evening for consultations with NATO allies.
White House press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the incident today but had no information about it at the midday briefing.
An internet video posted today purports to show the beheading of U.S. reporter Steven Sotloff.
In the video, Sotloff reportedly addresses the camera, saying:
I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing.
Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?
The video then cuts to the militant who makes a statement saying that as long as U.S. missiles “continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.”
The group threatened to execute a British captive next.